We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis Brandeis
Trickle-down economics is the first cousin of austerity economics. Austerity is nuts when so many millions are out of work. And as we’ve learned before, trickle-down is a fraud. Nothing ever trickles down. - Robert Reich, "A Story for May Day"
Reader: Steve asked me to
fill in for him from time to time for a while – he expects to be
unable to blog-post for about two weeks. The following is my
less-than-perfect attempt to echo his words this evening. George
A couple of weeks ago,
perhaps a little less, I suddenly started feeling extreme pain in my
right foot – the one that was already troublesome; i.e., the one
with the boot. After some visits with physicians – my usual one
and a DO – I was eventually sent to the clinic at Memorial Herman
Hospital (MHH) to be diagnosed for something more severe.
Ultimately, this led to my being admitted to MHH, and to a decision
that I am reasonably happy with: the foot will be amputated on
As you can imagine, this
was not a simple decision, and I did not make it without a lot of
discussion with professionals of the medical profession. It is
possible to have reconstructive surgery done, but people with my
condition that have had that generally have had more problems than
those who have had the amputation. An amputation seems to terminate
the infection. In my case, the surgery will take off the lower part
of the limb starting about halfway up to the knee.
After surgery on Thursday,
I will start rehabilitation with a clean start (perhaps I should say
a clean “end”). I feel that I have about half the staff at MHH
helping me, and it seems that I will be seeing them at MHH for a
couple of weeks. While that is an exaggeration, the team helping me
does have five members. One good thing is that, according to the
team, after all of this I will be able to drive. One bad thing is
that during the two weeks I probably will not be posting on this blog
– George will do some for me.