Good morning! At last, this week is nearly over! Yay! OK, so it's only a calendar thing, but... YAY!
As I posted elsewhere... Looks like I had a tiny cyst, but it squished some hair follicles in the Down Under an inch from my undies on my thigh (TMI, sorry), and they're all infected into one big lump of crud. The nurse prac was nice, and had to give me some cred b/c when she asked, "How have you treated it?"...
I answered, "Using sterile procedure, gloves, the usual."
She had *such* a look on her face. How do I know their language?! ACK!
I smioeld the Evil Puma Grin and said, "Mom raised me to have everything at home that you've got in this treatment room except the BP cuff on the wall. When this ruptured, I immediately washed with hot water and disinfectant soap, while wearing disposable medical grade gloves like yours, dried with sterile gauze, and absorbed the seepage with a sterile four-by-four (pad), before applying a topical cream, never touched it with bare fingers even if I'd just washed my hands. Secondary infection is a problem I don't need."
And that, folks, was *that*. My PTSD about medical people manifests weird sometimes. Usually, I'm a crying wreck. Yesterday, I went all Puma. *shrug*
Anyway, the topical cream she got me is helping reduce the swelling, and I'll just keep doing what I've done for two weeks: Warm water compresses, clean, air, etc. No antibiotics unless i run a fever or show red streaks, blah blah blah, ouch. Honestly, the idea I have half a dozen hairs curled in on themselves in their follicles? Grosses me out. It's like waiting for a bean sprout to crack ot uof the bean and uncurl. Yuck. (I personally was voting for "lance the sucker". Damn.)
And on that image, you've now lost all appetite! My point being, btw, that ... I have no point. I slept 6 hours sort of. I'm pointless. Without point. Downright dull, in fact.
And I can't wear pants. And I hate skirts. It's not that I don't like to dress up once ina while. I simply can't see prancing about my house like Donna Reed. I've got to wrangle cats. That is not skirt work.
BTW, before you gentlemen mention it? Yes, Hubby already suggested I just not wear anything. *headdesk*
I was going somewhere.... Right, back to bed! Yeah!
The United States as 129 National Monuments, which are areas or sites protected from development/exploitation/destruction by a 1906 law that's going to be effectively replaced by one that has a lovely title but will allow existing Nat'l Monuments (and similar) to be rendered unprotected from any kind of destruction you can imagine that accompanies greed and a bulldozer.
The first National Monument was establixhed 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt (then POTUS): Devil's Tower, Wyoming.
The most recent three established were in early January 2017, all commemorating the Civil Rights Movement, most strikingly to commemorate the Freedom Riders and the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, but Beaufort, South Carolina got the Reconstruction Era National Monument to preserve *that* stage of American history.
The Anitquities Act, btw, is the one that allows virtual unilateral power to establish National Monuments. It's currently being undermined (pun intended) to allow mining, fracking, etc. at many sites in the US West...
Many of which preserve ancient ruins (of the Hohokam people in Arizona, for example) or unique geological features (Rainbow Falls in Yosemite along with Devil's Tower.
Also preserved (thus far)? a rainbow flint quarry from pre-white-people times in Texas that is vital b/c that flint shows up all over, so we know there were trade networks for the valuable stone, an dincludes ruins of old Native American dwellings. Flint, btw, is useful in making weapons. Only obsidian holds a sharper edge, in my expderience, and flint can be worked much more flexibly. Axes, arrows, you name it, flint could do it!
Bears Ears, Utah, only established in 2016, has cave art, kivas, and amazing sandstones. But hey, who needs to preserve that stuff?
In the Virgin Islands, there's a coral reef home to turtles and more.
We also have Cnayon of the Ancients, and Cascade-Sikskiyou (again, Native sites), as well as general wonders.
Some National Monuments in the US include old military sites important to history, or science, such as Dinosaur National Monument --- full of fossils --- or FOrd McHenry (think "Star Spangled Banner").
THere are also preserved lava beds, many more paleological and archaeological sites, and military/historical ones --- including one for military dogs and their service at Lackland Air FOrce Base, home base of the military dog program. (Located in TExas.)
Many and varied are the treasures hidden and saved by National Monuments. Go visit one! Even just online! While we still have them! Yes, the eco-nut is out and about. But seriously, you've no idea how much people don't realize is at risk... HIstory. Fossil beds. Ruins of Native cultures (would you seriously go to the Mayan pyramids and say "Pfft, we might could find a scrap of oil two miles down, to hell with this pile of rock? No. Yet.... that's being tossed about as a "rationale" to "open lands". Ummm....). Coral reefs. Caves. Wilderness. Rare trees (sequoias, notably). ONce gone, can't be restored. Replaced by something else, like a stri[ mall, but not *restored*. Like farmland, once it's paved or mined, it's done. *sigh*
THere are 88 of the 129 overseen by teh National Park Service, with the Bureau of Land Management managing over two dozen more, and the US Forestry Service about a dozen, and miscellaneous agencies pick up one or two here and there.
This is one that caught my eye for its name: https://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/about/ Pacific Ocean. Fish. Stuff. Pretty! :-)
OK, off to bed. Again. Take three on this "sleep" notion!:-)
Friday furry cuddles to all.
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