I apologize for the lack of posting but I continue to feel beaten down by all the negative news and events. I have had many posting ideas but have lacked the motivation and concentration to actually write them.
So we finally got the results from my dad's implanted monitor and it's good - he needs a pacemaker which he is having implanted this afternoon. Since he is having the monitor removed and the pacemaker implanted and he's 76, he'll stay in the hospital overnight and be home in the morning.
The pacemaker will improve his quality of life. The arrhythmia medication is designed to regulate his heartbeat thus not allowing his heart to beat faster when needed like when walking up steps, walking up mild inclines, riding his bike faster than 10 mph, etc causing. The pacemaker, which is so much better than they were even 10 years ago, automatically adjusts to increased activity so everything will be much easier. The pacemaker will also track and record his heart functions that can be downloaded every three months or so - amazing. It was interesting to learn that microwaves no longer effect them but he'll only be able to use his cell on his opposite ear. This makes me think that there maybe something to that cell phone causing brain cancer myth.
Everyone else is good and Truvy and Tramp are enjoying the cooler weather as it means they get to go on Jeep rides again.
It's likely not on your calendar, although it should be, but today's National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
While HIV/AIDS certainly isn't a "gay disease," men who have sex with men remains one of the most at risk populations: the CDC reports that 1 in 5 of these men are HIV-positive and about 44% are unaware. Jeffrey Crowley, director of the White House Office of National HIV Policy office, remarked, "We see large numbers of annual infections. We see very high relative risks compared to other groups, and most disturbing of all, unlike other groups, we see rising infection rates."
The New York Times yesterday ran a feature yesterday called "Op-Ed at 40," a collection of opinion and editorial from the past four decades that included a poignant, timeless piece called "My AIDS Death," by media man and activist Robert Rafsky, who famously confronted Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign, saying, "We're not dying of AIDS as much as we are dying of 11 years of government neglect."
The pain of True Blood ending has been replaced by the horror of Dexter. While True Blood is sexy, funny, increasingly campy and a bit of a commentary on civil rights, Dexter is kinda very real.
This season, Dexter goes from happily married husband to guilt-ridden (Rita was murdered by Dexter's last victim, serial killer Trinity) single dad. How will it affect his ability to maintain an average-guy facade while satisfying his need to kill?