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1/21/2013 10:08:00 AM
Nancy says 'forget the fiscal cliff'

Nancy Dinelli-Prill

Instead of the fiscal cliff, Congress should take up more serious matters that would help the people they represent.
I would suggest Congress pass a bill that would include, with every medicine that is prescribed and has been O.K.’d for human consumption, a video recording of the mice or rats or humans who tested that medication.
I think we should have the right to see what they went through when they consumed the medication that has been prescribed for us. I don’t think a printed sheet of paper that explains the warnings is enough for people to realize what they are getting.
My new, once again changed, medicine has side effects warnings that tell there could be, “nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, weakness or a metallic taste in the mouth.”
Additional explanation: “Warning section. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if a serious allergic reaction, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. Call your doctor or medical adviser and get medical help right away.”
And the directions and explanations go on for a whole page.
I want to ask you if you don’t think it is only our First Amendment right to see a video of mice, rats and rabbits with a rash, or throwing up, or diarrhea, or weakness or itching or swelling. Severe dizziness would be interesting if you saw a rat chasing his tail.
It makes you wonder if it’s worth it to be cured.
I’m already weak so that doesn’t matter, but I would hate to start any of the rest of the explained warnings. I think, my old medicine has had me dealing with extensive night sweats and having to change and get dry clothes on in the middle of the night.
At any rate, would you write your congressman and ask him to vote for my “experimental drug side effect video”?
Tell them it is our constitutional right to see what we are being given. Tell them that sometimes words aren’t enough.
But enough of that because if you can believe it, I am writing this on Jan. 9 and the roofer has his men on the roof tearing off the old one and putting on a new one.
It is a beautiful day and the men are happy for the work this time of the year.
They have been at it for two days. I’m grateful for both the workers and the weather.
Son Kevin was after me last summer to get the roof done. I said I would.
Carpenter Patrick was after me last summer to get the roof done. I said I would.
The thing I don’t understand is the fact that no one told “The Farmer” to get a new roof on the house.
At any rate late last fall when I went into the back bedroom one evening I heard a strange soft noise and it was coming from the closet area. I called “The Farmer” in so he could listen, but he heard nothing.
Like most of you older farmers, he never wore protective gear around the farm machinery and like most of you, he is deaf in one ear and can’t hear out the other.
He calls it “selective hearing.” Most of you women know what I’m talking about.
The next morning I stepped, bare-footed, to the closet to get my robe and ended up standing in a puddle of water. I screamed for “The Farmer” that we were having sewer problems again, or so I thought. However, it was then that a big ol’ drop of water landed on my head.
The wood around the closet door was dripping water, and I wondered if the noise I had heard the night before was water coming in from the roof. The roofer came out right away and said that water was getting under a couple of shingles and with that he nailed a tarp over the area and proceeded to give us an estimate for the new roof.
Roofing material is such in this day and age that it doesn’t have to be beastly hot to put on a new roof. All in all it took them three days to tear off the old roof and put on the new. The wood under the shingles was in perfect shape and they didn’t have to replace any part of the roof.
I will tell you, however, Mandy Dog and I were going nuts with three days of scraping and banging and hammering. She started to shake and I just continued to move from one end of the house to the other, trying to get away from the noise.
Because I’m so tired of this nasty world we have come to live in, I have a new saying to those who help me out. I said it to the roofers as they left and they were surprised.
What did I say? “I appreciate you!” I find myself saying it more and more. Try it, you’ll like it and so will the other person. Ciao!

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