I woke up at 8:45 a.m. with a start, horrified that I had overslept and missed by 8:15 a.m. endoscopy appointment.  Only to realize I was in the clinic, waking up from the sedation.  After a short wait, the doctor came by and informed me I had GERD after all, giving me a new prescription and handing me a print-out of things to avoid for the next couple of weeks: Alcohol (no problem).  Coffee (no problem).  Chocolate and spicy foods (problem! problem!).  They would have the biopsy results in a few weeks but things looked fine.

Now I’ll have to deal with Akemi admonishing me every time I go for the sriracha.


A few covers that caught my eye this week…


Fantastic Four #3 – cover art by Alex Ross


Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #1 – cover at by Ryan Brown


Batman #131 – cover art by Jorge Jimenez


Batman #131 – cover art by Joe Quesada


Vampirella vs Red Sonja #3 – cover art by Lucio Parrillo


2000 A.D. July 22 Prog Pack – cover art by Cliff Robinson


Trojan #1 – cover art by Jeff Dekal

So, which were YOUR favorites?

13 thoughts on “January 4, 2022: Amazing Covers! And endoscopy!

  1. Glad to hear you have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Hope your symptoms ease rapidly.

    We’re in diagnostic purgatory at our house, trying to ease Husband’s annoying symptoms. (Please forgive vagueness.). Husband to have a new test on Monday.

    The good news is that his mental status has improved over past few months. Holding my breath just a little, as his possible type of dementia is known to be unpredictable. Neuro checkup tomorrow.

    Me? I’m hanging in but need to resume diabetic therapies that became annoying over the summer.

    One day at a time.

    1. Sending you all the positive energy that’s possible over the Internet. One of my Mom’s close friends had a husband with dementia, so I have some inkling of the ‘one day at a time’ struggle involved. Given my parents’ ages, we’ve been lucky not to go through that ourselves.

  2. So glad to hear your procedure went smoothly! Exactly how mine turned out–GERD. Biggest problem for me is the chocolate and even relatively mild-level spicy foods. Also too much caffeine. But at least it’s manageable, unlike some of the less desirable outcomes it could have been!

  3. So glad you made it back home alive. I don’t eat hardly any chocolate any more because of my low sugar diet. It just makes me appreciate it more when I do have a little bit. I just want to rub it all over my face and stuff tons of it in my mouth. You’ll understand later. Happy everything went well for you.

  4. ‘Atta boy! We all knew you could do it.
    Glad you kept the appointment, survived the procedure
    and seems are going to be okay.
    Albeit, word of warning.
    If you break from the food & drink no-no list
    and start complaining about feeling unwell again
    Akemi won’t be the only one scolding you.

    by the way, when you’re done at Das and Ponytails’, I’m next.
    My current housemates aren’t the best at it but don’t want me doing it.

  5. Hope your feeling better now.

    Been reading your blog since 2007. Inspired me to visit Vancouver (I live in Europe) on my next Trip in the summer. Been reading your old posts (2007-2010) to see if any of the joints are still running.

    On the list so far includes Fable, Wild sweets chocolate, Beta5, Cadeaux Bakery, Giovane Caffe, Anton’s and Granville market. Sad so many are gone. Have you been to Vancouver recently? Any recommendations? Thankyou for the blog.

    1. I haven’t been back to Vancouver since the move back in 2016 but we’re thinking of making a return visit this summer. Fable and Beta 5 are still around, as are some of our old favorites Vij’s, Meat & Bread, and Peaceful Restaurant.

  6. I’m glad to hear that the procedure went well. If the doctor put you on a proton pump inhibitor, please ask your doctor about alternative medications. Do your research before taking any new medication.

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