At the time of Hillary Clinton’s departure from the 9/11 ceremony, the temperature in Manhattan was 79 degrees with 54% humidity, & wind 6-8mph. The Government Heat Index for those conditions is 80 degrees. 90 minutes would not cause dehydration, though it might aggravate existing dehydration.
Mrs. Clinton’s complaints of overheating, and the subsequent difficulties with walking could be from a combination of medicines and dehydration.
Mr. Clinton takes medicine such as Synthroid for hypothyroidism, takes Coumadin as a blood thinner, is under great emotional stress, and has pneumonia. She may also be dehydrated.
According to Barbara S Lougheed, author of Tired Thyroid book and website, “When someone is VERY hypothyroid, noradrenaline will kick in to compensate for the lack of thyroid hormone, which makes the person feel hot and sweaty with an elevated heart rate.“ Medicine to treat hypothyroidism such as Synthroid may have similar symptoms.
Sources of feeling overheated are discussed at http://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/hot-flash-causes#Overview1
- Side effects of Coumadin, which Hillary takes to combat deep vein thrombosis
- Side effects of Synthroid or similar drugs, which Hillary takes for hypothyroidism
- Alcohol, which can also aggravate dehydration
- Emotional Stress
- Infections, such as flu or pneumonia
Dehydration symptoms include:
So the question is, why is Hillary suffering from these symptoms and side effects while under constant care of her physician? The testing and regulation of Hillary’s drugs and dosages, as well as the monitoring of her hydration is her doctor’s responsibility. The treatment of infections, including pneumonia is also her responsibility. Vaccinations are available for the most common causes of pneumonia, including the flu; has Mrs. Clinton had those vaccinations? There are news reports of several campaign staffers going to the emergency room for illnesses like pneumonia or flu last week. http://www.people.com/article/hillary-clinton-staff-sick-pneumonia
I guess what I am getting at is, could these problems have been avoided by proper medical attention? The management of the disclosures is a separate matter.
Most Americans take safety for granted. We walk around unaware of our surroundings; we even text while driving. Once in a while, the real world shouts a painful “wake up!” We pay attention for a while; then we drift back into a kind of entertained stupor, absorbed in virtual attractions. Even intense vigilance and gun laws would not have saved the patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando from the insane security officer who attacked them. I cannot say what family, community, religious, or mental health resources might have identified, diverted, and redirected Omar Mateen’s mindset to health and tolerance.
News of unpredictable, random madness creates justifiable hysteria, especially if it is threatening to people like you. Since the massacre, many LGBT people are buying guns, and seeking concealed hand gun licenses. This is a completely understandable reflection of the community’s generalized fear of attack by “misogaynists,” and religious extremists; naturally, they feel the pressing need for self-defense against such deadly assault. Many have joined millions of Americans who have chosen to be armed citizens. I support their decisions and encourage them to seek professional training, and practice diligently until they can respond to danger effectively. Just owning a gun will not protect you. (See my recent blogs for more ideas.)
Alcohol, sex, and early hours are a dangerous combination under any circumstances; add lethal weapons and really bad things happen.
Licensed gun owners are prohibited from carrying weapons into bars and clubs that get 51% or more of their revenue from alcohol. Usually signs are posted with a watermark “51%” and tiny text to explain the prohibitions. Also, in Texas, the police have zero tolerance for drinking alcohol while carrying a weapon.
In other words, the club in Orlando was off limits to legal guns, and most or all of the patrons were disqualified to carry after they left the club. So,licenses, weapons, and expertise with guns would not have thwarted the tragedy in Orlando.
I am a supporter of the rights of Americans to arm themselves. I believe that the presence of legal guns will reduce violence & the effectiveness of illegal guns. Without professional training & practice, though, a person with a gun is like a baby with a hammer.
Owning a car does not make a person a good driver; neither does getting a driver’s license. It takes training & years of regular practice to become a good, safe driver. Otherwise, a car is a dangerous, deadly weapon. Gun ownership is similar. I believe that no one should carry a gun until they are experts in avoiding violence & experts in using a gun when needed.
I wonder, how many well-meaning fathers give their daughters a deadly weapon & think they are protected from malicious perpetrators? Such a gift, without extensive training, could do just the opposite.
One of the greatest common errors is believing you will be able to use a gun effectively, if the situation arises. Not likely. Life-threatening situations trigger the body’s fear responses, flooding your body with adrenaline. Without training and practice, you will more than likely freeze. Your thinking ability & motor skills will go to zero. Even if you get to the gun, if it is not loaded, you will not be able to load it; if it is loaded, you will probably fumble the gun; if you are able to fire it, you will miss. The assailant could then grab the weapon and use it to attack you. Scary, isn’t it.
