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  1. Insert- after dropping 20% of body weight, it’s hard to understand why everyone is bitching about the heat. It’s not that bad.
  2. Taiwan is the big winner. Western weapons are doing so much better than Russki weapons. PRC depends on Russian weapon tech (fun fact- there are only a few nations with the capability to design a jet engine. China isn’t one. Their new fighters have engines made in China, from Russian designs). You know China is pausing to reflect on their poor choice of weapons.
  3. Until China learns to protect property rights (including intellectual property), their potential growth is limited.
  4. Years ago, in the ‘80s, working in San Diego, a murderer/child molestor was arrested. He lived in a trailer park in Chula Vista and they asked the neighbors about him. They said they thought he was suspicious because he painted a red pentagram on his gravel driveway, and would do tai chi exercises in the middle of it, wearing only his underwear. Yeah, I think that would make me suspicious also.
  5. I mean, it’s better than using the other star crossed notable couple, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun?
  6. Yep. A few years ago, we moved my MIL from west Texas to a house we bought near ours, in Arlington. It was time (she is 87). My siblings in law live in Austin, and attuned as they are to their own individual needs, find themselves unable to find the time or money to help us (we are the only ones raising a child right now). Nor do they ever see a reason just say, “Thanks”. Which is why I composed a nice message to my sister today. She is what used to be called an “old maid”, and she lives with my dad (as she has lived with our parents for most of her adult life, really helping as my Mom died last year). I really do appreciate what she is doing and seek out ways to help and listen.
  7. From the NYT, a summary of impact of remote learning- kids fell behind remote and there was little noticeable impact on spread- View in browser|nytimes.comMay 5, 2022Author Headshot By David LeonhardtGood morning. New research is showing the high costs of long school closures in some communities.‘Not good for learning’When Covid-19 began to sweep across the country in March 2020, schools in every state closed their doors. Remote instruction effectively became a national policy for the rest of that spring.A few months later, however, school districts began to make different decisions about whether to reopen. Across much of the South and the Great Plains as well as some pockets of the Northeast, schools resumed in-person classes in the fall of 2020. Across much of the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast, school buildings stayed closed and classes remained online for months.These differences created a huge experiment, testing how well remote learning worked during the pandemic. Academic researchers have since been studying the subject, and they have come to a consistent conclusion: Remote learning was a failure.In today’s newsletter, I’ll cover that research as well as two related questions: How might the country help children make up the losses? And should schools have reopened earlier — or were the closures a crucial part of the country’s Covid response?A generational lossThree times a year, millions of K-12 students in the U.S. take a test known as the MAP that measures their skills in math and reading. A team of researchers at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research have used the MAP’s results to study learning during a two-year period starting in the fall of 2019, before the pandemic began.The researchers broke the students into different groups based on how much time they had spent attending in-person school during 2020-21 — the academic year with the most variation in whether schools were open. On average, students who attended in-person school for nearly all of 2020-21 lost about 20 percent worth of a typical school year’s math learning during the study’s two-year window.Some of those losses stemmed from the time the students had spent learning remotely during the spring of 2020, when school buildings were almost universally closed. And some of the losses stemmed from the difficulties of in-person schooling during the pandemic, as families coped with disruption and illness.But students who stayed home for most of 2020-21 fared much worse. On average, they lost the equivalent of about 50 percent of a typical school year’s math learning during the study’s two-year window.“We have seen from this recent study just how large the gaps are,” Roberto Rodríguez, an assistant secretary in President Biden’s Education Department, told me.Sources: Harvard University; NWEA; AIRThe findings are consistent with other studies. “It’s pretty clear that remote school was not good for learning,” said Emily Oster, a Brown University economist and the co-author of another such study. As Matthew Chingos, an Urban Institute expert, puts it: “Students learned less if their school was remote than they would have in person.”One of the most alarming findings is that school closures widened both economic and racial inequality in learning. In Monday’s newsletter, I told you about how much progress K-12 education had made in the U.S. during the 1990s and early 2000s: Math and reading skills improved, especially for Black and Latino students.The Covid closures have reversed much of that progress, at least for now. Low-income students, as well as Black and Latino students, fell further behind over the past two years, relative to students who are high-income, white or Asian. “This will probably be the largest increase in educational inequity in a generation,” Thomas Kane, an author of the Harvard