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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Challenge: the holidays are coming: what will you serve the vegetarians and vegans at your

table beside eggplant parmesan?

Don't forget desert!

"Republican lawmakers would shake the Bush Cabinet for an Ebola czar"


Funny, wouldn't you think the Surgeon General would take the lead?

Oh, never mind.

"Thanks to the GOP, the US Is Without Its Top Doctor as Ebola Spreads "


Oh for goodness sake - how cheap can you get?!?!

According to the BBC world News this morning, there is concern that the Spanish nurse with Ebola could have exposed other patients. Wouldn't you think that if you had a case of Ebola in your hospital, part of ensuring that the Ebola doesn't spread would be to ensure that there is a dedicated nursing staff for your Ebola patient? Nothing says we care like having a nurse care for an Ebola case, then come into your room to take care of you!

Obama has taken a lot of hits here for failing to get us Single Payer -

so why is Hillary inevitable, given that her efforts took serious discussion of health care reform off the table for about 16 years?

Since there's a thread in GD about Christmas, I wanted to ask -

I'm looking for random twinkle lights for my tree. Years ago we had a bunch of C-7 bulbs that would twinkle individually making a very nice effect. All I can find are strings that flash every fifth bulb at set intervals.

LED bulbs are coming down in price - do i want warm white or cool white, and why?

I'm thinking cool white in order to get accurate colors, but I'd like some input one way or another.

In your opinion, which is the better way to control an Ebola outbreak in this country?

OK, so it's pretty obvious where I stand.

Anyone who says I must support "X" because "Y" couldn't possibly win had better be

able to explain this to me:

Replacing old plaster (but not the lath)

Sometimes with an old house, the plaster just gives up the ghost and starts crumbling. We had a friend who knocked down all the plaster, then tore out the lath as well. Our laths were in good shape, so we just applied the sheet rock right over them. The result was sheet rock with a nice solid backing which withstood the test of time and a pack of growing children.

ER - the series - began running 20 years ago - 1994.

I challenge anyone to watch some of those early episodes and tell me how emergency rooms have changed since then. Some of the equipment is different, but they are still understaffed and IMO, chaotic and poorly managed. I am also of the firm belief that hospitals use ER charges as a profit center. Any hospital bill is full of incongruous and random charges, but ER bills take the cake. Why else would the bills for simple services be so outlandishly high?

We still have lousy experiences in Emergency Rooms because there is no real pressure for hospitals to change the way they are run. Any manager of a grocery store quickly learns that there better be some extra cash registers open on pay day. How is it that a visit to an ER still means hours of waiting with no information? It's what I went through back when my infant son had asthma attacks. It was what I went through last winter after a serious auto accident. (I'd also note that I saw several violations of infection control protocols with poor management of facilities as a root cause.)

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