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Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease, doctors and stress

It is no secret that, in general, I do not like doctors and do my best to avoid seeing them on a professional level. Since Tanya moved here I have been with her on several visits to see her rheumatologist; the experience has not done much to change my opinion of the profession. I will admit, after the first visit I thought that perhaps I had been too harsh; there are specialists out there that will really listen to their patients. I thought it was quite refreshing and I looked forward to the experience.

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When we went in for the second visit I was dismayed when the doctor thumbed through the research Tanya had provided two weeks earlier as though it was his first time. Still, he was conducting new tests and was suggesting new medications so I had to reserve judgment; besides, the first appointment was after lunch and the second one was in the morning. We decided that we would only schedule afternoon appointments as he seemed less busy and more able to spend time with Tanya. Continue reading

Organic Berry Bash, Sponsored by Whole Foods Torrance

These photos are of a Berry Bash we had Sunday, sponsored by Whole Foods in Torrance, CA. Since there are new laws about disclosure, I was contacted a couple weeks ago by a Marketing Supervisor at Whole Foods. I am not entirely sure how they became aware of me, but as I have featured photos of contributions they made to fundraisers I have covered, it is possible that this drew their attention. It could have been because of my social media presence. It is possible that they noticed I spend a lot of time promoting local businesses and non-profits; but for whatever reason I was contacted and asked if I would host an organic berry bash in the month of June. As we were already a week in, I had to make a couple phone calls to try and put this together in the next couple of weeks. My dad belongs to a bereavement group and he called to see if any of them wanted to participate in a berry bash. Even though they had absolutely no idea what was entailed, they arrived enthusiastic and en masse. Got to love it.

As it happens, one of my brothers has been in town and he apparently enjoys cooking, so he was quite eager to join in and he offered several tasty dishes. Tanya had a few sauces in mind as well as a breakfast treat we eat frequently, so we were set. Saturday we headed over to Whole Foods to pick up $50 worth of organic berries. We split them up between blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. One of the local brewpubs sells a blueberry/wheat beer, but they do not offer growlers. I decided to head over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach to discuss beer with the owner, Wes. He suggested I try Blue Star Wheat Beer which was a great choice as it did not have a bunch of flavors that would hide the blueberry flavor. It worked great. Continue reading

Watch Party, Game 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup at ESPN Zone

These photos were taken at the Watch Party of Game Two of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals held at the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live, across from the Staples Center. My son and his family are big Los Angeles Kings fans and since the Kings have never lost a championship game they attended, they decided to make the 100 miles (each way) ride to see if watching the game from across the street from Staples would help or not. Apparently it did, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime. Anyway, my daughter drove out as did Tanya and I, and we enjoyed a little family time along with the ruckus of a bunch of fellow Kings fans.

The watermark was donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation to help bring awareness of the group. Continue reading

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