30 November, 2010
The area in question is no longer draining, the redness and inflammation is not better, and if anything, is worse. I realized how debilitating it was tonight when I could not maneuver myself OUT of the bathtub, and "S" had to come over and give me leverage. Had I used the larger one in the master bathroom, I might have managed, although in my weakened state it would have been difficult. As it was, in the standard bathtub, lacking agility as it is, I could not get in a good and safe position for getting up, without falling. So good ol' "S" came by and helped me. I was due at my Urologist's office tomorrow for a PSA test because it was elevated when he first treated my BPH, but he expects it to be down now. It is imperative that I get it checked, because elevated PSA means prostate cancer. However, as I had an infection at that time, and infections are known to elevate the reading too, he feels that was the cause. But a follow up test is necessary. I decide instead of going to ER tonight, since it's not really an ER thing, not emergent, just difficult to cope with, and not resolving, that I'll phone tomorrow, postpone the blood work, tell them that I am bypassing them to go to Dr. "C," and that I'll make sure he has it drawn for them. I do anticipate being admitted to hospital for more aggressive treatment of this site in question. If not, I shall be surprised.
28 November, 2010
Slept heavily all day except for basics: tending to FiFi, medications, meals, etc. No doubt needed due to general ickiness of cellulitis making me feel fatigued. Had great conversation with a friend on phone despite poor connection, much enjoyed & appreciated. Assisted well by FiFi's People-Cousin Lyle with basics: unloading dishwasher, loading washing machine, hauling plastic trash bag out of kitchen trash bin into utility room, etc. On really good days, I do those things myself. On medium good days, I have one of the teenager-people-cousins of FiFi's haul the clothes hamper into utility room for me. Legs a bit swollen, not the worst they have ever been, but more so than recent weeks. Not uncomfortable, though - legs that is. Chronic anyway. Just a matter of degrees. Tends to come with the CHF. Drainage seems less. Still feel sore and general lousiness. Do believe am mending, however. Tonight, tomorrow, and Tuesday will tell for sure. Am due PSA blood work at Urologist's office, and as I feel now, don't feel up to going. Hope to feel up to it by then. Not that I ever feel up to "going" - outside much. FiFi's Aunt Pam cooking a beef brisket and said will send plate over so I don't have to fix anything. How sweet and kind!
25 November, 2010
A prose for all the people On this Thanksgiving day Open up your heart and soul to all And let love and compassion be our new way.
A prose for all the people Who would Jesus not share with What material would he put before the Soul None, and too many have compassion that is lithe
A prose for all the people And for those sitting in church pews At the alter of Jesus they kneel Jesus and the Good Samaritan being old news
A prose for all the people Poverty in America is a crime, But it's the poor deemed ill And brotherhood dead, I have mine
A prose to all the people Dickens warned us but deaf we were Stock shareholders, greed, they reap all As the banks lure more to foreclosure
A prose for all the people No home, No money, No job And too many others with no Soul As if of compassion they were rob
A prose for all the people Vagrants, crazies, ,and losers They are called , lost in the shuffle Ignored by those driving by in cruisers
A prose for all the people Only crime for some is they are poor No happy Thanksgiving meal For thee, hungry to the core
A prose for all the people Wealth of Nations now more important than compassion The rich worship gold and money at their temple While the poor for their child have none.
A prose for all the people Cold, hungry, and without a home Asking for a dollar, guarter or nickel As our streets they invisibly roam
A prose for all the people On this day of giving thanks While those with eat till full And those without feel the rank
A prose for all the people Living in this world of dichotomy Plebians with null trying to be thankful Their lives a Thespian drama for thee
My Cousin, Tom, in California, writes poems, poetry, comic skits, and more. He is hoping to move from having been in the Insurance industry as an adjuster (something he is loathed to do anymore, and has disengaged from), into these things, which he loves, and are an expression from within. This started out as a "Thanksgiving poem," he was going to share with me, but it rather mutated, as writings often do, into a critique on the status of this old world in relation to Thanksgiving. Because it wasn't "positive and upbeat" he first held it back, but I said I would love to read it if he would send it, which he did. I was, as always so impressed with his works that I asked if I could share it with everyone, and he said that was fine, he did not mind my doing so at all. So, for whatever it's worth, here it is. I hope you find it worth reading, and a tad inspirational, as I did.
