May 14, 2008

May 14, 2008
It's great to have you join me again. I hope you have been having a great day like I have.

I know I must be starting to sound repetitive but it is another gorgeous day in Jacksonville, Florida and I was so glad I was here to enjoy it. We had another day of partly cloudy skies, mild breezes and highs in the 70s. Now if I just had a waterview the day would have been perfect. I didn't sleep well last night between Gary's snoring and tossing and turning not to mention my usual neuropathy problems. I ended up getting up four different times and not getting sound asleep until Gary woke up at 5am so I ended up sleeping until 11am today.

After I woke up and took the dogs outside, I showered and walked to AIDS Healthcare Foundation Clinic here in Riverside to drop off my latest prescriptions. I hadn't noticed until I was standing at the pharmacy window speaking with Carly that my doctor had written the wrong last name on all of my prescriptions. Luckily because I always get the same prescriptions and have been using their pharmacy for several years, they were able to contact my doctor directly to take care of the problem so I wouldn't have to get all the way over to the doctor's office in Arlington to get new prescriptions. That's just one of the many reasons I use the pharmacy at AHF. They will also deliver your prescriptions if you live within a certain radius of their location which is very helpful when problems can make it very difficult if not impossible to get there personally.

I also ran into a couple of new people at the clinic and told them about this project and the different components to help them get information about events, funding, etc. One guy had just moved here from south Florida to take care of his mother. I also ran into one of the women from THE ROSE women's support group which is always great. She was telling me her pregnant daughter in jail is not getting any preventive care for the unborn child to prevent the child having HIV so I told her to contact to try and get help. I have absolutely no pull through the jail link program so it was best to send her to the other two sources. The front desk receptionist also told me she has decided to get another job so there is one more of the staff that has changed in the past couple of months. AHF has not hired a new office manager yet either.

I stopped by the dry cleaners on the way home to see my two friends and ended up getting a picture of them with Dab the AIDS Bear so I could get them on the website. We were also talking about activism and getting people to volunteer. It just seems to me more people volunteered and gave of their time when we were in the 60s and 70s. Everyone's lives have become so rushed in pursuit of the American Dream in the past thirty years, donations, community effort and volunteering levels are at their lowest in decades. So many people are struggling themselves with the higher prices of food and gas trying to make it from payday to payday. I took a few other pictures today with different scenery to add to the Where in the World is Dab the AIDS Bear section of the website on the rest of the walk home.

On the world scene in Yangon, Myanmar - Heavy rains and another potentially powerful storm headed toward Myanmar's cyclone devastated delta on Wednesday. The United Nations warned that inadequate relief efforts could lead to a second wave of deaths among the estimated 2 million survivors. The International Red Cross said in a new estimate that the death toll already may be between 68,833 and 127,990. The suffering being shown on television is horrible. The people are out of food and now disease is starting to break out because of all the dead bodies.

In Hanwang, China - Rescuers arrived for the first time in the epicenter of China's massive earthquake, scouring flattened mountain villages for thousands of victims and distributing air-dropped supplies to survivors. Their government is responding to the crisis with $100s of million of dollars in aid and called in their armed forces to help in the search and rescues. There is fear about many dams being damages by the quake and the aftershocks which could cause major flooding and even more deaths. Help also began to arrive by helicopter and on foot in some of the hardest-to-reach areas, where some victims trapped for more than two days under collapsed buildings were still being pulled out alive. Leveled hospitals forced doctors and nurses to treat survivors in the street. Helicopters dropped food and medicine to isolated towns. Mourners burned money before rows of bodies, believing their lost relatives could use it in the afterlife. The death toll of nearly 15,000 appeared likely to soar far higher.

After Gary got home from work, we decided to order pizza delivery from Dominos since neither of us felt like cooking. We ended up getting the Brooklyn large with Pepperoni and mushrooms which is one of my favorites. Then it was time to watch American Idol results night. As I predicted two Davids are going to be in the finals and the last girl was the one eliminated. I will give it to her because she brought her A game the last few weeks but the popularity of the two Davids was too much for her to overcome. If I remember right Ryan Seacrest said over 30 million votes were cast in the voting.

I have an early day tomorrow so I'm headed off to dreamland. I hope you had a great day also. Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab