General Discussion, Thursday, July 27, 2017

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    I visited the Isle of Skye once, and stayed in Portree ^^^ for a few days. Lovely place.

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  2. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Repost, because I forgot what time it was.

    My neighbor (for whom I named myself Phlox), just introduced me to this felller a few minutes ago, when she found out I was listening to her grandparents’ music (Merle).

    What a voice. I guess he’s dead, now, from the comments.`

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      His voice reminds me of Garth Brooks’. Yes, I know Garth came later. I never heard of Keith Whitley. Astounding music.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Here’s one of this grandpa’s C&W favs…1962…I do believe I was living in Oklahoma when this one came out. Music in those days wasn’t done on huge mixing boards and run thru processors, just pure throat.

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      • shiloh1973 says:

        One of my favorites Faron Young.

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        • I don’t know this artist nor listen to the clip here in the hospital as my son is again trying to sleep….but he looks a bit like Patrick Warburton to me, who will forever live as “Kronk” from Emperor’s New Groove in our family…

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      • shiloh1973 says:

        One more. Ferlin Husky.

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        • joshua says:

          the days of skinny ties…..not skinny healthcare

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        • Menagerie says:

          I always loved this one.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          Thanks for the tips, folks.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And you gotta be over a certain age to remember Roy. Got to see him perform at the base theater in Vogelweh, Germany in the early 60s.

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          • joshua says:

            my son had a USAF group command at Ramstein creating air logistics locations during the various ME locations when it was hotest. Cold as crap in the winter. hard to get in by civilian air transport tho.

            I was in Berlin as a 19 yo student tourist in 1962 also not a good time to visit Germany at the wall.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I was in K-town Hi, was in Berlin in ’63 for JFK’s speech but so far back we could barely hear him. In ’64 I got to spend time in Russia/Czech/Poland as exchange student.
              My Dad was stationed at out of Ramstein and my Mom flew out of there to her Belgium assignment in ’42…another story.

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              • You might appreciate this third hand story. A very close friend of my husband’s was over in Russia back in his single days, likely the 80s. He went out to some bar with a couple of buddies & they got plastered & when they jumped in a cab the driver refused to take them anywhere. Apparently Robert proceeded to cuss the driver out in his limited Russian as the storm clouds on the driver’s face grew toward explosion. Suddenly the driver started laughing hysterically, drove the guys wherever they wanted to go because what Rob had actually said ended with this phrase “or I’ll give your mother-in-law a good f-ing!” That was their ticket to the town…

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  One that really sticks with me was we were on our way through rural Russia, in late winter, on a Russian bus. After hours on the bus, whose suspension consisted of a direct connection between the road and our butts, we started complaining about needing a bathroom break. We passed a number of Potemkinbergs that our Intourist KGB-in-training refused, for various well-rehursed reasons, wouldn’t let us stop at.
                  The complaints reached a level that even Comrade Minder couldn’t ignore them so we stopped…in a very rural area with knee-deep snow and a forest of what looked like young aspens. We brought toilet paper we’d brought from the embassy, we’d been warned that Russian toilet paper was less a sanitary item and more of a test to the user’s devotion to Communism, and it was every sufferer on his or her own. Off the bus and wade through the snow…
                  I can still remember the view of done 30ish trails through the otherwise untouched snow as we trundled towards the fog-shrouded forest looking for a suitable spot. The grandoyrs of the Hermitage, the panorama of Red Square, the bracing feeling of a late Russian winter breeze rushing through you as you attend to nature…

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      • joshua says:

        Today’s version would be:

        “I’ve Been Taxed Everywhere”

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      • joshua says:

        I’ve been to:
        Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
        Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
        Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
        Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
        Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
        Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla, I’m a killer.

        Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
        Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
        Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
        Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
        Tennessee to Tennesse Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
        Grand Lake, Devils Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake.

        Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
        Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
        Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
        Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport,
        Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina,
        Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean-a.

        Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado,
        Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
        Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chatanika,
        Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
        Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
        Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Happy-making video….

    Dad’s Car…Selling his beloved car 20 years ago to make ends meet, a father gets the surprise of his life….

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      That’s nice…….

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    • joshua says:

      That is how my generation felt about our cars…and cars in general….they were not just transportation….they were part of your identity…it was a male thing then…and we knew every car model and type of sight…even with just a tiny bit of sight….we knew the sound of them as well.

      Not being harsh on the generation today that is not in love with cars….it is a different world somehow, and the cars all look alike…and full of electronic stuff and and gadgets that break….but no “soul”…..

