March 24, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 24, 2017. Had the 3rd Peritoneal Dialysis training on Wednesday. Part of the training was to do a manual dialysis session. Manually inject the dialysis fluid   … wait 20 minutes, then drain it. No problem injecting   … but after 15 minuets, it would not drain. The catheter was clogged. So   … next Wednesday, Susan’s surgeon will go back in and unclog it.   Disheartening   … but all part of the learning curve.

The miracles of new technology!! (BBC NEWS) — Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs. “A synthetic skin for prosthetics limbs that can generate its own energy from solar power has been developed by engineers from Glasgow University. Researchers had already created an ‘electronic skin’ for prosthetic hands made with new super-material graphene. The new skin was much more sensitive to touch but needed a power source to operate its sensors. Previously this required a battery but the latest breakthrough has integrated photo-voltaic cells in to the skin.” Work is continuing on a prosthetic graphene penis enhancement. Unfortunately, developing cell integrated photo-voltaic cells for the enhancement has proven problematic. Apparently, once stimulated, as the enhancement grows in size   … the photo-voltaic cells fall off.

Speaking about sensors: (BBC NEWS) — Fruit-shaped sensor ‘can improve freshness’ “A new fruit-shaped sensor could help cargo companies to keep fruit fresher in transit, researchers say. The device – which mimics the size, shape and composition of real fruit – is packed in with produce in transit and closely monitors its temperature. It comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties, and alerts firms to problems with their cooling processes, allowing them to take action. It could also lead to fresher fruit for consumers, researchers said.“ Obviously   … it is important to keep your bananas fresh and cool.

When they talk about the “miracle” of birth: (BBC NEWS) — Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’. “ How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head and tail movements of sperm made patterns similar to the fields that form around magnets. And these help to propel sperm towards the female egg …   When a man has ejaculated, 50 million to 150 million sperm are produced, and these cells immediately start swimming upstream towards a woman’s fallopian tubes. But it’s not an easy journey – there are lots of hurdles to overcome for the male sex cells, which are just 0.065mm in length. Only one sperm can penetrate the woman’s egg and fertilize it, so the race is on. First, they have to survive the vagina, where conditions mean most die. Then they have to avoid dead ends and being trapped before reaching the uterus. On the way there are marauding white blood cells ready to kill them. Finally, the remaining sperm arrive at the fallopian tubes, where they are fed and nourished. But has an egg been released at exactly the right time to welcome the winning sperm? If not, the journey has all been in vain.”  Life is a competition.

Also a problem in our America: parents who refuse to have their children immunized because they believe immunization triggers autism. (BBC NEWS) — Australia considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children. “Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centers and preschools under an Australian government plan. Some Australian states already have “no jab, no play” laws, but PM Malcolm Turnbull is calling for nationwide legislation. Health groups have supported the push, arguing parents and the community have an obligation to protect children. An Australian Child Health Poll survey of nearly 2,000 parents showed 5% of children were not fully vaccinated. Mr Turnbull said more needed to be done, citing the case of a baby who died from whooping cough.   “This is not a theoretical exercise – this is life and death,” Mr Turnbull said. “If a parent says, ‘I’m not going to vaccinate my child,’ they are not simply putting their child at risk, they are putting everybody else’s children at risk too.” Vaccinating children is not a legal requirement in Australia, but failing to do so makes parents ineligible for childcare rebates.” A quick “Google” lists an incredible number of studies debunking an immunization and autism link.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and watching the evening news. For the last 4 election cycles, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016   … Republicans have campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare.   They won the House, the Senate and the Presidency with the support of folks opposed to Obamacare … and today, when finally having the opportunity to do so   …   lack the cojones, the political will, to get it done. Obamacare is in a “death spiral” and will go the way of the buffalo. When it does, (and it will), Democrats will be able to blame Republicans for failing to fix it.   Fact is? There is no difference between a Red Pig and a Blue Pig   … a Pig is a Pig, (reference to “Animal Farm”) Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Pork Roast, (somehow appropriate), Egg Noodles, Creamed Corn and a Garden Salad. The movie? “Passengers [2016]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. 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)

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