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Abortion in Europe


Abortion laws in European countries are often
more restrictive than those in the United States

Andorra, Malta and San Marino do not allow abortion at all. Monaco and Liechtenstein allow it only when a woman’s health or life is at risk.

Fifteen European countries, including Italy and Spain, require a mandatory waiting period. In 12 countries, including Hungary and Germany, women must undergo mandatory counselling or receive mandatory information from their doctors before the abortion.

In Germany, abortion can only be done within 12 weeks of conception.

Interpreting the results from my endoscopy & colonoscopy


What pops out immediately is “severe inflammation seen in esophagus.”

Google and a page by Johns Hopkins have been helpful in learning more, translating the doctor-ese to modern American English.

“Focal reactive gastropathy”

Reactive gastropathy, also chemical gastropathy, is an abnormality in the stomach caused by chemicals, e.g. bile, alcohol, and characteristically has minimal inflammation.

“Inflamed squamous and glandular mucosa with reactive changes”

This means that I have GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux. I have been prescribed omeprazole to treat it, which I hope helps. It’s been getting progressively worse. I had been dealing with it by using chewable antacid tablets, which isn’t enough to help the esophagus heal.

“Reactive squamous mucosa with focally increased intraepithelial eosinophils”

This is an inflammatory disorder of the esophagus. It is known as primary eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. reflux esophagitis



At the multiple choice section of my health


Is it —
a) lymphedema
b) inflammatory bowel disease
c) mesenteric panniculitis
d) lymphoma
e) a combination of some
f) all of the above
— that afflicts me?

So the doc looking over my recent CT scan wrote the following notes. His name is Caldwell and he wrote:

Mild mesenteric adenopathy with fat stranding throughout the fat. Appearance is nonspecific and the differential is somewhat broad. Differential diagnosis would include lymphedema, underlying occult small bowel inflammation (including inflammatory bowel disease), mesenteric panniculitis as well as lymphoma.

My primary doc explained to me that all of these are potential options explaining the abnormal imaging and that further analysis is required. The gastroenterology specialist is recommending another colonoscopy and something new for me, an upper endoscopy. Both will be scheduled the same day, so I only have to be put under once.

What fun!


Buy a shirt or the bunny gets it!


How dare you, Organizing for America! How dare you threaten a cute, little bunny rabbit!

And in the attempt to sell crap to Americans who usually demand freebies!

Healthcare for all!

Contraception for all!

Abortion for all!

Shouldn’t the swag be free, too?

Oh, the irony.

At least there’s free shipping. Is it really free though? Gotta spend more than forty bucks.

What a revealing lesson in liberalism.

The healthcare, the abortions, the condoms et al aren’t really free. There is a cost associated with all, often more than just monetary.

Ceding power to the government means less power for the people. And, of course, someone, no matter what they say, has to pay the bill.

What this very commercial propaganda campaign really looks to accomplish, based on the merchandise available, is to pressure the spineless Senate Republicans into confirming Judge Garland to succeed Justice Scalia.


P.S. No one threatened to harm the bunny, by the way. I just made that part up.