Shima Uta

Monday, March 13th, 2017 01:08 am
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It did snow. I saw it. I went outside. I went back to bed. I slept until 2:45pm, not even counting the time change.

I'm still getting over my cold, though starting to feel better. On Friday afternoon, I took a pseudoephedrine tablet, from an old package I still had. The expiration date on the package was 2010. It actually did clear my nose up for a little while. I went to bed fairly early (for a Friday) - 1:30am, as I felt so sleepy. But I wasn't able to fall asleep until 3 hours later. Now I'm afraid to take any of those tablets again, in case that is what kept me awake so long. But the other medicine I have, with phenylephrine, didn't seem to help my congestion much if at all.

Came across this video today. The song is Shima Uta. So emotionally expressive. So fluffy hair. Something mesmerizing to me.

Video title: The BOOM - 島唄 ( Live )
Posted by: SilentFace007 さんのチャンネル

The music reminded me of this album, also Okinawan style: Peppermint Teahouse. It is possibly the most upbeat album of music I have.

Then came across this video.

Video title: 13ºOkinawa festival 2015 -Mirukumunari- Kudaka Majushu
Posted by: 8shinji7898

(Starting at 3:26, a cute black dog joins the performance.)

I wondered why there would be an Okinawan Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, of all places. Did all those many performers travel from Okinawa to Brazil for the festival? Then I read about Okinawan emigration and the many people of Japanese ancestry who live in Brazil.

The song on that last video is "Mirukumunari" by Hidekatsu.
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Sudden-onset cold. I woke up this morning after 4 hours sleep, feeling a scratchiness in my throat, realized my head wasn't feeling so great either, and pretty much around then, my nose started running.

I was really feeling lousy at that point, but finally fell back asleep for a few more hours. That helped a lot, except for the runny nose. Hopefully this cold will go away as quickly as it arrived.

Usually when I start feeling the inklings of a sore throat, I start taking garlic and vitamin C pills. That way, it generally doesn't go beyond a scratchy throat. I haven't had a runny-nose type of cold in so long that I don't even remember which medication is best. If I recall, all the ones that clear up my nose also make me drowsy.

My mother was right about something. She'd been telling me about how wonderful "facial tissues with lotion" were, when you have a cold. I thought that meant that the tissues were damp, and that it was like rubbing lotion into your skin while using them. That didn't sound good to me. But she gave me 2 boxes anyway - this was a while back. It turns out to be dry tissue like normal, but feels smoother, with less friction. Definitely good to keep your nose from getting sore when you're blowing it all day.

Two other good things about this winter compared to previous years:

1. The skin on my hands has been much less dry and chapped. Probably largely due to the warm, wet weather we had up through the end of December. But I've also been using ShiKai "Borage Therapy" Dry Skin Lotion on my hands before bed when the skin is dry, and it really seems to help. Maybe there really is something special about the borage oil.

2. When I blow my nose, there's not been any dried blood in my snot so far this winter. Again, the warm, wet weather probably kept my nasal passages from drying out and cracking and bleeding like they usually do.

2017/04/29 Update:
As suggested in the comments, the Kleenex "Cool-Touch" tissues feel even better on a sore nose than the regular tissues with lotion do. They are my top choice now for that.
But, (note to myself) - don't get Puffs brand "Plus Lotion" tissues. I have a box of them, and they are fine for normal usage, but when I had a cold, they felt pretty rough on my nose, almost just like regular tissues.
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AAFP: Tension-Type Headache

Patients with chronic tension-type headache should limit their use of analgesics to two times weekly to prevent the development of chronic daily headache. If the patient requires analgesic medication more frequently, adjunctive headache medications can be initiated.

Cleveland Clinic: Tension-Type Headaches

There is no single cause for tension-type headaches. This type of headache syndrome is not a trait that runs in families. In some people, tension-type headaches are associated with tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp. This muscle tension may be exacerbated by:

Inadequate rest
Poor posture
Emotional or mental stress, including depression

Tension-type headaches can be triggered by some type of environmental or internal stress.

Cleveland Clinic: Rebound Headaches
The overuse or misuse of analgesic medications — exceeding labeling instructions (such as taking the medications three or more days per week) or not following your physician's advice — can cause you to "rebound" into another headache.
Analgesic overuse appears to interfere with the brain centers that regulate the flow of pain messages to the nervous system, worsening headache pain.

This rebound syndrome is especially dangerous if your medication contains caffeine, which is often included in many medications to speed up the reaction of the other ingredients. While it can be beneficial, caffeine in medications, combined with consuming caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, or chocolate) from other sources, makes you more vulnerable to a rebound headache.
While small amounts of these medications per week may be safe (and effective), at some point, the continued medication use leads to the development of low-grade headaches that just will not go away.

