Hospital and Rehab not pleasant

In all my years I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had to be hospitalized only four times and two of those times were to give birth to my daughters. But at the end of February I had to be admitted for emergency surgery in the middle of the night. I had diverticulitis with a substantial amount of infection (sepsis). The surgeon removed parts of my small intestine and established an ileostomy which will be “undone” with more surgery later in April. Thank goodness! I’m very lucky in that regard!

While I was at one of the top hospitals in the Columbus area, I noticed some changes versus the past times I was hospitalized. I’m not sure all the differences are positive. Naturally everything is computerized. Nurses ask questions then spend time on the room’s computer entering all my answers. Every time they gave me medication or a piece of equipment they scanned my ID bracelet. I assumed that was a ca-ching to charge my bill.

The main difference I noticed was with the nursing staff. They seemed to be understaffed. Too many patients – too few nurses. But the main concern was that about 1/3 were wearing hijabs and had a language/communication issue. A couple times they tried to give me medication that I knew was inappropriate per the surgeon’s orders. I wonder what happens to patients that aren’t fully aware! The housekeeping staff and meal delivery staff were mostly non-American given their lack of language skills. It’s sad that these jobs are no longer going to Americans, but rather foreigners working for lower wages.

After two weeks in the hospital, I transferred to a rehab facility for 1-1/2 weeks. The nurse to patient ratio was even worse than at the hospital! I had substantial problems with the ileostomy and finding a satisfactory pouch to adhere to it. The nurses weren’t adequately trained to care for, properly prepare the area and apply the pouch. Basically it was a mess and my skin paid the price. One morning I was left sitting in a “mess” naked for two hours as nurses changed shift and aides had to deliver breakfast trays to the dining room patients. Again I feel sorry for patients who either can’t speak up or don’t have family to check on them. Those are the horrors of elderly care. I just did everything I could to convince the Surgeon that I would be better off at home.

I’ve heard many people – especially politicians – complain about the medical industry. I suspect political involvement in the medical industry is the cause of many of the negatives I experienced. The need to cut costs and time spent filling out the computer work required by the government. That takes time away that nurses and aides can spend giving care to patients. Not good!

South Korea Will Still Serve Dog Meat At Olympics

South Korea is well known to favor dog meat in their meals. There are several really heart-breaking videos of them storing the dogs tightly in crates, then beating them to death before butchering them. Several humane groups in Western countries have pressured to stop the gruesome practice with little success. With the upcoming Olympics, the Officials have strongly encouraged restaurants to NOT serve dog meat to avoid offending countries who find this “food” repulsive. They’re meeting with resistance.

To read more about this Olympic story, click this link to the Fox News site: South Korea Dog Meat

As a life-long avid dog lover, I find this practice abhorrent!!!!!!!

The Faces of the Democrat Party

The Democrats have lost their friggin’ minds. They have been unable to accept that Hillary lost in spite of all the illegal attempts to ensure her victory. Even though we suspected they tried to rig the election, we’re now beginning to learn the true extent of their corruption. Faces of Democrat Party

Their behavior during the State of the Union speech was atrocious! No doubt many Republicans will use those dreadful pics in their ads against their Democrat opponent. Many jokes were made on Twitter about Nancy Pelosi’s strange mouth movements. Every time there was an opportunity to applaud, Nancy looked around at fellow Dems to make sure all were following orders to not applaud. (Gotta keep ’em on the plantation) Some Dems actually booed when President Trump began his recognition of the two families who lost their daughters to the vicious MS-13 gang members. When President Trump touted the new lower black unemployment rate, the Congressional Black Caucus sat stone-faced. There is a telling video of Joe Manchin (D-WV) beginning to stand while starting to clap until he saw Chuck Schumer’s evil eye from the end of the row. Joe sat back down. At one point, the audience began the familiar USA – USA – USA chant. When that began Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) left his seat and hurriedly stomped out!

No one knows what the Democrats’ vision for America is. They’ve moved so far left that they seem to be adopting Bernie Sanders’ form of Socialism with Big Government. FREE STUFF for everyone – paid for by Papa Gov’t. An ideology where everyone becomes poor – like Venezuela! Other than that, it seems the Dems platform will be “Russia-Russia-Russia” and “we don’t like Trump“!

Dems have a low opinion of Americans. Hillary called Trump Supporters “DEPLORABLES“. Very rich Nancy says our $1000 bonuses are “CRUMBS“. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says we’re NOT SMART ENOUGH to understand a memo. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said his #1 priority is to illegal Dreamers! Guess he forgot that he took an oath to support/protect Americans.

Hillary’s loss stopped the Dem (Soros) plan for NWO and Globalism. Obama was put in place to begin the destruction of America. Hillary was to win to put the final 8 years in place. Not sure who put together this chart but this was their 16-year plan:

Democrat 16-yr Plan

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Americans voted for Trump to stop the destruction. That’s why MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN resonated with middle America, the Patriots, the hard workers, the Faithful … or as Obama called us “the clingers”.

