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September 21, 2009

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Nah. I can beat that. Diagnosed w/ lung cancer on Friday. Affecting the vocal nerve so can't speak. And you know, I never realized how much I relied on talking as a practicing attorney (33 years), until it went. So. No. She can voluntarily change her life. Me, not so clear yet.

Oh Moe, I'm damned sorry. Good thoughts sent in your direction, for what they're worth.

Moe99:

My best to you.

There is nothing about that news that makes me feel good about anything.

"There is nothing about that news that makes me feel good about anything."

Yeah, you're right..
Here's something about nothing that may make you feel better:

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And her knees was a knockin' and her shoes was a rockin'
I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And we danced by the light of the moon

Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight
Come out tonight come out tonight
Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight
And we'll dance by the light of the moon...

-- by Woody Guthrie, Arlo's dad (who's lyrics and music stand the test of time better than junior's).

And no, it doesn't have anything to do with Birthers, but neither did Arlo's quoted stuff, so I figured what the hay...

P.S.
And you might like this quote (which I expected to see during the wall street bailout, but didn't:

"You might say that Wall Street is the street that keeps you off Easy Street."

And this one, 'cause it always makes old time union Dems laugh:

"I ain't a Communist, necessarily. But I been in the red all my life."

moe, that sucks. Best wishes to you for a good outcome.

I didn't know Woody Guthrie wrote that!

I'm sorry about your situation, Moe. You are right: soldier gal's problem is not worse than yours. I wish you all the best luck in your treatment.

moe,
sorry to hear that. best of luck.

Woody Guthrie didn't write that. It was written 1844 by John Hodges, who performed as "Cool White", a blackface act.

Thank you one and all.

I may blog about the experience, because I am a member of one of the two cooperatives in the U.S. So far, it took some doing to make sure my needle biopsy was scheduled for this Friday as opposed to October 8th! But I've known that with this cooperative, you really have to be an aggressive informed consumer to make it really work for you.

Moe, I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

You don't say what coop you belong to. I belong to Group Health and I credit them with saving me from colon cancer.

I'm not uusually a person who believes in fate or feelings but I have had the feelinng for many years that colon cancer was going to get me and I have never worried about breast cancer. Based on nothing but this feeling I started nagging my insurance carrier for colonoscopies while in my late forties. My carrier (Regence Blue Shield) did not comply until I reached fifty. I had an unsuccessful colonoscopy (they couldn't get in far enough) one year followed by a radium enema the next. I was instructed to come back in ten years.

I didn't. Two years later when I got Group Health I asked for a colonoscopy. They said sure and off I went. They found precancerous cells and took out six inches of colon. I'm on the colonoscopy every three years plan now.

All my experiences with Group Health have been like that--ask and you recieve. They even gave me vicoden for poison oak which I deeply appreciated!

Moe, best wishes and I hope it turns out to be easily treatable. On the voice, I have a colleague who had a similar problem - doctors thought it might be cancer, it wasn't, and it went away on its own.

"Woody Guthrie didn't write that. It was written 1844 by John Hodges, who performed as "Cool White", a blackface act."

Sorry, I apologize, Woody sung it, didn't write it..

Some dissension about who did write it (John 'Cool White also performed it, but Matt Orel, a Pete Seeger authority (Seeger also sang it) says on his website, that White didn't write the song, and that it's still unattributed..

But whoever wrote it, it's fun to hear, even a century and a half after it was written...

Guthrie performed it in The Asch Recordings around 1945-1945 timeframe; Jimmy Stewart sang it with Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life, 1946.

Which is where I heard it first.

wonkie: "All my experiences with Group Health have been like that--ask and you recieve."

I'm covered by Kaiser-Permanente, and they don't ask -- they push you to get colonoscopies and other preventative tests. And I mean PUSH. Your primary care doctor bugs you to take them; and if you don't make an appointment to see whoever he suggests you see, his nurse calls and leaves messages on your phone, or emails you to get your ass in gear.

They're really into preventive medicine: everytime you visit a doctor they check your blood-pressure, and enter the results in your personal database file, and if the numbers go up or down too much, they telephone you to come in for a more thorough test. And they make you take a comprehensive blood test every year. And if you're overweight, they cajole you to sign up for 'diet' classes. And if you're too lazy, or too incapacitated, to go to their pharmacy to pick up prescription medications, they'll mail it to you, no extra charge.

Kaiser Rules!
Baucus Sucks!!!

I think that John Hodgman should perform as "Cool White" (but not in blackface).

"Baucus Sucks!!!"

The TRUE bi-partisan concensus.

My sympathy, Moe. Best of luck with your fight.

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