TV Coverage of Lynch ReturnPosted by Leon S. on 4/12/03 at 18:41 (116010)
Once again, the TV coverage of the return of Jessica Lynch with other wounded soldiers was another tasteless example of what a bunch of blow hards these anchors are, I started watching FoxNews and as the first couple of stretchers were taken off the plane enroute to Walter Reed Hospital, the anchor said nothing of who these wounded soldiers were but let us know that Jessica would be the fourth one out. I understand the image that she represents and the heroic story of her rescue but the others at least deserved to have their names mentioned. That was a very poor job of researching and reporting, if not totally disrespectful. I then turned to MSNBC where Forrest Sawyer was covering the same story. He had on the phone an ex prisoner from the 1st Gulf War who was shot down in a helicopter while trying to rescue someone else. He started to describe his ordeal about being captured and being paraded through some streets in a truck and being spat on and stoned and then began to describe an intricate set of tunnels that led to the main Iraqi secret service offices. Sawyer interupted him to remind us of what Jessica Lynch went through (as if someone watching this coverage hasn't heard of it by now) and as far as I know, never let the veteran on the phone finish his story.
Re: TV Coverage of Lynch ReturnBrianG on 4/12/03 at 19:54 (116012)
I know what you mean, and I just happened to write a letter to CNN this morning. It was about 8:30am, eastern time, and Jessica was being put aboard the giant C-17, or what ever it was. I do know it was huge. I think it carried about 50 wounded service people, and some civilians like the Lynch family.
As the cargo plane was lifting off from Germany, the information affairs officer read a prepared statement from the Lynch family. I thought the Lynch's did a good job in thanking just about everyone. When the plane was out of view, the camera's went back to the 2 CNN anchors in Atlanta. One was babbeling on about how they (Lynch's) had thanked everyone, including the house where her family stayed for free, the Fisher house. He then said, something like: Yes, I believe Donald Rumsfield mentioned the Fisher homes this past week. He then let the story end.
If he had been paying attention, he would have remembered that Rumsfield mentioned Tony Fisher this week because he had been killed in a plane crash in Ma. This man, Fisher, was a real estate mogul in NYC and had given a lot back to the poor in many areas. Probably his most far reaching gifts were the 31 residential houses he paid for, near all the major hospitals in most of the world. Jessica Lynch's family stayed in one of the houses, just outside of the hospital at Landstuhl, at almost no cost!!! Mr. Fisher had hs house ready, after he learned that all the injured Gulf war servicemen would be coming through Germany. Mr Fisher had given so much back to the military (and the needy) and this anchor couldn't even remember why Rumsfield had mentioned the man's name!!
I don't know, it just seems they drone on and on, completely missing some of the most important facts. By far the worst remark I ever heard a broadcaster make was after the plane had hit the 2nd trade tower. At this point, none of the really experienced anchors had taken over the announcing duties. CNN had this woman broadcsting, that had NO IDEA what was going on. All I could think of was terrorism, mostly because of the perfectly blue sky. The anchor yelled into her mic, 'Someone had better call the airport, to tell them their radar has failed, and it's sending planes right into the trade towers'!!! I kid you not, thats exactlly what she said!!!!!! I really hope that was her last day.
PS: To read about some of Tony Fisher's gifts, clik here: http://www.fisherhouse.org/
Re: Cnnwendyn on 4/12/03 at 21:37 (116020)
Brian - I remember watching CNN the morning of September 11. It was after the second plane had hit - but before either tower had collapsed. A woman anchor had someone (I think from the airport) on the phone - and she (honestly) asked what was being done to prevent another plane from hitting the buildings.
There was silence for a moment - until the other person said ....'Well.... it's not like we can put up a big net or anything....'
I'm not sure what exactly she thought she was going to get as an answer!!!
Re: TV Coverage of Lynch ReturnSuzanne D on 4/12/03 at 22:24 (116022)
I have a teacher friend who sometimes subs at our school. Her son was wounded a couple of weeks ago in Iraq and is either at Walter Reed or will be soon. Perhaps he was even on that same plane. I don't know, but I agree that his and the other wounded's names should be mentioned. That's the least that could be done to honor them. **== Everyone talks about balanced and fair reporting, but talking and doing aren't the same thing!
