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Tue Sep 25th, 2018

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08:52 pm - Blearg
Saturday was perfect. Saturday was cool and sunny with sharp-edged white clouds in a pure blue sky. 'It can be like this forever' said J Violetsdad, met by chance on Huron. There was a string quartet playing baroque faves at my aunt's retirement home, a lovely thing to walk into though alas, they started at 2 and were finished at the tea time hour of 3 so I only caught a few minutes.

And Sunday wasn't bad- warmer in the sun, and an abortive trip down to Mt Sinai (the hospital)'s Indigo (the bookstore) led me to an unexpected bistro round the corner where I had pate and Eggs Benedict and more wine than I should have.

But then the mug came back, leading to the classic Toronto fall dilemma of 'too cold for AC too warm for heat' but isn't there anything to remove the clamminess from clothes and sheets and skin? To say nothing of complaining knees and aching elbows.

It's dark at 8 which is about the time I get out of acupuncture, down in pot-holed track-riddled fat-assed-tourist-bus Chinatown, and I don't want to bike at that hour, especially if there's a wind from the north, and the streetcars are unreliable- going, always; coming, invariably, one always comes as I get to the corner and the light turns red so I can't cross to it. (Am perfectly happy to bike home from the stop before the subway because I bike that route twice daily and know where the holes are. But Spadina and Dundas- no. Just no.)

I have a book token from Indigo for a princely $25 and a book I want to buy, but the Indigos that are supposed to have a copy of it don't, the one that has nine copies is in the unreachable outlet at Yonge and Eglinton, and for some unfathomable reason Indigo Online suddenly has no provision for using book tokens. Yes, I could buy it on the card, but it's the principle of the thing-- because any time I go into Indigo there's nothing I want to buy.

Toronto has run out of codeine. It's on back order everywhere except, Daycare Hugh says, some place out in Scarberia where he gets his. Said he'd pick me up some but has probably forgotten. My doctor says two extra-strength Tylenol works better than one codeine and Tylenol so that's what I've been taking. On balance I'd say it works nearly as well, and truth to tell, I'm not unhappy about dropping the habit of decades. Tylenol will trash my liver but hey! anything's better than an opioid, right? (Do not understand the opioid crisis. People are overdosing and killing themselves? Surely better than the usual route of alcohol poisoning: at least you aren't taking other people with you.)

But there are times in muggy York here when I'd really like a codeine to iron out the aches.

So I am autumn melancholy and annoyed by it, because I don't have that many autumns left to be melancholy in. Shall have a bath in the Algemarin I discovered in an independent pharmacy, because all the chains seem to have given up on bath oil except for really stinky artificial house brands.
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Date:September 26th, 2018 04:42 am (UTC)
Yes, you can drive out the mug with the copious use of hydro. As follows: run the heat, just a degree more than ambient, run the A/C just a degree cooler than ambient. The combination running at the same time will act as a dehumidifier and pull the water out of the air in the house.

I wish I was local so I could drive you out to get codine. Don't combine Tylenol and booze and you should be okay. The sunset has moved from 9:30 to 7 now, and we can now see the dark starting to creep up on us. Happy Mid-Autumn moon viewing!
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Date:September 26th, 2018 01:40 pm (UTC)
Useful life hacks. Except that my AC and heat run off the same thermostat and you can't have both at the same time. So I shall wait for God to dehumidify my house, which I believe he's set to do tonight.

Don't combine...? Take meds in the morning and drink in the evening and all should be well?

Happy mid-Autumn to you too!
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Date:September 27th, 2018 12:06 am (UTC)
I hope you're right and your weather has taken a turn for the better!

I suspect so. Liver damage occurs in at least 2 ways, from what I remember. One is overdose, like giving kids Tylenol to infants, which I think was the most common form of that, which is why they now have infant specific bottles. The other is combining it with booze. Our gov says avoid this med if you drink 3 or more drinks day. Newer research appears to say avoid all alcohol if you're taking the med on a long term regular basis. At the very least, yes, don't overlap them.
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Date:September 27th, 2018 01:04 am (UTC)
Well, that's dispiriting, though I rarely have three drinks in a day. OTOH, more cheerfully, my gout meds will probably trash my kidneys first.

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