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Fever Blisters – I HATE them – and Valtrex

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Ever since I was in high school I’ve gotten fever blisters once or twice a year.  I hate them.  The first few days they HURT, and then after that they just look awful.  Since they’re usually right in the corner of my mouth, they crack and bleed easily whenever I open my mouth.  They’re just gross.

About 15 years ago, I mentioned them to my doctor, and I asked if there was anything that would help make them not so bad.  She said that she could prescribe Valtrex since fever blisters are a type of herpes.  Valtrex is an anti-viral medication that is typically prescribed for genital herpes.  I think fever blisters are type I herpes simplex virus and the genital herpes is type II.   I think that’s correct.  I could look it up to verify that, but I won’t.   

Apparently the medication doesn’t care WHERE the virus shows up – it treats it anyway.  It sure worked for me.  It doesn’t eliminate fever blisters, but it keeps them from getting too awful and cuts short the duration.  Valtrex is like a wonder drug.  Ever since I first tried it, anytime I’ve felt that tingling that signals the beginning of a fever blister, I start taking it.

A couple weeks ago, I saw someone else with a fever blister, and I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I had one.  It had been at least two or three years.  There must be a mind-body connection for something like that because after thinking about the fact that it had been years since I had one, suddenly last Monday, one started developing – and a couple days after that a second one started!  I’ve never had two at the same time!  I found my old bottle of Valtrex and noticed that the prescription was filled in 2002.  I guess it had been that long since my last fever blister.  I called the doctor to ask her to call in a new prescription – which she did.  My double fever blister is about gone now – definitely on the wane.

So that’s the purpose of this post?  A type of PSA.  I would never have known you could take Valtrex for a fever blister if I hadn’t just happened to have that conversation with my doctor years ago.  If you get them, you might want to look into it.

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Man uses chainsaw to divide house in divorce settlement!

Friday, March 9th, 2007

If you can’t settle things amicably, you can always follow this guy’s example.  It might decrease the re-sale value, though.

Man Chainsaws House in Two for Divorce


BERLIN (March 9) – A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chainsawing a family home in two and making off with his half in a forklift truck.

Police in the eastern town of Sonneberg said on Friday the trained mason measured the single-storey summer house — which was some 26 feet long and 6 meters wide — before chainsawing through the wooden roof and walls.

“The man said he was just taking his due,” said a police spokesman. “But I don’t think his wife was too pleased.”

After finishing the job, the man picked up his half with the forklift truck and drove to his brother’s house where he has since been staying.

 Gee, you don’t think his immaturity and anger issues might have had anything to do with the marriage ending, do you?

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Sushi and the family

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Last night – on the spur of the moment – RT and I ended up going to a sushi place for dinner with our son (affectionately known here at TMS as Scalawag) and his wife, Mia.  What a fun time!  I had my old stand-by, a Joe Roll, and RT had a Rainbow Roll – and we got a Philadelphia Roll.  Scalawag and Mia had some other kinds that we tried, too.

We laughed and talked for ages.  It’s just such a wonderful feeling to have such a good time with family.  It was a great evening.

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Banana Bread Heaven

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Yesterday I wrote that I planned to make banana bread (recipe included) today.  I did, and I am now firmly entrenched in banana bread heaven.  The house smells WONDERFUL, and the banana bread tastes even better than it smells.   Warm banana bread, a glass of cold milk - Life doesn’t get any better.   AHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Paul Harvey – Swallowing teeth – and dumb crooks

Monday, February 26th, 2007

On the way to work this morning, I listened to the 7:30 broadcast of Paul Harvey.  In it he gave two stories that had me laughing.

In the first, a woman went to the hospital complaining of a stomach ache from unknown causes.  Turns out that in a moment of passion (?) she swallowed her partner’s false teeth!   All I can say is that the moment of passion must’ve been quite spectacular.  But what’s with the “unknown causes” thing?  You can’t swallow false teeth without knowing it!  Can you?

In the second story, a young man decided that he would rob his grandparents.  Really – to even think of doing that, he’d have to be fairly stupid.  He got a costume and mask so they wouldn’t recognize him.  He went into the house and demanded, “I want your money!”  Apparently, they weren’t fast enough because he followed his demand with, “I mean it, PaPaw!”

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Saturday Morning Thoughts

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Here it is – another Saturday morning.  I love the weekends.  Friday nights are my favorite time every week because the whole weekend lies before me.  Although I love my job, I also love not being at my job.

There are lots of things going on today – not just with the new house and doing things around the old house – but in the blogging world, too.  Lots of excitement and handling various tasks.  Look for an announcement later today or tomorrow – nothing personal – it’s about blogging.

I have several plans for the day – all just terribly exciting!  Not.  I’ll go by the church and do a quick sweeping/vaccuming/general straightening up, then by the grocery store for a few staple items. 

I’m making a pot of chili for dinner – and then working on blogging plans in between all the other things.

If you make your way to THE MEDIAN SIB today, I wish you a wonderful Saturday.

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Man dead for over a year – sitting in a chair – TV still on

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

I read the following story which is sad beyond measure – that a person could be dead for over a year and NO ONE missed him or checked on him:

NEW YORK (Feb. 19) – Police called to a Long Island man’s house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.

The 70-year-old Hampton Bays, New York, resident, identified as Vincenzo Ricardo, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said Saturday his body was discovered Thursday when they were called to the house over a burst water pipe.

“You could see his face. He still had hair on his head,” Newsday quoted morgue assistant Jeff Bacchus as saying. The home’s low humidity had preserved the body.

Officials could not explain why the electricity had not been turned off, considering Ricardo had not been heard from since December 2005.

Neighbors said when they had not seen Ricardo, who was diabetic and had been blind for years, they assumed he was in the hospital or a long-term care facility.

