August 28, 2008

August 28, 2008
Thanks for dropping in for a visit. I hope you're having a great day.

Photography in some shape or form has been a part of my life since I started modeling while still in high school. I wish I had paid more attention to what was going on behind the camera during those years. But now that I have a professional camera, I have been expanding my knowledge through several online sites and blogs. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised how helpful and willing some photographers are to share their knowledge and trade secrets. Then as health permits, I get out and put my new knowledge to work. Since I have been ordered on bed rest, I have been devouring great information and tips from several blogs and websites. Just in case you are interested in learning more about photography, the name of the websites are: www.prophotolife.com, digital-photography-school.com and www.pdnonline.com. Now these are just a few of the many great ones I have found and there are many many more out there in virtual world. I also recently started a Flickr account but so far only have my old point and shoot photo files loaded. I will start adding new pics as I get out and about more with more new camera. I plan on using my skills in helping people on the ADAP waiting lists to help get their story out where people can realize what is happening.

I had another doctor appointment with my infectious disease (HIV) doctor today. This was a followup from last week because of some fluid on my lungs. Unfortunately things did not look any better today so I still have to take more antibiotics for another week and go back for another visit. While I was there I handed out several project business cards so other patients could learn about our website and help them in their battle with HIV and AIDS. AHF is one of the few doctor offices that I actually do not mind going to because everyone is so friendly and helpful. On my way back home, I stopped by Imaging Center Network here in Riverside to see my friend, Lori Hamilton, who is the practice manager there. She looked gorgeous as always and we did a quick catch up session. Lori has recently changed her email since Imaging Center Network has a new website (www.icnjax.com) which I realized after having a few recent emails to her come back undeliverable under her old email. Lori and her staff were our top business donors for our Teddy Bear Touchdown last year and I greatly look forward to their participation this year. After a quick visit, it was time to get home before our afternoon thunderstorms started.

When I returned home, I turned on the weather channel to check out the latest information on Hurricane Gustav. Tourists and oil workers fled Thursday as Gustav churned toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands with winds near hurricane force. Louisiana called a state of emergency and put the National Guard on standby, hoping to avoid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. Gustav moved away from the island of Hispaniola, where it killed 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and inched toward Jamaica's low-lying capital, 80 miles to the west. Gustav is predicted to hug Jamaica's southern shore before making a near direct hit on Grand Cayman. Gustav was lashing Jamaica with tropical storm-force winds and there are forecasts for parts of the island to get up to 25 inches of rain which could trigger landslides and cause serious crop damage. Fisherman were told to stay ashore and hotel workers secured beach umbrellas in the resort city of Montego Bay. Oil prices jumped above $120 a barrel Thursday on fears that the storm could affect production in the Gulf area, home to 4,000 oil rigs and half of America's refining capacity. Hundreds of offshore workers pulled out as analysts said the storm could send U.S. gas prices back over $4 a gallon. With top sustained winds just below hurricane strength, Gustav was projected to become a major Category 3 hurricane after passing between Cuba and Mexico and entering the warm and deep Gulf waters. Some models showed Gustav taking a path toward Louisiana and other Gulf states devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. So I will be updating you as I receive more information.

I recently received some great news that will effect people with HIV and AIDS taking the HIV drug ritonavir (Norvir). A new 100 mg tablet formulation of the protease inhibitor ritonavir (Norvir) appears to be equivalent to the current soft-gel capsule formation in terms of side-effects and boosting potential. The new tablet formulation, which like the Kaletra tablet, is heat-stable and does not require refrigeration, will be submitted for registration in the US and EU by the end of the year. If approval arrives in 2009, Abbott intends to register the new tablet as broadly worldwide as Kaletra. However, the four year development delay may result in future lost opportunities for Abbott. Last month Gilead announced that it has begun human studies of a product that could replace ritonavir, and which could be used in future fixed-dose combinations to rival the convenience of Kaletra. So as someone who takes Ritonavir, it will make traveling much easier for me since I will not have to worry about having refrigeration available for that one medication and thereby make it much easier for me and many others.

Dab the AIDS Bear Project will be at the Edward Waters College health fair on Thursday, September 4th from 9am - 1pm with our HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention table. I spoke with Beverly Bolton, who is over the event, and am greatly looking forward to seeing her again. She does a wonderful job holding this event twice a year at Edward Waters College. I always enjoy our time there because I also get to see several great friends from the HIV and AIDS community who I only get to see on rare occasions. It is also relieving to see the college addressing HIV/AIDS and other health issues with their students in a very proactive way. So please stop by our table and say hello if you are at the event. We will also have information on Divided We Fail included on our table.

I spoke with my friend, Alice Heard, who is also on our project board of directors. Alice is currently suffering from some health problems of her own which I was very sorry to hear. Alice is such a caring, loving person and is very needed at her employer where she does HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention. She is also the BCCC sponsor for the ROSE women's support group. So here is a big bear hug from Daddy Dab to Alice. I will be meeting with her next Tuesday at BCCC to cover some project business and also discuss doing movie night with the ROSE group in the near future. I will be showing them a movie about the early days of HIV and AIDS to help those infected since 1997 to understand how bad the early days before funding and life saving HIV medications.

This evening, Gary and I had a great T-bone steak with loaded baked potatoes and spinach salad for dinner. Since we are finally back into the preseason for football, we watched the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins. Currently the Jaguars are ahead 17 - 3 and halftime is almost over. Getting real tired though so I will probably have to check the final score in the morning.

Well that's about it for another busy day in my life. I hope you had a great one yourself.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.





Big bear hug,





Daddy Dab