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Oncoming Traffic

I have had an exciting couple of days. On Thursday on my way to an appointment I dumped my motorcycle and skidded into oncoming traffic. Thankfully traffic was light on the road. I was really blessed to have several people stop. One of them was an off-duty paramedic. The police and paramedics quickly came and they checked me over and we decided together they wouldn’t take me to hospital but they encouraged me to either go to my doctor or to an InstaCare. I tried to get into my doctor but he didn’t have any openings so Barbara and I went to the InstaCare. They had me get some x-rays and found out that I had five fractured rib. I have been sitting in the same chair for three days now and it really hurts me to move very much. I have an appointment to see my own doctor on Wednesday. I’m hoping that I will be able to move around by then.

Being stuck in the chair all day is not much fun. It has taken me off of my writing challenge to write 50,000 words in November. But I am trying to figure out how to use dictation to get my words written. I am using dictation to write this blog so if you see something weird it’s not my usual weirdness but the dictation probably didn’t work out like I expected.
I never knew how painful fractured ribs could be I’ve had some ribs bruised before and I was very uncomfortable but nothing like this. I talked to my neighbor who’s had several broken bones and he described it like having a knife in your back and I would have to concur. All I can hope for is a quick recovery and be able to get out of this chair pretty soon.
My wife has been very supportive to me and I truly do appreciate her and any healthcare provider. I have been the recipient of many kind people over the last several years and I’m grateful for for their patience and kindness to me.
My sister Chris is been very supportive as well not only for this injury but ever since my operation a few years back she’s trying to help me recover and I really appreciate everything she’s done for me. I hope you all have good siblings like I do.
I hope I have learned from their great examples. And will show kindness to others the rest of my life.

Hang in there and I will too.

What Trump’s Election Has Taught Me

DateWeigh InLbs from GoalWeight loss so far
11/02/2016 35117614.5

*Disclaimer. I did not vote for either Clinton or Trump. I voted for a third party candidate. I am glad I voted my conscience and didn’t think either candidate met my standards. Don’t let anyone talk you into voting for the lesser of two evils. Don’t vote for someone just because you are voting against someone. Vote for what is right!*



## Hollywood has less influence than it think it does
Many celebrities implored us to go out and vote. Many of us did and many voted that went contrary to their point of view. Now they are crying about the Electoral College, how our country will tailspin and so forth. Hollywood does not know any better than we do on who to vote for. Most of those who spoke out are extreme on one side or the other. Most Americans are common sense people who don’t match values with extremist on either side.
## The press is not all knowing
Much like Hollywood the press had a chip on its shoulder the whole election cycle on what they thought was right and what was wrong. Instead of taking the un-biased route, most media outlets chose sides and it showed. I couldn’t stick with election coverage with any one station because I am sick of talking heads who think they are all knowing. It was kind of fun to watch Wolf Blitzer try to not fall down from a heart attack as he kept questioning his colleague with the oversized iPad, touch his way county by county in swing states as it showed Trump might win it.

## Polls are overrated.
The election polls were not even close this year. They must not have polled the right people or the people they polled were afraid to admit out loud that they were going to vote for Trump.

Polls didn't have it right.

Polls didn’t have it right.

## Your opinion is great if it agrees with mine
I have been surprised at the back lash of this election. I wasn’t thrilled when Obama won over Romney last election but I didn’t take to the streets yelling obscenities at my newly elected president. Or fly to Chicago to protest in front of his house. My son-in-law says it’s different because Obama had the experience to be president. My point is someone got elected that I didn’t agree with but it was better to be respectful and give him the benefit of thee doubt and hope that our nation would prosper.
There was a protester in Salt Lake City who was caught on camera, spraying obscenities about Trump. When the reporter asked him why. He said it was cool! His co-protester then asked what station it was and then proceeded to show the camera his middle finger. Can you believe that? That makes as much sense as a riot over something your upset about and breaking into a neighbor’s store and taking whatever you can carry out. The store owner likely did not cause the problem you are upset about. It hurts your neighborhood and you are selfish. It doesn’t help your cause.
[CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Anti-Trump protester vandalizing utility box (writing “F— Trump”) during last night’s big protest in SLC. #kutv2news](https://twitter.com/danielmwoodruff/status/797093515578613760)
## The Electoral College Is Important and is There for a Reason
Our founding fathers chose to go with the [Electoral College](https://youtu.be/W9H3gvnN468 “Electoral College”) because they wanted to be sure every vote counted. Large states would always be in charge of the election if we went with the popular vote. The electoral college helps all votes count. There is a reason behind it and it’s a good one. I can see why people might be upset when their candidate wins the popular vote but loses through the Electoral College. Do some research before you jump on the popular vote outcry wagon.
## We need to give fairly elected officials our support and have an open mind
Even though I haven’t been thrilled with current policies, I don’t have any bad will against President Obama. I think he tried his best and he found out like Trump will that just because your President, the other branches of our government don’t go away. A consensus needs to be reached for policy to be enacted.
## Everything will work out ok
Just like the sun came up the day after the election. It will everyday for the next four years. Trump will have a chance to reform government and “drain the swamp.”. If he doesn’t work out, vote someone else in that can make things work the way you want them too. I have great faith and hope in America. We can work together to keep it great!

Hang in there and I will too!

Unexpected visit to the hospital!

Unexpected visit to the hospital!

Sometimes life throws us an unexpected curve. I was no exception early in the morning on Friday. I had just climbed into bed and was pulling my cpap mask on. All of a sudden I couldn’t breathe! I sat up in bed trying to figure our what was wrong. My wife woke up with a start asking me what was wrong. I grabbed my throat to give her the sign I wasn’t able to breathe. She got on the phone with 9–11 as I slumped to the floor betweeen the bed and the wall. She had to go outside to flag down the paramedics. In the meantime, I had crawled back up into bed and was rather blue. I don’t remember anything until I was riding to the hospital. The paramedic asked me if I knew where and who I was. I told him my name and guessed I was on my way to the hospital. The first thing I wanted him to do was to tell my wife I was ok. I hated the thought of her worried about me. The emergency personel from the ambulance to the ER crew were very attentive and helped turn me around. A little later as I was resting comfortably, I started repeating the letter ‘B’ to my wife. I heard her say “something’s wrong.” The ER staff started scurring around and I pointed to my mouth because I was biting hard on my toungue. They gave me some kind of medication and I was able to relax from the clenching.

Feeling Stupid and Helpless

I have a daughter who has had to deal with seziures for years now. I think I can better relate to how she must feel because I feel stupid and helpless. There was nothing I could do to prevent or lessen my seziures. They came on without much warning and there was nothing I could do to stop them. They have left me weak and dependeant on my good wife’s help. I don’t like being dependant.

Lesson learned

Be patient with those who have seziures. There is an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. You hope it never happens again and you don’t know what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

Hang in there and I will too!