Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's Grand Rounds, MediFans!

Or is that MediFannies? Sorry. Up too early this morning to get a car into Goodyear...

GruntDoc directs us to this week's Grand Rounds at Dr. Andy.

I thought only people of a certain age remembered these. Apparently few people have dealt with a very sick, very pox-covered adult.

This is not news to those of us who work on daily newspapers.

The McDonald's french fry brouahah makes sense to most of us. We love the taste. But at least one person in our office now knows why her gut aches every times she eats there, even when she throws away the bun to her hamburger.

And many more entries. As usual, some are not for the squeamish.

Little Pond

Sunday, February 19, 2006

We love our Chemung River!

One the ice again!!??!! Yep, only this time solo. GrammaDog holding the leash tight and ready to return her to safety. Go to RiverFest2006 for the full story. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Four days now with a lousy cold. Head all stuffed, eyes totally runny, and a cough even straight Dextromethorphan can't touch.

See, the first few days, I am usually quite chipper. You know. "It's just a cold. No big deal." I handle it all with aplomb, if I do say so myself. Sure, there's that nasty cough, right from the very depths of my lungs. The tickly throat that makes my eyes tear constantly. No really sick feeling, life goes on. But!

But by the fourth day, there's not enough sleep in the whole world. It's time for a hot toddy and fuzzy bathrobe and slippers. But nooooo. The last half of the week is the worst at the paper. It's not a good time to leave people handling a third workload. And in a three-person department, it really hurts.

So naturally, just as the body is screaming, "Bed, bed, please, bed!" the worst worknight awaits me. So it's plenty of Dextro, Tylenol extra strength, cough drops and hot decaf all night. And comfy, sexless clothes. Hey, we're all guys, right?

The only way past it is through it. There's cold beer and video games waiting for me this weekend.

Little Pond

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Asthmas is bad today

You can see here, maybe, why. My own fault, so I'm not complaining, just offering an explanation for the very short post.

Grunt Doc says the Grand Rounds are up, and hosted by intueri. I never got past this post, the first I chose to read. I've always wanted to work with babies in the neonatal unit, just as a volunteer. Now, I don't think I have what it takes. Not at all.

Back to Grand Rounds when I'm feeling better.

Little Pond

Sunday, February 12, 2006

What a relief!

My doctor wasn't miffed in the least by my changes in the prescriptions. He was most sympathetic regarding the alarmingly high copays.

I can't help but feel a little sheepish over the whole deal. We could scrimp and save to afford them, but why give up so much just to have the name brands? Between Husband RJ and I, our drug costs are well over $200 per month, without those extra drugs. With one important exception: The Copaxone copay is $20.00. The County insurance pays a staggering amount for us. So it's not like we feel worked over by them. Perhaps we can cut back on the less essential ones.

My bloodwork was excellent, even my calcium readings, and my blood pressure seems totally under control. Closer to my readings from my early twenties!

Unfortunately, I experienced low blood sugar at the close of our visit and could not stay for some followup, shots and home tests, etc. I'll get those next week.

Then it's time for a Mammogram and a OBGYN visit. Right now, I feel wonderful, and expect no bad news.

Life is good.

Little Pond

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This Grand Rounds is Really Big

It's Tuesday.

So naturally I went to Gruntdoc for Grand Rounds. This week they are hosted by Bora Zivkovic.

Heads up! They are huge. He decided not to whittle them, and instead includes every submission received. Do what I do: 1--send the url to your desk top; 2--go through the darned thing and just select those that jump out; 3--later select only those that address something related to your, or your personal circle's, current crises; 4--finally read those that only seem interesting.

This doesn't work if you are a casual surfer. You'll forget the desktop icon and later trash it. Trust me on this one.

But I hate to miss anything, just because I have a limited attention span. And it irks me when someone emails me an item I should have read (and emailed to them).


Little Pond

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Gotta Go to Grand Rounds

Yesterday's visit to the Neuro left me only a little time to spend with VeggieGirl and HuggaMutt, and I only got on the Internet quite late last night. But I spent a lovely hour on Grand Rounds via GruntDoc. Actually, if you read GruntDoc regularly, Grand Rounds are linked there every Tuesday.

Hostess this week is Barbados Butterfly. Honestly, I don't have a favorite entry this time, although she's peppered the post with some great cartoons and photos. My favorite here.

GolferGirl's begged off our visit this morning, so today Ellie and I will clean house.

Little Pond