Friends visiting

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DSC00418DSC00428Last week Charlie came from Bangkok to visit and we took a trip to the Chiang Mai Zoo to see the Pandas.  Here are some of the animals, but the place was crawling with kids so we left early.

DSC_5416DSC00465DSC00485DSC00607And then later in  the week after Charlie had gone back to BKK – Team had 2 of his friends (Film and Ann) come visit DSC00624-Editfor the afternoon – It’s nice to have visitors to the place now – feels more like home now and you can really see Team’s influence on the condo.  I think they made brownies and played on the computer – I went for a massage to pass the time and give them some time alone. Girl talk you know and in Thai so I couldn’t eavesdrop – Devil

This afternoon Team’s aunt will come for a short visit.  We’re starting to settling in very comfortably.  Next week Team starts school and has a very busy course load – we also have to get the tire fixed on his bike so he will have transportation.  Next month we will be buying the graduation gown for his Bachelor of Science ceremony coming up – the Princes will present the diploma. Really looking forward to that  – but no one is allowed to take photos – have to buy the official photos – part of the Royal attendance policy.


Present Meds Update

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Well I hope I don’t jinx the progress but so far I have had very stable blood pressure and feeling pretty good – no  ED to really complain about either.  The two stents seem to have done the trick – coupled with the new pill regime of:

  • 160 mg Valsartan     main blood pressure med
  • 5 mg Madiplot          extra control – BP
  • 10 Bestatian             Cholesterol control  LDL
  • 10-20 Cialis              ED aid – alternating 10/20mg
  • 5 mg Folic acid          Kidney
  • 75 mg Plavix              Blood thinner for stent
  • 83 mg Aspirin            Anti-clotting

This combination seems to be holding everything steady now – last check kidneys have stabilized and BP average 119/60  – getting strength back and will start a daily 20 min. workout on Elliptical machine in addition to daily walking – that should really help the blood flow. As always have to wait and check next month to see if it is still holding – hope so – would be nice to be able to relax now and enjoy my old age.

If you are having problems and looking for a Medical Vacation – I would highly recommend you look at Thailand  – Let me know if you have any questions and I will see if I can find the answer for you –


Doi Mae Salong and Mae Sot trips

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Sorry for not posting faster – last week we went to Doi Mae Salong for a quick 2 day trip to test my new camera and get some needed relaxation. Here are some random shots.  We stayed at the Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort – excellent.  Actually we were the only ones there besides the staff.DSC00098DSC00190 


DSC00254DSC00234And then the next week a short tip to Mae Sot and then to Tak and back to Chiang Mai.  It was really rainy and bad weather so very few shots were taken – her are a couple of them.  I will try to do a better job on outing. DSC00359-PanoDSC00363


New Camera – Sony A7R Mark II

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Sony-A7RM2Here’s a Galaxy phone shot of my new camera – Sony A7R Mark II – 42 MP full frame,mirrorless with a 24-240 mm Sony Zoom.   Sorry for the bad glary shot but in a hurry this morning.  Getting ready to leave to pick up Team at Phayao and then take a short trip to Doi Mae Salong for overnight and testing the new camera.   Team has been visiting his family at their home and farm in Phayao for the last 5 days and rather than come back and then go  – I will meet him half way at the Mae Khachan Transport Station on Hwy 118 going to Chiang Rai. – between the Wiang Pa Pao Hot Springs area and the Hwy 120 turn off to Phayao. 

Got everything except the battery grip which they had to order – need it for my big hands and longer, steadier shooting.  They also gave me the fancy leather strap – Photo Bug Camera  – Chiang Mai.  I’ll write a review when I get back.


Old doesn’t mean dead

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A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.  On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem – how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, ‘Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?’ The farmer said, ‘Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house I would walk you there but I can’t carry this lot.’

The old lady suggested, ‘Why don’t you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?’  ‘Why thank you very much,’ he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home.

On the way he says ‘Let’s take my short cut and go down this alley. We’ll be there in no time.’ The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, ‘I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?’   

The farmer said, ‘Holy shit lady! I’m carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in hell could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?’ The old lady replied, ‘Well !!,  Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens.

From Paul’s Sunday Funnies


Almost moved in – taken over

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20160702_140641There he is – first thing was to set up his office – it’s complete now and holds a primary spot in the living room – once the teddy bears were in it was designated officially finished.  University starts on Aug 3rd so everything is ready in this area – housework for me but I don’t mind if he is working or in school.  Got’ta brush up, not used to doing cleaning  – usually just hired a cleaning woman – may still have to do that later – but for the beginning I will consider it needed exercise.

Operations seen to be very successful, stents in both the Renal Arteries appears to have stabilized the kidneys – changed the medicines to be:

  • 10 mg  Madiplot       BP control
  • 150 mg  Irbesartan    BP control
  • 20 mg   BeStatin        Cholesterol levels
  • 75 mg Plavix             Anti clotting for stents
  • 81 mg  Aspirin                 “”     “”
  • 5 mg  Folic Acid        Kidney support

Blood Pressure holding within the 100 – 130 range – average about 120    Monitoring every 2 weeks until we are sure that this combination is perfect.  Looking like this will be my regular meds from now on or for at least the next year.

Team’s off for 5 days to go home and visit the family and break the news, show off his ring and then back to finish moving in and settling down   –   I hope, school starts soon.   Just renewed the lease  -  and it’s an easy, short walk or bike ride from here to his classes  (Master Degree in Toxicology)  at Suan Dok Hospital (Sriphat).

All for now