study, told me.There are two main reasons. First, schools with large numbers of poor students were more likely to go remote.Sources: Harvard University; NWEA; AIRWhy? Many of these schools are in major cities, which tend to be run by Democratic officials, and Republicans were generally quicker to reopen schools. High-poverty schools are also more likely to have unionized teachers, and some unions lobbied for remote schooling.Second, low-income students tended to fare even worse when schools went remote. They may not have had reliable internet access, a quiet room in which to work or a parent who could take time off from work to help solve problems.Sources: Harvard University; NWEA; AIRTogether, these factors mean that school closures were what economists call a regressive policy, widening inequality by doing the most harm to groups that were already vulnerable.A catch-up effortCongress has tried to address the learning loss by allocating about $190 billion for schools in pandemic rescue bills. That amounts to more than $3,500 for the average K-12 student in public school.Rodríguez, the Education Department official, said he was encouraged by how schools were using the money. One strategy with a documented track record is known as high-dosage tutoring, he noted. Sessions can involve three or four students, receiving at least a half-hour of targeted instruction a few times a week.Kane is more worried about how schools are using the federal money. He thinks many are spending a significant chunk of it on nonacademic programs, like new technology. “I’m afraid that while school agencies are planning a range of activities for catch-up, their plans are just not commensurate with the losses,” he said.By the time schools realize that many students remain far behind, the federal money may be gone.What might have beenWere many of these problems avoidable? The evidence suggests that they were. Extended school closures appear to have done much more harm than good, and many school administrators probably could have recognized as much by the fall of 2020.In places where schools reopened that summer and fall, the spread of Covid was not noticeably worse than in places where schools remained closed. Schools also reopened in parts of Europe without seeming to spark outbreaks.PS 25 in the Bronx last year.Anna Watts for The New York TimesIn October 2020, Oster wrote a piece in The Atlantic headlined “Schools Aren’t Superspreaders,” and she told me this week that the evidence was pretty clear even earlier. By the fall of 2020, many people were no longer staying isolated in their homes, which meant that reopened schools did not create major new risks.The Washington Post recently profiled a district in Colorado where schools reopened quickly, noting that no children were hospitalized and many thrived. “We wanted it to be as normal as possible,” Chris Taylor, the president of the school board, said.Hundreds of other districts, especially in liberal communities, instead kept schools closed for a year or more. Officials said they were doing so to protect children and especially the most vulnerable children. The effect, however, was often the opposite.Over the past two years, the U.S. has suffered two very different Covid problems. Many Americans have underreacted to the pandemic, refusing to take lifesaving vaccines. Many others have overreacted, overlooking the large and unequal costs of allowing Covid to dominate daily life for months on end.
  8. Let me know if you want to make a social run!
  9. On the lulz page, there is a thread about geriatric sprinters. That leads to something I coming around to believing- As we age, we (men and women) need to focus strength training on our legs, prioritized over upper body. When we start training in our youth, we tend to focus on upper body, because our legs tend to take care of themselves through games, running and jumping. Biology helps by driving leg bone and muscle growth. It’s the upper body that really benefits from strength training when young. As we age, we lose bone density and muscle mass, and don’t notice, because aging lifestyles call for less activity (in most cases). You can really see the difference, though, in the strength and mobility of septuagenarians that have taken care of their leg strength, compared to those that haven’t. Want to stay out of the scooter? Work on leg strength and balance as you age. That will have the greatest benefit for your old age.
  10. Crap! You’re right- Jones fracture. Damn, that’s what I get for going from memory.
  11. One more thing- I know you have to be careful with +/- stats as they can be very misleading over short periods, but KD’s, for the last three games of the 2016 WCF was -14. Russ’ was -34. The three games were lost by 24 points in total.
  12. It’s interesting now, to review the 2016 WCF. https://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/2016-nba-western-conference-finals-thunder-vs-warriors.html KD blew a 3-1 lead, of course. Now, he scored more than anyone else. Only Green and Adams had more boards. Green had as many blocks as Durant and nobody had more. This is key- KD played more minutes than anyone else. OKC only had one reserve to spell the 1-4 positions- Dion Waiters. OKC took a 3-1 lead by playing hard defense as well as offense, but the roster wasn’t structured to go hard for seven full games. Remember Thompson’s great game 6, when he shot the lights out? He came into that game with eight minutes per game less played than KD. His legs were a whole lot fresher. Over seven games against the defending champions (at the time) with a record 73 wins, KD, coming off an Adam’s foot fracture injury, was the best player on the court. And he gets tagged with the loss for not being greater.
