I Have a Gripe

November 25, 2009

First the Breasts…Now the Cervix

First, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to change the requirements for mammography screening, now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has suggested women begin pap smears later in life and have them less often.

The new recommendations report a woman should begin cervical cancer screenings at age 21, regardless of sexual history. Furthermore, pap smears should only occur every two years between ages 21 and 29. They are again attempting to avoid false positives, spare us poor little women such mental trauma and unnecessary exams and treatments.

Obviously, I am not in favor of these changes. Just like the suggested mammography screening changes, they are playing the percentages. My question is how many deaths due to lack of screening are acceptable? How many mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, grandmothers, nieces, granddaughters and friends are OK to loose? Just let us all know and we’ll leave you alone until then.

November 20, 2009

Keep Your Opinions Off My Boobs!

Filed under: General Annoyances,government — alvb1227 @ 3:00 am
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OK, this one has really burned my pan…

The U.S. Preventative Services Tasks Force is now recommending that women not have mammograms until age 50.  As an added bonus, they also feel that breast self-exam is a waste.

Let’s forget for a minute that this Task Force doesn’t include one single breast specialist, gynecologist or oncologist. Are my friends who are diagnosed at a young age not worth anything? Are their lives not worth saving? And why we’re on the subject, why aren’t digital mammograms not the standard? The Task Force refers to the point of “false positives.” Well, maybe they wouldn’t happen as much if digital mammograms were used, especially for younger women who have more dense breast tissue.

I really wonder if this is a small example of what will happen under a “federally managed health care option.” Um, can anyone say health care rationing?

I volunteer with a wonderful organization called Casting for Recovery. We take breast¬† cancer survivors on fly fishing retreats. I have to say that meeting these wonderful women has drastically changed my life. Some of these women are my best friends and I value every one of them. I dare you to come tell me their lives don’t matter!

I urge everyone to contact your Representative, the HHS and the U.S. Preventative Services Tasks Force and tell them their recommendations SUCK!

November 19, 2009

Karma’s Schedule

Filed under: General Annoyances — alvb1227 @ 3:00 am

We all have them in our lives. The nutty neighbor, the manipulative co-worker, the so-called “friend” who really is in need of a beating.

I have found there are people in this life who do all the wrong things and just skate by and there are people who do everything right and get screwed. I know people on both sides of this equation.

We all say things like “karma’s a bitch,” and “they’ll have to face God someday,” depending on your belief system. Well, I have to be honest, it doesn’t happen nearly fast enough in my opinion.

There are several people (well, maybe not several, but at least a handful) of people who are long due for a good, solid dose of karma.

So, I go back to one of the age old questions…why do bad things happen to good people? I know there are some things that (again depending on your beliefs) either we aren’t supposed to ask or aren’t up to us. But I have to say, I just don’t get it. I want to know when life gets to be fair. Even just for a day.

November 18, 2009

Mistaking “Nice” for “Pushover”

Filed under: Manipulation — alvb1227 @ 12:23 pm

It is amazing to me how many people mistake being nice for being a pushover…

It seems like today if you are nice or easy-going people think they can just get away with whatever they want and you’ll take it. Why? Because you’re “nice.” The moment you get your back up and have to fight or defend yourself or a situation, you’re “so mean” or “so bitchy” (my personal favorite). It is amazing to me how much people try to get away with, and are then surprised, when you stand up for yourself.

Whether it is the phone company, the car dealership or just a co-worker, some people are good at playing “the victim,” knowing full well they are working to manipulate the situation.

My advice? Call them out on it! Don’t let someone play the victim when they are far from it. You don’t have to yell or even lose your temper. Simply say “you aren’t the victim here, you are in the wrong.” Be calm. It will freak them out.

Welcome to My Snarky World

I believe everyone should use the common sense God gave them. Unfortunately, not everyone does. This blog will document my rants and raves of those who make me crazy.

To give you some background:

  • I am a fiscal conservative
  • I am a social moderate
  • You (unfortunately) can’t legislate to prevent stupidity
  • If you can’t talk on the phone and drive at the same time, using a hands-free headset really won’t help

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