Hey I am not some pervert sneaking into some hospital and wanking, I might be a pervert for other reasons but not this. This was a genuine medical requirement.
For privacy reasons, without giving too much details I will tell you this. I needed to get my sperm health tested and my doctor informed me he will prescribe me the test shortly. He directed me to cloudnine and gave doctors name, so I was under the impression that she will give me a prescription +advice and a nearby lab to get it tested and later show report to my doctor.
So I got to Cloudnine and viola I meet a pregnant colleague and her husband there waiting for some consultation I guess. I knew them from before, super chill couple so no biggies and I will be out in few minutes so it's okay. Exchange pleasantries, and gave them a random story of buying some medicines for someone else.phew
So i am a meeting the doctor, after exchanging some reports and intros, she asks me when I was last time I had an intercourse. I thought for a sec and said a few months ago. She thought for a sec and rephrased the question, when was the last time I ejaculated, as the test prerequisite is no ejaculation for three days. I said yes and she immediately wrote the test and asked me to deposit my sperm downstairs and said I will get test results in an hour.
I am generally a confident guy and have even given a fucking seminar on male body in my office organized sexual awareness sessions. But this day I was buckled, I straight up told the doc I am uncomfortable and want to do this some other day. She said, she won't be available for a week and hospital might ask me consultation fee on that day as well, so better finish it today itself and also gave me a pep talk about useless stigmatized view of human body and how it has literally kills 100s of women and also men everyday because they feel wierd to show their body to even doctors and just let things get worse and untreatable.
I sigh and go to downstairs and viola I meet my friends again. I am holding my sperm collection plastic dabba in my hand, and fuck sake I am already mortified. Thankfully they sort of understood my uncomfortableness and anyways got busy with their work.
The nurse shows me to a room and tell me, I can't spill any amount outside, even if it's a tiny bit they won't accept the sample and I would have to repeat after 3 days. I ask her for a bigger cup, as the small one might not be easy. She says they give same size to everyone and leaves.
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My wife and I know how to cook a lot of different kinds of Indian food. Hence, using spices is easy and familiar for us.
However, western food completely flummoxes us. Using wine, stock etc seems out of our depth and we wind up resorting to simple pasta with sauce and herbs etc.
Recently, we’ve been trying to grill a lot of veggies, we’ve made asparagus a ton of times and carrots with butter and honey. But what we struggle with is figuring out a full meal, especially one that lasts 2-3 days. I’ve also learned how to Sous vide salmon and Steak, but that’s not something we can eat everyday.
We have figured out that Better than Bullion stock goes well with rice, much better than the cubes and liquids.
Any suggestions as to what western dishes we can cook? As mentioned in the title, I have a dairy allergy so we can use soy / almond milk and cheese substitutes. We eat all kinds of meat and veg.
Edit1: Thank you very much for your responses everyone!! My wife and I are overwhelmed at the amazing response to this post. We’re slowly going through it and will try to respond to every top level thread.
I’ll also post further edits with our favorite suggestions here so that you get an idea of what kind of food we like and also for future Reddit items. And will also add our favorite easy Indian recipes.
Thank you for being amazing Reddit! You totally made our day, this is probably going to be my favorite post for a long long time .. :)
Amendment 171 - Existing regulations already prohibit terms like “vegan cheese” or “oat milk”, but Amendment 171 goes further, seeking to prohibit “imitation or evocation” of dairy products. This broad language is worrying. In its most restrictive interpretation, this could result in bans on plant-based food packaging that looks visually similar to dairy foods. For example, a ban on packaging for plant-based desserts that resembles a yoghurt pot.
Hi all, sorry if this has already been posted here but I don’t think it’ll hurt if it’s added again.
I just learnt that the EU parliament backed a move by dairy industry lobbyists to restrict/sensor plant based products that come on the market. The ban limits all plant based products looking anything like normal dairy products ie Oatly can’t look anything like a normal carton of milk. There are also other restrictions such as restricting the wording on products so it can’t say things like ‘tastes like cheese’ or ‘similar to chicken’ etc.
It’s very concerning because it’s basically the dairy industry trying to push down its competitors and put them in a long term stronghold. - plant based products are one of the only great hopes we have of reducing our carbon emissions and fighting climate change. (you don’t have to be vegan or follow a completely plant-based diet. Dairy and meat consumers should be concerned too !)
