For the subscribers and those just now coming onto my blog, you will see there is a noticeable difference in the time lapse in this post and my last post.  About four weeks to be precise.  The reason for that is due to my suffering from something called Prostatitis.  Until about three months ago, I had not only never heard of it, I did not know how to pronounce it.   This has been one of the most aggravating medical episodes in my life.  The constant urination, the overwhelming pressure to urinate is a bit perplexing (to say the least).  There have been times when I felt like I was losing my mind.  This all started in early April.  It is just now starting to go away after taking much Bactrim and Cipro.  At first, neither anti-bacterial drug had much effect.  It was only after I gave out of both drugs did I notice a significant improvement.

The next thing on the agenda would have been something called a cystoscopy.  After reading what that procedure incurred, I am glad I don't have to go through that.  In fact, I will have to hurt a helluva lot worse than I have over the past three months to go through that procedure.  Prostatitis is not something  I would wish on my worst enemy.  It is never a waking moment when you are comfortable.  You are irritable, listless and in a constant pain that doesn't seem to want to go away any time soon.  In fact, it is only over the past three days I have noticed a big difference in how I feel.  It was a struggle to go an hour without going to the bathroom to urinate.  I'm now up to about two hours and counting.  Sometimes, with Prostatitis, you will go two or three times an hour.  The more you go, the more uncomfortable you are.  You experience a burning sensation that is hell.  It is not an intense pain.  But, it is always there and gets worse with each urination. You are a virtual prisoner in your home or where you can easily have access to a restroom.

As stated, I am doing better.  But, to say I am completely over my Prostatitis episode would be false.  It seems to take a long time to get over it.  Will I have to endure this for the rest of my life?  At age 60, that would probably be the case, although my urologist has not told me this.  I sincerely hope not.  Prostatitis makes your life absolutely miserable.  I may or may not post as often until I am completely over this problem.  For right now, I will be doing good to post once a week.


More Medical Leave

2012 has not been a good year for me.  I had a terrible cold to start off 2012 in January.  That lasted a month.  Then back in February, I had the "mother of all stomach viruses."  That was nasty!  Now, I have a prostate infection that shows no signs of letting up any time soon.  So, this puts me on indefinite hiatus until I can get my medical problems under control.  I just can't get up the strength to put my usual sarcasm, wit and dry humor into a blog entry. So, I will just take some time off to get well.  Hopefully, I can get over this latest medical problem soon. For you men out there, you better hope you never get a prostate infection. 

Thanks for your understanding.


Military Moms Breastfeeding

There is a photo of two moms breastfeeding their babies that is causing a bit of controversy.  Now, ordinarily, its just a normal topic of conversation that doesn't result in much debate.  I have no problem with a woman breastfeeding in a public place.  In fact, I wish women would expose their breasts even more (just joking there...a little bit)!  But, the photo shows two women in military uniform breastfeeding their babies, including one woman feeding her twin daughters.  Terran Echegoyen-McCabe, a member of the Air National Guard, has stated she is surprised by the reaction to the photos.   "I have breastfed in our lobby, in my car, in the park ... and I pump, usually in the locker room..."  said Echegoyen-McCabe.  Both women, including Christina Luna, have been heavily criticized for doing this in military uniform.  The Air Force has not, in any way, shape, manner or form, endorsed this photo.  The breastfeeding picture was meant to bring awareness to breastfeeding.  But, with the Time Magazine cover many are starting to wonder just what is the real purpose of all of this sudden interest in breastfeeding in public.  I had always thought this was something a mother preferred to do in private.  The military mom in the picture feeding her twins has both breasts exposed.  The only reason she wasn't arrested is that her nipples weren't exposed (obviously).

Like it or not, the military uniform has always been considered as a symbol of strength of this nation.  Women want to be treated as equals, even if that means fighting alongside men in combat, in the armed forces of the United States.  A woman in military uniform breastfeeding a baby in public does not exactly give one the feeling she is combat ready.  Now, breastfeeding a baby may have nothing to do with being combat ready.  I grant you that.  But, symbolism means a great deal to the military.  When I was in uniform, I got chewed out by a Chief Petty Officer because I was drinking a coke in front of a bathroom on base!  He told me that eating and drinking in public, while in uniform, was a disgrace to the uniform.  I even got scolded because I was chewing gum in uniform waiting at a bus stop on base once.  The military takes their image very seriously.  If women want to be a part of this military environment, then they have to accept military tradition, warts and all. Is it disrespecting the uniform?  In some respects, I can see why one would say that.  There is a time and place for everything.  If a military mom feels it is imperative that she breastfeed in public (for whatever reason), then she should consider changing into civilian clothing.  Call me old-fashioned, call me Neanderthal.  I don't care.  I feel the women were just wanting attention.  They got it.

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