Dialysis Treatment in Vieques, Puerto Rico …. “🇵🇷 A 10-12 Hour Commute for Life-Saving Treatment …. HuffPost Reports 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~October 31, 2018~~ 

DIALYSIS TREATMENT

~VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO~

This is a topic which is very dear and close to my heart.

As a retired physician, I fully understand the process, the need for treatment, the underlying medical conditions and the meaning of life-saving treatment.

On the other hand, my only brother died of complications of chronic renal failure several years ago. In the aftermath of Hurricane María, I often thought about him and how he would manage to receive this three times a week treatment when the electrical power situation and the hospital care was so lacking in my country.

One year after Hurricane María, Puerto Ricans living in Vieques, go through harrowing, uncomfortable, tiring, exhausting and dangerous ways to receive their treatment.

This video explains their situation.

An American possession with this ‘quality of care’?

Laughable … not!!

HortyRex©

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In medicine, dialysis is the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally.

This is referred to as renal replacement therapy.

~~Wikipedia~~

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Dialysis Patients Are Still Trekking 12 Hours for Care After Hurricane María
Left without a hospital, some Puerto Ricans must travel by plane for lifesaving treatment

Hurricane María totaled Vieques’s hospital, which housed the island’s only dialysis clinic

That set off an ongoing crisis for patients with kidney failure who cannot survive without dialysis and for whom the thrice-weekly round trip to a dialysis center in Humacao on Puerto Rico’s main island, including treatment, takes at least 12 hours.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/04/puerto-rico-dialysis-hurricane-maria/557741/

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~HuffPost Reports Facebook Video~

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 #PuertoRico #PostHurricaneMaria #Vieques #DialysisTreatment #ViequesPuertoRico  #12HourCommute #LifeSavingTreatment #HuffPostReports #TheAtlantic #RenalReplacementTherapy

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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This is Where my Heart Is …. “🇵🇷 A Lonely Tree at La Guancha 🇵🇷 …. “!!


  Located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, in the port sector of the city, this recreational park offers multiple attractions; an observation tower, a boardwalk, restaurants, light food kiosks with dance music, ramp for boats and water vehicles, a passive park for children and an outdoor amphitheater for the offering of artistic and cultural events.

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#WhereMy HeartIs #LonelyTreeAtLaGuancha #LaGuancha #Ponce #PuertoRico #CaribbeanSea

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Ellen DeGeneres …. “🇵🇷🏳️‍🌈 Ricky Martin Makes a Surprise Visit ‘For Good’ 🏳️‍🌈🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~October 24, 2018~~ 

SURPRISE VISIT

~TWO OF THE BEST~

Two of the people I love the most in the entertainment business.

Both are members of my community, happily married, charismatic and kind.

A huge plus … Ricky is Puerto Rican!! 

I just ordered my T-shirt now. 

HortyRex©

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Ricky Martin shocked the audience with an unexpected visit to Ellen, and talked to her about JetBlue’s Check in For Good contest, what it’s like being married, and being nominated for an Emmy for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story“.

Plus, Ellen and her friends at Shutterfly also had a big surprise for Ricky so he can continue his efforts to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

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~~Ricky Martin Makes a Surprise Visit ‘For Good’~~

~~Published on Oct 24, 2018~~

Ricky Martin shocked the audience with an unexpected visit to Ellen.

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#RickyMartin #EllenDeGeneres #TheEllenShow #SupriseVisit #PuertoRico #PostHurricaneMaría #EllenDeGeneresShow #Kindness #BeKindToOneAnother #AllIn4PR #RickysShirt #JetBlue #CheckInForGood

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Ricky Martin’s “AllIn4PR” Shirt

https://www.charitystars.com/product/ricky-martin-allin4pr-shirt

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One Year Ago Today …. “🇵🇷🌴 I posted This on Facebook …. After Hurricane María 🌴🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~October 22, 2019~~ 

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY 

~FACEBOOK MEMORIES~

🇵🇷💞🇵🇷 … ONE YEAR AGO TODAY … I POSTED THIS!! 🇵🇷💞🇵🇷

Hi! My name is Horty Rexach.

