[ Wisdom Trumps Life Unexpected ]

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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Watch carefully old man,
for to be cavalier and think yourself ever the smarter,
ever the more experienced,
you’ll be humbled by the young person sitting, ever so quietly,
ever so politely next to you.

Look closely,
you will see a lifetime of courage and insight gained, pressed in brevity,
then it is proper to see wisdom uniquely guided by the hand of youth;
to know the path forward is lit by a special person,
a young hero.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

[ … In fond memory of Michael Politzer, a young hero. These words, refreshed today, were my thoughts when Michael passed away two years ago. They stand the test of time for me, as does Michael’s memory. Rest in peace Michael.]Michael Politzer - (720x556)

Two years ago we learned that our K-T Syndrome Companion and friend to the world, Michael Politzer, passed away at 18 years of age. I’m not alone in saying Michael will be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you Michael for your courage, friendship, tenacity, laughter, and amazing humanity. Thank you Geneva Politzer for sharing your son with the world and standing with him as you two made this a much better place to be. Much love and affection from all of us.
 
 
 
 
 
 



http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/04/remembering_michael_politzer_l.html – This is a tribute to Michael, written and published by those in his local community. Beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul.

Lymphadenitis … a Doctor’s Perspective

Lymphadenitis is an infection of the lymph nodes (also called lymph glands). It is a common complication of certain bacterial infections.

Causes

The lymph system is a network of lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymph vessels, and organs that produce and move a fluid called lymph from tissues to the bloodstream.

The lymph glands, or nodes, are small structures that filter the lymph fluid. There are many white blood cells in the lymph nodes to help fight infection.

Lymphadenitis occurs when the glands become enlarged by swelling (inflammation), often in response to bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The swollen glands are usually found near the site of an infection, tumor, or inflammation.

Lymphadenitis may occur after skin infections or other infections caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus or Staphylococcus. Sometimes it is caused by rare infections such as tuberculosis or cat scratch disease (Bartonella).

Symptoms

  • Red, tender skin over lymph node
  • Swollen, tender, or hard lymph nodes

Lymph nodes may feel rubbery if an abscess has formed or they have become inflamed.

Exams and Tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam. This includes feeling your lymph nodes and looking for signs of injury or infection around any swollen lymph nodes.

A biopsy and culture of the affected area or node may reveal the cause of the inflammation. Blood cultures may reveal spread of infection to the bloodstream.

Treatment

Lymphadenitis may spread within hours. Treatment should begin promptly.

Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics to treat any infection
  • Analgesics (painkillers) to control pain
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation
  • Cool compresses to reduce inflammation and pain

Surgery may be needed to drain an abscess.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Prompt treatment with antibiotics usually leads to a complete recovery. It may take weeks, or even months, for swelling to disappear.

Possible Complications

  • Abscess formation
  • Cellulitis (a skin infection)
  • Fistulas (seen in lymphadenitis that is due to tuberculosis)
  • Sepsis (bloodstream infection)

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider or go to the emergency room if you have symptoms of lymphadenitis.

Prevention

Good general health and hygiene are helpful in the prevention of any infection.

Alternative Names

Lymph node infection; Lymph gland infection; Localized lymphadenopathy

References

Armitage JO. Approach to the patient with lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 171.

Pasternack MS, Swartz MN. Lymphadenitis and lymphangitis. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill-Livingstone; 2009:chap 92.

Update Date: 5/19/2013

Updated by: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

[Hugs, Kisses & Miracles]

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Empathy scrambles me;
Fixer and lover by birth.

Magic wands not here;
Wallet filled with dust.

Hugs most often find air;
Friends live at distance.

Closely held, escape not pain;
Shadows ever lurking.

Words written meaning to encourage;
Truth, not to ring hollow.

Feeling wanting;
Answers crying.

Hugs and kisses foundational;
Miracles essential, certainly longing.


