January 3rd, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Meds Yes, Hangtag No

Although I think I'll still do 20mg of the lisinopril tomorrow so they come out even (Kaiser doesn't carry 30mg so I take 1.5 pills a day). And I did find out what was taking so long. Kaiser was changing to another generic brand; I got an inside bag that says "Important Medication Change" and inside it, with the meds, is a note saying they may look or taste or whatever different. The bottle has the same sticker on it. My BP actually has been fine on the 20mg, so maybe I should email the nephrologist and see if she wants to drop it.

I made way too much rice in the rice cooker, so have enough for another meal in the fridge, and stir-fryed some of the pork plus mushrooms, onions, garlic, and red bell pepper slices. I'll have to see about getting some broccoli and green beans next week.

Shiva is driving me nuts because he wants something. I don't know what it is. He saw me put the dry food in the dish and he licked the oil off my plate. I wish I knew. I don't know where the ball is, either, and I suppose that may not be a coincidence. I've looked under everything out here, I suppose I should start looking in the crooks of the bedroom closet. ETA: It was in the folds of a long dress in the closet. You'd think they'd remember where they stash things! Mouse Factory Toys are making me a new Mr. Gator plus sending some more of the glitter pom balls.

I'm doing laundry and since there's only football, no news, on the channel where I like to watch news, it's a very musical night.
20111112, Marilee

Unusual Assistance Animals and My Reflexive Racism

Let's take the last first -- I was reading an old WashPost last night and my eye caught on a concert by the Blind Boys of Alabama at DAR Constitution Hall. My reflexive thought was that the Daughters of the American Revolution must not have known the Blind Boys were also black men. And then I realized that the DAR admitted black women in 1984. When Marian Anderson's manager tried to book her in the Hall in 1939, she was not allowed (and sang standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, plus thousands of others, quit the DAR. The DAR didn't officially change their whites-only policy for performers until 1952. So it was a long time, and even if I qualified, I wouldn't want to join, but they do allow not only black, but Hispanic and Native Americans, as long as their lineage meets the qualifications. Still, my mind thinks of them as racist, which is racist in itself.

This is the blog of a writer who has a very interesting NYT article (linked in the blog) about unusual assistance animals. Guide horses (miniature), a parrot that helps keep a guy from being psychotic, and a monkey that lets an agoraphobic woman go outside, for example. She has some additional video and pictures in the blog post that are as interesting as the NYT article.