In case anyone's wondering: I heard about her heart attack. I think the timing is rotten for her and for everyone else who cares one way or another about her. Including me, a complete stranger to her.
I hope she gets past this. Because a lot of people are going to need her. And she's going to need help too.
Meanwhile...YouTube videos as software training tools. Yeah, that's still a thing, and I'm ploughing through a few of those before bed.
I got the results of the blood tests today. Thyroid and kidneys are good, blood sugar at the lower end of the pre-diabetic range. So I'm pleased with that. Ditto with the healing of the "ulcers" on my shins. No more changing dressings before bedtime, no more antibiotic ointment. For the time being, at least.
I'll likely be sticking with the compression socks for the foreseeable future, as well as keeping the unused ointment and dressing pads Just In Case.
I don't expect to evade Type 2 diabetes forever, mind you, no matter how careful I become. That strikes me as an inevitability, barring new medical triumphs (which are, so we've been hearing, being researched on a continuing basis and seem closer to bearing useful fruits of knowledge and treatment regimens).
Meantime, I've been enjoying what I can of the vacation leave left to me by my current day-job contract. That ends at close of business tomorrow. On the weekend, I file the relevant federal paperwork, and on Monday, the job search begins again, officially. Unofficially, it never really stopped.
More on other matters later.
The Guardian notes the looking into the causes of the wildfires plaguing Fort McMurray and its neighbours.
Science News reports the raising of questions to be further investigated about Body Mass Index. (Yes, there's a longstanding personal concern tied to this one.)
And a worry that's been plaguing me for a couple of years is taking on added urgency.
Busted a filling again. It's one that has older work, so maybe it was time for the upgrade. But with the not-so-new-anymore-guy, it's still pricier than it used to be. I can manage the expense, but it still pains the wallet.
(Universal dental care at long last in Canada, anyone? Please?)
Comics reading this week: Captain Canuck # 4, We Stand on Guard # 4, Avengers # 0, All-New All-Different Marvel Point-One.
The third item on this list has me wondering: is Marvel Editorial seeking to sever the link between Canada and the Alpha Flight brand?
There was a wedding in the not-so-immediate family to which I was invited to help represent the groom's side. Hence the journey to which I've been vaguely referring.
As a consequence of today's journey - interrupted in part by a collision between other drivers in Algonquin Park - I am too tired to care about things like "supermoon eclipses".
Disturbing timing, although it's not as if this wasn't on the "intended results" list of those engineering the cuts to the federal share of CBC's annual budgets. As far as I know, CBC never owned the current Ottawa Broadcast Centre's home building. Despite the place being designed to serve the needs of the Ceeb, if the landlord wanted them out...?
Meanwhile, the coughing jags are still dropping further in frequency, although it seems like the severity level tries to compensate for that at times with more enthusiasm than I want.
*winces at the memory*
I'm still going back to work this morning, though.
At least the weather's been holding steady.
To those of you who were fans of Babe Ruth, my condolences on your loss today.
More on other stuff later...
Meantime...I heard about Ta-Nehisi Coates writing a Black Panther story for Marvel. This should be Interesting. I've read his non-fiction stuff for The Atlantic, much of which has opened my eyes to many things. We'll come back to this later, I expect.
Odd note: Marvel's legal people seem to have decided "Registered Gifted" isn't a thing they want to protect anymore...? Like I said: it's odd. If you're building a cultural IP library the way Marvel's been doing for decades even before Disney's current role began, you don't take decisions like that as a rule.
About unemployment insurance in Canada: something I noticed today, for your reference. And on that note, I'll be turning on the TV to listen to Power and Politics. Rosemary Barton's taken the hosting reins from Evan Solomon rather well, thus far...
As to the ear-nose-throat issues, those continue at speed. I've burned through two boxes of facial tissue to date, a half-dozen Ricola lozenges, and I don't expect to be done yet by tomorrow morning. There will be lack of sleep, as per usual, when I log off for the night.
More as it occurs to me.
(Wondering if I want an avatar for "Twelve"...)
Not the best of starts to this particular day.
Weather is tolerable in terms of heat and humidity for Ottawa-Gatineau, but it's still early summer. We had some rain last night, but it lasted maybe six or eight hours. The sky was already clearing by 7 AM today.
Yes, I am staying in Ottawa-Gatineau. Not going to San Diego ever again for several reasons (including the news from earlier today). Can't be helped.
More on other topics later...
Originally posted by lancet_rss at [Editorial] Universal health coverage post-2015: putting people first
I don't work nights, but I do wonder about similar consequences resulting from other ways of achieving lack of sleep.
There's a project in Toronto devoted to rethinking Toronto's history and culture...through its street names. It's got me wondering about Ottawa now.
Re: Alternative maps of Canada...the Huffington Post noticed something of interest happening on Reddit devoted to that subject. What changes would you make to our national map if you were of a mind?