Will the blockage disappear ?
(with apologies to The Stones)
Probably before you read this blog post, my roommate J, good friend, landlord, and hairdresser extraordinare, will be undergoing an angiogram. That is exploration of the heart muscle via a tiny camera.
It seems doctors think she might have a blockage, making half of her heart not work as efficiently as the other half!
The good news is that, unlike in days of yore, the current procedure is mostly outpatient. If a blockage is located, either medication will be prescribed to dissolve it, or a stent will be implanted during the angiogram. This is all dependent on the size of said blockage. If a stent is used, she will be required to stay overnight.
Once again, I get to play dog wrangler. This is not a problem.
We (the critters and I) are all anxious for her return – either later today or tomorrow. Logistics involving our cars made it impossible for me to drive her. A good friend is there for her during the procedure.
Please keep a good thought. If you are a praying kind of person, doing so would be appreciated!
She can come home after three hours!
The Illinois State Police recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to add “unmanned aircraft” to its list of tools for the next two years. In a statement released to the Sun-Times Media Wire, the police department said that it was intentionally avoiding the word “drone” because “it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.”
Because an unmanned aircraft is not a drone.
Guess it all depends on what the meaning of IS is…
h/t Ars Technica, Freedom Writer’s Publishing
That is, if Al Sharpton can convince the President!
Word has it he is considering it!
ARE THESE PEOPLE F’NG SERIOUS?
IF I could be convinced that all such law enforcement officers would properly enforce the law and take their oaths to the Constitution seriously – just as The President and Congress does!
(AND, don’t we already have the FBI, DOJ, ICC, FTC, FCC, TSA, Homeland Security, and about twenty other federal alphabet-soup agencies charged with domestic security, surveillance and law enforcement. Hell, even the Department of Agriculture agents have firearms!)
NOPE. Not on MY Watch!
Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture. or legal, constitutional or cost-effective.
‘Course, when has THAT ever stopped anyone!
h/t Instapundit, Firehand
Brock Townsend posted the following:
While most of America is focused on a radical terrorist attack on Americans in Garland, TX, the bigger news came from the International Monetary Fund via the Wall Street Journal tonight which could only be equated to a 9.9 earthquake on the financial Richter scale:
Fund on verge of declaring China’s currency fairly valued for the first time in more than a decade
The story by Ian Talley of the WSJ seem innocuous enough. However some of the details should sett off major alarm bells for those who think that economic warfare or our future as the predominant world power shall continue:More @ Shenandoah
The Firearm Blog recently brought THIS to our attention…
Glock Demanding Customer Private Info
It’s been noted that the individual involved in suing various online retailers over the Colorado movie theatre shooting and who now owes $220K is a Brady employee (6 months after the event). Something interesting was noted on his Linkedin Profile:
ExperienceJanuary 2013 – Present (2 years 4 months)San Antonio, Texas Area* worked in the organizing department doing outreach to victim/survivors of gun violence* Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base
* Worked closely with communications department to connect with national media to do television
interviews related to gun violence.
* Lobbied national and state congressional legislators to pass reasonable restrictions on gun
*Designed and implemented training programs on gun basics and how to engage gun owners for
*Did inspirational talks to grass roots volunteers in Washington state in their efforts to pass
legislation for background checks on all gun sales.
*Spoke at fund raising events.
Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base? What? So what exactly is this Brady ‘Data Base’ that they’re adding names to? Why are they creating it? What is its purpose?
Inquiring minds want to know.
h/t Days of our Trailers
“Why did the Roman Empire fall?”
(This question was posed by Dr. Smith in my Western Civilization class in the Fall of 1970.)
“Moral decadence and pleasures of the flesh!”
To which a lecture hall of 300 or so randy college students cheered.
There is nothing new under the Sun. – The Book of Ecclesiastes
We have been watching the decline and fall of (Great) Britain for some time. Political correctness, coupled with inclusion of foreign cultures (and not promoting assimilation) are the proximate causes.
