Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, The Day Of Reckoning
Oh, yeah, China:
What's really cool is this from the official release:
There is nothing like dropping profits and slowing payments to grease the wheels of commerce, is there? Companies don't need loans. They need cash flow. Mind you, in the Chinese corporate mind the concepts of "rigor" and "accounting" have only a very tenuous connection, so reported profits generally are a bit dreamy, if you know what I mean.By the end of March, the total volume of receivable accounts for industrial enterprises hit 7,119.9 billion yuan, went up 17.2 percent, year-on-year. The total value of finished products for industrial enterprises accounted for 2,783.0 billion yuan, went up 16.4 percent, year-on-year.
When we had our 2nd child, my wife inspected the stats for the hospital that she would have gone to. Turned out they had not-so-good outcomes for normal births. It seems that an unusual percentage of their "normal birth" patients turn out to need invasive procedures just before delivery. The preferred procedures just happen to coincide with procedures that state-mandated insurance must cover. Funny, that.
We decided to take our chances at a birthing center with a 15-minute transport time to the best children's hospital in the state. Statistically, their total outcomes are better than the normal-births outcomes at the hospital we would have gone to. Granted, if there had been an emergency we would have been out-of-network at the children's hospital. But as it turned out there was no problem so it didn't cost us any extra.
When it's my wife and baby, they're not just statistics. But in this case it just worked out to a choice--take a chance under the knife, or take an improved chance of not needing the knife.
All the best.
That leaves me no fingers for China though. Priorities.
This pregnancy had problems early on, and the doctors weren't offering much hope. She wasn't even supposed to go full term. The baby is a JPII special. I swear it's true.
Anyway, I have been gritting my teeth right through this thing, and this is one of the ways I got through it.
But now that the anxiety is over, I just want to yell with joy.
My sister in law couldn't pull out of the grief over the twins, and the horrible way it played out. It was not until she got pregnant that she began to really breathe again, and if she had lost this one, I think she'd have continued to fight bravely, but I don't think she'd have ever made it out into the sunlight again.
And the baby almost died today. There aren't going to be any complications. The placenta separated; if she had gone into labor outside the hospital they both might have gone and the baby most definitely would have.
The labor was induced because she had gone well past full term. Very few of these cases are as severe as this one, it was literally a matter of just a couple of minutes.
But she's doing fine, and she's in Tahiti mentally.
All this touchy-feelie stuff is affecting my digestion. Now I am not saying that child bearing is not a needed human activity, but G-D delegated this to women, while men handle the more interesting stuff like starting world wars, making concentration camps, fire-bombing cities, etc. One other thing guys do is economic stuff. Now seeing as most folks that read this site are interested in this male activity, can we please keep the heart warming stories to the daily mail and other such female oriented publications.
Otherwise I demand equal time for guys maybe articles on home made flamethrowers and things like that.
I am sure your brother would agree if he was to post, else I wonder if he likes interior design and the oxygen channel.
It's wonderful that they've got a healthy family going there.
Oh, and Mr. Sensitive: my .308 is bigger than your mouse gun. And my lifted Jeep will run over your Yugo any day of the week.
And I assure you that he is well armed. His jeep, however, is not lifted, so you've got him there.
I spoke to him yesterday evening, and I could have sworn nothing in the world could have made him happier, but I am afraid that your comment just did.
Sis I was not pissed in any way. I am very happy, I may even be nice to my wife for a week or two, though I hope she does not try to use this as an excuse to stop work on the retaining wall out back of the barn, I have been hearing excuses for 6 months.
I was just trolling, hoping to get a reaction like Neils. Now if you had not stepped in I could have gotten into a lively debate. Good Sport.... Now I have to apologize for my boorish behavior to Neil.
Sorry Neil, it is a personnel defect of mine but it is very difficult for me not to tease my little sister at all times, both good and bad.
As for the touchily-feelie side of things, it did seem like my wife had some kind of help in this whole matter. One cannot put one's finger on things, but it seemed like something beyond that which is subject to human understanding was stepping in just prior to each critical moment, to ensure that no decision was made late.
My Jeep still beats your Yugo, though. M_O_M says so.
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