Thursday, January 29, 2015

VA Wants My Brain....and Yours ...

I'm participating in a brain research program at the local VA hospital - and may be you can too!
They're looking for people with a variety of experiences related to head trauma, such as being around when something explodes. They're especially looking for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who were exposed to blast effects, even minor ones, but also for veterans who were not exposed to blast effects or whose exposure was long ago, athletes who had concussions back in high school. And then there's people like me: not a veteran, never concussed, nothing.
Someone has to be at the bottom, I suppose.
People like me with an interest in science, but not the training or (frankly) the inclination, can participate in valuable studies like this. Figuring out how even mild trauma can affect memory, mood and more is really important. Most of the study is noninvasive, consisting of a lot of verbal tests and a couple of MRIs, which I find restful - although there is one or two lumbar puncture. Now before you start screaming, I have to say that I've had these and they are nothing like the horror stories I heard as a kid, with power tools boring into your spine while you scream in agony. The needle used on me was about as thin as fishline, and the sensation was much like a bee-sting - annoying to be sure, and absolutely nothing I would seek out, but also nothing worth worrying about.
The part they didn't make clear in advance as "No sex for three days after." Bummer! But if that's not a problem, I'd suggest looking into volunteering for this. There's some compensation, roughly equal to minimum wage, plus they feed you and best of all, you get to do Science!
Call the Research Line at 206-277-5566!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Sunday Of Perspective

Sunday I went to Cyril's to pick up a couple of walkers to deliver to a veterans' advocate who was having difficulty walking safely due to chemo therapy. It turns out that the co-pay for one of these was $250, which is quite a stretch for someone who has just lost his paycheck due to illness.
Driving down south of Auburn was reasonably pleasant and directionfinding was easy with help from Garman. I delivered the items to his house, where at first his mother thanked me sincerely but protectively, since the chemo is exhuasting. However I was then invited in because the guy wanted to chat.
It was really a great conversation; there's a lot to learn in the business of veterans' advocacy, and a limited time in which to learn it. If positive attitude can make a difference in beating cancer, then this is a candidate. It can be difficult for someone who has spent his life helping others to reverse roles and accept help, but that's something that we all need to do from time to time. It's not a reflection on one's innate ability or competence; it's just the way things are. However, at the end, I was actually asking him for help and advice on a couple of matters, and he cheerfully offered to make some contacts. I hope that's helpful for him as well as for the others.
I don't want to name any names, because you know, privacy and all that, but this is indeed why we do it. It sure does make my problems seem small!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Angel Accidentally Sends "God Wants You To Be President" Email To Entire GOP; Blames Autocorrect


Overworked Angel Sent Email
"God Wants You To Be President"
To Every Republican Politician
The Angel entrusted with transmitting the Word Of God to mortals accidentally sent an email entitled "God Wants You To Be President" to every Republican politician alive today, promptly mass confusion in Heaven and on Earth.

"I Send A Bulletin From God To All Republicans Every Week, Using A Simple Email List," explained The Metatron from his office in the Seventh Heaven. "When I Drafted His Divine Message To The Candidate He Hath Selected To Be President, The Address Autocorrected To That List. I Did Not Notice. My Boss Is Omniscient, But I Am Not."

Compounding the problem is the ease with which Republican candidates believed that they, and they alone, had been selected by God to be President. "God wants me to be President," said Ben Carson, Bob Corker, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, George Pataki, Kerry Bowers, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, John Bolton, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney, Peter King,Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Rick Snyder, Robert Portman, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and legions more. 

Computer theologians explained that, while such an error would be impossible to the Omnipotent and Omniscient Deity, an Angel is not so perfect a being that it is incapable of error. "The Seven Deadly Sins have a chance at any mortal, and even some angels, such as Lucifer" explained the Soul of Alan Turing, "But Autocorrect? It gets everyone."

God's response to all this was simple: "Damn Thee Autocorrect!"

And Heaven and Earth replied, "Hosanna!".

