American Future Fund: “We Deserve Answers and Accountability”

Via Katie Pavlich at Townhall:

American Future Fund is out with a new ad hitting President Obama directly for his refusal to take responsibility and to hold Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for his role in the lethal Operation Fast and Furious. The ad comes just one day after former U.S. Attorney, Texas Supreme Court Justice and current U.S. Senator John Cornyn called for Holder’s resignation and just one week before the House Oversight Committee will vote to hold Holder in Contempt of Congress for his ongoing stonewalling of the investigation. Also, last week Holder admitted before the House Judiciary Committee that he had been in contact with the White House, including David Axelrod, about how to craft messaging in response to Congress and the press about Fast and Furious, proving Obama’s re-election campaign is concerned about the political consequences of this scandal.

Please pass it on. Brian Terry, his family and the hundreds of Mexicans killed because of this reckless program deserve justice….and Obama, Holder and everyone else involved must be held accountable. You can visit American Future Fund here.



Sleep Apnea Possibly to Blame for Ralph’s Memory Problems

It’s been a little crazy around here lately and in all of the flurry of activity I haven’t had time to post an update about Ralph until today. Thankfully I have good news to report!

Last Friday I accompanied him to Bryn Mawr for his scheduled MRI. Although it was a “closed MRI”, for a somewhat claustrophobic person like me it still looked a pretty scary! For Ralph however, it was a piece of cake. The wonderful medical team running the place allowed me to sit in with him during the roughly 25-minute procedure, during which I had to wear earplugs to mask the loud pinging and knocking noises. They gave Ralph a head-set tuned to the local oldies station and strapped what looked a little like a sports mask on his head featuring a piece that actually touched his nose…another non-starter for me, but no issue for Ralph thankfully.

Throughout the test, the nice woman in the next room watching from a big picture window coached him through each set, alerting him to the length and praising him for doing so well. Afterward, they graciously gave me a copy of the DVD to take home to my dad, after I explained he was a doctor.

Bottom-line: No brain abnormalities, thank God!

On another note, as I sat there watching it was hard not to be impressed with MRI technology and machinery. This particular unit was manufactured by Siemens and I found myself wondering how many hours of research, development and testing had gone into this marvel of modern medicine that we tend to take for granted. I thought of how many lives MRI technology has saved or enhanced, and how much money companies like Siemens have invested in its production. Which made me even more resolved in my prayers that the Supreme Court strike down Obamacare in its entirety and more determined in my efforts to strengthen the spines of squishy GOP members operating under the delusion that it has “popular” parts.

Could government ever create something as innovative and life-saving as an MRI machine? No way. And yet, they have the power in their hands to potentially destroy medical innovation by imposing socialized medicine on the USA, thus destroying the best medical system in the world (not to mention our economy). Something to think about and fight hard against — especially considering my 52 year-old brother has Down Syndrome and under Obamacare, would most likely be denied the test in the first place.

Anyway, this past Monday Ralph visited a sleep medicine practice at Bryn Mawr Hospital where the doctor determined that the root cause of his problems could very well be Sleep Apnea Syndrome:

Sleep apnea is a potentially harmful medical condition that results in the cessation of breathing for several seconds at a time, many times during the night. It is caused by a temporary blockage of the airway by soft tissues in the throat. This prevents adequate rest and increases the risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Symptoms are often first noticed by a bed partner and include snoring, gasping, pauses in breathing and frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. Although sleep apnea is most common in middle-aged, overweight men, it occurs in all populations, affecting 12 million Americans. Treatment ranges from wearing a fitted nasal mask while sleeping to dental devices and surgical procedures.

Apparently, people with Down Syndrome are also susceptible to this condition, which over time could definitely cause memory problems and mental confusion since it interferes with the ability to achieve quality, restorative sleep. So off to the sleep clinic we go tomorrow night!

Given all of the potential possibilities, I’ll definitely take sleep apnea, which can be managed by wearing a mask at night — unlike Alzheimer’s which can only be stalled with medication for 6-12 months before the patient spirals back into dementia and ultimately dies.

I cannot express how grateful I am for this very promising development. And although it was probably borrowed worry, it was difficult to avoid concern over Alzheimer’s Disease, given the connection to Down Syndrome and the fact that Ralph is now within the affected age-bracket. To everyone who expressed support and concern, thank you so much and God bless!

Look for another update soon about the sleep clinic and the final diagnosis/treatment.

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