Andy is a diabetic.  Andy didn’t care about being a diabetic.  He cares about it now.

When I first met Andy he didn’t bother too much with his diabetes, in fact he ignored it.  Chocolate cake, soda, candy, he just didn’t give a fuck.  Once, we’re were going to the lake and he scarfed down an entire case of soda.  That dropped him into a frothing at the mouth diabetic coma.  Cancel picnic, got to the ER.  Another time he spent two weeks in the hospital while the doctors tried to save his leg.  They did. Now Andy pays attention to his diabetes and takes care of it.

Diabetic nerve damage has left Andy numb from the hips down.  Aside from walking funny, he watches his feet for wounds that could become a problem.  He had one on  his foot.  When it grew big enough he went to the doctor.  He had a compound fracture of his foot and the bone was working its way through his skin. Fuck.  Surgery was required of course.  he got a pin in his foot.


Andy worked as a building custodian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  A cushy State job.  One night he dropped a chair on his foot and broke it.  The same foot.  Another surgery and another pin.  More of plate this time.  Work put him on light duty working at the recycling center.  Not much walking and a lot of sitting around waiting for stuff to come in.  His foot broke again.  This time, spontaneously.  The bones that the plate and pin were attached to shattered.  Back to surgery.  Now he walks on a titanium tripod imbedded in his foot and has to wear a supporting boot for the rest of his life.  He can’t work but with his State pension and disability payments he has enough to live and pay his medical costs.  Obamacare won’t cover him.

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth.
  • Frequent urination or urine infections.
  • Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision
  • .Headaches.

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That Thing on Hillary’s Back

What the Hell is it? We post a possibility.  Any doctors out there? Feel free to weigh in.

We do not have a Doctor on staff.  We are trying to match possible electronics to the geometry of what we see.  Because we see her wear it during the debate, we eliminate any microphone or communications device. (wink,wink)

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy is a surgical treatment proven to reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.  During DBS Therapy, a small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic signals to an area in the brain that controls movement. These signals block some of the brain messages that cause annoying and disabling motor symptoms.

The Activa® PC dual-channel neurostimulator uses electrical stimulation to manage some of the most disabling motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  The neurostimulator is typically implanted near the collarbone.


The deep brain stimulator system has three parts that are implanted inside the body:

  • Neurostimulator – a programmable battery-powered pacemaker device that creates electric pulses. It is placed under the skin of the chest below the collarbone or in the abdomen.
  • Lead – a coated wire with a number of electrodes at the tip that deliver electric pulses to the brain tissue. It is placed inside the brain and connects to an extension wire through a small hole in the skull.
  • Extension – an insulated wire that connects the lead to the neurostimulator. It is placed under the skin and runs from scalp, behind the ear, down the neck, and to the chest.  [ed note: Could it not be down the back to the butt for esthetic reasons. Like when you’re trying hard to hide it.] Source- Mayfield Clinic.

You may be a candidate for DBS if you have:

  • a movement disorder with debilitating symptoms (tremor, stiffness) and your medications have begun to lose effectiveness.
  • troubling “off” periods when your medication wears off before the next dose can be taken.
  • troubling “on” periods when you develop medication-induced dyskinesias (excessive wiggling of the torso, head, and/or limbs).

DBS can help treat many of the symptoms caused by the following movement disorders:

  • Parkinson’s disease: tremor, rigidity, and slowness of movement caused by the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells responsible for relaying messages that control body movement.
  • Essential tremor: involuntary rhythmic tremors of the hands and arms, occurring both at rest and during purposeful movement. Also may affect the head in a “no-no” motion.
  • Dystonia: involuntary movements and prolonged muscle contraction, resulting in twisting or writhing body motions, tremor, and abnormal posture. May involve the entire body, or only an isolated area. Spasms can often be suppressed by “sensory tricks,” such as touching the face, eyebrows, or hands.
More than 100,000 people around the world have undergone DBS since it was first approved, in the 1990s, for the treatment of movement disorders. Today, besides providing relief for people with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia (characterized by involuntary muscle contractions) and essential tremor (Haning’s problem), DBS has been shown to be effective against Tourette’s syndrome, with its characteristic tics, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Add to that a wave of ongoing research into DBS’s promise as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other neuropsychiatric conditions, as well as early signs that it may improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients.
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