Destroying the economy, devaluing the established culture, and passing more and more ridiculous legislation with which to strangle the people are the order of the day.
Just like here in the States.
And now, this (in part)…
British Moral Decay Provides A Haven For Foreign Degenerates (link)
(…) Great Britain’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values have been gradually eroded away after years of invasive ‘progressivism’ to the point where every degenerate from Pakistan to Perth feels comfortable enough to push their sexual agenda and indulge in once taboo sexual practices without shame.
‘Progressivism’ spreads like weeds in a flower bed; if they aren’t regularly dug up by the roots and destroyed they will flourish and eventually take over, choking off any flowers that try to bloom.
Great Britain is now an old flower bed where only weeds flourish, where every native flower is strangled from seed and allowed to wither and die.(…)
You should visit the link above and read Daniel Thomas’ entire report. Bring with you an airsick bag.
And, I suspect, as it is with most things Anglotrash, this concept will be exported to the Colonies. Because, after all, we are so backwards here.
h/t Theo Spark
Well, I made it through the ‘procedure’ okay.
Thanks for all your emails and support! (Especially J. who stayed with me and drove me to-and-fro!)
The good news is I survived, and live to fight on another day. The bad news is I have Barrett’s esophagus. (I’m betting Barrett didn’t even know it was missing!) *rimshot*
This means chronic acid reflux has eaten away at the lower third of my esophagus. I was largely unaware this was occurring as I’ve been taking medication for it for many years. I guess it would be much worse had I not.
There is a chance of the presence of pre-cancerous cells. Biopsies were performed – we are awaiting the results.
I am to continue taking my prescribed medication. And take some other measures to lessen further damage. And, barring any complications, return in a year to do it again!
I’ve a series of lovely parting-gift photos. Below is one of them.
Sadly, probably not…
(I’m hardly Henry the Fifth!)
But, people oft quote (or misquote) this Shakespeare line, when embarking on some ‘adventure’.
This morning, I’m going to an outpatient clinic for an EGD. In lay terms, they are scoping my upper GI tract to see what’s what.
Some years back, after the accident, this was done. Erosion of the lower esophagus was found (acid reflux), and were some pre-cancerous cells. I’ve been on meds ever since, but my latest doc noticed I’d not been examined regarding progress/regression of these diseases. The last time someone looked, things had improved, but she’s thorough.
Apparently, no re-check for cancer cells was done.
SO, they will put me out with propophol (the Michael Jackson sleep aid) and see what is to be seen. And possibly take some tissue samples while they’re there.
Ain’t modern medicine wonderful?
Fortunately, this is scheduled in the morning, my being diabetic and all. (No food or drink for hours before!)
Being a veteran of both skin and blood cancer, this does concern me.
Wish me luck! Tell mother I died game – or whatever people say now…
Remember Black Power? Now we’re facing Alien Power. Forget Obama’s executive orders. Without going through the immigration process on the books, an illegal does not become legal, even though Congress buries their heads. Ohio’s Attorney General, Jon Husted, warned that issuing social security numbers to illegal aliens can [likely will] affect the integrity of our elections. While the SS number doesn’t make it legal to vote, it makes it easier to vote illegally. In Obama’s DREAMer amnesty, reports are that 90,000 received a social security number, which suggests that the 5+ million illegals Obama is planning to amnesty, have a better than good chance of receiving the same benefit. Since Obama’s late 2014 amnesty announcement, no one knows how many social security IDs have been issued. The Senate has been forced to ask, and are still awaiting an answer.More @ Maggie’s NotebookI was taken to task recently when I was debating another libertarian the proximate reason for The Affordable Care Act was not universal health care, or even health care for the disenfranchised, but rather another block removal in the Jenga that is Cloward and Piven.Above represents yet another block.Increase the pressure on goods and services provided by government, while simultaneously powering-down the legitimate electorate’s ability to respond to said pressure.The President didn’t just say transformation, he said leveling the playing field.You know, like the end of a game of Jenga?h/t Brock Townsend