86 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-3-17

  1. OK. I see it now. You have to know what you’re looking for.
    You know what that means?
    Not much in Greensboro. It has turned cold again.

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  2. Good Morning! That is a pretty nest….do we know what variety of bird made such a work of art?
    The weather is turning warmer here….it should be coming your way Chas. No doubt next month with bring us wet heavy snow, but as for this month…they are forecasting warm dry temps….not good for us at all.
    I’m off to work this day and I have a relaxing weekend to look forward to…have a good one ya’ll!


  3. Chas, not only is it a nest, but the picture was taken in February and notice how green the moss still is–that was a nest built in February in the Midwest. No idea what kind of bird built it; I saw only the nest. (It was at the state park, not in our yard, and I’m nowhere near an expert on nest construction.)

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  4. Thankful that the weather is cold again. An elderly gentleman whom my family used to visit said that in his day (early 1900s) there was a saying, “When the swamps are full, so are the graveyards”. The wet weather with temperatures just above freezing is an encouragement to germs to stick around, making for more sickness. Also, if it gets warm too quickly here, the buds will start forming, and we aren’t out of danger of a killing frost until May. Orchards have lost most of their crop before because the blossoms developed before the frost has gone.

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  5. Good Morning Everyone. Late start to my day. I overslept this morning so I didn’t do one of my Lenten goals. Yesterday I spent all day at doctors appointments with BG. She had an endocrinologist appointment at noon, but after seeing Dr. K and talking about some issues they got us worked in to see a gastroenterologist at 3:30 (new patient, had to be there at 3). We FINALLY saw the doctor at 10 of 5. So far she has an EGD(scope) scheduled for March 30. Today I will have to schedule an ultrasound and after that is done (insurance purposes) they will schedule a CT-scan. She also has to take them a stool sample. She asked how she was going to do THAT! I told her she was on her own I quit handling her poop when she was 3! I also told her that her Nana would tell her how to do it. Nana once got a urine sample from a dog! She followed him around the yard with a saucer until he went. 😉 Nana is an amazing woman.
    There are two issues. One upper GI and one lower GI. Lower GI is why we are having all the tests. Upper GI is a new syndrome they are seeing because marijauna is not as stigmatized as it used to be. When she told both doctors what was happening with nausea and throwing up, and stomach cramps. After asking if it was possible she would be pregnant they then asked if it got better when she took a hot shower. Why, yes; yes it does. Solution? One BG marijauna is stronger and genetically altered these days and is much stronger than it was back in the day. For a certain percentage of the population who smokes it on a regular basis it causes them to throw up, dry heave, and have severe stomach cramps. The solution? You must give it up for at least 4 months so that the doctors can rule out anything else causing your symptoms.
    That led to a first class, come apart fit. She absolutely refuses to give it up. Sarcastic Mama said: OK fine. Throw up and make your esophagous raw, remember your Papa died from esophageal cancer, and stomach acid isn’t suppose to be in your mouth so you are going to eventually rot your teeth out. But fine with me. I won’t pay to fix them.

    *** Oh, and an FYI, I learned yesterday that there is a bacteria in the gut, that can be treated with 3 simple antibiotics, but left undiagnosed and untreated can cause stomach cancer? Who knew?

    Soooo, even though this is not the prayer thread…please pray that God will yank a knot in Miss Priss’ tail.

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  6. Now for something frivolous and light hearted. I know some of you saw the photos from Tuesday when I was with friends who were on their way to a Mardi Gras reception. I did a little investigation and found that some of them come from a shop in New Orleans. I looked it up and for those of you planning to attend (or watch) the Kentucky Derby and wonder about the hats, well wonder no longer


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  7. Kim, the bacteria is Helicobacter pylori, and it is behind many bouts of gastritis and stomach ulcers (though not all). Its name reflects its structure, as it has propeller-like flagella which allow it to burrow through the thick mucous layer which protects the stomach from being digested by its own acid. It can also neutralize the hydrochloric acid of the stomach, which prevents it from suffering the same fate as most bacteria which enters the stomach. H. pylori then infect the lining of the stomach, interrupting the stomach’s self protection mechanisms, thus allowing the stomach acid to burn itself into the stomach walls. The reason not everyone is treated for H pylor, is the risk of overusing antibiotics when it isn’t necessary. The bacteria in our body, including H. pylori, generally simply colonize us, without creating sickness. They only cause trouble when we are weakened. So, while H. pylori does cause stomach ulcers, it doesn’t generally do so on its own – there are other factors which must be at play, such as stress, or consumption of irritants to the stomach, etc. which enable it to take over.

