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Last night, as I was finishing brushing my teeth / getting ready for bed, my wife comes into the bathroom saying she’s banged her head and she’s bleeding.  She was holding her left hand behind her ear and I could see blood pulsing down the front of her nightgown and bathrobe from her throat.  I asked her to move her hand so I could see and, when she did so, there was a pulse of blood down her head, the back of her neck and onto her robe.  I grabbed some toilet paper and held it up against where I thought the blood was coming from, but it was coming from slightly higher up and the blood pumped between my fingers, down the back of my hand and to my wrist.  I grabbed a bigger wad of paper and pressed against the (slightly) higher location and it seemed to pause the flow.  I told her to press the paper firmly and I was going to get some sterile bandages from the first aid kit then take her to the ER.  As I started to the hallway, she shouted at me to just wet a face-cloth and she would use that.  I was almost to the kit when she yelled again, “Just get me a wet face-cloth!!”  Rather than argue, I came back down the hall, reached into the linen closet and grabbed a face-cloth.  We walked back into the bathroom and I wet the cloth in the sink and applied it while taking the bloody paper and throwing it in the bin.
To make a longer story shorter, we went to the ER (a five minute drive), and, after a four hour process (interview / CT / tetanus shot), my wife got four staples and a tetanus shot for her trouble…  (See image below.)

