Opening the books on another year

Laurasmaller

My goodness, another year begins! This one finds me in an excellent relationship, the vassal of the amazing Arnie the Cat, living in a beautiful home, replete with Caffè Mochas on the premises, and the marvelous LBRII (Little Blue Roadster II), plus so many benefits I could hardly mention them all. And I must mention that my health, despite multiple sclerosis, hypertension, horrid kidneys, borderline diabetes and so on, is pretty good and getting better. That’s good, since my direct … Continue reading

Take care of yourself

nodoctor

After being frustrated by physician inaction for six months, I finally kicked some ass. I fired two doctors and put the other one on notice, then made a specialist appointment to check the last one’s work. At the end of all that, I finally got the action I needed in finding a hypertension med that did not kill me with side effects and a diuretic with minimum side effects to relieve the massive edema caused by having very high blood … Continue reading

Doctors seem to only communicate in one direction

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Among a few other ailments, I have edema, a swelling of the lower legs. My general practitioner and I have been trying to treat this condition with diuretics. This has been complicated by my having bad reactions to some of the medications that have been prescribed to me. These complications included total kidney failure, something you may want to avoid. As we work our way through this issue, which she has decided to address before we try to bring my … Continue reading

Assholes, programmers, and the rest of us

hacking

<rant> Let me see. The Chinese are hacking every data source, in or our of the cloud, that exists in America and other Western countries. Hackers in China, Russia, America, and probably the Vatican City are also hacking those same data sources in all countries, though with a larger emphasis on stealing money and a slightly smaller emphasis on stealing secrets. Both types of hackers clearly fall into the “asshole” category, and into at least the “lazy,” “crooked,” and “thieving” … Continue reading

The Biggest Baddest Bad

greed

Looking for the biggest baddest bad? For some reason, I spent some time doing this, again, as I have before. This time I concentrated on the biggest bad for the most people, i.e., the worst thing for the most people. That lets out some very bad things that effect only a small percentage of humans. Some very bad things like murder, rape, disease, natural disasters, and so on. Nope, this time I was looking the baddest thing with the greatest … Continue reading

The Best Way for Ello to Kill Ello

oldphone

It is probably time for @Ello to put up or shut up. I was about to write a post yesterday noting the cold hard fact that my personal stream had been reduced to a shadow of its former self. Posts that once got 250 looks are now getting 50 or fewer. When I queried users that had not been turning up any more, and / or had been silent for quite some time, the answer was always the same: the … Continue reading

The Matter With Doctors

groucho

Doctors are more useful when you can communicate with them. That seems self-evident, but is not at all straightforward. Instead, I often become stuck in a loop. First, I go to the doctor. We determine a short-term strategy. I embark upon that course of action, keeping track of how my life is affected. Where appropriate, I perform tests at home, such as taking my blood pressure, etc. If something goes amiss, I bundle up the test results and my notes … Continue reading

Winter Raises Her Head

LBRII

Hark, mortals, Nature is once again effortlessly driving us in retreat before Her. We have a freeze warning here for tomorrow morning, Temperatures have been in the low fifties all day with winds of 20+ and gusts of 30+. The leave are at their most beautiful, but they are doing so mainly on the ground. I have given this full consideration and am convinced that it is not Summer any more, Toto, nor even Autumn. Instead, we are clearly into … Continue reading