Health & Fitness

Health Care Ramblings

I'm only a month away from being 64-years old. (Remember the Beatles' lyrics, "will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64?")

On the front page of Friday's (7/3/08) Daily Sentinel, there appeared an interesting article titled, "Medicare cuts: Doctors to get 10% less unless Congress acts".

One local doctor, Michael Pramenko, whose personal philosophy presumably leans "left", opined, "People need to put heat on the politicians to fix the bloody system". He seemed to be totally oblivious to the harsh realities of Economics 101, and the fact there is no such thing as "something for nothing".

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R.I.P. Abby Flower - Our Dear Four-Legged Friend

Abby Flower died peacefully at home today with the kind assistance of Dr. Robert Turrou of the Redlands Pet Clinic. She had just turned 11 at Christmas. Abby was a female Landseer (black and white) Newfoundland, "Newfie" to lovers of the breed.

Broken-hearted, Phyliss and I finally decided we had no choice but to put our dearest friend, Abby, down. We put off the agonizing decision for quite awhile, as long as we could, but it was her time. Traumatic as it was, we wanted our decision to be based on her needs, not on what would make us feel better about ourselves.

Abby had a huge inoperable cancerous tumor on her left shoulder. It must have weighed 20 pounds or more, and had interfered with her balance for at least a year. She had been slowing down for a year or so, more at some times than others. Then during the last month it became obvious that the end was approaching.

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