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Catching Up

I keep neglecting this blog! A lot has been happening since September 6.

For one thing, Phyllis and I went to “The Birches” on Moosehead Lake on the 16th and came back on the 18th. We actually climbed Mt. Kineo which was a short launch ride across the lake from the Rockwood landing, about a 15 minute drive from The Birches. We took the Bridle Trail which was recommended to those who want to avoid the shorter but steeper Indian Trail. But what a challenge the Bridle Trail was! We made it to a nice plateau near the summit and had our lunches.

For another thing, I’ve been on a Bergman kick and have watched Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, The Seventh Seal, and Persona. Also, Tony gave me his DVD copy of The Magic Flute by Mozart as directed by Bergman. I’m in the process of watching that in stages. I also watched several Bruñuel movies and have a Godard on my Netflix queue. But I’ll be getting Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage next.

What about books? Well, I’m reading two books by Joan Halifax on Buddhism which are very interesting, Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death, and with Stanislav Grof, The Human Encounter with Death. The latter describes the use of psychedelic therapy. But I’m also reading two other books at the moment, one by Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Quite a title! Also, Tony lent me his book on interviews of Ingmar Bergman by students and faculty at SMU. Bergman speaks in English and you get a feeling for his childlike imagination and creativity, I think.

The last novel I read was “The Sea, The Sea” by Iris Murdoch, a fascinating read.

My Lymphocytic Colitis has been in remission for at least a couple months now, but I still take the Cholestyramine and Asacol two times daily. However, my sleeping is still ragged. I’ve been trying to use meditation by focusing on my breath, or counting breaths, and I think this may work sometimes.

I still enjoy maintaining the Norway UU church website which I created. I wish more church people would use it. I had to skip choir last week because of the trip to Moosehead, but tomorrow the Rev. Fayre Stephenson is giving her first service, so I’ll be there, in the choir.

Have I forgotten anything? Probably. It’s still unreal that Cynthia has died.

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OK, I took my last Sertraline (Zoloft) last Wednesday evening, July 4, 2012. So, it’s been three days or 72 hours, plus about 12 more to account for last evening until now. Is that enough? Have I noticed any improvement in my Lymphocytic Colitis, one of the two forms of Microscopic Colitis, which I have?

Not right away. My weight has dropped another 1.6 pounds from last Wednesday morning to this (Sunday) morning. But I think the D has gotten better! (How often have I said that?) This morning I had one D around 5:30am, then I was able to sleep til about 7:30am, after taking awhile to get back to sleep.

But the encouraging thing this morning is that after breakfast I had a near normal BM. Great!

Incidentally, ever since seeing Dr. Nolan on Friday, the 29th of June, I’ve been doing the Asacol (Mesalamine) and Questran (Cholestyramine) three times a day, up from two times.

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