Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today in my life..

I wok up this morning really weak.. felt almost the same as I felt when I had pulmonary sarcoid, it was a year of hell.. a year of prednisone.. so my wife said to call the cardiologist to see if I could get in sooner.. 
NO.. go to ER.. told my wife.. she went to the ER Chief, and told him.. ganged up on by the Doc's I work with, and before I knew it, I was on a gurney in my own ER.. Chest Pain.. Right upper chest.. a lot of EKG's.. a CT scan with some kind of dye that lights up bad areas like christmas tree lights.. two triponins.. a couple of IV's.. 
Good news.. minor kidney problem.. no heart attack.. 
Still have to see cardiologist.. need to know why I get short of breath with minor exertion ... .. ..   and where does all this get me? Very tired.. .. ..

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Scary Venting........

My Doctor gave me some news last week, regarding my Echo cardiogram.. I have to go soon to see a cardiologist.. to get all the details.. but it seems that the wall of my heart is too thick on the right side.. and is not able to pump all the blood from the bottom Right chamber, leaving some back each time.. 'does not empty all the way'.. Scary thought for me.. 
So that's my scary news.. has me a little worried.. OK, a lot worried.. it would explain why I feel weak all the time.. we have corrected the syncopal episodes that are now controlled by one med to make sure my blood pressure does not go to high, and another to make sure it does not drop too low..  
I am not a hopeful person.. OK OK, I am just plain scared.. I was thinking my memory loss was bad.. .. Sorry, venting.. .. ..

Saudi Women’s Activists launch the “Black Ribbons Campaign” on November 6th

Today I read on Jane Fonda's Blog about the brave women in Saudi Arabia, please read Ms. Fonda's Blog to see what she wrote. The following is what it said on www.metransparent.com...
Saudi Women’s Activists launch the “Black Ribbons Campaign” on November 6th
Wednesday 4 November 2009
On November 6. 1990, 40 brave Saudi women drove their cars publicly in the capitol of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to demand their right to drive. They were subsequently detained, their passports were confiscated, and fired from their jobs.
On the 19th anniversary of this event, Saudi women’s activists, led by Wajeha al Huwaider, are launching the “Black Ribbons Campaign”, demanding that:
A) Saudi woman be treated as a citizen just like her male counterpart
B) Saudi woman enjoys her rights to marry, divorce, inherit, gain custody of children, travel, work, study, drive cars and live on an equal footing with man
C) Saudi woman gain the legal capacity to represent herself in official and government agencies without the need of a male guardian.
We, Saudi women activists appeal to all those who support Saudi women’s rights, inside and outside the Kingdom, to participate in the campaign by wearing a black ribbon on their wrists as a symbolic and peaceful gesture of their .advocacy to Saudi women’s rights.
This campaign is raising the motto: “we will not untie our ribbon until Saudi women enjoy their rights as adult citizens”.
Please make sure to wear a black ribbon on November 6th.
Wajeha al-Huwaider

This is a very serious issue that took a lot of courage, and all who believe in Freedom, should stand with them.. Thank you..

Monday, November 2, 2009

We love Opera

Another Opera weekend started on Saturday with Donizetti’s "Daughter of the Regiment" at War Memorial Opera House. With the great coloratura soprano Diana Damrau as Marie and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio. A romantic Comedy. 

On Sunday we went to see Salome..  one act but what a great opera.. the music.. Nadja Michael was incredible in her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role as Saline, opposite returning artists Kim Begley (Herod) and Greer Grimsley (Jokanaan).  It was really great.