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  8. You may or may not have heard, but there is a move by our current government to legalize marijuana. The legal age limit will be the same as the age for drinking. My pathophysiology lecturer was talking about mental illness this week, and she was clearly frustrated at the new regulations which are coming into play. As I heard in a special presentation from a doctor of neurobiology, marijuana is not safe, from a neurological standpoint, until at least age 25. Until that age, the brain is still remodeling, and the psychoactive portion of marijuana can basically fry the developing connections. One of my fellow students commented in lecture this week that they watched a fellow high school student go from a normal outgoing teenager to an institutionalized schizophrenic from marijuana use. One of the factors that made the recent pastor at my family church resign is that his teenage son admitted to using marijuana, which was discovered through the son developing paranoid thoughts. The government feels that to make the age of marijuana consumption higher than the drinking age would be unenforceable, but healthcare worker have their job cut out for them to educate people about just how dangerous the stuff is. The weird thing is, that tobacco, which used to be smoked almost anywhere, is now being edged out of nearly everywhere – in this province, there are even laws about smoking in the car with children; marijuana is the new tobacco, apparently. Thankfully, the proposed regulations for marijuana do say that regulations on where to smoke it should match regulations on tobacco use. Second sibling and spouse had a very unpleasant experience with the renter that lived in the apartment above them – the apartments have a shared vent. The renter claimed to have a medical marijuana prescription, and assured them he would only smoke it outside, but it soon became apparent that he was smoking it inside, and so were his friends. When they finally persuaded the landlord of what was going on, and the man got evicted, before he went was really nasty to them, telling them they were overreacting, and that, since they rented the cheaper apartment, they couldn’t expect any better living conditions. It was pretty ugly, and did away with the stereotype of the spaced-out, mellow marijuana user.

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  9. Colonize us? Shudder. The things we can’t see lurking within …

    It’s warm here, too, but we may get more rain Sunday. Busy day ahead and next week I think I’ll have to work election night (March 7 for us).

    Meanwhile, I have so much to do in this house to get ready for the bedroom ceiling work. I still can’t figure out why it should take 12 days. Real estate pal says maybe a week, he’s a little stumped by the time frame, too. But the cost is a flat rate that’s already been agreed upon, so it won’t cost any more for me, whether he does it in 5-10 or 12 days. Maybe he’s factoring in days off, I don’t know. I’ll have to call him this weekend to see if I can’t pin that down — along with when he would like to start since he never answered that question either.

    Garage door company comes tomorrow for a free estimate on a new garage door. Seems like everything is deteriorating around here, I’m probably next.


  10. There’s much discussion in California right now about marijuana regulation, how that will all roll out since we’ve legalized it for recreational use. The “medical” marijuana shops proliferated like weeds (ha, that’s a pun I guess!) and was basically a joke as those who patronized those places were mostly young people on skateboards. They didn’t really look that sick. 🙂

    I did a story a while back on the LAPD’s efforts to shut down the illegal shops and the detectives I interviewed at that time told me they were not looking forward to having to deal with legalized “recreational” marijuana. The city of LA is sorting out what regulations need to be put in place, but enforcement will be difficult.

    Those of us of a certain age have tended to think of marijuana as harmless, but as roscuro says, today’s marijuana is nothing like what was around in the 1970s.

    I do have a co-worker in his 50s who claims he’s going to try it — for the first time in his life now that it’s legal — as a coping mechanism to get through the Trump presidency. 🙂

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  11. My husband was treated for H. Pylori years ago. The anti-biotic turns the tongue black for awhile. Not fun. His brother also was treated for it, twice. No fun.

    BG has enough issues with her thyroid. Why she wants more is beyond me. You can lead a horse to water…

    I know people, though, who had chance after chance and lo and behold! Finally, something (or Someone) clicked and they got wise.

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  12. My state representative is promoting this right now, too. It is so schizophrenic to insist how bad tobacco is and then promote marijuana. We are a schizophrenic society, however, about a lot of issues.


