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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:55am

The Nuclear Stress Test yesterday was to check my heart. I have been having pain in my chest and my left arm. My primary physician tested my heart in her office and found an abnormality and sent me off to the cardiologist. 

First, a Nuclear Stress Test. Very interesting way they make these tests. There is a bit of fasting before, then a pre-test photo of my heart taken with one of those donut machines that the bed slides me into. They get a baseline reading of my heart function. Inject a small vial of nuclear liquid. I get a bad head ache and some pain in my lower back. I sit and let the liquid percolate throughout my body. A series of tests done with computers, two I think. Two technicians who are Registered Nurses (RN) and a Nuclear trained RN manage this part, A technician stops the pacemaker and my heart stops beating, then they turn it on again. I get an injection and my headache goes away. I get eight little peanut butter crackers and a carton of juice and a rest time in front of a TV with an old serial running. Tried to read a Time magazine article but the print is too small. Another set of pictures in the donut machine for post test results. Then off to the cardiologist go my tests and me.

Diagnosis, it is not my heart that is causing my chest pain, it is reflux. I have not had the usual problem with reflux, no bad taste, etc. Only the burning pain that comes and goes throughout the day and night. 

The numbness in my left arm is neuropathy caused by diabetes. 

My pacemaker has two more years of energy left in it.

I walk out of the building with a happy heart and a mind that is relieved of all the imagined fears I held so tightly. 

Here is a mighty hooray for modern medicine! 

Carl, you are in good hands, excellent doctors, I assume, and all that technology that can actually reveal the organs and their function or non-function. Science wins again! I won't pray for you even as I think of you and your coming challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25am

Carl, the support from your A/N friends is splendid. Your kind and sweet nature evoke feelings of care. Hope the stress level is going down for you. 

Comment by Pat on November 11, 2014 at 10:31am

Carl, allow me to join in on wishing you well and hoping for the best. And, if someone knows how to get something started here on A|N, put a marker down for me. This is one of those times my bookie and bartender can go to the back of the line.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2014 at 10:23am

Perfect, Mindy. People need to realize that "moderate Christian" and "moderate Muslim" are oxymorons.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2014 at 7:56am

Three cheers for Carl!! You're a strong person and will handle whatever they throw your way. As for the cost (and stress/worry), I can't imagine "they" would say "no go". There has to be some negotiations you can afford. If not, count me in for some financial help. Good luck. Keep us informed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 6:33am

What an ordeal.  Hoping the best for you Carl, and I can spare a few dollars to help.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2014 at 6:10am

Good to hear from you Carl, but you have a lot to go through!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2014 at 12:02am

Glad to hear from you, Carl. You have a lot on your plate but you are up to it, I'm sure. We'll be the best support we can be.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 11:36pm

Carl, I just wanna give you the biggest, warmest HUG ever!

My computer tech/friend has been on dialysis for 5 years because he doesn't want to go through all that transplant and the aftermath  stuff.....but it's rough on him.  And I worry....not just because he's a good tech....he's a neat person.  And so are you.

There are several fund-raising web sites....most of them charge a percentage of the money raised.  Do a Google search.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 10, 2014 at 10:38pm

Agh! Carl, kidney surgery sounds way too complicated. I wish you luck.

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