Archive for July, 2012

Thoughts on the absurdity of health care when it comes to the dying

July 17, 2012

An elderly family member just lost a valiant fight to cancer. I will write on them in another post. At this time I am still dumbstruck by the stupid things we saw done on a near-daily basis with this poor 79 year-old dying person.

Examples:

The form for the cremation asked about embalming. Why in the world would you embalm someone to then reduce them to ashes right afterward?

The nursing home staff who would leave the bathroom door open and block the TV. The last pleasure for this bedridden person was Turner Classic Movies. OK, it was likely a blur to her by that point, but it was still better than trying to watch it through a door.

The nursing home person who showed up to survey on mood and test for dementia. This was a woman who was terminally ill and in the final days of life. How would your mood be? As for dementia, she was going to be gone long before it was an issue.

The nursing home staff who would show up with full trays of food for a dying person who really couldn’t chew or swallow — and whose stomach was being crushed by tumors. The poor lady could BARELY sip Ensure if someone spooned it to her. She couldn’t eat BBQ chicken! Plenty of meals went into the trash totally untouched.

The nursing home staff who would show up to roll her in the bed to change her position or to try to take a shower or whatever. The lady had cracked vertebra in her spine and was in great pain due to the many tumors. Leave her be! It HURTS when you move her.

Arguing with medical staff about silliness like twice-daily finger sticks for managing diabetes. When you are in the last weeks of your life from cancer, then diabetes is the least of your worries.

Still taking someone’s blood pressure who is within 24 hours of death. C’mon, what is the point?

It is like the health care system is on auto-pilot and common sense has left the building. The top question with a dying person needs to be: Does this help make them more comfortable — or does it simply hurt and further strip away at someone’s remaining dignity?

Ditched Facebook again over photo-tagging

July 13, 2012

Got tired of it again, but there was a last-straw event. I have repeatedly asked people not to “tag” me in photos. None of my Facebook photos contained an actual image of me. I decided not to put any up for my own reasons. Then I discover that someone can tag me in a picture and it both goes up on my wall and is inserted in MY photos.

I can’t allow a situation where other people can decide what images GO UP ON MY PAGE. The actual image was not a problem. The issue was that I lose control over what images of me are on my site.

Added to the ugly debacle that was Timeline (I never converted, but others’ pages were painful to view) and Facebook was pain in the butt.

Good riddance, again.

Linux security defaults are a bigger pain in the butt than Vista and UAC

July 8, 2012

I tossed together some old hardware and popped Debian on it. It works, but I am getting annoyed with the constant password prompts. It even wants a password to check for updates and to adjust the time. Even Vista and the first-generation UAC security features wasn’t so paranoid that it wouldn’t let me check for updates or adjust the time without confirming it was me. Debian made me log in after the computer sat idle, log in again to check for updates, and then log-in ONCE MORE to adjust the desktop clock. That was three log-ins in about three minutes.

I declined to set a root password at start-up to avoid another round of log-ins. I also had to reload it all after it apparently FORGOT my password and kept refusing to let me log-in. True security was in place, as the system refused to let ANY USERS in. No users, no risk…

Yo, Linux Community: How about you reset some of the paranoid security defaults? Checking for software updates of YOUR SOFTWARE at YOUR SITES and changing the clock settings should be allowable as defaults.