March 31st, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Reynaud's Syndrome

I couldn't get my feet into my shoes today, so I wore my slippers to see the rheumatologist (people wear flipflops to drive...). She agreed that my feet have massive edema and told me it was probably from the BP med that nephrology prescribed for me on 2/19. (lizzibabe, remember how I had to leave Panera early a day later?) I've emailed the nephrologist and we'll see if she wants to change the med or dose, or see me.

The rheumatologist also definitely diagnosed me with Reynaud's Disease, which she'd been thinking about for a while. My fingernails were purple in her exam room today and she decided that the "electrical" feeling in my thumb was the final step. I also get to stop one of the stroke meds.

I yawned my way home and after sitting in the recliner for a few minutes, just got the pillow and duvet and Spirit and I slept until 6:30pm. She would have liked to sleep longer.

Michael Steele, the RNC chairman, came into the job when their money was $22 million. The party raised $96 million since then, but the current amount is $10 million. How'd that happen? He used very expensive items for himself.

Do you know what you're eating? FDA says there's a lot of fraud out there, but they don't have time to check everything.

And to go along with the sleep apnea discussion, here's the way to determine if something is a disability and I think it shows that for most people, at least, it's not a disability.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's: June 2010

Sheila's editorial pointed out that she gets a lot of hostile letters, and one said she always buys letters with cats. She continued on how she does occasionally put stories with pets in, but doesn't usually. There's three stories with pets in this issue.

I actually read Silverberg this time: he was talking about how people want to declare something and have it happen, and he started with a town in Florida that declared there would be no evil in their boundaries.

James Patrick Kelly did the second half of his Free piece, spending a lot of time on whether things that are free will give you things that area paid.

I liked three stories this time:

1. "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen Steele -- a handyman on a Mars mission has a mental breakdown and when he leaves, there's a surprise.

2. "Petopia" by Benjamin Crowell -- in a poverty-stricken part of Africa*, a young woman finds an electronic pet. Her brother figures out how to make it serve them.

3. "Voyage to the Moon" by Peter Friend -- an astronomer is allowed to go to the moon to get a flower for his Majesty, but when he gets up there on his house pod, there's a cover.

* fledgist caught this -- it really felt like India to me, but he says probably Mali and he's much more likely to know than I am.