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Post by optimusprime » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:55 am

Nelson Mandela in critical condition, South Africa's presidency saysBy CNN Staffupdated 3:52 PM EDT, Sun June 23, 2013(CNN) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria, the president's office said.Mandela's condition worsened in the past 24 hours."The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement, referring to Mandela's tribal name.Mandela has been hospitalized in Pretoria since June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Previously, authorities had described his condition as serious but stable.Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail over the years and has not appeared in public since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.MORE:[/break1]cnn.com/2013/06/23/world/africa/south-africa-mandela/index.html?hpt=hp_t2]http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/23/world/afr ... ?hpt=hp_t2

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Post by TollandRCR » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:25 am

CNN June 23, 2013 [link]"CNN Exclusive: 'I believe he is at peace,' Nelson Mandela's daughter says",http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/23/world/afr ... index.html[/link]..."In our culture, the Tembu culture, ... you never release the person unless the person has told you: 'Please my children, my family, release me.' My dad hasn't said that to us."So these people who want to talk about, you know, release him, he hasn't said we should release him and we haven't come to the end yet. It is only God who knows the end."There is no description of precisely what the physicians are doing for Mr. Mandela other than (presumably) trying to treat the lung infection. [link]His lung problems began on Robben Island,http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/23/world/afr ... ca-mandela[/link]
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Post by TollandRCR » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:06 pm

Agence France-Presse via Gulf News June 24, 2013 [link]The concert that changed perceptions of Mandela: Anti-apartheid hero was on a US terror watch list until 2008,http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-wo ... -1.1201488[/link]JOHANNESBURG So revered is Nelson Mandela today that it is easy to forget that for decades he was considered a terrorist by many foreign governments, and some of his present-day supporters.The anti-apartheid hero was on a US terror watch list until 2008 and while still on Robben Island, Britain’s late “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher described his African National Congress as a “typical terrorist organisation.”That Mandela’s image has been transformed so thoroughly is a testament to the man’s achievements, but also, in part, to a [link]concert,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Man ... ay_Tribute[/link] that took place in London 25 years ago this week....The gig at Wembley attracted broadcasters in nearly 70 countries and was watched by more than half a billion people around the world, still one of the largest audiences ever for an entertainment event. Singer Harry Belafonte opened with a rousing acclamation: “We are here today to honour a great man, the man is Nelson Mandela.”Mandela was released from prison 19 months later.
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Post by Whatever4 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:38 pm

New conspiracy theory developing: Nelson Mandela is already dead/being kept alive until Obama gets there and can have touching photo op before Mandela dies. Where DO they come up with these wild plots?
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Post by interestedbystander » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:03 pm

Agence France-Presse via Gulf News June 24, 2013 [link]The concert that changed perceptions of Mandela: Anti-apartheid hero was on a US terror watch list until 2008,http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-wo ... -1.1201488[/link]JOHANNESBURG So revered is Nelson Mandela today that it is easy to forget that for decades he was considered a terrorist by many foreign governments, and some of his present-day supporters.The anti-apartheid hero was on a US terror watch list until 2008 and while still on Robben Island, Britain’s late “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher described his African National Congress as a “typical terrorist organisation.”That Mandela’s image has been transformed so thoroughly is a testament to the man’s achievements, but also, in part, to a [link]concert,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Man ... ay_Tribute[/link] that took place in London 25 years ago this week....The gig at Wembley attracted broadcasters in nearly 70 countries and was watched by more than half a billion people around the world, still one of the largest audiences ever for an entertainment event. Singer Harry Belafonte opened with a rousing acclamation: “We are here today to honour a great man, the man is Nelson Mandela.”Mandela was released from prison 19 months later.I was at that gig - I still have my Free Nelson Mandela T shirt somewhere. It was a brilliant day.

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Post by Dolly » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:16 pm

President George W. Bush Has Stent ProcedureAugust 6, 2013Former President George W. Bush successfully underwent a heart procedure in Dallas on Tuesday after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during his annual physical, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said."At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," Ford said. "The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital."Bush, 67, was expected to be discharged Wednesday and resume his normal schedule the following day.The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush's physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the nation's 43rd president lives.[/break1]go.com/US/wireStory/president-george-bush-stent-procedure-19881002]http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pres ... e-19881002(not sure where else to post this)
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Post by mimi » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:28 pm

Linda Ronstadt Tells AARP She Has Parkinson's





by The Associated Press


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The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and "can't sing a note."





Ronstadt says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.Ronstadt now uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when traveling, the AARP story said.[/break1]npr.org/2013/08/24/215035751/ronstadt-tells-aarp-she-has-parkinsons?sc=tw&cc=twmp]http://www.npr.org/2013/08/24/215035751 ... tw&cc=twmp








Such a shame. I am a huge fan.

