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  •  yes people are dying (15+ / 0-)

    My husband is critically ill in the NIH right now. He is being cared for but all around him services are cut, people are furloughed, doctors and nurses are there but are receiving no pay and they are working hard.

    It is sickening to know that those who need to be enrolled, especially kids with cancer aren't because of these lunatics in Congress calling themselves representatives!

    Merchants of chaos and cruelty!

    I hate them.

    Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. ~ Ulysses S Grant

    by vcmvo2 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 12:36:19 PM PDT

    •  {{{{{{{{{{{vcmvo2}}}}}}}}}}} (3+ / 0-)
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      Keeping you and your husband close to my heart.

      xoxo,
      ear

      Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

      by earicicle on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 01:27:31 PM PDT

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    •  I went on a tour... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...of the NIH campus in Maryland recently, and it's painful to think about how much of the good work they do is either at a halt or being done by employees who are no longer paid.

      It shouldn't be the main reason we have institutions like the NIH, but I also can't help but think that the NIH must be a boon to our Nation's image overseas. They accept patients with rare illnesses from all over the world - when I was there, I met a family from Spain. They were there because their daughter had a rare intellectual disability that the NIH was looking into.

      When the NIH accepts patients like that from all over the world, those people get to see the best of America. Then they go back to their own countries and tell people about it. But now, if I understand correctly, the NIH isn't taking new patients.

      •  And there is really basic research going on at NIH (3+ / 0-)
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        that hasn't yet reached the clinical trial stage.  I'm familiar with NIH and I keep wondering what is happening in those labs right now.

        •  I don't know (2+ / 0-)
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          But as much work as can be done will be done. But new research, new clinical trials have stopped in their tracks.

          It is a sorry day when this can happen. They have grants all over the US and the world helping people to research. None of it is big pharma sponsored. It's because at one time this government worked and people decided to fund this place for the love of science and the promotion of health and cooperation around the world. Work on a malaria vaccine, and other vaccines will dry up.

          Cancer research is there biggest thing I hear, and what family is untouched by that?

          It is crazy. I will never in my life forget what the republicans stand for. I will never forget this.

          Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. ~ Ulysses S Grant

          by vcmvo2 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 06:17:44 PM PDT

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      •  It's true. (2+ / 0-)
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        One of my husband's roommates is a 19 yo from Germany. The family had tried everything but nothing was working, this kid had a rare neuromuscular thing, but they got to the NIH where they knew what was happening to him and now he is improving. They found a treatment that is working.

        I've watched him over several weeks as he gets stronger and he can speak now where before his muscles were too weak. It's amazing and yes people come from all over.

        They do amazing research here. And the staff and the doctors are as diverse as the patients.

        It's an awesome place. And such a spirit here of cooperation even when there is so much despair.

        I have never seen anything like it.

        Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. ~ Ulysses S Grant

        by vcmvo2 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 06:12:45 PM PDT

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