No, not me. Although I’m looking for a decent massage therapist locally with tough enough thumbs to give my lower back pressure points a good workout. Eldest has settled in at her new job after only a few days in the fabled land of Oz, with another, more remunerative one on the horizon. She’s fine, as is Youngest, who’s a bit overworked because she’s too good at her job, but will be getting pampered to bits when she arrives here for the Christmas Holiday. Mrs S is complaining about my snoring, but that’s about all on the home front.
Meanwhile I’ve just bought in a bulk order of popcorn over the developing news of Hilary Clinton’s ill health, not to mention the campaign meltdown of yet another batch of potentially incriminating emails. No, Hilary love, it’s not a vast, ‘right wing conspiracy’, it’s just that anyone with a functioning intelligence knows you’re bent as a nine bob note. Selling influence to big corporations and overseas donors for inflated ‘speaking fees’. Keeping a private email server and handling classified documents on an insecure system, even though the rules specifically forbid it. Even for a Secretary of State in the United States of America. Then there are all the money laundering and embezzlement allegations over the Clinton Foundation. It may well be high time the USA started to think about electing a woman for President, just not a Clinton. And a not very well Clinton at that.
Now. Having worked in and around hospitals for a few years during which time I undertook some formal medical training, like serving time working in A&E (Emergency), Operating theatre, caring for mentally and physically disabled children and working on stroke, cardiac and cancer wards. Obviously my training is all a bit old hat now, but I can still read an X-ray fairly well and although I’m not qualified to practice, wouldn’t stick a needle in the wrong bit of someone’s anatomy and hit anything vital if called upon to do so. I can tell a fit from a faint, and understand the basic principles of what’s going on with blood pressure and various other symptoms. I’m no doctor, but have a better than average knowledge of what ails the human frame than the general population, who to be charitable, couldn’t find their arse, heart, lungs, stomach or kidneys without a map.
So I thought I’d watch a few videos and say what I see as honestly as possible. Now Hilary Clinton is ill, that much is certain. Very unwell, and this is something that has been going on for some time. Not just a ’bout of pneumonia’. The duration and variability of the problem alone is indicative of a longer term issue. She is also definitely having seizures, not simple fainting fits. So the coughing fits are likely not down to infection alone. Some Cardio-pulmonary (the Double whammy, heart and lungs), involvement is likely considering that fluid has been observed when she coughs. However, ‘Pneumonia’ symptoms do not include her observed neurological symptoms like ‘fitting’ or ‘zoning out’. A simple faint very rarely involves any form of convulsion.
I’m also a little sceptical of the Parkinsons ‘diagnosis’ that some pundits have been bandying about. Two reasons. Watch the hands. No ‘pin rolling’, no visible tremor. Look at the posture. She has had mobility issues for several years, especially with stairs, but there’s no characteristic stoop or slouch. Parkinsons symptoms are usually pretty distinctive, and my own experience working with Parkinsons patients tells me that it’s something else.
So what have we got so far? Fainting, fitting, coughing, weakness, loss of balance, and ‘zoning out’. Fainting is caused by a lack of blood to the brain, often caused by low blood pressure. Fitting, the observed spasmodic movements following a ‘faint’ may even have a pharmacological rather than a simply physiological cause (Be a side effect of a drug regime). A cough is listed as a side effect of Ramipril (A drug used to reduce high blood pressure) Which might account for the quick turnarounds observed. I’ve also just found out what her temporary Strabismus might be a side effect of, which could be down to a similar drug to MDMA being used as a fast acting antidepressant. Throw ’em all together and what have you got? Fainting, fitting, coughing, weakness, loss of balance, and ‘zoning out’. Hmm.
So what is her actual base condition? Not sure. I’ve read all kinds of things bandied about like Binswangers, Guillain-Barré, but my money is on repeated TIA‘s (Transient Ischaemic Attack or Mini-strokes) being treated by large doses of anti-hypertensive (Blood pressure reduction) and anti clotting medication. Considering her known family history of stroke (Younger brother Hugh, both Mother and Father died of CVA’s), it’s the only diagnosis that makes any sense. Could be wrong I suppose, but if it has feathers and quacks, well, it’s probably a member of the genus Anatidae.
The other bet to make is that even if Hilary Clinton does somehow win the US Presidential election, which is looking increasingly unlikely considering the current tranche of scandals, her illness will prevent her being a very effective President. Knowing the state of modern medicine, it is possible with enough money and the right drugs it is possible to extend life considerably. Therefore some right wing hopes that she will end up dying before taking the oath of office in February are pretty long odds. However, the sickness and malaise such life extending pharmaceuticals inevitably bring with them may just make the recipient wonder what the hell she’s doing it for.