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CAT Scan

January 6, 2010

The first day of work at Ziglar in 2010 had a few twists in it.
Picked up Dad at 7:00 a.m. so that we could get an early start; attending our 8:00 a.m.  company devotions, which was awesome, as usual.

Learned at 8:30 that our phone system was down.  Learned a little later our hard drive crashed on the computer so while the phones are working, all of the needed features like voice mail are not!  Suddenly 2010 feels like 1975!

Mom picks up Dad at 10:00 a.m. to go home.  As Cindy and I head out to lunch at 11:30, Mom calls and says Dad is very dizzy.  We head over to Mom and Dad’s place instead.

Mom calls Dad’s doctor who put the brain shunt in last year to relieve his hydrocephalous.  They order a CAT scan ASAP.  We borrow a wheelchair for Dad and head down to the hospital.  (Dad is absolutely loving the attention, as he feels totally normal except when he tries to stand up.)

Arrive at the CAT scan place at 1:15 p.m.  Get checked in, and they promise to work us in.  It’s packed and I am thinking they are running some sort of “start the new year with an X-Ray special”!  Everybody in the room is so nice and courteous.
Dad needs to go to the men’s room and I get elected to help. (Still can’t believe Mom and Cindy voted for me!)

I help Dad, since his balance is way off.  I ask him if he would like some privacy and he says yes, so I turn off the bathroom light. It’s pitch black, as we both laugh in the darkness!  (Side note: Dad has always been able to laugh in the dark.)

Amazingly, when we come out they are ready for us.  They ask Dad a list of 50 questions about his medical history, and Mom gets 48 of them right!  Cindy and I correct the other two.  Dad somehow manages to make a funny comment or joke about almost every question.

We are moved to another waiting area.  Two different “higher ups” check in on us.  The service really is amazing at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center at Presbyterian Hospital on Walnut Hill in Dallas.  Had a very nice conversation with Debbie Merten, the Technical Director.  Turns out she trained one of our staff development programs in the 1990’s when she was at Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas.  No wonder the customer service is so good!

(Side note:  Saint Paul Hospital is where my sister Suzie lost her battle against pulmonary fibrosis in 1995, and Debbie was teaching our program at that time.  I can’t tell you how it made our family feel when we went through that time with Suzie and having the hospital staff treat us like family.)

At 2:00 p.m. they take Dad back for the CAT scan.  Mom rides shotgun.

At 2:15 they come back, all done!

In Ziglar tradition we do the only logical thing, we head to IHOP for some FOOD!  The thought of Harvest Grain pancakes drives the dizziness from Dad’s body and he returns to normal (or I guess whatever is normal for Zig Ziglar).

Arrive at IHOP about 3:00.  Dad doesn’t need the wheelchair anymore.  We laugh as we eat gi-normous omelets with pancakes.

At 3:45 the phone rings with the results.  All good, nothing wrong with the shunt, and most likely a little inner ear problem or a lingering effect of the fall from a few years ago.

On the way home from IHOP Dad informs us that his next book is going to be on encouragement, since so many people are down right now.  Life is back to normal.

Drop Mom and Dad off and Cindy takes me back to the office to get my car.

Still have a 1975 phone system at the office, but I don’t care.

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Michael Jackson, Peggy Noonan, Dave Ramsey, and Health Care

July 25, 2009

Years ago (about 25 to be more precise), I learned a valuable lesson about money.  A friend of mine was really excited about buying a new car, but after negotiating he realized he was $500 short on the down payment.  He figured it would take him three months to earn the extra money and get the car.

Being what I thought was a good friend, I went to him and offered to lend him the money.  I had the money, I didn’t need it right then, it would all be paid back in three months, and he would get his car right away.  I was feeling really proud of my idea since it was 100% mine – he didn’t ask me for it.  He took the money and the next day we were riding around in his brand new car.  Life was good!

If only Dave Ramsey had been around back then!

Pretty soon it became apparent that the $500 loan was a mistake.  I was counting on at least 25 bucks a week in payback, but, strangely, that never happened.  Instead, every time we would go out in his car it seemed he had a new music cassette tape to show off on his new car stereo!  I can still remember driving around listening to Michael Jackson, wishing I had my $500 back.  While we were listening to the music he would also fill me in on the great fun he had that week on dates at dance clubs and at concerts.

Soon I realized I didn’t help pay for his car – I had paid for his lifestyle.

I wish I could say I got past it, but it became a nagging thing to me and eventually led to our friendship dissolving.  The $500 didn’t really matter in the big scheme of things.  If he had suffered a hardship and couldn’t pay it back, I would have gladly forgiven it and moved on, and we’d still be friends.  But every time that stereo got cranked up it was salt in the wounds.  I still remember to this day getting angry inside every time he spent money on “stuff” rather than on paying back what I thought was a symbol of friendship.  If I had had the power to divert his money from “stuff” to me, I think I would have used it.

Peggy Noonan covers this concept in the health care debate in the article “Common Sense May Sink ObamaCare.” The socially elite “smart people” who advocate the ObamaCare program also realize that people will choose “stuff” over what they should be spending their money on.  The big problem is they have the power to penalize people for buying the wrong “stuff.”  Even worse, they will get to decide what “stuff” is wrong.  This is a LOSS of FREEDOM, pure and simple.

Bottom line, when the government “pays” for health care for everyone (uh, the government doesn’t “pay,” they take money from money earners called taxpayers and spread it around to those who don’t earn enough to pay their own way), they will soon realize that some people receiving the health care are making really bad choices about what “stuff” they buy.  It won’t be long before you are required to get a physical, and if you are overweight or have other issues, you will be in jeopardy of losing your “free” health care, or you will be denied aggressive treatments because the risk/reward scenario doesn’t justify it.  In order to avoid this, socially elite “smart people” will then tell us what “stuff” we can’t buy.  Things like beer, cigarettes, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Twinkies, and tattoos, because all of these things have health risks.

I guess at the end of the day the government is promising everyone a new car.  The only problem is they will tell us what to listen to on the radio, and where we can drive it.