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Monday, March 22nd, 2010
8:33 am
well let's see
Plus side: maybe we won't have to hear about the healthcare crap anymore. (though unlikely)

So the healthcare bill passed. Not something I necessarily wanted but since it is here and being shoved through might as well lube up and see if it goes in easier.

As it has been pointed out in other conversations, I do like the federal and state funding to provide roads/rails, education, and fire/police service. With the possible exception of public education (this is dependent upon location), the quality of these things are generally sound. With the assumption that the quality, availibility, and timliness of service remains the same I will be paying more in taxes to support this (since from what I have seen so far I don't qualify for any of the immediate or long term benefits or subsidies of this plan) but that is acceptable (since people without children or cars still pay taxes that go to education and transportation).

One of my concerns of course is that the above assumption will be shown incorrect, but will have to wait to see just how that falls out. It will also be interesting to see if and to what degree people leave healthcare work and this of course coupld play into the questions of quality and timliness.

Current Mood: blah
Monday, March 1st, 2010
7:22 pm
18 months
CEW had her 18 month check-up today. She is now 18 lb 14.5 oz and 29 inches tall. So she is doing better on the height chart but still less than 5% on the weight chart. But since she is increasing between visits the pediatrician seems to have accepted that she is just going to be small.

Additionally Avril had to fill out a standardized questionaire regarding Autism and CEW's current activities which was collected by the ped.

Quick physical, Hep B, TDaP, H1N1 vaccines and off for home they went.

So yeah overall it looks like things went well.

Current Mood: content
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm
warning: bottled water may cause drowning
I never saw this one coming:


Really? food is a choking hazard

Current Mood: mischievous
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
11:27 am
Fod related
When my character is acting as the voice of morality in this game there is in fact something crazy going on.

"Other than being a Sin Eater and asking us to throw bodies down into the sewers for him so that they can become accursed creatures under his rule, why else shouldn't we do what he says for this new knowledge? It is not like he has attacked the town or anything so surely he can't be evil."

what? really?

Current Mood: confused and amused
Friday, January 8th, 2010
9:37 am
let's try this time
Going to try to donate blood today. Lets see if I can pass HCT/Hgb this time around

edit: yay I did it this time

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
8:33 am
personal choice vs public health
So I was watching TV with Avril after CEW had fallen asleep and was intrigued by the thought behind a law and order episode. In the episdode, an infant (too young to be vaccinated) died from complications after contracting measles from an unvaccinated 4-year old who was sick but recovered.

Now I could talk about where the show went but I am more curious about what I think is the more interesting consideration. (especially since CEW, Avril and I have all received at least our first dose of MMR)

My question is this, which side of the line should we step when our personal choices become a concern for public health? It is clear, that in some cases we have laws established to clearly protect the public (laws against operating vehicles while under the effects of drugs or alcohol as an example) However, in regards to disease these laws are more relaxed or not in place at all.

About a month ago I was required to get my seasonal flu vaccine as part of my job and provide documentation of either compliance or deferral (with documentation) to my HR rep. The rationale behind this policy change was that I work in a clinical setting and as part of my job am regularly around the young, old, and immune-compromised even though my job does not have me seeing patients.

Now I grumbled about it a bit at the time but went and got my vaccination from employee health and went on my way. After some more thought on the matter it just seems to make more sense now. Sure the vaccinations protect me and my family and that is a good reason to be vaccinated for seasonal flu. However, for most healthy adults, the flu isn't a serious medical threat and CEW had already received her vaccination so my not being vaccinated would not have necessarily increased the risk to her. The point of requiring my vaccination though was more in the interest of public health. Sure I am would most likely be fine but the seasonal flu and its complications regularly cause the deaths of a sizable number in its risk groups. Since my job requires me to be around these same groups, if we as a patient care facility are interested in the health of our patients then it only makes sense to require that our staff be as protected for and against the patients. Especially since early stages of the disease mimic a cold and other less severe aliments.

Now as far as my job was concerned, I have only been required to receive the seasonal vaccine. I am beginning to wonder why the same concern shouldn't be true about the H1N1 strain. Is it irresponsible of me to not be vaccinated against H1N1 when it is available to me and would serve the public health interest? How much do these conflicts really change if I worked in construction or a market office instead of a medical setting? Was a stay at home parent but went to the grocery store/public park?

Now, we have vaccinations against other diseases as well (small pox and yellow fever being two examples) I am not including these vaccines because they are not readily available or recommended to the general public but instead are situational.

Also, I have kept to the topic of disease that we have vaccines for. The slippery slope starts when you begin applying the same rationale to things like mental illness (force medicate?) and other personal health choices (forced weight loss)

Edit: After thought I went ahead and got the H1N1 vaccine this morning.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
12:46 pm
where are my bricks?
want to start a riot?
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
1:15 pm
...is amused by his idea for a halloween costume.

Now just need a reason to wear one

Current Mood: amused
Monday, October 26th, 2009
8:17 am

"BAGHDAD – The death toll from Iraq's worst attack in more than two years climbed to 155 Monday as Iraqis buried the dead from the twin suicide bombings that devastated the heart of Baghdad.

Funerals were held around the city amid heightened security that snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. The bombings targeted two government buildings, calling into question the state's ability to protect itself as it prepares for January elections and the U.S. military withdrawal."

Looks like they still can't actually protect themselves and they want the US out? Heh, I wish them luck.