14 November, 2010
Dear America, Your Taxes Are Going Up 20%, Food and Gas Prices Will Skyrocket, Fed Drops Bomb On Us AmpedStatus | November 10, 2010 I've been writing report after report detailing our economic and political crisis. After writing two books and getting over five million page views on my online reports, I am inspired by the response and support they have been getting from people across the political spectrum. However, I am forced to confront the fact that we are still failing to reach the people that we most urgently need to reach, the average American citizen, the people who are busy working every day trying to make ends meet and don't have the time to read through long reports. We've begun work on a documentary, but it will take at least eight months to get it out and, given the urgency of our situation, we realize that we don't have time to spare. So we are going to start making short videos to break issues down in an easily understood manner. The goal is to have a video that family and friends can watch which explains our crisis and hopefully inspires passive people into action. In this first video, I explain the Federal Reserve's latest Quantitative Easing scheme. Get Involved! As a first step, please join our email list: http://tinyurl.com/dmufhj Please send this video to family and friends. Source site: http://ampedstatus.com/ http://therealnews.com/t2/component/seyret/?task=videodirectlink&id=8295 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yde_wYkhCm8
Anti-American Manifesto: Time for Revolution Political cartoonist Ted Rall appeared on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC to discuss his new book and the need for revolutionary change in America. While he did note violence is the last resort, it is one that he believes will ultimately become a part of the American DNA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=namL_pIqsVo
13 November, 2010
"Her career spanned 7 decades and she sang with Benny Goodman's big band, too!!! Ain't We Got Fun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7wKHIYysjY FEVER! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8 With Benny Goodman, Why Don't You DO Right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdqvX-n25gs BEAUTIFUL TRUE TALENT!!! Unlike nowadays augmented by synth and more. SIGH. Mama & I often talked about how people had to REALLY HAVE REAL TALENT in those days. Is That All There Is? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9kKf7SHco With Judy Garland, I Like Men http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x638b8_judy-garland-peggy-lee-i-like-men_music With TOOTS Thielemans, Makin' Whoopee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Ypdsam6wE
10 November, 2010
MY EMAIL TO THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT MOMENTS AGO.... https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html Can you tell me if this is true, or not? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40112145/ It is important to me. I thoroughly disapprove. I do not want to have to discontinue my Amazon account, I need it. I am disabled on oxygen at home and do not drive. But, there are larger issues, and integrity matters. I realize you are a business in it for profits but there are limits and if this is true, you have gone well beyond it. Thank you for your time. I await your reply.
Good/bad news, depending on whom you are: I'm still alive! ;) Eech! All puns aside: Sadly, there are always those who would wish such on us, out there. The worse of it is, they bring such negative devastation on themselves by engaging in such a thing. When I think what those people are creating for their karma ... I shudder.
09 November, 2010
YouTube - Pennsylvania to Become 'Gasland'? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRRe5X6deNc The entire energy needs of the USA could be met for the next 2 to 30 years by this, alone. Of course (GAG) Halliburton was there with others competing for drilling rights. They say it's a 100 year supply. Rove was key speaker. (DOUBLE gag.) This involves "frac'ing" which is known to contaminate environments, and water supplies. [From the video.] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing#Environmental_and_human_health_concerns
08 November, 2010
These words are in the caption below this picture: "Kennedy's Catholicism was...openly derided." "...millions of Protestants, Baptists, Methodists, and other non-Catholics...believed - genuinely believed - that once in office JFK would be taking his marching orders from Rome." Apparently we were paranoid idiots even back then. DUH! (Echos of "Obama's a Muslim" now, almost a good 50 years ago! I mean, I've got MAJOR disappointments in Obama, but let's not do my usual digression now and I'll be even more scary - engage BREVITY instead of verbosity!!!) SIGH!
Small banks failing as larger firms regain health - Yahoo! Finance U.S. banks are failing at the fastest rate in two decades. No, the financial crisis hasn't returned. Wall Street doesn't need another bailout. But in communities around the country, 143 banks have collapsed so far this year - more than all of last year. This time, the failed banks are smaller, on average, than in 2008 and 2009. The damage to the industry has thus been milder this time. Still, the wave of closings points to the persistent struggles of many communities and states. On Friday, regulators closed four small banks: One each in Maryland and Washington state and two in California -- one of the hardest-hit states, where a dozen banks have failed this year. As larger banks have regained their health this year, thanks in part to federal aid, smaller ones have struggled
04 November, 2010
Republicans in Washington had no problem handing over billions of dollars to their pals on Wall Street when they were in trouble, but they refuse to extend unemployment benefits for Americans who are still unable to find work in our economy. And even as corporate profits have reached back up to record levels, job creation has remained stagnant. The result of this is that we've created a lost generation of American workers -- those people who want to work, but can't find meaningful employment. Mike Papantonio talks with investigative journalist Andy Kroll, who's been travelling the country, meeting with this lost generation that the Republicans don't seem to care about.
01 November, 2010
In this aerial photo, a giant landslide under a residential street which claimed a car and left another car hanging over the edge is seen in Schmalkalden, central Germany, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. The cause of the landslide is yet unclear unclear. Residents were evacuated from 23 buildings. Nobody was injured.