NEXT DOOR App Works Great!

Last year a neighbor told me about an app used by other neighbors. Her two dogs had escaped their fenced yard. They made their way to the deck of another neighbor several streets away. Eventually my neighbor retrieved the “escapees” thanks to the NEXT DOOR app. So I loaded the app on my phone.

It’s a very helpful app for subdivisions to stay in touch with neighbors to alert of happenings, HOA issues, lost cats & dogs, or in some cases crime or “suspicious” characters. During the Hurricane that hit Texas last year, I heard reporters mention that people used the NEXT DOOR app to alert others to those needing rescued.

So far in my neighborhood, it’s been a lot of roaming cats in other people’s yards. City rules say cats have the same rules as dogs – not out of the yard unless on lease – but cat owners often think it’s OK to let their cat roam, kill birds, and poop in our landscape beds. A couple weeks ago a neighbor alerted us that a young golden retriever had escaped and they couldn’t catch him. It was an extremely bitter cold night with substantial snow cover. Everyone knew there was a chance the dog couldn’t survive overnight so various people got in their cars and slowly drove the streets hoping to find the pup. Half the homes are on wooded, ravine lots making many places for the dog to escape notice. It was amazing the outpouring of support as people stayed in touch with the app. The dog finally returned home the next morning but offered no explanation of what he’d been up to. BTW, the dog’s name is appropriately CHASE!

Our small city posts informative items and the police post important notices. People can also post items for sale or FREE when they want to get rid of something. It’s a great place for “handymen” or “who knows a good plumber/electrician”. My subdivision has 366 homes so we have a decent sized group, however, we can expand our posts to other surrounding areas if we choose.

It’s a great little app and so handy. Best part is it’s a FREE app! Here’s the link to NextDoor website, but to put it on your phone, go to the app store.

To-Dos For January Hibernation

I dislike winter. I dislike being cold. Sure the snow is pretty – it’s just too bad it has to be cold to produce snow. Since I’ve retired I tend to hibernate during January. I only go out if I have to. I don’t mind driving in snow since I have a Jeep, but I don’t like being cold until the heater starts blowing warm air.

Christmas decorationsThis year I need to apologize to my neighbors. My Christmas lights are still up. I put them up in early December when we had some warmer days. I kind of overdid it since I had a new 8-ft stepladder. Except for a few days, we’ve had snow on the ground since Christmas. I’m not eager to put that ladder in 4-6″ of snow to undo the lights.

Christmas LightsThis Hawthorn tree is around 20ft tall – with THORNS! I got creative in putting the lights on it with my “new ladder”. I’m not looking forward to removing the lights when the temp is 15°. I did the same thing with a slightly smaller crab apple tree in the front. In the next week the weather is to be in the 30s so maybe some of the snow will melt so I can remove the lights.

On the plus side, I checked a few indoor projects off my to-do list. I cleaned out a bunch of files and took the sensitive papers to the UPS Store for shredding. I took some old non-working appliances to Sims Recycling where they paid me $2.38 for them. I did more planning for a major project that I’ve been working on. I’ll start it “soon” and that’ll keep me busy through February. Then there’s a couple storage closets that need to be sorted with outdated STUFF thrown out.

Hopefully by then it will be SPRING!

A Look Back at 2017

2017 was an interesting year. Mostly it was a good year, but there were a few ‘bad’ things. I’ll start with the bad first. Both my home and my Jeep are now 20 years old, so it’s been a year of rather costly maintenance on both. Water heater, large maple tree removed, fence repair, exterior trim painting, new fridge, some new faucets, etc. Typical homeowner expenses.

The good news is Murph is 13 yrs old and I’m grateful to still have him. He’s a little deaf and moves more slowly but he still has spirit and is unbelievably spoiled. Another granddaughter got married so my family increased by ONE. I still have great neighbors who sometimes help me with projects or scold me when they see me doing something they think I shouldn’t – like climbing ladders! And of course, I’m so thankful for my loving family!

I’m also glad we have a President who is working for the people and America. He’s eliminated many, many regulations that made it difficult and costly for businesses. He’s working to secure our borders and deporting illegals who commit crimes. ISIS has almost been decimated. He’s installed dozens of Constitutional Judges to rule based on law, not progressive activism. Starting in 2018 we’ll get tax cuts for Americans and Corporations which will infuse money into the economy to grow it. Anyone with a 401K or pension fund benefitted from the skyrocketing stock market. Best of all is a direction to consider America First rather than globalism and the New World Order concept. Now if Obama and Hillary would just go away, life would be good.

I’m excited about 2018 and what new exciting things it will bring.