alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Fireworks)
I like that.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
Yes, it's real.

Don't ever give me a surprise party!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (W's cat Maisie)
Spread the word! No one who needs these wants to be surprised by a mix-up!

WebMD News Alert:

Drug manufacturer Pfizer has voluntarily recalled a million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and generic norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills because of a packaging mix-up. The pills, which may be out of order, could lead to unintentional pregnancy.

Although the pills are made and packaged by Pfizer, they are sold by Akrimax Rx Products and carry the Akrimax name on their labels.

Lot numbers and more details at http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/news/20120201/1-million-birth-control-pill-packs-recalled?ecd=wnl_nal_wmh_020112
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Boobies!)
During my recovery I became hypersensitive to taking supplemental Vitamin C, and stopped it. I get fresh lemon juice every day, instead. Here's another study showing us that free radicals are not (at the least) the only reason aging sets in.

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/08/worms-lifespan-aging-free-radicals.html
alfreda89: (borrelia burgdorferi)
Not only HUGE for Lyme disease study, but also for diseases near and dear to some of you --

Bacterial antibiotic resistance genes discovered

From the Johns-Hopkins Newsletter -- By Aleena Lakhanpal
Issue date: 11/5/09

A snip:

These L-forms of various bacteria may be the underlying reason for chronic resistant and recurring diseases, such as sarcoidosis, various forms of inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.

http://tinyurl.com/yzv6kdr
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Massage Table Cats)
It was becoming a struggle to give him the PediaLyte, so I bit the bullet and took him to the weekend place. They are double for the initial exam, but otherwise close for the day vet. As a bonus, my vet who saw him Thursday was able to take a phone call, so the doctor had the stats for Thursday, the vet to talk to, and my report for in-between.

Did you know that most cats die of renal failure?
Other than accident or heart problems, of course. )

It is, alas, a time of great stress and financial trial. I hope the turn of the corner is coming. (And that there's no oncoming train....)
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Massage Table Cats)
Interesting -- especially because I have taken three of these, and I'm still taking one. I wonder if I could get acupuncture to work for the bad arthritis I have? I tried getting off Vioxx, and the Celebrex once each -- my hands were pretty much frozen up and unable to do anything by the tenth day. And I was still an LMT working at that point.

Of course the insurance company will pay 80% after the deductible on Celebrex. I doubt they'd pay for acupuncture. I could trade once a week for a month's Celebrex...or twice a week at the student clinic. Seriously thinking about it....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24777955/
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Polar Lights)
Precinct 254-D reporting in. Over 300 at caucus. 2:1 split -- 30 Obama delegates, 13 Clinton delegates. For my sins, I am an alternate to the Travis County Convention the end of the month.

Democracy in action. Note to self -- take copy of the Rules of Order to the next caucus, in case the new precinct captain doesn't know them!

Some good news, at least. Potentially bad news -- my over-worked Lyme practitioner is closing her CA office. Not sure yet what this means for me. Bah.....

**Sigh**

Aug. 31st, 2007 03:13 pm
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (DontWannaCat)
Does anyone else ever agonize about hotel reservations? I hate to do this, and now I have to go every six months to San Francisco, and make sure that come H#$% or high water, I make the appointment. But San Francisco is expensive like you would not believe. I've gone twice, and for some reason the price of rooms is up -- Hilton has doubled for the O'Farrell location. It's enough to tempt me to go only two days -- but I can't get a Saturday overnight if I short myself, thus effecting the package price.

I've checked Priceline and Cheap Tickets -- Both hotels I'm considering have a couple of "Hotel from H#$%" experiences, despite being 4 star. I did Hilton before, but even as a package it's $800 a person this time. So, Hyatt and the former Marriott (Parc 55) are getting the hard eyeball. Doctor is on Sutter.

