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A WORD TO HANK AND OTHERS ABOUT MAISIE
Posted:Apr 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Last Updated:Apr 22, 2019 10:34 am
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For those of those of you who have inquired about Maisie, I'm glad to say that she continues to thrive in her new rehabilitative environment (as opposed to hospital) and I marvel that she seems so fully present in mind and perality. I have to carry the ball conversationally, but that is mainly because I am not terribly adept at lip-reading. They don't seem to get much in the way of news in her facility, so I keep her informed on what's going on. As you can imagine, I am the very soul of impartiality in my reports.

Not to give a falsely rosy scenario, I should also note that rehab for such a severe stroke is not fast and linear, as I imagine you are aware. The support that I have sensed from many of you have been a great help to me in addition to her.

A Happy Easter to you all!
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FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT MAISIE
Posted:Apr 2, 2019 6:05 pm
Last Updated:Apr 5, 2019 6:08 pm
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For weeks now, Maisie's medical team has been telling me she has shown no improvement. After two months, Medicare refused ICU care at Erlanger (hospital) and denied my appeal to keep her there. (Yes, the phrase "death panel" occurred to .)

The best option presented to me was a skilled care/rehab place in Collegedale on Chattanooga's eastern flank, about 12 miles away. She was transported there yesterday. I received a last evening which surprised me -- the nurse had been able to understand her communications easily.

I visited the new facility this afternoon. Maisie was dozing when I first got there, but as I stood over her she awoke.. What happened next was like a miracle to : she opened her eyes wide with full comprehension, then gave the most wonderful smile I have ever been blessed with.

And then we talked. And talked. Not just by means of gestures and grunts. Maisie is fully able to say words and sentences, but she has almost no voice yet, so it involves some lip-reading. I not so good , and times I felt like I was the slower of the 2 of us in the conversation. We talked about familiar things like her beloved cats, my own medical problems, etc. We didn't mention politics. LOL.

But many endearments were exchanged.
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FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT MAISIE
Posted:Apr 2, 2019 6:05 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 6:30 am
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For weeks now, Maisie's medical team has been telling me she has shown no improvement. After two months, Medicare refused ICU care Erlanger (hospital) and denied my appeal to keep her there. (Yes, the phrase "death panel" occurred to .)

The best option presented to was a skilled care/rehab place in Collegedale on Chattanooga's eastern flank, about 12 miles away. She was transported there yesterday. I received a last evening which surprised -- the nurse had been able to understand her communications easily.

I visited the new facility this afternoon. Maisie was dozing when I first got there, but as I stood over her. What happened next was like a miracle to : she opened her eyes wide with full comprehension, then gave the most wonderful smile I have ever been blessed with.

And then we talked. And talked. Not just by means of gestures and grunts. Maisie is fully able to say words and sentences, but she has almost no voice yet, so it involves some lip-reading. I not so good , and times I felt like I was the slower of the 2 of us in the conversation. We talked about familiar things like her beloved cats, my own medical problems, etc. We didn't mention politics. LOL.

But many endearments were exchanged.
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FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT MAISIE
Posted:Apr 2, 2019 6:05 pm
Last Updated:Jun 25, 2019 6:30 am
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For weeks now, Maisie's medical team has been telling me she has shown no improvement. After two months, Medicare refused ICU care Erlanger (hospital) and denied my appeal to keep her there. (Yes, the phrase "death panel" occurred to .)

The best option presented to was a skilled care/rehab place in Collegedale on Chattanooga's eastern flank, about 12 miles away. She was transported there yesterday. I received a last evening which surprised -- the nurse had been able to understand her communications easily.

I visited the new facility this afternoon. Maisie was dozing when I first got there, but as I stood over her. What happened next was like a miracle to : she opened her eyes wide with full comprehension, then gave the most wonderful smile I have ever been blessed with.

And then we talked. And talked. Not just by means of gestures and grunts. Maisie is fully able to say words and sentences, but she has almost no voice yet, so it involves some lip-reading. I not so good , and times I felt like I was the slower of the 2 of us in the conversation. We talked about familiar things like her beloved cats, my own medical problems, etc. We didn't mention politics. LOL.

But many endearments were exchanged.
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MORE ABOUT MAISIE
Posted:Feb 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Last Updated:Mar 3, 2019 9:03 am
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Maisie is still in the ICU at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, slowly, slowly recovering from her very severe stroke. She is receiving the best of care, I am happy to say, and I have hope for a full recovery eventually.

