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September 13th, 2007

04:47 pm: The Woodsman
It's been a while since I had time to watch a DVD and even though I'm not caught up with the papers, I needed to do some beadwork. You'd never know the protagonist, Walter, was played by Kevin Bacon. He's gaunt, bad haircut, walks funny.

The story is that a man who has sexually assaulted little girls comes out of prison after years. He gets a job in a lumberyard and has an affair with a woman (Kyra Sedgewick) who works there, and although he's tempted, he appears to holding on. Then a crisis happens and his world falls apart.

What the movie really is, though, is a character study of Walter. A heart-rending harrowing character study.

Highly recommended.

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04:55 pm: Bactrim
Bactrim is a sulfa-based antibiotic and I took it years ago and turned purple. Actual real purple. I called Advice and spent the day in Urgent Care on steroids, and now I list sulfa as an allergan. The thing is, every time someone sees the sulfa listed, they ask me how it manifested and I say I turned purple. They say it's impossible and end up putting down "rash."

The WashPost Health section has a new series about people who have diseases misdiagnosed and how they were finally properly diagnosed. I asked if she was interested in how my second renal failure went undiagnosed for nine months and she said yes, but only if the doctor would talk. I asked the doctor (who is retired from Kaiser) and he wasn't comfortable talking about it to a reporter.

One of the recent stories was about a woman whose allergy to Bactrim tipped her into Stevens-Johnson Syndrome -- oozing pustules all over you, including in your mouth -- and Tuesday's section had LOCs on it. One of them, by Katie Rapp, describes how she looked like she had a "really bad sunburn" all over. I think a really bad sunburn is pretty close to purple!

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