Actually stayed two days in South San Francisco last time, at a great Hilton Garden Inn, then dumped the car and spent one night downtown -- double the price, of course. Even the Garden in is up 50%. Is there something big in San Francisco the weekend of the 18th of October?
alfreda89: (Peppermint Peach Tree)
Yes, I haven’t read LJ for days – too busy on the road. So, if I missed anything important, let me know. On another note, here’s part of the report:

It was back to San Francisco once again. The best way to do this is always to stay over Saturday night – it does mean the best price on fares. I wanted my appointment to be on Monday instead of Friday this time. I wanted my doc to have the option of running some special tests that can’t be done Friday – the blood won’t last until Monday. Also, I wanted to examine other options. W had mentioned a desire to see Muir Woods. I knew this was a must-attend event, so I said yes, let’s get a car and do it. He poked around and found out that Winchester House was a reasonable drive, and asked if I’d want to see it.

I’d been in love with Winchester House since I read Michaela Roessner’s (sp?) SF book VANISHING POINT, so I had to see it. This meant Friday for Winchester House, Saturday for Muir Woods, and Sunday for a museum, we hoped. We stayed outside of SF for two nights, and then the third in town at the Hilton O’Farrell.
what the heck, it's an adventure! )
0 dark thirty comes early )
0h, the trees! )
Next time? More museums and wine country – W is ready to get some wine education.
Into The City )
down to business )
I know the next scenes in Allie 3 and the Curse Book – so, the week’s work lies ahead of me. With some time in there for a client session, some webbing, and finding the rest of the #$%@ receipts!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
Study Finds That Drinking Cola May Harm Bones

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, roughly 55% of Americans,
mostly women, are at risk of developing osteoporosis, a disease which leaves
bones weak and more likely to fracture. Complications from hip fractures are a
common cause of disability and even death in women as they age. Now, a
recent study reported in the October 2006 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
has found that drinking regular, diet, and decaffeinated cola drinks - such as
Pepsi-Cola or Coca-Cola - on a regular basis may contribute to lower bone
density and put women at increased risk for osteoporosis.

Researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
University analyzed data from 2,500 men and women who were part of the
Framingham Osteoporosis Study. The average age of those studied was just
under 60. In women, cola consumption was associated with lower bone mineral
density at three different areas of the hip, regardless of factors such as age,
menopausal status, total calcium and vitamin D intake, or use of cigarettes or
alcohol. However, cola consumption was not associated with lower bone mineral
density for men at the hip sites, or the spine for either men or women. The results
were similar for diet cola and, although weaker, for decaffeinated cola as well.

"The more cola that women drank, the lower their bone mineral density was,"
said Katherine Tucker, PhD. study author and director of the Epidemiology and
Dietary Assessment Program at Tufts University, in a press release. "However,
we did not see an association with bone mineral density loss for women who
drank carbonated beverages that were not cola." Some research suggests that
the phosphoric acid contained in colas may block calcium absorption. Another
contributing factor may be that drinking colas is replacing low fat milk and other
healthier beverages.

"There is no concrete evidence that an occasional cola will harm the bones,"
says Tucker. "However, women concerned about osteoporosis may want to steer
away from frequent consumption of cola until further studies are conducted."
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
So --

I'm going to SF to see the specialist again. I'm thinking this time that we will get the fare discount by arriving over a Saturday night, stay out in South San Francisco the first two nights, and then move to the downtown West Union Hilton Sunday night. This is easy walking distance to the specialist, and guarantees I will not get caught in traffic, etc. and screw up the entire reason I came to SF.

This time I think we will see a few museums and maybe take W to see Muir Woods -- he's never been. Then we'll get rid of the car (45.00/nite parking at the downtown Hilton -- no thanks) and maybe go down to the wharf for lunch after the doc, before we go to the airport and home.

Anyone who has done this bit a lot see any problems with this? speak now -- I'm getting the plane tickets Monday AM --

Need a decent Steak place, too. Sullivan's disappointed. Good steak, lousy everything else.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
My only excuse is holiday madness, plus I will now freely admit I did too much during WFC. I had no business trying to have a party -- because I think the people who came enjoyed themselves, but I couldn't enjoy it. I didn't know the banquet was Saturday night, or I would have had a much smaller affair -- gotta have two nights for editors and agents to do their thing with clients. (I don't currently have an editor, and my agent never comes to these things. So I don't do that sort of thing.) and I never do banquet because I can't eat most of that they offer. So --

Party went well, enjoyed meeting people, and IncanDragon and BevHale were excellent hostesses, too, and I thank them for their care of my friends and acquaintances.