Hugs, Kisses & Miracles
By| William Anton Lee
© 2014, February 3


Inspired by| Lynn Smith-Loy, Jess “TetleyGirl” Mylroie, Dawne L Lee

Revelation, a Patient Road

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Asking for Revelation while forcing resolution, evolution if you will, is self-defeated when your own words and actions cry intolerance, ego and egotism; rather exude unconditional love and understanding while paving the road to your heart and soul. Truth ought not to use sensationalism or cynicism to be heard because the prior obfuscates and the latter drowns the message. Noise and spite are by no means peace and tranquility or light and focus.


By: William Anton Lee
2014, February 2
Revelation, a Patient Road ©®


Inspired By: John


Selfish Addictions, Not

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Reflected on the news of the day.

Another celebrity passed away from a drug overdose. A lot of attention is drawn to his legacy and so on. One commentator spoke, “The way we talk about a celebrity who ODs says a lot about the way we think about people who are struggling around us. It’s time we tried to understand struggles we don’t endure ourselves. It’s called empathy, and we could all use a lot more of it.”

I differ with the above assessment.

A lifelong walk with a rare disease which includes chronic pain and degenerative realities has me visiting with many like people who suffer through the complications of using pain drugs and so on. The key word used by this author was “empathy”. This an attribute owned by those who have been there. It is by its use experiential and thus limited, not likely or preferred to be acquired in order to assure understanding.

It is far from “cute” to say that the best we can expect from most is “sympathy” and I mean in a charitable sense, not some phony “boy am I lucky, you poor soul” kind of way. It is asking for honest and deeply held compassion for your neighbor. It do not take kindly to elitist sensibilities which choose to see those in need as takers, rather than sufferers.

To see the addict as selfish is to climb aboard the “screw you” train. It provides the convenient excuse to look past rare diseases, congenital disorders, degenerative disease, and  a myriad of accidental placements in life. Did you choose your parents? Did you choose you gene pool?

The human animal is far to complex to be cut, labeled, and packed like a piece of meat. It takes compassion, insight, work and sympathy to best understand why each of us walks, talks, thinks and acts as we do. Five years of psychotherapy might do it, but certainly doesn’t guarantee it. It starts with giving yourself the benefit of the doubt. It is finished by having your neighborhood, your community following in kind.

A very astute friend of mine challenged me one day to not throw a trouble kid on the trash heap of life, when I judged him to be seriously flawed in character. It was a very tough message and a very easy decision. We took him in. Not all of these endeavors work. We’re not Psychoanalysts, gods, prophets or miracle workers. We are people who by fortune have capacities others don’t. It’s not only that hard work pays off.

Does this excuse personal responsibility? Hell no. Does its bends and twists excuse sympathy? Hell no. Like in all endeavors you try. When it doesn’t quite workout, you retool and try again. And when the whole damn thing is a mess sometimes you have to deal with putting the whole project off to the side and declaring lessons learned. In no case, do you scrap the person. Find them a place where they can prosper. Encourage them to come. Never regret having made the effort.

I will not mourn those who fail to try. I will not give celebrity to those who take. I will offer a hand up until I have no more strength or capacity to help. I will offer charity, compassion, sympathy. I certainly hope that empathy is required to wake my soul when I fail to do the above. That said, experience is one mean way to gain understanding and usually offers far more pain and risk of failure than sympathy ever will.

Addiction is rarely selfish, likely self-centered, and always self-destructive. It hides behind the very walls that allow it to thrive. It is like cancer in that once you know of it, the cure is often times fleeting. It requires you to almost kill yourself, to save yourself.


K-T Courageous | Our Scrapbook

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This is fresh and new.

Announcing a worldwide K-T Support Project!

Imagine all of us submitting for publication in a world-class Coffee Table-Top Scrapbook an engaging photo or two along with a brief message or even a synopsis of our life to date. This will be a child’s dream book; and for us adults a comforting memory that we are not alone. We are doctors, attorneys, paramedics, psychologists, patient advocates, mothers, fathers, professional golfers, popular musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, researchers, teachers, engineers, mechanics, race car enthusiasts, radio personalities, students, and so much more. Imagine with me. Every K-T Kid in the world will now have a ready reference book that surely let’s them know they are not alone and all things are possible. PLEASE join us. Help us to celebrate our wonderful Klippel-Trenaunay Family. Help inspire generations to come.

Click this link to get more details on K-T Courageous | Our Scrapbook © ®