Drug Interactions !!!

Sawadee Khrap

My God, do you have to watch out for drug interactions.  I have been fairly stable on my regime of drugs so far  – valsartan, Madiplot, aspirin, folic acid, Fish Oil, turmeric, black pepper, and Cialis.

Getting off the Plavix took most of the pain from my hips and I can finally walk again – but weak from no exercise  – I did increase the Turmeric to 1000mg daily to fight any inflammation – seems to be working.

but when I was told about having mild Glaucoma – they first prescribed some drops called Taflotan – a prostaglandin analog – one drop each eye in the evening.  I could put up with all the sided effects except the pain in my knees – yes, eye drops causing pain in my knees. amazing.  So now they switched to Alphagan – a Adrenergic agonists – knee pain gone and my vision seems clearer – but probably just from the drops moisture  – not the medicine itself..  This stuff supposedly can cause higher blood pressure so I just have to wait and see if it makes mine climb too high.   Both  lower the fluid in the eye reducing pressure but also can react with or against BP medicines – I.e. Valsartan – and one of the side effects (which I haven’t had before ) is pain in knees and joints.

I think that there was a reaction with the valsartan to cause the knee pain – anyway seems to be getting better so far on the new stuff – but I will be monitoring the BP more closely.  My home situation doesn’t help – stress is not a good thing to constantly have – need to clear this up fast and get back to a stress-free life or at lest the best I can do.

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Looks like the family is broken up

Sawadee Khrap

Well it looks like the family has broken up – Pity, but the only way to really see if it will work is to start it and see how it proceeds.  I should have seen this earlier but I was blind to anything except it working. It seems we both have a different idea of what relationship, partner, or marriage means. Didn’t last long, but that’s for the best – it gets more painful the longer it goes on and promises are made and actions speak a different attitude. 

I also am seriously considering moving back to Pattaya – I think I can tolerate the warmer weather now that my BP is back to normal  and single life there has more to offer – Chiang Mai is a bedroom community and doesn’t have the large single sites  – especially for gay – like Pattaya does and many articles I have been reading state that living near the sea has added health benefits.  What a relief to have the BP under control  – should make it easier to get back to a normal life.

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Don’t forget your will

Sawadee Khrap

Mr. Durwood is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him.   He says to them:
“Paul, I want you to take the Shaughnessy houses.”
“Valerie, take the condos over in Coal Harbor and False Creek.”
“Mike, I want you to take the offices over in the City Centre.”
“Mildred, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings in Point Grey.”
The nurse is just blown away by all this and, as he slips away, she says “Mrs. Durwood, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property!”    Mildred replies, “Property?   The asshole had a paper route!”

From Paul’s Sunday Funnies.   email: sundayfunniescnx@gmail.com

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Off the Plavix – eye problems

Sawadee Khrap

Today I stopped taking the Plavix – I really think this is the culprit responsible for the pain I get in my hips and legs when walking – we will see.   Both my Cardiologist here and the Surgeon who put in the stents said it was ok to stop after 30 days  and it’s been 2 months so far.

I have heard some bad reports about Plavix and particularly when used in combination with aspirin.  Very bad for the heart – so I am glad to hear I can stop using it.  Having no heart problems just blockage in the renal arteries I guess I am not as susceptible to strokes or major blood clotting.

I was given 2 – Express SD Renal stents.  Stainless steel balloon expandable Non-drug-eluting peripheral stents.   In their literature they state 30 day for Plavix needed. In the past I had a reaction to “metals” and could not wear bracelets or rings for over 20 years with out mild allergic reactions.  However for the past 3-4 years this has not been a problem and it seems that the stents caused no problems either- at least not so far.  I wear 2 rings now with no side effects either.

So now I am down to taking:

Madiplot, Valsartan, baby aspirin, Folic acid – along with Cialis, Turmeric and black peppercorns.

BUT, lasts week I had a eye exam and they found I have started to develop Glaucoma in both eyes – so I am now started on “Taflotan”  – one drop each eye in the evening – hopefully this will control this problem. — getting to that age where everything is bucking up against the warranty and starting to fail.  Doctor tells me there could be side effects – could be he states ?  haha – red eyes and black around the area – we will see.   I do see a little bloodshot started but mild so far and haven’t noticed any darkling around the eyes – don’t want a clown appearance.

It never ends.

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Mae Ya & Mae Klang Waterfalls

Sawadee Khrap

Today we went down to the base of Doi Inthanon in Chom Thong District for a morning drive and chance to get away.  Walked to each waterfall and got some photos but didn’t stay for along time – had to get back and get some house chores done.

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Mae Klang WaterfallDSC01359-Edit

Both real beautiful falls but it’s been a dry, wet season and the rivers are real low  – last time I was here you could not approach the falls because of the high fear from the fast currents and possible flash floods. – but today everything seemed quite calm.  Nevertheless if was a good morning and luckily we got back before the overcast skies let loose any rain.

