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Sat May 23, 2015 at 05:43 PM PDT

Anemia: Info and a Poll.

by BFSkinner

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells  and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen. Symptoms of anemia -- like fatigue -- occur because organs aren't getting what they need to function properly

It is also one of my biggest is common in Crohn's patients, and with people with Factor V leiden, both of which I have, along with kidney stone formation problems...all problems that taken together mean I have a very low hemoglobin count.

The normal level for a healthy male is 14....if your level is below 7 then you get blood transfusions. I've had 4 such transfusions the last time I was in the hospital, with my lowest level reaching 6.2.

I've been told that just taking iron supplements by mouth will not do it, and I will need to have iron taken via IV to raise my hemoglobin to acceptable stuff maynard.

Anyways, I was wondering how many other Kossacks out there also have Anemia, as it is the most common type of blood condition out there, affecting 3.5 million 'Mericans out there.

More information can be found at: This handy site


I've been told I have anemia

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Not since the last great debates of HRC vs. Obama have I seen such "great" primary battles....people getting behind their candidates and attacking the other people's choice.

Not a day goes by when a diary attacking one of the other candidates appears., or building up one of the two candidates appears.

I often wonder which of the two the Daily Kos community supports more, Clinton or Sanders, thus my unscientific poll here in this diary.

I have my own opinion, which I am not going to voice in the diary, although I will in the poll, but I hope that you, members of the studio audience will state your choice in the comments section as to why you support who you support.

Thanks in advance!


My choice for the 2016 Primary so far between Sanders and Clinton is...

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Ok ok....

It's been one of those days.

We've all had them.


So....I thought some humor might hit the spot.

So I ask you....


I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?

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Sun May 17, 2015 at 08:00 PM PDT

Chronic Illness: Yay or Nay?

by BFSkinner

Just a simple poll question tonight.

I often wonder how many people out there have what could be labeled as a chronic illness, as told to them by their doctor.

I apologize for the shortness of the diary....but it is a pretty basic question:

"Have you ever been told by your MD that you suffer from a chronic illness?"

I do not know what proportion of people in the US suffers from such an illness, though I am sure someone more awake than I could get such an estimate? I am just curious as to our local community here, at the Great Orange Satan.


I've been diagnosed with a "chronic illness"

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Since I've been recuperating I have been watching more Tee Vee than usual and as such I've been subject to more annoying commercials than ever before.

In my view the worst commercials are those that portray men as all dumb guys who are just there to be the dumb guy. "OH, I'm such a dumb guy and so helpless!"

I also cannot stomach the annoying kid commercials and the annoying old people commercials.

All of which seem to dominate the airwaves as of late.

There are two commercials, though that drive me bat-shit insane when they come on, diving for the remote...which is incredibly painful mind you when I am still in recovery from my surgery. :)
Anyway, I've placed the two examples below the orange doo-dad. Watch at your own peril.

Do you have any commercials that you hate? Feel free to expand....

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Thu May 14, 2015 at 08:51 PM PDT

Depression sucks.

by BFSkinner

For the first time in a long time I can honestly say I am depressed.

Health crap...and now housing crap. The housing situation I am in is now liquid.

I've been staying at my best friends house as his parents had passed away and his siblings could not decide what to do with the house. There was talk about keeping the house indefinitely even until a sister moved back into it for a teaching job from a job teaching out of state.

All of this changed, though, when the house now needs a new roof, and now 1/2 the siblings want to sell the house w/o making repairs to the roof, and the others want to keep the house and repair the roof. Guess which side is winning?

My best friend assures me nothing will be done until at least next spring, but with 0 income, and still waiting to hear from my appeal to disability, and having no idea when that will come and if it will be successful, I am between Iraq and a hard place.

So....I am going to do what I do when I get depressed... listen to music that makes me depressed.

Feel free to add your depressing music here.


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Wed May 13, 2015 at 05:18 PM PDT

Songs with names

by BFSkinner

I was asked to make a song diary as I've not made one in a bit, so here we go.

Tonight's theme?

Songs that contain people's names.

I'll start off of with a song containing my name... Jeremy. :)

Have any to add? Feel free to add, or to sit down and jam with us.

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Tue May 12, 2015 at 05:38 PM PDT

Surgery Question: A poll

by BFSkinner

As I was wheeled into my latest surgery I thought to myself:

"Self, here I go again"

And I was being out under for yet another surgery.

And I thought to myself, that if you had asked me when I was 20 if I would have had numerous surgeries before I was 50 I would have thought you were daft.

And it occurred to me that maybe I am an outlier

I am curious as to how many people have had surgeries....I mean is it as rare as I think I is? Or is it more commonplace?

I am not counting things like colonoscopies, but actual they go in, put you under and you wake up X amount of time later.

I've had 5 now, covering different parts of me, and I am not sure if that is a huge amount compared to most people, in the normal distribution, or what, thus the diary. :)


I have had _______ surgeries.

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Sat May 09, 2015 at 09:14 PM PDT

Where does your handle come from?

by BFSkinner

Let's play the name game...

Ok....ok...maybe not. :)

But there are some interesting handles on here, and I've often wondered where they come from, so now is your chance to share, if you would like.

Mine comes from B.F. Skinner the well known psychologist who is the closest thing I have to an idol.

How about yourself?


Its good to see things have changed since then.

Back when I first joined there were a lot of pie fights between people supporting HRC and other candidates....there were fights between I and P people...there were numerous pie fights between other groups as is nice to see all of those have been resolved and that everyone gets along in a peaceful way now. :)

Seriously, though... this place is home to me, and has helped me to survive thru many issues, and I'd not be alive without the continued support of many of you here. You all hold a special spot in my heart so please know this is the case and as they say I came here for the politics, but stayed for the community.


7 years ago and things have.....

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Thu May 07, 2015 at 05:48 PM PDT

Kraftwerk!!!! Yay!!!

by BFSkinner

They're doing a limited tour of the US this fall and Detroit is one of the 10 or so cities they are playing in... and I just got tickets.

I had to celebrate my hospital recovery somehow, so I thought that there was no better way to treat myself than to go to this once in a life time event.

What are your thoughts on Kraftwerk?



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Wed May 06, 2015 at 07:10 PM PDT

Blood type: Do you know yours?

by BFSkinner

When I was in the hospital I had to get donations from people who were kind enough to donate their blood.

It got me to thinking about blood types and blood donations. I cannot donate blood, for multiple reasons, but I am truly thankful for those of you that do.... as I'd not be here but for the 4 transfusions that I got in the last 3 weeks.

So, do you know what your blood type is? I am A+ the second most common type for Caucasians. I thought the following table might be of interest to those of you that know your type


Regarding my blood type:

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