As some may know, I was recently checked-in at MMC for a bad inner ear problem that caused me severe dizziness. My old friend, Doc (Gerry de Jesus), and Dr. Randy Lopa (an excellent ENT referred to me by Gerry) made sure I was well taken care of, all my tests done in immediate, rapid succession, the neurologist attended to my results the next morning and I was out the next evening - right before my birthday.
I'm still suffering from movement-triggered dizziness, but much, much less than before. At least now I can walk around well enough but will still refrain from driving for the next few days.
This considered, and medication demanded I have no alcohol (or caffeine + low salt diet) for 10 days, I cancelled my dinner plans at Terry's 2º Piso and Catha quickly put together a small one at home with my immediate family and the Vecins.
I did open some bottles....there can be no dinner at my house without wine.
With the Steamed Pitiks (Slipper Lobsters):
2008 Bodegas Itsas Mendi Txakoli
With the Roast Racks of Lamb:
1997 Bodegas La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
1998 Château Cos d'Estournel
1997 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
No notes at all for these wines as I did not drink a single drop. No double espresso to cap the night either - I had a cup of chamomile tea instead. How pathetic is that?
Still and all, I'm happy that I'm getting much better and at least my MRI, X-rays and blood tests came out clean. No wine, but, hey, there are more important things after all. Family, friends - much to give thanks for.