I only heard of this test, “FM/a“, via a radio commercial, this week. I was immediately intrigued. As some of you may know, I know a fair amount about Fibromyalgia given that my ‘Central Pain’ book deals with it in much detail.
What worried me about this test is that we now know that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. I didn’t think we had any tests that could detect such disorders.
This test claims to test immune system imbalances. I, at least for now, am skeptical.
This test is supposed to ‘rule out’ other diseases. I am not sure I buy that.
The folks promoting this test — for MONEY, of course — have EXTENDED what was the original SCOPE of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia was about distributed, widespread pain. These folks have extended this to include symptoms of DEPRESSION as well. Given the EXTENDED scope a lot of folks — mainly women (alas) — will fall into the ‘dragnet’. I am sure that MOST in this vulnerable group will LIKE to be told they have fibromyalgia. To them it would be a relief, a vindication. I know. I have LIVED with ‘fibromyalgia’ — though I do NOT have it.
There used to be the 11-point DEFINITIVE TEST for fibromyalgia. That has now been DEBUNKED. Even the original creator of it, a supposed doctor, has admitted that he was wrong. Tens of millions of American women were told they had fibromyalgia based on that 11-point test. Well the test was FAKE.
I am not convinced.
Check out my book. You can read it for free in many places. SMILE.
My results on the Portal.
First surgery was the day before Thanksgiving & ‘they’ were content with a 15-minute RAPID TEST. I was able to get that done, quite efficiently, with minimal wait, at my local ‘ClearChoiceMD‘ in Alton. I was happy — though they charged me $75 on the spot (though I have Medicare (Advantage) Insurance).
My second surgery, on my right eye, was this Monday — post the Thanksgiving SPIKE in infections. They wanted a ‘PCR Test’.
ClearChoiceMD only does the 15-minute rapid test. No PCR.
Called the ‘Huggins Hospital‘ COVID Hotline. They were OUTSTANDING.
They understood. They appreciated that it was for PRE-OP.
They PROMISED me results within ’24-hours’ & they delivered, albeit, in ’28-hours’ (rather than 24). But, that was still GOOD. Brilliant. I was so happy & relieved.
I called Thursday around mid-day. They gave me a 11am appointment, in Wolfeboro, the next day, i.e., Friday. My surgery in Boston was at 1:45pm on Monday.
They promised me the results on Saturday — via their Portal.
There was no line or waiting for the 11am TESTING. It was drive-through. Very slick. I was out & on my way by 11:08am. 8-minutes.
I had the test results around 1pm on Saturday (ahead of the BIG storm). I was so relieved. They even faxed it to OCB.
They delivered as they promised.
They knew — & MARKED THE TEST — PRE-OP.
So, now YOU know. IF you need a PCR Test, quickly, call Huggins.
It was NOT easy finding a place.
Finally I was told by ‘ClearChoiceMD’ to be there at 8am.
I got up at 5am & was standing outside, in the bloody cold (26F), at 7:40am.
I was the 1st in line. They opened the doors at 8am.
Couple of screw-ups with the registration. They are having computer issues.
But, after that it was QUICK … QUICK … QUICK.
I was OUT of there, with my negative results, at 8:40. 1-hour in total. I can deal with that.
I was happy. SMILE.
Trying To Get A RAPID COVID-19 Test In New Hampshire Appears More Difficult That Trying To Castrate An Angry Bull Elephant.
At 2pm TODAY they called to say I need a negative COVID test BEFORE they will schedule the bloody surgery. They basically give me 24-hours.
We (i.e., two of us) start checking on the Web & calling around. Some folks were VERY NICE BUT there was NO WAY they could get me test results that quickly.
I got in the car & drove to a facility.
They told me to come back at 8am tomorrow & they will SEE what they can do. I also have a 1pm appointment in Wolfeboro, at Huggins Hospitals, BUT it is not certain they can get me the results ahead of bloody Wednesday.
I am far from bloody amused.
This has become a frigging bloody joke. Well, I will keep you posted. It will be bloody FUNNY if I test positive.
I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.
But, this was TRULY special.
I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!
Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.
This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.
Thank you, ALL.
This is why I truly love cricket.
I am proud. I am glad. It is the proper & right thing to do. And that is why I am proud to call them — again — MY ‘West Indies‘. For at least 30-years of my life there was never any doubt that the West Indies, indubitably, were my team.
Then over the last decade they have driven me to distraction & beyond. But, every once in awhile they remind me why they used to be MY team. This is one of those occassions.
This gesture by them, alas, will not be seen by any white Americans. That is a great shame.
But, it will be seen by a lot of BROWN folks — like I, and that is NOT a bad thing. Brown people are racist. Many think that black folks are not as good as us. So, this is good.
Will they KNEEL during the ‘anthem’ — & here a supreme IRONY. They do NOT have a NATIONAL anthem! They do not represent one country — but many. But, they do have an anthem. Will they kneel.
I have heard that the England team, which is likely to have at least one non-white player, want to do something in solidarity. That would be good.
This is all good. Another reason why I adore cricket.
Just to a very limited SUBSET.
So here is the kicker.
I heard from somebody who is IN HOSPITAL — at New Hampshire’s FAMED ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC) in Lebanon. A research & teaching hospital no less. They don’t have enough tests. You have to meet the age or employment criteria or have symptoms. IF not, you can’t have it. That is STUPID. That is crazy.
I heard that New York is now doing a MILLION tests a week.
Well, a million tests would just about cover ALL of New Hampshire.
But, we don’t have enough tests!
And NOBODY is mentioning this.
I meet the over-60 criteria. So, I can get one.
I don’t want one. Don’t see the point. Right now, I have no symptoms.
They can tell me I am negative & I could be positive 24-hours later. I could have caught it by going for the test.
Would be SLIGHTLY more interested in the antibody test. But, even that, right now, would be a waste. I really haven’t had any symptoms. So, very UNLIKELY I had it without I realizing it. Given my age & poor heath, I would have KNOWN it even if I had a touch. So, I am not going to deprive a more worthy person from getting a test.
But, thought YOU should know.
You did KNOW that … right?
Those tests claimed ‘negative’ though that was NOT the case.
Yes, I am a professional cynic.
I have previously wondered whether hospitals/labs really test your blood! They can just make up numbers. Come on. This is the U.S. of A.
So, I am not 100% convinced that the Coronavirus test kits are all totally kosher.
Think about it. THINK.
You get a negative result, they tell you it is just a bad case of the normal flu. What next ….
And as I dreaded they folded and played dismally APART from Roston Chase’s 2nd innings century when the Test was already lost.
Yes, you can claim that they had won the series so they were off the boil. You hear that often in cricket. But, their performance was again at their pathetic best.
Yes, it is also true that Jason Holder, their motivating and of late ‘match-winning’ captain was precluded from playing. By the ICC for poor over rate delivery. That is frustrating. I think ICC has gone too far.
But, we are back to where we were …
The West Indies playing like a bunch of girls.
I don’t even want to get into Shannon Gabriel’s sledging. All so stupid and uncalled for. He will now miss a game or two or three. Crazy.
The huge 381-run victory, against England, in the 1st Test match, at Brisbane, was special. But, I have seen enough disappointments, of late, to have got to excited and get my hopes up.
And then this … even with the death of Alzarri Joesph’s Mother on the morning of the 3rd Day. They played just like they used to play. It was a pleasure and to see my ol’ buddy Viv, in the stands, standing and applauding, made my day.
Wow. Have we finally turned the page? About time, I may add. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game. We still have another match and I see that Captain Jason Holder will have to miss it because of poor over rate. Shame. Very frustrating.