34 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-1-18

  1. I guess the sleeping cat is AJ’s way of telling us he’s on vacation.

    August already. I go back to teaching in less than 3 weeks. The summers seem to keep getting shorter.

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  2. A beautiful day in the neighborhood, though it continues to be hazy from both wildfires and field burning. The field burning actually does a bit to protect us from wildfires as they burn many of the fields around us, clearing out old dead stuff.

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  3. Peter, don’t the school years get shorter too?

    A couple of years ago I found myself lamenting how fast summers flew, but then I realized they also come around again more quickly. I find winter to be overall quite a test of endurance–but I seem to need to “endure” it less, because it seems more fleeting. (And we’re just a shade farther south, with the warmer weather lasting a few more weeks. Trees should have leaves a few more weeks of the year, which is great–that is one of the hard things for me about living in the Midwest, that trees can be without leaves for fully half the year, and in bad years a bit over half–sometimes the blossoms and early leaves don’t show up until early May, and I can hardly handle that. Here we should have as much as a month longer with leaves, a week or two more at each end, and that will give us more than 50% with leaves. I’d take one or two more months, if I could, but we are in so much natural beauty that I suspect even winter will be OK.)

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  4. Somebody ran into the post holding up our mailboxes, knocking them down. The mailman will not deliver our mail to the knocked over mailboxes. (He did the first day, but then stopped.) We have no idea how to fix this, but Nightingale is going to check out some YouTube videos to figure out what to do. (She’s a determined DIYer, but also knows people she can ask for help if she needs it.)

    The thing is, our mailboxes are up near the top of the lane, but still a few yards from the street, and the post was a solid, thick wooden post. I can’t figure out how someone could have done that, except maybe they turned into the lane by mistake and were trying to turn around, which is impossible on this one-lane lane. But they would have had to hit the post pretty hard to do this damage.

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  5. Kizzie, Make certain you are far enough off the roadway with your post to not have to have a breakaway post. A post hole digger and a bag of quickcrete should do the job.

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  6. Kizzie, when I was young, there was a rash of mailbox vandalism in our neighbourhood. Some hooligans (so far as we know, no one was ever caught) would drive down the country roads at night at a moderate speed and one would hit the mailboxes with a bat or crowbar as they passed by. They were stupidly nasty, but they must have been strong enough to withstand the impact of hitting each mailbox. We had a metal mailbox that was all bashed in on the side twice, the second time knocking our post sideways, which my father hammered back into shape each time (he said it wasn’t worth getting a new one if it was going to keep happening); a neighbour a little further up the road had built one out of wood in the shape of a house that was completely shattered. As a result of that rash of vandalism, in which some boxes were only damaged and others shattered and even had their posts broken, many people along ours and other roads resorted to reinforced mailboxes, and one even went to the trouble of building a cage of steel rods around the box. My father likes to tell the story of one of his acquaintances, who kept getting his mailbox destroyed by vandals, and finally built one out of reinforced steel. The rebound effects of hitting said box effectively deterred the vandals from ever attempting that box again. If there are other mailboxes in your area that have been damaged, vandalism may be the cause.

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  7. Are the posts sunk into the ground with cement? Any surveillance cameras among your neighbors? It would be nice if the driver or insurance could pay to fix all of that damage.

    I live in the land of endless summer so that’s the season that requires endurance for me. August and September are typically our hottest months (often now straying well into October and making unwelcome reappearances through November and even beyond) and it’s already been too hot. Sigh. Some years lately it feels like we have two seasons: summer and summer. But maybe my tolerance levels are just going down.

    Meanwhile, I can’t seem to get enough sleep and I am still convinced that on top of this summer cold (which lingers in me still) those insect bites are wiping out my energy levels somehow. I was up for about an hour in the wee hours texting a friend (a recently retired school teacher who can now completely indulge her extreme night-owl tendencies so 2:30 a.m. is a normal time for her) and reading. I got back to sleep by maybe 3:30 a.m. and I’d planned to be back at work today, whether working from home or the office or some kind of combination, but I need to wake myself up first and that’s proving pretty difficult.

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  8. I knew of someone who put a cement block in the mailbox overnight because of vandalism. Needless to say after hitting that one the vandalism stopped.

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  9. I suppose I could take one more sick day and hope to feel better by tomorrow. This also is a slow period at work, not a lot going on although the homeless stories lately are endless.

    And they’re about to GPS-collar a couple of our local coyotes …

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  10. I considered getting a free-standing mailbox some years ago when I had a dog who really went ballistic when the mail carrier came up onto the porch (he broke a window once; my slot is built in and drops the mail inside the house). But I never did. We’ve had mail theft issues out here, mainly.

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  11. I could be incorrect in my remembrance of this, but I think that tampering with mailboxes is a federal offense.
    You don’t want to get caught messing with them.

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  12. Cheryl asked about tattoos hindering healthcare. It does make it hard to see veins when starting an IV. We have had patients with tattoos that cover their faces. You certainly cannot assess skin color with all that ink. Hard to do a “blink” assessment.

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  13. Cheryl, I didn’t see your question yesterday. What RKessler said, tattoos can obscure the skin. We were taught not to insert IVs in tattoos. They are also problematic for surgery, as a surgeon really doesn’t want to be cutting into and sewing back up skin that has ink in it. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) can cause burns around a tattoo, as tattoo ink may contain metal, and the tattoo may also obscure the image on an MRI. The ink metals have also been found in lymphatic tissue – the lymphatic system is extremely important in filtering wastes, returning excess fluid in the tissues to the bloodstream, and activating the immune system, so anything that potentially interferes with lymphatic function could cause long term health problems.

