Gabrielle Giffords Appears in Congress

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    Aug 01, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    If you saw it on the evening news, she showed up to cast her vote, and she's looking great. I just about bawled! I hope you get to see it.
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    So that's her true hair color...
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    She's aged about 10 years. icon_sad.gif Note the temporal muscle wasting...or is that part of the skull depression post surgery?
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidSo that's her true hair color...
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    She's aged about 10 years. icon_sad.gif Note the temporal muscle wasting...or is that part of the skull depression post surgery?


    Well, at least she has a head, unlike you. Don't you think it's cruel to judge someone's looks after they were shot in the head and are still in recovery?
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    I'm not judging her looks, I'm just commenting that she looks markedly different (and prematurely older) from her ordeal.

    I actually think this gives her more gravitas.
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    And I'm sorry she didn't show up earlier to soften the din made by the Tea Party. God only knows how she might have influenced the direction of talks morally, if not in substance.

    I'm guessing she is still having difficulty with giving speeches on the floor.
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Excellent. They posted the video.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/08/01/congress.giffords/index.html

    Better Video:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43979371#43979371
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    She is incredible! I can not even imagine the therapy she has had to endure to get to this point. I hope her recovery continues with great progress.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidI'm not judging her looks, I'm just commenting that she looks markedly different (and prematurely older) from her ordeal.

    I actually think this gives her more gravitas.


    It's from a craniotomy. She can get plastic surgery to get it fixed, but you know recovery is more important than going under the knife again icon_razz.gif


    Also, the picture yahoo news had wasn't very flattering, she does look like shit tbh icon_razz.gif

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    BoostToChase saidShe is incredible! I can not even imagine the therapy she has had to endure to get to this point. I hope her recovery continues with great progress.


    I know, right? It was nice to see her recognize people and quickly adjust, like when someone leaned in to kiss her. I've been waiting and hoping to see how she's recovering. This was incredible, like you said. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    BoostToChase saidShe is incredible! I can not even imagine the therapy she has had to endure to get to this point. I hope her recovery continues with great progress.


    Amen.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    People, I'm surprised you're judging someone's looks after being shot in the head. Think of Britney Spears after she shaved her head. Just take off the glasses and add blonde locks, and Gabrielle looks great.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    I'm sorry, I really meant no disrespect with my comments. I'm just looking at her with my medical hat on.

    It's like what I say in my H&P's--"older-than-stated-age." Some patients take offense when they read it, but the purpose is to give the reader an idea of the physical condition of the patient.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    Very inspiring. Great to see the incredible recovery she has made to date.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    It's so nice to see her doing so well. She looks amazing and they say she's been doing a lot better. I truly wish her all the best!
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    This is really spectacular! Almost tearjerking... she's done awesome to have survived such a mortal wound and it looks like she'll continue to do awesome.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidI'm sorry, I really meant no disrespect with my comments. I'm just looking at her with my medical hat on.

    It's like what I say in my H&P's--"older-than-stated-age." Some patients take offense when they read it, but the purpose is to give the reader an idea of the physical condition of the patient.


    Try looking at them and going

    "obese female"

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    adam228 said
    "obese female"


    I say that while they are in the room (OK without the "female" appellation) but I preface it with a sandwich. I.e.

    "I'm sorry to say this, but based on your height and weight, you're obese. And (while fiddling on the calculator) since your BMI is above 45, the medical term is superobesity. But you're on the right track, since you lost 5 pounds since your last visit!"

    Most of the time they are fascinated with the math. (it's bait-and-switch on my part to introduce that "obese" word without shame and angst)
    And I say it with a straight face. Because it's serious business.icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidExcellent. They posted the video.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/08/01/congress.giffords/index.html

    Better Video:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43979371#43979371


    Such a beautiful person icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    not that i don't wish congresswoman giffords all the best in the world, but this was a political stunt at the basest of levels playing off of pathos.
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    Yes, yes, it's all very nice. Bully for her. But it has nothing to do with the serious issue at hand.

    Calibro - yep.
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    calibro saidnot that i don't wish congresswoman giffords all the best in the world, but this was a political stunt at the basest of levels playing off of pathos.


    Even so it did make me feel better to see her. Base pathos worked. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Maybe pathos is what we need. If the "pathos" she inspired after her assassination attempt had lasted from January till now, the mudslinging would not be so fierce.

    Her showing up would have been politically charged either way she voted (or just voted "present"). She has a job to do, and she did it.
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidMaybe pathos is what we need. If the "pathos" she inspired after her assassination attempt had lasted from January till now, the mudslinging would not be so fierce.

    Her showing up would have been politically charged either way she voted (or just voted "present"). She has a job to do, and she did it.


    pathetic appeals (not pathetic as ridiculous, but as in the adjective form of pathos) are often devoid of logic. it's very easy to pull at the heart strings, but that doesn't necessarily mean your point is valid. it's like when prop8 people started making the issue about innocent children having to learn about gays in school and all that other bs... it was a pathetic appeal.
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    calibro saidnot that i don't wish congresswoman giffords all the best in the world, but this was a political stunt at the basest of levels playing off of pathos.


    How do you know that she just didn't show up because she knew it was important vote, then they decided she should make the first vote out of respect? I'm sure they didn't fly her in to make a point. And honestly, she deserved the first vote. Recovery is a long road.
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    Aug 02, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
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    q1w2e3 saidMaybe pathos is what we need. If the "pathos" she inspired after her assassination attempt had lasted from January till now, the mudslinging would not be so fierce.

    Her showing up would have been politically charged either way she voted (or just voted "present"). She has a job to do, and she did it.


    pathetic appeals (not pathetic as ridiculous, but as in the adjective form of pathos) are often devoid of logic. it's very easy to pull at the heart strings, but that doesn't necessarily mean your point is valid. it's like when prop8 people started making the issue about innocent children having to learn about gays in school and all that other bs... it was a pathetic appeal.


    The Democrats needed all the help they can get. Trotting out Giffords was an attempt to get their constituents all teary-eyed (which admittedly isn't hard to do... just say "our children," "the poor," or "PBS," and - Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel).