Cranky Old Man

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Cranky Old Man...

 When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
 Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

 One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
 
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

 Cranky Old Man
 What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
 What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
 A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
 Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
 Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
 When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
 Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
 And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
 Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
 With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
 Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
 Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
 I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
 As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
 I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
 Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
 A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
 Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
 A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
 Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
 At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
 Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
 A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
 Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
 At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
 But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
 At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
 Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
 Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
 I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
 For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
 And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
 I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
 It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
 The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
 There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
 But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
 And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
 I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
 And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
 I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
 And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
 So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
 Not a cranky old man .
 Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

 Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!
With thanks to:  J.J. Cohen 

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Margaret’s Story

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Margaret’s Story

Hi folks, here is a story from a good freind of mine and I would appreciate it if you could read and click on the links to sign our petition, thank-you.... Ian
This is my story…how I got to be here…and why I started the campaign at Change.org.
My name is Margaret Dudley, I am 61 years old and live in the great city of San Antonio, Texas. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and we have three daughters and six beautiful grandchildren.

Remember when cosmetic tattoos were first becoming popular? Permanent lip liner and eyebrows were all the rage. Many of my girlfriends and I had these procedures done and the results were great. It was nothing extreme… just a little subtle enhancement. We are ‘baby boomers’ and quite honestly not ready to look like our mothers. I looked and felt great…for a while.
I had not felt well in the years following my cosmetic “tattooing” procedure, and my doctors attributed my many symptoms to just getting older and said it was likely the onset of menopause.
I was really exhausted and fatigued all the time, and was often nauseated and bloated. I began to experience other stomach problems as well as crippling back pain. The worst of it was an awful four-year long ordeal with skin problems on the palms of both hands… severe cracks, bleeding, and extreme itching. I became very depressed as doctors continued to misdiagnose my symptoms for eleven years.

One day, a proverbial light came on and I told my doctor about a lady who had this procedure done at the same place that my friends and I did and she was diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) after she donated blood(More).My doctor immediately ran the test and the very next day (September 9th, 2011) I received the devastating news that I, too, was infected with this disease.
I immediately began researching and learning everything I could about this disease, trying to learn what was in store for me, what treatment was available, and most importantly, if there was a CURE!

Then I found the best news…
I learned there was indeed a cure for this awful virus that was now growing rampantly in my body. This cure consisted of two drugs, GS-7977 (now called sofosbuvir) and daclatasvir. When combined in Phase II trials this combination cured 100% of the most prevalent type of Hepatitis C.

And this treatment had minimal or no side effects!
The two drugs with this amazing success rate are owned by Gilead Sciences and Bristol-Myers Squibb. I was actually scheduled to be in this very trial which was being conducted by my hepatologist and leading HCV researcher, Dr. Eric Lawitz who heads Alamo Medical Research Center here in San Antonio; but due to a delay in my liver biopsy I missed the trial by mere weeks. Dr. Lawitz assured me once the results were released in April 2012 the two drug companies who owned these two successful and miraculous drugs would enter immediately into Phase III trials and this life-saving combo would soon be available for me and the countless millions of others who are suffering and dying with this disease.

There were many news articles on Fox News and other media outlets discussing the progress and amazing success of these trials. My family and I were so confident that these Phase III trials would soon be underway. My youngest daughter even postponed her wedding by six months knowing by then I would be cured. (Kim was married this past September 29th)
Then all of a sudden it was abruptly announced by Gilead Sciences that there would be no Phase III trials, with no conceivable or plausible explanation as to why! This felt even more devastating than my initial diagnosis, if that is possible!

Seeing that my life and millions of others now hang in the balance, I launched a petition at  Change.org urging Gilead Sciences to make this life-saving medication available for the millions of HCV sufferers as well as for myself. Although it feels much like a David vs. Goliath battle trying to get Gilead Sciences to reconsider their position I have now become an advocate for this cause and have formed a grassroots effort, HCV Coalition for The Cure. I want to bring the nation’s attention to this dire situation.
I have heard thousands of heartbreaking stories from people who need this cure and they need it NOW! I am asking you to sign this petition because everyone is affected by Hepatitis C, either fighting it, or knows a family or friend who is.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro
Your signature could be the drop that creates this ocean! And it may be the very one needed to get this cure for millions.

