脳外科検診

母、脳外科デー。最近車椅子を車に積むのが苦になってきた。それでも私の車は後部座席のシートを上げることで車椅子が縦に入れられるのでトランクに横向きに入れるよりはずっと楽なのだけど。それが理由でこの車を10年前に買ったのだけど、だんだんそれも辛くなってきた。筋力も衰えてきたのだなぁ。でもまだ大丈夫。頑張ろう。ぎっくり腰にならないように気をつけながら。

採血は今日もちゃんと腕から取れた。体重を40キロをキープできているおかげなのだろうと思う。お肉がある程度あると肉が血管を押して表面に現れるのかな。母が採血が楽で痛くなくなったと喜んでいた。採血の時間も以前は手の甲でとっていて、そこは血管が細かったので、10分くらいかかっていた。看護師さんがあまり強く引くと血管が破れちゃうからと慎重にやってくれていたからだ。今日は針をさしてから5秒くらいで終了。^^ 素晴らしい。看護師さんも喜んでいたのでさらによし。

肺炎球菌の予防接種のことも相談した。あれは一生に一度だけ来るものらしい。効果のほどは?だけどやはり魔除けと思ってやることにして7月に予約を入れた。それから最近足のかなりのむくみ(夜足指に薬を塗っている時に気づいた)がひどいのと夜間頻尿の話を相談したところやっぱり心不全の心配があるそうだから、来月の心臓外科の検診の時に相談を勧められた。

帰りに病院近くのお店で母のお気に入りのシュークリームを購入できたのでお昼のデザートにシュークリームを食べた。メインはカレーライス。ペロリと食べていた。母がよく食べ、よく眠る姿を見ると本当に安心する。

土曜日

母の日にプレゼントしたベストがとても気に入ったようでディサービスの朝、毎回今日もこれを着ると言う。みんなに素敵ねぇと毎回言われのよ。と嬉しそうだ。スタッフの方も心得てるなと思う。しかしこんなにツボるのならもう一枚どこかで母が好きそうなサマーベストを見つけてこよう。

眼科へ母を連れて行った。白内障の術後の目薬を先月止めたので、止めて一月後の経過観察で、目の中も眼圧もOKとのことでこれで白内障の通院は終了。涙目対応用の目薬をもらってそれが終わったらまた来てくださいとなった。多分数ヶ月後かな。

昼過ぎに友達としばしお茶タイム。暑かったので水出しアイスティーを飲んだ。

夜家人は楽しみにしていた選手のボクシンングの試合で驚愕の判定負けが出て、がっくりきて、なおかつものすごく怒っていた。ご飯を食べながら見ていたのだが、その後、なんかもう食欲がなくなったと箸を置いた。(でブツブツ文句言いながらヤケ酒してた。)

May 20th, 2017

トランプ大統領と皇室と共謀罪の話

1)   The cabinet on Friday approved a bill to allow Emperor Akihito to hand over the Chrysanthemum throne to Crown Prince Naruhito in what would be Japan’s first abdication in roughly 200 years.

2)   Toxic benzene at up to 100 times the government safety limit was detected again in groundwater samples collected in April at the planned relocation site for Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Thursday.

3)   The ruling coalition has won crucial approval for a controversial bill that would criminalize the act of plotting terrorist attacks or other serious crimes. A majority of members on a Lower House committee have given their backing to the legislation.

The vote was a scene of chaos as opposition lawmakers shouted out in protest.
They’ve called the deliberations insufficient, and said the bill doesn’t have the public’s support.
But members of the ruling coalition voted in favor

4)   A hospital in Japan has started a clinical study to find out whether laughter can have therapeutic effects on cancer patients by boosting their immune systems with help from professional entertainers.

The Osaka International Cancer Institute and 3 entertainment companies will conduct the experiment. Professional comic storytellers, known in Japan as “rakugo-ka,” and pairs of stand-up comedians called “manzai-shi,” will participate in the research.

5)   A global treaty designed to restrict the manufacture and trade of products that contain harmful levels of mercury will take effect in August.

As of Friday, 51 signatories, including Japan, the United States and the Netherlands, had ratified the Minamata Convention. It was adopted at a UN conference in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in 2013.

The convention was named after a city in the prefecture where people suffered health problems caused by industrial mercury poisoning.

6)   US information security firm is looking into the possibility that North Korean hackers were involved in last week’s massive global cyberattacks.

The US government says at least 300,000 computers in 150 countries were affected.

In each case, ransomware encrypted the computers’ data and locked users out of their systems.

7)   One day before the first anniversary of her inauguration, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged China to try to improve cross-strait relations without sticking to the “One China” principle.

Tsai made a speech before an overseas group on Friday. She admitted that she has achieved little to revitalize the economy and narrow the wealth gap among Taiwanese people.