      It was a fun time.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Not just men. I could name all cars & airplanes pre 1975. Had a 1968 MGB, 1970 Triumph Spitfire & later, a restored 1968 Mustang. I was one cool lady with the top down & the tunes playing. Czar couldn’t resist, especially when I let him drive!! Now my preference for stick shift has him driving my Ford because I have a broken clutch leg. My solace is that (while the Avalanche has an automatic transmission) I can play Ride of the Valkyries on the amazing stereo system!!!

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        • joshua says:

          My lady….you are the prize…..I had a MG TD in college, my dear wife of today had a 1978 spitfire when I met her following an unfortunate disagreement with first spouse who I had to give a house and a Bentley for fun and bye bye time…and I drove nothing but convertibles except when I graduated college and had to buy a 1963 VW beetle and get married first time around….Today my everyday is a 1995 red firebird formula convert with a Corvette engine, and I have a collection of 25 American made converts from 1956 Tbird through a series of Cadillac Eldos and Allantes. I will never drive electric fans pretending to be autos that have a computer doing the thinking….as I can parallel park blindfolded and know what makes a gasoline vehicle tick. I hope to be buried in one of my cars just to pollute the dirt.

          Hooray for YOU.

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          • joshua says:

            ps…other than reverse…it is possible to drive stick without using the clutch…just not a good idea…lol

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          • stella says:

            I had a 1968 Austin Healey Sprite. I loved it when it was running. I ended up selling it back to my ex-husband (he worked for the distributor and got great prices on parts).

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            • joshua says:

              bug eye sprite……I had an Austin Healey 3000 Mark III in 1965, beautiful white with red interior…blew the doors of the guys thought their Mustangs were hot stuff. Actually, I bought it and gave it to my first wife as a birthday present…although she was 8 months PG at the time and couldn’t fit in the seats, so I was forced to drive it and she got a station wagon to get around in…..the 3000 had 6 cylinders and was seriously fast…but with no AC in Texas summer, the transmission hump on your right leg was like a pizza oven….

              THE LADIES ON THIS SITE ROCK.

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              • stella says:

                The 3000 was a much more beautiful car than the Sprite! And, it was a 4-seater, if I remember correctly. My husband’s best friend restored Jaguars. He had an MK120, MK150, then sold the latter, invested the money, and bought an XKE. It was a metallic sand color, and so beautiful.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Had to get a new door handle for the Avalanche today, just broke. Tailgate handle broke twice in the recent past. We have. ’34 Chevy with original door and trunk handles that still operate. Go figure.

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        • Menagerie says:

          Ride of the Valkyries is a favorite on my iPod.

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      • We pretty much have to drive old ones, but at least you can fix a lot of stuff yourself. Josiah’s twin Brandon was going to offload his ’97 T-Bird but he’d gone to the junk yard & got a blue ceiling, white/gray seats, & with it’s existing red color was his perfect American ride. My husband showed him how to do his brakes, etc & after way too much time & not as much moeny he got things in working condition. He’s actually pretty proud off himself loves the fact that he did all this stuff himself. In fact he recently did the brakes on a buddy’s car for his day off of work. Don’t think that would have been nearly as possible with some of the newer majorly computerized modern rides. We wonder if his junk yard & “mechanic” skills mean that some day he’ll put in the major sweat equity to turn some extremely faded glory into a pretty sweet classic ride. After all we do live in/by The Motor City!

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    • lovely says:

      Your post reminded me of one of my favorite songs.

      Well you could barely see him in all of that chrome,

      The man with the plan and the pocket comb,

      But every night it carried him home

      A love song.

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  4. Thanks to all of you who are praying for my son Josiah’s surgery today, our night in the hospital (only one planned), & the 2 1/2 week recovery time (most of it with a urinary catheter & bag–previously w/ catheters he was little & in diapers so somewhat new territory here). We appreciate your support, encouragement, wit, & fellowship…& especially your prayers.

    Blessings to All, Valerie

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Catheter comment:

      Second day might cause discomfort (pain)
      at point of insertion, when trying to get out
      of bed. Might also cause tearing in same
      area by second week (sharp pain if body
      moves). Pain pills do not work. Numbing
      ointment does, Lidocaine HCL 2% Jelly
      Urojet 10 ml
      . Talk to the physician
      in charge. This stuff numbs the pain. Use
      a small amount around the catheter at
      the point of insertion. They should know.
      Don’t assume they will use it for pain
      relief. Lasts about three hours. Apply
      again for another three hours of relief.
      It’s not a perfect pain solution; but it
      makes life tolerable. Hope this might
      help in some small way. Best wishes.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        There might be some seepage at the
        point of insertion. This might foster a
        yeast infection. Also, a catheter might
        cause a UTI. The medicine for the UTI
        tends to allow the yeast infection to
        increase. I wore Depend for 2 1/2 months
        last Summer and changed several times
        each day. This year, the catheter was
        inserted after surgery on a Friday and
        by Saturday, requested the Lidocaine.
        Sunday the catheter was removed and
        the bladder responded properly. Hope
        all goes well for Josiah and your family.