Thanks for the site concerning Tony Fisher's gifts. That's pretty amazing!
Re: TV Coverage of Lynch Returnmarie on 4/13/03 at 22:19 (116069)
I started watching CNN right after the first plane hit the tower on 9/11. someone taped the first plane hitting and they showed it. I'd been having dreams about air disasters for over a month. The dreams included large flaming explosions involving two jets, another dream included a broadcaster named Barbara, and the last dream included a jet with a pilot named Mike. So when I saw the first tape of the jet I felt there was another jet out there maybe more. I'd been talking about the dreams to family and friends before 9/11...it was just very odd. I watched the second plane hit. I remember the woman anchor and the dumb comment she made. I don't remember who the anchor was just that the comment seemed so surreal.
My father's funeral service was on Sept. 11. I will never forget that day. My family is spread out all over the country. It was so incredible that we were all together on 9/11.
I had a student whose father is a pilot for United. Her father flies the Boston to Denver route. After he completed his route he got off the jet and on to another to catch a ride home to Indiana. The next pilot that got on that jet had his throat slit. It was the first jet to fly into the World Trade Center.
Sorry didn't mean to go on about all this.....just stirred up some memories.
Re: TV Coverage of Lynch ReturnKathy G on 4/14/03 at 18:02 (116113)
Wow, Marie. If you ever have a dream about me, I don't think I want to hear about it. Unless it's a dream in which I win the MegaBucks or something!
Have you ever had 'psychic', for want of a better term, dreams before? It must be truly scary. I don't really believe in all that, but I often know who is on the phone before I answer it even if it's someone who I'm not expecting to call and I've had feelings about other events that have come to be. I try to ignore it as much as possible and call it a coincidence.
How sad for you that your Dad was buried on September 11th. Not that you wouldn't remember the date anyway, but now it is going to be mentioned in the media and by everyone else for years to come. And I remember how surreal the days I buried both my parents were and likewise how unreal September 11th felt. It must have made the day even harder for you and your family.
It mustn't have been your student's father's time to go. Again, what strange feelings he must have experienced.
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/15/03 at 09:32 (116165)
Thanks for sharing that with us. I am a believer in these things, although I'm not into any of the 'scientific' or religious explanations... I just know these things happen. There are so many of us who
experience these unexplained phenomena.
Personally, I never have prophetic dreams visions or anything like that (I wish I did, it might be more useful!) But sometimes, out of the blue, I will have a weirdly intense feeling that something is wrong, something has happened to a close friend or loved one. Of course, I always keep trying until I get ahold of the person I have this feeling about -- and it always turns out that, sure enough, something bad has happened...
With 9/11 in mind: I thought you might enjoy checking out this website:
Re: For MarieBev on 4/15/03 at 12:45 (116184)
Sharon, Thankyou for sharing that, it is lovely. I shared it also with my family and friends. Thankyou, Bev
Re: For Mariemarie on 4/15/03 at 13:06 (116186)
Thanks for the link...what a sight.
I don't know about prophetic but certain dreams are so strong I can't ignore them. Unfortunately my dreams are never wrong. I had shared the air disaster dreams with several freinds and family prior to 9/11. Afterwards some folks thought I was a prophet...I don't think so. Prophets are generally not little blonde art teachers. I'm too fisty. I won't share anymore dreams with freinds. It's too creepy for them.
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/15/03 at 14:27 (116202)
I'm sure you know that 'prophets' can look like ANYTHING, with ANY kind of background... In fact, I think ordinary people with legitimate pre-cognitive dreams who DON'T go around from one talk show to another promoting themselves as 'psychics' are, in some cases, more talented than those who DO. I believe many people QUIETLY have abilities like yours, and perhaps even sometimes use them to try to avoid something they knew was going to happen -- but they never tell anyone that they've seen it before it happened, because others would think they're 'weird' or 'crazy'.
I certainly understand about not sharing your dreams anymore with friends because it's too creepy for them. As I've gotten older, I have learned NOT to tell people that I felt compelled to contact them because I 'knew' something was wrong... I mean, the important thing is, my intuitions mean that I can be there for them when they need me. (I don't need to brag about how I 'knew' something was happening, thus trying to make it all about ME instead of about them and what they're going through!)
