Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Catching up

Hello, loyal blog readers. Long time, no see. I am still here, just super busy with all the stuff going on in my life at the moment, most of it being very good. Today's post will be a quick update on me, a discussion of the blog stats from the past three months, and then some sad AFib family news.

In the previous blog post from three months ago (wow) I reported that my anemia appears to be gone now since my hemoglobin, ferritin, and other numbers from blood work are in the normal range. Since then I was brave enough to schedule another blood donation in April. I donated platelets instead of red blood cells, so there should have been very little stress on my body's ability to reproduce red blood cells. I will definitely wait until this fall before I consider donating again, to be on the safe side.

At the end of this blog post I have not one, not two, but three months of blog stats. One strange blip in the data occurred in February when the blog received 4500 pageviews from Israel in just one day. The average number of pageviews for an entire month, from all countries, is under 2000. So that one day with 4500 pageviews definitely skewed the numbers a bit, as you can see in the chart below which shows monthly page views since the first blog post in September of 2012. I suspect these 4500 views were from a bot of some sort (like most of the hits from Russia and Ukraine probably are). Either that, or a group of people in Israel teamed up to view an average of just over three blog pages per minute for 24 hours.

Israeli Blip


In AFib family news, we lost a member of our collective family in March, at the age of 78. I referred to this person in my blog post about Day 1 of the 2013 Familial Support Group meeting, where I met her and some of her family. As far as I know she did not have any organ transplants for her fibrinogen amyloidosis.

Speaking of the Familial Support Group meeting, the next one (which I will now refer to as the Hereditary Amyloidosis Support Group meeting) is less than five months away. I plan on being there, and it would be nice to meet some of the recently diagnosed people I have been in contact with in the past year or two. Hopefully the Fibrinogen Alliance can make a good showing this year. Here is the link with dates and registration information for the meeting: http://amyloidosissupport.org/support_groups/familial.html.

That's about it for this blog post. I did recently obtain several articles that are not freely available on the internet, so you can expect the article reviews to resume soon. But probably not in June.


=====Monthly Blog Status Update=====

As of February 28, 2017:

Total posts: 175 (1 in February)

Total pageviews: 60,200 (~6200 in February)

Email subscribers: 14 (unchanged)

Total number of countries that have viewed the blog: 134

One new country viewed the blog in February:


Maldives
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=====Monthly Blog Status Update=====

As of March 31, 2017:

Total posts: 175 (0 in March)

Total pageviews: 61,800 (~1600 in March)

Email subscribers: 14 (unchanged)

Total number of countries that have viewed the blog: 139

Five new countries viewed the blog in March:


Armenia

Botswana
Montenegro
Gabon
Somalia
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=====Monthly Blog Status Update=====

As of April 30, 2017:

Total posts: 175 (0 in April)

Total pageviews: 62,800 (~900 in April)

Email subscribers: 14 (unchanged)

Total number of countries that have viewed the blog: 139

No new countries viewed the blog in April.


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