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Having no toenail sucks

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

So it’s been a week since they removed my toenail, and thankfully I’ve only bumped it once. Man was that ever painful, but what was even more painful was the epsom salt bath the day after. It hurt so bad I actually fainted. It was pretty horrible. The other thing that sucks about this whole toenail removal is that because I have both Graves` disease and Hashimoto’s my wounds heal seriously slow. So who know’s how long I’m going to have to mess with bandages and neosporin.  I’m supposed to go back to the doctors on Friday so I guess we’ll see what he says. I just hope I can avoid stubbing or bumping again before it heals.

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Learning to Walk again (sorta)

I never forgot how to walk or suffered any kind of horrible accident that left me unable to walk, but I having major back problems has kept me off my feet. Finally we purchased a walker. Yesterday I used it for the first time to walk around Krogers with Mark. Today my calves are very sore, but I suppose I’ll just have to keep going if I want to get better. Currently  My goal is to be walking properly again by the time I get my associates degree. I’m hoping that by then I’ll once again be the old me, who used to walk every where. I miss that. You have know idea how lucky you are to have something like the ability to walk down the street, until you don’t have it. I really hope that things can get better for me.

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I don’t want health insurance, I just want healthcare.

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

I want healthcare not health insurance. Insurance is me betting on whether I’ll get sick/injured or not and need to use it. At its core, Insurance is a hedge against uncertain loss. The problem is with health there will always be loss. We are all guaranteed to require medical assistance at some point in our lives. Unlike car or home insurance where there is always the possibility that we will not need to get a payout because we may never have a car wreck or have damage done to our homes. Your personal health is not something anyone should be betting against.

People shouldn’t be forced to purchase health insurance from private entities, but we should provide health care for those who need it. Having people go broke, and lose everything because they didn’t see cancer coming is not only sad but cruel as well. I absolutely see a need for single payer health care. I would gladly pay slightly more in taxes to make sure others are never forced to choose between the rent and the doctors. I’ve been there and it’s a horrible place to be.

When I was first diagnosed with Graves` Disease I did not have health insurance. Mark was working but his employer did not provide dependent insurance for their employees. I was too sick to work and we couldn’t afford to buy insurance. Because it was prior to the affordable care act, I also couldn’t qualify for medical assistance. We racked up quite a debt in medical bills and eventually had to file for bankruptcy because we just could not handle the debt. That was just over seven years ago and we are just now starting to get our credit back on track. In our early & mid-forties.

Single payer healthcare would prevent this exact same type of scenario from occurring for many others. I definitely don’t believe we should get rid of private insurance all together but I do believe we need to make sure that it’s not the only way one can get health care.

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Math Sucks!

I seriously hate doing math work. I just seem to have a hard time grasping the higher concepts of math. I know how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; but all the rules to doing things like fractions and geometry are just so hard for me and are seriously frustratingangry. It’s not for lack of trying, I have several Math & pre-algebra books for dummies, a few math apps on my phone, and I’ve been using the math tools over at Kahn Academy, and yet still I find myself utterly frustrated. I just don’t get why I have such a difficult time retaining this information.

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Community College First

Well after much thought and discussion with Mark, Due to finances I think I’m going to go for my associates at a community college before Signing up for classes at ASU. This will save us some money in the long run. I would really love for money to not be the deciding factor but unfortunately it has to be. That’s okay I guess in the end what matters is getting the education.

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The 14 Characteristics of Fascism, by Lawrence Britt, Spring 2003

I read through this list and the parallels between it, and the current state of our country lead me to be very fearful indeed.

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism (“Fascism Anyone?,” Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine’s policy.

Source: The 14 Characteristics of Fascism, by Lawrence Britt, Spring 2003

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Fundamentalist Christian Parents who let diabetic son starve to death found guilty of first-degree murder | The Independent

This disgusts me so much.

The parents of a 15-year-old boy who died due to untreated diabetes and starvation have been found guilty of first-degree murder. Emil and Rodica Radita isolated and neglected their son Alexandru for years before his eventual death — at which point he was said to be so emaciated that he appeared mummified, a court in Canada heard on Friday. Alexandru, one of the Raditas’ eight children, reportedly weighed less than 37 pounds when he died in 2013 at their home in Calgary, Canada, following months of suffering due to untreated diabetes.

Source: Parents who let diabetic son starve to death found guilty of first-degree murder | The Independent

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On Free Speech

Free Speech Clip art
Free Speech Clip art

Today I read an article on Aljazeera which attempted to say that the treatment of Milo Yiannopoulos was an example of “Hypocrisy of Free Speech”1. The author Rachel Shabi attempts to say that by the reactions of certain parties to the recent revelation that Milo had endorsed paedophilia Goes on to show that even free speech has it’s limitations.

Free speech in our constitution however guarantees that you may say what you like without risking being jailed for it. The constitution does not guarantee that your peers, employers, or others will not react to it in a manner that you dislike. Your employer’s are free to fire/hire you based on what you speak freely. Your peers are free to endorse or chastise you for it, and all are free to disassociate with you because of the words you have spoken. Free speech does come with those caveats.

So yes Rachel, Milo had consequences for his behavior, but no his free speech was not violated. He was and still is free to continue to say the things he has been saying. But we also have a right to chastise him for it, and his employers have a right to terminate his employment for them. While I will agree with you that being tolerant of hate speech in regards to minorities is repulsive, again those people are free to say what they wish. It’s just that for some reason more people tolerate hate speech then are willing to tolerate paedophilia. In my personal opinion both are sick and disgusting and promoting or tolerating either is truly horrible. I do empathize with your plight, it is sad that there are folks willing to pay people to write such hate filled articles and/or books. But that doesn’t mean that we can take away their right to say it.

This country was built on free speech it’s in our constitution for a reason, Free speech is needed in a democracy in order to debate what our laws should and should not be. Free Speech promotes free and open discussion within our congress. It allows the people the right to address their government with their grievances. Without free speech we could not protest when we disagree with the laws or with the way our elected official are behaving. Without free speech a private citizen running for office would have no way to criticize his incumbent opponent without fear of punishment. Of course there are a couple of limitations, for example one may not falsely yell “FIRE” in a crowded theatre, but those limits are there for a good reason.

There is a saying “I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will absolutely fight for your right to say it.”

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What they really mean when they say they want to “De-fund Planned Parenthood”

So if you have a medical card and you visit planned parenthood. You present your medical card to them. Then any services you receive are looked at and if eligible, planned parenthood then sends a bill to the medical card provider. Just like any other insurance provider. Planned parenthood isn’t given a blank check, they can’t just spend tax payer funds on whatever they feel like spending them on.

So what they really mean when they say they want to defund planned parenthood, is that they don’t want them providing any medical services to low income people. Defunding them will not suddenly stop them from providing abortions. In fact, government funds can not be used for abortions and it has been against the law to do so since the passage of the Hyde amendment in 1976.

If they are successful in defunding planned parent hood. No one with a medical card will be able to use them for birth control, breast exams, gynecological check ups, pregnancy tests, prenatal care or any other perfectly normal medical services.

Personally I would hate to see woman have less choice about where they can receive health care.

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