For those that are in interested in the real things that happened on the POTUS trip, here is the transcript of his speech in Saudi Arabia..
For those that are in interested in the real things that happened on the POTUS trip, here is the transcript of his speech in Saudi Arabia..
Don’t let the fake news, pundits’, nor politicians’ misinterpret what Trump and King Salman said on this historic day. Never before in the history of nations has such a summit taken place!
King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Donald John Trump of the United States of America, united leaders of 50 nations to encourage joint alliance to fight extreme Islamic terrorism in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!
Both of their messages echoed the same cause and concerns. Please listen to King Salman’s speech then read Trump’s speech for yourself.
TRUMP’S FULL SPEECH:
“I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.
You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader — American President Franklin Roosevelt — King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy — and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens.
Let me now also extend my deep and heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of the distinguished heads of state who made this journey here today. You greatly honor us with your presence, and I send the warmest regards from my country to yours. I know that our time together will bring many blessings to both your people and mine.
I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip to the heart of the Muslim world, to the nation that serves as custodian of the two holiest sites in the Islamic Faith.
In my inaugural address to the American People, I pledged to strengthen America’s oldest friendships, and to build new partnerships in pursuit of peace. I also promised that America will not seek to impose our way of life on others, but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust.
Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world.
Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.
And so this historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders—unique in the history of nations—is a symbol to the world of our shared resolve and our mutual respect. To the leaders and citizens of every country assembled here today, I want you to know that the United States is eager to form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.
For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies — many of whom are here today.
Now, there is even more blessed news I am pleased to share with you. My meetings with King Salman, the Crown Prince, and the Deputy Crown Prince, have been filled with great warmth, good will, and tremendous cooperation. Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.
This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase — and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies. This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.
We have also started discussions with many of the countries present today on strengthening partnerships, and forming new ones, to advance security and stability across the Middle East and beyond.
Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology — located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World.
This groundbreaking new center represents a clear declaration that Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalization, and I want to express our gratitude to King Salman for this strong demonstration of leadership.
I have had the pleasure of welcoming several of the leaders present today to the White House, and I look forward to working with all of you.
America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership — based on shared interests and values — to pursue a better future for us all.
Here at this summit we will discuss many interests we share together. But above all we must be united in pursuing the one goal that transcends every other consideration. That goal is to meet history’s great test—to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.
Young Muslim boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred. And young Muslim men and women should have the chance to build a new era of prosperity for themselves and their peoples.
With God’s help, this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. At the same time, we pray this special gathering may someday be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East — and maybe, even all over the world.
But this future can only be achieved through defeating terrorism and the ideology that drives it.
Few nations have been spared its violent reach.
America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks — from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.
The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror. So too have the nations of Africa and even South America. India, Russia, China and Australia have been victims.
But, in sheer numbers, the deadliest toll has been exacted on the innocent people of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern nations. They have borne the brunt of the killings and the worst of the destruction in this wave of fanatical violence.
Some estimates hold that more than 95 percent of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim.
We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure.
The true toll of ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.
The Middle East is rich with natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and massive amounts of historic treasures. It should increasingly become one of the great global centers of commerce and opportunity.
This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.
Saudi Arabia is home to the holiest sites in one of the world’s great faiths. Each year millions of Muslims come from around the world to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj. In addition to ancient wonders, this country is also home to modern ones—including soaring achievements in architecture.
Egypt was a thriving center of learning and achievement thousands of years before other parts of the world. The wonders of Giza, Luxor and Alexandria are proud monuments to that ancient heritage.
All over the world, people dream of walking through the ruins of Petra in Jordan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization and is a land of natural beauty. And the United Arab Emirates has reached incredible heights with glass and steel, and turned earth and water into spectacular works of art.
The entire region is at the center of the key shipping lanes of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz. The potential of this region has never been greater. 65 percent of its population is under the age of 30. Like all young men and women, they seek great futures to build, great national projects to join, and a place for their families to call home.
