Geyser Syndrome

June 23, 2018

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The saga of David’s cyst continues.  I took this photo yesterday.  It doesn’t look good, does it?

Previously this month, David saw a general surgeon (Dr. Maldini) and an orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Yamazaki), both of whom drained the cyst on his right shoulder.  X-rays were taken.

Yesterday, David saw Dr. Weldon, who is an orthopedic surgeon at Straub Clinic.  He told David that he has a torn rotator cuff, which has resulted in the Geyser Syndrome, which causes leaking and swelling. Dr. Weldon referred David to Pali Momi Medical Center for an MRI.  He will then examine the results of the MRI and decide on the proper treatment.  The MRI will probably happen some time next week after it has been pre-authorized by David’s insurance company (Humana).

What is in store for poor David?

Might become a volunteer

June 21, 2018

Sometimes, I feel like I am locked in a cage.  That, my dear, is called “rock fever.”  After all, I do live on a small rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Here are photos of my cage, the patio:

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It’s not a bad cage.  I like the greenery.  But, I want to leave my cage, because it’s boring.  It does me no good to keep to myself.

Previously, I belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, Marriage Encounter, Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, and American Pen Women.  I dropped out of those organizations, because I lost interest in them.

I am now ready for something new, such as joining the Symphony Associates as a volunteer.  They meet once a month to discuss ways to help the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.  I look forward to meeting other volunteers, who share my interest in promoting symphonic music in Hawaii.  It’s a worthy cause.  I want David to be a symphony volunteer, too, because we can do wonderful things together as a married couple.

At any rate, we are putting this whole idea on hold, because David might have to undergo shoulder replacement surgery, and the recovery period might be lengthy.  He is going to consult an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow.  More later…

Not pre-diabetic anymore!

June 19, 2018

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Orchids at Home Depot.

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I saw my doctor yesterday to discuss the results of my lab test.  Lipid panel is good.  My total cholesterol is 166 and my LDL is 80.  But, my triglycerides is 199, so I have to eat less sugary, fatty food.

My CBC, liver, and kidneys are normal.

What is really amazing is that my random glucose is 95, and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.0 — way below the threshold.  So, that means I am no longer pre-diabetic.  Halleluia!

I also weigh 8 lbs. less since February.  Portion control is working for me.

Making progress, folks!

Sociology of music

June 17, 2018

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I took this photo of classical music lovers, relaxing during intermission at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in October 2017.

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In 1968, I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Sociology, which, essentially, is the study of society.

Let’s discuss the sociology of music.  Ever thought about how certain genres of music attract certain types of people?  Though I live in Hawaii, which is a melting pot of many races, I notice that white people are the ones who attend classical music concerts.  You will not see any blacks or any Hispanics.  You will only see whites and some Asians.  The classical musicians on stage are predominantly white with a few Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese.  Composers of classical music are white.  That might explain why classical music concerts attract so many white people.

Further, these people, who compose and listen, are highly educated.  It’s because classical music is complex.  You have to be educated to follow the counterpoint and harmony of a symphony and be able to analyze the symphony’s structure.  Not only do you need to know music theory, but you also need to know music history (the Medieval period, the Baroque period, the Classical period, the Romantic period, and the Contemporary period).

Having said that, I do know that Wynton Marsalis is a black trumpet player.  I love his classical CD, which features Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.  However, most black musicians tend to play jazz and not classical.

The sociology of music interests me.  I could say more, but this will suffice.

Shutting down the Blaisdell, Fall 2020

June 15, 2018

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I was standing in the lobby of the Blaisdell Concert Hall in October 2017.

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The Blaisdell Concert Hall will shut down for renovations in Fall 2020.  That means the Hawaii Symphony and the Hawaii Opera will have to find a new venue for their productions.  I hope they don’t pick the Hawaii Theater, because that place is so small and cramped, especially the balcony.  Mamiya Theater isn’t ideal either, because parking there is so limited.

I think McKinley High School auditorium might be the best venue.  After all, classical music was performed there before the Blaisdell was built.  In fact, I saw Puccini’s “La Boheme” for the first time at McKinley and absolutely loved it, particularly Muzetta’s Waltz.  After that, I was hooked on opera, going out of my way to see operas in London, Rome, Venice, Munich, New York, and right here in Hawaii.

We recently received a letter, informing us that Hawaii Opera was $1 million in debt.  To prevent bankruptcy, they decided to cancel Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” next season.  They asked if we would like to donate the amount of our two tickets to that opera for the good of the organization.  David and I agreed to do so.  There still will be the other two operas next season, so all is not lost.  We are looking forward to seeing Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

Meanwhile, we are going to subscribe to the Hawaii Symphony next season.  It will cost us $882.00 for 12 concerts.  It’s a large sum of money for us retirees, but we think it’s worth it.

The symphony and the opera – we do enjoy those live performances, don’t we?  Classical music at its finest.

