Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 24, 2016. Haven’t written a Ramblings since May 27, 2016. There have been significant changes with Susan … but I felt uncomfortable sharing them in a Ramblings, until now. I suppose I could have commented about “current events” … and other “stuff”. Susan is an insulin injecting Type I Diabetic, (since age 13). She is legally blind in one eye … and two weeks ago, learned her kidney function is down to 20%. At 15% she has to go on dialysis. We are preparing for her to do so. The Doc recommended a complete change in diet … there are quite a few foods she can no longer eat. Strange how things work out. We moved down here for her to be around family, due to my medical issues, not hers.
As for me? I have NO PROBLEM with the VA providing medical treatments and financial support for our Veterans. I would rather see our government do so, than provide such support for illegal aliens and refugees from the middle east. Had an appointment at the VA on the 13th. My “Agent Orange” claim was denied. I appealed … and lost. My medical issues are not recognized by the VA as being part of an Agent Orange claim. Seems the VA’s game plan, (like the folks at Social Security), remains … deny all claims and wait for the claimant to die. I have had a stroke. Not covered. I have uncontrolled hypertension, (may average BP is 180/120 +/-). Not covered. I have a brain tumor, (acoustic neuroma), not covered. I can’t hear a damn thing out of my right ear … (chucking) … not a bad thing … when Susan and I take a road trip!! Macular degeneration in my right eye. Not covered. Peripheral neuropathy, right leg. Not covered. According to the GOV? My medical issues are all the result of bad life choices … and age. Share with me. Folks who elect to become alcoholics … or folks who elect to do dope, (shoot crap in their veins) … are covered by Social Security Disability … and me, a veteran, is not covered by the VA? How about the result of self serving choices made by our elected representatives, intent on getting re-elected … instead of representing me and my fellow veterans … is an unemployment check??!! In November, clean the house!!
Seems the folks in the UK have once again screwed to pooch, (obviously an English Bulldog) … by voting to leave the European Union. “The European Union – often known as the EU – is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries (click here if you want to see the full list). It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other. It has since grown to become a “single market” allowing goods and people to move around, basically as if the member states were one country. It has its own currency, the euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries, its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas – including on the environment, transport, consumer rights and even things such as mobile phone charges. Click here for a beginners’ guide to how the EU works.” The biggest losers? The current generation of young UK citizens, who will lose the ability to freely move and work in the 28 EU member countries. The “pound” dropped to a 7 year low, The Dow lost over 611 points today … and no one can predict future economic consequences. Further fallout? The Scotts, (which were in favor of remaining in the EU), are expected to mount another secession referendum and the Irish also want a unification referendum.
Looking for a new car? (BBC NEWS) — South Korea’s Kia tops US car quality ranking. “South Korean car maker Kia has come top in a closely watched US car quality ranking, edging out the luxury brands that usually claim the crown. It is the first time that a non-premium brand has come first in the annual study by consultancy J.D. Power. The survey of more than 80,000 car buyers found that Kia had the fewest problems in the first 90 days, followed by Porsche, Hyundai, Toyota and BMW. Worst performers were Daimler’s Smart, Fiat, Volvo, Land Rover and Mini.“ Over the years, I have owned just about every brand of passenger vehicle available … from a VW Beetle, a diesel VW Rabbit, (both really, really good reliable transportation), to a 1966 Jaguar XKE convertible, (an automotive work of art and mechanically the worst vehicle I have every owned) … with Corvettes, Cadillacs and Mercedes Benz in between. I bought a Hyundai Elantra 5 years ago. It is the best vehicle, (for the money), I have ever owned. 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty, 37mpg highway, a to die for stereo system, backup camera and console GPS: $18,500.00 in 2011.
In related car news: (BBC NEWS) — Electric car sets world acceleration record. “An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles. The grimsel car took only 1.513 seconds to reach 100kph (62mph) – slashing about a quarter of a second off the previous record time. So far, no petrol-powered production car has managed to hit the same speed in a comparable time. The grimsel needed only 30m (98ft) of track to reach the landmark speed. The previous record of 0-100kph in 1.779 seconds was set by a team from the University of Stuttgart last year. By comparison, the fastest production vehicle, the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid, takes 2.2 seconds to reach the same speed.” An impressive accomplishment. The vehicle reached 62 mph on 98 feet of track in 1.513 seconds. It took an additional .43 seconds for the driver’s rear end to catch up.
An in the really fascinating health news: (BBC NEWS) — Can we predict when we will die? “Death is inevitable – but is it predictable? Some researchers think it might be. They say that experiments with fruit flies have revealed a new and distinct phase of life that heralds the approach of death. It’s a stage of life they call the death spiral – and they think humans might experience it too. Until about 25 years ago biologists assumed there were just two fundamental phases of life: childhood and adulthood. This is a division we can all recognize. Childhood is characterized by rapid growth and development, a stage before we are sexually mature. During the phase, the likelihood of dying is constantly low. In the early 1990s researchers realized there was more to life than this. They identified a third phase of life that the very oldest members of our society pass through: “late life”. What distinguished late life from the rest of adulthood is its unique pattern of mortality. The year-on-year rise in death rates that are a feature of adulthood don’t apply in late life. Whereas a 60-year-old has a much higher chance of imminent death than a 50-year-old, a 90-year-old has roughly the same chance of dying as a 100-year-old.” The reason a 90 year old has the same chance of dying as a 100 year old? Neither has any chance of getting killed by a jealous spouse.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to come home. All of her furry babies are waiting for her at the front door … except my “Little Buddy” who is hunkered down on the chair next to me. Last Friday, we had to help “Rosie”, (a brown short hair Dachshund), pass to the “Rainbow Bridge”. She was a “Puppy Mill” survivor, bred nonstop for years … then left to die. We rescued her. She was 19 years old, deaf, blind, incontinent … but not in any pain or discomfort until last Wednesday. By Thursday, it was evident she was in pain … Friday, Susan held Rosie while our Vet gave her a sedative to knock her out … then, once unconscious, administered a drug to stop her heart. She passed peacefully away … while Susan and I held her … tears streaming down our cheeks. This is not the first time we have had to help one of our rescues pass … it NEVER gets any easier. If you love your charges enough to help them fight for life … then you have to love them enough to let them go, when the time comes.
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)