Mayo Clinic: Rebound Headaches - Risk Factors
Your risk increases if you use combination analgesics, ergotamine or triptans 10 or more days a month or simple analgesics more than 15 days a month — especially if this regular use continues for three or more months.

Does Caffeine Cause or Cure Headaches? - On its own, it can alleviate some headache pain. It also causes pain relief medication to be absorbed better and faster. It can result in caffeine withdrawal headaches and rebound headaches.

How Much Caffeine is in Chocolate? - has a chart comparing dark chocolate's chocolate percentage (43 - 100%) versus caffeine content.

1 oz of 70% chocolate, which isn't unusual for me to eat, has about 40mg caffeine. That's similar to the caffeine content of a can of regular cola or a bottle of iced tea. A cup of coffee can have 100mg or more.
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Perhaps it is too early to be certain, but the butterbur capsules I've been taking for the last 2 weeks truly seem to be helping against my allergies. The "thick throat" feeling only happened the first day, and I haven't noticed any other side effects since then. I've been taking 2 a day (50 mg each, certified free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids), one in the morning and one in the evening. I still get a slightly runny nose occasionally, but since the first 2 days of taking the capsules, I haven't had what I call an "allergy attack". Even raking the yard only made my nose run a little bit.

I've been on vacation this last week. In these last few days, I've managed to sleep 8 or more hours per night, even after going to bed at 3am. So I am still capable of getting that much sleep, when given the right opportunity.

It's been so nice outside these last few days and nights that I feel I should be spending time outside enjoying it. If I were at the beach and the weather was nice like this, I'd be sitting outside on the balcony (or on the beach) just enjoying the breeze and sunshine.

But there's stuff indoors that I want to do, and I can't imagine just standing or sitting around outside doing nothing for more than a few minutes. This evening at least, I went outside to mow the grass.

I think I should get some kind of nice outdoor chair in which I could relax. Or maybe a nice swing-bench or swinging chair. Ah, a swinging chair sounds nice. But then it would get rained on. And not sure where I'd put it. If it had wheels, I could wheel it into the garage when I wasn't using it. Hmmm. How often will there be such good weather in conjunction with time off to enjoy it, to make having such a chair worth while? I suppose that after a few minutes of sitting in a comfortable chair outside, I'd still get antsy doing nothing.
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On Thursday, I tried the Excedrin-type medication (acetaminophen+aspirin+caffeine) against my headache. It seemed to help some, but it didn't work very strongly or quickly, and the headache came back after a few hours. I was worried that the caffeine might make me feel hyper, but it didn't. The pills left an unpleasant aftertaste in my throat for the rest of the day, like Tylenol sometimes does. I'm not inclined to take them again.

Today I tried Advil. It didn't seem to help any, unless it took longer than 4 hours to start working. My headache did fade in the evening, but that was also after I had been nibbling on chocolate all day, and after drinking a mug of rooibus tea.

I currently have an optimistic opinion of this rooibus tea, because when I was getting over the stomach bug, I broke a sweat and started feeling really better after drinking some of this tea. But another day, drinking the tea didn't make me feel any better. So it may have just been coincidence.

When I drink this tea, it reminds me of my Tante Ruth. She made this tea one of the last times I visited her.

I've been thinking about trying feverfew.

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 11:27 pm
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I bought a toilet brush today. The price on the shelf said $6, which seemed quite expensive to me. But hey, the handle on my old one had broken, so I needed a new one. Whatcha gonna do? Later, when checking my receipt, I found that I had actually been charged $10 for that brush!

For that price, I expect the brush to take care of cleaning the toilet all on its own-some from now on.


Last week I came down with a stomach bug. I was so sick the first day, that I didn't even turn on my computer. I didn't even brush my teeth! I felt better after a couple of days, but I've had headaches every day since then. Not sure if it is still due to the virus, or to allergies. I tried Tylenol one day, and Naproxen the next, and neither helped.

So today, I also bought a bottle of Ibuprofen, and Excedrin-type tablets, to see how well they work.


Wonderful spring weather this week, with blossoms and yellow pollen.
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I'm still sick with a cough and sore throat. I finished the antibiotics last week. I haven't had any more fever or pink-eye, but the cough has gotten worse this last week. After a bad coughing spell at work on Wednesday, I decided to work from home again.

I'm debating whether or not to go to the clinic again. Perhaps I have bronchitis, but it doesn't sound like there's much that could be done for that, except for possibly getting some stronger cough medicine. The dextromorphan cough syrup I've been using doesn't seem to help much.

cold medication

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 07:49 am
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It seems there isn't any marketed drug that specifically relieves a runny nose due to a cold, without potentially making one drowsy. Or is there?