My and I visited this afternoon, and were both struck by one thing: Maisie is by no means a vegetable. Her perality and strength are very much intact. This will be very bad news for SportsbuffHal under his various handles -- he has taken it upon himself to say the vilest, most insensitive comments I have seen on this site. We have our own staff of trolls, but Hal has shot to the top of the list.

It is always difficult to see a loved one in medical distress with many tubes and IVs stuck in her and monitors flickering. But I tell myself that these devices preserve life until it can sustain itself.

I would be grateful iof you would continue to pray for Maisie. I am convinced that is helps. God Bless all.
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MAISIE UPDATE
Posted:Feb 18, 2019 9:24 am
Last Updated:Feb 22, 2019 8:37 pm
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I'm sorry to be slow in keeping everyone posted. It's been almost a week since Maisie's stroke, and there have been small ups and downs, but basically things remain the same. Maisie is mostly unresponsive, breathes through a ventilator, and is fed through a tube. From time to time she has been able to respond to commands, open her eyes, and try to pull out her breathing tube.

Yesterday, she underwent surgery to allow the blood in her head to drain.This was successful. Everyone warns me not to expect rapid progress, as the brain heals very slowly.

Thankfully I have some support in the pers of my Emily and Maisie's Patrick. Both have been just super helpful and I am very grateful and proud. They are also taking care of me, because Maisie has been my unofficial caregiver for some time....I have my share of medical problems too.

It's been a very difficult week, as you can guess. It's been a very jolting reminder to take nothing in life for granted. It can all be taken away in the twinkling of an eye. I hope you will continue to keep Maisie in your prayers, and if you have a prayer to spare, please send it my way. God bless all.
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MAISIE IS VERY ILL
Posted:Feb 12, 2019 5:17 am
Last Updated:Feb 15, 2019 10:18 am
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For those of you who are praying people, I hope you will send a prayer Maisie's way. She suffered a stroke around 7:00 pm yesterday as we were heading out to dinner at the bottom of our front steps. First she felt lightheaded, then she seemed to have difficulty responding to my questions, then she became nauseous. I pulled out my phone and dialed 911. EMTs arrived in about 10 minutes and took her off to Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

I was told later by an attending doctor that she had suffered an "intercranial hemorrhage," and that her condition was critical. Surgery is being discussed. I will OK whatever the doctors recommend … I just want her back.

Needless to say, I have been distraught. Maisie and I are almost at our 5th anniversary, and we have grown closer over those 5 years. I hope we have a few more.
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GOV. NORTHAM STEPS ON HIS CRANK, BACKS UP, STEPS ON IT AGAIN
Posted:Feb 2, 2019 3:33 pm
Last Updated:Feb 7, 2019 4:23 pm
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Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va) has managed to self-destruct redundantly in the last 48 hours or so. First, he seemed to endorse a "comfortable" infanticide for unwanted ren AFTER they were born. A pediatrician by profession, Northam succeeded in staking out the most extreme pro-abortion position in the country. (Sorry, Hillary and Andrew Cuomo.) And he conjured up a vision of a newborn being made "comfortable" while the and Mengele-like physicians delivered a verdict of life or death.

I think Northam might have survived this, as I don't think Democrats would have abandoned him on this issue. But than he touched the new third rail of American politics -- he opened himself to a legitimate charge of racism. You've seen the picture from Northam's medical school yearbook, sure -- a white man in blackface drinking beer with a hooded Klansman. I don't think Northam can survive this. The further revelation that Northam's nickname in his undergraduate yearbook was "Coonman" didn't help much either. (I had a friend in school with the nickname "Koonman," but his last name was Koonce. He also has remarkably curly hair -- get it?)

Earlier today, Northam blundered again. In a press conference, Northam denied have been in the infamous photo after all, after having admitted to it the previous day. Many reaable people asked themselves why he would have taken the for even a second if he thought it wasn't him in the pic.

So there's where things stand as of now. William J. Bennett published an analysis today in which he predicted that Northam would resign before the end of the Super Bowl. Bennett makes the point that Democrats have nothing to lose, as the Lieutenant Gov., who would tak Northam's place, is very accomplished black politician with the very Virginian name of Justin Fairfax. He is well-educated and well-spoken. and for Democrats this is catnip. Northam -- an older white guy with a rural Virginia accent -- can't compete.

