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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Surrounded by Birds

Hello, again, from the hills!

Thank you to all who left a comment to let me know I was missed over the past year, and that there is interest in hearing our experience with modern healthcare. We'll get to that in a minute.
Our hydrangeas have been glorious this year due to the abundance of rain we've had.

Last time I told you about the feisty Carolina Wren that built her nest in the fuchsia basket hanging under the back deck.  Here is the best photo I could get of her...on the first deck step.  She's a flighty little thing so it's not easy to get a photo of any kind.  Click here if you'd like to see a video of one from my favorite bird site.

We discovered another Carolina Wren nest in the wreath on the front porch.  She has relatives out front now!  I was tempted to tear the nest out, but instead decided I'd just throw away the wreath when all the babies fly away.

On the right side of this photo you can see eggs in the deep-set nest.


Now, before you read the rest of this post, I encourage you to click here to read an excellent/personal story blog post about the food supply in our country and what they do about it.  I'll be waiting...
Hydrangea

I want to make it clearly understood that a good doctor in my opinion is a gift from the Lord.  I'd simply like to share bits of my experiences in hopes that it will inspire others to take their healthcare so seriously that they lay blind trust aside and begin to ask more questions of their doctors and themselves.  One excellent question might be:  Who will benefit the most from what we term as conventional medicine?  The patient or health professional?

Several years ago I worked in a medical office so I witnessed firsthand the buying, selling and selling out of the profession through the drug companies' reps, who dangled high dollar perks in front of doctors' noses in exchange for prescribing their (sometimes untested) drugs to patients.  Yes, that's exactly how that works.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Goodman, who is diabetic was once prescribed the Byetta pen to help control his blood sugar.
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After he used it, he became excessively agitated and very irritable.  He gave it a couple of weeks to get used to it, but he never did so he asked for something else and was prescribed a drug that has since been the subject of several court cases.  He asked for something different, again...  He finally was given a drug he could tolerate and still uses in a low dosage.  (These days he watches his food intake much closer and hopes to reverse the diabetes completely.  That is possible through a diet of vegetables and fruit. )  Back to the Byetta pen....  Several years after he tried it we found out it had not been tested at the time he used it.

The group of doctors that I worked for were very nice, well-respected folks.  However, they scheduled patients in five/ten minute time slots (at the time totaling upwards of $500/hr.) often resulting in the patients feeling as though they'd been left holding their bag as a fast moving train whizzed by them. Imagine how they felt when charged a hefty fare for the ride they felt they never really took.  I was told more than once by patients that they didn't have enough time with the doctor and were overcharged, too, but at least they got a prescription...

Whew!  That was heavy on the writer and the reader, too, I'm sure.  The one thing I want to leave you with is we must be careful what we eat because a good diet will serve our bodies well, but a bad one will definitely cause real health problems.

 Have a lovely rest o' the week, y'all!
I'll be waiting around for these heirloom beefsteak tomatoes to ripen...

14 comments:

  1. Hello, the birds must love your pretty wreaths, comfy for their nest and babies. Your hydrangea blooms are beautiful. My hubby uses a pen for his diabetes, but you are so right a healthy diet and exercise is necessary. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend ahead!

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    1. Hi Eileen! Like you, I try to make our garden bird friendly.
      Have a great week!

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  2. You are too kind. Sadly, insulin is the second most demanded liquid in the world, water being first (understandably.) Good for Mr. with his journey of freeing himself from that hobble. Wishing you the best!

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    1. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea insulin had reached that level of demand. I learn something every time I read your blog and from your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Thank you so much for your recent posts!! I bought the books recommend in your last post and they are AMAZING! Thank you so much -- they are revolutionizing our family!

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    1. Susan, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment to let me know you got the books and that they're helping so much. You and others like you are the very reason I'm sharing our journey.

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  4. Thank you so much for coming back. Your posts are always looked forward to and received with joy. Just a small comment on today's post. My sister had complained for many years that there was "something not right" and the docs put it off to her husband's death, depression, etc. My sister would never take meds. In 2006 they found a massive Grade IV brain tumor, way too late to do anything about. After her death in 2007, my sisters and I have been aggressive about our medical treatment. I appreciate so much you telling us about Goodman's experience. Many times it has happened to our family as well, and we have had to be very staunch in our medical care in heart disease, diabetes and Parkinson's. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!!! My roses did a special dance after all the rain this year. Blessings to you both and please, please, please keep posting.

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    1. Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear you lost your sister. Misdiagnosis is confusing and leaves the patient feeling helpless. Sometimes doctors do make assumptions and miss the diagnosis, and that's exactly why we need to have a backup/side plan. Doctors are most often very good at diagnosis so we can confidently form a treatment plan from that basis if needed. I'm not against a good doctor at all. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  5. I can't believe the bird made its nest so close to human presence. In a decorative wreath no less! Good thing you will wait until the babies fly away to discard it. :-)
    Hearing about those doctors and the drugs they recommed depending on the % they get back instead of thinking of the patient wellness gets on my nerves. Thankfully, taking a look at your garden (either flower or vegetables) is always delightful and pleasant, so thank you very much for sharing the pictures with us!
    Take care and enjoy the rainy weather, those tomatoes will be ready to harvest soon. :-)

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    1. Hi Alhana! I was surprised the bird decided to nest on the front porch, too. I think good spots are at a premium, and it may be my own fault for supplying them with fresh water and food. We leave a light on all night that attracts moths, etc. Every morning there's feast near the light for them. :)

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  6. We had a bird make a nest in a wreath one year....it was actually hanging on the glass storm door....so we had an up close view of all the happenings. Interesting to see. Looks like some good tomatoes growing in your garden! I'm eagerly awaiting ours, too!

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    1. Oh my word, Deb, that must have been entertaining. Too bad we can't see through the bricks to watch this nest. Your garden is much larger than owrs this year. We're just dabblin' at ours. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. The birds must appreciate your beautiful wreath and find it to be cozy and inviting. Your hydrangea and Beefsteak tomatoes look amazing. I be the tomatoes will be delicious!

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    1. Hi Lee! Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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