Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Please take a few minutes of your time...

Please head over to Oprah.com and check out the information on the PROTECT Our Children Act. I don't usually go super activist about things, but I think this particular issue is VERY important.

The issue is that American law enforcement doesn't have enough funding to go after the sexual predators that they are able to locate through various technologies. Only about 2% of predators whose illicit activities are tracked can actually be taken in by police because of a lack of funding. Senate Bill 1783 - the PROTECT our Children Act - will authorize the allocation of over $320 million to catching and stopping sexual predators from hurting more children.

I was particularly inspired to help out with this issue after hearing the answer given by a sexual predator when asked why he targeted such small children (even infants). He said that it was because "they couldn't vocalize what was being done to them and that it was wrong". Well, I can vocalize that what's happening is wrong, and I can't think of a better use of my voice or a few minutes to contact our senators than to take even as few as one of these predators away from the children they harm. Please take even the smallest bit of your time to consider supporting this cause. Thanks.

Monday, September 15, 2008

More Kitty Pictures!

Zoey, like Toby, loves looking out windows!

Roxy gets the award for funniest sleeping positions. She also likes watching TV.

This is an older photo, but I just had to post this beautiful picture of our Toby

Latest Painting

A trip to the ER

My body is all out of whack.

While I was in disneyland (July 27th-31), I developed a pretty bad ingrown toenail. I've gotten them over and over again in my big toes for the past year or so.

After seeing doctors and getting antibiotics to treat infection and blah blah blah, I finally saw a podiatrist, who performed a double matrixectomy (sliced off little bits of both sides of the toenail on both of my big toes) a little over 2 weeks ago.

After 2 weeks of soaking my feet 3 times a day, I went back for her to check on my recovery. She said there was a chance I would develop an infection, so she prescribed me Azithromycin (a generic for Zythromax), a 5-day antibiotic course. This was a just-in-case measure.

Anywho, yesterday, my body started feeling a little crazy. I was getting these spurts of numbness, tingling, and pins-and-needles feelings down my arms, shoulder to fingertip that lasted for 15 seconds or so each, and were recurring pretty often for many hours. Each time I got that sensation, I would also get really dizzy. When my arms weren't feeling asleep, I was feeling generally lightheaded.

After consulting my typical health sources (WebMD, and facebook chatting with friends who have moms who are nurses), I decided that I should go to the ER.

The doctor at the ER did all these weird neurological tests to make sure my brain was okay, which it is (you don't have to joke about this statement). When I told her about the antibiotic I have been taking, she said that many people have problems on that particular antibiotic with things like vertigo, out-of-body experiences, and numbness. The doctor felt confident that the antibiotic was responsible for all of my symptoms. And since I was on it as a "just-in-case" measure, it's no problem for me to just stop taking it.

The last time I took one was yesterday afternoon, and I'm just waiting for it all to be out of my system. I still have some twitchiness and little bouts of the tingling, though they're not as intense as they were yesterday. I really hope that it's all gone by tuesday, the next time I'm scheduled to work =/

On the bright side, my toes seem to be healing nicely!