I don't take any satisfaction in Northam's decline and fall because he has done much good in his life as an Army surgeon in Iraq and as a pediatrician. But I agree with Bill Bennett -- he's toast.
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I ADMIT IT, TREA WAS COMMITTED
Posted:Jan 12, 2019 6:34 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2019 3:38 pm
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Leaf and Jiminy are all atwitter by the NYT that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence probe in the immediate aftermath of the firing of James Comey, aka the "Cardinal." The implication was that Trump was in fact a Soviet agent, despite an absolute absence of evidence to support this.

At the same time, there is a large body of evidence suggesting that elements at the top of the FBI were attempting to end Trump's presidency by an administrative putsch. This is the act of trea. An attempt to overthrow a duly elected administration is trea, pure and simple, and there is ample evidence that FBI tops guns Comey, Rosenstein, and Strzock were doing precisely that. The FBI and the DOJ generally were deeply threatened by the election of Trump. DOJ employees supported Hillary with an astonishing 97% of their campaign s. The FBI basically became an Inquisition dedicated to burning Trump at the stake. Rosenstein was caught saying he would wear a wire to entrap Trump.

In an excellence piece appearing on the Fox News site, Newt Gingrich had this to say:


"The senior members of the Justice Department (all promoted under the Obama administration) were clearly prepared to go all-out to repudiate the verdict of the American people in the 2016 election.

Further, these were Justice Department bureaucrats who had ignored the Clinton Foundation scandals, minimized the investigation into the Clinton email and Internet scandal, and ignored former President Clinton collecting money from Russians overseas while his wife was secretary of state."

All of this was complicated by the pusillanimity of Jeff Sessions, the man who should have overseen all of this.

But for Leaf/Jiminy the accusation is the conviction. Both have had their dresses blown up over their heads by the NYT story, and are clutching their pearls.

But who in fact committed trea? Answer: the unelected pooh-bahs of the DOJ who were all clutching their pearls over the election of Trump. Let's face it: We have a Gestapo who have the power to arrest, to kick down doors of citizens and even an attorney's office, hold targets in solitary confinement, and threatened with incarceration and bankruptcy.

This is not the America I grew up in.
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I ADMIT IT, TREA WAS COMMITTED
Posted:Jan 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Last Updated:May 18, 2019 9:26 pm
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Leaf and Jiminy are all atwitter by the NYT article to the effect that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence probe in the immediate aftermath of the firing of James Comey, aka the "Cardinal." The implication was that Trump was in fact a Soviet agent, despite an absolute absence of evidence to support this.

At the same time, there is a large body of evidence suggesting that elements at the top of the FBI were attempting to end Trump's presidency by an administrative putsch. This is the act of trea. An attempt to overthrow a duly elected administration is trea, pure and simple, and there is ample evidence that FBI tops guns Comey, Rosenstein, and Strzock were doing precisely that. The FBI and the DOJ generally were deeply threatened by the election of Trump. DOJ employees supported Hillary with an astonishing 97% of their campaign s. The FBI basically became an Inquisition dedicated to burning Trump at the stake. Rosenstein was caught saying he would wear a wire to entrap Trump.

In an excellence piece appearing on the Fox News site, Newt Gingrich had this to say:


"The senior members of the Justice Department (all promoted under the Obama administration) were clearly prepared to go all-out to repudiate the verdict of the American people in the 2016 election.

Further, these were Justice Department bureaucrats who had ignored the Clinton Foundation scandals, minimized the investigation into the Clinton email and Internet scandal, and ignored former President Clinton collecting money from Russians overseas while his wife was secretary of state."

All of this was complicated by the pusillanimity of Jeff Sessions, the man who should have overseen all of this.

But for Leaf/Jiminy the accusation is the conviction. Both have had their dresses blown up over their heads by the NYT story, and are clutching their pearls.

But who in fact committed trea? Answer: the unelected pooh-bahs of the DOJ who were all clutching their pearls over the election of Trump. Let's face it: We have a Gestapo who have the power to arrest, to kick down doors of citizens and even an attorney's office, hold targets in solitary confinement, and coerce confessions by threatening them with incarceration and bankruptcy.

This is not the America I grew up in.
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