If you're over 50 get a colon screening and other news.
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I haven’t posted or done much drawing for the past couple of days. I have had my mind on other things. So I took a break.
I’m 74 and it has been ten years since my last colonoscopy and yesterday was the day.
Having to cleanse your colon and then have a hose go up you butt isn’t normally the subject of what is considered polite conversation. Since it all was in service of avoiding colon cancer it is important to talk about it. Colon cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in the U.S. Blame it on our modern diet of processed foods, but death from it is avoidable by regular ten-year screenings. More often if they find something.
This was my third.
If it is for the purpose of screening, Medicare covers it.
Everyone complains about the stuff you have to drink to cleanse your colon in preparation for the colonoscopy. Everyone is right.
After three times this is what I do in order to consume the gallon of heavy nasty liquid: 8 ounce sips (not gulps) every ten minutes. Some blue or yellow Gatorade between servings. It’s still terrible but not the worse thing you have ever done.
Then you shit a lot.
While sitting there I read this weird article in the New Yorker by Susan Glasser and Peter Bakker about Trump’s relationship with his generals.
The President’s loud complaint to John Kelly one day was typical: “You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”
“Which generals?” Kelly asked.
“The German generals in World War II,” Trump responded.
“You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?” Kelly said.
Did you catch this clip of John Bolton on Twitter?
The New York Times David Leonhardt breaks down the medical and Medicare gains in what Bernie correctly called a “modest bill”.
“These are meaningful changes,” (Kaiser Family Foundation’s Juliette) Cubanski said, “but most people may not necessarily notice that things are changing for the better.”
I have an idea. Why not pass meaningful changes that most people WILL notice that things are changing for the better?
Bloomberg reports that war experts are looking at different scenarios of a war with China over Taiwan. They’re finding out that the prospects of a U.S. win are very costly if there is a win at all.
And finally, check out my brother’s post about the growing list of great white hopes trying to unseat our first Black lesbian and progressive mayor. It brings back memories of Bernie Epton’s run against the great Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. His campaign slogan was “Bernie Epton before it’s too late.”