Keeping Medicare solvent

June 13, 2018

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I took this photo of David and Rylan in October 2014 in my home.

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Straub Clinic called David yesterday to schedule an appointment for X-rays of his shoulder joint, where there is a huge lump, diagnosed as a ganglion cyst.  These X-rays will lead to an appointment for surgery to excise the cyst.  When fluid was extracted from the cyst last week, it was sent to the lab for analysis.  David wants to discuss the results of that analysis.  Hope it’s not cancer.

Also yesterday, I went to Straub Clinic to have my blood drawn.  I will see my personal care provider next week to discuss the results.  Hope my lipids, metabolic panel, A1C hemoglobin, and CBC are normal.

Lately, David has been worried about losing Medicare in eight years.  It’s been in the news, and he is especially concerned, because he has so many health issues.  As I mentioned previously, he will have his seventh surgery shortly.  Without Medicare, he would have to pay more for surgeries, lab tests, doctor visits, and medication.

But, that’s eight years from now.  Hopefully, the USA will figure out a way to keep Medicare solvent.

It’s not a bad life

June 11, 2018

Hopefully, something good will result from the summit in Singapore.  Kim and Trump are so unpredictable that it’s hard to predict that their meeting will be successful.  Anyway, it’s entertaining to see this soap opera unfold in such a dramatic way.

Meanwhile, David has been watching sports on TV.  Sorry that Cleveland lost to the Warriors during the NBA finals.  David is wondering where LeBron James will end up.  According to social media, James’ children are enrolled in schools in Los Angeles.  So, does that mean he will play for the Lakers next season?  Hmmm.

David also watched the French Open and was surprised that Halep and Nadal won their respective divisions.

What have I been doing?  Well, listening to classical CDs and shopping at Macy’s.  This is what I bought on Saturday:

Fake gold earrings and crystal earrings:

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Rubber slippers from Brazil:

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Yesterday, we attended an all Tchaikovsky concert at the Blaisdell and enjoyed it tremendously.  After the concert, we drove to Panda Express and ordered Chinese take out food for our supper.

It’s not a bad life.  Somehow, our lifestyle has kept us alive all these years, and we are still married.

David’s ganglion cyst

June 9, 2018

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This is my photo of the huge lump on David’s right shoulder on June 7, 2018.

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On April 25, 2018, David began painting the patio, leaning his right shoulder against the wall to support himself while painting with his left hand.  Shortly thereafter, he experienced pain in his right shoulder, attributing it to tendonitis.

On June 6, he saw a huge lump on his right shoulder and went to an urgent care doctor at Straub Clinic that day.  An ultrasound revealed a cyst in a joint.

On June 8, David saw a general surgeon, who diagnosed it as a ganglion cyst.  He drained a lot of fluid from the cyst and will send it to a lab for analysis.  He told David that an orthopedic surgeon has to remove the cyst, since the cyst is located in a joint, and as a general surgeon, he is prohibited from operating on it.  I wondered why surgeons are so specialized.  Very strange.

David is now waiting for a phone call from the orthopedic surgeon to schedule an appointment for surgery.

This will be David’s seventh surgery.  So far, he has had 1 back surgery, 2 hand surgeries, 2 knee surgeries, 1 eye surgery, and now there will be surgery on his right shoulder.

Inviting the family to dinner

June 7, 2018

There were nine of us at our home on Tuesday.  David’s brother, Mike, and his wife, two daughters, and son in law are vacationing in Hawaii.  They normally reside in Boston and New York.  Maria and her son were also here.  Grant and Julia could not make it due to illness:

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We had a nice dinner, consisting of sushi, honey mustard chicken, pizzas, string beans, peas, mixed vegetables, and fruit salad.  Dessert was coconut cake:

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Here we are, relaxing in the living room after dining around the coffee table.  That appliance on the left is our second refrigerator, which contains beverages and frozen food:

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Next week, some of us will be meeting at a cemetery for a burial service, followed by a dim sum lunch at Jade Dynasty.  It’s always pleasant to socialize with pleasant people, in this case our family.

Good news

June 5, 2018

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Me and Maria at Hot Pot Heaven in January 2018.  I am 72, and she is 39.

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I received good news from my eye doctor a few days ago.  My eyes are normal.  No glaucoma, no macular degeneration, and no need for cataract surgery.  For an old lady like me, my vision is excellent.  Uncorrected, my left eye is 20/25, and my right eye is 20/40.

I love to hear good news, don’t you?

Tonight, we are expecting company for dinner.  David’s brother and his family are coming here from the mainland, and Maria and her family will be joining us.  If everyone shows up, there will be eleven of us.  I’ll post photos of the party later, probably on Thursday.

Then, on Sunday, David and I will attend a concert at the Blaisdell, featuring the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.  It’s my favorite concerto, so I am truly looking forward to it.

What can I say?  Life is good.