Monthly Archives: May 2008

Oliver busts a move

I haven’t posted much lately. And this blog has been sorely lacking in the “fun” department of late. To mix it up, I put together a brief but goofy video of my son “busting a move” this past weekend. I’m a huge dork and it’s terrible editing, but hopefully a few of you all will like it. Enjoy (or not):

Six magical hours

On Saturday, Oliver slept for four-and-a-half hours. Unfortunately, it was during the late afternoon. He had a rough night, sleeping-wise.

So we thought, “There’s potential now for longer periods of sleep,” but we didn’t get our hopes up. So last night we put the boy down at 11:30 p.m. Amazingly, he slept until 5:30 a.m. I’m in total shock right now. That’s six hours of sleep. And when he woke up, it wasn’t by choice. Sarah woke him up to feed.

What a great night. Hope it’s a sign of things to come.

Schweig Engel doesn’t take my arm (or leg)

I needed a good laugh today, and I found one (well, several actually) on YouTube thanks to a post I found on a sports forum I check out on occasion. For those who lived in the St. Louis area in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you’ll remember these Schweig Engel commercials from late night TV, like during old “Three Stooges” episodes on KPLR-TV and overnight movies on KDNL-TV. My favorite line went something like, “I can’t get any credit. Here, take my arm. And take my leg, too!”

Here are a couple classics, followed by a link to some has-to-be-awesome dude’s YouTube page, which includes a batch of these babies for your enjoyment. By the way, what ever happend to these three Schweig Engel guys? They’re sorely missed.

Stories about heparin make me sick

All these stories in the news about contaminated heparin and related deaths have been making me sick to my stomach. Sarah took heparin shots twice a day throughout her pregnancy, and we are thankful for all of the medical help she had prior to delivering Oliver. However, this news is alarming.

So now the feds are saying that, perhaps, the contamination was intentional. OMG, I smell a class-action lawsuit. And I’m ready to sign up as a plaintiff.

Here are a few details from an article in today’s New York Times:

Federal drug regulators believe that a contaminant detected in a crucial blood thinner that has caused 81 deaths was added deliberately, something the Food and Drug Administration has only hinted at previously.

“F.D.A.’s working hypothesis is that this was intentional contamination, but this is not yet proven,” Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug center, told the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in written testimony given Tuesday.

A third of the material in some batches of the thinner heparin were contaminants, “and it does strain one’s credulity to suggest that might have been done accidentally,” Dr. Woodcock said.

And more from that same article:

David G. Strunce, chief executive of Scientific Protein Laboratories, the company that supplied contaminated heparin material to Baxter International, which manufactured and distributed the finished drug, described the contamination as “an insidious act” that “seems to us an intentional act upstream in the supply chain.”

The F.D.A. has identified Changzhou SPL, a Chinese subsidiary of Scientific Protein Laboratories, as the source of the contaminated heparin. A Congressional investigator said the contaminant, oversulfated chondroitin sulfate, cost $9 a pound compared with $900 a pound for heparin.

Mr. Strunce said that his company tried to find the original source of the contamination but was stopped by the Chinese authorities.