Yes, I was able to get up from my desk and stagger to the recliner without having to wake Walt up to come and help. Whew.
I slept as all right as I ever do and woke up around 5:30. I noticed one thing right away--I could bend my right leg, which I was not able to do the day before.
I carefully got out of the chair and though it was painful, the pain had gone from a 9 to a 5. I was able to hobble down the hall to the bathroom and it only took 3 tries to get on my feet afterwards, which is a HUGE improvement.
Still, it was not a good idea to be hobbling around so once again, I settled into the recliner with ibuprofen at my elbow and ice on my knee and watched TV.
But watching TV today was more painful than the pain in my knee.
Watch/listen to this recording secretly made by ProPolitica. It is the sound of children separated from their families, crying for mommy or daddy. It will tear your heart out but listen to it because we need to viscerally feel what it feels like, not just gloss over it because it's not happening to us and we feel helpless so why put ourselves through it. We put ourselves through it because it is happening to children as young as a year old and we need to have our heat torn out a bit to get us angry enough to maybe DO something.
If there is anything positive I realized today it's that people are starting to notice.
On every news show I watched, it was the lead story and often took over half of the show or more itself. Everyone from politicians (Republican and Democrats), to newsmen, to political historians, to physicians is weighing in and the clamor is becoming louder and louder. One newsman was almost apoplectic as he shouted the question we all want answered -- how long is this going to go on? How long is #45 going to keep those children hostage to his^%$#@ wall?
Many people, politicians and reporters pointed out that Trump could end the separation policy in an instant. Hasn't he constantly reminded us of the power of the presidency? Heck, he was able to change all the good things about this country with a stroke of his pen, why not end the misery of these children and their parents?
And then there is dear Ann Coulter, who said “I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President," on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton. Two thousand child actors, age 1 to 17. Boy--who is footing the bill for THAT casting? Are these the same paid actors hired to pretend to be victims of the Florida shooting? or the paid actors at the huge Women's March?
Where is pro-Life in all of this? You'd think this would be right up their alley, children traumatized and separated from their parents, crying and begging for Mommy and Daddy. Why aren't there big ProLife rallies? Or is the problem that these are "born children" so they don't count?
A reporter, allowed in one of the facilities, saw a crying child and asked why nobody was comforting him. He was told they are NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE KIDS because of fear of accusations of sexual abuse. One child, he said, they didn't realize her age because she spent her time curled into a ball. Another older girl had to change diapers because the caregivers had that "touching kids" thing to worry about. Reports are that a 4 year old, placed in a sponsor's home, was "the worse case of trauma" they had seen.
Someone today pointed out that the facilities that reporters have been allowed to visit house boys 7 to 17. Where are girls and babies being held and why can't we investigate those? No cameras are allowed inside facilities reporters have toured.
Department of Homeland Security reports that from May 5 to June 18, 2,342 children have been removed from their parents. 67 kids/day (it was 47 kids/day according to DHS last month)
And now there is a tent city in the hot Texas sun for an indefinite period of time.
And the New York Times reports that there are no protocols in place for reuniting parents and children and many parents have been deported, while their children remain here.
This is all biblically inspired, Trump, Sessions, and Huckabee-Sanders say. Even Franklin Graham is disgusted by that. (Isn't Sarah's Dad a minister? What does HE say about all this biblical permission to persecute children for political reasons?)