May 26, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 26, 2017. On Wednesday morning we left Ft Timmerman at 5:00am and drove to Ochsner Transplant Medical Center in New Orleans.   Once there, at 7:00am, they drew 20 vials of Susan’s blood. We then had a presentation explaining how the transplant is done and the recovery times and process. We then met with the individual members of the transplant team who compiled Susan’s complete medical and psychological recrd. After a brief break for lunch, Susan had a series of sonograms, x-rays and had her immunizations updated. This was the most complete medical exam I have ever seen. We learned that the waiting time for a kidney is between 4 – 7 years. The waiting time for a kidney/pancreas combination implant is between 1 – 1 ½ years. With Susan’s age, she may not qualify for a kidney/pancreas. We finally made it home at 6:00pm.

In the legal news: (CNN) — Judge sentences man who raped sister to probation, citing ‘stigma’. “A 20-year-old California man who pleaded guilty to raping his drugged younger sister was granted probation and is expected to serve just four months in jail, a sentence that the prosecutor says is worse than that given to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. The convicted man, of Crescent City, gave his 16-year-old sister high-potency marijuana “dabs” and repeatedly asked her to have sex, according to a criminal complaint. She said no several times until she became so “out of it” that she no longer recognized him as her brother, the complaint states.” The family must have just moved there from Arkansas.

And the what’s going to happen here news: (BBC NEWS) — Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise. “Parents in Germany who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children could face fines of up to $2,800. Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said it was necessary to tighten the law because of a measles epidemic. A mother of three died of measles in the city of Essen this week. The government wants kindergartens to report any parents who cannot prove they have had a medical consultation. However, Germany is not yet making it an offence to refuse vaccinations – unlike Italy.” The measles virus is extremely contagious because it is airborne. It can linger in the air for hours. I can see mandatory immunization coming in the US. Why? Measles were supposed to have been eradicated in the US in 2000. It hasn’t been. “From January 1 to April 22, 2017, 61 people from 10 states (California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington) were reported to have measles. In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.” 

And the robotics news: (BBC NEWS) — A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony? “Harmony is a new type of sex doll – one that can move and talk. Her head, eyelids and lip movements are fairly crude and her conversation is even more limited. But she is part of a new robotics revolution that is seeing artificial intelligence incorporated into an extremely human-like body. Some think that it will revolutionize the way humans interact with robots while others believe that it represents the very worst in robotic advancement.” … and   … (BBC NEWS) — Google AI defeats human Go champion. “Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke Jie had played “perfectly” and “pushed AlphaGo right to the limit”. Following the defeat, Ke Jie told reporters: “I’m a little bit sad, it’s a bit of a regret because I think I played pretty well.” We are definitely in the beginning stages of a robotics revolution. Need proof? Compare the capabilities of the cell phone you used 10 years ago, and the cell phone you are using now?

And this weeks “You have to check out this link” news: (BBC NEWS) — Britain’s great explorations now online . “The Royal Geographical Society is releasing the films of the scientific explorations it sponsored in the early 20th Century. The priceless footage, some of which has not been seen for nearly 100 years, is being digitized and put online. The films are also helping scientists today learn more about the impact of climate change.” There are hundreds of films going back 120 years.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while watching the NBC Evening News. Apparently, the rate of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease in the United States rose by 55% over a 15-year period. The number of those patients dying at home also rose, from 14% to 25% over the same time period studied. Nancy Reagan called Alzheimer’s “The Long Goodbye”. And of course, Trump is in the news   … Melania wore a $51,500.00 designer jacket in Sicily. I wonder who actually cares?? Sunday Lunch and a Movie? BBQ’d Spare Ribs, Mashed Potato with Corn on the Cob. The movie? “John Wick Chapter 2 [2017]”

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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One Response to May 26, 2017

  1. Armand Brodeur says:

    Our prayers are with you and Susan.

    German children being asked to report on their parents; sounds familiar. Where did I hear that before?

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