  13. We see that a lot in the ER, a paradoxical reaction to the marijuana. Honestly, it gives us a good chuckle. We have had a lot of SVT, heart rate of over 150, with meth, also.


  14. Kathaleena, good point. I’ve often wondered about the ‘smoking’ element as regular smoking is nearly outlawed now where I live. As long as it’s not marijuana, I guess. 🙂

    People really have a blind spot when it comes to the legalization issue right now, completely dismissing any possible downsides.


  15. I am of a certain age and never thought it harmless. I remember my druggie cousins coming up for the summer periodically to get away but they brought it with them. They went on to have some fairly disturbing events in their lives before they came to Christ.
    And we have many children we would not have if their parents had not gotten into marijuana (which is not a gateway drug, we are told) and then on to other things.
    And a nineteen year old, who began using as a small child before coming here and has not been able to quit since. All those nice parents who just want to be friends with the children so provide alcohol and drugs, are not helping.

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  16. I am concerned about her brain development. She told me a few things yesterday I had suspected but didn’t know for sure. Some explains why she was such a miserable beast when we were in Idaho.
    This didn’t just start. One minute I want to pinch her head off and the next I want to wrap my arms around her and protect her. We fought a lot yesterday.
    She is as stubborn as a mule.

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  17. Mumsee, yes, I recall hearing the term ‘gateway drug’ applied to marijuana when I was younger – we heard perhaps more than many children about drugs, since our parents couldn’t hide the fact that there were drug dealers next door*. There is a concerted movement by marijuana’s proponents to do away with such ‘biased representations’ of a perfectly harmless drug. I find it all darkly amusing, which probably comes from my upbringing. The farming community I grew up in had their own sardonic methods of dealing with drug producers, who were so bold as to plant marijuana in the middle of farmer’s corn fields. One of our farming friends discovered that the clueless growers had planted marijuana in the soybeans. Now marijuana grows much higher than soybeans, so it would have been obvious once it got to a certain size. But the farmer didn’t say anything – he just sprayed his field with a weed killer, which of course, killed the marijuana, and then replanted the centre of the field.

    *If anyone wonders why the drug dealers weren’t dealt with by the authorities, the answer is that they were actually under covert surveillance for most of the time they lived there, while the police slowly closed their net. The hydro wires suddenly seemed to need a lot of repairs, but it wasn’t an linesman up in the bucket; and neighbours down the road always had a car parked in the driveway, which turned out to be an unmarked police car. The police didn’t close the net quickly enough, though, and although their house was seized by the bank, the dealers got out, leaving their pit bulls (who had terrorized the neighbourhood, including coming into our yard and chasing our horse) locked in the house and the cover of the septic tank left open. When the police broke into the house, the dogs were starving and had made a mess of the place – those were not the only animals to starve under the dealers, as they had got three horses for their children, who were roughly the same age as us, and those horses were also starving when they were rescued.

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  18. mumsee, I’ve never thought it harmless either, not really — but the marijuana of today is much more powerful than it was back in the day, apparently. And I know the whole idea of “gateway drug” is dismissed by many, but there is truth in that. The use of marijuana can (and often does) lead to other, stronger drugs.

    (I guess you could probably say not everyone who uses marijuana goes on to use stronger drugs, but everyone who uses stronger drugs typically began with marijuana.)

    I’m amazed, too, at how open people are about using it.

    All of which makes me opposed to legalization. If something’s illegal, it still prevents a whole lot of people from even going there. The law can protect people from themselves in those instances.

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  19. Oh, I don’t know Donna, about legalization. Someday in the future, there will be massive outcry about the health effects of marijuana and marijuana growers will be vilified in the same way tobacco farmers have been. History has a way of repeating itself – at one time, narcotics were legal and used in the strangest things, like chewing gum and pop. Then, the public decided the dangers were too great, and called for regulation. Then, after the regulations were in place, there arose a generation which knew not the days before regulation and called for deregulation. When it comes to things like marijuana, I understand better God’s reaction to the children of Israel whining about not having meat, “The Lord will give you meat, and you will eat… until it comes out your nose and it is disgusting to you.” (Numbers 11:18-20).

