Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 17, 2013. On Monday I got a Xiaflex shot for my Dupuytren’s Contracture. On Tuesday, I went back and they broke the cord in my hand. Let share a truth with you. Pain … hurts. When your Doc says, “This may “sting” a bit.” … read that to mean … bring a change of socks and underwear. My hand was swollen and horribly bruised by Tuesday evening. Finally today, the swelling has gone down … and it still “stings”.
I have noticed an increase in the number of retired folks, dissolving their marriage. (BBC NEWS) – Retirement ‘harmful to health’, study says. “Retirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found. The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a “drastic decline in health” in the medium and long term. The IEA said the study suggests people should work for longer for health as well as economic reasons. The government already plans to raise the state pension age .. Retirement is found to increase the chances of suffering from clinical depression by 40%, while you are 60% more likely to suffer from a physical condition.” This is especially true for folks who work as part time “greeters” for Walmart. Walmart is considering “Zoloft” as an employee benefit.
And a bad week for our President: (CNN) – Report finds IRS targeted conservative groups, delayed applications. “The Internal Revenue Service deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” in their names and who were applying for federal tax exempt status, delaying processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information, according to an advance copy of a report by the agency’s inspector general obtained Tuesday by CNN.” So, you have “elements” of the IRS using their position to influence the ability of folks to share/spread their political opinion: effectuate change THEY believe in. Aren’t these the same folks that are going to enforce Obamacare? And interesting that the Administration was told about this in June of last year, several months before the election.
What happened to the “red line in the sand”? (BBC NEWS) – US has seen Syria chemical weapons evidence, says Obama. “President Barack Obama has said the US has seen evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria. However, speaking after meeting Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he insisted it was important to get more specific details about alleged chemical attacks.” Our friends the Russians on the other hand have become involved: (BBC NEWS) – Syria crisis: Russia ‘sends sophisticated weapons’. “Russia has sent sophisticated anti-ship missiles to Syria, US media report. The New York Times quotes unnamed US officials as saying the missiles could be used to counter any potential future foreign military intervention in Syria. Without confirming details, Russia’s foreign minister said Russian supplies did not break any international rules. It comes amid growing alarm that chemical weapons may be being used in Syria, something US President Barack Obama has said would be “a red line”. Over 80,000 Syrians have been killed and 1.2 million have left Syria and live in refugee camps in surrounding countries. And the world just sits back and watches.
(BBC NEWS) – Hospital probes E German ‘human guinea pig’ drug tests. “A top Berlin hospital plans to investigate the conduct of drug trials in the former East Germany amid allegations that some patients were used as human guinea pigs. Communist officials allowed Western firms to test new drugs on about 50,000 people, often without their knowledge, the news magazine Der Spiegel says. Now the Charite hospital says it will stop shredding old patient records and investigate what happened. The tests took place in the 1980s.” The hospital was formed in 1710 in response to the Bubonic Plague and became a teaching hospital in 1828. Today, it has 7,500 students enrolled. It treats 1,080,000 outpatients and 128,000 inpatients in 3,500 beds annually. 14,400 people are employed at its four locations in Berlin. As for the Western Firms that exploited patients? Expect reparation payments.
In other medical news: (BBC NEWS) — ‘Weight loss gut bacterium’ found. “Bacteria that live in the gut have been used to reverse obesity and Type-2 diabetes in animal studies. Research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that a broth containing a single species of bacteria could dramatically alter the health of obese mice. It is thought to change the gut lining and the way food is absorbed. Similar tests now need to be take place in people to see if the same bacteria can be used to shed the pounds. The human body is teeming with bacteria – the tiny organisms outnumber human cells in the body 10 to one.” When you consider yogurt has been considered a “health food” for centuries and it is the bacteria in yogurt, that make it yogurt. “Dairy yogurt is produced using a culture of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus bacteria. In addition, other lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are also sometimes added during or after culturing yogurt. Some countries require yogurt to contain a certain amount of colony-forming units of microorganisms.”
Sitting here finishing off these Ramblings: the doors and windows of Ft Timmerman open and the attic fan pulling in cooler evening air. The “Magic Mesh Hands Free Screen Door” actually works as advertized!! (Don’t buy it from their website: you can get it at Dollar General for $14.99). Today, I am 82 days, 20 hours nicotine free, 4,473 ciggybutts not smoked, $726.00 not spent … and 298 hours added to my life. Even with the pain, I did not relapse.
Time to post these Ramblings and work on another couple of Iris images. I have a VA appointment Monday after two motions, (one a Motion to Set Aside a judicial order quashing an administrative child support order, filed by the MO AG in a dissolution … both parties filed for Chapter 7 protection today … should be interesting to see what our Judge will do … and the other? A finding that R.S.Mo 524.040 is unconstitutional.) Later, when I say my “Thank You’s” for the many blessing in my life, and my ability to feel pain because having the ability TO FEEL, leads to healing … 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 are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff)Share