Archive | January, 2013

Pill Camera Study

22 Jan

$2200 SGD Capsule (Pill) camera... PillCam® SB

$2200 SGD Capsule (Pill) camera… PillCam® SB (Photo credit: David Yeo T. B.)

This morning I woke up early, and was in my doctor’s office by 9 a.m.  He wants me to do something that is called a  pill capsule study. This is for the on and off bleeding problem that I have been having for the last 2 years. For those of you who have never had this done, I will explain how it works. The nurse asks you to remove you shirt, and then to lie down on the table. She then attaches some probes with cables on you stomach, and then plugs them into a small box that you will carry around all day. It weighs about a pound, but it sits in its own carrying case, which straps around your neck, and sits on your side. Then, once all that is in place, she gives you a large pill that looks like a tylenol. This contains a tiny camera. As the camera passes through your system, the box will record pictures each hour. There is nothing hard to this process, and it doesn’t hurt.  You can eat and drink during the time that you are wearing it. I will have to go back to my doctor’s office today at 4:30 p.m., and they will remove the box, and probes. It will take a few hours to download on the computer, which will allow my doctor to review it,  like a movie. The whole object of this test is to try to pinpoint the exact location of my internal bleeding. It is better than an X-ray, and pictures are very detailed, so I’ve been told. So, I should know by tomorrow if there is any news, good or bad, or if I have to go in for surgery. I have done this test before, but it couldn’t provide anything specific for my doctor, so I am hoping that the second time around is better for me. Wish me luck.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes, the tiny camera is disposable. I asked!

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NEVER leave a candle burning and go to bed!

18 Jan

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File08978 (Photo credit: Ian Fuller)

English: An orange candle burning in a dark en...

English: An orange candle burning in a dark environment with a bright flame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at...

English: Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at the I Am Ozzy book signing at Changing Hands, Tempe Arizona, Feb 20th, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just read an article on the internet about Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon left a candle burning in a glass vase, something that Ozzie told the Beverly Hills Fire department  that she has been doing for 32 years. Around  5 am  Sharon says she heard a sound, and she thought the housekeeper had come in, and dropped her keys, so she let it go. Minutes later, she couldn’t breathe, and smelled smoke. Ozzie, who has had hand surgery earlier that day, went downstairs only to find that their living room was on fire. He tried to put out the flames with his hand (in was in a cast), then opened a door. Sharon ran to the kitchen, grabbed some water, and threw it on the oily flames. It only spread the fire, and singed Ozzy’s hair and eyebrows. After getting a scolding from the Fire department  she apologized to her husband, and promised never to leave another candle burning in their home, ever. The reason that I am posting this on my blog is to ask that if you burn candles at night, please don’t do it. The Osbourne’s learned that lesson the hard way. I am glad that they were not seriously hurt, and came out of it okay. Lesson learned.

English: Cropped image of Sharon Osbourne at t...

English: Cropped image of Sharon Osbourne at the Concert Industry Consortium (CIC) conference at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, in February 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr

15 Jan

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr....

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 June 1963, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning that today is Dr. King’s birthday. He was born on January 15, 1929, and had he lived, he would have been 83 today. Next Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday. It is the 3rd Monday in January. Sadly, Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray as he stepped out on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. His life was taken way too soon. I admire Dr. King for his civil rights movements, his desire for all men and women to live in peace, and to be recognized as fellow human beings, regardless of color. He achieved many things  during his lifetime, including winning the Nobel peace prize. So we should honor him with a federal holiday. Men like Dr. King, President John F. Kennedy, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were killed just because someone didn’t agree with them, and didn’t like what they were saying. That is a terrible reason to take another human life. Sure, we can disagree with others, but there is never any reason to kill them just because you don’t like them. I often wonder what would have happened if all three of these great men had lived. Maybe our world would have benefited by having them still with us. Who knows what great things could have been accomplished.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to find out.

A book less library to open?

15 Jan

English: San Antonio Public Library Español: B...

English: San Antonio Public Library Español: Biblioteca Pública de San Antonio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Library

Library (Photo credit: ellen forsyth)

Cover of "Kindle Wireless Reading Device,...

Cover via Amazon

Books

Books (Photo credit: henry…)

Sorry folks that I haven’t written in a while. I try to write everyday, but nothing has inspired me to write. That is until today. When I woke up, I was watching the local news from Los Angeles, and they reported that a library in San Antonio plans to open a book less library. Say it isn’t so!  The library will have computers with access to E-books, but no paper books. And you can’t bring any personal devices to this library like Kindles. I guess this will work, but I do have mixed feelings about this idea. I have to admit that it will be cheaper for the libraries should they all decide to go this route. They won’t have to come up with funds to buy new books. My brother received a Kindle fire for Christmas and he boasted about being able to access E-books (loans) from libraries as far away as Los Angeles. If this works for him and others, that’s great. But I am going to have a hard time switching over to E-books. I like paper books. I buy several a year. Their is just something about the feel of holding, and reading a book. I want to be able to turn back and review pages that I have already read if I want to. I know what you are thinking, You can do this will devices like Kindles, I pads and cell phones, but to me, it’s just not the same.   And what about bookstores like Amazon, and Barnes and Noble? Will they discontinue paper books in favor of E-books? I realize that E-books are fairly cheap to buy at 99 cents, for now. But what about all the authors and publishers who depend on their income from hard cover book sales? Is this fair to them?  One of my favorite things to do is to drive down to the local B&N and sit in one of their over sized chairs (if your lucky enough to grab one), and to browse all the different titles of books, both old and new. So, I guess this is what the future holds for book lovers. I only have two questions. First, if you can borrow E-books from the library, why would you ever need to visit one, when you can just request and read it from your home? And secondly, what are these libraries going to do should a blackout occur, and the power goes out? I guess they will only have to worry about that during the stormy season.  Personally, I will be sorry to see paper books disappear. I can only hope that their are other people who feel like I do, and want paper books to continue. Call me old fashioned, that’s okay with me.

