While I was there they discontinued her IV fluids. They're also moving her off the cardiac floor because they've decided she doesn't need monitoring.
She's getting IV antibiotics and solumedrol; also she's getting periodic nebulizer treatments.
She seemed unhappy when I got there, but cheered up after having lunch and talking with me--I am a ray of sunshine--and getting to watch her noontide programs on TV.
Kept brother and oldest sister apprised of Mom's situation via cellphone, which marks the most I've used the thing since February 22, 2009.
I would have stayed longer if I hadn't started suffering from hypoglycemia. Mom told me to go home and eat and rest (and not pay exorbitant prices for hospital food) else I probably would have just gone down to the hospital cafeteria and stayed there a while longer.
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As for me, I'm wolfing down a Subway Melt in between sentences. I went nuts and got double cheese and had them put pepperoni on it; I've declared the diet on hold for the duration of the emergency, because I don't want to be restricted in what I eat when I need to be mobile.
Still, there's less fat in a Subway Melt--even one configured thus--than in a Big Mac meal. But it's what I wanted, so F it. And it tastes good.
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Now on to the usual bloggeratin':
The short answer is "yes". The long answer is "Yes, they do."
Craig Smith asks if the "Con-o-crats and Republi-cons" think we're stupid? And the answer is "They sure do."
I have made no secret of my disdain for the leadership of the GOP; we're supposed to be the party of conservatism and instead the party leaders are having it be the party of "Democrat Lite": "We want to do this too but we don't want to spend as much money" or "we want to phase it in slower" or WTF-ever.
Which is not to say the GOP is not better by degree than the Democrats. If it comes down to a vote between Democrat or Republican I'll choose the GOP nearly every time, just because our guys are usually on the side of lower taxes and the growth of private industry.
I wouldn't trust Tim Geithner to run a cash register much less the Treasury, but unfortunately it's not up to me.
The real problem, anyway, is the "inside the beltway" circle jerk that's going on between the Democrats and the press, with the GOP leadership looking on with longing in their eyes. The Democrats and the press (and many GOP leaders) all have basically the same opinions about everything, and they think those of us outside the beltway are a bunch of uneducated dolts. (After all, we didn't go to Yale or Harvard or Princeton, did we?)
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Though they continue to get grants to study global warming, the warmistas are no longer convincing anyone but the converted of the validity of their thesis. And I think that's a good thing.
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Taxes are going way up soon because there is no way the Democrats will let the federal budget be cut.
You think I'm exaggerating? Can you name one time in the postwar period that the federal budget actually shrank, year-on-year?
The plan from Obama's debt commission suggests cutting federal spending by $3 for every $1 of new taxes, and I am going to go out on a limb right now and say THAT SHIT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. We'll get the tax increases--bet on that!--but there will be NO cuts to spending.
Steve Forbes on Obamanomics.
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Is Obama actually losing the support of the youngest voters? Wouldn't it be excellent if the youngest voters realized Obama was a stuffed shirt and abandoned Democrats entirely?
Wouldn't it be excellent if I had the winning ticket for the next Powerball drawing?
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More signs that Arizona's new immigration law is working even before it goes into effect. Now if we could just get the federal government to enforce its own damn laws maybe we could solve this problem for good.
You see? Mass deportations aren't necessary. Simply make it too risky for them to stay and they'll self-deport. We don't need new laws or "reform"; we need merely to enforce the laws which are already on the books.
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I don't know what else to do. Maybe play some WoW or watch some anime, and try to relax.