I am Puerto Rican and I grew up in an island (according to the president of the US Virgin Islands) in the middle of the ocean.

Surrounded by water. Big water.

A lot of water!

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Oh! … and we ARE American citizens, not by choice but rather by imposition.

We have been American citizens since 1917 because there was no other option.
My people have served in the might U.S. of A. military forces since 1917.

Yep, citizenship was imposed in the beginning of World War One. 

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We speak both English and Spanish.

The Puerto Rican people receive $22.5 million dollars in social help as well as subsidies from the American government.

However, we produce around $77 million dollars toward the economy of the mighty U.S. of A.

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Why do we have two last names?

No Puerto Rican woman loses her last name when she marries because we don’t want to forget our very own mothers.

We are an archipelago (because we are not only a small island – we have Culebra, Vieques, Isla de Mona and several others).

The geography of Puerto Rico consists of an archipelago located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.

The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest and most eastern of the Greater Antilles.

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Our small archipielago, surrounded by big water, provides more members to the military forces per capita than ANY other state of the Union!!

Our Island has produced astronauts, NASA engineers, scientists, a Judge in the US Supreme Court, a recipient of a Medal of Honor, 5 Miss Universe crowns, the Borinqueneers (65th Infantry Division – google this one), Oscar and Grammy recipients, athletes, actors of world fame and many more distinguished citizens who call our beautiful Island HOME.

We are a beautiful and interesting mix of Spanish (European), African and Taíno blood. This mix gives us an incredible drive to survive.

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Nothing Breaks our Boricua Spirit

NOTHING!!

We do not fit in any BOX. 

Biologist says Puerto Rican women possess the ideal genotype of the ‘Perfect‘ human via DNA ancestry.

It is a fact that this genetic composition represents the human race because of its wide heritage of races.
#PuertoRicoStrong … 🇵🇷 … ¡Weeepa!

I am Puerto Rican and I’m damn proud of it!!

🌴🌞🇵🇷 🌴🌴 🇵🇷🌴🌴🇵🇷🌞🌴

 #PuertoRico #HurricaneMaria #OneYearAgoToday #PostedOnFacebook #FacebookMemory #AfterHurricaneMaria #BoricuaSpirit #PuertoRican #NotPerfect #NearlyTheSameThing #MostRecentTattoo 

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Puerto Ricans Don’t Live in Another Country …. “🇵🇷 We Live in America and We Vote 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~October 20, 2018~~ 

WE LIVE IN AMERICA

~POST HURRICANE MARIA~

As of today, midterm elections in the USA are 17 days off.

Many Puerto Ricans moved to the mainland after Hurricane María devastated the island.

Guess what?

As American citizens, Puerto Ricans have the right to vote in elections in the mainland.

I’m sure many won’t forget about the weak response to the devastation.

I, for one, can’t get the image of Drumpf throwing paper towels to those gathered the see him, expecting … what?

I vote!

I will never forget, I will never forgive! 

HortyRex©

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Puerto Ricans don’t live in another country.

We live in America.

Rosie Perez and  Rita Moreno

Made in partnership with Voz Boricua.

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~~attn Facebook Video~~

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 #PuertoRico #PostHurricaneMaria #FederalHurricaneMaria #ResponseInPuertoRico #UnsungSuccess #Drumpf #Liar #Incompetent #PuertoRicans #DontLiveInAnotherCountry  #WeLiveInAmerica #WeVote #Midterms2018 #attn #RosiePerez #RitaMoreno #VozBoricua

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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IOTD ….”🇵🇷 Images of the Day, Very Special Edition …. Boricua Spirit 🇵🇷 …. “!!


~~September 14, 2018~~ 

BORICUA SPIRIT

PROUD PUERTO RICAN

I just came back to Florida after spending a week in my country, Puerto Rico.

A bit more after one year post Hurricane María, this is what you still see.

The resilience of the Puerto Rican people, their spirit and the happiness in spite of adversity is are forces to be reckoned with.

My people are strong, my country is still struggling yet their strength is formidable. 