  13. You said he went to the defending champion. He actually went to the team that failed to defend.
  14. You’re a GS fan. You “get” why the system works, that it’s the (forgive me) synergy of scheme and talent and attitudes. KD might have a different view of what’s optimal for today’s game. He might be content with any scheme superior to 2016 OKC’s. Harden is a buddy who played well in D’Antoni’s system; Kyrie is a buddy who had a lot of success. That might have been enough.
  15. You don’t have to over think it. Here is why he left- https://www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/kevin-durant-nba-free-agency-announcement/amp What he doesn’t say in there is that the better form of basketball he wants to play couldn’t be played in OKC, because…Russ, roster, etc. “Hate” would probably have a different take on Durant if he had signed with SA (one of his finalists) and helped them win 2-3 more finals.
  16. I actually agree with most of what ztejas and closetohumping post. I especially agree with the point that KD isn’t the guy to make demands. If a GM asks, he’ll answer, but he’s not going to actively affect another player’s career. I think Presti mistook that…even after KD spent a year not commenting on whether he would re-sign with OKC, which should have been a pretty clear message that something was wrong. I do believe that KD liked Russ and valued their friendship, and was genuinely hurt when Westbrook decided to beef (which negatively affected his Thunder legacy). KD is not the guy to hold onto a beef, though. He and Draymond made up, in the most contrived manner ever (they agreed to blame Kerr, which Kerr was probably ok with even though it made little sense).
  17. Russ was a terrific talent. He has great leadership skills and one of the best motors the league has ever seen. I would never question his desire to win and be the best. He has flaws, too. As a point guard, he is a tactical thinker, not a strategic thinker. He is not a good shooter, but yet has a lot of confidence in his shot. All time NBA greats don’t have to be good in all facets, but they have to be able to manage their flaws, and Russ never has. OKC was never going to win it all with Westbrook running the team on and off the court. Could they have with KD? We’ll never know, because Presti let Westbrook take over and hoped KD wouldn’t fuss.
  18. In 2016, I held ztejas’ view of Durant’s position on the OKC team. Clearly, he was the best player. He had accomplished the most and he had the greatest peak ability. Even though Russ might have his moments (at the worst times) of tunnel vision, surely everyone else knew that the path to success ran through KD. Since Durant left, yes, the OKC fans fell in line behind Westbrook, who was salty about the move beyond all reason. That led, in my view, to revisionist history, where OKC fans will tell you that KD was the reason they never win it all, that Russ was the real jewel. With KD gone, we also learned that Russ is an incredibly strong locker presence, an honestly charismatic leader (in ways that Durant just isn’t). Here’s what moved me from ztejas’ position in this to closetohumping’s. https://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/awards_2016.html The famous “unanimous” 2016 MVP vote. Check out the relative positions of Russ and KD. I was surprised to see this. I think that Russ used KD’s injury year to take KD’s space in the hierarchies (team and league). He led the league in scoring in 2015, was considered more valuable by the league in 2016, was the strongest personality in the locker and (as point) ran the offense. OKC was Russ’ team. Outside the team, we were a little slow to figure it out. KD was never going to speak out about this- he couldn’t. You hear people say, “Why didn’t KD stay and cement a legacy with the Thunder, like Dirk did with Dallas or Giannis is doing g with Milwaukee?” Well, they were undisputed as franchise leaders. KD wasn’t. He decided to move on and and Westbrook took it as personally as Jordan would have if Pippen had left.
  19. Years ago, when Russ was at the top of his game, a friend who really follows the NBA and has great opinions on it shared his theory of what made Westbrook tick. Here it is- It all started with Jordan. Jordan was so dominant, in play and in winning, that he became an icon that other great players aspired to emulate. Jordan was his team’s alpha, a hard alpha, and he insisted on getting the ball in key moments and taking the most important shots. Kobe was most successful in modeling his career after Jordan- dominant scorer, alpha personality and lots of winning. The notable shortcoming- his insistence that the Lakers were his team and Shaq part of his supporting cast, a stance he would not compromise on. Other players tried (and try) the Jordan model, but without other-worldly talent, it doesn’t work. Russ wants to be like Jordan. He is an alpha by nature, in a way KD never has been. He wants the ball in key moments; in his heart of hearts he believes that is the best chance to win (even when teamed with KD, Paul George, James Harden). If you look at his per 32 minutes playoff stats, you see that in his career, he has taken more shots than his teammates in playoff games. Jordan has said that Russ is the modern player he respects the most. He gets what Westbrook is bringing in attitude and playing style. It doesn’t work because, in the modern game, shooting ability is more important than ever. Russ doesn’t have that. His game is flawed, but he is never changing his attitude or approach ti account for that.
