David: Surgery scheduled
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by gigihawaii
3d ago
David’s left leg (June 2024). *** Yes, David’s surgery on his left leg has been scheduled for July 29 at Straub Medical Center. Surgeon Dr. Nakasone will transplant a cadaver’s knee cap and tendon, which have been ordered from the mainland. Last Wednesday, David underwent pre-op with internist Dr. Loui at Straub. He had an EKG and blood drawn and tested. He was also given a list of drugs not to take during the week preceding surgery as well as wipes to sanitize his entire body the night before surgery. David was told that he is not to undergo any physical therapy for 6 weeks following surgery ..read more
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Every bit of help counts
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by gigihawaii
5d ago
I need all the help I can get, as at my age (78), I shouldn’t have to work so hard. The reason Queen Elizabeth II lived to 96 is that she had servants and maids to help her. Good grief, she even had ladies in waiting to help her get dressed. I won’t and can’t go that far, but I’ll accept any help that comes my way. David feels the same. I am so glad that our daughter Maria delivers groceries when she has free time. I also rely on Shipt, Door Dash and Uber Eats. Here you see groceries., delivered by Shipt: This is Chinese cuisine, delivered by Door Dash: Our son-in-law Grant has been cutting ..read more
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Biden should stay in the race
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by gigihawaii
1w ago
President Joe Biden *** Amidst a growing movement to oust Joe Biden from the Presidential race, there is a counter movement to keep him in the race. I am one of those still supporting Biden. I truly believe he has the best chance of beating Donald Trump. True, Biden is 81 and stumbled during the debate. However, during a recent unedited ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden showed clear thinking and focus. He didn’t twist his words or garble his speech. He explained that his poor debate performance was due to exhaustion. That could happen to anyone. In fact, Hawaii Governor Josh Gre ..read more
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He sought immortality
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by gigihawaii
1w ago
Lately, I have been watching a number of documentaries on Netflix. I especially enjoy historical documentaries, which have been dramatized. For instance, in “Empire Games,” I learned that the name, “China,” is derived from “Qin,” pronounced “Chin.” Emperor Qin Shi Huang founded China in 221 BC. The Qin dynasty lasted for fourteen years until 207 BC when it was cut short by civil wars. It is the shortest dynasty in Chinese history, with only two emperors: Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Image from National Museum Liverpool). *** Because of three assassination attempts on his life, Qin Shi Huang wa ..read more
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Pondering our future
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by gigihawaii
1w ago
*** Lately, David and I have been pondering our future. It is highly likely that we will eventually need long term care, because we are both physically disabled. Neither of us has long term care insurance. Medicare doesn’t cover long term care, either. Most nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) in Hawaii charge around $11,000 per month. A permanent confinement would bankrupt us. Therefore, we have decided to receive care at home when it is time to do so. It would be less expensive. Care.com is the way for us. This national organization charges $161 per year, but we negotiate the hourly r ..read more
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Did you watch the debate?
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by gigihawaii
1w ago
Donald Trump and Joe Biden (NPR). *** Yes, I watched the televised Presidential Debate last Thursday. I now have to choose between a senile old man and a philandering convicted felon. In the past, I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats. I don’t belong to any political party. This year, I have decided to vote for Democrat Joe Biden for President. He is the lesser of two evils. Donald Trump is so immoral, it is unbelievable. He cheated on all three wives. During the debate, Biden stated, “Trump slept with a porn star when his wife was pregnant.” With that statement, Biden won the debat ..read more
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The Hawaiian climate
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by gigihawaii
2w ago
Every day on TV News, I see videos of people sweltering in unbearable heat on the mainland. In some cities, the temperature is in the triple digits. Here in Hawaii, we don’t have that problem. It’s the usual summer weather here with the high around 89F. Just typical summer weather in Hawaii. The problem here, in my opinion, is the high humidity, which is about 75%. Again, typical for Hawaii. Fortunately, my house is fully air conditioned. I have the thermostat fixed in the mid-70s. It’s very pleasant indoors: Our solar water heater: Our recent electric bill was $241. It’s affordable. We do h ..read more
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David: The waiting game
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by gigihawaii
2w ago
As I discussed previously, David ruptured his left patellar tendon in December 2023. It was reattached in January 2024. After rehabbing for three months, he returned home and immediately ruptured his tendon, again. In the above photo, taken this month, you can see how David’s kneecap has migrated up his thigh. Dr. Nakasone will implant a cadaver’s knee and tendon in David’s left leg. He is the orthopedic surgeon, who had previously replaced both of David knees with implants in 2015 and 2016. Last Friday, David saw Dr. Nakasone’s physician’s assistant, Stephen Yuen. He discussed the upcoming s ..read more
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They brought lunch yesterday
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by gigihawaii
2w ago
Yesterday, my in-laws came over, again. Always a joy to see them! They have been staying in a rented beach cottage in Kailua for the past two weeks and have another week to go before returning to the mainland: Beautiful mini carnations on my table: It was Mike and Shirley’s turn to provide our lunch. This time, they brought take-out from Kalapawai Café in Kailua. Dessert was fruit, purchased at a store. I was emailed the menu and instructed to tell Shirley what David and I wanted. I chose the Baja Style Fish Tacos (Blackened fresh catch, shredded cabbage, cotija & mozzarella cheese, pick ..read more
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How he became a millionaire
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by gigihawaii
3w ago
An orphan in northern Korea, Grandpa (Keum Whan Chang) was raised by his uncle, a farmer. He attended school and managed to graduate from the 8th grade. At age 19, Grandpa signed a contract with a sugar baron in Hawaii and sailed from Pyongyang to Hawaii, arriving penniless in 1904. Every day, he toiled on the sugar plantation in Koloa, Kauai, saving his money rather than squandering it on gambling and alcohol. After 10 years (1914), he quit his job and used his savings to open a country store. In 1915, he married Do Yun Hong, a picture bride from Masan in southern Korea. In 1916, Julia, my mo ..read more
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