Friday, September 06, 2019

The Weekly Twenty Twenty Update

Once more, a one-issue Update.  There's been plenty about the #ClimateTownHall for you.

The drinking game is: "Here's blood in your eye".

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have a blood vessel burst in his left eye while participating in CNN's town hall on climate change.

A broken blood vessel in the eye, also known as a subconjuctival hemorrhage, can be caused by several things, including high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, blood thinners, or even excessive straining.

In rare cases, it may be a sign of a serious vascular disorder in older people. Patients who frequently experience such broken capillaries in the eye may get tests to try to find an underlying cause, such as a blood clotting disorder, the Cleveland Clinic noted.

When I was in the newspaper business, I worked with a gentleman in his early 70s who had these on a handful of occasions.  I can recall three over the course of a two-year period.  He dismissed them.

I found out later he had passed in his mid-70's of a stroke.

Biden, 76, has long been plagued by health issues. In 1988, he suffered an aneurysm that burst and required him to undergo emergency surgery. The then-senator was so close to death that a Catholic priest began preparing to administer the sacrament of last rites.

Months later, surgeons clipped a second aneurysm before it burst. Biden then took a seven-month leave from the Senate following the surgery. Describing the operation, he once said, “They literally had to take the top of my head off.”

Jill Biden said in her recently released autobiography Where the Light Enters that, at the time, she feared her husband would never be the same. "Our doctor told us there was a 50-50 chance Joe wouldn't survive surgery," she wrote. "He also said that it was even more likely that Joe would have permanent brain damage if he survived. And if any part of his brain would be adversely affected, it would be the area that governed speech."

I can't make light of Biden and his slapstick routine any longer.  Something is seriously wrong with him that isn't just early-stage dementia.

Biden hasn’t disclosed his medical history since 2008, when doctors found he had an irregular heartbeat.

Biden has also raised eyebrows for the increasing number of verbal blunders he has made so far on the 2020 campaign trail, the schedule of which has been markedly lighter than his main rivals.

For the good of the country and his own well-being, Joe Biden needs to drop out.  And Dr. Jill Biden is the one who should tell him to do so.

That's correct; I'm not a medical doctor.  And neither is she.

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