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    Unhappy news (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:19:00 PM EST
    I have been avoiding talking about this here.   My sister, my closest family, is very ill.  This has been going on for a while.  It's no longer one thing.  Its more things than I'm up to going into right now but I feel like I need to let people know what death traps hospitals are.  She has been in and out of the hospital for weeks.  Months really but intensely for weeks.  She just spent a couple of weeks in ICU.  
    The most recent problem has been a horrible staff infection she got in the hospital during her last surgery.  After the cancer and all the rest it may end up being the last straw.  So my brother in law just called me and told me they had taker her back to the hospital this afternoon because she had gotten much worse.  She apparently went to the bathroom and passed out, fell off the toilet and broker her arm.  And possibly hit her head.  They are not sure she is unresponsive but she has been most of the day.  They are doing a cat scan.
    The hospital has been so unbelievably bad.  He took her a couple of days ago and they would not keep her.  I had never heard of such a thing.

    Anyway, I would welcome your good thoughts and she would probably welcome your prayers.

    Capt., first I want you to (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by caseyOR on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:23:43 PM EST
    know how very sad I am to hear about your sister. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    As some here know, a little over a year ago I came back to Illinois to take care of my sister who was dying of cancer. I learned a lot about hospitals and our health care system doing that.

    One of the most important is that someone from the family, someone who is not shy about asking questions, should be at the hospital with your sister at all times. My sister had excellent care, but my questions about an IV bag prompted the nurse to doublecheck and realize she had the wrong drug.

    Hospitals are rife with germs. They are big buildings filled with sick people after all. Still, the staff should be following a strict hand-washing protocol whenever they enter or leave a patient's room.

    It sounds like this hospital is not as responsive as your sister needs. Is there another hospital she could be taken to? And what does her doctor say about the treatment she is getting?

    Even though it is so hard to do, you really must be fierce in standing up for your sister and her well-being. The nurses are busy, perhaps too busy.

    I am so sorry you and your family are going through this. If there is anything I can do, or information I can provide, just holler.

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    Dear Cap'n (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:27:17 PM EST
    So very sorry to hear this.  I hope it turns out not to be as bad as it sounds. It is clear that you are a very good person; I feel for you.

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    Thank you Peter (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:33:00 PM EST
    what a nice thing to say.  Maybe I needed to hear it.  Right now not feeling go good.  Like I should have spent more time with her the last few weeks.  Right now waiting for my nephew.  We are headed to the hospital.  
    But I appreciate the kind words.

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    Thinking of you and your family. (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:36:16 PM EST
    Our thoughts (none / 0) (#9)
    by Zorba on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:37:23 PM EST
    and prayers are with your sister, her husband and family and you.
    Sending positive energy to all of you.
    Namaste.

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    Sorry to hear about your sister (none / 0) (#11)
    by McBain on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:56:32 PM EST
    There's definitely something missing from our medical system/industry.  I've known some really good doctors and nurses but I've also seen/heard about hospitals doing some really dumb things.  

    Common sense and risk vs. reward aren't always applied when we need them the most. I had to make a life support decision on my father a few years ago and it was a struggle to get the information needed. Fortunately , one doctor and one nurse really helped put things in perspective.  I hope your family finds similar guidance.

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    Sorry about your troubles Capt... (none / 0) (#13)
    by desertswine on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 08:41:35 PM EST
    Have courage and stay strong.  I'll be sending good thoughts your way.

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    Capt., you have become a good friend (none / 0) (#14)
    by fishcamp on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 08:53:06 PM EST
    and I'm very sorry to hear of these problems.  Hopefully she will get better. I'm very proud of your devotion to your family. It sounds like you are doing everything you can.  All the best.

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    My thoughts and prayers (none / 0) (#15)
    by MO Blue on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 08:57:39 PM EST
    are with you and your family, Capt.

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    It almost goes without saying that ... (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:07:36 PM EST
    ... you certainly have mine, as does your sister.

    Me ke aloha pumehana.

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    Thoughts and prayer are with you, (none / 0) (#18)
    by Politalkix on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:07:45 PM EST
    Captain.

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    I'm SO SORRY to hear this (none / 0) (#22)
    by ZtoA on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:27:20 PM EST
    All my best wishes go with you and your family. You are so well loved here. I'm sure many prayers are with you and yours.

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    Thoughts and prayers (none / 0) (#23)
    by Slado on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 11:34:39 PM EST
    I will keep her in my prayers.  

