Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Go, freedom! I love it when the constitution is interpreted the way our founders intended. :)
From the Houston Chronicle:
DALLAS — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a Texas law that requires public school students to observe a daily minute of silence in order to pray, reflect or otherwise remain quiet.
A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed a district court ruling, saying the law, which took effect in 2003, is constitutional because it expressly allows any silent use of that minute, whether religious or not.
David and Shannon Croft sued on behalf of their three children, who are enrolled in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The suburban Dallas couple contended that including the word “pray” in the mandatory moment of silence law was a way for lawmakers to advance religion in schools. Another family joined the Crofts in filing the lawsuit but chose to remain anonymous.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Victoria showed some home adaptations for an older dog that was going blind. I've never dealt with something like that so it was interesting. She recommended putting a different scented (unlit) candle in each room so the dog knows where it is. Also, for places the dog will have to step up or down, put a mat with a different texture than the rest of the flooring to signify the change. That might also work for locations that the door is sometimes closed but not always.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Several attendees are participating in trials. I spoke with one person who is getting the annual injection. He got a rash during the first one, which is every day for 7 days. He will have a 3 day injection after a year and then is unsure what happens after that. This is the drug that can cause large blood blisters, which if not treated, lead to death. Yes, all the drugs have side effects, and the more efficacy, the higher the risks. It's a huge burden to everyone with MS to make these decisions about their own treatment. Their doctors help, but makes it very important to get the right doctor, maybe second opinions, and be very informed about options, treatments, and risks.
I thought it was funny (not ha-ha) that Dr. Hendin said the oral drugs are for (among other things) people who do not like injections. Who likes injections? Buehler? Darin said I need to call Betaseron to get the other pieces to the autoinjector that they don't send automatically. They allow more shallow injections. I'll add it to my to-do list. I also need to follow up with Phil about volunteering with the Chapter. I will be calling newly diagnosed in the 20-30's age group.
The next 20s-30s group is June 4 at Skateland.
While his symptoms are quite different from mine, I really related to a couple of Montel's comments. Dr. Oz asked him what he is most scared of when he wakes up every day and he said not being able to walk. They also talked about how he takes care of himself by exercising, taking handfuls of pills, and taking (Copaxone) injections. These are daily reminders that he has MS, and he wishes he could just wake up and have a normal day. He used the elliptical machine to align his hip flexors like I recently found out I could do.
He was different in that he has been suicidal and has constant pain in his feet and face. I also have pain issues but very different symptoms. I have had depression but never suicidal. I certainly have those moments, full of pain, that I think I wish I was dead but I would never act on it and I am grateful for the life and abilities I have. I am blessed, as my friend Jason (J-bird) would say.
I thought it was a good show but could have been better by showing others with MS so that people can see how different it is for each of us that live with MS.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
(Wait for the Priceline commercial.)
I hate Peta. Ingrid is a nut and I think she is gross. She is obviously too far removed from the sources of her food. I'm sure I will be coming back to this topic.
Per Urban dictionary, Shmeat is an amalgamation of "shit" and "meat", animal tissue engineered in a petri dish, sponsored by PETA, supposedly with the aim of replacing meat for consumption. See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shmeat for the rest of the definitions! Yum, or something.