Sincerely,
Margaret Dudley.

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Gilead Sciences: Please collaborate with Bristol Myers for the Cure for Hepatitis C NOW!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Please read and then click here to sign this petition to Gilead Sciences, organised by Margret Dudley via Change.org -

"Because patients should be first and foremost. This disease is now killing more then HIV"
 
Dear Gilead Sciences

Over 170 million Hepatitis C Virus sufferers and their families were ecstatic when you released the data at the past European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) conference about the spectacular results achieved with the drug combination of your GS-7977 and Bristol-Myers’ daclatasvir.

It was nothing short of amazing, a 100% cure rate in genotype 1 patients and 91% in genotypes 2 & 3 without the utilization of Interferon or Ribavirin. Our prayers were finally answered, or so it seemed. Then, to our utter dismay and puzzlement, Gilead Sciences elected not to take these drugs into Phase III trials!

If recouping the investment of $11 billion and making profits are at the forefront of Gilead’s considerations, it would seem that expediting these drugs to market would be the paramount concern. If Gilead Sciences is determined to move ahead without Bristol Myers Squibb’s Daclatasvir and elects to pursue drug trials with GS-7977 + Ribavirin (along with its dreadful side effects) or GS-7977 + GS-5885, then it is a shame that the published results of the drug combination of GS-7977 and Bristol-Myers’ Daclatasvir has brought false hopes to over 170 million HCV sufferers and summarily, left us in a state of despair!

What is to be achieved in future trials with other drugs? How can Gilead Sciences abandon a proven drug combination that has 100% cure rate, with minimal side effects (headaches, fatigue, and nausea)? These are results that are going to be hard to top.

It is estimated that currently only 3% of the HCV population elects to undergo treatment because of the dreadful side effects of Interferon & Ribavirin. Please factor into your considerations that nearly 100% of HCV patients would undergo treatment if these drugs were made available.

If Gilead Sciences delays moving ahead with the efficacious GS-7977 and Bristol-Myers’ daclatasvir trial-proven drug combination, how many more people will advance to cirrhosis and/or liver cancer, how many more will require a liver transplant, and how many more lives will be lost?

Click here to sign this petition, Thank you... Ian


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Valuable Lesson from Bill Gates

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Hi folks, sorry it's been a while!!! Recovery is ongoing but going well and I WILL get round to posting about life 'post-treatment'. I get final results in Feb 2013 but currently I'm HCV NEGATIVE and feel fantastic!!!

In the meantime, I saw this which caught my eye and thought I'd share it. It's a speech written by the great Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and a wonderful humanitarian. It was a speech he gave to an American high school and I love it.

Speaking as someone who has ridden the' roller-coaster of life' and a parent, I thought it poignant and  held some valuable lessons that I could pass on. Enjoy...


Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world doesn't care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault,
so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent's generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you'll end up working for one..

Hope you enjoyed it. Take care everyone... Ian

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What Is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C Information:

Hepatits C is a blood-borne viral disease which can cause liver inflamation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by blood-to-blood contact with infected person's blood. Many people with HCV infection have no symptoms and are unaware of the need to seek treatment. Hepatitis C infects an estimated 150-200 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of liver Transplant...

Hepatitis C is an inflamation of the liver caused by infection with the Hepatitis C virus is one of the five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D & E. Hepatitis C was previousley known as non-A non-B hepatitis prior to isolation of the virus in 1989.

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C:

Acute Hepatitis C refers to first 6 months after infection with HCV. Remarkably, 60% - 70% of people develop no symptoms during the acute phase. In the minority of patients who experience acute phase symptoms, thet are generally mild and non-specific, and rarely lead to specific diagnoses of Hepatitis C. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching and flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C:

Chronic Hepatitis C is defined as infection with the Hepatitis C virus persisting for more than six months. The course of chronic hepatitis C varies considerably from one person to another. Virtually all people infected with HCV have evidence of inflamation on liver biopsy however, the rate of progression of liver scarring (fibrosis) shows significant inter-individual variability.

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