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  20. On the subject of bacterial colonization, it may sound disgusting, but it is necessary for our survival. The bacteria that colonize us actually protect us from much worse bacteria. In addition, the bacteria in the bowel actually produce nutrients for us which we would not otherwise make on our own.

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  21. If the bacteria in your gut doesn’t get you, your cell phone will.

    It’s interesting that it would take this long to release this info, which has been updated over the years. Politics, politicians taking donations from manufacturers, and big money phone companies played a roll I’m sure.

    The public right to know should be first and foremost here.


    “Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., who is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to get the document released.

    The document is dated April 2014, but Moskowitz says the document was originally prepared seven years ago and updated several times, but never released to the public.

    He previously told KPIX 5 why he decided to sue the state.

    “I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cellphone radiation is a risk, and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks,” Moskowitz.”

    “Among the information in the document, which is titled simply, Cell Phones and Health, are summaries of scientific studies that suggest long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, among other health problems.

    The draft fact sheet states that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs), a type of radiation, are emitted from cell phones and that because they are “used frequently and kept close to the head and body, cellphone EMFs can affect nearby cells and tissues.”

    “Health officials’ overall recommendation is to “increase the distance between you and your phone” by using a headset, the speaker phone function and text messaging. Health officials recommend not sleeping near your phone and not carry it in your pocket or directly on your body, unless it is off.

    The fact sheet also states that “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than and adult’s” so suggests parents limit their child’s cell phone use to texting, important call and emergencies.”

    Teenagers will not be pleased.

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  22. There are several reasons behind the push to end the “Drug War”, & legalizing, or at least decriminalizing, drugs. One is that putting people in prison for drug use or possession doesn’t help those people in the long run. It merely makes them into criminals who then cannot get a job, & will most likely fall back into drug use. Another is that the drug cartels would not exist, or at least not have the brutal power they have, if their product wasn’t illegal. It is believed that the 1920s saw the rise of gangland crime & violence due to Prohibition. Also, people, teens especially, are not as attracted to things that are actually legal, so drugs would lose some of their allure.

    One of my Facebook friends (not a liberal) often posts articles about the countries or areas where drugs have been legalized or decriminalized. Money that used to go to enforcement & incarceration now goes to treatment, & saves tax payers money, & they’ve seen drug use actually go down.

    I realize there is more to the debate over legalization than what I’ve just written, but I wanted to give a glimpse of that side of things. Most of the people (that I know of or have read) that are in favor of decriminalizing/legalizing drugs are not actually in favor of people using drugs, but they see that the “War on Drugs” has cost us a whole lot of money, put a lot of non-violent offenders in prison (often ruining any chance for a normal life post-prison), & hasn’t solved anything. (We are currently in a big heroin use epidemic.)

    Interestingly, & this goes along with what I wrote about teens, the DARE program & others like it have been shown to be ineffective. Studies have found that teens who went through the DARE program were actually more likely to use drugs later. Pretty much because teens are insane. 😉

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  23. Meanwhile, the effects of alcohol abuse are swept under the rug.

    IMO, I know I am a radical, I hAve seen less violence come from marijuana than alcohol.

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  24. Then there are mountain lions



    A California coyote hunter found the roles of predator and prey reversed last week when a big cat pounced on him and he shot the cougar.

    The incident occurred Friday near the northern shore of Mono Lake, located between Yosemite National Park and the Nevada border.

    The hunter, covered in camouflage and lying on his belly, was blowing a call that mimicked a wounded rabbit to lure in a hungry coyote to shoot, said Lt. Bill Dailey of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    The hunter, whose name was not released, spotted a flash of movement and looked over his shoulder just in time to watch a mountain lion leap toward his head.

    He threw up his hands to protect his face, the animal struck, bounded away and the hunter fired twice, killing the cat.

    The entire ordeal took place in mere moments. …


  25. There are downsides to both legalizing and keeping drugs illegal I suppose. No perfect way to protect people and societies sometimes. Not an issue I feel strongly about either way, though I lean toward keeping them illegal. But that’s me. 🙂 The world will do what it’s gonna do.

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  26. You can get i t if you click on the underlined.

    What happens is that I was searching for Roy Wiggins “God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again”.. Instead. This is what I found.

