Medical Fun and Games…..

After calling and calling the VA at Sepulveda about my CT Scan that I had on May 8th, the neurology called back and wants me to make an appointment…….

I can’t fathom why they just won’t send me the information. But after all the bullshit, I guess this is a step in the right direction. I still have to find out if my regular doctor who is my primary provider under the Veteran’s Choice Program has the results as well. After work this morning, it’s phone tag part whatever as I quit counting.

The colonoscopy is to be done on Friday the 28th, two days from now. I won’t get a check in time until I talk to the nurse on Thursday. I told this clinic that I need to know ASAP on Thursday so I can get some sleep before the preparation begins……….I think I actually got through.

It has been an aggravating and stressful three months…….

To all of my friends and followers on Facebook, I humbly apologize for the hasty departure. I may fire it up again but in a more compact manner with Neptunus Lex first and foremost.

I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be around. Maybe Missus ORPO and I should split for the Central Coast for a long weekend just to get a change of scenery.

I will be purchasing the upgrade here at WordPress to keep the blog going for quite some time I hope……….

 

The Intense Images Of Afghanistan’s Long And ‘Distant War’

Robert Nickelsberg is the uncle of a friend of mine. He does excellent work. The photos are really amazing.

On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. "This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul," Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. "It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country."
On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. “This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul,” Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. “It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country.” Courtesy of Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

There are more photos in the NPR post at the link below as any further commentary on my part would not match what is in the post.

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/452014515/the-intense-images-of-afghanistans-long-and-distant-war

 

At RWN: The Best Quotes From “Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai”

Home sick today with the dry heaves and chills………………….

Perusing the Inter Tubes and came across this section at Right Wing News with the one word title, “Quotes.”

I thought this one was very interesting out of the list after a quick look…………………..

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai is a classic 300 year old book about bushido, which is the Samurai’s “way of the warrior.” There’s a lot of wisdom in the book, although all of it is not applicable to modern life. Even in the areas where Yamamoto Tsunetomo’s honor code doesn’t quite fit, it still entertains and fascinates, as you’re about to see.”

“A man’s life is only a vapor that vanishes in an instant. One should spend his life doing that which he enjoys. As short as life is, it is foolish to spend it doing only the things one hates.”

The list is at the link…………………have a good read, my friends.

http://rightwingnews.com/quotes/the-best-quotes-from-hagakure-the-book-of-the-samurai/

The Gutfeld Quotes are pretty good as well.

http://www.rightwingnews.com/quotes/20-best-quotes-greg-gutfeld/

Firing Up The Wayback Machine……………….aka, Where I Come From……………….

A couple of links to The Missoulian concerning Havre, Montana, the hometown of this Old Retired Petty Officer……………………”H” is for Havre as the paper says……..

The old Post Office is where I registered for the draft in 1972 after graduation and turning 18. We did it in person those days. The Selective Service Office was on the Third Floor.

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Marc Whitacre stands outside the historic post office and federal courthouse in Havre that he and his wife Erica Farmer have restored as an event center, professional office space and living quarters for their family. The building had extensive damage from water leaking in from the roof and years of neglect when Whitacre, an ophthalmologist, and Farmer, an optometrist, bought it in 2011, and they have done much of the restoration themselves

http://missoulian.com/news/local/h-is-for-havre-family-lives-in-renovates-historic-post/article_b24e0021-a08f-5299-9112-9cb3dce529b3.html

The second link is about the “……..remote Hi-Line town of Havre.”

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The railroad and U.S. Highway 2 run straight through the heart of Havre, which is an important hub of transportation, commerce, farming and ranching, education and health care in north-central Montana.

http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/everything-s-a-short-drive-in-remote-hi-line-town/article_69ce79fe-3bf8-5c7d-a56b-81d14d2498b8.html

All due credit to Cory Walsh and The Missoulian

The Loneliest Road | Explore the Loneliest Road in America

 

This is from a friend at Google Plus. It is pretty awesome, IMO…….A Ural Gear Up with the Sportsman Package, my camera and a tent, sleeping bag and MRE’s with a lot of water and it would be a great trip!