I’m very proud to be Puerto Rican!

HortyRex©

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#IOTD #ImagesOfTheDay #VerySpecialEdition #DearBloggerFriend #HerOwnWords #Concept #Serious #ProudPuertoRican #BoricuaSpirit #Strength #Resilience #OneYearPostMaria #WeThrive

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Arecibo Astronomical Observatory …. “🇵🇷 One Year after Hurricane María 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~September 23, 2018~~ 

Arecibo Observatory

Astronomical Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

This observatory is operated by SRI International, USRA and UMET, under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Address: PR-625, Arecibo, 00612, Puerto Rico
Opened: 1963

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Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is a part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. This national research center is operated by Cornell under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The observatory was conceived in 1960 by former Cornell electrical engineering professor William E. Gordon. It is the largest radio telescope in the world–the main reflector dish measures 330 meters (1000 feet) in diameter and covers an area of 18 acres.

~Wikipedia~

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~~RELATED~~ 

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/today-in-history-november-1-2013-50th-anniversary-arecibo-observatory/

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#PostHurricaneMaria #AreciboAstronomicalObservatory #Arecibo #PuertoRico #OneYearAfterHurricaneMaria #PBS #NationalAstronomyAndIonosphereCenter #Cornell #CooperativeAgreement #NationalScienceFoundation

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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September 20, 2017 …. “🇵🇷 Etched in the Hearts of ALL Puerto Ricans Everywhere 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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Thinking of the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

The images are vivid.

Today, marks a year that Puerto Rico went under dark — no electricity, food or communication. Puerto Rico became a graveyard and a political nightmare. Over 3,000 Americans died.

I remember this day clearly, fear entered in my heart not knowing the wellbeing of my family and friends.

A year after, the people of Puerto Rico are trying to make sense how come the federal government continues to neglect them and ignore their cry for help – kids and the sick are going without food and proper care. The trauma and financial hardship is real.

This is genocide.

Drumpf and his administration do not care.

This is what happens when an Island is colonized for years and exploited for its natural resources.

The People of Puerto Rico are strong and resilient.

We rise.

LAB Pro Lib

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#OneYearAgoToday #PuertoRico #PostHurricaneMaria #DeathToll #InLovingMemory #IncreaseOfficially #MayNeverKnow #PuertoRicanDiaspora #Boricuas #WeWillRise #neverForgotten #AlwaysOnOurHearts #WeWillRise

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Carmen Yulín Cruz …. “🇵🇷 Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico …. The Voice of her Struggling Island and the Puerto Rican People 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~September 16, 2018~~ 

CARMEN YULIN CRUZ

~MAYOR OF SAN JUAN, THE CAPITAL CITY OF PUERTO RICO~

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (born February 25, 1963) is an American politician who is the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cruz is affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party.

~Wikipedia~

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I have to confess that I didn’t know anything about this woman.

The first time I heard about her was during those terrible days after Hurricane María battered my country. I live in the mainland. I’ve been away from home since 1999.

She became the voice for those in the diaspora as we hungered for news about our country.

To this day you will hear negative comments about her.

She didn’t do her job, she took advantage of the situation to benefit her own political ambitions, she forgot about the people of San Juan, she’s posing because she wants to run for governor, she’s a socialist, she aligns herself with Puerto Rico’s independence while pretending to be a member of the Partido Popular Democrático, etc., etc.

I don’t care what they say about her, I don’t care what they think … to me, she became that voice that we desperately needed to hear.

She’s the only political official who has stood up to Drumpf and his administration. 

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I was hungry for news about the Island after the devastating hurricane

 I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I lived there all my life. I lived through many hurricanes, not María, of course. I know the landscape of my country. I know how the towns in the central part of the island were affected without me being there. I know, without being there, how the medical needs couldn’t be addressed because of lack of power. I knew 16, 64 deaths were not correct. There are at least 11 refrigerated vans at the forensic facility containing bodies … the capacity to conduct autopsies and eventual identification has been overwhelmed.

I have family and friends who were without power for 11 months. When communication was possible, I finally was able to get in touch with them. I sent care packages to them including the most basic items that we generally take for granted. I already went back to see.

