Quick Update: Visit To Shirahama, a Minor Heart Arrhythmia, and the End of Lent
Lots of Pandas in Shirahama, Japan 白浜ではパンダが多い -- Adventure World -- Nishimuro, Wakayama, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Lots of Pandas
in Shirahama, Japan
白浜ではパンダが多い

(Update: something just doesn't seem right with this B&W version; I've posted a color version here.)

A White Beach Shirarahama Beach (白良浜) Shirahama, Japan 白浜のベーチは白いですね -- Shirarahama Beach (白良浜) -- Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/8000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
A White Beach
Shirarahama Beach (白良浜)
Shirahama, Japan
白浜のベーチは白いですね
Up Close and Personal some bird at Adventure World Shirahama Japan -- Nishimuro, Wakayama, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Up Close and Personal
some bird at Adventure World
Shirahama Japan

(Update: it's a gray crowned crane, as described here.)

It's been an active week since my last post. We spent a nice weekend in Shirahama, a three-hour drive from Kyoto, about which I'll post more later.

Upon our return, Anthony promptly got a cold and I had my first heart-arrhythmia episode in 20 months. Like last time the Sunrythm I took at home didn't work, but unlike last time they decided not to shock me back into a regular rhythm. Rather, the doc gave me a different drug in the same class (Flecainide, sold in Japan as タンボコール) with instructions that I should return if it didn't help within seven days. I was back in normal rhythm in about an hour.

So, we're all back on our feet, and I'm back to my normal life feeling overwhelmed with photography and Lightroom plugin work. But I've got a great weekend to look forward to: I gave up alcohol and desserts for Lent, but it ends after Mass on Saturday evening, so I'll visit some photography friends soon after for an evening of drinks and warm conversation.

Continued here...


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Glad the meds worked for you so quickly!

>they decided not to shock me back into a regular rhythm

I no longer use the word “shock” for this – I tell patients we’re *rebooting* their heart. 🙂

— comment by Marcina on April 18th, 2014 at 11:28am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Do Paida Lajin Self Healing methods would help your heart condition.
Try it.

— comment by KF Leong on April 19th, 2014 at 12:11am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I love that stripey jacket in the panda picture. Can I ask what brand it is/where it was bought?

According to the label, it seems to be from GU, a Uniqlo company. He loves it… wears it all the time, even to bed. —Jeffrey

— comment by David on April 20th, 2014 at 12:10am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Burlington Ontario Canada 11:09 EDaylight Time…5 degrees C outside.
Am surprised at your age this keeps coming back to “haunt” you. As you age you may be a candidate for some form of pace maker, to ensure this incident does not happen too often. If you can consume an Asprin a day in lieu of a pacemaker do so. Have friends older than seventy years who have discovered that one a day Aspirin no longer is effective and they all (four this far) had had pacemakers installed.
Might add the oldest is 92 the youngest 75 this year so you’ve got a long way to go.

This particular ailment is more common the older you get… when I first started getting it in my 30s, I was an outlier because of my age. It’s more common in the 70+ range. Aspirin mitigates the clotting danger from a non-regular flow, but doesn’t do anything one way or the other to fix the underlying irregularity. First thing the doc said this time was “well, it’s been quite a while since the last one”, so once every two years is still on the not-big-deal side of things. —Jeffrey

— comment by Bryce Lee on April 20th, 2014 at 12:13am JST (3 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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