 

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Ural Gear Up-Sporstman. Russian version of the classic BMW from the 30’s and 40’s. This is the dream ride for me.

The Loneliest Road | Explore the Loneliest Road in America.

The rusting relics of an eerie Hungarian train graveyard – The Vintage News

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History: Connected to the MAV 301 series locomotive are carriages said to have been used by the Nazis to transport hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz concentration camp

Interesting piece at The Vintage News. I visit this site from time to time as it does have some rather interesting posts.

The pictures of the graveyard are eerie to say the least, not to mention that some may have been used to pull the cars that went to the camps in WW2.

The full story is at the link below.

The rusting relics of an eerie Hungarian train graveyard – The Vintage News.

Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN’s Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees

“Mike Rowe, show host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, is known for his own hard work and appreciating hard work. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he praised one of the hardest working groups (and often the most overlooked) groups around– the Navy Seabees.”

Mike Rowe is a really good man. He is one that youngsters these days should take onboard as a role model in my humble opinion.

I miss Dirty Jobs but I do DVR his new show on CNN. It is the only show on CNN worth any effort.

The entire straight skinny is at the link below.

Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN’s Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees.

A Jewish Ghetto Worth Saving-Why is Diane Von Furstenberg paying to restore a Jewish Ghetto?

This was at a dedicated Jewish/Support Israel page on Facebook that I belong to.

I am in the process of going back to what I should be…………………….The reasons are lengthy but most have seen the post for our dear friend Buck and me in Tallit. I guess this is part of that process

“The ghetto that trapped Venice’s Jews is getting a renovation after 500 years”

“Something like Venice no one can do. Only God. The greatest achievement for mankind and the one that approaches it most to God, since it cannot create such wonders, is to preserve those that exist.
—French philosopher Simone Weil (Venise Sauvée 1955)”

http://tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/187770/restoring-venice-ghetto?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_content=A+Jewish+Ghetto+Worth+Saving&utm_campaign=dec2014

Perspective and a life lesson

I got this from Cindy King Barrow. She has the blog Snigs’ Spot. She is also a dear, sweet friend.
Cindy is an LPN who does in home care.

This is going to sound harsh, but maybe it needs to. To the folks sitting on disability for eons, despite being ABLE enough to party, be impregnated, being able to impregnate someone, and generally enjoy life- you should be ashamed.

One of my best patients died today after suffering ALS for the last couple of years. THIS PATIENT WAS STILL WORKING UNTIL LAST WEEK. Unable to breathe without a BiPaP machine, paralyzed from the waist down, unable to speak, being fed through a tube, peeing in a bag, needing someone else to clean them up after a bowel movement… This patient STILL.found.a.way!

Yes, I truly believe there are SOME disabilities that are truly too disabling to allow a person to work, but I also honestly believe people are way too willing to throw up their hands and quit anymore. Personal pride has taken a nose dive. Personal responsibility is a thing of the past. It’s no longer about making what you can, but taking what you can. And that, my friends, is a load of bullshit.

Four years ago……………………..today

Arrived at Via Christi Saint Francis in Wichita at 0530. Registered. Went upstairs to the get ready room. Got the abdomen shaved and then wheeled into pre-op. Got two IVs and the warm up shot. The last thing I remember was going through the double doors to the OR…………………..0945 Left Kidney with the Large Mass was gone. I woke up about 1300 being rolled to a room. Two IVs and a catheter and the cute little nurse said…………………….we need you to take a walk……………….

Needless to say my response was colorful………….The two sisters in the doorway left immediately……………………..

On day four in hospital, the doc who did the nephrectomy showed up and checked the big incision for the exit of aforementioned kidney, said I could go home and do nothing for a month. His parting words were……………the pathology said it was cancer……………………………….