Saturday, September 12, 2015

How Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky, is like the 9/11 terrorists!

In a response to a posting that I made on MyLot asking to people to remember and pray for those who died (and their families) as a result of the cowardly attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, another person wrote a reply blaming ALL MUSLIMS.  Please remember that it wasn't all Muslims, rather some radical extremists who apparently twisted the Kiran and the teachings of Islam like Kim Davis twists Christianity and the Bible. In both cases, the perpetrators disobeyed some of the basic and important principles of their religion in order for them to further their personal agendas which go against the teachings of their religion .

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Life in the Spin Cycle: Hey America, let's get our country back!

My Life in the Spin Cycle: Hey America, let's get our country back!

Hey America, let's get our country back!

America was once the leader in innovation, technology, creativity-we were an industrial leader!  We produced the best products and many American companies became synonymous with their products:  documents were Zeroxed, the best products were called the Cadillac of _____, you ate Jell-O not gelatin.  Sadly,  America could be there again but we are being held back!  We could become an industrial leader, creating new technologies and products and then build and sell the products all over the world! We could have a strong vibrant economy with plenty of high paying jobs!  What's holding us back?  Congress!  Obsessed with obtaining great wealth, many of our supposed "representatives" in Congress  have become PROSITUTES to special interests like Oil, preventing our country from taking the lead in other areas like clean and sustainable alternative energies.  We need to clean house-vote out all incumbants currently in office, demand strict election and campaign  finance reform, term limits, and find ways to prevent our representives from being able to accept bribes!  Our Representatives need to work for all Americans and help build a stronger America!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dealing with increasing painful headaches & Cerebral Atrophy!

In December of 2010, my life changed dramatically when my doctor told me that I have Early Onset Alzheimer's.   Having watched my wife seeing her mother slowly slip away because of Alzheimer's, I was devastated.  As my posting, "So You've Got Alzheimer's!" eloquently stated, I knew that something was wrong but had prepared myself to hear that I had a brain tumor.  Anyway, as it turns out, I don't have Early Onset Alzheimer's, I have Cerebral Atrophy, which is shrinking of the brain. 

I knew that something was wrong because I was having so many headaches way to often.  I got a Neurologist, whom I really didn't care for, by the way.  She blamed my headaches on this, that and every other thing.   I gave up or great reduced this, that and the other things but still had the headaches.  I didn't graduate from medical school or from college for that matter, but I wondered why she didn't even think that the shrinkage in my brain might be at least part of the reason for headaches?  She won't even entertain the notion!  It seems reasonable to me that if you have a brain that starts shrinking that that is going to hurt. 

Let me explain my headaches, I have three types of them.   The most frequent of these is a general pain all over my head, sometimes feeling like my brain is being squeezed on the right and the left toward the middle.  This headache is pretty much there all of the time.  They were annoying but not severe so I got use to them, I mean what choice did I have?  The second type of headaches is usually on one side of the brain at a time and in the beginning was not nearly as frequent.  These headaches sometimes resulted in sensitivity to light and/or sound (I have total hearing loss in my right ear and only 25% hearing in my left ear.) and sometimes extremely sensitive to light (directly and indirectly).  Often the pain was from direct light but sometimes it was from light from the side, like my peripheral vision.  The pain was more intense and (in the beginning) didn't last very long.  Now, I prefer to be literally in the dark most of the time.  I use to love being out in the sun and enjoyed living in Florida, where it was sunny almost every day!  The third type of headache, is the most painful of them all.  The pain was like a sharp, intense pain in the back of the right side of my brain.  The best way to describe it is like I got shot in the head from behind me.  These are by far the most difficult to deal with.  The length of these headaches varied.  Usually, the last two types of headaches would require lying down and remaining very still in a dark room, usually my bedroom.  I had prescriptions for these but nothing seemed to work very well.  Having a Neurologist who was very wasn't forthcoming about my condition or treatment and seemed either like she really didn't believe me or really didn't care either way didn't help.  Attendance problems from this and issues related to this, bi-polar disorder for one, and other conditions caused me to lose my job of almost 13 years.  At that point, even with the bi-polar disorder, I had worked steadily for almost 40 years.

Now, I have been without insurance and basically without treatment for more than a year.   My insurance under the Universal Healthcare Act begins in the beginning of March. I am hoping to be eligible for better coverage with a state program.    You would think that this would be a relief but the co-pay for specialists is $80 per visit.  I was able to get Social Security Disability and a small pension, but still the thought of that $80 every time is scary.  Because I'm on Disability, I will be eligible for Medicare for another year or so.   