And if the water pipe had not burst, how much longer would the body have remained in that chair – I wonder.

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Barack Obama and Will Smith – Separated at birth?

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Will Smith — I’m No Barack!

Will Smith spoke today at the Motion Picture Association of America in Washington D.C. Mr. Smith told the crowd a hilarious story.

It happened this morning on his way to the event. An older couple approached Smith and said, “We love what you’re doing. You’re so great for the country!”

In true Hollywood fashion, Smith said, “Thank you!”

As the star walked away, the old man said, “And we’ll be sure to vote for you.”

Come to think of it, Will and Barack have never been seen together. Coincidence?

I don’t see the resemblance, do you?  One of the commenters to the article above said that maybe it had to do with their ears.  I think it takes more than similarly large ears to make people look alike.  Maybe it’s because they both look so “clean.”  Another commenter said that the story was made up – just something to get a laugh at the beginning of a program.   Then again, maybe this story is part of Will’s strategy to play Obama in a movie.

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Attacked by a pit bull, this man fights back . . . and wins!

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

When a Texas man was attacked by a pit bull, he fought back – and won!

He was taking a walk in the neighborhood when he heard a dog barking.  He knew the dog was coming for him, and so he turned to face it.  It was a pit bull – he knew he was in trouble.

Here’s the story:

CONROE, Texas (Feb. 1) – A 65-year-old retired truck driver who was attacked by a vicious pit bulldog during a neighborhood walk choked the dog to death as he defended himself.

Von Pardue suffered bites on his arms and hands during the Wednesday attack, which occurred shortly after Pardue began his routine morning walk. Pardue was treated at a local hospital, and the dog’s owners could face misdemeanor charges, police said.

Pardue said he heard barking and readied himself when he realized the dog was coming for him.

“I turned to face him, and when I saw it was pit bull, I knew I was in trouble,” Pardue said. “I put my hands up and I hollered at him. He immediately jumped to my throat.”

Pardue shielded his body by grabbing the dog’s head and ears, but the dog shook loose and started biting his right hand. Pardue kneed the dog in the ribs, spurring it to let go of his hand, and then grabbed the dog by its thick collar.

Pardue said he then dragged the dog to his house while maintaining a firm grip on its neck. His wife called police from the house. When the police arrived, Pardue was on the ground with the dog and still holding onto the collar.

Police said Pardue’s grip was so tight that he strangled the dog. Pardue said he didn’t know the dog was dead until it was unresponsive when police tried to move it.

Emergency medics washed Pardue’s bites and he received a tetanus shot and an antibiotic at the hospital, he said.

“If not for the collar, I don’t know how I would have ever been able to wrestle him down,” said Pardue, who weighs 200 pounds. “The dog was about 80 pounds and very vicious. It was hard to believe the viciousness in which he attacked me, but I was able to contain him.”

Sgt. Mike Tindall, a Conroe police spokesman, said the dog’s owners hadn’t been charged Wednesday, but they could face misdemeanor charges for having a dog at large or for having a dangerous dog.

Tindall said the male dog was picked up by animal control officers in December for running at large. It was given a rabies vaccination and released back to the owner, he said.

The City Council in Conroe, which is located 40 miles north of Houston, is set to vote next week on a proposed dangerous dog ordinance that would require such dogs to be kept in a secure enclosure. The law might have prevented Wednesday’s attack, Tindall said.

Thanks to Pardue, that’s one less pit bull in the world.  I really don’t understand why people are allowed to breed such dogs.  There are too many reports of people being attacked by pit bulls.

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McDonald’s coffee wins against Starbucks

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

I knew it! A recent Consumer Reports study described Starbuck’s coffee as “strong, but burnt and bitter.”  For me, despite Starbucks supposedly large donations to leftist causes, I do visit there occasionally.  However, I can’t stomach their coffee.  No amount of cream and sugar can make it palatable to me.  It’s too strong and too bitter – even the milder blends.  So instead of coffee, I order drinks like “white chocolate mochas” or “vanilla lattes.”   In the summer I adore their “mocha frappuchinos.”  It’s ridiculously expensive, though.  So I don’t indulge very often.

And however good McDonalds coffee is, I just don’t go by McDonalds very often – and almost never for breakfast.  So I have no idea whether or not I like their coffee.  McDonalds is McDonalds.  It might not be top cuisine, but it is dependable for one area of the country to the other.  The Quarter Pounder you get in Tennessee will be like the Quarter Pounder you get in Alaska.  And I’m sure the coffee is the same way.  They have a specific way of brewing the coffee – and a specific type of coffee – and it is made the same way in every McDonalds.

Here’s what the report concluded:

After sampling four leading brewed coffees for its March issue, the magazine said McDonald’s premium roast coffee bested competing cups from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, the world’s largest specialty coffee retailer.

The tastings were led by a professional tester, and included staffers from Consumer Reports’ food-testing division, spokeswoman Heather Joy Thompson said.

The group tasted medium cups of coffee – no cream or sugar – at two locations from each company in November. They rated McDonald’s premium brand the best, calling it “decent and moderately strong” although lacking “subtle top notes.”

Others didn’t fare so well. Dunkin Donuts’ coffee was deemed “inoffensive, but it had no oomph.” Starbucks was labeled “strong, but burnt and bitter.” Burger King’s offering resembled coffee, “but tasted more like hot water,” the magazine said.

My favorite is still my Keurig one-cup-at-a-time coffee maker that I use to make my two-cup serving of coffee every morning. It really doesn’t get any better than that.  I brew two cups from one Green Mountain Breakfast blend K-cup, add ridiculously large amounts of Splenda and non-fat creamer, and then relish every single sip.  Neither McDonalds nor Starbucks can come anywhere close to matching that taste.

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