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Graves Disease, named after Sir Robert Graves in the early 19th century, is a disease of the thyroid gland which in turn affects every cell in the body. Years ago at age 34 I got a raging case of Graves Disease which was diagnosed by a close friend who was a dermatologist and my "race track buddy". He sent me to the hospital for blood tests and neck X-rays where a doctor there commented that I was very very sick and that this was "not good for someone who is 34 years old." I burst into tears thinking I was going to die and leave my children orphans.
But then a week later with test results in hand my friend the dermatologist told me, "I have good news and bad news." I asked for the bad news first, then the good. He said, "The bad news is that you have a very severe, off the charts, case of Graves Disease. The good news is that you will be just fine. This is completely treatable." (This disease was a large factor in my conversion to the Catholic Church. Today I thank God for having loved me enough to send it as my Great Wake Up Call.)
Not to bore you with the decades of ups and downs with this disease (THEN wailing: "I don't want to look like Marty Feldman!!!" NOW: Thank You, God, that my eyes healed and I didn't end up looking like Mary Feldman), please know that after having the most brilliant Jewish Endocrinologist in Northern Virginia - a pure genius - and another pure genius for a surgeon who operated on me (sub-total thyroidectomy) that I was, exactly as my dermatologist friend had said, just fine.
However, for the rest of my life I have to have an annual blood draw to make sure the thyroid levels remain in normal range. For years I've been on Synthroid which is not a generic but the more expensive thyroid hormone pill. I tried the generic years ago but for some reason - apparently the chemical makeup - it seemed not to work as well.
But...! Today, after asking several questions about the difference between Synthroid and Levothyroxine, my current endocrinologist - a strange woman (have been through several endocrinologists since moving to Florida 20 years ago) and a CATHOLIC, convinced me to try the generic, Levothyroxine. The difference in price is astronomical so I acquiesced.
When I asked the difference in the chemical makeup of the two pills the doctor replied that the actual thyroid hormone is the same. But I dug further saying, "No, not that. What is it that holds the hormone together in the pill...the substance of the pill not counting the hormone? What's its chemical makeup?"
She said that she wasn't sure of the actual substance but that when put in a beaker (under some sort of test) "Levothyroxine turns left." Knowing that the pill affects the brain I was immediately alarmed and jokingly said, "What? It will turn my brain to the left and make me into a liberal?"
With a blisteringly scathing look she turned to me and said. "No (stupid). In the beaker the substance turns to the left." (Whatever that means.)
Then she looked at me square in the eyes and said, "But that would be good."
For a split second I couldn't believe she had said that but then told myself of course she would. She's a liberal. That's what liberals do, especially today. Since President Trump's victory over Hillary liberals have become aggressively vicious.
So I made her admit it.
I said, "What? You think it would be good if I turned into a liberal?"
"Yes." And another withering look.
When I laughed and told her that would never happen she continued to stare at me. Sighing, I made a deal with her. "OK. I'll take Levothyroxine but I don't want to wait a year before another blood draw. In a few months you have to check the levels and how I'm doing on the new pills" ...(and we'll just see if I'm a liberal by then).
So I return in three months. But the moral of this story is that the suggestion that one should be a liberal is everywhere these days. Even in your doctor's office. ESPECIALLY in your doctor's office. That's where they want us to unwittingly sign all sorts of "end of life" documents. They want to "get rid of" us. They want us all to die so they won't have to kill as many people "when the time comes".
It's probably why the Left likes Islam so much. Their battle cry is the same: Convert or die.