Recently, I have been to the emergency room twice within the last year because of the headaches.  The first time the medication was very helpful.  A few days ago, the pain was so intense that my wife had called for an ambulance.  While in the hallway of the hospital, waiting for a room, I hear one of the people say that they had never heard of Cerebral Atrophy!  That wasn't very comforting!  I don't know what they gave me but the first drug hardly worked at all.  The second drug slowly reduced the pain, but made me really antsy, anxious and felt like I wanted to crawl out of my own skin.  The second type of headache is more frequent and unfortunately so is the third type.  Today, I told my wife that I would rather have a brain tumor.  At least I would know what was going on and hopefully the doctors would be more familiar with treating it. 

Look, I have heard that medical science knows or understands very little about the brain.  Generally, they can't really know what's going on with Alzheimer's patients until they do an autopsy.  I have been a big fan of the television show "Grey's Anatomy" before it even started.  I wish that Dr. Derrick Shepard could go in a map my brain like he did with a young boy in an episode.  I wish that they could pop me open and see what was going on and get a better understanding of what is happening to me and could help me reduce the pain.  In episode 1109, "Where Do We Go From Here?, Dr. Meredith Grey found a pinhead sized tumor in a women's pancreas.  The patient was accused of deliberately driving her car into other cars then purposely driving off of a bridge with her two children in the car.  The husband said that she would sometimes be confused, stressed and forgetful while tending to the needs of her children and household.  I wish that I could check into Grey/Sloan Memorial Hospital and get that kind of care and attention!  I know what is happening to me but wonder if for a lack of understanding, or caring, I'll get another neurologist who belittles my symptoms and concerns or won't tell me what's going on!  It's my body, my brain and I feel that I have a right to know everything that is going on.  This neurologist told me and my wife that I had a brain aneurism and then when I asked about it later denied that I had one.  Having had these experiences, I am reluctant and fearful of going to see another one, especially at $80 a visit.  Are they are any Gray's Anatomy, gung ho types of neurologists out there who would be interested in my case? 

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Earlier today, I edited an article on Wikipedia on their "Green Acres" page about Arnold Ziffle where Arnold Ziffle was born.  I had changed the article to reflect that Arnold Ziffle was actually born in Mooresville, Indiana and I cited references.  I got a message back from someone at Wikipedia stating that they are changing it back because it was better before I changed it.  How can an incorrect fact be better than the truth?  Okay, I know that we are talking about a pig who had a part on a old sitcom in the 1960's, but I don't like the tone of the message which is printed below:

Recent edits to Green Acres[edit]
Information.svg Hello, and thank you for your recent contributions. I appreciate the effort you made for our project, but unfortunately I had to undo your edit(s) because I believe the article was better before you made that change. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. Thank you! Acabashi (talk) 06:27, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

I also received a message that they are going to delete my article about my uncle, Hubert Harju, who died in Imo Jima in World War II.  They said that the article was about a person and that it wasn't worthy because I didn't indicate why the subject is "important or significant" and that I didn't indicate why it should be in an encyclopedia.  The message is below:

A tag has been placed on Hubert Eino Harju requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section A7 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be about a person or group of people, but it does not indicate how or why the subject is important or significant: that is, why an article about that subject should be included in an encyclopedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such articles may be deleted at any time. Please see the guidelines for what is generally accepted as notable.

If you think that this notice was placed here in error, contest the deletion by clicking on the button labeled "Click here to contest this speedy deletion". Doing so will take you to the talk page where you will find a pre-formatted place for you to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. You can also visit the page's talk page directly to give your reasons, but be aware that once tagged for speedy deletion, if the page meets the criterion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but don't hesitate to add information to the page that would render it more in conformance with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, you can contact one of these administrators to request that the administrator userfy the page or email a copy to you. ~Excesses~ (talk) 11:31, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Granted, I only wrote about my uncle and the United States Marines 5th Division in World War II.  It would seem that the TRUTH and the importance of AN ACTUAL event in history shouldn't be in an encyclopedia.   I am going to challenge these but don't think that I should have to.  The truth was changed in the first article because the article was BETTER before I made the change!  I would think that as far as my uncle's article is concerned, I would think that a personal touch on a historical event is worth reading.  It puts a name to one of the countless men who died during that battle.