Tuesday 14 May 2013


I’ve been doing this for over two years now and I suppose that I have repeated myself more than a few times. When I start a blog, I sometimes have the funny feeling that I have made the same comments before and upon checking (always after I finish), every now and then I have dealt with the subject at an earlier date. Generally though, the new blog looks at the issue from a different perspective and tonight’s blog will probably be no different.

I took a call from Arwen this afternoon and she was wondering if I would be available to look after Tornado while she was at work. It seems that the father of the lady who runs Tornados day home had a stroke today. They found out that this isn’t the first stroke that he suffered, but he is in the hospital and getting the best care possible. We all wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully, good health in the future.

How can someone have a stroke and not know it? I have always pictured a stroke as one of those things that makes itself patently obvious. I was talking to a buddy the other day and he was telling me about his son-in-law that was quite healthy until he found out that cancer had run rampant throughout his body and he had a very limited time to live. A friend on facebook got the flu and after a couple of days without eating and drinking he ended up in the hospital with an IV in his arm.

You know, I don’t like to be critical (okay, sometimes I am) but it seems to me that the human body is pretty poorly designed. Yes, yes, I know it is a miraculous machine and the pros of the design do outweigh the cons. However, there is a notable lack when it comes to warning systems and failsafe backup systems. When my car is getting low on gas or oil, a light appears and I am sure that in some of the more expensive cars some sexy female voice announces that you are getting low on fluids and there is a service station 3.56 kilometres ahead. I seem to remember a car that actually had a small emergency back up gas tank so that you could never run out of gas. Well you couldn’t unless you were a complete tool.

I guess the human body does have some early warning systems, but they all seem to involve leaking fluids. They leak from virtually every opening in the body and for the most part they are pretty disgusting. I imagine that if you are “in tune” with the functions of your body you would be able to tell if there was something wrong. That may have worked a couple of thousand years ago, but for the most part, we cram food that is bad for us into our mouths, breathe air that is toxic and live in conditions that is somewhat less than conducive to  good health.

There are far too many of us that wait until “something” happens before we go in for a check up. I am that way with my car and I am that way with my body. I suspect that in the not too distant future we will have some kind of implant that will keep track of our general health and be able to determine if anything really serious is developing. Most health problems can be dealt with a lot easier if they are found early on. I still wouldn’t go to the doctor, but then I will have no one to blame but myself.

That is how it is now as well, but when you are very sick not many have the balls to blame you to your face. I know it isn’t possible, but couldn’t God have put in a warning light of some kind. He used lights on fireflys, why not humans?

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