December 10th, 2004


Friday, at Last!

Today was a good day. :) My supervisor said the last batch of reports I turned in had very few errors in them, and my cataract surgeon says that the thing I was afraid was going wrong isn't going wrong. *breathes a huge sigh of relief.* He does want to do a YAG laser capsulotomy once I have reliable health insurance, but I won't be needing a scleral buckling procedure. Thank you, God.

That still doesn't explain what I'm seeing in my eye, but at least we're only talking laser surgery, which is something I've had before and can deal with.

Medical Transcription Word of the Day: Arimidex - a cancer drug that it took me forever to find the name of today, because I thought the doctor on the tape said, "Uh, Rinodex."


Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy - This is a treatment for people (usually children) who have mild cases of cerebral palsy, which causes them difficulty in walking because of the spasticity of their muscles. The surgeon severs particular nerves, which allow the leg muscles to relax, allowing the patient to walk more normally.

Dinner with Friends: I'm now off to enjoy a home-cooked dinner of soft tacos, Sangria, and Shiner Bock.. We might even open the Kahlua before we start watching Lord of the Rings. (g)
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Female Suicide Bombers and...A Violation of Rights?

Very interesting bit on The O'Reilly Factor tonight about female suicide bombers. According to the woman who O'Reilly interviewed, most of these women aren't fanatics; they're simply desperate to escape their lives, so desperate that they just want to die. By being a suicide bomber, they will be regarded in their culture as heroic, and it may be that many of them feel this is the first time in their lives that they will be respected instead of being treated as worthless.

That is tragic--both the way they are treated in their own homes and the fact that their desperation can be so exploited.

Also heard on the Factor: There is some woman who wants to rescind the federal religious holidays (such as Christmas) because she believes her rights are being violated.

Excuse me? A paid day off from work is a violation of your rights? One doesn't have to be a Christian, surely, to welcome a paid day off and find something good to do with it?

I swear, some people have too much free time in which to think.
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