But this untapped potential, this tremendous cause for optimism, is held at bay by bloodshed and terror. There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it.
Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.
Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.
If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen. Terrorism’s devastation of life will continue to spread. Peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence. And the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.
If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing—then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.
This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.
This is a battle between Good and Evil.
When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the streams of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims — we see only that they were Children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.
But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong — and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.
Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land.
America is prepared to stand with you — in pursuit of shared interests and common security.
But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children.
It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America CANNOT make for you.
A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.
DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and
DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.
For our part, America is committed to adjusting our strategies to meet evolving threats and new facts. We will discard those strategies that have not worked—and will apply new approaches informed by experience and judgment. We are adopting a Principled Realism, rooted in common values and shared interests.
Our friends will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes — not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms — not sudden intervention.
We must seek partners, not perfection—and to make allies of all who share our goals.
Above all, America seeks peace — not war.
Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.
The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.
Many are already making significant contributions to regional security: Jordanian pilots are crucial partners against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. The Lebanese Army is hunting ISIS operatives who try to infiltrate their territory. Emirati troops are supporting our Afghan partners. In Mosul, American troops are supporting Kurds, Sunnis and Shias fighting together for their homeland. Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner. Our longstanding partnership with Kuwait and Bahrain continue to enhance security in the region. And courageous Afghan soldiers are making tremendous sacrifices in the fight against the Taliban, and others, in the fight for their country.
As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists smuggle their reinforcements.
I am proud to announce that the nations here today will be signing an agreement to prevent the financing of terrorism, called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center — co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and joined by every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It is another historic step in a day that will be long remembered.
I also applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council for blocking funders from using their countries as a financial base for terror, and designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization last year. Saudi Arabia also joined us this week in placing sanctions on one of the most senior leaders of Hezbollah.
Of course, there is still much work to do.
That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.
Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED.
And political leaders must speak out to affirm the same idea: heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them. Many nations here today have taken important steps to raise up that message. Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.
The United Arab Emirates has also engaged in the battle for hearts and souls—and with the U.S., launched a center to counter the online spread of hate. Bahrain too is working to undermine recruitment and radicalism.
I also applaud Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees. The surge of migrants and refugees leaving the Middle East depletes the human capital needed to build stable societies and economies. Instead of depriving this region of so much human potential, Middle Eastern countries can give young people hope for a brighter future in their home nations and regions.
That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life — including women, children, and followers of all faiths. Numerous Arab and Islamic scholars have eloquently argued that protecting equality strengthens Arab and Muslim communities.
For many centuries the Middle East has been home to Christians, Muslims and Jews living side-by-side. We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again—and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope.
In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican — visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible — including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I will be meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them.
But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three—safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran.
From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.
It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.
Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime — launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.
Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region. The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.
Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.
The decisions we make will affect countless lives.
King Salman, I thank you for the creation of this great moment in history, and for your massive investment in America, its industry and its jobs. I also thank you for investing in the future of this part of the world.
This fertile region has all the ingredients for extraordinary success — a rich history and culture, a young and vibrant people, a thriving spirit of enterprise. But you can only unlock this future if the citizens of the Middle East are freed from extremism, terror and violence.
We in this room are the leaders of our peoples. They look to us for answers, and for action. And when we look back at their faces, behind every pair of eyes is a soul that yearns for justice.
Today, billions of faces are now looking at us, waiting for us to act on the great question of our time.
Will we be indifferent in the presence of evil? Will we protect our citizens from its violent ideology? Will we let its venom spread through our societies? Will we let it destroy the most holy sites on earth? If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have.
The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring.
Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people. Parents who no longer worry for their children, families who no longer mourn for their loved ones, and the faithful who finally worship without fear.
These are the blessings of prosperity and peace. These are the desires that burn with a righteous flame in every human heart. And these are the just demands of our beloved peoples.
I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together— BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL.
Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.”
