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One step at a time.    On the plus side, consider it a lucky catch.

 

It actually was a catch, as the abdominal aortic plaque stuff showed up on a CT I had on my lower back for something totally unrelated. Forced me to head to my heart doc (yeah, I have docs for different things) and discuss; he moved me into his ultrasound area, and bam, there was the carotid stuff. The issue with the potential for going on a statin is that I already am dealing with 3 other cardiac risk factors (thanks, parents!) which sucks.

 

Also, I have a good friend (only 50) who recently (like last month) had a potential death situation, when his aorta basically shredded (aortic dissection, it's called); he was lucky enough to get a call into 911, and the EMTs were there in 90 seconds - 2 hours later, he was in surgery for 9 hours to repair his aorta. This shit had me on edge.

 

 

Oy.

 

In fact, two oys.

 

indeed.

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Getting dismissed from state (county) jury duty make me eligible to get called for duty at federal district court.  Here, you have to call every evening during a 2-week period to see if they need you, so can't plan that weekend trip to LA with N when she goes to vote in the SA election.  The only saving grace is that this courthouse is in the Civic Center area of SF, an easy BART ride from home and work.

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Getting dismissed from state (county) jury duty make me eligible to get called for duty at federal district court.  Here, you have to call every evening during a 2-week period to see if they need you, so can't plan that weekend trip to LA with N when she goes to vote in the SA election.  The only saving grace is that this courthouse is in the Civic Center area of SF, an easy BART ride from home and work.

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Getting dismissed from state (county) jury duty make me eligible to get called for duty at federal district court.  Here, you have to call every evening during a 2-week period to see if they need you, so can't plan that weekend trip to LA with N when she goes to vote in the SA election.  The only saving grace is that this courthouse is in the Civic Center area of SF, an easy BART ride from home and work.

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I'm just annoyed that, having not gotten called in years, I got called twice in less than 3 months.

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Be thankful you don’t live in Las Vegas. Everyone gets called every 18 months. You can only reschedule once. In the past, it was easy to get out of it. But they decided to go from the easiest out, to the most draconian appearance rules. There is basically no chance of getting out of it unless you are on your death bed.

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