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      • Thanks so much for this suggestion!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Suggestion: docs are fine but they have very little to do with the patient’s actual post-operation care. I discovered, after my son’s transplant, that the nurses who deal with the patient’s 24/7 treatment and comfort are the source of information.
          The nurses live with that patient and interact with them having to deal with the peripheral issues like pain and discomfort, they will be invaluable so listen and question, they should be more than glad to help. The docs may see the post-op patient for five or so minutes a day, the nurses live with them and their experience in dealing with them will be invaluable. They are usually the ones who, when issues come up, contact the doctors and make suggestions. Use them.

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          • Thanks for that reminder…you are so right. I will say that many/most of the Pediatric Physicians we have been privileged to work with over the years, especially at U of M, have been quite personable & accessible to the kids. They do know the science side of things “best” but the direct care people are really the ones that can make or break your experience. The loving, tender, compassionate, caring, personal touch cannot be underestimated.

            If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of transplant did your son have? How’s he/you doing? We are almost exactly 4 years since Josiah’s Liver Transplant & I found the lead in to actually having the transplant (waiting at the top of the list) to be some of the hardest medical scenarios to face…& I thought the Open Heart Surgeries & Brain Tumor situation were hard to handle…but Transplant kicked those stressors into much higher gear.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Liver, also about four years ago. Nurses did everything they could to make us comfortable as either I or one of my two other sons were there 24/7 until he was back between the lines…and that was weeks as the bad liver zapped his kidneys and it took more than a few weeks for them to come back.
              They were the ones that did his meds box and showed him the ropes on post-hospital care. He was understandably cranky thru the numerous dialysis treatments, biopsies and other procedures he went through for the months he was there. We saw his docs for a few minutes a day but he had, for the first few weeks, a nurse at the window outside of his room.

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              • Wow…sounds like you all had a pretty intensely rough go there for a while. How is he doing now (& how old is he?). My son also has had (much lesser) kidney issues, though never needed dialysis. They call his CKD, Chronic Kidney Disease, & think it’s at least partly connected to his longstanding High Blood Pressure (on 3-ish meds for that now…in fact he usually takes 16 pills a day for various things).

                It might be “fun” to compare Transplant notes some day. Does your son write online about any of his experiences? I’m guessing Josiah (& definitely myself) would be curious to see what he would share about his own journey…

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  He’s doing well, and considering he was so close to death that his brothers were coming in more to say ‘good-bye’ it’s better than we could expect. He;s 50 now and it looks good for a long life. While he was i recuperation a recipient of a lung transplant ran a marathon with his doc, we’re getting better at the process it seems.
                  No, he’s rather private about the process, he was within a very few days of dying and that sort of makes one introspective. There’s also the issue that someone had to die so that you can get his organ and that will stay with you. His brothers and I signed up to donate a chunk of liver to him but he’s way too big of a guy to take less than a whole liver and in his case a really big guy died just in the nick of time and left a Grade A-plus extra large liver behind. Sorta makes you think.

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                  • You definitely had a very different experience in one respect, the level of illness, & similar in the other, dealing with the death of the donor. Josiah was never “liver sick” per se. He was born with an extremely rare condition, “Congenital Absences of the Portal Vein”, what should have been the PV arose from his intestines, bypassed his liver & dumped directly into one of the chambers of his heart. One of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgeons explained it at Josiah’s level like you flush the toilet in your house & it goes down in your neighbor’s house down the block! Of course we all loved that description.

                    Many years back they thought Josiah’s Portal Vein was blocked & they did all sorts of work ups on him to realize he actually had the CAPV situation. I’d looked it up in medical literature (at the hospital with some staff help) & found that the CAPV was discovered in the 1700s & had only been written up like 20 times in all the ensuing years. It is an extremely rare condition, though they speculate it’s slightly less rare than they claim for unless one has symptoms, or an autopsy, the condition could potentially go unnoticed.