By the time I returned, there was a semblance of recovery.

Yes, power is restored … not totally. And it’s still very fragile.

Power outings for hours and days at a time are commonplace.

Politics in Puerto Rico is ‘the national sport’. 

My political ideology related to Puerto Rico has gone through a gamut of feelings, ideas and a new conviction. The relationship with the United States is difficult to define.

I think it depends who you hear it from. 

HortyRex©

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#CarmenYulinCruz #AmericanPolitician #Affiliation #PopularDemocraticParty #HerGrowth #MayorOfSanJuan #PuertoRico #TheVoice #StrugglingIsland #PuertoRicanPeople #HurricaneMaria #UnitedStates #BotchedResponse #TerritoryOfTheUSA #USGovernment #BreakingBig #DocumentarySeries #FromTheMinds #OZY #PBS

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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~~GALLERY~~

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Track the route of San Juan’s Mayor Cruz after Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane. The city leader stood up and fought for relief aid, becoming the heroic voice of her struggling island and the Puerto Rican people.

~~Mayor Carmen YulÍn Cruz~~

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~~Published on Sep 14, 2018~~

As Carmen Yulín and Drumpf enter another Twitter war, find out how the mayor of San Juan fought her way to international prominence.

“I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell,” she famously said as she fought against the entire U.S. government in managing the response to two hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean.

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall, she’s no less mad.

Watch the season finale of Breaking Big to follow Cruz’s story from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most vocal mayors in the United States. Breaking Big is a new documentary series from the minds of OZY and PBS.

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~Carmen Yulín Cruz Twitter Account~

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Drumpf …. “🇵🇷 Denies nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico died in the aftermath of two back to back Hurricanes: Irma and María 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~September 15, 2018~~ 

Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

~HEADLINES~

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma carved a merciless path of destruction through the Caribbean, killing at least 12 people, leaving thousands of others homeless and plunging more than 1 million residents of Puerto Rico into darkness.

Hurricane María the storm made landfall on September 20. María wreaked havoc on the island, causing a level of widespread destruction and disorganization paralleled by few storms in American history. Almost two weeks after the storm abated, most of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.

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The aftermath of these hurricanes are well known to all Puerto Ricans.

The federal response, under the watch of Drumpf, was deficient, miserable and responsible for the deaths of 3,000+ Puerto Rican citizens.

The numbers have changed: 16, 64, 1,400, 2,975, 4,645 …

I believe that the real number will never be known.

I will never forget. I will never forgive!

HortyRex©

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“They did not die in the hurricane.

They died in pain, at home, of kidney failure unable to access the dialysis clinic for weeks.

They died, gasping for hours near the end, when the oxygen tank they needed to breathe gave out.

They died in the dark and the heat of unsanitary ICU units, of burns or gunshot wounds received before the hurricane that they almost certainly would have survived otherwise.

They died, burning up with fever, of leptospirosis from being in touch with flood waters during the effort to save their neighbors.

They died in fear and confusion after being forced to go off their regular medication.
They died of heat stroke.

They died of diseases of antiquity, in a crisis of neglect unworthy the greatest, wealthiest and most powerful nation in human history.

They died. But we lived. And we remember.”

~Eleazar David Melendez~

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Drumpf denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.

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Earlier this month, the island’s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University.

CNN’s own reporting reflects similar numbers.

The university study accounted for Puerto Ricans who succumbed to the stifling heat and other aftereffects of the storm and had not been previously counted in official figures

“I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful,” Drumpf said Tuesday in the Oval Office, noting that the island location is “tough” during a hurricane due to the inability to transport vital equipment and supplies by truck. “It was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about.”

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/trump-puerto-rico-death-toll/index.html

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 #PuertoRico #PostHurricaneMaria #DeathToll #IncreasedOfficially #FederalResponseHurricaneMaria #ResponseInPuertoRico #UnsungSuccess #Drumpf #Liar #Incompetent #EleazarDavidMelendez #FacebookUser

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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~~GALLERY~~

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