Friday, 17 July 2015

Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee

I have mentioned before that I have a marked antipathy for Eric Metaxas. None the less he is, for the most part, a good interviewer.
Yesterday he did an interview with Ben Carson and today with Mike Huckabee.
I haven't listened to them yet but will do later.
If you are interested they are here:

It Is Cancer

My mother's appointment with the urologist was this afternoon. The doctor was a young Egyptian, very knowledgeable with an outstanding manner. He delivered all the information in an understandable manner and waited for our decision. He did not rush nor did he try to persuade.
The information was all what we already knew and/or suspected. On the basis of two very clear CT Scans he is confident mother has clear cell renal cancer. It is a hard mass clearly distinguishable from the other cysts they found on her kidneys and which he says we all have.
Only a biopsy would give definitive results but he advises against the biopsy because of complications for my mother and for fear of spreading the cancer.
He has taken all the reports into consideration and has said my mother would have a very poor chance of surviving the operation to remove the tumor or her kidney.
The tumor is small, one inch in size, and has probably been growing for years. Most of these are discovered by accident, he said. They grow at a rate of between 1 and 3 mm a year.
What I had read online and had learned from my brother-in-law (a doctor) and from my nephew's wife (an internal medicine resident) was exactly what he said. The five year survival rate for the elderly with small tumors is better with "watch and wait" then with surgery.
With my mother's health, her dementia, her thyroid issues, her frailty and heart arrhythmia, and especially her COPD her chances of living another 5 years are extremely small anyway. 
He wanted us to know, however, that if we decided on 'watch and wait' there was no turning back. If the cancer suddenly accelerated or metastasized they would deal with the issues as they came up but there would be no future attempt at an operation. They would deal with any pain. They might try to shrink spreading cancers with radiation but ...
There was no other decision to be made. Let's face it. The next bought with pneumonia will take her. Not eating will take her. I doubt she lives long enough for the cancer to kill her but even if she does the only alternative is an operation now she has little chance of surviving.
So that is that.

That Woman Is All Man

Yea, a real woman, this.

Do these nutbars and their supporters realize how crazy they really are?

And guess what? Bruce Jenner makes one butt ugly woman.

MUST WATCH: Ben Shapiro calls transgender woman a ‘SIR’ on Dr. Drew and GUESTS GO NUTS

Read more:

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Einstein and Billy Graham

Billy Graham is now 96 years-old with Parkinson's disease.    In January 2000 leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. 

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said,  'We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.' So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.

Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. 

It wasn't there.  He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it.  Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.  "The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.' 

"Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket. 

"The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket.  I'm sure you bought one.'

Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.” 

Having said that Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing?  It's a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing. I want you to remember this: I not only know who I am. I also know where I'm going.