Thursday, October 01, 2009
Did you know. . .?
Frankenstein was created by a 20 year old young woman. . .
Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.
Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”
Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!
What's your favorite spooky story?
Friday, September 25, 2009
My recent renal ultrasound showed NOTHING on my kidneys!
However, the radiologist now wants me to have a CT scan specifically for that area. Had to have more bloodwork done in preparation for that and did that yesterday. Now I'm waiting for the call about the CT appointment. I guess we're being very thorough.
Next Friday is the coritzone injection into my hip where "Fang" the bone spur lives!
Had to get out of bed last night and give my hip a rubdown with Ben Gay because it was hurting so much. Must have worked, I fell asleep right after.
I once had a cat who thought Ben Gay was catnip, lol, and wanted to lick it all off me. Rosie, however, blinks her little eyes like it burns and wants nothing to do with me when I reek of that cream.
You know, I think that over the past decades, I've only been to a medical doctor once a year. I'm catching up now, though. Getting my money's worth out of all that insurance I've been paying. Lucky to have it, I know.
So, I've decided not to think ahead too far, not to worry, just to enjoy every day. I'm fortunate that I am gainfully unemployed (retired) and don't have to go to work through all of this - don't have to go anywhere I don't want to. Many people are much worse off than this.
If I thought I was inactive before, I now know what inactive really means. I'm catching up on lots of books, though. Reading and listening on my ipod. Joe and I are still having fun and I see him every morning and evening, as always. I said I felt like I might be slowing him down now, but he assured me he hadn't planned any mountain climbing or marathons, so I wasn't keeping him from anything, lol. What a great guy, but I already knew that!
You really can't control your life. You can only control your reaction to it.
So. . .
You have two choices each day. You can smile and be happy or cry and be miserable.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I found this site which contains a lot of nutritional info for many restaurants.
Just thought I'd share. It's always good to know what you're going to order before you get there, and to place your order first, before the orders of everyone else get too tempting!
If you have any other sites for restaurant nutritional information, feel free to share!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Diversity and Tolerance
Quotations on the difference in us.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up.
People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.
John F. Kennedy
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Madame de Stael
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stiffled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
Pearl S. Buck
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.
Robert F. Kennedy
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Spark People is surely a gathering place for diversity. That's why I like it here.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I finally had my orthopedic appointment yesterday afternoon. The moment the Dr. set foot in the door, my mouth fell open. He looks just like my oldest son! I see people all the time who look like my younger son. I guess he has a common body type/face. But I've only met one other person who looks like my older son, until I met this doctor. Really surprising.
I was there a long time and asked a lot of questions and covered a lot of things concerning my chronic pain. But the main issue is this hip pain I've been having that has brought me to a complete standstill for the past 3 months. And right there on my MRI where even I could see it, is a very long bone spur, growing off the top of the ball and socket joint that is my right hip!
If you point your index finger, then crook it downward, the side view of it is what the spur looks like. Like a FANG from some wild animal, and it's biting me in the . . . hip. lol I feel like Phyllis Diller, complaining about Fang. lol
The cartilage in my hip joint is fine, except where this spur grows downward off the top of the socket. It curves and narrows so that it is scraping away any cartilage there, and restricting the movement of my hip. My hip can't move properly, so everything else compensates or tries to, anyway. Muscles in the back, side and front of my leg all the way down to my knee, compensate, trying to keep my body moving the way it should even when my hip isn't working properly. Lots of muscle knots and pain.
First option - a "guided injection" of cortisone into that area. That should relieve the pain right away and last for 3 months. If not, I'm to call my Dr./son-look-alike right away and he'll refer me on to a surgeon to remove the spur. He even wrote his name, his secretary's name and phone number on a card and handed it to me. A very big plus in this huge hospital system that is my HMO.
I stay away from drugs all I can and am usually completely drug free. But I'd rather try the cortisone than have surgery. Also, if the pain persists, then it means something else is causing it, and maybe I'll see the nerve and muscle specialist next.
I have his blessing to exercise even while in pain, as long as I don't do anything outrageous. I'm never sure when to work through the pain and when to stop. So he gave me a better understanding of what to do in that respect.
Now I wait for them to call and schedule me with my consult for this injection. Everything takes time...
Not moving hasn't been my only problem. Why is it true that -
The more we HAVE on our plate, the more we PUT on our plate?
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