dewline: (compliment)
Had an exam at the Eye Institute on Friday. The specialist handling my file pronounced my situation "rock stable" and recommended that we do this again in about six months. I am more than happy to go along with this suggestion.
dewline: (astonishment)
Why am I not comforted by this news?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/erase-memories-1.4186191

Not a great way to start my morning. Or anyone else's, I suspect.
dewline: (empathy-2)

In case anyone's wondering: I heard about her heart attack. I think the timing is rotten for her and for everyone else who cares one way or another about her. Including me, a complete stranger to her.

I hope she gets past this. Because a lot of people are going to need her. And she's going to need help too.

dewline: (Sketching)
...yeah, I've fallen off-pace a bit. Been sick this week. Another viral infection, but this one looks like it won't need antibiotics to make it go away. A good thing.

Meanwhile...YouTube videos as software training tools. Yeah, that's still a thing, and I'm ploughing through a few of those before bed.

Stable

Sep. 6th, 2016 10:00 pm
dewline: (Sketching)
That's the word from the Eye Institute doctor. So I'm good enough for another six months, apparently.

Relief

May. 26th, 2016 07:53 pm
dewline: (compliment)
Some good medical news.

I got the results of the blood tests today. Thyroid and kidneys are good, blood sugar at the lower end of the pre-diabetic range. So I'm pleased with that. Ditto with the healing of the "ulcers" on my shins. No more changing dressings before bedtime, no more antibiotic ointment. For the time being, at least.

I'll likely be sticking with the compression socks for the foreseeable future, as well as keeping the unused ointment and dressing pads Just In Case.

I don't expect to evade Type 2 diabetes forever, mind you, no matter how careful I become. That strikes me as an inevitability, barring new medical triumphs (which are, so we've been hearing, being researched on a continuing basis and seem closer to bearing useful fruits of knowledge and treatment regimens).

Meantime, I've been enjoying what I can of the vacation leave left to me by my current day-job contract. That ends at close of business tomorrow. On the weekend, I file the relevant federal paperwork, and on Monday, the job search begins again, officially. Unofficially, it never really stopped.

More on other matters later.
dewline: (Sketching)

The legs are looking better tonight, if only by degrees. And I can do without the latest round of spring coughing jags.

But...there they are.

Sleeeeep...

Mar. 8th, 2016 08:56 pm
dewline: (Sketching)
So this segment of The Current caught my ears' attention this morning:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-8-2016-1.3480622/documentary-explores-serious-consequences-of-sleep-deprivation-1.3480683

And a worry that's been plaguing me for a couple of years is taking on added urgency.
dewline: (Sketching)
I'm voting after work tomorrow. Partly to get it done. Partly to avert the temptation to vote out of fear rather than hope.

Other notes...

Busted a filling again. It's one that has older work, so maybe it was time for the upgrade. But with the not-so-new-anymore-guy, it's still pricier than it used to be. I can manage the expense, but it still pains the wallet.

(Universal dental care at long last in Canada, anyone? Please?)

Comics reading this week: Captain Canuck # 4, We Stand on Guard # 4, Avengers # 0, All-New All-Different Marvel Point-One.

The third item on this list has me wondering: is Marvel Editorial seeking to sever the link between Canada and the Alpha Flight brand?

Home again

Sep. 27th, 2015 09:32 pm
dewline: (Sketching)
Just got home and logged in after a seven-hour drive from the Muskokas back to Ottawa.

There was a wedding in the not-so-immediate family to which I was invited to help represent the groom's side. Hence the journey to which I've been vaguely referring.

As a consequence of today's journey - interrupted in part by a collision between other drivers in Algonquin Park - I am too tired to care about things like "supermoon eclipses".
dewline: (Sketching)
So this was the news dropped on us last night via the Canadian Media Guild's news feed:

http://www.cmg.ca/en/2015/09/22/cbc-announces-plans-to-sell-off-all-buildings-in-midst-of-election-campaign/

Disturbing timing, although it's not as if this wasn't on the "intended results" list of those engineering the cuts to the federal share of CBC's annual budgets. As far as I know, CBC never owned the current Ottawa Broadcast Centre's home building. Despite the place being designed to serve the needs of the Ceeb, if the landlord wanted them out...?

