Archive for June, 2018

Med switch

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 8:35 pm

I gave up clonidine and now I’m taking valsartan for hypertension.  There are faint signs of improvement in the side effects.  It’s a little soon to see anything definitive, but I’m hoping for more, but I’m ready to take more drastic measures if it doesn’t resolve soon.  But I am hopeful.  clonidine is a rough drug, I’m not sad to be off of it.


Got the new D’Andrea delrex picks today, and I like them, despite their bright yellow color.  Now I’m going to get some of the black ones.  I don’t want the reputation of being a lemon picker.  But I found my replacement for the discontinued Pro Grips.


Not much else to talk about.  It’s summer, soggy, warm, sedentary.

Dentist – round 2

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 1:57 pm

The first mold came back from the producer, and adjustments were made to fit my bite.  Then they were epoxied together to be sent back to the producer.  The top had a vacuum fit that is difficult to dislodge.  I also got to pick out the tooth color, a shade brighter than my natural color.  They will be pretty and look natural.


I was expecting extractions today, but that won’t be for another two visits.  I try the fit with teeth in two weeks, then extractions in early July.  I expect finished dentures by mid-July if the schedule goes as I imagine.  If not, early August.


So I can still sing.  And I need to take stuff from the freezer to thaw.  Soup diet is at least a month away.


In the meantime, I have plenty to keep me busy.  Backup DVDs, install the scanner software and test, and plenty more.  I may even get in a few recordings as a singing comparison for before and after.

Rough Weekend

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 12:10 am

Spent in excess of 36 hours on my back to avoid extreme abdominal pain this weekend.  Again, it was the clonidine’s constipation bringing everything to a halt where it mixed a very nasty toxic brew, some of which irritated the appendix.  Standing for longer than 2 minutes was impossible for a while, due to pain, low blood pressure, distorted vision, nausea, weakness.  It was no fun, and it put a major crimp in my plans.  And while that mix is still inside me, the extreme symptoms have subsided.


Prepping for Friday and the main dental process.  I hope that I have fully recovered despite the set back of the weekend.  I am working toward it as steadily as I can.


Restrung my guitar today.  As usual, big difference.