  20. Ran the Velvet Hammer 5k this morning at the Peticolas Brewery. Almost 900 racers. It was warm (74F) and muggy. I figured 26 minutes would be a good goal, so I focused on not going faster than an 8:20 pace the first mile (got passed by plenty). The last mile, I was passing them. Finished in 25:57.
  21. There is a terrific modern comp for Iverson- it’s Westbrook. The Westbrook fanboys reject that talk, as a put down of Russ, but it really isn’t. Iverson, like Russ, was a terrific but flawed player. Both had incredible motors, neither ever backed down, both were willing to take over a stalled offense (for better or worse), both were always the leader. High volume scorers, mediocre shooters…they are cut from the same cloth.
  22. That’s fair enough. The guy really tried to be a good guy in OKC, active in local charity and supportive of the community. He just wanted a new scene, and for lots of reasons. On the old site, there was a thread that was scores of pages long, starting in 2014 or so, speculating on what KD would do when his contract expired. Would he extend for a year? Sign a max with OKC? Try free agency? I speculated that he would go free agent and was told I didn’t know what I was talking about. There was truth to that- lots of guys (Aggie08, Bateman) understood capology and the NBA players agreement a lot better than I did. I just felt that a guy like KD, if he was going to stay, he would decide early on that he was staying and would sign and announce in the way most helpful to his team. That he wasn’t doing that was very telling to me. I would be surprised if GS doesn’t get around to retiring his jersey, too, maybe after Klay and Green, but around the same time as Iggy. I think they appreciate what he brought (dominance). They lost the finals in 2016 and faced a Cleveland team in 2017 that had just gone 12-1 through the playoffs first three rounds.
  23. In January 2012, on a windy beach by a derelict hotel in Vietnam, my partner, Jim, and I were reading by the water when I noticed a strange rash on my inner arm, seven or eight raised red bumps arranged in a circle. It looked like Braille, I thought. But what was it trying to tell me? “Look at this,” I said to Jim. He glanced at the angry, inflamed rash and said, “That’s strange.” It was far from the first mysterious symptom I’d experienced. Fifteen years earlier, not long after I graduated from college and spent a weekend with my family at the Connecticut shore, I began experiencing something I called “electric shocks”: flickering pains along my limbs, as if I were being stung by tiny bees. A few months later, I started waking at night covered in hives and soaked in sweat. Soon, I spent days swallowed up by fatigue and joint pain. I had trouble remembering names and faces. The symptoms came and went. I toggled between the conviction that something had to be wrong—I didn’t feel OK—and the conviction that I was doing something wrong, and if I just stopped eating sugar, or pizza, say, I’d be fine. My tendency to ignore my symptoms came in part from the fact that I grew up in a family that was largely indifferent to matters of health. My parents were from large Irish-American Catholic families. They were pragmatic and rather stoic. They thought you didn’t go to the doctor unless you were burning up with fever or had a bad fall or a wound that needed stitching. In that case, you got a diagnosis, you took medicine or had surgery, and you got better, more or less in that order. They saw doctors as unquestionable experts. If they told you nothing was wrong, nothing was wrong. But when I looked at the rash, I was convinced it meant something. All of these little problems, I thought—they mean something. I stroked the bumps as if they could spell out a word that would unlock the mystery. A few months later, I made an appointment with a specialist in women’s health at a hospital in New York. The doctor asked me searching questions about the health histories of my parents and their families, which included ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid conditions. She told me that even before she saw my lab tests, she suspected I had “some kind of autoimmune disease.” I was taken aback: For the first time, a doctor had suggested something might in fact be really wrong with my health. If that was true, had I been sick for years? The lab tests showed that I had low levels of thyroid hormones and antibodies to my thyroid. This meant that my immune system was attacking my thyroid, in a case of mistaken identity. I didn’t ask the doctor many questions. The diagnosis, I thought, was the answer to my problems—the magic solution to the mystery. I knew a lot of people with thyroid disease, and they had taken medicine and gotten better. I assumed I would, too. I picked up my prescription for thyroid replacement hormone and made a follow-up appointment for six weeks later, when, my doctor suspected, I would likely be feeling much better. But six weeks later, I didn’t feel better. My thyroid hormones stabilized, and the antibodies went away. And yet I got even sicker. My hands began to shake. My blood pressure dropped to 79 over 