Current Mood: darkly amused
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
7:34 am
Generally speaking, Avril and I don't really mind multiple phone calls between the hours of 11 pm and 12 am on a week night provided that:

a. you have an emergency situation and need an ear/money/help hiding the bodies


b. don't mind a 4:30 am call back to talk in detail about everything you might need forever.


Current Mood: silly and a bit tired
Monday, October 12th, 2009
11:48 am
my morning
attempted electrocution (failed)
watched an old man assault an automatic paper towel dispenser.

now half-convinced the attempted electrocution did not fail and my unconscious body is lying on the floor somewhere

Current Mood: confused
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
9:10 am
ramdom joy
is finding Jefferson Starship's "Blows Against the Empire" is on Grooveshark.

Yes this is significantly different than the music I generally listen to but it one of the two things my dad always have playing during those saturday mornings when he my brother and I were cleaning the house and then knocking out some Wizards and Warriors or Gauntlet for the NES

(yes I realize most don't care but I never promised deep thoughts or even entertainment for others here)


Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
11:54 am
I am the beast of burden
Sometimes it is just nice to break out of your usual day and do something less common. Today I worked with the NuAire guys to carry in and set up a new Biohood. Interestingly enough, he also worked in Knoxville/Oak Ridge and recognized ikara_fox (after I described him) while he was working in the Mouse House.

Then I worked with the Fisher guy to install and calibrate a new thermostat in our fridge. This consisted of me climbing into the -80 freezer (while off) and unscrewing things.

fun times

Current Mood: amused
Monday, August 31st, 2009
8:41 am
a blurb on the radio
had me thinking about classes I took in undergrad.

Would it surprise anyone really that the medical ethics professor and I did not see eye to eye on issues all the time?

Our major point of difference was that he felt the patient always had to have right to final decision as long as they were mentally competant (and parents the decision for the offspring) It was less an issue involving adults in my head and I understand that it can become a slippery slope situation in regulating what parents can and can't control with their offspring, but I still take issue at the idea that parents can refuse medical treatment to their children.

This is primarily in regards to the idea that parents can refuse life-saving medical treatment (blood transfusions as an example). I do recognize that other medical treatments become more quality/quantity of life and risks/benefits. This is that slippery slope area.

As an aside, I still hate the episode in Babylon 5 where the medical doctor had this come up.

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
10:24 am
So I am seriously thinking about applying for a job outside of a university setting. I am not in danger of losing my job or anything like that just am thinking that I need to see what if any options are out there.

Anyone know of any bio companies in NC, TN, or GA? I suppose I could go look it up but thought I would start here first.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, August 24th, 2009
9:34 am
In my thoughts all weekend
I am hoping that if I post it I can get it out of my head and move on.

The article:


"After hours of back and forth between members, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided Friday evening to accept noncelibate clergy members and lay leaders who are in "lifelong" and "monogamous" same-sex relationships." (continues)

My synod's response:


"To view same-sex relationships as acceptable to God is to place cultural viewpoint and human opinions above the clear Word of God,” says Schroeder. “The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, along with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and other smaller Lutheran synods, maintains and upholds the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexuality is not in keeping with God’s design and is sinful in God’s eyes." (continues)

Current Mood: blank
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
9:26 am
Stabbed, bitten, shocked, and in the blast radius of an erlynmeyer flask filled with 1% dissolved agarose. All in the first 2 and a half hours of the day starting.

Surely it can only get better right? please?

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
11:30 am
healthcare for all
There is alot of work being done by congress and the president to create a public healthcare option for the population including the people who currently have no coverage. If a public healthcare option is created and paid for by a new tax to people's income do you think there should be some requirements already in place for both the government and the people using this option to follow to remain on the plan? If not why not? If so what kind of requirements?

I believe that if there is going to be a public option paid for in part (or whole) by taxing the population then there should be some requirements that both the government and the population must follow.

some of these are as follows:

Governmental Requirements:

--The government cannot refuse coverage based on genetic information or pre-existing conditions.

--The coverage is to each individual and not family based.

--There has to be guidelines in place to assure that the patient receives the necessary time and testing to give a reliable diagnosis and treatment options.

--The patient has to be allowed the opportunity to seek a second opinion.

Patient Requirements:

--The patient must submit to a yearly physical and psychological evaluation. If female over 18 years of age, the patient must submit to a yearly gynecological evaluation.

--Patients who suffer from a substance abuse problem (including alcohol and nicotine) must receive treatment to break these addictions or have reduction/refusal of services.

--All patients must submit to all vaccinations according to the guidlines provided by the government. Failure to do so will result in reduction/refusal of service barring clear medical evidence that a particular vaccination would cause the patient illness or injury.

--Patients expecting are required to have neonatal care and child delivery under certified providers with the understand that there are rare corcumstances which will have to be investigated before services are reduced or terminated.

--Terminal patients must receive care to mitigate pain or other symptoms but will not be covered for procedures judged to be extreme, or experimental.

--At death, the viable organs of a patient will be collected for donation.

That is a pretty good start of things that I would like to see on a public option.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, June 26th, 2009
7:42 am
phoenix blessing anyone
today's OotS comic reminded me of the several times I died and came back. man I went through alot of clothes for awhile and yet Aemelia still kept giving me tabards.


Current Mood: amused
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
10:16 am
world news
So I have been following the events in Iran.

I was hoping to be wrong but it looks like it is not to be. Anytime people with rocks are fighting those with guns the rock throwers lose.

I wonder if/how this will be mentioned in history books.

Current Mood: disappointed
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