Limbaugh wins one and it’s only right

I cannot believe the Florida prosecutors are still attempting their fishing expedition...okay, I can believe it - the Dems want him off the air by 2007 at the latest, but today a judge ruled - quite correctly, I think - in favor of Doctor/Patient Confidentiality.It seems strange to me that any liberal would support what the prosecutor is trying to do - impose himself on a Doctor/Patient relationship without charges, without good cause - simply on a fishing trip. No sensible person can think … [Read more...]

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Touched in the Chemo Room

Rick at Brutally Honest, who generally gets me giggling, posts a heart-tugger today, about what he observed in the Chemo room while his father, now losing his hair, took his second dose.I felt my emotion rising so I looked around the room, forcing myself to get a grip. Counting Dad, there were 7 people receiving their chemo treatments and soon Mr. Blue-Gray Eyes would be joining them. Some were reading, others casually looking around. I made eye-contact with an older gentleman and he … [Read more...]

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Bird Flu getting worrisome

As though there ain't enough in the world to worry about, SCA spells out some ugly projections.The bird flu mortality rate of 50 percent is the highest of any influenza virus in history. Indiana’s best-case scenario is a 15 percent “attack rate,” meaning about 15 percent of the population would be infected with avian influenza, said Dr. Charlene Graves, medical director of the Indiana State Department of Health immunization program and co-chair of the Pandemic Influenza Plan committee.But U.S … [Read more...]

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It is never easy…

To deal with family illness.As we read here, from Koba the illness of a beloved family member has a way of bringing grace, but it's a painful way to get it.I've dealt with family members who have suffered strokes, and for a time did volunteer work with folks recovering from brain accidents. Hard rows to hoe. I pray Mrs. Sheehan's mother's road is not too terribly difficult, and that it will be made easier by the presence of her daughter. … [Read more...]

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Click to Help Fight Cancer

Yes, I know I said I was taking a break - and I am, I AM - but this came thru the email and I had to post it.Chris Muir, the brilliant artist who puts together the Day by Day Cartoon has a sister, Cathy, who is currently being treated at the American Cancer Ablation Center. He's not looking for money - he is looking for clicks, clicks and more clicks to help raise the Center's Yahoo rating and perhaps bring some serious publicity (and that usually means dollars) to this facility.All it … [Read more...]

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Humbling and Awe-inspiring

You must go to this site and see the pictures and read the story It's just astonishing. I love it when God uses humans to perform miracles for other humans!Zubaida was 9 years old. She was a member of a nomadic family that consisted of her two parents and eight other children. She and her family are from the Farah province of Afghanistan. In August of 2001, Zubaida was pouring kerosene into an indoor home cooking stove while it was hot. The fuel ignited and she caught on fire. She sustained … [Read more...]

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UK Doctors get the “final” word

This is a very troubling rulingThe General Medical Council has won its appeal against a ruling which gave a seriously-ill patient the right to stop doctors withdrawing food and drink.Leslie Burke, 45, who has a degenerative brain condition, fears artificial nutrition could be stopped against his wishes when he cannot talk.Mr Burke, from Lancaster, had won a landmark ruling, supporting his right to artificial nutrition and hydration.But the GMC appealed, saying doctors could be put in an … [Read more...]

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The time to give up on people is…never

20 years ago, Sarah Scantlin was hit by a drunk driver, badly injured, brain damaged and comatose - she underwent a partial lobotomy, on the part of the brain that governs speech..A month later, she came out of coma, but things seemed hopeless. She was, however, provided with therapy.20 years later, she...she begins to speak, thanks, largely it seems, to one woman who is untrained in speech therapy or neurology, but who saw the whole person that is Sarah. God's Sarah, if you like.Four … [Read more...]

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The Church of Good Health: Body, Mind, Spirit? Body…Body…Body?

It's curious to find my first post today to be about health, since I have succumbed to some raggedy-assed virus of a sort. I haven't exactly crashed and burned as in the past, but it's been a logey and cruddy sort of day. But enough about me.Ann Althouse has an interesting post on a recent statement by the Vatican. Althouse herself, crediting the Vat with having a made a good point, says: Perhaps as an ethical matter, anyone contemplating something like cosmetic surgery, ought to think again and … [Read more...]

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In the Spirit of Christmas: A Letter to Maureen Dowd

Dear Ms. Dowd; I have just finished reading your sad and unfunny column from yesterday's NY Times. While I don't normally read yesterday's news, my time has been so taken up with another issue that I was (quite unusually) glad to happen upon your writing, even a day late.You would, of course, have no reason to know that the other issue which has so taken up my attention as to leave me unavailable to read your pearls in a timely manner is the very untimely, slow and agonizing death of a much … [Read more...]

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