40. I was so dizzy and exhausted I could barely walk around the block, and at one point I fainted. It felt as if my body were made of sand that I had to hold together through sheer will. In the fall and winter of 2012, I went to see more high-level physicians and specialists, many of whom didn’t accept insurance. Debt accrued on my credit cards. By then, I had nine doctors—a GP, an endocrinologist, a rheumatologist, a neurologist, a dermatologist, an OB-GYN, a sports medicine doctor who specialized in hip and knee injuries, a nutritionist and a reproductive endocrinologist, to help with trying to get pregnant. No one had any answers. I grew practiced in choosing only a few symptoms to tell my doctors about, and I didn’t mention the many other doctors I had seen. Many physicians assume patients who “doctor shop” are problem patients. I also learned quickly that one of the worst things I could do was to show up prepared with prior medical records. A 1988 paper by British physician T.C. O’Dowd coined the term “heartsink patients” to describe patients who “exasperate, defeat and overwhelm” their doctors. I didn’t want to be such a patient—a patient who seems to ask too much. Still, nothing I did could change the fundamental problem: I had a chronic illness, and doctors generally don’t like dealing with chronically ill patients. In chronic illness, the patient doesn’t have a problem that can be solved quickly, but a disease to be managed, physically and psychologically. Such illnesses can be intractable, messy, mysterious. And doctors don’t want to manage; they want to fix. Medical education emphasizes solutions and is often “equated with cure,” according to a 2005 British Medical Journal study of doctor-patient relationships in chronic illness. Unfortunately, “the treatment of chronic disease conflicts so fundamentally with these expectations that it tends to be neglected.” “The best kind of patient,” the psychiatrist T.F. Main wrote in a 1957 paper, “is one who from great suffering and danger of life or sanity responds quickly to a treatment that interests his doctor and thereafter remains completely well.” The patient whose symptoms fail to go away after a course of antibiotics, the patient with medically unexplained pain—these are precisely the worst kind of patient. By late February 2014, I was extremely sick. I suffered from brain fog, joint pain and strange neurological symptoms. One night, driving home from a work event with a colleague, I looked at him and realized I had no idea who he was. Each morning, I would sit at my desk to try to write, only to find that I was so tired I would nod off. Pain roamed my body. I had the sense that the energy had been leached from my mitochondria. I felt like I was dying. But I was only 37. Then a doctor I saw tested me for Lyme disease. In all my years of seeing doctors, only one had mentioned the possibility of Lyme disease, and I never got fully tested since the possibility seemed remote to me. I never had a bulls-eye rash, and I thought that you couldn’t have Lyme without the rash. My new doctor explained that this was a mistake; in fact, she said, I had the classic symptoms of a tick-borne disease. Perhaps it was not a coincidence that I had first noticed my symptoms after my family spent time on the Connecticut shore, not far from Lyme, Conn. She wasn’t sure what to do for me, though: If I did have Lyme, I’d had it now for almost 15 years. Still, it was a possible explanation. So one afternoon I went to see an expert in Lyme disease, Richard Horowitz. As I sat in his office near Poughkeepsie, N.Y., I told him that I didn’t believe I really had Lyme. It seemed like a diagnosis one received when there were no other explanations to offer. My symptoms were mostly neurological; Lyme disease, I had thought, was mostly arthritic. Dr. Horowitz explained that some researchers think that different strains of the Lyme bacterium cause different manifestations. He pointed at one of my lab results. “This makes me highly suspicious that you have Lyme,” he said, explaining that I had antibodies specific to the bacterium in my blood. Later tests confirmed the presence of a tick-borne co-infection called bartonella. Dr. Horowitz told me that he thought my body was in fact quite strong, and that was how I had coped for so long. He put me on a month of doxycycline and other medications meant to help my body get rid of the infection. But the night before I was supposed to start, I hesitated. I knew that antibiotics are damaging to the microbiome—I had embarked on a diet designed to heal the gut when I first got sick. And who knew if I really did have Lyme disease, or whether antibiotics would help me? I had read terrifying stories online about people who only got sicker during their Lyme treatment. But Jim was aghast. “What do you have to lose?” he asked me. With that, I got a glass of water and began the treatment. Dr. Horowitz had warned me that I might feel worse at points, due to what’s known as the “Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction,” or inflammation produced by bacteria dying and releasing toxins. Lyme patients called it “herxing.” The next day, my body ached and my neck felt like it was on fire. I had the strange sensation that rain was falling on my arms. At our second appointment, Dr. Horowitz changed the drugs I was taking, adding new antibiotics to the mix. That week, I got sicker than I had ever been. I found myself shivering violently one warm summer night. The electric shocks were so painful that I found myself rubbing my arms until they bruised. I can’t do this, I thought. The next day, though, I felt more energetic than I had in years. It was a beautiful morning. I put on my running sneakers, lacing them tightly. Ten minutes later, I was nearly jumping for joy during a run through the park. My pace was sluggish, but I ran 3 miles. As the weeks passed, I got steadily better. Soon I was running 5 miles. I had energy to read and see friends. The night sweats that had been waking me up vanished. I felt like a young person again: ready to see what possibility the day held. The idea that Lyme disease can cause ongoing symptoms that are hard to treat has long been contested within the medical establishment. But by the time I began treatment in 2014, many researchers had embraced the notion that tick-borne disease can trigger long-term symptoms in a subset of patients. Studies conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that up to 20% of even “ideally treated” patients—those who get the classic bull’s-eye rash and take antibiotics promptly—end up with lingering symptoms after infection. As Ramzi Asfour, an infectious disease physician in the Bay Area, told me, “Anyone who says they really understand the pathophysiology of what’s going on is oversimplifying to some degree.” Dr. Asfour has found that his patients need a variety of approaches in order to get better. But this kind of personalized medicine presents problems for conventional medicine. It demands a creative approach that relies on a holistic evaluation of the patient, rather than algorithmic solutions. It also requires patience—and patience is not conventional medicine’s strong suit. Being an infectious-disease doctor usually allows you to offer a quick fix, Dr. Asfour told me. The patient is sick when you meet them, you find the problem, you administer a medication, and they get better. But a patient who has an illness that won’t go away, whether she is a Lyme patient or a long Covid patient, challenges that model. I took antibiotics intermittently for eight months. By the spring of 2015, I felt like a person again, even if some of the fatigue and dizziness remained. Those symptoms were manageable compared with the terrifying loss of cognitive function that the Lyme had brought with it. Little webs of feeling that I’d ignored for years shivered in the breeze of my wide-open mind. A few months later, I got pregnant. I was 39. In the early, dizzying weeks of conceiving after years of trying and failing, I felt many forms of metaphysical joy, but the pregnancy, I believed, was a story I had to work to hold in my mind. If I didn’t, it might fade away, like a dream you can’t remember after you wake up. But the baby just grew and grew, as babies are supposed to. I marveled at what it was like to live at last in a body that worked. Women with autoimmune diseases can feel much better while pregnant, in fact; I was one of them. I remained uncertain and anxious, but as the pregnancy went on, the feeling evolved. My body had failed me; my body was now not failing me. Perhaps all along my idea of failure had been wrong. Perhaps my body had been working hard to keep me as well as it could despite a serious, life-altering infection, and I needed to find a new story about it. A story that allowed for the contingency of identity, of health, of hope. One that saw survival of any kind as a form of strength. What I had experienced was life itself, the body straining to survive despite the odds stacked against it. In the summer of 2016, I gave birth to a baby, a boy. He arrived curled like the first letter of his name, C—screaming and then curious. —Ms. O’Rourke is a poet and the editor of the Yale Review. This essay is adapted from her new book “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness,” which will be published on March 1 by Riverhead.
  24. Here is a very long article about dealing with autoimmune disease. TLDR: Finding the right doctor and entering a long term treatment relationship is vital. There is nobody who can point to a test result and prescribe a cure. It’s a process and a dialogue. You need a doctor that is willing to lean in and try to learn, and the patient needs patience with the process…and needs to know enough to gauge whether the doctor is on the right track. If the link requires a subscription, let me know and I’ll cut and paste into a spoiler box- https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/the-lonely-odyssey-of-chronic-illness-11645804522
  25. This board has a lot of Sooners, and like all OKC NBA fans, they will be eternally salty about KD leaving OKC. And they will always love the very flawed Russ Westbrook, because he stayed (for a while).
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