Image of staples in Hil's head

A four(4) staple OWIE…

So, what happened?  My wife went to sit in a “computer” chair (with wheels) and she didn’t see it had a backpack on it.  When she tried to sit, she slid straight off the front of the seat and the chair shot away (on the hardwood floor).  We believe she must have caught the edge of one of the wheel case struts and she got an “L” shaped laceration requiring the four staples.  Fortunately, the blood only made it look a LOT worse than it actually was.
We were home by 3:30am and she has been resting all day.  And, in one week, (on her birthday), she can have the staples removed!!  To paraphrase a famous movie line:  “I’m getting too old for this sh##!
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“People ask me what I want to be remembered for; and I generally say peace and human rights,” he says.  “I think it’s a basic right of a human being to have a home that’s decent in which to raise children, and to have an adequate amount of health care and to have an adequate amount of education to take advantage of whatever talent God may have given them.”
  —  President (former) Jimmy Carter
Quoted by:  Molly Ball
In her interview for “TheBrief TIME with…
Time Magazine
Dated: 24 September 2018
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Perfect always becomes the enemy of the good.
   —  John Boehner
Former Republican Majority Speaker of the House of Representatives
Describing the Republican replacement for Obamacare
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I haven’t added any favorite lyrics in a while, so tonight I’m adding three I’ve had bouncing around in my brain for a few days now. The first is “Both Sides Now“, written by Joni Mitchell and performed by Judy Collins. It’s one of those songs you think about when you’re sitting on the top of a hill looking out at the clouds on the horizon. In a strange way, the verse: “It’s life’s illusions I recall…” means more to me as I get older (and hopefully wiser).
The second song is a “sappy” Dad song which is typical of the songs that pull at my heart strings. It doesn’t seem possible, but I would almost swear I saw this in the original broadcast in 1962. Since I know we watched the show, it’s certainly possible. Anyway, the song is: “My Dad“, and was sung by Paul Peterson (the son on the show). Being raised by a single mother, the lyrics never meant much to me looking up (to my own dad). Instead, the lyrics were something I hoped my sons (or daughters) would feel about me.
The third song is: “She Used To Be My Girl“, performed by The O’Jays. On the one hand, it’s a fairly typical rhythm and blues song from the 70’s disco era. But, at the same time it’s a classic do-wop song about lost love / missed opportunity — another typical theme in songs I love. If you have time, YouTube both the live and studio versions. The contrast is startling! The studio version is all about the sound. The stage version is about JOY! I’m not saying one or the other is better. I am just surprised by the contrast.
Again, read and think about the words; then go listen to the performances.
Other notes:
Tomorrow I’m off work, at the dentist, getting a root canal. I still can’t believe dental work (or vision) was NOT included in the health care bill. Every American should have access to dental care at a reasonable cost.
My INR results from yesterday was: 1.0; down from 2.0 two weeks ago; and, 2.3 three weeks ago (one week after I started Coumadin).
I tried a different jogging technique tonight. I’ve used it before, but not lately. Basically, it’s jogging by rolling your hips. It seems to transfer the running motion from my quads and calves to my core and upper thighs. It lets me extend my stride slightly (I’m only talking a few inches) with no extra fatigue. It’s an interesting technique I’m planning to investigate more. In theory, it should allow me to gradually increase stride and pace with more efficient mechanics and less energy use.
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The following email msg was sent to President Obama, Sen Boxer and Feinstein and Rep Miller:
America needs health reform NOW!!
If you feel we cannot get a single payer, public option solution through Congress this year, I would propose the following (which will force the Republicans – and Democrats –  to vote against very specific bills that are clearly understandable to the American public):
Pass a separate bill specifically limited to just a single issue: make it illegal to have any form of “pre-existing condition” limitation or exclusionary clause in any health insurance contract or plan.
This will free the American worker from the shackles of their current employer’s health plan, which binds the employee to the employer.
Pass a separate bill specifically limited to just a single issue: make it illegal to have any form of “maximum liability amount” for any individual or family plan for any single year or the lifetime for any single (catastrophic) or multiple occurrence of any illness or injury.
This will remove the current fraudulent situation of people believing they are paying for adequate health care only to find when they really need it, it’s capped far below what they are expected to pay – and they are forced into bankruptcy.
Pass a separate bill specifically limited to just a single issue: make it illegal to have any form of “geographic” limitation or exclusionary clause in any health insurance contract or plan.
Pass a separate bill specifically limited to just a single issue: make it illegal to have any form of “prior-to-service notification” limitation or exclusionary clause in any health insurance contract or plan.
The reasoning for these two is to remove the “excuse” that the patient received care outside the covered area or without prior approval from the insurance provider.  Too often these are used to cover inflated prices in one area by forcing the patient to pay for prices beyond their control.  Patients are rarely in the position to “shop” for the best price when they are seeking treatment.
These four laws can each be passed separately and in any order and they have the added advantage of not requiring ANY additional funding by the government.
After that, you can go back and address the issues of a single payer system with a public option.
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I believe we should have single-payer health care, with a public option and at a minimum all health insurance providers need to have “prior conditions” precluded by federal law.
I believe the greatest source of creative wealth is the small business and one of the largest costs every small business has is health care – even when it is only provided for the owner and his or her family.
I believe the cost of health insurance is growing so large and so fast that soon, only the wealthy will have it – or be able to afford it.  Like company pensions, employer provided health insurance will whither and die under the promise of “subsidized” health insurance.  The employee share will increase, the employer share will decrease and the cost will continue to escalate.
As a nation, we currently spend more money per person on health insurance and medical costs than any other nation on earth and have measurably worse general and preventative care.  In essence, we pay for the pound of cure because we don’t want to pay for the ounce of prevention.
The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is NOT gambling / risk taking, extravagant living beyond one’s means, or moral failure (alcohol, drugs or sex) – the leading cause of personal bankruptcy IS the non-insured cost of catastrophic illness or injury.
Even if one does not believe we are each our brother’s keeper, we all face the same end if we live long enough to reach it — old age, incapacity, and ultimately long-term full-time personal care.  This issue (health care) – baby-boomers, is the future for ALL of us “lucky” enough to live long, full lives.
The only question is do we start to make a down payment on the costs now, by instituting fundamental change in how we pay for everyone’s health care or do we wait until the whole population is older and the costs are far, far more.
I vote for change now!
…And I commit to contact my local, state and federal representatives individually to tell them I will ONLY support them in their next election if they make their own position on health care public record.  Further, I will tell them I will support any legitimate candidate running against them in the next primary if they fail to support health care reform this year.  I will work against them by giving my time and my money.
I urge everyone reading this to make the same commitment.
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