September 3rd, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Abortion

I've been pro-choice as long as I can remember; surely as long as I knew what abortion was. But in Tuesday's WashPost Health section, an article talking about how hard it is to get abortion doctors these days has some 2005 data from the CDC.

In 2005, there were 1.2 million abortions in the US, compared to 341K appendectomies, 398K gall bladder removals, and 575K hysterectomies.

Nearly one in three women will have an abortion by age 45.

87 percent of counties in the US have no abortion services (we have one in my city, just down the road).

And abortion providers decreased by 1121 between 1982 and 2005.

In my opinion, this is too few providers, and too many abortions.

I don't believe that most women want to get pregnant and then have an abortion. Some do, because the baby will be damaged and not live. But most get pregnant accidently and then have the abortion. We need to get birth control methods into their hands, and keep the religious folk from making so many women have abortions. Abstinence is impossible for most, and you can't blame the women and not the men. (Let's see that happen in the health reform!)
20111112, Marilee

Sleeping witih Spirit

Well, she slept with me twice that I know of last night. She curled up into my tummy both times, but the second time I knew she was there because she was trying to pull off a claw sheath and kept banging her leg into me.

My Social Security came early this morning, and since I don't have a mortgage payment this month between mortgages, I paid all the hospital and ER co-pays and co-insurances that I have. I could still get billed by four doctors, but three of them are owed little enough that it would probably cost them more to send out to billing. The fourth is about $1200 and if he bills me, he'll just have to take it in pieces.

I had a call from my primary's nurse yesterday telling me to do the same things she always tells me when we get a lipid panel back. I always tell the nurse the same thing -- I already do about half what she wants and the other half is impossible -- so I asked the nurse to make a phone appointment with my primary. She called at the end of her range today and agreed with me (probably actually looked at my chart) but wanted me to increase the fish oil from twice a day to three times a day. I asked about my mammogram results, but they're not back yet, so she'll call about that. A month is kind of long to get results.

I took a DVD to the post office and then watched two of the landscapers talking with their boss outside my sliding glass window. They were pointing to plants around my porch, none of which are mine, and they'd already cut back some of the ivy and I don't think I could get them to do more.
20111112, Marilee

Robots

Robin Williams two nights in a row! He voices a manic robot in this animated fairy tale. The plot, the actors, are meant to keep the kids' attention -- a young robot goes to the big city and finds evil, locates the good guy, raises a rebellion, and returns home to be lauded -- but there's lots and lots of references to other movies and entertainment that the adults will recognize. It felt a lot like Monsters, Inc., particularly with one character, but it's not quite good enough for me to keep putting it back on my queueue.