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
Something worth reading and sharing.
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m
working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in
her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s-
what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said,
“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me
at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I
didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most
sincere smile and said , “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side
of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so
I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my
mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small
hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first
time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.
I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches
with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.
He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”
Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back
malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.” It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.
As we celebrate Mothers, I do so with a tear of longing for my Mom who went on the path to Glory last year, and conversely a heartfelt joy of expectation for my youngest whom I spent the day with yesterday at her “diaper party”, she’s due to deliver in July!
I ran across the following bit from a cousins social media page and felt it was too great not to pass along.
As we celebrate Moms today, I have friends who ache because they have desired a child but have never given birth, I have friends who have had miscarriages, I have friends who have never married but would love to be married and have a family…the list goes one. But each of those friends are contributing to a young person’s life, as a mentor, a foster parent, an aunt, a stepmom…I saw this recently and loved it. I share it with each of you today as I know today could be a really difficult day for you. Each of you are in my heart ❤️ and my prayers today!
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
-Copied from a letter written by a guest contributor
We all heard about the reactor back when the event occurred, but strangely there has been little said about this environmental catastrophe. The following article should raise an alarm around the globe, oddly not happening!! If the “climate warriors” were half as concerned about the environment as they let on they would be shouting from rooftops about this.
There are those that claim that Obama was a great man, and an excellent president. Of course they only listen to NPR and watch MSNBC as if it were gospel. I truly feel sorry that they have been so duped for so long!! The blind will continue to lead the blind apparently. The following duck story was shared with me recently so I thought it should be shared. He is no longer our resident leader, but one wonders how much damage conrol has to be done at this point.
If you walk like a duck and quack like a duck; have feathers like
A duck; eat like a duck and lay eggs like a duck; there is a
Very high probability that you’re a duck!
Mike Gallagher, the 8th most recognized talk radio
Personality, in the USA, he is heard by over 2.25 million
Listeners weekly. He compiled and wrote the following essay
Entitled, “Obama: It was You.”
* It was you who spoke these words at an Islamic
Dinner -“I am one of you.”
* It was you who on ABC News referenced -“My Muslim
* It was you who gave $100 million in US Taxpayer
Funds to rebuild foreign mosques.
* It was you who wrote that in the event of a
Conflict-“I will stand with the Muslims.”
* It was you who assured the Egyptian Foreign
Minister that -“I am a Muslim.”
* It was you who bowed in submission before the
* It was you who sat for 20 years in a Liberation
Theology Church condemning America and professing
* It was you who exempted Muslims from penalties
Under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.
* It was you who purposefully omitted – “endowed by
Our Creator ” – from your recitation of The Declaration Of
* It was you who mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s
Sermon On The Mount while repeatedly referring to the ‘HOLY’
* It was you who traveled the Islamic world
Denigrating the United States Of America.
* It was you who instantly threw the support of your
Administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory
Mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade
* It was you who refused to attend the National
Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer
Breakfast at the White House.
* It was you who ordered Georgetown Univ. And
Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE
You would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast,
You have NEVER requested the mosques you have visited to
Adjust their decor.
* It was you who appointed anti-Christian
Fanatics to your Czar Corps.
* It was you who appointed rabid Islamists to
* It was you who said that NASA’s “foremost
Mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.
* It was you who as an Illinois Senator was the
ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.
* It was you who was the first President not to
Give a Christmas Greeting from the White House, and went
So far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the White
* It was you who curtailed the military tribunals
Of all Islamic terrorists.
* It was you who refused to condemn the Ft. Hood
Killer as an Islamic terrorist.
* It is you who has refused to speak-out
Concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the
Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN
For investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.
* It was you who when queried in India refused
To acknowledge the true extent of radical global
Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a
Country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous
Islamic terrorists assaults.
* It was you who funneled $900 Million in US
Taxpayer dollars to Hamas.
