Thursday, March 19, 2009
Boy have I got to stop watching CSPAN! I cant help it though it is so rich in pathology. I was watching Rep. Barney Frank when he was discussing the A.I.G. issue. At first it was hard to get through his aphrasia and his velopharyngeal incompetence but when I closed my eyes it was the aprosody that was so striking! It is just like the responses I get when I catch a prescription drug abusers trying to convince us that they need pain medications in the ER for something that they dont have. Then in between questions he had classic Biot's breathing which makes me think that there may be hydrocephalus or at least something worthy of a mri and tap for opening pressure.
I know that I mentioned this before and I am sure that it is probably why the whole HIPPA law was enacted, but cant we make sure that every elected official has a complete physical and mental health exam before running for or taking office? I mean we can comply with HIPPA and keep all information private except to the election commission who could simply state, "you cant run because you have a brain defect on MRI". Oh, wait a minute, that would be discrimination and they passed laws agaist that as well. How then do you get rid of an elected official who has a major health issue that prevents his or her ability to fill their post? Are there guidelines and then who enforces them? I'll bet money that the amount of Senators with Lewey bodies on MRI would scare the pants off of us. What about the meds that they are on? Would you trust your representative if you found out that they take 1 mg of Xanax tid for anxiety, adderal for ADD and then Effexor for depression and that they have bipolar characteristics? We have already had a president with Addisons disease and associated steroid psychosis and he managed to put nuclear missles in Turkey and take us to DEFCON 4. How do we even know what the blood alcholol level is of our Congressman when they vote on bills? Is there routine drug testing? Do you even notice that Sen. Feinstein has conjunctival irritation and mydriasis? I hope that it is allergies and the result of her medications!
Back to CSPAN, Sen. Dodd is talking, does he have ocular hypertelorism?