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Musings of a woman who left her corporate career to become a caregiver for elderly parents, wrote a book and found her way back to corporate - with love, instead of fear, leading the way. Now working at my Alma Mater, UC Irvine, as Marketing and Communications Director for the School of Biological Sciences.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"The Secret"

I urge you to watch "The Secret," a wonderful, uplifting documentary film about one of the great laws of the Universe. You can download it to your computer for just $4.95 per viewing and watch it at your leisure, or you can purchase a DVD. Gary and I watched it separately - and we both loved it. Click on the link on my home page to get to the web site for "The Secret."

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Killer Antacids

Gary almost died from acute kidney failure last week. I took him to the ER on Monday morning after returning the previous day from a 7-day cruise along the Mexican Riviera with 25 friends from our church. During the trip, he was tired and boring - not at all the effervescent, funny, sarcastic, goofy Gary we know and love. He told me he was just exhausted from work. His symptoms were more like seasickness, but he doesn't get seasick (well, maybe once a few years ago, but we won't discuss that - sore subject). By Friday he was slurring his words and of course, that had nothing to do with several tequila shots earlier in the week at Sr. Frog's in Mazatlan. When he finally agreed to go to the hospital, I practically had to carry him. The ER doc said if we'd waited 72 more hours, they couldn't have saved him. He's one lucky guy. He was discharged 3 days later and his diagnosis was Kidney Failure due to Hyper Calcemia - from popping 8 to 10 Tums every day for a few months, along with Advil for his knees. Watch those over-the-counter drugs and do call your doctor if your condition persists longer than three days. No amount of tequila could have helped him dissolve the calcium build-up caused by high quantities of "killer" antacids and "evil" anti-inflammatories. No amount of my nagging could have stopped him from taking the stuff, either. Maybe someone else can learn from our experience and save their kidneys from a lot of grief!