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Fri, Mar 23, 2018 10:00am

Lifelong Admiration for Mayo Clinic's Sincerity: Meet @predictable

By Jen, Volunteer Mentor, @sandytoes14

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JEN: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect and motivates you to take part in the community?

@predictable: I subscribed to the Mayo Clinic Health Letter several years ago. In early 2016, the publication carried an invitation for readers to consider signing up for membership in Mayo Clinic Connect, and I did so.  At the time, I was working on lifestyle changes for accommodating atrial fibrillation and the new medications prescribed to treat that ailment. I found others on Connect were also facing these new-to-me challenges, and they had a lot of good ideas and empathetic approaches that helped me a lot.

Earlier, I had dealt with a range of health problems. After being successfully treated for them, I found other Connect members interested in my experiences. So, I shared information and ideas with them and, presently, became addicted to Connect. I wish I had more time to give to this noble service, which values the ability of patients to learn about their maladies and — to a reasonable extent — manage their participation in the therapies and care they need and obtain.

JEN: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?

@predictable: I am far less concerned about confidentiality now than I was before I retired over a dozen years ago. Personal transparency is much less risky when it is unlikely to affect my work and earnings. More important, we all enjoy our fellowship on Connect more — and get more information, insights and trust — when we give and receive the confidence of other members freely.

JEN: What groups do you participate in?

@predictable: I try to respond to any group whenever a moderator, a mentor or a member thinks I may be helpful. My main groups are these seven:

JEN: What surprised you the most about Connect?

@predictable: First, that Connect even exists; then that Mayo Clinic has invested so much in it as a manifestation of Mayo's commitment to patient-directed inquiry, diagnosis and treatment; and third, that Mayo Clinic and the Connect team are working so hard to expand the fellowship that brings untreated ill persons and current patients of the medical system together with survivors, medical professionals and leading researchers in the pursuit, discovery and application of proven treatments for the growing range of health problems people face.

JEN: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?

@predictable: Inspiration from the life experiences and insights of others is most influential, I suppose. It's hard to lose one's balance if you pay attention to what's happening in science, politics, history, journalism, philosophy, and human needs and achievement. Confronted by conflicts among these major concerns, I wonder whether resolutions come from reliance on faith or fact, or some measure of both.

JEN: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.

@predictable: Music was my avocation since my retirement a few years ago, and now it is my primary activity outside of home. I have sung baritone and bass in four large mixed choruses and sometimes solo in popular music halls around my region. Not golfing any longer, I enjoy bowling; after 68 years of practice, I'm averaging 180 in a senior bowling league that meets weekly.

JEN: What do you appreciate the most in your friends?

@predictable: The many things they do to clear the air during discussions of controversy and to explore chances for uplifting experiences for our neighbors, community and nation.

JEN: What food can you simply not resist?

@predictable: Blue crab cakes, my wife's carrot cake, Baseball Nut® ice cream cones and lefse.

JEN: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

@predictable: The guy who played Forrest Gump. What's his name? Oh, yes. Tom Hanks.

JEN: Puppies or kittens?

@predictable: Puppies — they're more humble.

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Thanks, Jen.  Really appreciate this and your contribution to the
whole idea for Connect!
Martin

 

@predictable

Martin: I so enjoyed getting to know you better! Great article!

Teresa

@hopeful33250

@predictable

Martin: I so enjoyed getting to know you better! Great article!

Teresa

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Thanks so much, Teresa.  Love fooling around with you!!
 
Martin

 

@hopeful33250

@predictable

Martin: I so enjoyed getting to know you better! Great article!

Teresa

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@predictable – I also learned something new from your post. I had never heard of lefse before so I googled it – sounds great. Do you make it from scratch? Is it a lot of work? Sounds wonderful.

Teresa

@predictable — Great read! It was fun to learn a little more about you. I am also a lefse lover and I'm glad that you didn't have lutefisk in your list ☺ My wife makes it every year around Christmas time for our kids and a few of her co-workers…not all of it leaves the house though.

John

@hopeful33250

@predictable

Martin: I so enjoyed getting to know you better! Great article!

Teresa

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Teresa, I have rarely made lefse myself, preferring to let relatives from my home town do it for me. It's easier to make with a rolling pin that has ridges all around so that sticky potato dough doesn't tear or bunch up. It's a lot of work. We spread butter, sugar and a little cinnamon on the flatbread, then roll it up and munch away. Martin

@johnbishop

@predictable — Great read! It was fun to learn a little more about you. I am also a lefse lover and I'm glad that you didn't have lutefisk in your list ☺ My wife makes it every year around Christmas time for our kids and a few of her co-workers…not all of it leaves the house though.

John

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John, I share your distaste for lutefisk, which most around her know nothing about. As I remember, it is brine soaked cod, cooked to a range of doneness (Norwegian word) — sometimes nearly raw, ranging all the way to almost crisp. We should keep lefse secret, John; there are so few producers of it, and they are getting fewer every year. I have considered moving to Norway for a variety of reasons, most prominent of which is lifetime supply of lefse! Martin

@predictable

Thanks, Jen.  Really appreciate this and your contribution to the
whole idea for Connect!
Martin

 

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Thank you Martin! I'm so pleased with how your article came out. Your wisdom and kind words are valuable to Connect.

