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July 21, 2014

Aliens Attack

Monday. More of the blood sugar worries last night, a reading of forty-six at nine, the mouth having gone ballistic into its dry mouth phase. “Dry mouth” isn't quite the right description, but it felt fuzzy, numb, tingling, perhaps foul and, well, “dry”. I ate that second roll of Necco wafers I'd put aside and it came up to seventy-two, reading seventy-nine this morning before I headed off to breakfast. So good.

Better yet, having gotten to bed early, I awoke not long after five, wide awake, feeling good (the blood sugar at seventy-nine, after all) and so off to breakfast to start this week on an up note. After yesterday most any note would be an up note.

We have the doctor's appointment in the mid-afternoon, so we'll do our photograph the construction site routine, walk over to the ATM on Lakeshore sometime later to get our walking in for the day. Let's hope this week really does get us back to some sense that life goes on here beside Lake Merritt.

That still sounds a bit pessimistic.

We are feeling better, let's go wherever it may take us. It's a new week, it's July, the weather is good (even if it's too dry).

Later. A walk down to the construction site to take what I guess I can now call the usual set of pictures from the entrance at the base of my street and from the far side along Bellevue. Maybe more later, maybe not.

Tired, without being too tired, an attempt at a nap in the later morning before walking over to the Lakeshore ATM. No pictures. Well, two, but knowing as I was shooting they weren't something I'd want to post. Happens. Back to the apartment to take my time preparing for the doctor's appointment at three, printing out my medication list and the list of blood sugar readings, readings taken at the emergency room hospital on Bainbridge and here. Oh dear.

Later still. OK, a good meeting with the doctor, I'm now scheduled to go have a number of blood tests taken tomorrow after he's consulted with the endocrine people in his practice. Doesn't think it's the onset of diabetes, might have something to do with the Niacin I take for cholesterol control. They've been running newspaper articles recently about Niacin, it would be nice to stop taking it. But then again, who knows? That's what blood tests are for. Let's hope they find something easy to fix and simple.

Back now, the sun finally out from the clouds, I can hear activity at the construction site. Maybe see what they've managed to do since the morning. In passing the opening to the site on Grand, as I was driving to the doctor's appointment, I noticed they'd finished clearing out the piles of dirt they'd been loading on the dump truck that I'd photographed earlier. Be nice to have a picture to show.

Evening. I did walk over to the site briefly and took two pictures at the entrance to the site at the base of my hill, the rest of the site buttoned up for the day. They were enough.

I don't think there's anything on television tonight so we'll contemplate something on Netflix in bed on the tablet and maybe get to sleep again early. I do like the idea of getting up earlier as it opens up more time to read the papers over breakfast. To do that, of course, we need to get to bed at nine. Good luck with that.

For the moment the head is clearer, the energy is obviously up and so there's no need to run another blood sugar test, the only fly in the ointment is the sinus/upper palate that's aching more than it has in the past. It's been acting up these last few months and I've taken an extra dose of the pain meds to see if it can knock it back. Thought of taking one of the remaining meds left over from the gall bladder operation, but we'll hold off on those, save them for when the sky turns black after the aliens attack.

The photo up top was taken at J-Pop on Saturday with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.