Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Guess I'm a Champion

About a month ago there was an obituary in the local newspaper that included: the deceased could "answer Jeopardy questions faster than the contestants."

Well, yeah. The contestants have to wait 'til the clue is completely read by the host. Duh.


I have on very rare occasion given a correct answer to Final Jeopardy when the category is revealed, before the clue is presented.  Now, that would almost be impressive in an obituary.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Book: My Turn

Last night I finished reading Nancy Reagan’s autobiography, “My Turn.” It was interesting and an easy read. I found the chapter on her breast cancer especially à propos in light of my current situation.

She had a mammogram (October 5, 1987) that "showed something" that is "probably malignant." She was told they would need a biopsy, but from what I read it was not done before surgery. She was given the option of lumpectomy or mastectomy, and she chose the latter. She was scheduled for surgery less than 2 weeks later.

She spent the night in the hospital the night before surgery. Jessica McClure was rescued from the Midland well that night. Apparently it was during the surgery the next day (October 17) that they determined her tumor was malignant. She woke from surgery and found she’d had a mastectomy.

The next day she walked in the halls. “Everyone was amazed that I was walking only twenty-four hours after surgery.” The drains came out the next day, and she could take a shower. October 22 she went home.

Wow – so different than my experience. It took almost 4 months from the 1st mammogram until my surgery. Maybe they moved quickly because of who she was. Mrs Reagan went to surgery before knowing if the tumor was malignant. (Altho I had read a book in the 70’s when I was working at Moyer Library, a memoir of a breast cancer survivor. She said she knew her breast had been lobbed off when she asked what time it was, and it was a few hours later than when she’d been taken to the operating room.) Apparently, too, Nancy R’s drains were attached to machinery that sucked the liquid stuff out. Not the plastic bulb like I had for 2 weeks.

Things have certainly changed.

Book was first published in 1989. I would have been interested in reading about life with Ronnie after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

It Takes a Licking .....

..... and keeps on ticking.

These lines are from 1950s-60s TV commercials for Timex watches.  Perhaps it also applies to my Fitbit Zip.  I usually carry my Fitbit in my shorts/pants pocket.  Sunday I discovered I had forgotten to remove it before sending the garment through the washing machine.  This was particularly annoying because just the day before I had mentally cautioned myself to remember to remove the Fitbit to avoid such a fiasco.


My Fitbit has seemingly survived my blunder.  I should try harder to value my mental cautions.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Over $5.00

As they say, there is a first time for everything.

Yesterday was the first time I have ever seen gas priced above $5.00.


Not what one hopes to witness.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Just for Walking Through the Door

I have recently experienced Carle Hospital's/Clinic's double billing.  For one office visit, I was billed  $550 for Physician Services and $300 for Hospital Services.  A total of $850.  I do not understand the concept.
 
Letter to the Editor,
The News-Gazette, 05/27/2022

This is one reason why I avoid Carle.  As the writer of the letter said, a fee "for nothing more than walking through the door" charged simply because they can.

Monday, April 11, 2022

To the World


Although this image does not look familiar, the saying is.  I may have posted it already, but it bears repeating.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

The Cat's Meow

This was a post on Facebook yesterday.



Note:  Yesterday was April Fools' Day.