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Post by mimi » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:48 pm

Rep. Bill Young is ‘gravely ill’





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Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, one of the longest-serving members of Congress in history, is "gravely ill," his family said in a statement provided by Young's office.





"U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young's condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill," the family said. "His doctors say his prognosis is guarded."





Young announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection in 2014. Fox News Falsely Reports Death Of Rep. Bill Young





The Huffington Post | By Jack Mirkinson Posted: 10/17/2013 2:47 pm EDT | Updated: 10/17/2013 5:33 pm EDT


Fox News solemnly announced the death of Bill Young, a longtime Republican congressman from Florida, on Thursday.





One problem: he wasn't dead.[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/fox-news-bill-young-dead-msnbc_n_4117419.html'']http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/1 ... 419.html''








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Post by Whatever4 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:56 pm

Luke Russert muffed that call too. Kid needs to mature a lot more, he has big shoes to fill.
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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:47 pm

Officials at the hospital in Israel where former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being treated described him Thursday as being in "extremely critical" and "grave" condition, with his family is by his side."In the last few hours there has been a deterioration in Ariel Sharon's medical condition," said a spokesman for Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. "He continues to be in critical condition."The 85-year-old has been in a coma for eight years and is suffering from multiple organ failure. News broke last week that his health had recently worsened.[/break1]cnn.com/2014/01/09/world/meast/israel-ariel-sharon/]http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/world/mea ... el-sharon/I'm amazed Sharon is still alive all things considered.

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Post by SueDB » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:49 pm

Officials at the hospital in Israel where former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being treated described him Thursday as being in "extremely critical" and "grave" condition, with his family is by his side."In the last few hours there has been a deterioration in Ariel Sharon's medical condition," said a spokesman for Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer. "He continues to be in critical condition."The 85-year-old has been in a coma for eight years and is suffering from multiple organ failure. News broke last week that his health had recently worsened.[/break1]cnn.com/2014/01/09/world/meast/israel-ariel-sharon/]http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/world/mea ... el-sharon/I'm amazed Sharon is still alive all things considered. :yeah: Tough old bird... :-
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Post by mimi » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:44 pm

Tom Brokaw is battling multiple myeloma. Bone marrow cancer. [/break1]nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tom-brokaw-diagnosed-cancer-prognosis-encouraging-n27871]http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tom ... ing-n27871

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Post by SueDB » Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:19 pm

Malcolm Young of AC/DC Retires Reportedly Due To Dementia It may be that dementia is claiming another giant, this time a musical one.Sources connected to the Young family have said AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney's eastern suburbs specialising in dementia.The home is understood to be Lulworth House in ElMOAR 61 years old - Musta been one real tough road... - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock n Roll)...
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Post by DejaMoo » Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:47 pm

Malcolm Young of AC/DC Retires Reportedly Due To Dementia It may be that dementia is claiming another giant, this time a musical one.Sources connected to the Young family have said AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney's eastern suburbs specialising in dementia.The home is understood to be Lulworth House in El Yeah, Kris Kristofferson, too - though in his case, his family is claiming that it is related to his brief boxing career, not his lifelong careers of boozing and carousing.

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Post by magdalen77 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:41 pm

Yikes, AC/DC, I saw them years ago at the Brendan Byrne Arena (which I don't think exists any more).* I think Fastway opened for them.*Argh, I just checked that was 1983. I feel old.

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Post by SueDB » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:44 pm

I've seen 4 times them in 3 different cities. -xx -xx -xx
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Post by magdalen77 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:51 pm

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap ;)

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Post by Chilidog » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:33 pm

Korsakoff's syndrome?

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Post by Maybenaut » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:23 pm

So sad. My brother-in-law (Maybesaux's Irish Twin -- less than one year older) was put in a nursing home at the age of 52 for early-onset dementia. We don't really know the cause, but the doctors suspect heavy-metal poisoning (no, seriously, not a reference to AC/DC -- he worked in a gas station his entire life and was exposed to lead as well as benzine and a lot of other yucky stuff). Alzheimers in the elderly is horrible. Dementia in a relatively young and otherwise healthy man is absolutely heartbreaking. He's been an insulin-dependent diabetic since he was a teenager, but his dementia affects his ability to regulate his blood sugar on his own -- that was the initial reason he had to go into the nursing home. It's worse now, though -- he's now at the point where he recognizes very few people. Last time we went to visit him, we took him out to lunch with his other brother (whom he appears to recognize) and he talked about Maybesaux when they were kids, but obviously didn't realize that he was sitting right next to him. Offtopic, I know, but I get a little misty-eyed when I read about people with dementia.

