March for Science

Love the posts, pictures, and news of the worldwide event last Saturday. (I made it to our local capital for my states version of the march. 08-march-for-science-0422-parisInspirational.) #MarchforScience became an idea soon after Trump became president, and asked for lists of EPA scientists working on climate change. This was the same time he was appointing ex-CEO of Exxon Mobile, Rex Tillerson, to be his Secretary of State, and appointing to head the EPA, an ex-attorney general who sued the EPA for his home state of Oklahoma 14 times. (Scott Pruitt) Scientists were being told there would be no press releases on climate change, and scientists were creating rogue Twitter accounts, while dumping data to servers outside the U.S. governments reach.

I’ve been assigned to write an article on the environment under Trump. It should be interesting. More on that later.

– Namaste

Serv it Up

I subscribe to a bird watch list serv run by our state’s ornithology chapter.  It provides birders a place to share locations of interesting birds for the rest of the list serv members. The Fall/Winter that the Snowy Owl locations dipped down further South than they had been in centuries, was a particularly great year to be using the list serv.

I do a lot of birding, but it is ducks that I really love to find and watch. Recently, I had a lifer – a bird type first seen and positively identified – to add to my life list of birds.  Cinnamon Teal. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice enough camera to justify posting a picture here.  Therefore, enjoy this photo taken be Joan Gellatly.

I quickly knew from posts on the list serv where to go to try and see this Teal. It worked like a charm.

– Namaste

Getting Old Isn’t for Pussy’s

In August and October 2016, I had two hip replacement surgeries. Since I was only 52, it was a surprise to my friends and family. For me, I had know a long time that new hips were inevitable.

I had the best orthopedic surgeon! The recovery was not bad (although I was more cranky with the second surgery #tiredofhurting), with me back to work in a week-and-a-half. I was up walking almost immediately and the awful pain was gone. More due to a newer way of doing the surgery, called direct anterior hip replacement where the doc goes through two muscles so there is less damage from which to recover, than any rehab I had to do. Check out the 23 minute video of the surgery. So awesome.TotalHipReplacement_-_Before__After

I had lived three years in misery – why? I wasn’t scared of surgery, or trying to pretend it wasn’t happening. Probably the only thing that I was scared of were the medical bills. I have good medical insurance I pay through my employer, but I knew my finances couldn’t even take the out-of-pocket shock from all the directions a surgery incurs – anesthesiologist, surgeon’s office, hospital, drugs, etc. If you are in this situation, just have the surgery, go on a payment plan, and if you are like me, you will have paid off those beauties in five to six months.

Interesting things I learned:

  1. If you get a new body part, for the rest of your life, you’ll have to tell your dentist before any appointments, even just cleanings. The dentist will need to put you on antibiotics before the appointment because if there is any infection having to do with the dentist procedure, it could cause that infection to attack the new joint.
  2. The titanium joint will set off metal detectors at the airport, etc.
  3. Before joint replacement surgery, you wash in an antiseptic soap all over your body and put an antibiotic drop under your tongue, for three days before the surgery. This rids the body of natural bacteria growing on your skin.
  4. #dawgsinthehouse make for great recovery buddies.  #neverleftmyside20160410_193348

Namaste

Dawg in the House

Like millions of people these days, I share my life with a four-legged fuzz butt. A three-year old Cairn Terrier, named Buddy, is the man in my life.  He’s like Toto but cuter. Ha!

Buddy is my constant companion. [because I feel too guilty to go out and leave him home alone.]  It’s pathetic. We sleep together. Eat together. Walk together. And, we hang.

The ASPCA estimates nearly 70 million U.S. homes have at least one dog under the roof. People are more-and-more opting to get a pet instead of marrying or even having children.

I have children; and there is something to be said for being able to tell Buddy to go sit in the corner and be quiet. For me, this dawg in the house is nice to have as we go down this yellow brick road.

-Namaste

#dawginthehouse, #dogs, #partners