Friday

This week is nearly over. There have been very few times that I have been so happy to see the weekend finally arrive. The morning started at the doctor’s office where I confirmed that I have the local crud during my routine diabetic check-up visit. I was given a prescription to treat my sinus infection and I will pick that up later today.

I am tempted to stay home other than that necessary trip to the pharmacy later today. Right now there are no definite weekend plans, so I can make some preliminary plans of my own to get some rest. Hal (person) mentioned visiting the new apartment complex tomorrow and we can still do that if I feel OK in the morning.

Let’s Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence’s History on Public Health Initiatives




Let’s Revisit Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence’s History on Public Health Initiatives

By


Shannon Palus



Feb 26, 20208:46 PM


Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence, he is in charge.
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Mike Pence is now in charge of the United States’ response to coronavirus, Donald Trump announced at a press conference Wednesday night. Mike Pence’s qualifications, per Trump, include that he is “terrific in many ways,” “very good on health care,” and “really very expert at the field.” OK! Here are a few fast facts about Mike Pence and public health:


• When he was governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed anti-abortion bills at a rate of two per year.




• Mike Pence has argued that sending kids to daycare stunts their emotional development, specifically their affection for their mothers.


• Mike Pence sure does not like Planned Parenthood, a health care provider.


• Mike Pence had to be told by an ER doctor at a restaurant about his own administration’s proposed cuts to Medicare.




• Mike Pence hasn’t repealed Obamacare, but not for lack of trying!


• It sure sounds like Mike Pence advocated for conversion therapy when he ran for congress in 2000. The specific language from his campaign website: federal funding for HIV patients “should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”


• He did not mean condoms. “Frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases,” said Mike Pence in 2002.


Researchers suggest that Mike Pence could have averted dozens of HIV infections in Indiana if he had supported basic public health measures when he took office as governor in 2013. At the very least, he could have not waited months to declare a state of emergency when it was clear there was a full-on outbreak. But he did.


• Mike Pence is not a doctor.


• Mike Pence is also not a scientist.


• “Smoking doesn’t kill.” ‑Mike Pence

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Togetherness

I managed to get to bed early last night at the first sign of being tired. I was in bed right at 1900/7pm. I slept soundly for 5 hours and woke up at nearly 0100/1am to find the following site here in my bed
Hal The Cat is on the left, looking disinterested, and Jax The Cat is posing on the right. 

Irony

Occasionally, Snoopy and the Gang really hit the nail on the head. With all of the headlines about the corona virus, I thought that the random card flip for today was appropriate.
I wish that Happiness could be spread as easily as disease by simple human contact. The world would be a much better place if Happiness was something we could just transfer  from one person to another.

Sinus Agony

I am barely functioning this morning. Last night as I was sneezing, I felt the unwelcome pop from my right ear. Ever since then it has been blocked and the pressure is just making me miserable. I could not sleep on my right side last night because the pressure and the weight gave me a severe headache. I flushed out my ears with the water bulb to see if anything was physically blocking that would wash out, but no luck.

This morning I am slowly making my way through the tasks I have at work and at the same time, dreading conference calls because I am not hearing well through my right ear. Thankfully, I have my regularly scheduled check-up tomorrow morning so there is no point in going to the doctor until tomorrow morning. In addition to my diabetes check-up, I am going to see what the doctor can do about this sinus problem before it gets any worse, if that is at all possible.

On the bright side, once I learned to avoid resting on my right side last night, I got some good rest and I hope to get more tonight. I plan to go to bed as early as possible and to keep the room as cool as I can because that helped me to rest last night.

Because Hal is under the weather as well, we both suspect that there is something in the air here in this apartment that is making us sick. We have about a month until we move away from here and that day cannot get here soon enough. Whenever we venture out in the afternoon we feel better almost immediately, and that just makes us more certain that there is mold or something here in this apartment building.

Tech And Health

Every few minutes there is some new story related to the spread of the coronavirus that keeps spreading around the world. There are the voices that want to quarantine and isolate everyone from each other before that appeal to the reactionary types out there, but that is another topic. 
When there is a disease that is spreading, that is the focal point for everyone. Instead, we are subjected to self-absorbed reporting about how the disease will affect the production of new iPhones. This clearly shows how fucked up our priorities are. 

Another Night

I woke up in the middle of the night with Hal The Cat nudging me. Immediately I knew that something wasn’t right, and in less than a minute as I slowly gained full consciousness I knew that my glucose levels were extremely low.
I wrote before about Hal The Cat waking me up in the middle of the night when my glucose levels were low. I’m amazed at how he can sense something isn’t right. Logic and science attempt to explain Hal’s behavior by talking about a cat’s sense of smell. I prefer my version which is based on love and trust that governs his actions. 
No matter the exact reason, I’m grateful for Hal The Cat.