The first question is why own a gun? Hunting, marksmanship, collecting, & self-defense are all good reasons. All require the same basic knowledge & practices. Many critics of the National Rifle Association fail to note that safety & training are major elements of their purpose. Below is an excerpt from their website on gun safety.
NRA Gun Safety Rules
The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:
- ALWAYS keep the gun POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
- This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage.
- The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times.
- Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
- ALWAYS keep your finger OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.
- When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
- ALWAYS keep the gun UNLOADED UNTIL READY TO USE.
- Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device
- If the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action
- Look into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition.
- If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone & get help from someone who does.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:
- Store guns so they are NOT ACCESSIBLE TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS.
- Many factors must be considered when deciding where & how to store guns. A person’s particular situation will be a major part of the consideration.
- Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available.
- However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail & should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling & the observance of all gun safety rules.
- Never use ALCOHOL OR OVER-THE-COUNTER, PRESCRIPTION OR OTHER DRUGS before or while shooting.
- Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
- Wear EYE & EAR PROTECTION as appropriate.
- Guns are loud & the noise can cause hearing damage.
- They can also emit debris & hot gas that could cause eye injury.
- For these reasons, shooting glasses & hearing protectors should be worn by shooters & spectators.
- Use only the CORRECT AMMUNITION FOR YOUR GUN.
- Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun.
- Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel.
- Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box & sometimes stamped on the cartridge.
- Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
- Know your TARGET & WHAT IS BEYOND.
- Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt.
- Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot.
- Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap.
- Think first. Shoot second.
- Know HOW TO USE THE GUN SAFELY.
- Before handling a gun, learn how it operates.
- Know its basic parts, how to safely open & close the action & remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine.
- Remember, a gun’s mechanical safety device is never foolproof.
- Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
- Be sure the gun is SAFE TO OPERATE.
- Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable.
- Regular cleaning & proper storage are a part of the gun’s general upkeep.
- If there is any question concerning a gun’s ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
- Be aware that certain types of guns & many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
- Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly & safely.
- Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value & extend its life.
- Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.
- A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting.
- Accumulated moisture & dirt, or solidified grease & oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.
- Before cleaning your gun,make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.
- The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process.
- Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.
Estimates vary, but it would be fair to say that Americans own 300 million guns. About 13 million citizens have licenses to carry a concealed firearm. I believe Texas leads the nation in both.
In recent months, I have read about several instances involving licensed concealed carry gun owners; some good, some not. The key element in each case was judgement. Poor judgement yielded poor, sometimes tragic results. To me, a lack of training & practice was a big part of the things that went wrong. Staying safe is everybody’s responsibility, armed or not.
Use Your Mind
The mind is the ideal concealed self-defense weapon. All weapons, especially the mind, require knowledge, training, & a lot of practice to be safe & effective, & to function when your body is flooded with adrenaline. In many cases, common sense precautions will reduce the chances that a criminal will choose you as a target.
Be aware that you are most vulnerable when you are in transit from one place to another. You must be especially alert when driving, riding, walking, jogging, biking, etc.
Your cell phone can be your worst enemy or your best friend. If you are absorbed in your cell phone, you are extremely vulnerable. Criminals choose the least aware, most distracted people because it gives them the advantage of surprise. If you remain alert & use the features of your cell phone, you can avoid being an easy target. If you are armed, you can avoid situations that could require lethal force.
Here are a few ideas:
- Have 911 programmed on your cell phone.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Pay attention to people & vehicles you encounter.
- Wait until you are safely at your destination to take or make phone calls.
- Trust your instincts if a person or a group of people disturbs you.
- Notice people’s appearance as if you were planning to describe them to the police. If need be, record your descriptions on your cell phone.
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of anyone or any vehicle that seems suspicious or out of place.
- Distance is your friend, put as much space as possible between you & those that concern you. Cross the street or just turn around & go another way.
- Choose where you go & when you go there. Some areas are safe in the daytime, & not safe after dark.
- Invite a friend or partner to go with you. Two or more people are less attractive to criminals.
- Keep your valuables concealed. Leave your cellphone in your pocket or purse until your reach your destination
- If you think someone is following you, move quickly to any open store or restaurant or public building.
- If you feel threatened, yell “fire, fire, look out!” instead of “help,” & run to safety.
- Lock your car immediately when you get in it.
- Take whatever time is needed to find a well-lighted place to park your car at night. Use valet parking when available.
- Do not talk to anyone you do not know in the parking lot, especially if they approach you for help.
- If you are near your car, use the alarm button on your car key remote, or at least push the lock or unlock buttons several times to flash the lights & beep the horn.
- Always lock your car, & keep your keys in your hand as you walk away from & return to your car.
- If someone robs you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
- Carry a “throw away” wallet with a small amount of cash & old or expired credit cards. If you have the opportunity, throw it behind the robber or drop it out of reach & escape.