    Back in 1952, we had trouble with out B-29 and had to land in Marapour Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. It was a British base.. While there, I often listened to a program in English that came out of Radio Ceylon. (Ceylon has a different name now and why there would be Christian music in English out of Ceylon I never understood.) They would goof the air at night and close out their day with a steel guitar version of “God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again” played on a steel guitar. I always loved that rendition and wondered where I could find it.
    However. I had it. Yesterday, I was playing an old CD that I made of the Jerry Gray Saturday program. (Old time country music from “The Gray Gallery of Gramophone Greats”)
    And I heard a steel version of that song. But I don’t know who played it. Hence my search.
    I couldn’t find it online, but this is the next best thing.

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  27. Perhaps the feller in Jest fore Christmas did become a missionary and that is why you got some Christian music.

    Gran’ma says she hopes that when I git to be a man,
    I ‘ll be a missionarer like her oldest brother, Dan,
    As was et up by the cannibuls that lives in Ceylon’s Isle,
    Where every prospeck pleases, an’ only man is vile!


  28. DJ, the coca plant, which is the source of cocaine, gave Coca-Cola the first part of its name. I just recently discovered that the Cola part of the name came from the kola nut, which I mentioned the other day as being a source of dietary caffeine in West Africa. So, basically, Coca-Cola was originally a combination of the stimulants cocaine and caffeine – an early energy drink.


  29. Kizzie, on your post about possible benefits of decriminalization, sometimes the biggest problems don’t come from the plant based drugs, but the synthetic drugs. Meth is a really nasty synthetic drug, but OxyContin was probably worse. Recently, in order to stop the intravenous injection of OxyContin, which was causing a lot of overdoses and deaths in Canada, the manufacturers made it impossible to dissolve. Some experts predicted that another drug would rise in its place. Another did, even more dangerous – Fentanyl, which has caused hundreds of overdose deaths in the past year: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/fentanyl-carfentanil-opioid-crisis-spreading-across-canada-1.3909986. I’m cautiously in favour of legalizing and then regulating – in a similar way to how the sale of alcohol is regulated – plant based narcotics; but the real battle is against meth and fentanyl labs, and that isn’t about to go away. There is no way to safely legalize such potent drugs when two salt-sized grains of fentanyl are enough to kill an adult: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/a-killer-high-how-canada-got-addicted-tofentanyl/article29570025/.

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  30. Roscuro, do you know why fentanyl is used for pain relief for women in labor? (At least in the U.S. it is.) It’s rather disconcerting to now hear of how dangerous that drug is, knowing I was given it while laboring with four of my children. How much of it crosses the placenta, and what are the safety protocols in place for mother and baby?


  31. An update on that conversation from yesterday about Beauty and the Beast.


    “An Alabama movie theater has decided to pull its scheduled screenings of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake because of the film’s inclusion of a “homosexual character.”

    “For those that do not know ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is ‘premiering’ their first homosexual character. The producer also says at the end of the movie ‘there will be a surprise for same-sex couples.’ If we can not take our 11 year old grand daughter and 8 year old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it,” a staff member for the Henagar Drive-In Theatre posted on Facebook on Friday.

    Earlier this week, director Bill Condon told Attitude Magazine that “Beauty and the Beast” would feature an “exclusively gay moment” involving Josh Gad’s character, LeFou, the buddy of vain villain Gaston (Luke Evans).”

    “”LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon told the magazine. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.””

    “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it,” they wrote. “I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language. Thank you for your support!””

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  32. 6, I too found it disconcerting to find out about how dangerous the drug was when the reports of the overdose deaths began. I knew it was potent, because I used to give a patient fentanyl patches when I trained in the nursing home (there were a lot of protocols in place to ensure that any narcotic medications were not stolen), but I didn’t realize just how potent it was. Fentanyl crosses the placenta – I remember from my studies in maternal child nursing that administering any opioids, whether plant based or synthetic during labour and delivery is risky, which is why an epidural is preferred to IV opioids for labouring mothers. As for the safety protocols, the safety is in the dose – the drugs used by hospitals are carefully manufactured to a certain potency and repeated calculations are made by the physician, the pharmacists, and the nurse to ensure that any patient is receiving a safe dose of the medication, and the patients are then monitored after the drug is given. The street drugs have not such safety checks, and drug users neither know how potent a drug they have, nor how to calculate a safe dose.