                    I don’t know why they didn’t then refer J to a GI doc then…but it didn’t happen. So the next time CAPV surfaced, at least to my knowledge, was during the near simultaneous discovery of Josiah’s Brain Tumor & Liver Masses–an overwhelming Thanksgiving “gift”…

                    When it came time to get J listed for Liver Transplant we were told that he needed a whole organ donation because they needed all the blood vessels for the hook ups. He was small enough for a lobe donation but couldn’t go that route because of the CAPV. In fact, they told us, in Josiah’s hearing, that his Ideal Donor would be a 12 year old gunshot victim. What do you even say to that??? Josiah actually thought that he would be murdering someone so he’d get the liver…

                    The fact that some family would likely loose their child (as opposed to a smaller adult) was such a heavy burden weighing on me throughout the waiting for a transplant phase. I/we prayed so fervently for that other family: that all would know salvation, that they would make amazing memories with their to-be-deceased loved ones, that all necessary reconciliation would happen amongst family & friends, etc.

                    In fact, a year before J’s actual Transplant he was on-deck for a liver that was going to someone higher up on the “need” list, but who was so sick that they might die on the table so J needed to be ready for that “perfect for him” liver should the first recipient die. That was just too much for me. I absolutely couldn’t bear the thought of TWO families loosing their kids so that Josiah would get his perfect liver. We called an impromptu prayer meeting in out home with extended family & spread the word in various prayer chains pleading with the Lord to spare the life of the first recipient. As best as I can tell those prayers were answered in a resounding “yes” since I’ve been told there have been No pediatric liver transplant deaths in the ensuing time…what a blessing!

                    I still haven’t been able to bring myself/Josiah/our family to the place where we are ready to (indirectly) contact the donor family to thank them. I’ve heard that in some states they won’t even allow people with special needs to receive transplants, that they can only go to more “normal” people…

                    Even though that family was fervently in our prayers for years we still need to bathe that contacting them process in prayer & get to that place where we are ready to be vulnerable in a whole new way with them. Though I don’t think my son carries the burden of someone’s loss of life so his can go on/be improved the way your son does it still will be an emotionally treacherous transit to get ready to contact “Gift of Life” with a note of thanks for the donor family.

                    May God grant All of us, my family & yours, the wisdom, grace, timing, & clarity when/if such contacts should ever be done…well sorry for going into all that for even though by “age” we might be a generation apart, by experience we could be close kin, or at least neighbors…by the way, my husband turned 50 this year too!

                    Thanks for sharing so much of your transplant tale with me…I really appreciate it so much!

                    Also, forgive me for posting this “as is” since I’m typing on a sticky hospital kids’s room keypad & find these posts rather technically challenging right now.

                    Blessings to you & your whole precious clan, especially your Liver Transplant Son!

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              • When Josiah had his Transplant I so desperately wanted him to have 24/7 family coverage…especially because of his other challenges that just don’t get “fully” (is that even possible, even for family?) addressed by hospital staff. I had a family member lined up who was supposed to spell me for the early part of the day after I would “sleep” bedside so I could be there for AM rounds (sometimes starting as early as 4:30am) because that was the best time to get info from the attending docs & since U of M was a teaching hospital there would often be many students so there were good learning opportunities for me too.

                Sadly my “assistant” mostly didn’t perform as expected/promised so I ended up spending 2 nights bedside, barely sleeping, then would crawl to the Social Work provided nearby hotel to get some degree of solid sleep after AM rounds were done…& also to get showered.

                This was very tough on Josiah & very frustrating for me. A couple of times when I returned later in the day he hadn’t eaten & was in a blood sugar slump…& this was after I’d leave specific instructions with Nursing & other care staff so that they were to watch over him more closely while I tried to get 4-6 straight hours of sleep every 3rd day…sigh…We can’t be every place at once but it’s hard to see your kid suffer because your human weakness (ie need for sleep & cleaning) impedes your ability to be there for your kid directly.

                Sorry for whining there, it just was such a painful aspect to the whole in-patient transplant phase & both Josiah & I carry some scars from those “battles.”

                I got my mom & Josiah’s twin Brandon to also take the medication training with me (that was pretty intensely scary in the early days) but no one but me has ever really set up his pill box. Glad you found ways to distribute the load of care among several people; that sounds pretty ideal to me!

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Completely understand, no need to explain, whine away. The Ochsner folks have built a number of small apartments attached to the hospital complex so families have a place to stay and be with the patient i they live out of town. Ochsner has a whole tower segment where floors of transplantees are treated in dedicated transplant surroundings. One woman came to them from Israel for a heart transplant because Ochsner does more heart transplants in a month than Israel does in a year.
                  Nurses got us blankets and pillows so that we could sleep in the big window seat in the room. No room to bring a cot in as the room has a huge bed for the patient and a lot of dedicated equipment.

