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Retinal pallor

My optometrist photographs my retinas and sends them off to an ophthalmologist as a part of a yearly check up. My last check up was in mid-April, and I got a call in May.

The ophthalmologist has asked me to come in for an appointment on July 23 - something to do with "retinal pallor" in the photo of my left eye.

Dr. Google, and the EyeWiki say:

Optic nerve in the detection of glaucoma

Changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma are classically considered to be cupping and pallor of the disc. The term pallor is likely to be misinterpreted to mean generalized pallor of the optic nerve. The pallor of glaucomatous optic nerves relates to the increased visibility of the lamina cribosa as compared to the neuroretinal rim (containing the ganglion cells). As the rim thins from ganglion cell loss, the cup becomes larger and often deeper exposing the lamina with increased pallor of the cup. Pallor of the neuroretinal rim indicates previous insufficiency of the vascular supply of the optic nerve which is often unrelated to glaucoma.

The retinal ganglion cells coursing into the optic nerve are responsible for the appearance of the neuroretinal rim.

The decrease in vision from glaucoma is related to the loss of retinal ganglion cells. Elevated intraocular pressure is the greatest risk factor for development of ganglion cell loss. However there appear to be a number of different pathophysiologic mechanisms by which ganglion cell loss may occur. The optic nerve appearance often provides evidence of the presence and progression of glaucoma.


So, I'm a little worried! Glaucoma! It apparently does run in the family, on my mom's side.

Further details after the appointment, I guess. Wish me eyeball health.

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Sometimes the Fug Girls drive me crazy with their lack of fashion history background, their disdain for anything adventurous and frankly ethnocentrist view of fashion. Also, they are pretty damned mean sometimes! But this post on the amazing Juliana Margulies has won me over yet again. Fans of The Good Wife will cheer for this run-on sentence:

...she is on perhaps the one show on network TV right now which treats a woman’s relationship with the other women in her life with the same importance that it treats her romances, and which has at least three women on it whose characters are defined in part by the fact that they rule at their jobs, and which also employs Jason Street, Alan Cumming, Mr. Big, Grams, Gary Cole AND Michael J Fox (who — I’m calling it right now — is winning the Emmy next month). In other words, you should probably pick up The Good Wife, and I am also, in all honesty, considering buying whatever Fancy Magic Face Elixir she’s shilling for L’Orealancomebellarins.


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In other news, oh shit. But maybe Texas will get some much-needed rain?

p.s. I love her skirt.

Spring Soup

nlindq suggested I type up this recipe. It was yum!

Asparagus Spinach Quinoa Soup


Asparagus Spinach Quinoa Soup

1/2 bundle of Edgar Farms asparagus, chopped
8 cups of your neighbour's amazing abundant spinach (leaves larger than my hand!), chopped
4 tablespoons of your neighbour's abundant dill, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup red quinoa, from MoNa Food
1 cup mushroom soup base, from MoNa Food
3 cups of milk or milk substitute or some mixture of tasty liquids (2 cups skim milk, 1 cup rice milk)
3 cups of water
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the chopped onion until softened, add the veggies and dill and stir until the spinach is wilted. Add the quinoa and mushroom soup base and mix. Add the milk and water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste! Add your salt and pepper. Insert immersion blender and puree. Serve! I broiled some salmon and buttered some rye bread, but do whatever you want. Hugo also enjoyed this soup.

ETA: I forgot the dill! It was extra special because of the fresh dill.

Yes, another post about food

FYI:
Are you interested in Moving Forward?

The Good Food Box will be continuing the project with PROTEIN this fall. We are currently working out logistics and will be offering the Good Food Box with protein this fall/winter. If you would like to be emailed about this option, sign up here. PLEASE NOTE: We've had problems with spam filters - emails will come from EdmontonGoodFoodBox@gmail.com - please 'allow' the address.


That link is: http://www.eatlocalfirst.com/good-food-box-secondary.php

And hell, yeah, I'm signing up! I loooooooved getting fresh veggies delivered every week. The quality, quantity and variety was fantastic. I completely trust that the protein will be as well.

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Hey, Edmonites: Free potatoes!

From this week's Good Food Box newsletter:

Coming Event: The Great Potato Give Away

Interested in harvesting 50 lbs of FREE POTATOES? Join Edmonton Potato Growers and the Greater Edmonton Alliance at Norbest Farms:

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Norbest Farms (Take Manning Freeway to 195th Avenue, turn right and follow the signs)

Come roll up your sleeves and feel the dirt in your fingers as you harvest your own potatoes - no tools or bags needed! We will supply you with a re-usable bag for your spuds. To download more information, visit: www.greateredmontonalliance.com and click on The Great Potato Give Away. (it's a pdf flyer)

Yer folk fest warnings

Since Calgary Folk Fest was just last weekend, I can give next weekend's Edmonton Folk Fest attendees a heads-up about these performers:

* Arrested Development will make everyone stand up and dance. If you don't like that kind of thing, you are now forewarned! Yes, main stage AND workshops. It was hilarious to watch from the low-key picking workshop: stage 4 with AD and other hip hop artists making the crowd pogo, and stage 3 with Papagroove making the crowd pogo. At least their main stage performance is at 2pm on Sunday.

* Any workshop with Steven Page will be mobbed.

Since both these performers will be doing main stage shows, prepare for tarp trespassers. This may be an issue for Iron & Wine on Saturday night, but maybe not.

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OMG, nerds, this is good news!

nlindq sent me this very exciting link:

Two will play HBO's 'Game'
Tom McCarthy has come aboard to direct HBO's fantasy pilot "Game of Thrones," on which the star of his first feature, "The Station Agent's" Peter Dinklage, has been tapped for a key role.

Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, "Thrones" is described as an epic struggle for power set in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. Dinklage will play Tyrion, the Queen's brother who is treated as an outsider because of his size.


Why this is awesome:
  1. PETER DINKLAGE!*

  2. Tom McCarthy!!!!**

  3. HBO, people. HBO.***


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* excellent actor, please see: The Station Agent.
** excellent writer/director, please see: The Station Agent, The Visitor. His movies hit all my buttons for excellently satisfying movies. Plot, character, all that good stuff _and_ humour _and_ humanity. I really really love 'em. And, for the Wire fans, he was the lying reporter in Season 5. YES.
*** this series of books being adapted for HBO means all sorts of good things: it will have style, grit, reality, and will probably not suck! I've only read the first book of the series, but I'M SO EXCITED!!!!

Flickr contest

I'm apparently an admin of the Edmonton group on Flickr and some of the more active users wanted a contest to choose the group icon. I put together a quick contest and need some more voters! If you're a member of the group, please go see the contest entries and vote for whichever ones you like. Yes, you can vote for more than one!

Contest info here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/edmonton/discuss/72157615152430714/

There are 14 entries, each with it's own thread in the Discuss section of the group.

If there's a tie, Whisper will choose the winner. She's a discerning art-lover, not like Boodle, who reads EW cover to cover every week (okay, she gets that from me.)

I'm going to vote for A.N.U.J.'s photo of the Bay LRT station, because I loves it.

(cross-posting to the Edmonton lj community)

Happy Birthday, Nels!


Happy Birthday, Nels!
Originally uploaded by dulcie
May your day be filled with happy Boodle ear-dos, and less coughing and nose-blowing.

Jul. 13th, 2008

Oh shit, my camera!

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