@johnbishop

@predictable — Great read! It was fun to learn a little more about you. I am also a lefse lover and I'm glad that you didn't have lutefisk in your list ☺ My wife makes it every year around Christmas time for our kids and a few of her co-workers…not all of it leaves the house though.

John

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My wife's mother used to make lutefisk at Christmas and I cringed when the plate was handed to me so that I could quickly pass it on. It looked like white wiggly jello on the plate…almost thought it was still alive. One of my website customers was Tiegen's Store in Oslo, MN which doesn't exist anymore. I bought my wife a Lefse making kit there so that her mom could teach her how to make it. She had the rolling pin but always used the stove and it wasn't quite as easy until I bought her a griddle and some accesories. @hopeful33250 here's what you need to get started:

https://www.amazon.com/Piece-Lefse-Starter-Kit-Mix/dp/B078SBXXYF/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1521860141&sr=8-4&keywords=lefse+making+kit

I think I've got myself worked up now and hungry for lefse. Now I just have to convince my bride that I overheard that one of her lady friends at church was craving lefse. ☺

John

Nice reading!!!

@johnbishop

@predictable — Great read! It was fun to learn a little more about you. I am also a lefse lover and I'm glad that you didn't have lutefisk in your list ☺ My wife makes it every year around Christmas time for our kids and a few of her co-workers…not all of it leaves the house though.

John

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Gotta admit that this exchange with you, John, has sent me looking for the lefse recipe I got from my late aunt about 20 years ago. I used it to make Christmas lefse at our mountain cabin back then. No packaged mixes for her; she used boiled raw potatoes, milk, and butter to make the dough and rolled it out on a floured cloth to about 18 inches in diameter (which makes four good lefse rolls, enough for breakfast!). Thanks for the link to the Amazon kit. I should have guessed that they'd have one.

Incidentally, your description of lutefisk is a perfect explanation of what my Danish grandmother made (only occasionally, given that lutefisk is a Norwegian, not Danish, "delicacy.)"
Martin

@johnbishop

@predictable — Great read! It was fun to learn a little more about you. I am also a lefse lover and I'm glad that you didn't have lutefisk in your list ☺ My wife makes it every year around Christmas time for our kids and a few of her co-workers…not all of it leaves the house though.

John

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My grandma's lefse was a family treasure. We are convinced she didn't give anyone the "official" recipe because no one has been able to replicate it. It seems she took her lefse secrets with her!

I looked up your Lefse…I love the original tradition. Wish the next, and the next generation would follow it.
My grandparents are from Scicily and Naples..
Both my mom, and dad…they didn't like each other LOL.. But gosh the old original recipes, WOW. I make many, but my oldest daughter replicates my Sicilian grandmothers italian cookies for holidays…I won't be allowed to reveal the speech she uses to explain the amount of work, of course from scratch…and you know, she has modern equipment! Grandma had her hands. You guys cheered me up today…I lost my dog Lucy Feb 9th, lymphoma…and 3 weeks ago, my precious big Labrador, Maverick was diagnosed with bone cancer…im keeping him as comfortable as can be…heart wrenching to say the least. Thanks guys…I just may whip up a lefse…your invited!

@dazlin

I looked up your Lefse…I love the original tradition. Wish the next, and the next generation would follow it.
My grandparents are from Scicily and Naples..
Both my mom, and dad…they didn't like each other LOL.. But gosh the old original recipes, WOW. I make many, but my oldest daughter replicates my Sicilian grandmothers italian cookies for holidays…I won't be allowed to reveal the speech she uses to explain the amount of work, of course from scratch…and you know, she has modern equipment! Grandma had her hands. You guys cheered me up today…I lost my dog Lucy Feb 9th, lymphoma…and 3 weeks ago, my precious big Labrador, Maverick was diagnosed with bone cancer…im keeping him as comfortable as can be…heart wrenching to say the least. Thanks guys…I just may whip up a lefse…your invited!

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Hi @dazlin, I'm really sorry to hear about Lucy and Maverick. They do become family members and it's hard when you lose them. I haven't had a dog since the first few years of our marriage. We had two mutts that we got as puppies from the pound. I accidentally stepped on one when I was feeding them and broke her back…cried for many days and finally had to have her put to sleep. Then we had to give the other one away because she keep digging out of the yard to find someone to play with while we were at work.

I would settle for a picture of warm, freshly made lefse if you make some. My wife's mother lived with us for many years and that's when my wife really learned how to make lefse the old fashioned way. Her mom came from a family of 14 brothers and sisters. Their parents were from Norway and her grandmother died in childbirth with one of the first 6 or 7 kids. Her grandfather went back to Norway to get another wife and had the other kids with her. No television in those days ☺ I had never heard of "hotdish" before I married a girl from Minnesota.

Maybe we should start a new discussion on the health benefits of lefse? There has to be some…right?

John

Haha John…we better be careful not to turn this into a recipe forum…maybe it go bye bye. Appreciate your kind replies too!

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