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                  • I’ve never heard of Oschnser, where is that? The family got decent care when J was in the ICU in the initial days post op. However then the hospital was overfilled to capacity. He was in the adult side of the hosptal, of University Hospital when he was supposed to be in the Mott Children’s Hospital. Those specific days Mott was so overful that they were putting pediatric in-patients in the ER rooms waiting for floor beds to open up, sometimes for days.

                    Once J was out of the woods after several days in the ICU he no longer needed that level of care so even though he stayed in the same ICU bed (there were no other places to move him) he was considered a “step down” patient with lower amounts of staffing time.

                    Whatever the night where he was a “step down” patient, before I knew they were going to treat us differently I asked the nurse if she’d make up the “bed” for me, as had happened the previous evenings, so I could at least attempt to get some sleep there. She said we didn’t get that level of staffing so I needed to make up my own bed (a semi padded rocking chair in the open walkway corner of the room–basically the hall that staff & patients traversed in that ICU). That wasn’t a big deal though.

                    What really got me was when she handed me the clean linens that had been placed on top of the toilet. This ICU room was a glass box open completely on one side but capapble of having curtains drawn in various ways. In the back right corner of the room was a free standing toilet sitting out in the middle of the room (like those old Victorian bedrooms). At least this toilet had a lid & a semi box that they put over it when it wasn’t in use…

                    Anyway, at some point in time my son had had a bout of diahharea while sitting on that pot & there was some degree of poop spray along the back side of the toilet (which may or may not have dried by then, but it hadn’t been attended to by housekeeping). Anyway “my” pillows & sheets were set up against the poop spray zone, not just near, but touching it

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                  • whoops, didn’t mean to post it just yet….my linens were touching the poop zone & I was horrified. I also was at the end of myself having been in my same clothing for 3 or 4 days with no shower or toothbrush etc. I ended up turning the pillowcases inside out & putting the sheets on the chair with the “dirty” side under (so I could be paranoid of using the chair later)…& was basically miserable all night.

                    It wasn’t that the staff did a bad job & I should have spoken up but I was near the snapping point then & it was just too overwhelming to try to deal with. That may have been one of the days where another patient died &/or where there were some code blues in our hearing so that “poop spray” just doesn’t get ranked up there all that high…

                    Looking back a little tenderness & compassion from staff could have gone a long way. From their perspective I was a peds mom with a near adult (though developmentally disabled) son who was making a virtually miraculously quick recovery (they’d never seen a transplant patient up & walking with assistance less than 24 hours from surgery) so just what was my problem…

                    Thanks for allowing the whine & cheese! Oh “as is” posting alert too…

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    • Valerie… will be praying through the day for Josiah and for you, too. πŸ™πŸ»

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    • lovely says:

      Prayers πŸ™πŸΌ .

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  5. facebkwallflower says:

    Why are people on the other branch calling Scarramucci “Mooch”. It is very establed name for Michelle Obama and has been for eight years? Some are pushing it real heavy, using it every time. I hope the efforts fail. He is too damn good looking for such a putzy nickname. I noticed others are irritated, mentioning is MO’s and “Smooch” would be better. If gotta have a nickname, “smoochie” is the last part of name with the smooch he blew at first presser. But “mooch”???

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      I believe it’s his nickname from growing up, or wall street boys/girls has done business with……..
      Mooch appears to wear tailored made. By who? Cuff trousers? Maker of shoes?

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      • facebkwallflower says:

        His suits are impeccable. Ok. Name from growing up. I will wake up some and not be so picky cranky.

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        • joshua says:

          …….but I agree with you….”Mooch” reminds me too much of a very unattractive woman that used to invade my TV screen and scowl at us all.

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      • stella says:

        I noticed the shoes too. Nice.

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        • Menagerie says:

          He is one of those guys who really makes the clothes, not the other way around. Not too many people you can say that about.

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        • joshua says:

          Stella…thanks for noticing shoes….My mother always harped on clean and polished shoes for men…said that it is the first thing folks notice about you….well, that was then…but it is still true with me even today…not so much with folks that grew up watching folks wear formal tennis shoes and blue jeans under a suit coat and tie…like Glen Beck et al…??

          But the pictures of the Canadian Prime Minister at the G 20 summit hit home for me seeing his George H.W. Bush sox and tan shoes under a dart suit…and it made me ignore anything he might offer as consequential thereafter.

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    • stella says:

      I’ve heard it too, and not just at CTH. Perhaps it’s his nickname? I don’t take it as an insult, and perhaps we can forget all about Michelle. Wouldn’t that be good?

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Forgetting about Michelle would be wonderful. Actually I don’t think of her until somebody mentions her here. Somebody who has known Scarramouche a long time said it is his nickname.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I work with a guy named Meech. Meechie.