Re: For Mariemarie on 4/15/03 at 15:35 (116214)
Thanks Sharon! I'm glad to know you! I haven't had any of those dreams for a while. So I hope that no dreams is good news. I would tell a friend if I thought they were in danger. Most of the time I can't figure out what the dream means until it happens, like on 9/11. I called my sister after the first plane hit the wwtc and told her that there was another plane that would hit and that his was like pearl harbor (all part of one of the dreams). I also felt that there were more jets out there because I'd had at least 4 seperate dreams. I told her that there is a broadcater named Barbara who is desperately trying to tell someone there is a pilot in trouble. At that point the second jet hit the wwtc. My sister flipped. I have called and spoken to people when the dream is really strong....usually the dream is right on the money. Sometimes it is good news.
I don't see that my dreams are a gift...but I do think they are insightful and have a purpose in my life. I wish I could figure out what they mean before something happens. Oh well.
Thanks again I value your opinions.
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/16/03 at 06:55 (116263)
Yes, I guess not having any of those dreams for a while is a case of 'no news is good news'! I'll bet it's incredibly frustrating when you have them, and can't figure out what they mean...
Marie, I just had an MRI of the brain... to rule out MS. (Apparently, radiologists can see lesions on the MRI if you are developing MS.) I've read that an MRI of the spine is sometimes done for the same reason -- do you know what abnormalities would show up in the spinal MRI? I've been looking for that info but haven't found it anywhere.
Re: For BevSharon W on 4/16/03 at 07:01 (116264)
Yes, I thought it was really nice -- especially the fact that the company who did it, DIDN'T put their advertising around there anywhere... There really are businessman out there who care about something besides money. (That thought puts a smile on my face! :) )
How have you been feeling lately, Bev?
Re: For Mariemarie on 4/16/03 at 09:52 (116284)
They will be looking for lesions. They will look for white spots (lesions). MS lesions usually form a butterfly pattern were the brain meets the spinal chord. I have six lesions. They are small and are most likely the result of mini-strokes.
If your MRI shows lesions the radiologist will check you off as a possible MS. Your age and symptoms will also determine if you are a possible MS. Don't be surprised if you get the run around. If you have lesions the next step is to get an eye test, (for optic neuritis), MS physical, and a lumbar puncture. If your test shows lesions make sure you go to a neurologist that is a MS specialist. Doctors do not like to give an MS dx.
What are your symptoms? Do you have optic neuritis? That is a definate indication of MS.
Visit the Natioanal Association for Multple Sclerosis web site. They also advocate for possible MS patients since it sometimes takes years to dx.
Re: For MarieBev on 4/16/03 at 10:24 (116288)
Marie, I am gettin in on this conversation late, as I am not familiar with your case, I just wanted to say that my daughter-in-law had her MS diagnosed very quickly with just an eye exam . Maybe because it was due to the kind of MS she has, I don't know, as she said there are over 100 kinds of MS . Have a nice day :) Bev
Re: For BevBev on 4/16/03 at 11:25 (116292)
Hi Sharon, How is your Texas weather? Raining and cold up here today. Yesterday it was hot, windows open and shorts-on hot :D We have really weird weather here /:) Me - oh , same - ol, same ol , not any different unfortunately. My daughter and grandson were just here and brought me flowers so that was nice :) Oh,oh, I just looked out the window and it is hailing -- I told you we have weird weather !! I love my den, we have a huge window right by the computer here and I can look out the front yard.
I do go off the subject don't I :)) I will be seeing another pod as soon as the appointment is made for me to be evaluated again to see what else can be done and where to go from here. I haven't been working now for 6 months and it is lost income , so I would like to get better,and possibly get back to work. At least the children are grown and we got them all through college and we put on three great weddings, we helped them all with downpayments on their homes, we got ourselves a new smaller home(one floor , no more steps goody goody ), have a decent car and a decent van so we don't have those things to worry about anymore. Now all we have to do is get these dumb feet fixed, so I can run and play with our precious grandchildren(I'd be happy if I could even make a meal without being in pain):> We will all be piling in the van and heading down to our sons for Good Friday and Easter weekend holiday. Big Easter egg hunt with all the grandchildren , lots of ham and church and all. Our other daughter and family will be meeting us there too.Big Kodac weekend, right?
SO, How are you doing? What are you doing ? How are you doing with your ailments and your problems? Are you permantly off work now too? Found any good coffee's lately? Are you on any meds now, what do you take?
