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The colonoscopy is over!

No problems with the vile tasting prep. The last time they had me take the entire gallon of stuff as fast as I could drink it. This time the instructions were to drink half last evening and the rest early this morning.

I dealt with it by adding only half of the water to mix the concoction, then as it chilled I mixed a flavor stuff that also included electrolytes and I froze that into ice cubes. For each one cup of the stuff, and a cup half of flavored flavored ice cubes and half plain ice cubes. Dumped the whole mess and made a nasty slushie. Froze my taste buds and I almost tasted nothing.

They found a few small polyps and I guess the lab results will get back to me in a week or so. Yay! Survived this round!

A message from Medicare about the Coronavirus

Just got this email which seems to be authentic:

You've likely heard about the Coronavirus (officially called "2019-Novel Coronavirus" or "COVID-19" in the news. While there isn't a vaccine yet and the immediate health risk remains low, Medicare is still here to help.

Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have Coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or a health care provider orders it, if you get the test on or after February 4, 2020. You usually pay nothing for Medicare-covered clinical diagnostic laboratory tests.

To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:

Wash your hands often with soap and water,
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
Stay home when you're sick, and
See your doctor if you think you're ill.

Visit The Centers for Disease Control website for information on the Coronavirus.

Now it's my turn for a colonscopy ***UPDATE - See message 21

BUUUT- it may not happen.

The instructions were to be on a clear liquid diet today, take magnesium citrate at 2 PM, then take NuLYTELY at 5 PM.

So I was reading the instructions on the magnesium citrate when they called to confirm my procedure had gotten to the part warning about taking it with kidney disease. I only have one kidney, having had the other removed due to cancer. I asked if it were safe for me and they told me to not take it.

Then I read the instructions for the NuLYTELY - even MORE warnings about kidney disease with added warnings about heart disease and fainting. They found the mass on my kidney while preparing to replace my aortic valve. While in the hospital recovering from the valve procedure I had a vasovagal syncope (fainted). I had another syncope after my back operation last March.

I'm waiting for a call back from a nurse at the clinic. I am not sure I want to take a chance on my one kidney shutting down, heart issues, or fainting if my electrolytes get out of whack. I gave them a full list of operations, medications, complications, etc. at my first visit. I guess even though the nurse who set up the procedure reviewed every single possible issue, no one checked the medications for preparation for it.

Minor rant - what's with medical providers and online health systems

It seems that every single medical provider I go to wants me to sign up and sign into their medical information systems. Maybe it's an OK idea, but if I signed up for them all I would have to keep track of a lot of them - family medicine, orthopedic clinic (that covers four doctors I use), cardiologist, nephrologist, gastroenterology, ophthamologist, and physical therapist - oh, and two different hospitals where I have gotten treatment!

On one level I can understand this, but at my age and with the number of conditions that need to be tracked, I can't keep track of all those website, passwords, and systems, much less check back with each to keep them up to date.

I think I will start requesting they ALL remove my email address from their records so they can no longer nag me about joining their wonderful medical systems.

RBG Says Trump Should Recuse Himself from All Decisions Involving the Future of the Country

By Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Asserting that his personal interests put him in direct conflict with the interests of the United States of America, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has demanded that Donald Trump recuse himself from all decisions involving the future of the U.S.

Speaking from her office at the Supreme Court, Ginsburg said that Trump’s oft-stated allegiance to himself makes it impossible for him to render unbiased decisions on issues affecting people other than himself.

More: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/ruth-bader-ginsburg-says-trump-should-recuse-himself-from-all-decisions-involving-the-future-of-the-country

Congressman pushing for disturbed military graves to be moved to Jacksonville National Cemetery

By: Lorena Inclan
Updated: February 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An Action News Jax investigation has revealed the remains belonging to African American veterans recovered at a forgotten cemetery on the Northside, may soon get a proper burial.

We have learned that Rep. Al Lawson is pushing Veterans Affairs to get the remains into the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
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Lawson has also been in talks with the Florida Department of Transportation to find out why one of its contractors could dig there.

Work continues on the site off Eastport Road, but crews will not be allowed to work in the area where remains were found.