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  14. Wow, that’s a lot. Thanks, ladies. I read two or three years ago that TB and hepatitis were on the rise because of tattoo parlors, and I thought that’s something no one tells you. But when I look around and see people who have 80% of their skin covered, I wonder if they have any idea how important skin is, and wondered about the ramifications for medical care.

    My guess is today’s four-year-olds won’t want anything to do with tattoos when they grow up, and it will be a “fad” that millions of people are now stuck with for the rest of their lives–but it’s certainly a big one right now.

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  15. I’ve also heard if you have a “whale tail” tattoo you can’t get an epidural for childbirth. Also heard you can’t get an MRI if you have tattooed eyeliner.

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  16. Along Donna’s lines, this is so incredibly sad and horrifying:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/monsignor-kalin-metoo-for-conservative-catholic-dioceses/

    I’m reading a novel about the rebuilding of Jerusalem prior to Nehemiah’s return (prep for fall teaching). They’re having the same problem with corrupt priests.

    But how do they become so corrupt? Why?

    Perhaps this article gives insights. 😦

    It doesn’t matter it’s the Catholic Church– get out the millstones.

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  17. That is horribly sad, Michelle. A reminder to pray earnestly for those in authority over us. Pastors, and any hierarchy our churches may have.

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  18. RKessler, I don’t think they really went into specific cases. I just remember that IVs shouldn’t be put through tattoos, and that it was due to not only to problems with visualizing the site, but also concerns about getting the ink into the bloodstream. It is a bit ironic that I see more and more nurses with tattoos. Quite a few of my fellow students are extensively tattooed, several with sleeves. There is a human tendency, when hearing of possible complications to something like tattoos, to think, “It won’t happen to me.”

    Cheryl, I am sure many tattoo artists try to properly sterilize their equipment; but sterile processing is very complicated and requires training and expensive equipment to be able to do effectively, so that even a careful artist could be cross infecting their clients with something like hepatitis C without knowing.

    Michelle, it is disturbing, but not surprising. Predators pick out environments in which they can carry out their wickedness unchecked.

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  19. Roscuro, If we used that standard, the majority of people treated in this ED would not be able to receive IVs.

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  20. We had our WMU meeting this a.m. I ended up telling the ladies that they need to think of someone new for leadership. It has become too difficult for me to juggle with everything else.

    My friend, Karen, went by ambulance to the ER today. I am feeling sad for her. I am happy that she is at the hospital where Art was for his heart procedures. They do good work there.

    The weather has been so rainy. Miss Bosley is happy to have some lap time on a gloomy day. I thought about going to the office this afternoon, but with the rain, I did not want to tackle the expressways.

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  21. RKessler, you got me wondering and so I had a look at the medical literature. I couldn’t find any firm peer-reviewed recommendations against inserting IV through tattoos, although it is apparent, looking at nurse discussion boards, the concerns about tattoo ink are widespread. One peer reviewed study merely noted that the thickened skin in a tattoo caused additional difficulty inserting IVs. But there was a study in mice which showed that one year after having a tattoo, tattoo ink was found in the mice’s livers, indicating that the ink not only gets into the lymphatic system, but also the bloodstream. A review recommendation for nurse anesthetists concluded that although there had been no specific studies related to tattoo ink and epidurals, because there is evidence that the hollow needles used to insert epidurals do pick up a small core of tissue and carry it into the site, anesthetists should avoid inserting epidurals over tattoos.

    One study noted that tattoos have been associated with the development of sarcoidosis, a systemic inflammatory disease: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sarcoidosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350358

    I should note that sometimes tattoos are used in treatment. For targeted radiation therapy, sometimes the skin is tattooed with dots to indicate where to direct the beam.

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  22. If God had wanted your skin all covered up with tattoos you would have been born with one or however many. I don’t like the clothes I wore last year I certainly can’t commit to a tattoo. I have heard people refer to it as “ink therapy”. I do think some people become addicted to getting them.

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  23. My dad got drunk one night while he was in the service, and woke up with a tattoo of a panther on his right forearm. Years later, when he had to have his right arm amputated at the shoulder due to cancer, I joked that that was an extreme measure for removing a tattoo.

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  24. Since our mailboxes are a few yards down our private lane, I doubt that it was vandalism. My neighbors’ mailbox a few feet away was not harmed. The bottom of the post is still in the ground, I think, with the post having been snapped a couple feet up. (And it was a pretty thick post.) The mailboxes themselves seem not to have been messed with.

    It sure would be nice if whoever did that would seek to fix it, but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen.

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  25. Michelle – Neither of us even considered that. That sounds like something Nightingale would think of, though. X hadn’t been able to drive for a few weeks since being released from the hospital on his new psych meds, but he might be driving again. I don’t know.

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  26. Well, sick time ended, I wound up going into downtown LA for a City Council committee meeting on the homeless. It was kind of last minute and while the drive went well, it’s always the parking that’s the problem when you go down there — all the public lots that charge and arm and a leg and have very persnickety pay machines that don’t always work well. Then you still have to walk several blocks to City Hall (and in this heat). Anyway, I walked into the meeting 30 minutes late (our item was #1) but go figure, I was texting a community member sitting several rows in front of me who told me they were going through the agenda BACKWARDS. So I was fine after all. Very weird, but maybe serendipity as I was sitting there trying to figure out how I was going to let my editor know I’d missed it all.

    Just turned the story in and then as I was walking out the front door to talk to the neighbor the wind picked up and slammed the door on my fingers. They’re turning a nice black and blue.

    So add that to the no-see-ums bites and my still-persistent cough.

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  27. Carol’s off to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital again, another infection in her fistula that needs antibiotics IV.

    I feel bad for her because she was looking forward to my taking her out shopping this Saturday. Also worried about her deteriorating health, of course. It’s been a slow but serious decline in the past couple years, I’m afraid.

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