Meanwhile, the coughing jags are still dropping further in frequency, although it seems like the severity level tries to compensate for that at times with more enthusiasm than I want.

*winces at the memory*

I'm still going back to work this morning, though.

At least the weather's been holding steady.

To those of you who were fans of Babe Ruth, my condolences on your loss today.

More on other stuff later...
dewline: (Sketching)
Still coughing, but less so than yesterday or last night. I still didn't get much sleep despite going to bed earlier than usual, though there were fewer interruptions last night. Maybe things will further improve tonight. Since I've promised to report for work in the morning, they'd better.

Meantime...I heard about Ta-Nehisi Coates writing a Black Panther story for Marvel. This should be Interesting. I've read his non-fiction stuff for The Atlantic, much of which has opened my eyes to many things. We'll come back to this later, I expect.

Odd note: Marvel's legal people seem to have decided "Registered Gifted" isn't a thing they want to protect anymore...? Like I said: it's odd. If you're building a cultural IP library the way Marvel's been doing for decades even before Disney's current role began, you don't take decisions like that as a rule.

About unemployment insurance in Canada: something I noticed today, for your reference. And on that note, I'll be turning on the TV to listen to Power and Politics. Rosemary Barton's taken the hosting reins from Evan Solomon rather well, thus far...
dewline: (Books)
Saw "The Magician's Apprentice" earlier this afternoon. A ride mixing fun and horror in equal measure, to my satisfaction. We can quibble over specific details if you want, but beware: some on my friendlist in that fandom may not have seen the show yet.

As to the ear-nose-throat issues, those continue at speed. I've burned through two boxes of facial tissue to date, a half-dozen Ricola lozenges, and I don't expect to be done yet by tomorrow morning. There will be lack of sleep, as per usual, when I log off for the night.

More as it occurs to me.

(Wondering if I want an avatar for "Twelve"...)
dewline: (Sketching)
Yep. It's an ear-nose-throat kind of day right now. Been getting some walking and shopping done in spite of that, but I'm sure that skipping the anti-allergy meds for a couple of days and not sleeping well combined have something to do with this.

Bleh.
dewline: (Grief)
So. Allergy flareup to go with breakfast this morning. We had a thunderstorm that did not relieve the heat/humidity situation in Ottawa-Gatineau overnight. And Yvonne Craig, the first person to play the character we've known as Batgirl and Oracle - she only played the former incarnation because it was the late 1960's - is dead at 78.

Not the best of starts to this particular day. 
dewline: (Sketching)
So, mostly okay at the dentist. There's a "shadow" on the x-rays from last year that has yet to be looked at, but they're leaving it to me to set an appointment date. Which, under the new work circumstances, will likely have to be a Saturday morning if it's to be soon.

Oh well.

Weather is tolerable in terms of heat and humidity for Ottawa-Gatineau, but it's still early summer. We had some rain last night, but it lasted maybe six or eight hours. The sky was already clearing by 7 AM today.

Yes, I am staying in Ottawa-Gatineau. Not going to San Diego ever again for several reasons (including the news from earlier today). Can't be helped.

More on other topics later...
dewline: (Sketching)
Based on this NY Times editorial, I have two thoughts:

1. What were the US authorities of the day thinking when they set those rules requiring that particular sequence of steps in place?

2. Where is Health Canada on this issue?
dewline: (comic books)
At the Ernst and Young Centre near the airport?

I'm not going this time. Too exhausting.

To those of you who are going, I hope you have fun.
dewline: (compliment)
I didn't know this was a real event.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lancet_rss at [Editorial] Universal health coverage post-2015: putting people first
Dec 12, 2014 marks the world's first Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. Defined in the World Health Report 2010, UHC means that all people who need quality, essential health services (prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation) receive them without enduring financial hardship. UHC also means different things to different people. Vivian Lin, health systems director (WHO regional office for the Western Pacific), told The Lancet, “some define UHC as a journey or an aspiration but it is actually a strategy to get to equitable and sustainable outcomes”.

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