Got to talk with Ginjer Buchanan during the convention, and she's interested in seeing anything I have to show her. I have passed this on, and I hope that my agent has sent the new outline and chapter of the new Allie novel (SPIRIT TRACKS) to her. Ginjer did ask if I had the rights back to the other two, and I am pleased to say we did that.

I had a reading (there are advantages to knowing the concom) and to my amazement the room was nearly full. I stopped counting at 30 and tried to read well. It was the first chapter of SPIRIT TRACKS. Then I promptly panicked and fled, since I wasn't doing well and didn't want people to see the stress aphasia. But Inky tells me the reading was a good one. Maybe there are people who want to see another book.

Last week I broke down and bought a membership to WFC 2007. I don't know if I will go, but I hope to have a sale by then, and be back in The Game.

Personal stuff behind the cut )

I actually started a new story -- it's coming out tiny pieces at a time. We'll see where it wants to go. I'm still in the darker parts of the story, in my head, and it swirls. I wanted to write something with humor in it. Just calling it the Curse Book for now.

And that's what has been happening...
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Okay, here's part of why I haven't posted...

Lucky us -- between W's outpatient surgery and my sleep-over procedure, we're not going anywhere for Xmas. I can't drive and W can't fly, just to make it really interesting.

Warning -- on pain meds and contemplating mayhem. )
AND Teo's finally has chestnut gelato, and even through meds it is still divine! Or do I mean sublime? I think sublime with a touch of divine.

I think it's time to blow everything else off and write. Or attempt to read the last 200 friends posts.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Never did find ANY sweet potato fries... )
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
9/22/06
A day of spending more for breakfast than I usually spend for lunch, seeing my doctor, and almost making good my threat to buy a pair of shoes that cost $1,000 – if they fit well. Stay tuned – food, shoes, and panicked Visa requiring me to call and admit that I was really me!
the search for steel cut oatmeal and sweet potato fries )
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Oxblood Lilies)
Has anyone used an on-line American pharmacy to ship perishable drugs? I cannot get my meds in Austin -- probably not in Texas, I've tried College Station, where I'll be this weekend, but Walgreens has none there, either. I've waited five weeks, and learned that I must say screw the cash flow, I must buy the stuff where/when I can find it. I have a script for this, I just cannot find it. Apparently %$@#%&^ Monarch is not producing enough of this drug.

I've found a place to investigate, but I know nothing about them, and I hate to spend over $400 at a site I know nothing about . . ..

On another note, it's POURING. We may catch up to normal rainfall.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Oxblood Lilies)
W is taking a quick nap in hopes of regaining his energy and his stomach. We've been in a blood study, and he'd volunteered to be a control (my hero!) But the local branch of the blood draw folk doing the study seemed to have a bit of trouble with the draws today -- it took three times, both arms, to get me this time (with one wasted 1/2 tube) and there's one more day of the study for me to go. It's 3 days out of 4, so I could skip tomorrow, but I don't want to chicken out.

But I told W I completely understood. They made several attempts on him, and when he felt queasy and went to get a damp towel, he passed out in the restroom! Fortunately, he didn't hit his head, and he hadn't locked himself in. They heard him fall. Since they'd just had trouble with me (I was already gone, he'd come from work and I from the studio) they will not be happy to see me tomorrow!

It's so odd -- some people have no trouble at all giving blood, and others it's like pulling hen's teeth.

ARGGHHH!

Mar. 1st, 2006 12:47 am
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Oxblood Lilies)
First my antibiotic is in short supply, so they change my drug. Now they want my painkiller. IIIIIIIEEEEEE! Cthulhu comes!

Group Seeks Federal Ban on Darvocet

Darvon, Darvocet and related painkillers should be phased out and eventually banned, a watchdog group said Tuesday in a government petition that cited the accidental deaths of at least 2,110 people between 1981 and 1999.

http://my.ev1.net/english/news/newsarticle.asp?articleID=50175786&subject=health
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Oxblood Lilies)
My insurance company, the idiots who randomly decide whether a medical procedure is covered for me or not covered due to riders--has sent me a check for twenty-seven cents.

Yes, you read that correctly. $ 0.27 .

It must have cost them more to print and mail the sucker than that....

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