Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Presurfer: Pholisma Sonorae: A Strange Looking Flowering Plant

The Presurfer: Pholisma Sonorae: A Strange Looking Flowering Plant

This a strange, like the late Paul Harvey liked to say.  My buddy Gerard likes to post very interesting things on his blog  He and I share links.  What caused me to cross-post this link is the word "haustra"  In the medical world the haustra are organelles that help the intestines absorb nutrients in the intestine.  Explore the link to discover more.  TJW

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I Hate Hospitals

Hospitals are like fast food restaurants.  They offer nothing but BS to a patient who is in pain, or worse.  I have to reveal that most hospitals rely on the people they employ. doctors,nurses, X-Ray Techs, and even sonographers.   We all function as a unit.  If critical care breaks down, the patient suffers.  Many small hospitals charge them discharge them.  For CT, X-RAY LAB, and over paid doctors who sleep most of the time in the ED.  Our senior Administration in Congress and the White House are WRONG!  LETS VOTE FOR TRUMP!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Routine Ultrasound Testing For Pregnant Women Is Not Good

I have always advocated that prenatal ultrasound has some unintended risks, but people still want to see the fetus in the uterus. I hate doing OB ultrasound because the ultimate question is: What is the sex of the fetus?  But the doctors still order them, to keep the family happy. 

Here is a link for you all to chew on.

(NaturalNews) It is common for a pregnant woman to undergo several routine ultrasounds during her 40-week pregnancy. What many don't know, and despite what popular medical and government websites state, ultrasound scans have never been proven safe for pregnant women or babies and aren't recommended for routine use and non-high risk pregnancies.


I have had some issues with our family of late.  My wife and I are getting more mature, and I have posted her battle with a PE and the persistent issues of growing older. I had a birthday yesterday.  So did my son.  We were both brought into this world on the same day.  My wonderful wife will take us out today for a Mongolian BBQ lunch.
Fear Not!  I will continue this BLOG until I die.  Like David Bowie!

Now, on to issues of business.  Here is a nice one for you.

Former school teacher Moira Rogers was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. It quickly spread to her bones, causing unbearable pain in her arm.
"I was so frightened and my life just seemed to be sort of shortened," she said. "When you're feeling the pain, you know you have cancer, and you think about cancer, and there's just this big C-word envelops your life."
She found new hope from an innovative treatment being developed at London's Royal Marsden Hospital.

Here we find yet another wonderful use of sound.  Let me post the resource:

Thank You CBS  TJW. 

Welcome Back my friends to the show that never ends, (Emerson Lake and Palmer) 1973

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Deep Venonous Thrombosis, The Trauma To One Family

I have not posted in a few months because of a family issue.  My wife came down earlier this year with a pain in her left calf muscle.  She has some arthritic changes in legs, and I dismissed it.  We were having coffee at 7 AM, and both hustling off to work.  We are both health care providers.  She is a nurse, and I am a sonographer.  I never thought I would receive a call from St. Luke's ED a few hours later.  My wife was in the ED suffering from shortness of breath, and tachycardia.  She had suffered a pulmonary embolism.

Let's step back a few feet and review what causes pulmonary embolisms.

Most are caused by clots that develop in the lower extremities (legs).
So what causes a clot to develop in your leg?  Well, many things can cause a DVT including obesity, inactivity, clotting disorders,certain medications, travel in planes, varicose veins.....this list goes on.
On occasion, the clot(s) may travel up the leg to the pulmonary artery to become lodged there in the artery that feeds the lungs.   BAD NEWS!  If the blood cannot get to the lungs to be cleansed, you may die of lack of oxygen.  I would agree a most horrible death.  The heart may protest also sending out signals to the body that it is starving for o2.  My wife had palpitations that she recognized as life threatening, and presented to the ED pronto.

My wife had no risk factors.  She is a thin, and very active lady.  The doctors were shocked.  She was enrolled into MD Anderson's clinic near where we live and accepted into a study group.  She was atypical.  Her risk factors were nil.


My wife started on a regime of anticoagulants starting when she presented, and her pulmonary blood clots were taken care of.  The regime included a horrible set of drugs named warfarin, and lovinox. The warfarin is essentially rat poison.  I tried to google "warfarin" but I got too many POP ups to link it to this post.  Google it yourself.  LOL  I hate ADS.

The lovinox is essentially a nasty and expensive drug that we had her take in the first few weeks. It has replaced heparin as the drug of choice for acute PE and DVT.  Lovinox cost us $250 a week, and was NOT covered by insurance.  We are still recovering from the monetary costs.

What are the long term effects of DVT and PE?

I could write a books. 

Post phlebotic Syndrome is one.  This is where the leg is painful, swollen, and an infection may take over, causing ulcers, and other nasty issues.  Diabetes, and high blood pressure aggravate this disease.

In short, DVT and PE are not a disease state to be taken lightly.

My wife is doing well at the moment, And I will comment more on this subject in future posts.

Be Well,  TJW

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Uploaded W-10 to a lap top as an experiment.  It is always gutsy to upload a new OS to a computer.  It is SLOW.  Like a Blue Whale!.  It takes more time to load than my oatmeal can start burping in the microwave!.  It has moments of flatus.  Lemme clarify:  It pauses, "honks", then resumes a bowel movement somewhere on a silicon chip, then resumes, like nothing ever happened".  Problem is, I am 15 minutes without a cursor, and cursing.  It Sucks.  Peace, TJW


If I were a fife player, I would pipe a merry tune.  My wife will be back at work, soon. (help me Ian Anderson).  My wife is much better.  My post is about my wife's battle with health care, and insurance, and long waits to see a Doctor.  Our health care insurance does not cover acute life saving meds for DVT.  I will not mention the the drug.  We are making way, though.  She will wreak havoc in the clinic she works at as a nurse on Monday.  My Wife, has been a pent up bull for many weeks.  Having DVT, and a PE is nothing short of scary to me as her husband, but scary as shit.  Discussion:  a DVT is a clot in a major vein in the body.  When the clot breaks off, it flows through the right atrium of the heart to the right ventricle, which pushes it up into the main pulmonary arteries (left or right).  It can then clog a blood vessel that allows for oxygen transfer in the lungs.  This may cause shortness of breath.  Which my wife endured.  She promptly presented herself to the ED and was treated.  She was hospitalized for an ordinate amount of time.  

Alas, many of the tests, and procedures are not covered by our measly insurance.  But our health care system worked for us.  My Wife still lives, and works.  The key is "works".  Many catastrophic health care situations leave a spouse unable to work.  Consider a heart attack, when a spouse cannot work.  Consider me, and my family lucky.  My wife is already passing out gifts to the needy people in our community today.  She love's to help people.