  33. Thanks for that information, Roscuro. Do you know of any cases where they had to deny a laboring mother additional doses of fentanyl beyond what she’d already received, due to a protracted labor? IOW, even with safe levels of the drug per dose, I’m thinking that the total number of doses given to one mother would also have to be limited, correct?

    I never got to a point where anyone told me I couldn’t have any more drugs, but that sure would have stunk had I been told, when exhausted from a long labor, and getting to the hardest part, sorry, no more pain meds for you!


  34. The reason narcotics may be safely given to laboring women is the availability of narcan. The infant is generally not at risk until born, as the biguest side effect is decreased respiratory effort. If you watch, a syringe of narcan is always ready at the bedside for mother or child.

    Fentanyl is a great drug when used properly. It is very effective to relive pain in orthopedic injuries ,prehospital. I have read some very scary stories of accidental pediatric overdoses with the patch. Again, decreased respiratory effort.


  35. Strange to think about what it felt like getting the fentanyl. With my two labors without medication or epidurals or anything, my brain was quite alert, and those babies were born quite easily, though with one of them I labored over 24 hours. (The other only about four hours.)

    My brain on fentanyl was really bizarre. It’s hard to describe, but I was very “out of it” while still somewhat aware of things around me. Kind of scary to think about it now. There’s a point in natural labor where you sort of zone out, too, but the fentanyl zone was different — almost like an out-of-body experience.

    I think I will probably recommend my daughters go for the epidural if they don’t go natural.


  36. Not sure how medical marijuana comes in Canada, but in our state, it can be purchased in a candy bar. You are supposed to take a portion of a square, or whatever the dose. It does not have to be smoked.

    A funny story about that. The community where I work is a resort town. There are many vacation homes that are also weekly rentals. The house is thoroughly cleaned, fridge emptied, after rentals. Well, someone left their medical marijuana candy bar in the fridge. The housekeeper, not wanting a big candy bar to be wasted, ate it. She ended up at the ER with hallucinations from a THC overdose, and was actually admitted until they subsided.


  37. “If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it.”

    There won’t be many movies shown at that theater then.


  38. I had all of mine natural, but grandchildren were born using pain meds. I think babies are much more alert and active without it. Mom is the one doing the work, so she gets to choose.


  39. RKessler, yes, medical marijuana can be eaten here, and I know of people with chronic health concerns who take it that way. It can also be vaped, which theoretically produces less smell. However, some people, like the former tenant upstairs where my sibling lives, insist on smoking the stuff, and share it with their friends to smoke. My sibling was especially upset because she had a brand new baby, and the apartment would reek with the smoke from upstairs to the point where they had to go out until the fumes cleared. They plugged all the vents, but the fumes still came through. Anyway, the contract with the landlord said no smoking.


  40. 6, in reply to your questions, there is always a limit to the number of doses that any patient can take within a given time period. That limit is based on the half-life of a drug – how long it takes for the drug to be reduced to one half of its concentration in the bloodstream. Doses are calculated based on the weight of a person. As RKessler said, naloxone (Narcan) can reverse the respiratory depression that opioids cause, but naloxone’s half-life is shorter than that of an opioid, so that it may have to be given repeatedly until the opioid is cleared from the body. The effect of naloxone can be pretty hard on an addict as it causes a withdrawal reaction.


  41. My goal was to go natural with all of mine, because I felt that was the best for the baby. But my good intentions fell by the wayside when babies were in the wrong position (two of them posterior — ouch — especially with the one who had a 15-cm head), and/or membranes rupture early in labor or before it started. Very painful to go through most or all of labor without an intact bag of waters. At least for me. Maybe I’m just a wimp, and can’t take the pain of labor unless baby’s in the right position and my amniotic sac stays intact through most of labor.

    Oh, and let’s not forget pitocin with three of them. 😦 Excruciatingly unnatural pain.

    With 4th Arrow… oh, never mind, you guys don’t want to hear it!

    Yikes. Moving on to my weekend now… Hope you all have a good one. 🙂

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  42. That friend I mentioned has also shared articles showing that places that have decriminalized marijuana have seen deaths from opioid abuse decrease quite a bit.


  43. 6 Arrows – With Chickadee, somehow my “water” had gradually leaked out over the course of a couple weeks. And since I was very quiet during labor, the nurses didn’t know how much pain I was in, so they didn’t check me as often, or offer any pain relief.