Related: North Jacksonville: Human bones found at construction site, police say

Fixing the Senate: Equitable and Full Representation for the 21st Century

Fixing the Senate: Equitable and Full Representation for the 21st Century

by Todd Tucker / Monday, 18 March 2019 / Published in Politics, Publications, Report

Some of the most pressing challenges of our time—inequality and climate change—require bold proposals to set the United States and the world on a new trajectory. In Fixing the Senate: Equitable and Full Representation for the 21st Century, Roosevelt Fellow Todd N. Tucker explores five ways to realign the body with the functions it was meant to serve:

Abolishing (or fundamentally weakening) the Senate;
Undertaking filibuster reform;
Splitting California up into seven states;
Enacting statehood for DC and Puerto Rico; and
Providing representation to the nonstates.

Tucker focuses specifically on the last option, a proposal he developed and calls Full Representation. This constitutional amendment would add eight senators to the Senate, representing the federal district, overseas territories, and Native American tribes.

The US Senate’s inherent inequities are real, and they are greatly impacting our nation’s ability to have an inclusive economy and democracy. This latest paper builds on a number of Roosevelt Institute publications that argue for structural interventions to US policy and politics, in order to achieve federal rules, and an economy, that are more democratically responsive to the American people.

Full report: https://rooseveltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/RI_Fixing-The-Senate_report-201903-1.pdf

From the Full Report:
Until the rules work for every American, they’re not working. The Roosevelt Institute asks: What does a better society look like? Armed with a bold vision for the future, we push the economic and social debate forward. We believe that those at the top hold too much power and wealth, and that our economy will be stronger when that changes. Ultimately, we want our work to move the country toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.

It will take all of us to rewrite the rules. From emerging leaders to Nobel laureate economists, we’ve built a network of thousands. At Roosevelt, we make influencers more thoughtful and thinkers more influential. We also celebrate—and are inspired by—those whose work embodies the values of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and carries their vision forward today.

Todd N. Tucker is a political scientist and fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His research focuses on political economy, democracy, and judicial politics. He is author of Judge Knot: Politics and Development in International Investment Law (Anthem Press 2018). Dr. Tucker has testified before legislatures and expert committees around the world. His writing has been featured in Politico, Time magazine, Democracy, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post.

When I hear "locally sourced" I will think of this ad from now on

Fantastic fudge pie in a nut crust

A few weeks back I asked about recipes to use with the nut based pie crusts I go on clearance. I made a goat cheese, broccoli, and feta quiche that I thought turned out good, but my husband didn't like much. So I moved on from the savory recipes to sweet. This Ghirardelli Dreamy Fudge Pie was the ticket!

Original recipe: https://www.ghirardelli.com/new%21/dreamy-fudge-pie

I had plenty of eggs and a full bag of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, but I didn't have the evaporated milk. So I sent my husband to the store - but I forgot to check what size can 1-1/3 cups was. He brought home a 15 ounce can which seems to be close to 3 cups. No problem - I had a variety of chocolate in the freezer. The eventual "winner" (since it was the oldest) was the Nestle unsweetened baking chocolate squares. I had four 2 ounce squares, too much but there can never be too much chocolate! The 10 ounces Ghirardelli bag of chips was also more than called for.

So I doubled the recipe and used all the chocolate and the entire can of evaporated milk. Since I was using nut crusts, I left out the pecans they called for. I'm on a diet (yeah, right) so I used the bag of Splenda Blend, which is half sugar and half Splenda. Forget the caramel sauce, we have spray foam, uh, whipped cream in a can, in the fridge.

The microwave instructions for heating and stirring until the chocolate is just melted worked great. I was too lazy to pull out a whisk so I just stirred the heck out of it. Stirring a double recipe was not easy - next time I will just make one pie's worth or once things are mostly melted, throw it into my KitchenAid.

I had both pecan and walnut crusts, so I split the recipe between one of each. It was exactly the right amount for both. I turned my convection oven down to 350 F and baked - they weren't totally set, but that liquid chocolate goodness was lovely. The walnut crust pie is in the freezer. With just two of us, one pie lasts days. I've stored the pie in the fridge and putting a piece in the microwave for 30 seconds brings back the fresh liquidy sinfullness.

Next pie to try in the nut crusts will be an old fashioned Southern chess pie. I've always wanted to try one and I suspect a nut crust would be perfect with it.

If you see the nut crusts in the market, try them - they are good. There are also easy recipes for them and the best part is that they can be gluten free, if you need that.

A race for pirates!

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