Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 15, 2016. Susan and I attended a “Kidney Smart” class yesterday afternoon. VERY, VERY informative, (Link to content of the class.) I was unaware of all the things kidneys do! They clean and filter blood, remove extra fluid and make urine, balance chemicals and fluids and produce hormones that help control blood pressure, make red blood cells and ensure bone health. Further, I did not know that there are two different types of dialysis: “Peritoneal dialysis (PD) uses the lining of your abdominal cavity, called the peritoneum, as a filter to remove waste and excess fluids from your body and Hemodialysis removes wastes and fluid from your blood by cycling it through an external filter called a dialyzer.” Peritoneal dialysis can be done at home with a either a gravity feed or a peritoneal dialysis machine. Hemodialysis can be done at home but requires a “Care Partner” to insert the needles for the dialyzer. It can also be done at a dialysis clinic, where clinic personnel can insert the needles. Hemodialysis requires surgery to set up a blood port. Modifying your diet … and yes, there is a kidney friendly diet. Bottom line? Obviously we will do everything possible to keep Susan at Stage IV as long as possible … but when the time comes that dialysis is required … it will be the two of us, shoulder to shoulder doing what it takes to keep her alive.
And in the Pokemon Go news: (BBC NEWS) — Pokemon Go: Sex offender caught playing game with child. “A registered child sex offender has been arrested after being caught playing Pokemon Go with a minor near a courthouse in the US state of Indiana. Randy Zuick was put on the sex offenders list in April after pleading guilty to molesting a child. The terms of his probation specify that he avoid contact with children. Zuick was spotted by a probation officer based at the courthouse in Greenfield, who alerted police. He will face a judge later today.“ Mr. Zuick’s cell mate, a Jamaican pilgrim, greeted Mr Zuick with … “Now you in the pokie, mon.”
And a health news update. (BBC NEWS) — Can gardening improve the nation’s health? “Amanda Miller has her hands in the soil as she builds a garden in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Crouched on a bank beside a stream, she is putting the final touches to a garden that attempts to convey the solitude of depression. Her creation is one of several at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show exploring links between health and horticulture. “The one I’ve focused on is depression because I have family members and friends who have suffered from it,” she says. “Rather than being inspired to do it, I was compelled to do it.” She is not depressed … and her marijuana plants are doing real well.
And it has taken how many years for this supposedly august institution to recognize this barbarity? (BBC NEWS) — FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief. “The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as “child abuse”. Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately. More than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure, where parts of the female genitals are removed. The UN estimates a further three million are at risk of being mutilated. Dr Osotimehin said: “There is absolutely no reason to cut anybody, and it seemed to us that it is part of the gender imbalance that has always existed in these communities which are based on patriarchy. I think it’s child abuse.” I remain of the opinion that the United Nations has evolved into a dysfunctional political eunuch, with the United States picking up the tab. We no longer derive any benefit. UN Peace keeping expenses, alone, as of June 2016, were $8.27 Billion, of which the “United States pays 28.38% … Japan (10.83%), France (7.22%), Germany (7.14%), United Kingdom (6.68%), China (6.64%), Italy (4.45%), Russian Federation (3.15%), Canada (2.98%) and Spain (2.97%).” As of 2009: “The U.S. has been the largest financial supporter of the U.N. since the organization’s founding in 1945. The U.S. is currently assessed 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget and more than 27 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. In dollar terms, the Administration’s budget for FY 2011 requested $516.3 million for the U.N. regular budget and more than $2.182 billion for the peacekeeping budget.” Time to walk away.
In the political “horse and buggy” show news: (BBC NEWS) — US election: Anti-Trump rebellion quashed in vote. “The movement to stop Donald Trump from gaining the Republican presidential nomination prior to the party’s convention has been crushed by a vote. The party’s rules committee rejected a proposal that would have allowed delegates to back the candidate of their choice. The panel approved a rule that would “bound” delegates to candidates decided by state primaries and caucuses. Trump supporters say the movement to stop the candidate is now finished.” … and … (BBC NEWS) — Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate. “Republican Donald Trump has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential running mate. Mr Trump’s campaign planned to announce his selection on Friday, but cancelled the event because of the attack in Nice, France. On Friday, Mr Trump confirmed the selection on Twitter. Mr Trump hopes Mr Pence – a former congressman popular among social conservatives – can help him shore up support among wavering Republicans.” Mr. Trump has played the media like a cheap piano, with his ridiculous statements. Even caused a Supreme Court Justice to publically comment about a Presidential Campaign. If you think Trump is stupid … you have been played!!
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching CNN and waiting for Susan to come home. Her “fur babies” are hunkered down by the door waiting for her. On CNN, in depth coverage of the French Terrorist attack. 84 men, women and children killed. France has some of the strictest gun control laws in Europe … yet folks intent on killing have no problem getting them. And the “breaking news”: a military coup in Turkey. We have 1,500 troops stationed there, most air force personnel. Susan is off work tomorrow … so we plan on working in the yard Saturday and Sunday. Susan has a follow up appointment with her orthopedic surgeon Monday morning … and in all probability the staples will come out. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Hamburgers, French Fries and a Garden Salad. The movie? “Central Intelligence ”
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff)