Thankful to be Awake and Alert

Three weeks ago, I developed a massive ear infection.  The vertigo from the infection was so bad, I would actually get motion sickness while sitting in a chair.  Also, the pain was excruciating, so I ended up in the emergency room.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics, which seemed to be helping.

Unfortunately, there was still a ton of fluid built up behind my eardrum.  Last week, the pressure from the fluid caused my eardrum to rupture and the fluid starting running out of my ear.  It continued draining for three days.

All that nasty fluid caused the ear cannel to get infected.  My outer ear was red, inflamed, and extremely painful.  The ear cannel was almost swollen shut.

Once again, I ended up in the emergency room.  This time the doctor prescribed steroids and antibiotics to help fight the infection as well as the inflammation.

With all that infection running through my ears, I was not feeling up to par.  I would sleep all night and take long naps during the day.  I was always tired and a bit grumpy.

Today things are looking better.  I woke up at 4:00 in the morning and I am wide awake.  My ear is still a bit tinder, but this is the best I have felt in a long time.

I am thankful to be awake and alert.  I am also thankful for doctors, medication, hospitals, and for the fact I have insurance so I can access medical care whenever I need it.

I am extremely thankful for Mom and Gwen.  They spent time hanging out at the ER with me and were willing to help me in anyway they could.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

The Indian Heritage of Americans

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I was reading The Indian Heritage of Americans by John Franklin Phillips and I was struck by how much my European ancestors owe to the American Indians.

The early European settlers would have died of starvation.  They were ill prepared to farm the land and had no idea what crops would grow in this country.  American Indians took pity on the strangers and taught them what and how to farm.  They saved the lives of countless people.

In some ways we even owe the American Indians for helping America establish a democratic form of government.  The American Indians were already using a form of democracy when the Europeans arrived.

A few of our founding fathers believed it was impossible to unite the colonies and form a united nation.  Benjamin Franklin disagreed and said:

It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme of such a union and be able to execute it in such a manner, as that it has subsisted for ages, and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it more necessary and must be more advantageous, and whom cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interest. 

Unfortunately, the generosity of the American Indians was not repaid with kindness.  The Europeans decided to annihilate them.

The American Indians had many great qualities and they are deserving of our respect.