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on the Nail

Sawadee Khrap

One morning, on his way out to check on the fields, the rancher says to his blond haired girlfriend Sue, “The Veterinarian is coming over to impregnate one of our cows today.  I drove a nail into the 2 by 4 just above the cow’s stall in the barn. Please show him where the cow is when he gets here, OK?”
 
A while later the Vet arrives and knocks on the front door. “I came to take care of the cow,” he says.  Sue takes him down to the barn and as they walk along the row of cows, Sue sees the nail and tells him, “This is the one right here.”
 
The man, assuming he is dealing with an airhead blonde, asks, “Tell me lady, I’m dying to know, how YOU  know that this is the right cow to be bred?”  “That’s simple”, she confidently explains, “By the nail that’s over its stall”.
 
Laughing rudely at her, the man says, “And what, pray tell, is the nail for”?  She turns to walk away and whispers over her shoulder, “I guess it’s to hang your pants on.”

Thanks to Paul’s Sunday Funnies.

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Haven’t forgotten you

Sawadee Khrap

Just for eye-candy, I dug up this old image._MG_7729-Edit  I intend to start searching for models , maybe Team can help me by seeing if there are any young men who would like to be models at the University – I am looking at my favorite haunts but with the increase of iPads and Phones very few guys want or need photos – not like it used to be  – now it’s all self’ies and Facebook – not a place for my nude photos.  But I keep looking – just for you.

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Speaking of young men

Sawadee Khrap

Just thought I’d point out “Chaturbate” in case some of the readers haven’t been there yet – chatburateapparently from the latest comments on Chris’s shoot they are only looking for younger men and Chaturbate definitely has them.  This is my favorite – what’s yours?   Let me know and I’ll post it for others to see too.

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Chris – Nude Shoot with elephant

Sawadee Khrap

DSC00905Team and I went to the jungle and met  the model chosen to do the nude shoot with Chris.  Plans were made to do the shoot down at the river in the valley where several elephants and their mahouts were spending the morning grazing. We were invited to come along and of course I had to take some images for my blog.DSC00917  

The model showed up right on time bringing his own breakfast  –  and we followed him to the river and had a great time getting what I think are some excellent images, considering it was very overcast and threating rain all morning.DSC00937    Check out the SLIDESHOW below for a detailed look.


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WOW–big rain today–on top of disaster

Sawadee Khrap

Disasters everywhere – Yesterday at 5:30, while I was watching the TV about the earthquake in Italy, I felt like I was hyper-ventilating and rocking but it turned out to be a earthquake HERE – Burma, 6.8.  Team was at his computer and got up from his chair because it was moving – amazing. We haven’t heard a lot about it  – apparently information is slow to get out of Burma.

This morning we got up at 6:30 so Team could go to school – at 7 AM it started raining  – hard  – and rained for about 1 hr. – He left to walk to school and shortly called me to say I have to drive him as the local Soi was flooded. – When I took him the entire Soi was about 2 feet under water and these photos were taken after I got back home – about 30 min later.   Where did the water go – all in the parking basement on the New Condo next door.  Pity those people – must have been at least 15 cars down there – water over the hoods – you can see the water line in the second photo

and also the Soi leading from Huay Kaew Rd past the Huay Kaew Residences going to Kad Suan 1472122746766Kaew Shopping Center.   It took over 2.5 hours DSC00888DSC00886DSC00890for this to go down – This is a great warning to what may be coming later as we go farther into the rainy season – we really haven’t had a big rain yet.  If this is the damage here, I can only guess how bad it was around the city in areas that usually flood.

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Carmina Burana Concert

Sawadee Khrap

Last night Mike and I attended the Carmina Burana Concert presented by The Chiang Mai Carmina-1Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation of  The College of Music, Payap University, at the Kad Theatre – Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center.

Click on the image above to view the short video

A masterpiece by Carl Orff. Solo trumpetist   Jakrapan Chaiya and conductor Chaipruck Mekara.  Far beyond my level of sophistication but never the less a great evening.

I used the new Sony A7R11 and shot at 16,000 ISO for the images in the slideshow – There was noise but nothing like the older 7D.  It was well attended and the theatre was fairly dark – I did shoot some at 5000 ISO but the shutter speed was too slow – so for the balance of the performance I used the higher .DSC00707DSC00722

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Shoot next Sunday – Christopher

Sawadee Khrap

We have a photo shoot planned for next Sunday, Team and I, with Christopher Ryan.   I don’t want to reveal the details yet but it will involve a elephant, river, jungle, nudity, and possible my 55bfc517c64d3Vitara.  You can find out more about Christopher at:

 

Christopher and I have been talking for some time about doing a outdoor shoot.  I had the stent problem and could not meet the last time he was in Chiang Mai – but he is coming back.

This time we will be able to join him and looking forward to getting some great images.

I’ll explain more after the shoot and when I post some images.

Ciao.