March 27th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

"The will of the people is the best law"

That was my fortune cookie fortune today. It's not always right, but there are times when it's better than what exists.

I saw the nutritionist today to find out if I just add the protein in grains and beans to get a total protein amount and she not only answered that (yes), she didn't whine about my weight. In fact, she wants me to eat 200 more calories a day as a minimum and to eat more fruit. That certainly happens when I eat out (or today, ordered Chinese food while in the van in the parking lot at Kaiser and then picked it up on the way home), but I don't think I can eat that much every day. She told me a lot of nutritional things I knew, but she did answer my question. I stopped at admin to find out who's in charge of the new Manassas building and got the regional admin number, and then weighed and am still at 313 -- I figured I wouldn't lose any weight these last two weeks of the month with all the eating out at Minicon.

Shiva has been acting today as if I don't like him, which is certainly not true. I'm not sure what's up.

I leave for the homeowners' meeting in about 10 minutes so will start on LJ when I get back.
20111112, Marilee

Things I Forgot

I got a letter from a doctor yesterday about a study for people over 40 who have diagnosed osteoarthritis in the hip or knee and controlled BP. I was pretty sure it was for a new NSAID, but I called and was told someone would call me today. The doctor called and when he told me it was for a new version of Naprosyn (Aleve) with something to keep the BP down, I told him I couldn't participate. He kept on describing and I interrupted and told him that ibuprofen poisoning caused my first renal failure. Then he said "We don't want you in the study" and I said "Me too!" and we hung up. I know he didn't get my name & address from my doctors, so I wonder if it was from the Stanford Online Arthritis Study I did a couple years ago. I meant to ask, but it took too long for him to get that I couldn't have the study med that I forgot.

I had my upstairs neighbor's proxy with me in the homeowner's meeting. I thought it went better than I expected (and the council chambers have been redone with an easier slope for the audience since the last time I was there) but we did have someone complain that because he bought one of the two largest models, he has to pay more in condo fees. He wanted us to calculate by how many people lived in each condo (he lives alone) and three of us tried different ways to explain that this was how our condo was formed and we can't change it (and nobody in their right mind would charge by residents). Why don't people read the materials, if not before they buy, at least within the three day regret period?
20111112, Marilee

Minicon 43 Wednesday

I had stayed up all Tuesday night and the cab arrived at 6:30am. My checked baggage was two pounds over, and since I was taking pound bags of nuts and chocolates and such, it was easy to move two of those to my carry-on. I asked for a wheelchair pusher with a large chair and sat on the traditional air handler seats. The young woman who pushed me was very aggressive going across the security lines to get me to the front of a short one and I got my shoes off and through, but I could tell the x-ray guy was looking at my carry-on when he called a supervisor over. The supervisor was very nice and asked to look in my bag and I said okay. It turns out they were looking for the roll of dollar coins I had in the carry-on (the other roll was in a different shape in my wallet). Nobody's caught that before. I got to the gate in time to read an old WashPost before boarding (I brought 16 old WashPosts and came home with a half of one so I'm now only two weeks behind) and took my usual early entrance to the ramp. The woman behind me was trying to keep her kids from rushing ahead of me and I'm glad she did because I was more unstable than usual at the little steep ramps.

It was the usual 320 with lots of kids (Easter, I suppose), and I got two more papers read in the air and slept very briefly. I had the usual cart-ride to the mall-outside interface and then a pusher again. He was not trained well -- you never push someone forward out an elevator because the little wheels might get caught in the gap and mine did and I almost fell out before he pulled back. I waited for the hotel shuttle and read most of another paper. The hotel checked me into the "Club" level and I just commented that I hadn't been there before, and he said the lower level handicapped rooms weren't clean yet. I was right next to the Club Lounge, which was not noisy (less than some neighbors in the other handicapped room next to me on the other floor) but was amazingly hot.

I tabbed the thermostat down, got undressed, and napped for four hours. I woke up even hotter with heat rash in several places (skin is still peeling). I got dressed and stopped at the desk to ask for an engineer to check the heat and then took a cab to cakmpls's house for the work party. It was fun to see lots of people again after a year, and while I had some great chili and lots of talk, plus a little cat-petting, I never did work. I got a cab to the hotel and found a note from the engineer: "Open the window." You can only open windows in that tower (and I think all the handicapped rooms are in that tower in a stack, too) so I did, and ended up leaving it open the entire week to keep the room somewhere near 70F. I finished the paper, and went to bed.