Side Reaction of the M-Vaccine Made my Mom Stay in her Futon All Day Today

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Yesterday I uploaded a post that I wrote in Japanese. And today I realized that the post got very few viewers. Sometime I feel that words, phrases, and even thoughts that are not written in English are just the same as “non-existence”. This fact makes me sad, but at the same time, encourages me to write something in English.

Yesterday morning I took my mom to the place for the elderlies to get vaccine shots for COVID-19. I made the reservation for her through the internet about one month ago. Yesterday’s was the second shot for her. The last time I just went to the bus stop for her. But this time she wanted me to go together to the building of the place. Actually she shows the early sign of Alzheimer’s disease and she surely recognize it herself. She was worrying if she could not get to the place by herself although the bus would directly bring her there.

If I had a car, I could give her a ride to the place, but I don’t have one for some reasons; I don’t get enough income to maintain a car. I don’t like driving because my driving technique is very poor. I don’t want to be a criminal if I cause an accident. Not having a car is a rare thing in this rural Niigata, because everyone has his/her car and moves only by a car. It is common that there are cars in number of family members in my area.

So I had to go with her by public transportation. I started my house before 8 a.m., got on a JR train, got on a taxi using 500-yen coupon that was given by the prefecture, and then brought her into the big building in city center. There are several staffs in the entrance. I told them that my mom’s reservation was of the 9:15’s. It was still early for the time. A young lady, a staff but looking like a university students told us to wait for the time. So I just left her there and came back home alone. My mom said that she could return home herself after the shot.

The following day of the first shot, my mom got severe side reaction. She had been in futon all day. That was the thing happened one month ago. And it was said that the side reaction of M-vaccine was even more severe for the second shot. I worried, although my mom seemed to be not aware of harder reaction than the first.

Already in yesterday, she laid down her futon in the afternoon. She looked not so bad yesterday. But this morning, when I came down to the first floor to make a breakfast for her, she said in weak voice, “Don’t make me get up (for the breakfast). I felt I was almost dying last night”. That’s terrible. I made her measure her body temperature. It was 37.7c. Her usual temperature is 35-something. So she got 2 Celsius higher than usual. It must be hard for her. I gave her a cup of water and let her sleep in her futon.

I took my breakfast alone, and went up to the second floor to do my job. I evaluated 6 students’ homework assignments that were to be graded as the final examination. And then I tried scanning some books that I borrowed from city library. Let me be clear, the scanning is purely for educational purpose. So I believe there is no problem with copyright. I have to teach Japanese Literature in coming fall semester. So I need a lot of references.

In these two years, I have just used a digital camera instead of a scanner. But it was very inconvenient for me to make materials and articles for teaching. So I bought Canon’s scanner “LiDE400” recently. This afternoon was the first time for me to use that scanner. But soon I had got a problem with it, because the scanner’s application produces only jpeg and pdf for the output images. I really want to make it 600dpi black-and-white bmp and to make post-processing it to be png. Jpeg images deteriorate. In order to process without deterioration, I wanted to scan and output images in bmp. It was surprising to me that Canon eliminates or ignores that basic image format from their scanning application. The scanner was a little cheap one. There is a Japanese saying which is “Buying cheap goods ends up losing money” (there are many better translations on the web, but…). I felt I was disappointed by Canon. Fortunately, I found a solution for the issue by searching internet; I can make bmp through the function of “Windows Fax and Scan”. When I found out this solution, it was almost evening, that was the time for me to start preparing for dinner.

My mom was still in her futon. And she said that a small portion was okay for the dinner. I made rice porridge, miso soup, and just a little bit of pork. It is wondering to me, she is in her 80’s, she likes to eat oily food like potato chips and fried chicken. For me myself, my stomach is getting weaker year by year, I don’t want to eat oily food. But she is different. So I cooked for her just a little bit of pork with ginger and garlic by heating on a pan.

At the dinner table, she was eating with her pajama. While we were eating, the time became for TV anime “Sazae-san”. Sazae-san is the name of the main character of the comic created by Ms. Machiko Hasegawa after the World War II. And TV animation show is also a quite long-run. It is aired at 6:30p.m. on Sunday. So it is like the Sazae-san TV show exists to let Japanese people realize that a weekend is over. It makes me sad. Probably so many Japanese feel sad like me all over Japan. Anyway, my mom kept watching Sazae-san after the dinner. Sometimes she laughed, probably Katsuo did a stupid thing on the screen. So it seemed like she got a little recovery from the side reactio. Usually I let her wash the dishes after the dinner, but tonight I washed all the dishes. I left the kitchen. A little later she thought she would wash the dishes, she put dishes into the water in the big wash tub again. Those were that I had already cleaned.

I evaluated three students’ homework assignments after those things. I stopped working and started writing this post. I am going to bed right after I finish uploading this.

Summer break is coming soon, but I have to keep working during the break. The university makes me teach four subjects in the coming fall semester. It is too much. No other teacher will teach four subjects. I am not confident to get through the semester. I may get sick and get damage to my health on the course of semester probably. So I don’t think I will be able to be alive at my mom’s age.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

 Crows (Black Birds) have eaten my tomato.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

Flowers of Montbretia started blooming in my garden. Actually they are too strong and increase very much. So you need to control so that they would not occupy the wide area in your garden.
Okay, now I am finishing writing a long post, hoping that this describes a tiny daily life of mine.

