Confessions Of A Male Nurse

November 16, 2009

Gesundheit! Swine Flu Vaccine Death Under Investigation

For those of you who read German, a recent death in relation to the “swine flu vaccine” has prompted an investigation by the government in Thuringia, Germany:

Berlin (dpa) – Ein Mann aus Thüringen ist laut einem Zeitungsbericht nach einer Schweinegrippe-Impfung gestorben. Wie die «Thüringer Allgemeine» (Montag) berichtet, hatte sich der 55-Jährige aus Leinefelde im Eichsfeld am Donnerstag impfen lassen und starb in der Nacht zum Freitag.

Thüringens Gesundheitsministerin Heike Taubert (SPD) sagte dem Blatt, dass ein möglicher Zusammenhang mit der Impfung untersucht werde. Sie gehe davon aus, dass eine Obduktion vorgenommen wird. Über Vorerkrankungen oder Unverträglichkeiten des Gestorbenen sei bislang nichts bekannt, hieß es in dem Bericht. Taubert war für eine Stellungnahme am Sonntag nicht zu erreichen.

Rough English translation (thanks to Google):

Berlin (dpa) – A man has died from Thuringia, according to a newspaper report after a swine flu vaccination. As the “Thüringer Allgemeine” (Monday) have been reported, had the 55-year-old from Leinefelde in Eichsfeld get vaccinated on Thursday and died on the night of Friday.

Thuringia’s Minister of Health, Heike Taubert (SPD), told the paper that was being investigated a possible connection with vaccination. They assume that an autopsy is performed. About Pre-existing conditions or allergies that the dead so far nothing is known, it said in the report. Taubert could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

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November 13, 2009

This Doctor Makes Sense

So I’ve been hearing this whole debate about the new healthcare reform, especially at work, but it seemed to me that no one has been able to really come up with a good reason to defend their sides.  I, as a nurse, am a  patient advocate, so I do want my patients covered and get the best treatment money can buy.  At the same time, money doesn’t grow on trees, you don’t pick money off the branches, people work for it because money is a medium of exchange.

What bothers me, though, is that none of the politicians make sense.  The democrats want to cover everybody at the cost of what?  Trillions of dollars to be paid to beurocrats? Republicans want to stop the spending for what? So they can spend on their wars abroad to kill people?  This guy, Ron Paul though, makes sense:

Maybe our politicians should remember the warnings of Isabel Paterson:

“Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends… …when millions are slaughtered, when torture is practiced, starvation enforced, oppression made a policy, as at present over a large part of the world, and as it has often been in the past, it must be at the behest of very many good people, and even by their direct action, for what they consider a worthy object.” (The God of the Machine)

November 6, 2009

Thanks For The Sympathy, Mr. President!

In an apparent show of sadness towards the recent shooting at Fort Hood yesterday, president Obama gave a speech to address the grief that must be going through the minds of our soldiers and their families.  

Oh… but wait, he has to give a shoutout to his peeps first:

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.”  Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Thanks a lot, Mr. President, now I know why they call you elitist.

My prayers to those in Fort Hood and their families.  RIP.

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