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06:42 pm: The Abdominal Wall Wound Specialist
First, the Maryland fancy test scheduler woke me up this morning and told me this test is done here in Virginia, at Penderbrook, where I see the rheumatologist, which is much better. I probably would have had to stay in a hotel in Maryland because the test is four-five hours long and a lot of it is movement.

I had good travel in to Falls Church where the AWW Specialist was the Nurse Practitioner and after she looked at the pressure sores, she pulled out the same green tube of stuff I've been using -- HP Proshield Plus -- and said they were close to healing and I'd been doing the right thing. She gave me a couple wound care tips and said to come back if I needed to. I told her about the enlarged heart and she said "probably the Cytoxan" which is what I was thinking.

While I'd been in the waiting room, the TV covered the black guard at the Holocaust Museum being killed by the white supremacist who was wounded by other guards. I heard an elderly lady say to her daughter that she couldn't imagine I would be reading the newspaper and not watching the TV and I decided not to tell her that I could not only do both of those at the same time, I could listen to her.

More good travel home and I stopped at Red Robin for lunch. I made a mistake ordering the "Honky Tonk BBQ Burger" because most of the weight of the pulled-pork was water (which was good for my protein intake, though) and the "smoke" was clearly in the sauce.

My van is 22.5 years old and uses CFCs for air conditioning. You can't get those anymore so I use evaporative cooling when possible which usually means I arrive home rather damp. I go back to the bedroom and get undressed and lie on the bed until the AC does better evaporative cooling. I noticed in the WashPost today that the House passed a bill like the cash for clunkers programs that some European countries have. The van qualifies for the $4500 voucher, but it requires a brand new car and I can't afford the rest of the money. Senator Dianne Feinstein is proposing a similar bill that would allow buying used cars with the voucher, and since even really good cars lose most of their monetary value in a couple years, I might be able to afford that.

Did you see the giant gold necklace the Iranian president gave Obama? Well, the WashPost's fashion columnist suggests that when he visits us, Obama should give him a Stetson.

I need to sit in the recliner for a while, so I'm going to post the DVD review and come back later.

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Date:June 11th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
"I heard an elderly lady say to her daughter that she couldn't imagine I would be reading the newspaper and not watching the TV and I decided not to tell her that I could not only do both of those at the same time, I could listen to her."

Heh. At least the lady was watching the news, and not complaining that nobody would switch it to some daytime game show.

I hope the Feinstein proposal goes on to become law at some point in the really near future.
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Date:June 11th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
True, true. Kaiser tends to have either landscape slideshows or CNN on, and this was CNN. It wasn't as if they were saying much different over and over.

I like the van and I'm glad it's lasted this long, but it doesn't have airbags, it's getting hard to step up into, and I can't expect it to last indefinitely, so I'd be happy to be able to get something new -- to me, at least.
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Date:June 11th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I think you mean that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia gave President Obama a giant gold necklace. Specifically the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit medal.

For what it's worth, while fact checking myself for this comment (wasn't sure it was from Saudi Arabia and not from Iran of my own sure knowledge), I think I saw the term "necklace" from right wing sites more often than not, but more mainstream media and left wing sites tended to refer to it as a massive gold medal (and chain). Also, the sites to the right were less likely to mention that Pres. George W. Bush got the exact same thing from the same guy in January 2008.
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Date:June 11th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Ah, I definitely should have looked that up. It was from Sunday; I kept forgetting to put it in. My guess is that most world leaders get it, but Robin Givhan, the columnist, wrote about how it made Obama look like a rapper, as well as about the unusual medals the Kennedy Center Honors have.
Date:June 11th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope the Feinstein proposal works. It would be wonderful if you could trade your old van in for something newer and affordable.
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Date:June 11th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
And safer! I'm a good driver, but there are a lot of people who aren't.
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