It was you who ordered the United States Postal
Service to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new
* It was you who directed our UK Embassy to
Conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim
* It was you who funded mandatory Arabic
Language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our
It is you who follows the Muslim custom of not
Wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.
* It is you who departs for Hawaii over the
Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT
Participating in seasonal White House religious events.
* It was you who was uncharacteristically quick
To join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, formerly America’s strongest ally
In North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to
The Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.
* It was you who appointed your chief adviser,
Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim
Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
* It was you who said this country is not a
WELL IF THAT AINT A DUCK????? WHAT IS IT?????
I have not been active on this blog for some weeks now. This is due to an unfortunate accident at the job which has debilitated me for weeks and caused indescribable pain at times.
It began Dec 14 when i tripped over debris on the shop floor at work, spraining my ankle. When it wasn’t improved over the next couple days I went to seek medical help, get an x-ray, etc. The initial diagnosis was sprained, no breaks, take some aspirin, wrap it up and go home, GOOD LUCK!! I was given crutches to get around with. When in the next week the foot was red, swollen, extremely sensitive to touch and tender, the office called and said the company insurance folks set me an appointment to see their Dr. at their clinic. The new diagnosis is that I have cellulitis in my ankle, take these antibiotics and come back in a week.
Four days later i woke to see a huge sack of fluid attached to the side of the ankle, so I called and the clinic said to be sure they get a culture of it when I come in three days hence. Within the next day this “blister” ruptured leaking yellow nasty fluid all over the place and i went to go to the bathroom and clean it up a bit, on the way I fell to the floor having lost my balance on the crutches. Called for friends to help me get up on my feet and even with two helpers it couldnt be done, I was too weak to help out. In examination of the ankle my good friend Clay said that I should get immediate medical help so the EMS came and got me to the hospital. The bottom line is that I had a severe infection in the ankle that took ten days to alleviate to the point that I could be discharged to a Physical Rehab faciiity to begin the process of walking again. This course of therapy is nearly complete and I am making good progress toward the goal of getting back mobile again.
The pain that I have endured has been daily since Dec 14th, and at times so severe as to nearly cause fainting. The pain of the swelling and initial infection was bad enough and I was taking massive amounts of over the counter NSAID products to alleviate it. But the really bad part was when they came to “milk” the pus and fluid out of my ankle!! To get this stuff out they would squeeze the foot from the top down toward the heel where the fluid sack had ruptured creating an exit. This was preferred to lancing as they wanted less chance for further infection to set in. So twice a day the foot was “milked” for 5 days and estimates of nearly two gallons of fluids were expelled. Trust me when I say that after these treatments [i joked about it being “torture”, [which is not far from truth] I welcomed an injection of an instant pain killer that would alleviate the after effects [unfortunately not the pain during treatment!!].
At this point, there is only pain when I push the edge during Physical Therapy, which I am doing to speed the recovery process. And milder medications help with this as needed. Another week or so and we will be ready to re-enter life again. PT was prescribed to be done at a Nursing/Rehab center in Yorktown, some 65 miles up country from home. This put a bite on having any pals stop by for visits!! I requested an advanced schedule of PT sessions so as not to waste the time spent here, one 30 minute period per day seemed a bit subdued, so went to two-a-day schedule.
UPDATE 2/10/17 Back in Rockport and follow up Dr. appt., still on crutches with some limited mobility. It takes an incredible amount of energy to get around, in and out of offices, stores, vehicles, etc. A three hour stint of errands etc and my body is wiped out. Dizziness and lack of balance is a real issue, it’s hard to stand upright with only one ankle to do the work!! Will be discussing light duties with the bosses at work on Monday to see what if anything I can do until I have full range of motion and at least workable strength returned to my foot. In the mean time, PT exercises and walking as much as I can to build things back to normal as possible.
The thoughts going through my head over the weeks are that I wish I could “bottle” all the pain I have gone through and force the foolhardy individual that just dumped and neglected the debris; to drink the pain. Their attitude about shop safety may differ if it was possible!!