Sorry I am so long winded today, as you can figure out, I am kind of lonely today boo-hoo :(( need someone to talk to and you are my victim . You have a nice day, okay? ( it's back to raining out,just had to tell ya)
Re: For Bevmarie on 4/16/03 at 12:49 (116303)
Right Bev. If you are dx with optic neuritis that is a definate dx for MS. I don't have MS. My brother does. I have been through all of the MS tests. I was dx with TIAs. The TIA caused some symptoms similiar to MS. I also have TTS and the doc suspects Fibromyalgea.
How old is your daughter? I am walking in the MS walk on May17th. My goal has been to walk a mile. I have worked hard to get to this point and am happy to walk for my brother. My 95 % of my brother's vrain is covered in lesions. I will be thinking of you and your daughter that day.
Re: For BevBev on 4/16/03 at 13:42 (116312)
Hi Marie, It is my daughter-in-law (age 35) that has the MS. I think that is so great that you can walk in the MS walk after all that you have been through with your feet. that is such a great feat!!! We all are so very proud of you =D> That one mile to you will be just like a marathon of 25 miles to a runner , best of luck %%-
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/16/03 at 13:43 (116313)
What is an MS physical? What kind of doctor does it?
I don't know if I have optic neuritis, but it's possible I think. For the past year or so I've been having occasional problems with fuzzy vision. But I take Neurontin and amatryptilene, either of which can potentially cause certain vision problems. I did go to see an opththalmologist about 6 months ago; he changed my glasses prescription, which seemed to help but not 100%. I didn't have another driver with me, so he didn't want to dilate my eyes.
I also have balance problems, occasional foot droop, problems with fine motor control in my hands, tingling and numbness and sometimes problems with weakness in my hands, and frequent memory glitches (which, again, might be Neurontin or something else).
Re: For Mariemarie on 4/16/03 at 14:26 (116318)
A neurologist does the MS physical. There is a whole list of things that they check.....like your grip, strength, optic neuritis, and they spend alot of time asking questions. They will want to know when you started having problems etc. Some MS possibles keep diaries of their symptoms as they come and go that way they don't forget it when they see the neuro. In Bev's daughter's case she was dx with optic neuritis and that is a definate for MS...it makes an MS dx easy. About 60% of all MS patients have Optic Neuritis. It took about 3 years before my brother was dx. It was a nightmare trying to live with all the symptoms and no treatment. He finally did develop optic neuritis and he found a MS specialist that dx him.Some MS cases are difficult to dx without the presence of optic neuritis. There are 3 levels of MS...my brother is and has always been in Progressive stage with no remissions.
Don't get to worried about it. Your doc probably just wants to rule out MS. TTS is a mimic for MS, but it's always a good idea to rule it out.
Re: For BevSharon W on 4/16/03 at 14:32 (116320)
Our weather here in Texas is just about as close to perfect as it could be -- 80 degrees, blue skies, green everywhere. Spring is finally here! The only problem is, the wind gets pretty strong around here in the spring sometimes, strong enough to blow the toupee off a man's head or slam your car door shut, sometimes even strong enough to blow small branches off of trees. (Of course, this IS Texas, and in Texas, you NEVER know what the weather will bring... It's enough to drive a weatherman crazy! Tomorrow it might be hail here, too!)
I know about not working, I haven't worked in a year and a half and I've decided in any case I'm giving up on nursing. :(( I really think it was nursing that led to me developing these problems. It's just too much standing and walking on those brutal concrete floors. I know that's not very encouraging -- sorry about being so negative -- but that's how it is for me. For you, it might be different; I hope so.
We have a really fun Easter planned this year, I just hope my feet cooperate. :-s Instead of making a big Easter dinner at home, we'll take the family to a nearby Reniassance Faire and buy our food there -- they have the BEST turkey legs, and really yummy fajitas, and fried ice cream...! We all love medieval stuff, all the arts and crafts and shows and demonstrations and breathtaking costumes. Gary never misses seeing the belly dancers! I love watching the glass blower and the acrobats and the falconry exhibit (they fly hawks and owls and falcons and other birds). Our girls really love to get dolled up in beautiful long dresses and flirt with buff guys in tights and check out all those stalls selling incense and scented oils and silks and and exotic costumes, so it's a family outing I know everybody will enjoy (IF my feet cooperate)! The weatherman says Sunday should be partly cloudy with a high of about 78 degrees, just WONDERFUL for an outing like this...
