Saturday, July 31, 2010

Here's my soon-to-be famous right eyeball. I took this picture myself using the Flower setting on my camera. I know it's gross but it's still almost famous.
Saturday, July 31, 2010 - Sorry about the closeup of the eyeball but I forgot to put it in here the other day when I was talking about the autologous serum eye drops.

When I saw Dr. Lee last week, and we set up a time for her to draw my blood this coming Wednesday for the next round of serum eye drops, she asked me if I minded if she used a picture of my right eye in a presentation she's giving in September on the use of serum eye drops in difficult to treat corneal patients.

"Sure," said I. "You aren't going to get a picture of my hair, are you, because I didn't do anything to it today and...."

She interrupted me - laughing, "No, just your eye."

Okie dokie. So, the humorless man in the photography department took a few shots of my eye with a special camera (with VERY bright flashes) and he didn't think it was very funny when I remarked that I would be "almost famous." Personally, I thought it was hilarious.

Anyway, I imagine that after I use the serum drops for a week or so, she'll have Mr. Not So Happy take another few pictures to show how well the serum drops work. And believe me when I say that they DO work quite well, thank you.

Right now, I CAN'T WAIT. It is SOOOOOOOOOOO annoying! SEE ya later, djb

Patio tomato plant that I bought at the grocery store in June. It already had tomatoes on it when I brought it home. Personally, I call it a Deck Tomato plant because of obvious reasons.
Saturday, July 31, 2010 - It's early on a rainy Saturday morning. Not sure how much it rained during the night because I DON'T have my rain gauge up yet.

Ever since Dennis put the new deck up last fall, I haven't found a proper place to attach it. Hopefully, one of these days, I'll get it out there. Something to put on my list of things to do.

...because a Berg without a rain gauge is like a fish without water.

Better go. See ya later. Enjoy, djb

Friday, July 30, 2010

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, July 30, 2010 - It's the last day of July. WOW! Who knew that day was going to get here so fast.....apparently, my right eye did.

When the serum eye drops were magically made from my blood on May 5, 2010, they were supposed to last for 90 days. It's now obvious that my OLD frozen blood didn't get the news.

The most recent problems started on Sunday, July 18, 2010, which I attributed to attending a retirement party for our neighbor, Steve, in Elburn at the American Legion hall for 3 and half hours on Saturday. (Something different, out of the ordinary....not my normal routine, etc.)

After a few fits and starts, I FINALLY figured out that the serum drops had lost their efficacy because of the well-known degradation properties over time of blood products. Bob even sent me an article about it (not specifically regarding serum).

As I write these words, I AM IN PAIN. It's not as excruciating as the shingles, but it's pain and it hurts. Plus, it colors every other experience with a grey hue. I seriously want to scream!

This coming Wednesday, I'll get my blood drawn again by Dr. Lee. Then, Tom Densen, the famous Compounding Pharmacist, will use a centrifuge and separate the yellowish serum from the red parts of the blood. He'll add some saline to it and put it in those little syringes which will be frozen for use by me.

I CAN'T WAIT. From the time I get up on Sunday morning, until noon on Wednesday, I'll be eating and drinking as healthily as I possibly can. Interesting that my deck tomatoes are now ripe and they taste JUST LIKE TOMATOES.

bye....gotta go put a drop in my eye. see ya, djb

Monday, July 12, 2010

After mowing the back yard on Saturday (July 10th), I cleaned off as much grass as I could reach and then I washed Juanita Querida with the hose. She's sparkly and pretty now.
Monday, July 12, 2010 - Last week (or it may have been the week before), I changed the oil in Juanita. She was SO happy to get new oil. It's quite easy to do and I always feel like I've done a good deed whenever I change her oil. And now, she's all clean and ready to go on a mowing frenzy once again.

Although I did encounter a bizarre situation in the shed when I was preparing to mow on Friday. Juanita needed some more gas, so I started to go into the shed when I was stopped in my tracks because I saw a DEAD as a doornail chipmunk lying on the floor inside. Yikes!!!! I had to put a flower pot over the critter so I wouldn't barf. Thankfully, Bob got rid of it yesterday. whew! Now if only the moles would crawl in there....

It's time to take care of business, so I'll see ya later. bye, djb

Thursday, July 01, 2010

One of my many gorgeous stargazer lilies. Though they look fragile and delicate, they're the hardiest flower I've ever seen! Not even 75 mph winds can faze them.
Thursday, July 1, 2020 - The stargazers are OUT in their full majestic glory. They're so beautiful and smell unbelievably intoxicating. In the back yard, I have three gigantic stalks of the yellowish variety. I'll put those pictures on the boys' blogger blog.

Right now, I'm just trying to stay warm since it got down to 53 degrees last night and hasn't gotten very warm yet. We're finally having stable DRY weather for a few days, thanks to Hurricane Alex. Oh boy!! At least, something good is coming out of the Gulf, for a change.

Better go. I'm thinking of buying a hedge clippers since my hand is blistery and crampy from cutting the shrubs yesterday and I have TONS more to do today. Everything is growing like a weed -- even the weeds!

bye for now, djb (PS. excuse any typos!)