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Six Months Old!

Time for spaying.  :-(

Poor Baby! – but our vet advises us her chances of contracting canine breast cancer are decreased by a huge percentage, IF the spay is done prior to her first heat.

Yesterday, we dropped her off @ 0800 – picked her up @ 1300.  “Fixed’, as the expression goes.  Plus the removal of some extraneous baby teeth, along with a couple of crowding adult ones.  Especially common in chee-hooa-hooa dogs.

AND, she’s been micro-chipped (for her safety).

Rather than the cone-of-shame, we chose a life-preserver-style apparatus.  It would have been hysterical had it said S.S. Minnow, but, at least it’s pink.

As is her cage, to keep her from running willy-nilly against vet’s orders.  For most of the next 7 to 10 days.

Poor Lola!

20140709_160216The good news is her prognosis is excellent!  :-)

Voluntarism, Understanding & Acceptance

My good friend Crystal is participating in a public art tribute to those (like herself) who suffer from chronic health conditions, and those who are survivors of conditions such as cancer (like Guffaw).

Being a big believer in voluntarism, I support her in her efforts to get the message across that folks who suffer are not victims, but are simply trying to be understood and accepted.

She is 49% funded in her efforts, and supporters get original goodies when they contribute!  She has 10 more days left in this effort.

(at the link below – I HAD it embedded, then it went away!  DRAT!)

http://rkthb.co/42899

50% of Americans have a chronic illness that they don’t talk about. As a society, we’re uncomfortable with less-than-perfect health. When you fund this public art installation, you acknowledge the elephant in the room and celebrate the resilient people who surround you and their caretakers, mentors and sponsors. – Crystal Daigle

(I get nothing from her, save her friendship.  I much prefer this approach on a more personal level than large bureaucracies or government funding.  Please view her message even if you cannot participate.  Thank you.- Guffaw)

Quelle Surprise, Yet Again…

 

"I'm shocked, SHOCKED!"

“I’m shocked, SHOCKED!”

I’ve used the above felicitous phrase two or three times in blog post titles, and about 17 more in the written text.  I should no longer use this expression, however, as I am no longer surprised…

This from Illinois, land of the dead voter…

h/t Gloria

A story from AP Mobile:

Audit: State paid $12 million in health costs — for dead people

Cook County has long been ridiculed for allowing dead people cast votes, but the state may have just garnered a new distinction.
It paid $12 million in health care for people who were already dead – including in one case, for a person who had died in 1989.
A new financial audit released by Auditor General Bill Holland’s office on Thursday found that the Illinois Department of Health…

Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  :-( )

 

There’s A New Burgermeister In Town!

It’s no secret I likes me ‘unhealthy’ food.

If it’s fatty, sugary, bacon-laden, greasy – well, you get the picture.

I do get vegetable matter, primarily through salads.  But, I do like my dressing, croutons, bacon-bits and cheese added.  And I usually drink Coke Zero.  Sometimes beer.

My endocrinologist is not particularly happy with some of my choices (being diabetic, and all), but except for a four year excursion into macrobiotics (wherein I eschewed beef, dairy, sucrose, pork, refined wheat and caffeine), but my numbers are good, and I’ve proper meds,  so I don’t care.

When it comes to burgers, I like taste.  A super-lean turkey or veggie burger just doesn’t do it for me.  What-A-Burger, The Chuckbox, Original Hamburger Works, Thirsty Lion and Culver’s produce fine hamburgers, each different in their own way.  The Chuckbox, Thirsty Lion and Original Hamburger Works have the added joys of beer.  Culver’s has frozen custard, and primo crinkle French fries.

Now there’s a new burgermeister in town!  Freddy’s Steakburgers (and Frozen Custard)!  Similar to the Culver’s chain, but with a smaller menu, Freddy’s has delicious burgers and fries.  Had the frozen custard the other day – tasty, and not overly sweet.  The French fries are very thin, and crisp, and properly cooked – not like the death sticks from some fast-food establishments.  (In-N-Out, are you there?)

Macrobiotics was a long, strange trip.  I felt terrific, slept well, and had amazing energy.  But the lure of the bacon cheeseburgers on the idiot box was too much to bear – soon, I was back into the American fold.

I suspect I won’t live as long eating red meat, but, I’ll be happier.

YRMV

FTC – I buy my own food, thank you very much!

Flu-Like Symptoms

May have been something I ate.

Will post later today if I’m up to it.

My apologies…

 

Guffaw

Please, Keep A Good Thought…

…or pray, if you do that.

BOTH freedom fighters David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh are VERY ill.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Guffaw

h/t The Liberty Sphere

Joel To The Rescue!

Joel (of The Ultimate Answer to Kings) presents us with a selection of choices to bypass the miasma boondoggle clusterf**** that pretends to be compulsory public health care (but is actually redistribution of wealth) in this country!

Well, by now that’s got to be a subject near and dear to just about everybody. You could do it the way I have…but not even I suggest doing that, and this article lists numerous excellent reasons why it’s a bad idea.

But there apparently are ways to live an Obamacare-free life, and some may even be legal. The linked article lists several possibilities.

Of course you may or may not have to pay that tax, or fee, or tax, or whatever it is, punishing you for not allowing the government to help you with your own money. But there may even be (legal, or at least unlikely to get you shot) ways around that.

forbidden

(stolen copied in it’s entirety, thanks, Joel!  Love the graphic!)

Personal Responsibility

Murphy’s Law recently posted a fine piece about Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, her history of massive attempts to violate the rights of legal gun owners, and her mind set.

Politician with cancer smoked for 40 years, sues over asbestos

Distilled down, this is all about personal responsibility.

Now I have a number of health ‘issues’.  Chronic conditions requiring regular monitoring by physicians and prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar regulation and arthritic/neuropathic pain.  My weight is not within the CDC guidelines.  I consume too much fat, protein, carbohydrates and volume.  Probably too much alcohol.  Because of my ‘issues’, I get minimal exercise.  And I’ve an aversion to tofu and most cooked vegetables.  And don’t eat as much salad as I should.

Now, if I get more sick, or when I die, I’ve no expectations of suing beef, cheese, pork, egg, sugar, booze and bread manufacturers because it’s their fault!  That’s asinine!

I’m certainly not the poster boy for always owning up for my errors-in-judgement, but I’m trying.

Murphy’s Law is right.  Rep. McCarthy is the poster child for the ‘it’s their fault, they need to pay’ mindset.

I hope I never get THAT sick!

Beer Gut

beer gutMan’s gut fermented food into alcohol, making him drunk, case study finds

(CNN) – Most beer guts are the result of consuming fermented brew, but a new case study describes a rare syndrome that had one man’s gut fermenting brew, not consuming it.

It’s called gut fermentation syndrome or auto-brewery syndrome, and it’s “a relatively unknown phenomenon in Western medicine” according to a study published in July’s International Journal of Clinical Medicine. “Only a few cases have been reported in the last three decades” according to Dr. Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a Lubbock gastroenterologist, the study’s authors.

The most current case comes courtesy of an unnamed 61-year-old Texas man who for five years seemed to be drunk — all of the time.

Sounds like some bloggers I’ve run across!

No, not me.

PS – because Squeaky Wheel informed me of the real health issues in this post, she asked for a link to the original article.  Here ya go Squeak:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/19/health/gut-fermentation-syndrome/index.html

 

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