I’ve included a petition that I’m urging people to sign if you can. It takes less than a minute and means a lot! Even if you’re not living in Europe !!
Here’s the petition link -
And here’s an article about it (because I know I did a terrible job at explaining!) -
Thanks a mill peeps :)
My M34 late fiancee passed away from Brain tumour 3 years ago. I had known her most of my life we grew up together and were engaged for 2 years. We wanted to get married sooner but she got sick and never recovered after that despite doing all we could to fight this God awful disease.
My late fiancee had a diary that I gifted her right after she was diagnosed. She was the type that'd get very emotional and would have a difficulty expressing her feelings and opening up about her issues. She was very thankful I brought her the dairy and she told me I was the only one who really understood what she needed and how she felt. I'd see her spending a lot of time writing in her dairy wether at the hospital or at home. I never read it while she was alive but she let me have it a week before she passed away. I had a hard time looking at it and I left it untouched for over a year after her death. That's when I started reading it. I brought it up in therapy and it helped me tremendously.
I don't have much of her stuff. But I still have her diary with me. I'm now engaged to my fiancee who I met via a mutual friend and she was wonderful when I met her.
My current fiancee and I are open to each other. We'd talk about what bothers us all the time but at the same time there are things that I'd rather not share nor talk about. I'm getting better at communicating but I'm taking my time.
My current fiancee knows about my late fiancee's diary. Despite her asking to see it and I have no idea why she'd want that but I made it clear that I have no intentions on sharing what's in it with her. It's not like it's a secret but I know my late fiancee would want me to keep it that way.
My fiancee kept bringing it up. Knowing how uncomfortable that made me feel. And yesterday I got home and found out that she took the dairy and read it. I was absolutely pissed she didn't even deny it. Even tried to argue with me about why I was lashing out at her. Even though she disrespected my boundaries. She even refused to acknowledge that couples should have personal boundaries. I yelled at her for being so inconsiderate and for touching the diary in the first place. She got upset that I reacted like this and refused to talk to me for hours.
She's currently staying at her friend's house saying that I was being harsh on her.
I am having trouble integrating the experiences that I had watching two documentaries earlier this week. The first was 'Dominion', and the second was 'Earthlings' (I think that's what it was called).
I have been an avid consumer of meat and dairy my whole life. In recent weeks I had begun to wonder why I always felt bloated and tired after drinking milk and eating meat products, while I felt energized after eating leafy greens. This led me to watch various dieting videos on YouTube, which eventually led to Dominion.
'This can't be true', I thought after watching Dominion. 'Surely this isn't what is really happening every minute of everyday in developed countries around the world'. After then watching Earthlings I realized that I had been living a lie - unaware of the truth my entire life.
Although it has only been a few days, I haven't eaten meat since. There have been a few other changes. I can't bare to look at the chopping board and frypan that my roommate uses to cook his meat. I feel a sense of disgust and a general aversion to walking down the meat aisle at the supermarket. I feel immense guilt for all the animals I have eaten throughout my life.
I never thought that I would say this, but I am becoming a vegan. Not just for morality and the sake of the animals, but also for the planet. I had no idea about the immense resources that the agriculture industry requires to produce the worlds supply of meat - and the subsequent effects on the environment and global warming.
My family vehemently despises veganism and vegetarianism. Although I don't live with them, I will have to break it to them eventually that I no longer eat meat.
This isn't just a momentary fad. Something has changed within my psychology after being exposed to the truth. I feel lighter and more natural since giving up meat. I don't know what to think, but I feel I am on the right path.
Any advice on websites and resources to help inform a dietary plan would be most welcome.
Since your body can’t process the lactose, does that change the nutritional value of foods containing dairy? I know that the body cannot break down the lactose and passes it through the system very quickly in some unfortunate ways so does it affect anything?
This is coming from someone who tried to cut out most meat and most dairy last year but couldn’t do it because the alternatives were naff.
I’m trying it again this year and it’s been so much easier. From Oatly milk to Richmonds meat free sausages.
I think 2021 may be the year I become vegan...or at the very least 100% vegetarian.