The Week in Review – The abridged version
In world news, the so called ‘Islamic State’ has teamed up with Al Qaeda, which is a very bad development. In a nutshell it means that IS and Al Qaeda will stop fighting one another and focus all their resources on destroying the rest of the Middle East (and the west during/after that) Both terrorist groups are chewing away at just about everyone in fights against, killing, enslaving, maiming and torturing civilians along the way. Meanwhile the world watches, horrified, and does little to nothing. That includes the rich Islamic countries that have yet to realize that they are next.
Already, attacks from Islamic fundamentalists in The US, Europe and Asia are on the rise. The media continues to regurgitate the same talking heads repeating variations of how ‘Islam is the religion of peace,’ and burying the stories on page six under headlines about ‘workplace violence.’ And again, organizations like CAIR and several anti-defamation groups who are outside the Middle East never seem to condemn the attacks.
Here in the United States, the big deal of the week appears to be whether or not President Obama will use an executive order to grant an all-out amnesty on nearly five million illegal aliens who have broken who-knows-how-many laws sneaking into the country. Some estimates say that nearly have been previously deported and a large majority of those have ties to criminal gangs in Central and South America.
There are way more than a handful of cases of illegals committing all manner of crimes right down to killing (intentionally or not) Americans. Having had one with no ID, license or insurance smash her car into Carolyn’s car (destroying it) and have absolutely no consequences gave me just the barest taste of what some people are going through. This is a huge problem and The President seems to want to make it even worse.
In my own little world, my liver is still wreaking havoc on me. However, there was some good news from the Transplant Clinic. My lab work is still headed downhill, but the mystical mathematics used for the MELD Score (Model of End-stage Liver Disease) remained solid. The problem items being that I am protein deficient and my ammonia level is climbing a bit, both of which could lead to some problems if not dealt with.
The MELD is the biggie, though. That really is the sole factor in determining if/when you get a transplant. The higher the score, the worse shape you are in and the more urgent it is that you get a liver. All the other side effects and levels you may have are discounted until (at some transplant facilities) you get to the fine points of blood type, age, body size and a few other items.
The real balancing act of it all is to get a liver while you are still strong enough to deal with the surgery and recovery. And while you want to keep your own organ as long as possible, you do not want wait so long that you are bedridden, weak and have issues with the surgery or a have a prolonged recovery time.
The usual side effects are making things a little dicey on a day to day basis. On bad days, the overwhelming fatigue, ridiculously itching rashes and other minor (and some unseemly) accents in this little symphony of a malady make it so that it takes pretty much everything I have to get through the day. Luckily, on the good days I am positively spitting nails, thinking ‘What is the big deal here?’ until a bad day clocks me and reminds me that one of my own organs is very much trying to kill me.
They say that I am an excellent candidate for a transplant and I still take all the meds and do exactly what they tell me to. It is an immense pain in the butt, but at least I am waking up every morning and doing what I can to keep everything together.
For now, that is enough.