Email notification of changes was an early solution to this problem. Unfortunately, when you receive email notifications from multiple websites they are often mistaken for spam, sometimes disorganized and can get overwhelming.
RSS is a better way to be notified of new and changed content. Notifications of changes to multiple websites are handled easily, and the results are presented to you well organized and distinct from email.
RSS works by having the website author maintain a list of notifications on their website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called an "RSS Feed". People who are interested in finding out the latest headlines or changes can check this list. Special computer programs called "RSS aggregators" have been developed that automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you. (RSS feeds and aggregators are also sometimes called "RSS Channels" and "RSS Readers".)
Think of an RSS aggregator as just a web browser for RSS content. RSS aggregators automatically check a series of RSS feeds for new items on an ongoing basis, making it is possible to keep track of changes to multiple websites without needing to tediously read and re-read each of the websites yourself. They detect the additions and present them all together to you in a compact and useful manner. If the title and description of an item are of interest, the link can be used to quickly bring the related web page up for reading.
In addition to notifying you about news headlines and changes to websites, RSS can be used for many other purposes.
Some commonly mentioned uses are:
A single RSS aggregator is all that you need to read all of the RSS feeds, be they headlines, alerts, changes, or other notifications. Do you use an RSS feed?
In the past I have posted about my illness, Hyperparathyroidism. Not many people know about it and it often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. You can read my previous posts, by clicking on the links at the right.
My recovery has been going well. You can see by the picture my scar is healing nicely. I visited the surgeon last Thursday and at this point I am to start massaging the scar on a daily basis with Vitamin E and in a year it will be barely noticeable. I am taking two Ultra Tums per day. One in the AM and one in the PM for calcium. I take 2000 mg of Vitamin D per day to try and build up my bone strength. It may take a year till we can build them back to where they should be after the parathyroid leached all the calcium out.
How am I feeling? Much, much better. I’m not completely recovered yet, but WOW, what a difference! No heart palpatations, my blood pressure is back to normal, I can walk much better, my joints still have some pain, but nothing like before. (I may indeed have a touch of arthritis), the bone pain in my shin is almost completely gone, every once in a while I get a pain, but not constant like before. I’m going up steps so much better. Still having some problems going down, but every day I see improvement. I’m not forgetting as much….in fact I think I am remembering too many things! I am able to focus and concentrate so much better.
I have noticed an improvement in some things I didn’t even know were affected till after the surgery. For instance I don’t have to go to the bathroom near as often, my digestive system seems to be working better too and my skin isn’t as dry.
I asked my husband if he noticed any difference and he said, “Oh my gosh, YES! You are moving around so much better, you are not wincing in pain, and you just seem to feel a lot better!” Being the nice guy that he is, he didn’t say it, but I’m sure he could have added, “You are not as grouchy either!”
I just feel so much better, mentally and physically. It is hard to describe. Of course I am not back to work yet, and once I can’t sleep in, have to go to work and juggle a schedule again, I might not be as chipper. Time will tell. But I am so happy I had this surgery. It has made a huge difference for me.
Parathyroidectomy Recovery Reflections - Robin Smith
My Medical Team
Quite a few people have asked about my medical team, and I wanted to share with you who my doctors are.
My Family Doctor – Dr. Ernesto DelasAlas MD in Bedford.
My Endocrinologist – Dr. Heleh Haerian-Ardakani, MD in Altoona
My Endocrine Surgeon – Dr. Kelly McCoy, MD at UPMC Pittsburgh
I am so thankful for them and their expertise in identifying my problem and going above and beyond to remove the parathyroid.
We have come to the end of my story. I will probably write another post in about six months to let everyone know how I am doing and if all the symptoms have disappeared. I just want to thank you for taking the time to read about this and I hope you found it helpful and interesting.
If there is one thing I have learned from this whole experience, it is “Don’t take your health for granted.” We all do it, but once you start to lose your health you appreciate it so much more.
If this has made a difference for you or you learned something new, please comment below.
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