I moved the furniture around in the living room today, so that sitting in my chair I face the living room windows. Today is sunny and mild, a lovely day for November. My view is of blue sky, tree tops, insects and birds. The birds love the trees in our front yard, there are lots of seeds for them to eat. The insects are caught between the single pane glass windows, and the storm windows; flies and wasps crawl up and down the glass, occasionally taking wing to circle hopefully in the small space between the glass panes. They leave droppings all over the glass, usually around the edges, near the frame, and eventually die and fall to the sill, to join the previous generations of insects who succeeded in entering and failed to exit.
The birds love the red “berries” on the ornamental tree in the front yard. They also like to process those “berries” and leave us with the remains of the day. The front step and walkway are covered with wet black droppings. I love having the birds around, so the mess is a small price to pay for enjoying the company of birds. Our car wears polka dots this time of year.
Medicine is not an exact science. Every doctor I have had the pleasure of interacting with acknowledges this in their own way. What works for one person does not work for another. The best science can come up with are averages, probabilities, and general trends, with few exceptions.
My blood pressure continues to drop towards normal levels. It might have been the apple cider vinegar concoction that is bringing my blood pressure down, there is no way to know with certainty. To check my logic, I played a little game and imagined the solutions were switched. If I had been using the apple cider vinegar/honey mixture for weeks and weeks with no apparent change in my blood pressure levels, and then taken a prescribed pill to reduce the levels, after which my blood pressure levels came down, would I have attributed the change to the affects of the medication. The answer is yes, I would have credited the medication, and I know a doctor would have too, because when I first went on medication for high blood pressure the prescribed pill worked, and the doctor was satisfied that the problem was solved with the medication. So I ask myself, why place any doubt on a home remedy that has behaved exactly as prescribed medications have done in similar circumstances in the past? I will continue to take the medication prescribed by the Dr. at the walk-in clinic, as it may be working in tandem with the apple cider vinegar/honey concoction. When my blood pressure stabilizes at an acceptable level I will do further cautious experiments with the medication, trying to lower to dosage.
Date: 3:00 PM EDT Wednesday 2 November 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Dew point: 12.3°C
Wind: S 17 km/h
Visibility: 19 km
“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer
1904 – 1991