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Post by magdalen77 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:48 pm

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry, Maybenaut.

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Post by gupwalla » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:42 pm

he talked about Maybesaux when they were kids, but obviously didn't realize that he was sitting right next to him. Grandma had Alzheimer's. Before the lights went completely out, you could catch her in good spirits and talk about Grandpa. Her eyes would light up and she'd regale you with happy memories (often the same memory over and over, each time for the first time ever). But if she actually laid eyes on Grandpa, he was "that fat man who waddles through like he owns the place." As a family we chose to laugh our way through it whenever we could - because the alternative was otherwise almost impossible to endure. The sadest-funniest was her last lucid Christmas, when my other grandfather (who also had dementia) was her dinner companion. They were both in the same profession, and while they seldom saw each other, they were fond enough for in-laws and used to enjoy their rare conversations with one another. That night I think they sat at the dinner table for three hours, each one telling the same exact story. "That reminds me, did I ever tell you..." "Well I never! That's like the time..." over and over. I think Grandma had two dozen of Poppa-Daddy's ancient business cards before it was over. They seemed to really be enjoying their groundhog day conversation so we just let them at it.
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Post by Maybenaut » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:59 pm

Yeah. My father-in-law had Alzheimers. He'd tell the same story over and over again, but in each telling he'd add a detail that he hadn't included before. By the end of the evening he told a pretty interesting tale -- you just had to stick with it.

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Post by Patagoniagirl » Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:59 am

Very sad. I know. I also know that when Mista and I were told he had early onset ALZ, it was devastating. However, it turns out that while he does have some dementia going on, most of the symptoms we were seeing had to do with his liver not functioning. The Hep C is now cured, and then seemingly the symptoms returned. The Hep C is gone, but the damage to the liver is severe. It is an ongoing battle. We also thought my mother was exhibiting signs of dementia, which turned out to be low O2. Thing is, there are many things that present as dementia. Always good to look for underlying causes. Sorry for the hijack. And very sorry to read about others who have been no afflicted and affected with this horrible disease.

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Post by Foggy » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:17 am

Both my wife's parents died in our home of Alzheimers'. That was a tough time, and as y'all know, I got severe depression as a result (along with some other turmoil in my own fambly, such as my mom losing a leg and dying; Monday would have been her 83rd birthday). But today I look back and I'm proud of what we did. We didn't let them stay in nursing homes. It was a ton of effort to feed and clean my paralyzed mother-in-law. We had a hoist and we'd put her in a chair part of the day, even though she couldn't talk or move her limbs. We fed her by hand. I used to grind up 15 or so pills in a mortar and pestle and mix them with yogurt, then feed it to her spoonful by spoonful. There were a few comic moments with her dad ... he couldn't remember that you have to pull your underpants up first and then your pants ... he went out to get the newspaper in the morning every day, and one day he forgot to put any pants at all on before he did. On the whole, though, it was very, very tough. At one point, we were at a brain clinic at UC Irvine getting the results of some testing (we got some 'advanced, new' medicines for participating in the testing program, though they didn't help much). After talking to us for a while and learning about the state her mom was in, the doctor leaned across the table in amazement and said, "You can't possibly be taking care of both these people in your own home. It's too much!" We looked at him and said, "We've been doing it for two years already. We're here for the duration," and that was that. We were there, too. We did everything we could, and more. We kept her mom alive for 3½ years before she died. If there was any recognition left in her, she got to spend time with her oldest grandson. We got kicked out of hospice twice because we took such good care of her. You get hospice because they think you have less than 6 months to live. You can't be on hospice for 3½ years just because you happen to be doing an excellent outstanding incredible job keeping your mom alive. So, umm ... yeah. I suffered from depression and decided to give up my law license. Doing criminal defense is hard on the soul under the best of circumstances. But if I had it all to do over again, I'd do the exact same thing. My life today is good, and my wife has stuck with me through thick and thin, mostly because I was there for her and her parents when the going got really, really bad. 'Course, if you read Gerbil Report™ you've no doubt read that I'm suffering from dementia myself, and that's why y'all changed the software that runs the forum and brought in the new IT guy (Dr. Ken) to run it. Fogbow is being taken away from me as I slide into my dotage, boo hoo. That would make sense except the guy who made it up kinda slipped badly when he said, "Good thing the new IT guy is up to speed on the new software," because birthers don't think Fogbow should exist at all none. If he really believed I was going into dementia, he'd have said "Too bad the new IT guy is up to speed ..." Busted. :D
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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:35 am

So sad, Maybenaut. :hug:
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