Week 19 (March 11)

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Weekly update
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Sorry for the delay in getting this blog updated. I blame it on the pollen…..

Last week after a couple of days of work, I headed back to Dr. Tamura on Wednesday for a blood test and check-up. The results were good. My liver function is stable, but my INR is still too low. Time to bump up my warfarin dosage yet again. I have only one more check-up before the end of my TB treatment, and after that it’ll be a juggling game to get my warfarin dosage back to normal after the antibiotics run their course. He said it takes about 2 weeks for your body to fully eliminate all of the drugs from your system. I guess that makes sense if they’ve been running through your bloodstream nonstop for the last 6 months!

I still feel pretty tired after working half a day, so I’ve got in the routine of taking a quick power nap after getting home from work. That seems to help, and I pretty much go straight into REM sleep immediately after putting my head on the pillow. I think a lot of my fatigue is from my allergies. So far they haven’t been too bad. I mean, I do have a runny nose and sneezing, but it’s not nonstop like it usually is. My guess is that the pollen, in the words of the Carpenters, has only just begun and that it’ll continue to worsen along with the rise in temperatures. The antihistamines are on standby just in case. I usually don’t take them unless it’s a really heavy pollen day. Instead, I just rely on wearing a mask every time I go outside.

Despite the flowery discharge, I did make it out for a hike on Sunday. I went to Mt. Rokko, a local mountain that is only a 20-minute train ride from Osaka. Little did I know that they were hosting an event on that day, and the trails were overflowing with hikers. The event is known as the Grand Traverse. Participants start at the far end of the range at the inhumane hour of 4am and traverse along the entire mountain range, ending in Takarazuka some 53 kilometers later. It’s definitely not my idea of fun, especially when sharing the mountain with 1100 other masochists. Fortunately, we did a section of the trail near the end, so we were off the mountain before the majority of sufferers stumbled off the mountain after dark.

Speaking of sufferers, today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I was actually in New Zealand when the earthquake hit, so I didn’t experience it first-hand. I have traveled to some of the areas hit by the tsunami, but it was many years ago, and I feel their pain. The Japanese government has done a pretty poor job on reconstruction efforts, instead focusing their energy, attention, and monetary resources on preparing for the 2020 Olympics. Living in Japan, you definitely get the sense that the central government only cares about Tokyo at the expense of the rest of Japan. If the quake was centered in Tokyo, you can bet that the city would have been completely rebuilt by now. Anyway, at least the government has paid for my TB treatment, so I there’s a tiny bit of moral fiber left in their aging bones.

This hay fever seems to have activated some facial muscles

This hay fever seems to have activated some facial muscles

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Comments
  1. Dick Lang says:

    So what about Kanako – is her cough better, how about the TB test?

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