      Name’s Demetrius, but no, he’s Meech.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      See Col’s comment. Those of us of a certain age remember Mooch being a common nickname, especially ‘eye-ties’ with a name you could tag it to. I’ve done it here too – maybe it’s an older East Coast thing.

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    • lovely says:

      I think it is kind of endearing. Especially since mooch means someone trying to live off of someone else or get something for nothing, and Scaramucci is the exact opposite. I suppose that the democrats will use it in a derogatory way.

      As to Michelle I saw a headline on Drudge that she is complaining that some people could never see past the color of her skin. She can suck an egg, Michelle is the one who never and will never see past the color of a person’s skin including her own. She and those like her will die bitter angry money confused shrews.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  8. joshua says:

    I am sick of Graham and McCain getting media attention…..they have made no contribution to the Success and Health of the USA, if ever, in years. Go away idiots…we have work to do here now to clean up the mess you and the rest of your kindergarten class left for us after your games and playtime.

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  9. stella says:

    I love this (it’s okay – Anthony retweeted it himself):

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  10. stella says:

    And just in case you heard about the tweet on leakers and Priebus:

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  11. joshua says:

    party’s OVER..
    roll over Benjamin….new crowd coming in…

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I never get a chance to really study one of these. I see a few of them for about 15 minutes, twice a week, then I give them to the landlord.

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    • Proving “Jerry Fletcher’s” (Mel Gibson’s character) line in “Conspiracy Theory” about Ben Franklin on the new $100 bill looking like “the love child of Rosie O’Donnel & Fred Mertz” was no exaggeration! That’s a favorite movie quoted snippit in our family too! I’m looking at this picture on a huge screen in the hospital now…yikes!!!

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  12. stella says:

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    • Menagerie says:

      How could any American, left or right, male or female, young or old, believe that it is right to spend one red cent on sex reassignment surgery when we still have veterans who have not received the care they need in such huge numbers?

      I think the President’s decision is common sense, I do not support any financial aid for sex reassignment, but for me, the most compelling point is that we aren’t caring for out veterans, a debt we as a society, as a people owe. A minimum, bare minimum, of the benefits due to them is healthcare.

      We Americans have not held ourselves to very honorable standards or we would never have allowed the filth in the government to do what they do. And don’t do.

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      • joshua says:

        I am in favor of appointing Lorena Bobbit to the VA medical staff in charge of helping surgic ally Trans the Males declaring they are actual Females with an unwanted organ hanging off the bottom of their guts. Fast, cheap, and no anesthesia required…just like cowboys take care of sheep, but a tad more extensive….

        She could be an outside Contractor and get a Federal Grant and maybe a donation from the Clinton Charitable Foundation…..

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  13. Menagerie says:

    Home from the beach. It is now my main ambition in life to win the lottery so that I can buy a beach house. Usually lasts through one or two lottery drawings. πŸ˜€

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  14. Lucille says:

    Let’s pray this really does mean all the dirty culprits will be held accountable….

    Dulles Does For Debbie
    by Mark Steyn
    Steyn on Fox – July 26, 2017
    “Mark Steyn said all the aspects of “collusion” the Democrats and Robert Mueller are searching for regarding President Trump can be found in the ongoing story of a former IT staffer to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).”
    https://www.steynonline.com/7998/dulles-does-for-debbie

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  15. Wooly Covfefe says:

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  16. facebkwallflower says:

    I am so proud of President Trump and extremely impressed (for the millionth time) for hiring Scaramuccit!!! I hope he brings in more of the boys from Business and New York!

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  17. joshua says:


    .

    It’s no Coincidence that the DEMS #ABetterDeal & #NationalTequilaDay are on the same day.
    A Dumb, Drunk person MIGHT think it made sense!

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    “Malkin: Who Owns Border Death Truck Tragedy? Mexico!”

    ‘When they’re not busy trash-talking our laws, shooting at our first-line protectors or actively undermining our sovereignty, Mexican government bureaucrats are up to their eyeballs in narco-state corruption.’

    ‘Please note that the federal criminal complaint in the San Antonio border death truck tragedy included the statement of one Mexican trafficking victim from Aguascalientes who told authorities he met a “smuggler linked to the Zetas” cartel at the Rio Grande, where they charged “11,000 Mexican pesos for protection and 1,500 Mexican pesos to cross by raft” before loading into Bradley’s big rig of death. At the Walmart parking lot, a phalanx of six SUVs operated by the reputed Zetas-associated smugglers whisked away several groups of human chattel, who were marked with color-coded tape.’