Even more preferable, I'd like one that works for runny noses due to both colds and allergies, in case one isn't sure what the runny nose is due to. The one that I tried in the past against allergies didn't work for a cold.
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I've been feeling like I might be coming down with something. So I decided to get something against sore throat, in case I end up needing it. While looking at cold remedies at the pharmacy, I came across an item made out of "pelargonium sidoides", aka umckaloabo. From what I've read so far, it sounds promising.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 09:05 pm
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Sometimes when something does not make sense, I ponder it for a while, and then, not coming to a solution, I stop thinking about it and eventually forget about it. I wonder how often this happens.

Yesterday Q forwarded me an email, actually a joke written as if it were a real story, about an atheist. It was not a funny joke, and was basically implying that atheists are fools. I pondered for a while, as to why he would send me that email. He knows I am agnostic. Or at least, I was pretty sure he did... doesn't he know that agnostics aren't that different from atheists? Or did it really not occur to him that the email could seem offensive to a non-Christian? Anyway, after thinking about it for a few moments, I closed the email and, not having come to an explanation, stopped thinking about it.

Today though, after seeing it still in my inbox, I decided to reply to it, and so I did. I guess part of it, is that today I have time to do so, and yesterday, I did not. But it might also be related to hormones making me feel more argumentative, as it is pre-blood week.

Yesterday and today, I've also noticed myself being annoyingly indecisive. This seems related to hormones too. I can't say how long I spent in the pharmacy store yesterday, first browsing for an acceptable pseudo-ephedrine-containing decongestant, then browsing the cards, and then trying to decide which 2-for-$10 sweat-shirts I wanted to get for myself (which colors, which size, which style). I felt embarrassed at the thought of anyone watching me take so long to decide which things to get.

Today, it took me a long time to decide whether or not to wash the bed-sheets.

It seems odd how hormones could make me indecisive.... or is it not the indecision which is unusual, but my annoyance at the indecision? Perhaps I am always this slow, but it does not normally bother me?


While I had that cold, I determined that phenylephrine did not seem to clear up my congestion at all. That's why I was shopping for pseudo-ephedrine, so that I'll have it on hand next time. They no longer have the pseudo-ephedrine products out on the regular shelves, so I was browsing the little cards they have on the shelves instead. The cards show the same info as the actual product labels.

When I got to the check-out, I handed the cashier the 2 cards I had selected. It turns out one of them was out of stock. The other one, a children's cold syrup (I prefer sugar syrups to the artificial sweeteners which are in the adult syrups), was available, and the cashier held the bottle in his hands for several moments, turning it and seeming to study the label. That struck me as odd. I was embarrassed at how long it took me to choose my items, and then I felt uncomfortable too at the checkout, wondering if the cashier suspected me of buying the pseudo-ephedrine in order to make illegal drugs.

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007 03:30 pm
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Why am I so goddamn cold! The thermostat says 68 degrees, and it's been rising all day, from 63, and I didn't feel cold when I got up this morning, but I've been feeling colder and colder ever since! Obviously antihistamines must not make one feel warm since I took one of those pills today; it must be tylenol that helps; but it doesn't seem right to take a pain-reliever like tylenol when one isn't in pain, just freezing. Even my nipples were aching from the cold earlier. I didn't realize the antihistamine was going to make me drowsy, either. I wanted to get things done today, and now it's already late afternoon, and I feel like I haven't gotten anything done yet.

This last week or so here, our deciduous trees here have gone through their color-change. Bright oranges, reds, yellows.

I flipped through the TV channels at Forestfen's for a couple hours yesterday, thinking I'd enjoy the chance to watch all the satellite channels for a change. But the only interesting things on were about the kind of things that depress me.... the history of the Ku Klux Klan, an 80s show on the African Liberation movement, a movie about some British inner-city boy with a mean brother raising a wild bird (ok, that one might not have been totally depressing, but I only saw bits and snatches of it), Iraq.... oh, one thing that wasn't depressing but rather odd/amusing, a Cops show where the cop pulled over a car with 2 good-looking women clad only in bikinis, and the driver was insisting that she didn't have the time to get a ticket and go to traffic court because she was getting a boob job done in 4 days.

Anyway, I didn't find anything good enough to watch, to make me feel that I ought to go ahead and sign up for cable or satellite TV at my house. Yet anyway. I think it would be interesting to sign up for some international stuff, but that would be expensive. And still not uplifting.

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Monday, November 5th, 2007 04:34 pm
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I seem to have gotten sick. It is interesting how within a small amount of time after taking some cough syrup, I went from being overly cold even with the radiator on high and 3 blankets over me, to being overly warm.

I don't think I really needed the antihistamine and decongestant parts of the cough syrup, but I needed the acetaminophen against my sore throat and headache, and I didn't want to swallow pills which might stick in my throat. I wonder which ingredient did the neat warming me up trick.