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dr. Wendy Hueners Ventura at Attune Natural Health, PLLC - Recommended!

I came to Dr. Wendy at Attune Natural Health in the summer of 2014 because I had been rejected for blood donation due to blood pressure.

Previously I had taken this problem to another doctor, who immediately prescribed diuretics. I was unwilling to make that my first choice, so I looked for alternative and found Attune. I knew that my neighbor was some sort of doctor, but I really didn't know much about it, so I asked, and we set up an appointment.

Dr. Wendy gave me a long interview, something like an hour, with some tests. This was not one of those situations where I was coded into a six-minute segment and given a standardized response! She worked up a clear plan fitted to me, with numbered items in the areas of diet, exercise, etc.

The results were clear: after about four months, I could donate blood again! This was my personal goal, but it was also a sign that I was restoring my health to normal. I had basically dropped 15 point of both BP numbers without taking any drugs.

From a cost standpoint, food and exercise were far less expensive than a prescription, and had other advantages, such as alleviating hunger and feeling good. Obviously I would recommend this doctor. She's pretty friendly too!

Remarkable Wednesday ...

Today I arose, planned and executed as an Executive Director should, and felt very rewarded.
The VAVS meetings at VAPSHC was quite rewarding, and I felt very respected as I was invited to describe the Atrium project briefly.
Afterwards, as I walked to the CLC to discuss the Superebowl party, I got talking with a small middleaged red head in blue - I don't really know the costume color codes but she must have been a staffer - and afterwards I realized I was being flirted with - I should have asked for a phone number or something.
I also may have gotten flirted with by Emma the book store lady. Perhaps this confidence stuff does indeed have benefits!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Agent Orange Exposure to C-123 Aircrews Not In Vietnam 1972-1982 #agentorange

Between 1972 and 1982, up to 2,100 U.S. Air Force (AF) Reserve personnel trained and worked on C-123 aircraft previously used to spray Agent Orange (AO) during Operation Ranch Hand (ORH) in the Vietnam War.
AO residue was found on those aircraft. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers AF Reservists who served in ORH C-123s ineligible for health care and disability coverage under the Agent Orange Act of 1991.
Recently, VA asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to evaluate whether service in ORH C-123s could have exposed AF Reservists to herbicide residues at levels harmful to their health. IOM found:
  • The AF reservists would have experienced some exposure to chemicals from herbicide residue when working inside ORH C-123s. 
  • It is plausible that, at least in some cases (which cannot be associated with specific individuals), the reservists’ exposure exceeded health guidelines for workers in enclosed settings. Thus, some reservists quite likely had problems - as the report puts it, "non-trivial increases in their risks of adverse health outcomes."
Action:
  • If your client worked on those planes during that time, consult the Agent Orange Registry at your local VA Health Care Facility. The Client Does Not Have To Have Been In Or Near Vietnam - just working on those C-123s 1972-1982s. If you don't know where the Agent Orange registry is, ask at the information desk. It is not certain that VA will act on this, but it seems likely and the client has earned help for any AO-related problems. This can include medical assistance and disability pay. NOTE WELL: disability pay typically relates back to the day on which a claim has been filed. It is therefore very important to file a claim immediately, even if not all the documentation is available to complete a claim. If your client uses the online claim system, the start date is the day on which the claim STARTED to be filed, not the date on which the claim was completed. This can be an important distinction if it takes your client time to get all the documentation. Do not delay. As a general rule, your client can get the help they need filing a claim through their preferred VSO, but if they advocate delaying for any reason, your client may be better served going to the next one.
  • If your client did not work on those planes but had exposure to Agent Orange in other ways, check with the Agent Orange Registry. This report is the direct result of an affected veteran advocating not for himself but for his comrades, with a long campaign of calls, letters and documentation. If the client is not currently within the rules, the rules can be changed - read more at Dogged Reservist Behind Win for Ailing C-123 Crewmen
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Originally posted at Lawyers For Warriors from material at  Veterans And Friends of Puget Sound

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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