Saving an injured American Bald Eagle (American Bird Conservancy)
I’m back from the oral surgeon’s office where I was informed that the ‘bump’ inside my mouth (left jaw) is not cancer, not an abscess, not a cyst, but a ‘bone spur’ and not related to the decayed tooth. Gosh, yet another growth pops out (literally) as I age. My primary care physician calls them barnacles. Nothing I did wrong, it just happens.
Meanwhile, after I freaked out, and then calmed down, I noticed my dentist had not indicated on the referral form which tooth would need the root canal. So, I called the dentist’s office and finally got a response. Doctor L., my old but generally competent dentist had forgotten who I was, but had a look at my records. “Tooth number 20,” says he.
I then called the endodontist’s office, and the nurse practitioner told me to not take any pain medication before I visit next Tuesday because Dr Way would test my teeth to see which one was causing distress. Oh goodie.
I asked David, “How do people who are slightly addled keep track of all this medical information?” And that doesn’t include the forms, paperwork and need to withdraw funds from my savings because my health insurance does not cover everything. David, who has perfect teeth, has dental insurance through his carrier. However, I removed myself from his policy a few years ago because I found having two policies (my own and his), plus Medicare very confusing. The next time you hear the sobriquet, “Getting Old isn’t for Sissies” believe it.
While I have been frequenting medical offices this week, I have continued to read Margaret Macmillan’s powerful book, The War that Ended Peace. This book is not about WWI, it is about the history of Europe, Turkey (Ottoman Empire), Japan, and the US) before the war, from about 1860 to 1914, and my kind of history.
MacMillian includes biographical sketches of the major players before WWI: European crowned heads like the Tzar, the Kaiser, and Edward VII, and other leaders like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson,
Thinkers, businessmen, artists and architects, including Nietzsche, Alfred Nobel, Sigmund Freud, Gustave Klimt, Picasso, and others share the stage. And MacMillan covers the Fauves, spiritualists, socialists, pacifists, nationalism, modernism, populism (William Jennings Bryan), progressivism, feminists, peace movements, saboteurs, assassins, immigrants, and the effort to create international bodies that could arbitrate differences in lieu of war.
For example, during the US Civil War, the British built a ship named the Alabama for the Confederacy, and the Alabama sunk 60 union ships. After the war, the US demanded reparations from Britain for the damage (i.e., Canada as payment). Arbitration helped settle the matter and the US received $15 million instead. Many interesting anecdotes (i.e., the Titanic) pepper the book.
Below, another wonderful bird photo from the American Bird Conservancy.