Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Truth in Advertising?

The Banana Boat commercial depicts a yellow umbrella (much like the insurance company, but theirs is red). This umbrella, I presume, is to illustrate how the banana boat line of suncare products protects us from the sun, much like the shade from a big yellow umbrella would if it were constantly floating overhead. Problem: none of the umbrellas pictured actually provided any shade, therefore protection, from the sun. Would this be subliminal or Freudian truth in advertising?

Just a thought, I'm going back to bed now.
Bax out.

Monday, May 11, 2009

And So are the Days of Our Lives

Shit, spoke too soon. Wouldn't you know it, the very next day I began to feel worse, and it's been a steady downhill since. Doesn't help I've had a parade of people trying thier damndest to raise my BP so the dome of my skull explodes and my eyeballs pop out of my head like some cartoon. I think I may need to excuse myself from all family functions for the rest of my life.

My eye appt went well, which means nothing is damaged, but I still have the papilledima. This is good news. Although I now wonder when I will reach the ceiling of the effectiveness or safety in dosing of my meds. I'm now noticing a pattern with my meds, and I bet he can only increase my doses just so much. We'll just have to wait and see.

Odd bit of happenings occurred over the weekend. Julius asked me to hang out with him. I had to take Olivia to a friend's house for a sleep-over, and Julius asked me if I wanted to go skateboarding with him. I said I'd love to, even though my head hurt cause this never happens, as long as I didn't have to do the skateboarding. We went to the elementary school parking lot, stayed for a little over an hour, and it was good.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I realize I have become one of those one-dimentional individuals that can only talk about one topic on their blog. I take refuge in the fact that I talk about other things on facebook and in actual conversations.

Anyway, I feel like I'm doing better. The moderate to severe pain is only a few times a week. I don't have the tinnitus (sonagram sounding heartbeat in my ears) when I lay down. I used to wake everyday with a headache, now it doesn't start until I've been up for an hour. My head hurts all day, but its now like a "white noise" and I can work through it. Better still, I feel like myself.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a little freaked out. My vision acts a little wierd sometimes. I always feel better weeks 2-5 of new meds before I start feeling bad again. I'm very paranoid when I can't think of a word, or picture an intersection, or spell something, or cuss like a sailor. One of my friends from the support group is about to get a VP shunt, like the one in the video. If I end up needing one, this is what I want... but what a hairy ordeal. Requires at least three incisions: head, neck, and abdomen. Scary. I didn't look for cool animation for the eyeball surgery... DO NOT WANT! But hopefully, I won't need this and avoid a shaved head.

This may be a lifetime ordeal... I am trying to get a handle on quality of life issues. I saw someone who's had it for 28 years. I'm not sure this is how I want to live for the next year, let alone the rest of my life. Hmmm.