    When the nurse on duty did eventually take a look at the printout from the monitor (I understand they don’t use those routinely anymore, unless specifically needed), she was surprised to see the very strong contractions, & was sorry she hadn’t offered me anything. (As I said, I was very quiet. I “went inside myself” rather than yelling or moaning or whatnot.)

    So yeah, that was an intensely painful labor. Fortunately for me, Chickadee was born a little over five hours after arriving at the hospital. (Of course, I’d been in the early stage of labor for a while before that.)


  44. Around here police and EMT’s carry Narcan for heroin overdoses. And as Roscuro noted, addicts are not a fan of it’s effects. It’s stopped quite a few overdoses.


  45. Congrats, Michelle!

    Funeral over. Long, long day but precious time with family, including cousins my husband hadn’t seen in many years. (My in-laws were the last living aunt and uncle on either side, and they played parental roles in the lives of some who had less honorable parenting.)

    Yes, that turtle showed up in February, too.

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  46. West Texans tend to have things in common. My new client went to church with all my family in the 1940s in Lamesa, Texas. Years later her brother who became a doctor delivered my wife in another little West Texas town 150 miles away.


  47. Chas, My wife is in the picture on the lower left with my grandmother and my son. The doctor who delivered my wife was taught in Sunday School as a child by my grandmother.

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  48. Kizzie, I don’t know how you can get through labor, especially one like the one you describe with Chickadee, and not make any noise. I’ve been known to get pretty loud at times then!

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  49. My mother-in-law (Carmen) is in the picture on the lower right with Mother, my son and new daughter-in-law. Carmen (and my brother in law) are as pale as Mother. This led my brother-in-law to tell everyone in our little town when we were growing up that “he and Carmen were white. Only Chris (my wife) and their Dad were Mexicans.”

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  50. AJ, we already have narcan otc in NM. We have the highest per capita in the nation heroin overdoses. Sad state of affairs here.


  51. Aren’t the the marijuana “edibles” much stronger than the formula that’s “smokable”? That’s what I was told, I think by the police, who said the edibles are worrisome because they’re what attract young children.

    Anyway, Nice turtle!!

    Had an election story to do today which was a big challenge as it’s for a race in an area I just really don’t cover so I had to try to figure out what some of the more specific issues where (the Westside/Venice LA City Council district — it’s part of our readership, just not something we actively cover as it’s a bit north of most of our ‘territory’). But I finally got it done, 3 candidates also to profile and interview.

    So the garage people come tomorrow but the texts I’m receiving from the company as reminders make it sound like he’s some kind of designer — it’s just a garage door, right? I mean, I do have a style in mind that I want, but I don’t think I’m up to a big high-pressure sales pitch. They do advertise “patio” doors, too, I may ask if there’s something fairly simple & not too expensive that they could put in between the back gate & my patio to keep the dogs away from the gate as it’s opening and closing.


  52. Thanks, Chas. My agent is telling me 100 preorders on Amazon causes them to push the book more. So every little bit helps.

    It’s not coming out until October, of course, which is why I was surprised when my colleague pulled it up this afternoon at work.

    You’d think I’d have figured some of this out by now!

    Amazing. The whole book Biddy experience.

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  53. haha (the car in the garage? really??)

    It’s amazing how far off I am from how other people live. 🙂

    But yes, I like the top windows, too, they have some nice craftsman style designs that I’ll probably go with to match/blend with the house style.

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  54. More people are adopting old dogs — really old dogs


    When a German Shepherd rescue organization posted Elmo’s photo online last fall, it made no effort to mask the dog’s problems. He wore a cone around his neck to prevent him from licking the large open sore on his hip. His fungus-ridden feet were swollen. His graying, 11-year-old face held a pathetic, ears-to-the-ground gaze.

    Steve Frost, a retired fire captain in Northern California, said he saw the photo and thought Elmo “looked like hell.” He immediately decided he wanted the dog.

    Four months later, Frost sits by his fireplace every morning and evening and gives Elmo four pills for his various ailments, “like an old man.” On Wednesday morning, he took Elmo in for prostate surgery. Frost, who had not owned a dog in several years, is now ushering one through its final years of life, which he says he figures will be “a lot better than living in a kennel.” …

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