せっかく育てたトマトをカラスに食べられてしまいました。

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 なんといっても日本語が私の母語ですから、頭の中の思考はすべて日本語で構成されています。こうして文字に書き下すときも、日本語が一番効率がいいです。無理して英語でブログ記事を書くよりも、日本語で書いた方が明らかに速く多量の情報を表記できるのは、言うまでもありません。

 春先に種から育苗したトマトの本数がちょっと多かったものだから、畑に植えられなくなった苗を、大型のプラ鉢に植えて育てています。最近だんだん赤く色づいてきたので、昨日などは写真を撮って、私の学生が見るように、Dingtalkにアップしました。そして昨日は1個をスライスにして、老母に食べさせました。

 ところがどうでしょう、今日外出から帰ってきて鉢植えのトマトに目をやったら、昨日まで赤く色づいていたトマトがなくなっていました。


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 犯人は、明らかに、カラスです。3つ取られてしまいました。じつは、この5つのプラ鉢で最初の収穫となる1個が、既にカラスにやられていました。彼らはトマトの味を覚えてしまったのです。近隣は住宅街ですが、もともとは農地の土地柄ゆえ、多くの人が自宅でトマトを育てています。これからこの地区のトマトはカラス対策をしないと次々と被害をこうむるものと思われます。


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 畑の片隅で、百日草が新しい花をつけました。

 今学期も授業はすべて終わり、今は期末試験の採点をしているところですが、テレワークの疲れがたまり、目も頭も痛くて、ほとんど仕事になりません。成績登録の期限までに採点を終わらせなければなりませんが、そのために仕事を続けると、目の痛みや頭痛がさらにひどくなるでしょう。

A Rainy day, in my Garden.

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Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

Rain started falling before the noon, became strong in the afternoon. I gave up going outside today, though I’d better go shopping to the supermarket for the main dish of the dinner. Now I am starting cooking using frozen dumplings that I made by hand two months ago and kept in the freezer since. Today’s rain gave me the chance to consume that two-month old dumplings.

What to do about Damage to a Fig Tree by Long-horn Beetles.

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A fig tree is vulnerable to damage by long-horn beetles. Since the trunk of a fig tree is relatively soft, the insects make holes and go into the inside. In that case, the trunk of the tree becomes houses and also food. And then there will be so many holes on the surface and the trunk will have void inside. It quite often results in the death of the fig tree.

If it is in early stage with a little number of holes, injecting insecticide would be one of solutions. However, it means that the injected chemical could go up in the tree and reach to the fruits. So I don’t think injecting insecticide could be a solution as a countermeasure against long-horn beetles in a fig tree.

A practical solution is as follows. You need to accept the damage caused by long-horn beetles on a fig tree. In other words, you admit that a fig tree is short-lived. But it does not mean you need to give up the fruits. What you need to do is renewing your “main” fig tree in relatively short term. You make young trees using a branch and/or shoot that are taken from the existing fig tree. By keeping several young trees as the spares, and planting them every three or four years, you will get the fruits, even though some times the damage happens.

So, this year, I made three young fig trees using the existing fig tree’s shoot.

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They were taken from a native Japanese fig tree. So those fruits are not so sweet because the species has not been improved like some western fig trees. But this kind is hardy and can stands for winter cold. Although its sweetness is not perfect, eating fresh is actually good. And a good thing is that I can make a lot of jam (jelly) and compote in autumn.

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Flowers in someone’s Garden, not in Mine.

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Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

These flowers were planted at the edge of someone’s vegetable fields. They are not just growing vegetables, but those people have some kind of reserves in their minds such that enjoys beauty of flowers.

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This flower is natural one that is growing by the platform on a railway station.

Metalhead is a Fish’s Name “Kanagashira”

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Nothing has to do with a fan of heavy metal music. “Kana-” means metal and “Gashira” a head. So the fishes’ heads looked very hard and strong.


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I bought them in a supermarket. They were local fishes so they were not expensive, even I would say they were cheap.


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

All three were placed in a pan, and then they were boiled. Actually it took time for me to remove their scales on the surface. Although I just threw most of the inside, I kept egg and boiled it together.


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I usually use soy sauce for the taste when boiling a fish, but this time I used the salty soy-beans paste “Miso”.


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They were on the dish. That means it’s ready to eat.

Cutting One Whole Sea Bream

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Bones of a sea bream are sharp and hard. Sometimes people lose their lives by accidentally swallowing those bones. But it is sure that the sea bream is one of the best fishes to eat. The fish is always served in meals of any celebration in Japan.


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The taste is good, but cutting the sea bream for cooking is not that easy. That is another problem with sea breams. These days I am just trying to learn how to cut many kinds of fishes that are available in the supermarket where I always buy food.


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So this is what I have done with a small size sea bream. Please do not point out that thick meat remains on the back bone. Anyway, bones and the head were so hard that it needed some forces in my hand when cutting them. But that hardness could helped me a little when I was making two slices of right and left half bodies from the back bone. Yes, the bones can be a guide for the blade of knife.


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I boiled the head, bones, and tails with salty water so that could be a nice soup of fish taste.


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I grilled the half body slice. Salt was the only thing that I used for seasoning. I used no pepper, no spices of any kind, other than salt.
It was so nice for me to eat this with boiled rice, although I still had to be careful about bones.