    As others have said if possible make sure a family member or friend is there with her to ask questions and make sure that all procedure, tests, drugs etc.... are explained to you in full and that the staff does as it says it will do and follows through.   Never feel embarrassed to ask why something is taking to long or why they've changed the way they do something.

    My 18 year s or being in and out of hospitals has taught me that the patient or someone represent int the patient is the one who ultimately decides the level of care they receive and is their best advocate.

    Good luck to her

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    So very sorry (none / 0) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 02, 2015 at 12:15:40 AM EST
    All hospitals are not operated equal.  So very sorry.

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    Leonard Nimoy's "Consilium" (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 06:25:15 PM EST
    showed his many talents.

    Our Preacher quoted this tonight as the framework of his sermon.

    Enjoy

    Armed and dangerous (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 06:30:12 PM EST
    O'Reilly lying in his own words (none / 0) (#3)
    by Yman on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 06:49:30 PM EST
    Remember when O'Leilly claimed he was directly outside the home of George de Mohrenschildt when he shot himself and heard the shotgun blast?  Not only have his co-worker's challenged the claim, but now comes a recording showing O'Reilly was lying - in his own words.

    Feh (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:08:17 PM EST
    Fox has no ethics or standards so what else is new? They've got a great operation fleecing the rubes and convincing conservatives that they are all victims. Nothing is going to happen to O'Reilly other than even more people are going to think he's a joke and conservatives are going to waste their time making excuses for him.

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    There are plenty of conservatives who don't like (none / 0) (#10)
    by McBain on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:44:08 PM EST
    O'Reilly.  I usually watch the first 10 minutes of his show and then get bored.  I don't find him or Fox news any worse than the other cable news networks.  

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    Then why even watch 10 minutes of him? (none / 0) (#16)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:03:52 PM EST
    Growing up in L.A., I had to listen to noted local gasbag George Putnam. Throughtout the 1960s and early '70s, he was the most popular news anchor in the Southern California market -- at least, he was until 1975, when he threw a tantrum with station management and his TV career basically imploded. From there, he went directly to right-wing talk radio, where he was a local fixture on L.A.'s AM airwaves until his death in 2008 at age 94.

    With his resonant baritone voice, Putnam also narrated and starred in the once-shrill but now-kitschy 1965 documentary-diatribe "Perversion for Profit," which seeks to inform Americans about the twin perils of p*rn*gr@phy and "sexual deviancy."

    I dare anyone here to try to keep a straight face when Putnam stares directly into the camera and warns the audience that "[t]his moral decay weakens our resistance to the onslaught of the Communist masters of deceit."

    The late Ted Knight, who played the pompous bubblehead Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," admitted years after the series ended that George Putnam provided his initial inspiration for the fictional WJM-TV anchor. Of course, most everyone in L.A. had already long suspected that.

    Personally, I think that Putnam was likely Bill O'Reilly's muse, too.

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    Because I like the first 10 minutes (none / 0) (#25)
    by McBain on Mon Mar 02, 2015 at 01:13:32 AM EST
    He does his talking points then brings someone out to agree or disagree with him.  I also like his Fridays With Geraldo segment.  He and Geraldo usually disagree but it seems geniune, not just two talking heads up there to debate purely for the sake of ratings. It's the middle segments that bore me.

    I'm not a big fan of the Waters World segment.  Nothing against Jesse Watters but it's such an obvious attempt to ring in the younger demographic that the aging O'Reilly can't connect with.

    Often, the last 10 minutes of Hannity are fun, especially when he does his all star panel thing.... not to be confused with his full panel shows which are usually unwatchable.  

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    O'Reilly's/Fox's base are conservatives (none / 0) (#19)
    by Yman on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:20:25 PM EST
    The fact that you personally don't like him or find him or Fox any worse than the other cable news networks is irrelevant.  69% of O'Reilly's viewers are conservative (16% moderate, 8% liberal).  The only other "news" audiences with a higher percentage of conservative viewers are Limbaugh (71%) and Hannity (78%).

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    Link (none / 0) (#20)
    by Yman on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 09:22:08 PM EST
    City of Cleveland vs. Tamir Rice family (none / 0) (#12)
    by McBain on Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 08:03:27 PM EST
    http://tinyurl.com/plxk5fx

    I haven't been following this case lately, is there going to be any kind of grand jury for a possible criminal trial?  I'm glad there's a civil case... I think we'll get more answers that way.