Whoot! Take that you freakin overzealous immune system ..

Trust me when I say this is good:

[X]Albumin:            4.4                                     3.8-4.9
[X]Total Protein:      7.0                                     6.5-8.3
[X]Total Bilirubin:    0.3                                     0.2-1.0
[X]Alkaline Phos:      48                                      35-104
[X]ALT/SGPT:           7                                 L     10-42      
[X]AST:                  15                                          14-33

Although it appears that someone may be trying to kill me in my sleep!

[X]Carbon Dioxide:     30                                H     21-29      

My New Screen Saver

The Google LatLong blog announced a super cool new feature that lets you sit back and watch the edits made to Google Maps in a live viewer. I’ve been way into Google maps recently for a work project so maybe this is just speaking to me more than it should.

It’s terribly addictive and I’m going to bookmark it and use as a screen-saver.

Undie Sunday/Undie Monday

DUW_USM_logo Dignity U Wear is a Jacksonville based organization that collects and provides NEW clothing to thousands of people in need all over the country. Starting in February, they are kicking off their annual Undie Sunday & Undie Monday 6 week drive to collect New UNUSED underwear for girls and boys.

If your church, business, school, or other community group would like to participate it’s not too late. You can get all the forms and participation materials on their website. Kick off is Feb 1 and Undie Sunday and Monday are March 9th and 10th.

This is just one of those things for me every year that is just a no brainer. I give all our “gently used” clothing to charities, mostly the Vietnam Vets or Goodwill where they resell them. But NO ONE, especially a child, should ever have to wear someone else’s used underwear. Last year they collected over 80,000 new pairs of underwear. I participate in this drive through my church and starting this year with my daughter’s girl scout troop as well.

Founded by holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth, Dignity U Wear is unique in that it only collects NEW unused clothing. These clothes go to people from all walks of life. Abused spouses who have just picked up their kids and walked out with the clothes on their backs. People who’ve lost everything in a fire. Hurricane victims. Folks who are just down on their luck. Since April 2000 they have provided over 3 million pieces of new clothing valued at $65 million to 300,000 children and families across 30 states. For more information you can visit their website www.dignityuwear.org

PSA for the Auto Immune Hepatitis Crowd

This one if for my AIH buddies. Everyone else looking for a slightly entertaining post please hum quietly to yourself and this will be over in a minute.

If you’ve started taking Imuran (azathioprine) and your noticing a LOT of hair in the shower, take heart. Mine has finally stopped falling out. This took about six months from when it first started.

I’m writing this because when I was feeling most panicked I couldn’t find any solid answers about how long this was going to happen. I started taking Imuran about a year ago but I was taking it with Prednisone so I guess that delayed the whole hair loss side effect and I forgot about it. I tapered off the prednisone over the spring and summer and was off it by August. In the last weeks of the taper I started noticing hair loss but didn’t think much of it because:

1. I have a lot of hair

2. I normally have a hormonal hair shed similar to what you get after a pregnancy every couple of years that lasts about 2 months

So I went on about my business but when October rolled around and I was still loosing hair I began to worry. In fact it seemed like I was loosing more hair per day that any hormonal shed had ever caused. That’s when I hit the Internet and remembered that hair loss is a side effect of Imuran. They called it “temporary” but I’d been on it for almost a year so that seemed strange. No one gave any time frames to give “Temporary” any context.

By November, I would estimate that I probably had lost half my hair. That sounds extreme but remember I said I have lots and lots of hair. The estimation comes from the thickness of my ponytail and how many times I have to wrap the rubber band. So if you looked at me, you’d just think that I now had a “normal” amount of hair. The loss itself wasn’t bothering me because I had hair to spare but what I worried over was where it was going to end.  I could find no answers.

The one thing I did find in November was some one saying that drinking Ensure seemed to help. So I bought some and while I have no scientific evidence, I do believe it did help.  Here’s why – completely unrelated I have a damaged toenail that hadn’t been growing out at my normal rate, when I started drinking the Ensure, my nails started growing out faster (the damaged spot let me see just how fast) so it was doing something. It seemed like at the same time I had less hair in the shower floor and in my brush each day. I drank the shakes each day but over Christmas I got busy and just kind of forgot about them.

It is now January and while my hair is still thin by my standards, I will say that the excessive hair loss has stopped. My brush and shower floor only have the normal amount of strands and I now seem to have quite a few fuzzy edges which indicates new hair growth. With my luck it will all be grey.


In Florida the only time you can go camping without worry that mosquitos will just take the small children and fly away with them is January and February. So the husbands look forward to the Annual Perfect Neighborhood Goes Camping Weekend every year.

And every damn year we manage to pick the coldest damn weekend of the winter. And for an added bonus this year it rained. This was the only decent picture I got and it’s not that great. Cause it was raining! But oh no, we can’t not camp! The kids don’t mind! We’ll clean up the mess honey!

Darn tootin you will!



Friends don’t let friends poo and download

If you thought I was crazy for de-pinking my palace over the last two years, take heart. If you love pink as much as the previous owner of my house, you can now win my old bathroom all tricked out techie style. I do have to say that the laptop potty stand does hold a certain appeal although I’m wondering well the hell that wireless router on top of the toilet is plugged into? Supersecret powerbar? Win it from Roto-Rooter

(Reader people there’s a video!)

The Hippies Always Win

I had to avoid the Internet all day yesterday so I didn’t stumble across the ending for the Amazing Race. But I had a feeling it was going to be TK and Rachel. And it was.

I was so glad last week when the two fighters Jenn and whats-his-face finally finally were eliminated. See I didn’t even care enough about them to memorize his name. Just the dude who fights with the blonde chick.

Anyway I’m glad it was them. I don’t buy for a second that Ron’s change was anything that is going to stick. I think he’ll go right back home and return to being the asshole father he always was. And Nicolas and Don just never appealed to me.

My favorites were always Kent and Vixen but alas they didn’t win.

If you haven’t seen Phil the rocks in Taipei you have to watch this here http://www.cbs.com/innertube/player.php?cat=170756&vid=176272&format=&auto=1 in fact if you love the race and you’ve never watched Phil’s background videos take the time and go check them out. It’s a fun little sneak peak into the production side of the show (which I have about 1 million questions about)

One of the funniest moments I’ve seen on TV in a long time

From this week’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. About 2/3 of the way though the show even Bill gets tired of talking campaign politics and in an effort to change the subject he turns to country music star Trace Adkins and says (paraphrased):

“You’re sitting there in that cowboy hat and I’m wondering what your opinion is of the FDA’s decision to approve cloned meat.”

To which Trace gives him a sort of earnest and yet confused sort of look and totally deadpans:

“Did cows quite fucking?”

The entire panel was speechless. Even DL Hughley couldn’t come up with anything to say he just sat there opening and shutting his mouth.