My friend Gabe took these in the ER at Beth Israel Hospital on Thursday night. My not-so-little friend made his initial appearance on Monday night. On Tuesday he showed no sign of leaving on his own, in fact by Wednesday he was making his presence even more noticeable day by day. So on Thusday a kind but not-so-gentle doctor forcibly removed him (squeezing and scraping) and replaced him with gauze in what I think you can see for yourself was a rather unpleasant procedure. I have another unpleasant procedure later today where the packing that replaced Ralph (yes, I named him) is replaced with new non-blood and puss soaked gauze. Ouch. Hopefully there will no remenants of Ralph left thanks to the anti-alien prescription (antibiotic) that I was given. God knows, the pain pills I was given did not do much.
Damn, I am getting old. As if the nearly 50% grey beard and increasingly grey hair on the top of my head (though I am grateful to have a full head of it) were not enough to let me know I was getting older, today I had to surrender to yet another sign of the times. I had to adjust the display resolution on my monitor to a lower resolution to be able to read the damn thing. I have been finding myself squinting and struggling to read things, especially late at night and early in the morning... with or without my glasses on. I have had glasses for reading for years but could always get by without them. But lately I am finding that my Presbyopia is getting worse. I reach for my glasses much more often. I walk around looking for better light in the apartment. And I frequently move myself or things back and forth trying to find the best focus. Well tonight I adjusted my resolution from 1680 x 1050 to 1440 x 852. I almost went to 1280 x 800, but then decided that I am not that blind.
I have never been a big fan of wearing glasses and find it too difficult to deal with contacts. But I must admit, I am very fond of my very expensive buffalo horn glasses from Robert Marc. Normally I do not spend a lot of money on things like this but a) I liked the frames a lot and b) I had a lot of money that I needed to spend in my health-care flex-fund or lose it.
Now if I could only find some way to make nose and ear hear glamorous.
In medievalmedicine, phlegm was counted as one of the four bodily humours,
possessing the properties of coldness and wetness, and was responsible
for apathetic and sluggish behavior. This old belief is preserved in
the word phlegmatic.
Colors of phlegm
Phlegm may be of several different colors.
"Healthy" phlegm is normally clear or white.
Yellow phlegm is normally a sign of an infection, or a case of the common cold. The initial state of the common flu
when the phlegm is still clear is the most infectious period. When the
phlegm turns into yellow, the body is already taking care of the
Greenish or brownish phlegm is nearly always a sign of infection. Greenish or rusty phlegm or phlegm with rusty spots can also be a sign of pneumonia and/or internal micro-bleedings.
Coughing up brown phlegm is also a common symptom of excessive smoking. This is due to resin sticking to the viscous texture of the phlegm and being ejected by the body.
Another type of phlegm often associated with smoking is brownish
gray in color. This variant is encased in clear saliva. When spread
out, the brown-grey "core" is shown to be grainy in composition, as
opposed to holding together. This is simply dust and other foreign
matter and may be caused by damage to the cilia, as in COPD patients.
Illnesses related to phlegm
Phlegm may be a carrier of larvae of intestinal parasites (see hookworm). Bloodysputum can be a symptom of serious disease (such as tuberculosis), but can also be a relatively benign symptom of a minor disease (such as bronchitis).
In the latter case, the sputum is normally lightly streaked with blood.
Coughing up any significant quantity of blood is always a serious
medical condition, and that means you should get immediate help. Phlegm
is hazardous to dogs and may cause certain rodents to vomit when
encountering the excretion.
I love NyQuil... the nighttime, sniffling (check), sneezing (check), coughing (check), aching (check), fever (not so much so), best sleep you ever got with a cold (dear God, I hope so)… medicine. I just took some, so I need to hurry up and finish this post before the coma sets in. God bless you Vicks! You know you are near death when you are contemplating the VapoRub. I am not there yet, perhaps tomorrow. But hopefully this dose of the cure-all snake oil will work.
I don't do illegal drugs anymore. Now I just do the legal drugs. Tonight I'm
on NyQuil and Sudafed. Let me tell you something, folks. Forget about cocaine
and heroine. All you need is NyQuil and Sudafed. I'm telling you right now, I
took the NyQuil five years ago. I just came out of the coma tonight before the
fucking show! Claus Vanbulo was standing over my bed going, "Denis, get up!
There's something the matter with Sunny! Hurry up!" I love NyQuil. Man, I love
it! I love it. I love it. I love it. It's the best thing shit ever invented.
Isn't it, huh? I love the name alone. NyQuil - Capitol N, small Y, big fucking
Q! I love that fucking Q, don't you!? What a great advertising idea! Put a huge
fucking Q on the box. They'll get high and stare at it. "The Q is talking to me!