On relations with China, she said old problems should be left in the past, adding that leaders face a new task of keeping peace and prosperity on both sides of the strait.

8)   New university graduates in Japan are enjoying the best job market on record.

The labor and education ministries say 97.6 percent of graduates had landed jobs by April 1st. The ministries jointly polled 4,770 students who left university in March.

The employment rate is up 0.3 percentage points from last year, the highest since the survey began in 1997.

9)   4 carmakers have agreed to pay 553 million dollars to settle a class action suit in the United States over a massive recall of Takata airbags.

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW say they reached a settlement with car owners who said they incurred economic losses because of the recall.

 

母の日2

持ち帰りのお寿司を買って来て母と二人でお昼ご飯にした。それからデザートは姉が昨日持って来てくれた村上屋さんのあんみつを食べながら鑑定団やグッと地球便などテレビを見た。私からの母の日ギフトは母が欲しがっていた夏用の涼しそうな糸で編まれたブルーグレーの無地のサマーベストにした。母はベストが好きなのだが最近は後ろ見頃が長い形が多くて小さな母には向かないので去年はいいのが見つからなかったのだが今年はいかにも母好みのものを見つけられたので購入しておいたのだ。案の定とても喜んでいた。

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義母には「これお義母さんが好きそうだな」と思った時に買っていた細々したものを送ったのだが、今日になってつまらないものを贈ってしまったかもと恥ずかしくなり、電話してみたらまだ届いておらず、変なものばかり送ってしまったというとあらそういうのが逆にいいのよと言ってもらった。もう届いていると思うがどうだろうか。。。

母の日

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昨日姉と義兄が甥っ子1号の文化祭の帰りに届けてくれたカーネーション。母がデイサービスで作って来た5月の母の日を意識したカレンダーの前に飾った。今日もまた文化祭にガッツリ行くので来られないからと前日だけどごめんねとのこと。例年甥っ子が選んで一緒に来たものだけれど今年は2号はテニスの練習で朝からいないそうだ。1号は今日で部活動引退。月日がどんどん流れて行く。

May13th, 2017

この中にはないけれどFBI長官の話。アメリカだなぁ。と。

1)   The Japanese government for the first time has released a nationwide list of over 300 companies that have violated labor laws, hoping this name-and-shame tactic would help eliminate abuses and prevent karoshi, or death by overwork.

Major companies such as advertising agency Dentsu Inc and electronics maker Panasonic Corp are named for illegal overtime, and a local unit of Japan Post, a subsidiary of Japan Post Holdings Co, is mentioned for failing to report a work-related injury.

2)    A man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for causing the death of a woman in Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, last August while playing Pokemon Go as he was driving.

The Nagoya District Court ruled that 27-year-old Yusuke Okuyama from Toki in neighboring Gifu Prefecture was giving his attention to his smartphone when his car hit the 29-year-old Vietnamese woman.

3)   Police in Tokyo have arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man on suspicion of theft after he was caught stealing a wallet from a woman’s tote bag on a train.

According to police, the suspect, Nobutaka Ando, stole the wallet, containing 18,000 yen. Police said Ando may be responsible for at least 21 pickpocketing cases on the Saiko Line this year.

4)   Rice planting for commercial sales began on Wednesday in a village in Fukushima Prefecture for the first time since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011.

5)   Police say 85 million yen in cash, or about 750,000 dollars, was stolen from a safe in a police station in the city of Hiroshima, western Japan. Police say confiscated evidence is normally kept in a safe in the investigators’ division, but in this case, the cash was stored in a bigger safe in the accounting division, as the amount was large.

6)   The youngest-ever professional player of the Japanese board game shogi, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, has stretched his run of official consecutive victories to a fresh record of 17.

Fujii made headlines last month when he broke an earlier record of 10 straight wins in the game, which is often called Japan’s version of chess. Since then he has continued to dominate.

On Friday, Fujii beat Kazuhiro Nishikawa, a shogi master who holds the rank of 6th dan, to notch his 17th win.

7)   Tokyo police have raided the headquarters of a yakuza crime syndicate in the western prefecture of Hyogo in connection with an extortion case.

About 30 investigators conducted a search of the headquarters of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on Friday.
The group, which was formed in 2015, is an offshoot of Japan’s largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi.

8)   New Zealand has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, becoming the second country to do so after Japan.

9)   The head of a Chinese-led development bank says it wants to cooperate with the region’s long-established lender, the Asian Development Bank.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun attended a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Cambodia on Thursday.

Jin said his bank was not created to be a rival of the ADB. He added that he believes the 2 lenders can share responsibilities and work together. The ADB promotes health and education, while the AIIB focuses on support for infrastructure.

