Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Thursday Thirteen #269

Thirteen top reasons patients go to the ER. 

  1. Chest Pains
  2. Cuts, Bruises and Wounds
  3. Skin Rashes and Infections
  4. Concussion
  5. Traumas
  6. Difficulty Breathing and Asthma Attacks
  7. Burns
  8. Toothaches
  9. Stomach Aches
  10. Diarrhea and Vomiting
  11. Back Pain
  12. Migraines and Headaches
  13. Abdominal Pain

Last time I went to the ER, it was a hybrid. I had sudden, stabbing pains in my leg (not on the list). Turn out the root cause was back pain (spinal stenosis). 

I don't think it would occur to me to go to the ER for a tooth ache. Not even if it hit at 2:00 AM. I'd get my dentist out of bed and make him prescribe painkillers, but I can't see myself contacting a hospital for that.

Please join us for THURSDAY THIRTEEN. Click here to play along, and to see other interesting compilations of 13 things.


August Happiness Challenge -- Day 3

Today's happiness -- I done good. About two weeks ago, I wrote out a ton of post cards encouraging Kansans to vote down an amendment that would deny abortion rights to women of that state. I went to bed last night knowing that the amendment was defeated. YAY! But this morning, I saw the numbers.

59% against to 41% for. That's substantial. Even better was voter turnout. It was up 60% from the last off-year election (2018).

I'm a Kennedy girl. I grew up believing that we should ask not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. I try, I do. But it's hard. With so many election deniers and MAGA supporters winning, it's easy to get discouraged.

But then I saw that the post cards I sent -- purchased and stamped at my own expense, written on my own time -- may have played a part in getting people out to the polls. To helping preserve the separation between Church and State. To ensuring that women are safe and babies are born wanted.  

Right now, I am happy and proud.

Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world.