The Q is talking to me!"
I love NyQuil, man. Because NyQuil has never changed, man. It's never
changed. All the other medicines are doing that inner-child thing. "we know that
there's a small child inside of you, so now we have grape and cherry and orange
flavor." Not NyQuil! They still have the original green death fucking flavor!
You know why!? Because it doesn't matter what it tastes like! It's so strong you
go, "*wheeze* Hey this stuff really tastes like.." Bang! Yer in the coma
already! "What happened?" "He said tastes like and he went right into the coma,
it was unbelievable!" We have reached the point where the over the counter drugs
are actually stronger than anything you can buy on the street. It says on the
back of the NyQuil box, on the back of the box it says, "May cause drowsiness."
It should say, "Don't make any fucking plans! Kiss your family and friends
goodbye. Say hello to Klaus!" NyQuil, NyQuil, NyQuil, we love you! You giant
NyQuil is the secret for all you twelve step recovery program people. Yes,
all you AA people, NyQuil is the key! It's the thirteenth fucking step! You can
drink it! It's over the counter! Drink as much as you want. "Are you drunk?"
"No! I have a cold. Same cold I've had for two years. I just can't seem to shake
it. I'm high as a kite and my teeth are green. Merry fucking Christmas!"
Hopefully I will wake up from my medically induced coma in the morning and the only thing left of my cold will be that inevitable crusty nose and dry mouth that result from said coma. It's either that, or its the burning cough in the chest, which is a sign that the drastic measures failed and actual medical assistance might be needed. But I am keeping my fingers crossed.
I used to be a huge believer in the OLD Alka-Seltzer Plus, when it used to contain Phenylpropanolamine Bitartrate (PPA). That would kick a cold's ass overnight every time. But alas, they stopped using PPA in Alka-Seltzer Plus in 2000. Who cares about a llittle increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, when you are dying of a bad cold?!?! We just want immediate relief.
In any event, I am beginning to feel hypnotic effects of the Doxylamine succinate kicking in. So I should go assume my pre-coma prone position. See you tomorrow, if it wears off by then.
Ok, to keep this whole Oscar thing managable, I have decided to just focus on the major award categories. I have made some progress this weekend and think I would like to try to see yet another picture yet this weekend. I am having trouble finding someone to go see The Aviator with, so I may have to go see it by myself.
BEST PICTURE THE AVIATOR FINDING NEVERLAND MILLION DOLLAR BABY *** RAY SIDEWAYS
ACTOR -- LEADING Don Cheadle - HOTEL RWANDA *** Johnny Depp - FINDING NEVERLAND Leonardo DiCaprio - THE AVIATOR Clint Eastwood - MILLION DOLLAR BABY Jamie Foxx - RAY
ACTOR -- SUPPORTING Alan Alda - THE AVIATOR Thomas Haden Church - SIDEWAYS *** Jamie Foxx - COLLATERAL Morgan Freeman - MILLION DOLLAR BABY Clive Owen - CLOSER
ACTRESS -- LEADING Annette Bening - BEING JULIA *** Catalina Sandino Moreno - MARIA FULL OF GRACE Imelda Staunton - VERA DRAKE Hilary Swank - MILLION DOLLAR BABY Kate Winslet - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
ACTRESS -- SUPPORTING Cate Blanchett - THE AVIATOR Laura Linney - KINSEY Virginia Madsen - SIDEWAYS Sophie Okonedo - HOTEL RWANDA *** Natalie Portman - CLOSER
DIRECTING THE AVIATOR MILLION DOLLAR BABY *** RAY SIDEWAYS VERA DRAKE
SCREENPLAY -- ADAPTED BEFORE SUNSET FINDING NEVERLAND MILLION DOLLAR BABY *** THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES SIDEWAYS
SCREENPLAY -- ORIGINAL THE AVIATOR ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND HOTEL RWANDA *** THE INCREDIBLES VERA DRAKE
Have on DVD
On my NetFlix queue
*** = my picks (who I liked, not who I think will win) to date, subject to change
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, & 50's, 60's, and 70's!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
No! I know what you are all thinking. You all got excited thinking I got a new tiara or won some pageant or another. No. I am not the new reigning Miss Boogie Down 2004. In fact, it is not a good kind of crown at all. This weekend I broke the corner off one of my molars. DAMN IT! So it looks like I will be getting yet another crown. That will be #3. Hopefully, this one will not require a root canal like the last one did. God, did I hate that! Well, it was about time to visit the dentist anyway. Yuck.