10)   Japan’s central government debt stood at a record 1,071.56 trillion yen ($9.4 trillion) at the end of fiscal 2016 in March, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. The amount owed per person came to approximately 8.45 million yen, based on Japan’s estimated population of 126.79 million as of April 1.

11)   Thousands of people took part in a parade in Tokyo’s Shibuya district Sunday to raise awareness of issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, marching on along busy shopping streets led by a float decorated in rainbow colors about 6,000 participated.

12)   The United States cannot continue to run huge trade deficits with major trading partners, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said following the release of data showing the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Japan hit a nine-year high in March. “The United States can no longer sustain this inflated trade deficit with Japan.

13)   JR East will open a prayer room within Tokyo Station’s premises due to an increase in travelers from Muslim countries, notably Southeast Asia.

14)   More Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force troops left Juba, South Sudan, on Thursday, to return to Japan.

Their departure is part of the process to end their five-year participation in the ongoing U.N. peacekeeping mission.

眼科と蕎麦と藤

家人の眼科検診デー。母はディサービスへ。目の状態は良好だそう。温泉の許可も出たけれどまだ怖いから行かないそうだ。目薬が新しくなったので後で副作用はどんなか調べなくては。家人の瞳孔が開くのを待つ間「田崎すぐる」を1時間ほど読み進めた。村上エッセンス満載な作品ですな。病院の帰りに新しくできた伊豆ゲートウェイに行きぶらりと見て納得し、そのまま修善寺に向かい「やまびこ」で蕎麦を食べた。

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写真 2017-05-11 13 00 51ざるそばと揚げ豆腐と山菜天ぷらを食べたらおなじみの満腹過ぎで、じゃ、また歩こう!ということになり、藤が満開という情報を得たので虹の郷まさかの2周ウォーキングコース。夏のように暑かったけれど風が強めに吹いていたので意外と涼しく森の中日本庭園、花壇、藤棚の道を散策。カナダやイギリスもテクテク歩いた。あ、途中たぬきにも遭遇。

長い長い藤棚トンネルの一部。ここがスタート地点。

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トンネルの中はこんな。藤の香りがすごい。

 

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新緑も綺麗だった。

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ふぅ

できるようになったと思ったけれどやっぱりだめだった。ま、そうだよね。今日はお天気が良いからたくさんの洗濯物もよく乾くだろう。この先はもう成長とか改善とかないのだから勝手に期待して、結果に勝手にがっかりして、その姿を見せないようにせねば。双方心穏やかに過ごしていくことだけ心がけよう。小さく望めば願いは叶いやすい。

GW

母の調子があれこれイマイチでGWは家で過ごしてました。どこそこが痛いというのではなくて見当識が色々混乱していて基本の日常生活できなくなっていた。帰省していた友達何人かから連絡をもらったりして会いたかったのだけどまたも会えず残念。娘の自分が仕事がお休みなのにそんな状態の母を他人に預けて外出するのもなんとなくダメだと思っている。そういうことをしたり考えたり気にしたりする方が長期間母と過ごす上で良くないってわかっているのだけれど。まぁ母が嬉しそうだったからいいか。朝から付き合ってテレビを見たり話したり、一緒に昼寝をしたり、ご飯やおやつを食べたりする母娘だけで家でのんびりするGWがちょっと早い今年の母の日ということで。最後の方にはまたできなかったことができるようになってくれた。まさか母、確信犯か?!^^まぁそれならいいけれど。

May 5th, 2017

1)   A car driven by an elderly woman has rammed into a hospital in southwestern Japan, leaving 13 people injured.

Police suspect the driver, who is 76 years old, made an error and lost control of the car.

2)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to put a revised Constitution into force in 2020.

3)   North Korea has warned Japan that it would suffer the greatest damage if war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.

4)   Anti-refugee sentiment is rising in Europe and the United States but in Japan those seeking haven from tyranny and war have long faced daunting legal and social gauntlets.

One of the world’s wealthiest countries, Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016

5)   Japanese researchers have succeeded in extracting natural gas from frozen methane hydrate deep in the seabed off the Pacific coast of central Japan.

6)   A Japanese research group has found a new type of computer virus that destroys programs in devices that are connected to the Internet.

7)   US electric car maker Tesla more than doubled its sales in the January-March quarter from the same period last year, thanks to record volume.

8)   Japan’s economy has expanded in the first 3 months of this year thanks to brisk exports and consumer spending.

The growth estimates for annualized real-term GDP range from 1.4 percent to 3.1 percent from the previous quarter.

9)   The number of children in Japan fell for the 36th straight year to another record low, the latest data showed Thursday, indicating efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government have been inadequate to tackle the long-standing issue of a declining birthrate.

10)   Tokyo risks being one of the unhealthiest Olympic Gamaes hosts in years, as an anti-smoking law exposes deep rifts over tobacco tax revenue, personal freedom and the dangers of passive smoking.