Right now, what I'm doing is drinking my coffee and writing a really long and rambling post...
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/16/03 at 14:39 (116322)
Actually, I DON'T think I have MS; it is an alarming possibility that my doctor thought was worth ruling out. The thing with my feet is not Dx with TTS anymore, the neurologist thinks it's peripheral neuropathy. But I have gotten different opinions, and they don't agree all that much -- so I appreciate my PCP being willing to try to do the tests and make sure.
How is your brother doing now? Has his vision recovered?
Re: For Mariemarie on 4/16/03 at 15:08 (116325)
That's right you told me before that the docs told you that you may have periphial neurpathy. When are you going for an MRI?
My brother is scheduled for a retina transplant on May 15th. He is on IV steroids and he has aged prematurely. The docs told him he has the eyes of an 84 year old man. He has cateracs but it has developed into something much worse. I can't remember what it was called. One of those long medical terms.
They will do one eye at a time...it's a fifty / fifty chance for recovery of his vision. It's been really tough on him because he at least had the freedom to drive and he loves being on the computer.
Re: For MarieSharon W on 4/16/03 at 15:24 (116326)
I had the MRI of the brain on Monday, now I'm waiting for results. :-s
That really bites, about your brother. I'll remember him on May 15th... It would be a really cruel twist of fate, for someone who loves to drive around and use his computer to lose those simple pleasures, too. :(
Re: For Marie: BTW, thanks!Sharon W on 4/16/03 at 21:15 (116362)
By the way, THANKS for all the helpful info on MS !B-)
You're an angel! 0:)
Re: For BevBev on 4/17/03 at 05:42 (116386)
Hi Sharon, Yes, nursing for me was those hard floors for hours a day too, and with this pain, there was no way I could keep that up, I have been off work for 6 months, six long, depressing,painfull,doctors not caring, ready to amputate almost two year struggle with this PF ( or whatever it is). I did hobble for a year in awful pain working before I finally had to stop. Your Easter sounds like so very much fun . Our son goes to them too ( http://www.michrenfest.com ) and he keeps trying to get us down there to go to them, how ever we have not made it yet. The Renaissance Festivals are held in a huge open field so all of that walking would be impossible for me now , someday I hope to go as they sure do sound like fun. I think our Easter egg hunt will be either snowed or rained out, but maybe we will be able to sneak it in between rain or snow or do it at the church with all the other congregation , we will have to wait and see how it goes. You have a lovely holiday :) Bev
Re: For BevSharon W on 4/17/03 at 08:40 (116396)
That is the wonderful thing about my tarsal tunnel surgery -- I can finally DO things like go to the Reniassance Faire, and not just have someone drop me off at the entrance (so I don't have to walk from the parking lot - though I will probably still do that), walk inside the gate, and spend almost the whole time afterward sitting down somewhere! It just made SO much difference in my quality of life... I can go for little walks, can walk around shopping at WallMart without being in agony (as long as I keep it down to about an hour and a half), etc. No, I'm not 'pushing' surgery as a solution everybody should try... But it worked out really well for me!
Re: For MarieDave C on 12/04/05 at 00:39 (188861)
I have 2 Genetic markers for Narcolepsy - DQB?0602 and another. They are also associated with M.S. Some of the symptoms your describing sound similar to cataplexy, and sleep paralysis associated with my problem. The numbness is like a mild neuropathy.
Re: For MarieJohn H on 12/06/05 at 12:06 (189041)
Dave: My boss at one time was a VP of a major corporation. When he would come to town and we would be visiting he would be talking and suddenly just stop talking and immediately go to sleep. It could happen at any time and any place. He never told me what the problem was and I did not ask. I did get concerned when I was ridding with him in is rental car but he never went to sleep while driving (as far as I know).
Re: For MarieDorothy on 12/06/05 at 16:30 (189058)
John H - Well, that is odd because I've always thought you would be a most interesting conversationalist! :-)
Re: For MarieJohn H on 12/07/05 at 08:49 (189119)
Dorothy: You put a new twist on this problem. I shall work on that.