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We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

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Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2. 11 Replies

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FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

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The world is at the peak and tipping point in many different factors, i.e. global warming, monetary growth, insect collapse. I don't intend to be an alarmist and scare people, my purpose is to inform you. Please block me if you don't want to read…Continue

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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2018 at 7:48am

FYI, I'm leaving tomorrow (Sat., Dec. 1) for Peru with Road Scholars. I'll be gone for a week. The itinerary includes just one day in Lima, then Cusco and its ruins, and Machu Picchu of course, plus many other stops. Let's hope everything goes smoothly. I always get nervous and stressed beforehand.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2018 at 2:04pm

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 28, 2018 at 11:32pm

That sounds like a very tiring situation, Ruth. I hope things improve soon.

Very funny, Joan. I think you have a positive view of life though and don't need the operation.

Patricia, a lot of countries have dropped compulsory military service simply because it's difficult to use soldiers against civilians. Full-time professional soldiers are more willing. During the British coalminer's strike in the 1980s they were put into police uniforms and let loose on pickets.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 28, 2018 at 6:24pm

Thanks for your compassion, Joan. I'm over the worst of it, just lingering low level symptoms. Managed to get my appointment moved up from Jan 4th to Friday, at least. Mostly I sit around, watching TV, avoiding chores. Hubby has been doing the grocery shopping.

Comment by Patricia on November 28, 2018 at 2:04am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2018 at 11:29pm

Ruth, your illness and treatment sound exhausting. I hope you feel better very soon and can develop a diet that works for you. 

I ask to be able to watch each colonoscopy I have had and the Dr. says, "OK!" The next thing I know, I wake up, the procedure is done, and I haven't seen a thing. What is it they call a colonoscopy? A super-duper-pooper-snooper! 

I also ask to have an ophthorectomy while I am out, i.e. sever the nerve from the eyeball to the rectum so I don't have such a shitty outlook on life. So far, I haven't had one. 

We do go into the operating theater laughing. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 27, 2018 at 10:22pm

Ian, I has two days of clear liquids then bland diet for 8 days. Ten days of a powerful medicine Flagyl, which gave me nausea. I stopped it Sunday but am still not back to my previous health. Still have some cramps every day. Thanks for asking. The primary care wanted me to go to the emergency room and be on IV instead of food for 3 or 4 days, but there was a big snowstorm, so I asked for home treatment instead. Glad I didn't have to be in hospital. Still need a follow up colonoscopy but have to wait for a new gastroenterologist. My old one retired, and the other one in his practice is too far away. I was told to wait till January. If my symptoms don't clear up I'll call back for a sooner appointment with whoever is available in their practice.

Sorry I haven't been posting much, everyone.

BTW, we got bamboo flooring in our livingroom, and it's warped a bit from getting wet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2018 at 9:36pm

@the Flying Atheist, Carl, are you within shouting distance from us? I hope you feel well, that you are getting better, and that you can read our greetings to you. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2018 at 10:59am

Thanks to you all.

What treatment do you get, Ruth? Is it very invasive?

 

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