Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 28, 2017. After our 2.5 mile Pascagoula Death March this morning, Susan and I attended a home Hemodialysis training session at the DeVita Dialysis Training Center in D’Iberville. It is amazing how far medical technology has come in just the last 10 years! Now, they actually make a portable Hemodialysis machine!! The unit is a little larger than a portable sewing machine … and the user interface is simple and easy to use. Of course needles have to be inserted in the arm to cycle the blood. That seemed really bad until the trainer pointed out, that by inserting the needles in the same exact position/location, over a period of weeks, the body develops a callus around the opening, just like it does for an earring. The actual training with the machine will start in 9 weeks. Needless to say, Susan and I are ready!!
Medical news? (BBC NEWS) — Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim. “India’s Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle, on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy. A doctors’ panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be “too risky”. Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds. Without disclosing the details of the medical report, the judges on Friday ruled that termination was “not good for the girl”. They have asked the government-run Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research hospital in the northern city of Chandigarh to ensure that proper medical care is provided to her.” I did not know that a 10 year old can get pregnant! Apparently they can. Youngest female/woman to give birth? “Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl born in 1933, began menstruating at the age of eight months, was tragically raped as a 5-year-old and gave birth at six years, five months. She is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. Medina is still alive today. Her son, born by caesarian section, was raised as her brother.” There are some sick bastards out there!!
In other medical news: (BBC NEWS) — US plans to curb nicotine in tobacco. “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to limit nicotine content in tobacco products, for the first time in its history. The policy announced on Friday has a goal of cutting back on nicotine levels in order to discourage addiction and lower the number of US smokers. The FDA says tobacco is responsible for 480,000 American deaths each year, and $300bn (£228bn) in medical costs. Stock market shares of tobacco plummeted after the plan was announced. On the New York Stock Exchange, shares in Altria dropped by up to 17%, British American Tobacco’s stock fell as much as 11%, and Philip Morris dropped by 7% before they all recovered some of their losses. “The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes – the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.” No doubt nicotine is a highly addictive drug: “Nicotine is the harmful, addictive substance found in all tobacco products. When you smoke a cigarette, chew tobacco, or otherwise ingest nicotine, the effects are immediate: Nicotine travels through the body in the bloodstream and heads straight for the brain, arriving in 7 to 15 seconds. In the brain, nicotine boosts the “reward center,” releasing chemicals that cause a pleasant, happy feeling. Adrenaline is then released, increasing heart rate and blood pressure, and making breathing rapid and shallow. As nicotine use continues, these effects can damage your heart, arteries, and lungs, increasing the risk for heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease.” So … will the Feds also limit the amount of nicotine in “nicotine patches”? Fact is, nicotine is bad, but worse are the tars and other chemical byproducts formed by burning tobacco. I quit, “cold turkey”, 3 years ago, after smoking 3 packs a day for over 53 years. If Mr’s Timmerman’s little boy can do so … so can you!!
And the latest “Psycho-Drama” at the White House. (BBC NEWS) — John Kelly appointment: Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus/ “US President Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff. The announcement, made over Twitter on Friday afternoon, effectively removed Reince Priebus from the role. The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure since being named as a possible leaker by Mr Trump’s newly appointed director of communication. Mr Kelly is a retired general who has become the face of border security. Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed communications director one week ago, had accused Mr Priebus of leaking to the press in a tweet that he quickly deleted. He also phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Mr Priebus, whom he called a “paranoid schizophrenic”. In a series of tweets just before 17:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Friday, the president praised the former Marine Corp general as a “great American” and a “great leader”. The behaviors by, (seems like), almost all players at the Whitehouse is wearing thin. Seems more like a bunch of “corporate in-fighting” than governing. And the Republicans in Congress are not doing any better, much to the delight of their Democrat contemporaries, who have their own problems! We have an election coming up next year. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Time to get politically involved … isn’t it?
And in the good news and bad news: (BBC NEWS) — Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’. “People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says. They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake – how much and how often they drank. But experts said this wasn’t a “green light” to drink more than recommended. And Public Health England warned that consuming alcohol contributed to a vast number of other serious diseases, including some cancers, heart and liver disease.” Sucking down some wine a few times per week reduces your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes … but increases your chances of getting, cancer, heart and liver disease. Life has it’s tough choices.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, the dogs waiting by the door for Susan to come back home. She is visiting her niece. I have an appointment on Monday to have two crowns prepped. Looking forward to a quiet Friday Night at Ft Timmerman. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Pot Roast, Mushroom Gravy with Mashed Potato. The movie? “Spider-Man Homecoming 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?) 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)