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/malkin-who-owns-border-death-truck-tragedy-mexico

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  19. litenmaus says:

    Thought of Wooly’s comments about Willie Nelson’s voice as I listened to this.

    http://www.godvine.com/willie-nelsons-son-sounds-just-like-him-singing-alway-on-my-mind-10493.html

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  20. stella says:

    I think DWS may actually go down for this. It’s being reported in the Miami Herald. No longer contained in conservative blogs.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article163818253.html

    When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.

    Except for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    The Weston Democrat has not explained in detail why she continued to employ Awan until Tuesday when she fired him β€” after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

    And she has not elaborated on what work Awan did for her after he lost access to the House computer network…

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    • jeans2nd says:

      This is something not understood by me, and it seems to be me alone out on this perch.

      Everyone is so intent on finding dirt on Clinton, DNC, and Co., that no one is left to defend DJT and his family. The attacks on DJT and Family are relentless, and becoming worse. One may attack me all they like, but mess with my family and someone is going to def be hurt, and badly.

      The Podesta email linking the Clinton campaign to the “Trump-Putin Collusion” narrative was found early Tues morning. Podesta’s term was “Trump-Putin Bromance” in the email. The comment stayed in moderation until late last night when it was finally posted. And still, no one cares. It is beyond my comprehension. The entire story is so obvious. No one cares.

      Apologies for hijacking your point on Whassername Shultz, Stella. Just the way I was born and reared, I guess. God, Family, Country, Corps. Here’s praying Whassername Shultz finally obtains what she is owed, bigly If there are any prosecutor IT people in the Awan case w/an ounce of brains it should be an easy conviction.

      .

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      • stella says:

        These Awan clowns worked for about 30 Dems. DWS was the only one who kept him on the payroll.

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      • You are not alone. It makes me physically ill to see how our President and his family have been treated. POTUS has put it all on the line, including his precious family, for America and her people. It’s hard to watch it happen, but I believe God is protecting them, and we just need to keep praying a circle of protection surrounds them.

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    • joshua says:

      I don’t know about indicting and jailing the IT guy….but DWS’s hairdresser should be put against a brick wall and shot on the spot.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Ha! For all you know he’s a master stylist. You probably should have seen her before. They gotta have something to work with.

        My theory is the evil coursing through her veins has a kind of The Hulk type reaction and she constantly looks mid transition. I’m gonna look closer and see if her eyes are glowing.

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  21. Hi, just a quick update on Josiah. He’s doing well. They took him back for surgery at 1:30pm & started the procedure before 2. The last I heard they were on the second stage of the procedure. It may be about 5:30 before I see him, but that depends on several factors. Please pray that the procedure goes well, without complications, and that this repair will complete his surgical needs in this birth defect domain. Thanks for your prayers & encouragement. Blessings, Valerie

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  22. http://start.att.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-judge_approves_plan_for_charlie_gard_to_be_sent_to-ap

    Charlie Gard cannot even go home to die with his family. So much tragedy in this travesty of a story. The Brits are no longer a Free people in any meaningful sense of the word…

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    • It’s tragic. So incredibly sad.

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      • It’s been reminding me of the Terri Schindler Shaivo debacle…I actually remember when I heard that she had died (& I had to weep for her, her family, this nation…) we were on our way to U of M Hospital for another one of Josiah’s festivities when the news came over the radio…God have mercy on Charlie’s family & wake up that very broken British society….

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      • It’s been reminding me of the Terri Schindler Shaivo debacle…I actually remember when I heard that she had died (& I had to weep for her, her family, this nation…) we were on our way to U of M Hospital for another one of Josiah’s festivities when the news came over the radio…God have mercy on Charlie’s family & wake up that very broken British society….

        When Josiah’s twin brother Brandon was still considering pre-law as a major I checked out about a half dozen books on the Terri SS situation. After he read one, I think subtitled “The Court Ordered Death of an American Woman”, he was extremely fired up. If you ever read any of the Christian &/or culture wars stuff he writes it’s easy to see that at least some of those who follow us have caught the vision, the truth, & a serious clue. He is no Kool-Aid drinker, but sadly several kids he went to Christian school with have sunk deep into the cultural degradation of these times…Sad in that he has to basically be an “evangelist” to those who should already been in the flock & in the fold…

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        • My oldest DD graduated from a religious affiliated college and my younger DD is attending Liberty University, to be a paralegal. I think most of the students my girls have interacted with have been there for the right reasons, but there will always be those who are supposed to be Christians and are straddling the fence of the world and what the Bible teaches. It’s a hard age, I think, where some fall away from their foundations, but…. if they are well grounded, find their way back.

