Using an IOS App Called Drafts

I have started using a cool IOS app called Drafts. You type little snipers of text and, using a series of either actions that are provided or that you can put together, you can use the text in different ways. For example, you can send some text to twitter or append it to a file, or send it to a app like Omnifocus as an action.

I wanted to keep a file that tracks my blood pressure so I created an action that prepends it (adds it to the beginning of a file with a date) where I track my blood pressure. 

I enter "125/88", select the "Add to BP Tracking Action from drop down list and "2/10/13, 6:53pm - 125/88" is added to the beginning of the text file, BP Tracking in my Dropbox. I can open that file with any app that can read a text file in Dropbox from my mac or anywhere I can access my Dropbox. 

I also created a similar action that tracks when I take medicine. This isn't so much for regular prescriptions; I use it when I am sick and want to remember the last time I took Tylenol or Ibuprofen so I know when I can take it again. Great for a sick wife or a sick kid to make sure they get the relief at the right time (not too early and not too late).

I have Drafts and these actions on my iPhone and my iPad. Quick and easy. Drafts is available from Agile Tortoise.

Gun Safety

I am now calling it "Gun Safety," not "Gun Control" (my thanks to James Fallows for the suggestion). I want guns to be safer for those who use them and those who don't. I suspect most of the 6 and 7 year olds at Sandy Hook Elementary do not use guns; guns, however, need to be safer for them. 

And we need to deal with all sorts of safety issues including the mental health of owners, the safety of guns in the homes, the ability to track stolen guns and the ability to limit accidental shootings through better designs. Certainly some types of guns need to be outlawed for private possession.

Yes, I mean outlawed. There is no place for automatic or semi-automatic rifles in our society. I think there should be a generous buy back program for automatic weapons "in the wild." 

We are not going to fix everything at once. We do, however, need to start.

Coordination of Medical Care

I have a couple of medical things going on right now and I realize what a more integrated system could do for me.

When I was younger, I usually (and fortunately rarely) dealt with only one medical thing at a time. As I get older, I realize I will be handling more with different parts (heart, GI, kidney, etc.) each with its own specialist.

While my doctors shared some notes and always copied each other, I would have felt better if there had been even a short quick conference (telephone, video) about my case just to make sure that the order and priority of treatment was appropriate. I feel like I was making the decision based on my conversations and didn't have a great sense that the doctors talked about it (because they didn't; I was relaying the info)... 

I gather a more coordinated care is something that the Mayo clinic does and something that would be pretty attractive to me right now.

The Affordable Care Act Survives

So, the Affordable Care Act Survived the Supreme Court. I don't know if Roberts is playing "three dimensional chess," or did the right thing (compared to his conservative colleagues). I do think that this is one more step to locking health care reform in to the American pysche. 

While the ACA is not perfect, it is a move in the right direction. Hopefully it will be adjusted to move towards more of a single payer system (I don't like the individual mandate; prefer single payer). As much as I want everyone to have health care insurance of some kind, I think a lot of the other provisions in the ACA will develop to be as or more important as the individual mandate.