So far, so good, as she passed the 40th floor on her way down! (Waves)
We are very adaptable people, which is lucky, since every day brings a new crisis. It's a full time education and a full time job. I had some sort of terrible fit yesterday that affected my breathing, just before my chemo infusion appointment. I dragged myself up to the clinic anyway, had the treatment, consulted with the oncology nurse and followed up with a long talk with my GP. We reviewed and adjusted my meds and made up an appointment schedule for the next week. This a.m. I'm up early typing this and feeling pretty good, considering. The emergency room does not handle such matters.
Thank god for Kaiser and the wonderful team of doctors and nurses who are saving my life every damn week! A few days ago some good buddies came by to visit. One of them has had breast cancer and a double mastectomy and the other breast cancer with a lumpectomy and thyroid cancer. They are both with Kaiser and we share some doctors. Like me, they are more than satisfied with their treatment. My brother in law is with Kaiser in California and was diagnosed five years ago with cancer, and he is still hanging in there.
In the meantime, I think Twitter is frying my brain, so I'm taking some time off it. The outrages are coming in fast and furious. No more Meals on Wheels for you deadbeat seniors! Get a job!
As I mentioned a while ago, I got a one year $5.00 subscription to Vanity Fair. This is how I deal with the magazine. First, I remove all the inserts and ads on heavy paper and tear out most of the fashion sections. Then I put it on the deck to air out all the odd, perfumy smells which just seem so gross and artificial to me. Next, I browse through it, because I am somewhat interested in the photos, esp. of the doings of liberal high society celebs. Within this gaudy exterior are buried some important essays and journalism, far superior to the venerable Nation, which seems to be going through one of its bad periods and has very little in it these days to bother reading. I've stopped watching Democracy Now, too. This is no time to be burnishing those conspiracy theories when we have a president who is out to destroy our country.
The editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, has a pretty good screed about what a parvenu Trump is, and how taking revenge on the liberal elites who have spurned him is a big part of the Trump agenda.
Here Carter is on the topic of Melania's absurd $150,000,000 suit against Mail Media inc:
She claimed that she "had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person...to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world."
What an absurd, low quality person, no better than Trump is. Selfish and stupid. It's a tough market she's in, and she's not getting any younger. She's about as interesting as a dead flounder.
There was also an excerpt from Chris Hayes's new book, A Colony Within a Nation. As he says, "In the nation, you have rights; in the colony you have commands." These are the two Americas. We need this kind of structural historical analysis to understand the way systemic racism works. That is, those of us who live in the nation do. Those who live in the colony know all about it. It is absolutely part and parcel of what our country is. No use denying it. I've pre-ordered the book and and can hardly wait to read it.
And hasn't Hawaii come through! The Aloha spirit lives. It's partly about the tourism on which Hawaii depends, but far more about the injustices that minorities continue to face and can't ever forget for a moment.
I was reflecting that not a single person on my Kaiser team is white! My primary care doc is East Indian, the chemo nurse Latinx, the oncologist Chinese and the pulmonologist Japanese, all hyphenated Americans. They never, ever, discriminate against me. They respect elders. I am very fond of all of them and tears in my eyes grateful to them. They are the unsung great people of this country, the people that Trump does not care about.
But Trump has his Doctor Feelgood! He just keeps him full of drugs, I would guess
Well, I just took a digitalis tablet for the first time and am feeling mighty odd. Got to lie down. Talk amongst yourselves.