          The Schiavo’s and the Gard’s have had to endure the whole world watching their plight on television and I can’t imagine how much more painful that made their situations, but I’m sure there are many many others we never hear about. It’s all about money. Putting a monetary value on human life is inhumane.

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          • I really appreciate this, but have one point of disagreement, I think it was Terri’s Family of Origin, the Schlindlers, who were suffering & her “husband” —Schiavo who was fighting so hard to kill her, along with that pro-death psycho George (I think) something.

            Her husband is very likely the one who caused Terri’s original injury & had every reason to wish her dead & unable to ever tell her side of the story. I think (perhaps) Terri’s brother ended up getting involved with Charlie Gard’s family for a bit…which process must have seemed so close to home & quite bittersweet…

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          • I have a funny Liberty U story…one of my old roommates, Jennifer, who was from Delaware (we roomed together in Oklahoma) went to Liberty for Grad School. She ran into a guy, Mark, from Michigan, the state I’m from. They both got talking about people they knew from each other’s states & they both knew a “Valerie” from Michigan. It turns out that they were both talking about me. Mark’s dad & my dad were College Fraternity Brothers & we used to camp as families over Memorial or Labor Day Weekend occasionally…Mark & I had basically known each other our whole lives. In fact I saw him a couple of years back at my parents’ Cottage as he & his parents came for a visit from their home in Petosky. He was recently back from a tour of duty overseas fighting terrorism…Small World…

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  23. Lucille says:

    Looks like the PC Dhimmi crowd is making headway blaming the unarmed female victim….

    Muslim cop shot unarmed woman to death after woman β€œslapped” back of his police car
    JULY 26, 2017 2:42 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/muslim-cop-shot-unarmed-woman-to-death-after-woman-slapped-back-of-his-police-car

    Minneapolis: After Muslim cop shoots unarmed woman, investigators search her home
    JULY 27, 2017 4:25 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/minneapolis-after-muslim-cop-shoots-unarmed-woman-investigators-search-her-home

    And the leaks just keep coming re testimony from the officer who was driving and it certainly seems selective leaks. Justine Damond, oh yeah, she slapped the car and caused her own death.

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  24. jeans2nd says:

    β€œI do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” Gen 9:13

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  26. czarowniczy says:

    Just watching an old episode of ‘Boston Legal’ that has a case involving an employer trying to fire a transvestite in his employ for using the men’s restroom. This episode goes back to 2006…

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  27. czarowniczy says:

    The DIA has shaved two years off of its estimate on how long it would take NK to have an ICBM that will reach the US, they now say they could have one by some time in 2018. OK, they’ve technically got one now if you consider what launch type they’d use but then accuracy comes in to play. Then again, if you’re using a nuke accuracy becomes more of a subjective issue.
    If we go back a few years to where US and foreign intel agencies were waving bright red flags about Iran and Korea conspiring on ICBM technology, the only other nation to hate the US as badly as NK does, and their joint progresses in that technology, one wonders why Obama more or les ignored it along with joint Iranian/NK technological leaps in nuke weapon technology? Could the NKs be developing strategic nukes along with Iran as I if Iran tested nukes at home all hell would break loose? But…but…Obama gently stroked them and said they were both good puppies…?
    Also note this latest test, as with others, landed in the Sea of Japan, this one in particular splashing INSIDE of Japanese-claimed waters. This ain’t only about NK hitting the US but their…dislike…of Japan and their knowing that extended operations bybthe US against NK would require our using Japan as a base. NK wants both the US and Jaoan to know that if the need be it could our bases there. Oh, the trajectory of the NK missile fired today also puts the International Space Station into range were the nutjobs inclined to try and take it out.
    The 750-pound gorilla in the room is, as I’ve predicted for years, that NK activities could give Japan the reason to go nuke. Japan has the capability to build an ICBM…actually all it has to do is rename one of its well-developed space launch vehicles as such as the differences are moot if not nil. It has the supercomputers that can accurately test warhead designs, not that it doesn’t have the designs of working ones already. It also has the capability to MIRV warheads as it can launch multiple satellites off of one vehicle; same technology, just ask Bill about how he allowed it to be sold to the Chinese. Finally, they have large stockpiles of unranium and plutonium from refurbishing the nuke control rods from their own and foreign firms. Yes, I know, these stocks were being closely monitored by the same folks who were monitoring Iran’s and who assured us they didn’t have fissionable materials………but they are probably right about Japan’s honesty.
    We thought that the carefully measured and meted Chinese animosity towards Japan would be the trigger and Japan has hinted around changing its constitution to allow it to have nukes, now it appears NK will be a more immediate trigger and that should make China very nervous.
    Stay tuned, sports fans, it’s only going to get more interesting.

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