Thursday, March 01, 2018

Public Service Announcement: See Your Podiatrist!

My long-suffering primary care physician referred me, as a type 2 diabetic, to an in-network podiatrist almost a year ago.

I didn't go.

I saw her again in October. She examined my feet and said, "You need to go to the podiatrist I referred you to."

My MOTHER used to go to a podiatrist. I have WAY too many doctors already and I don't CARE how my feet look.

She again said, "You NEED to go to a podiatrist. YESTERDAY!"

I set an appointment, had my car accident, and decided I could not afford yet another doctor in my life - so I again cancelled.

My next appointment with her is next month and decided that as she had kept me alive during sleep apnea, heart failure, and alcoholism, I guess if she wants me to go to the damn foot doctor (sorry, Dr. Bond :-)), I guess I'd better go to the damn foot doctor.

So I called and whined to the foot doctor about how I didn't need a foot doctor.

He presented the following facts to me.

"Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Among adults 20 to 74 years old, diabetes is the top cause of blindness, according to the NIDDK. Diabetes is also a leading cause of kidney failure. Nervous system damage affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes, and can lead to a variety of nerve problems.
"Many people with diabetes have impaired sensation in the hands and feet or carpal tunnel syndrome.

"Diabetes can also cause digestive problems and erectile dysfunction, and increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Diabetes causes more than 60 percent of nontraumatic lower limb amputations."

My brother died from kidney failure as a complication of type 2 diabetes.

He asked if I wanted to schedule an appointment.

I said, "You had me at 'amputation,' do you have any openings, er, TOMORROW?"

Had the visit yesterday and I'm all straightened out and briefed on what I need to do to avoid having to learn how to walk on my hands. :-)

If diabetic, go thou and do likewise.

Diabetes by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You

Friday, February 16, 2018

Profiles in Something Less Than Courage

"This is not the time to jump to some conclusion not knowing the full facts," Ryan said when asked whether law enforcement should be able to confiscate weapons from someone who's exhibited signs of mental illness. "We've got a lot more information we need to know."

"I understand. I really do. You read in the newspaper that they used a certain kind of gun and therefore let's make it harder to get those kinds of guns. I don't have some sort of de facto religious objection to that or some ideological commitment to that, per se," [Marco Rubio,] the Florida Republican said.

"If we do something, it should be something that works. And the struggle up to this point has been that most of the proposals that have been offered would not have prevented, not just yesterday's tragedy, but any of those in recent history," Rubio added. "Just because these proposals would not have prevented these does not mean that we therefore raise our hands and say, 'Therefore, there's nothing we can do.'"

Gov. Scott, who is considering a Senate run this year, waved off a question about changing gun and mental health laws after yet another school shooting. "There's a time to continue to have these conversations about how through law enforcement, how through mental illness funding that we make sure that people are safe," he said.

"It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard," Marjory Stoneman football said on Twitter. "He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories."


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Crisis is Here and Now

We have an Article 2 president in the White House being given a green light by his majority in the House and - to a lesser degree - the Senate in the Article 1 Congress attacking the legitimacy of mutual defense and trade that have supported Western democratic nations and replaced the catastrophic world wars of the twentieth century with limited proxy and anti-terrorism wars.

We have an Article 2 president in the White House being given a green light by his majority in the House and - to a lesser degree - the Senate in the Article 1 Congress attacking the legitimacy of the civic foundation of the American democratic republic through assaults on a free press, a co-equal Article 3 judiciary, an independent Department of Justice, and the very notion that objective facts and true statements about facts even exist.

In their attacks on the Western democratic alliance and American democratic civil institutions, the leadership of the Republican party are wittingly or unwittingly in complete alignment with Russian military intelligence.

We are in a constitutional crisis RIGHT NOW, no matter WHAT the Mueller investigation determines - if it is even allowed to proceed to a conclusion at all.

I do not believe that the timing of American resistance in defense of our democracy through mass, hopefully peaceful, legal, demonstrations in the street is dependent on the crossing of any red line indicating that we've entered a crisis.

The crisis is here and now.

And thank God for those in our three branches of government and the professional, non-partisan civil service that supports them who are grimly resisting the Republican-led effort to undermine and politicize them.

The timing of American street resistance through the coalition of American civil institutions leading that effort is now, in my opinion, strategic and tactical decisions rather than substantive ones.

Because the crisis is here and now.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Special Saint's Day

Today is the anniversary of my brother's death. His "Saints Day" for those of us with some High Church Anglican sensibilities. 

As with the rest of my "normie" family, he loved me anyway. :-) 

He was a decent, principled conservative Republican and Roman Catholic. He was traditionalist enough to oppose gay marriage (as well as other social experimentation) yet humane enough to host gay couples who were friends at the family dinner table. 

He was no ideologue.

And from the days of his young adulthood as a volunteer fireman to his retirement service as President of the gated community in which he lived (dedicated, I used to say, to keeping people like me out :-) ), he understood the role civic duty plays in the maintenance of a democracy.

As one historian said, in ancient times the moral health of a people was dependent on the moral health of the sovereign.

But in a modern democracy, the people are sovereign and therefore it is THEIR moral health that is decisive.

And there always seems to be too few like him in the world - though, perhaps, more than one might expect unless one makes a point of looking for them.

Friday, January 12, 2018


BY THE POWER INVESTED IN ME... I hearby authorize unlimited indulgence in so-called Trump Derangement Syndrome as it is now quite clear who actually suffers from it: Trump and his 5th Avenue Club supporters.

Yesterday Donald Trump
  • tweeted against his own administration's national security policy before a crucial vote,
  • bragged about selling warplanes that only exist in "Call of Duty" to Norway (which he misspelled)
  • and used racist gutter language to disparage Haiti and the entire continent of Africa (where we have soldiers fighting side-by-side in counter-insurgency operations with African soldiers, putting their lives further at risk).
Delegitimizing Trump has gone from recreational pastime to patriotic duty in the absence of spine in the Republican party that nominated him, the Electoral College that certified him, and the Congress that - after a year of investigation - has suggested charges AGAINST THE ONLY PERSON who chose to warn the FBI that America was under attack rather than, as his family and campaign did, seek to exploit that foreign attack for there own good rather than the good of the nation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


STOCKHOLM, SW. November 15th, 2017 (BKN) - The Nobel Prize committee announced its that it is awarding the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to United States' independent Justice department, the intelligence and judiciary committees of its congress as well as its nation's constitutionally-protected free press for significant progress in the fight against early onset dementia among members of the Trump administration.

"Remember! You Re-Heard It HERE First!"