Watching “One Step Beyond” with my mom.

6 Jan

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m spending my Sunday evening on Hulu watching an old black and white television show, called “One Step Beyond.”  For those of you who didn’t grow up in the 1960’s like I did, it was a show very similar to The Twilight Zone, except that each episode  was based on a true story.  It aired on ABC from Jan 29, 1959 to July 4, 1961. Actor John Newland was the host. This show brings back some great childhood memories. One of my mother’s favorite things to watch on TV was what she called, “spooky stories.” I didn’t know it at the time, but she would instill this same curiosity in her then, ten year old son.  My mother and I would watch reruns of this show over the summer, which always aired at one a.m.  One at one, easy enough to remember. Summer was the only time that she would let me stay up late, as there was no school for three months. To be honest with you, I don’t think she wanted to watch them alone.  After she made some Jiffy pop popcorn (remember that?), I would turn off all the lights in the house, lock all the doors,  and sit on the couch, giving this show our full attention. We would tune in listening to the eerie music, and watching as John Newland would introduce that night’s episode.  As you can imagine, any unexpected noises we heard made us jump. We would look at each other,  trying to figure out what the noise was. She would tell me,” Michael, go see what that was!” To which I replied,”No way Mom!” My poor excuse was that I didn’t want to miss the show.

The were two episodes that were very memorable, and I can still recall them forty-five years later.

The first was called, “Tidal wave.” It is about a woman who lives in Hawaii, and is wheelchair bound. A series of earthquakes has sent a Tsunami towards her house, and everybody else has left the island. An elderly man is led to her home, and saves her. Not an easy task considering the man is deaf.

The other was called, “The Day the World Wept-The Lincoln Story,” told about President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1865, had a dream about his own murder. The next day he goes to Ford’s theater, where he is assassinated. I recently found out that this was indeed a fact after stumbling upon an article on the internet. Note- you can also view episodes of this show on You Tube.

It was a favorite time in my life, and now that my mother is no longer around, I still have awesome memories of those hot summer evenings, watching spooky stories together. Mom only had one rule: you could talk all you wanted during the commercials, but when the show came back on, you had to be quite. This worked for me as I didn’t want to miss any of the program.

So if this is the kind of the program that you enjoy watching, or if you’ve never seen it, here is my advice. Wait until it’s dark, head over to Hulu, or You Tube, turn off all the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy yourselves! Oh, and don’t forget the popcorn!

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond – Host actor John Newland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colorado: More senseless killing

5 Jan

This sign (pictured) was shown several times t...

Seems violence and sickness have one thing in common.  Both of them do not discriminate. They don’t care what you look like, how old you are, if you are male or female, or the color of you skin. They both will come upon you suddenly, and without warning. It is just the 5th day of the New Year, and already, we have another senseless killing in Aurora, Colorado. Will this type of violence ever stop? People, we don’t need this type of murder anywhere on the planet.  While I don’t know all the facts surrounding this shooting, I do know this. A human life is precious, and the taking of it, is never correct. Apparently,  a gunman entered a home, and took the residents hostage. One of the people living there, escaped, and notified the police. What was the shooter’s motive? What was he thinking? Why that family? I don’t know the answers to these questions.  While our hearts and prayers go out to the victims families, may it be a very, very, long time before something like this happens again! This type of killing must stop. We have all types of people in our world, and unfortunately  some who are not thinking clearly.  I saw on the internet where a person had mapped out people’s homes who have gun permits, in their area. I think the jury is still out on that one. Was that a good move, or a dumb move? Only time will tell.  While evil still exists in this world, so will violence, but let’s all do what we can to protect our loved ones, and ourselves. Our lives are too valuable not to.

The benefits of laughter

4 Jan

We all enjoy a good joke. There have been many studies done on laughter, and how good it is for you. Did you know that laughter actually increases memory and learning? Reader’s Digest has a column by the name of Laughter, the best medicine. We all know how good you feel after having a good laugh. There have been so many times that I have been watching a good comedian on TV, and I have laughed so hard, that tears come to my eyes, and my sides have started hurting. But it is all fun.  I would much rather spend my time laughing, than crying over bad news.

So here are just a few of the benefits of laughter:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Gives a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduces certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Increases the response of tumor and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defends against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increases memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Improved alertness, creativity, and memory

So get together with you friends, and share the gift of laughter. If you know a few jokes, and are really good at telling them, then why not share them with your friends. They will thank you for it.

Remember this:  an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but one thrown hard enough, will keep everything away!

Smiley Face

Smiley Face (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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