87 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-2-19

  1. Good morning all. The sun will be coming up soon but we probably won’t see it as it is raining. A beautiful day to go do chores and praise the Lord for Who He is.

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  2. Morning! Snow is a melting around here and with a high of 51 today I suspect much more will be gone by days end….but we have at least 6 inches still on the property and the ditch out by the road is still level with the road…that will be there til May!! The deer are reaching up into the pines to find something to eat…a little doe was pulling tenaciously on a lower branch yesterday for her lunch! 🦌 🌲

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  3. I read an interesting article on BBC, yesterday. Reporting the theory that European colonization was responsible for the little ice age. That would mean that Europeans (most of our ancestors so that makes it us) are responsible for not only global warming, but also for the ice age. Such power.

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  4. Good morning from sunny Atlanta. I am thankful for good weather so all the people in town can see the lovely side of Atlanta today. Tomorrow it does not matter as much because people will be glued to the game rain or shine.

    I have begun using my eyedrops. They are dilating drops and I should have asked more about their effects. If you remember, Kizzie, over the three days of use before surgery, did they dilate so much you needed to wear sunglasses most of the time? There are sunglasses in the kit I received with the drops. I guess I should simply call and ask. I goofed on my first dose and put it in both eyes without thinking. I won’t do that again! Those are precious drops not to be wasted.

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  5. Yesterday morning Art had the office by himself with the phone ringing constantly. The new workers are good, but they don’t get in early like the lady who had the stroke. She was usually there before we got there, at least until she started doing most of her work at home. So I felt badly that my brother and I were not there. I made spaghetti for Art last night so that cheered him up.

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  6. Mumsee @ 10:56
    It happened because people were breathing all the oxygen out of the air and breathing out carbon dioxide. Someday the universe will run out of oxygen.
    Then people will have to find something else to breathe.

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  7. I am hemming a pair of Art’s slacks he got for Christmas. Even with my reading glasses it is difficult to thread a needle. Then add to that the effect of the dilating drops. I was trying over and over to thread the needle until after about twenty times I asked for God’s help. It went right through the eye of the needle (like DJ fit through, as we were saying the other day)!

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  8. OK, I was the pinch hitter for all of you, apparently, and slept in quite late. Someone had to do it.

    You’re welcome.

    It poured all night long here and it’s supposed to continue raining all day today, on and off tomorrow, more rain again on Monday-Tuesday. Charlie Brown is swaying and dancing in the wind this morning, looking very freshly watered and happy. He’s right at that cute stage.

    All my planted and potted flowers also are joyful. Bright, full blooms everywhere.

    As for people and pets, this will be a good day to stay indoors.

    Janice, I find it so uncomfortable to have my eyes dilated, I feel for you. Keep the sunglasses on.

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  9. I have a lighted needle threader. Works wonders for those of us with poor vision. Now I need to get one of those lighted seam rippers. Human beings–never satisfied. πŸ™‚

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  10. I can’t thread a needle.
    I don’t trust Elvera with needle and thread
    I took my pants to the cleaner to have a button sowed on. He was glad to do it for less than $5.00.

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  11. It is so nice t out form under the Polar Vortex. Mrs L and I went to our favorite trail to take walk in the 50Β° weather, but since it’s a nature preserve they don’t plow the paved trails. Thus, it was all snow and packed ice were people have been walking on it. So, we went downtown and walked the length of Main Street and back, including climbing a stairway that goes up to a lighthouse.

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  12. Wow! That is a real trick with the needle and thread. Since I already look foolish at times, maybe I will chance looking foolish again to see if the action causes the thread to jump into the eye (just not my eye, please since one log is enough along with drops).. I am certain there is s physics formula to explain this if it is true. Something tells me that God has the better track record though with getting things through needles.

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  13. The weather was perfect today although I stayed in to take cre of my eyedrops schedule and keep Miss Bosley out of trouble I have also been trying fo get some things figured out on my Aetna Advantage Mrdicsre plan.

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  14. Your walk sounds very nice, Peter. I’m thinking the last lighthouse that we climbed to the top was the one at Harbour Town on Sea Pines st Hilton Head. On this most recent trip we never found time to go over there, but Wesley ran on the beach until he could see it in the distance and snap a photo of it.

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  15. Friend and I went to the top of our 1800s lighthouse a couple years ago when she visited at Christmas. It was raining that day and it was a great view. I also went to the top of our remote lighthouse on the tip of the breakwater a few years before that. Awesome, seagulls were flying by at eye’s view as I looked out the windows.

    The rain was so bad today that Disneyland closed early. So you know what climate horror we’ve suffered.

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  16. Since The Boy is interested in football, and the Patriots are in the Super Bowl, the three of us are going to have our own little Super Bowl party. Nightingale has bought some snacks, and ingredients to make a couple things, such as Pigs-in-a-Blanket.

    She also bought a disposable green table cloth and white duct tape. We have a folding table that is about 4′ x 2′, and the height can be adjusted, which we are going to set up for our snacks and drinks. (The coffee-table will be moved out of the way.) Earlier today, she put the table cloth on that table, and made the yard lines with the white duct tape.

    I invited Chickadee to join us, telling her that I know that the McKs usually have their own Super Bowl party, but asking if she would join us for ours. She said she has plans with them, as they are having guests for coming for their party, so she will stay with them.

    For some of the residents at the nursing home, who are planning their own Super Bowl party, Nightingale made a double-layer 9″ x 13″ cake decorated to look like a football field, using pretzel rods covered in icing and edible silver coloring to make the goal posts. The administration heard about what was going on, and decided to pay her $20 for the cake. (A similar cake from a store or bakery would have been much more expensive, and probably not as delicious.)

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  17. Janice – To answer your question from earlier: My eyes are sensitive to light anyway, so I almost always wear sunglasses when I go out, unless it is cloudy enough. Even many cloudy days are bright enough to me. So I don’t know if my eyes seemed more sensitive to light from the drops. I do know that they tell you to have someone drive you home after the surgery.

    Are you having the cataracts surgeries in an eye center or in a hospital?

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  18. All those follow-up appointments afterwards are a pain in the neck. Nightingale had driven me to mine, since they did not have appointments on Wednesdays, which was Hubby’s day off. That actually turned out to be pretty nice for us, having that time together. A couple or so times, we stopped for “fancy coffee” (lattes or macchiatos) at Dunkin’ Donuts, and at least once we had breakfast there. (I dislike that they have changed their name to simply Dunkin’.)

    It was also at that time in the fall when the foliage was at its best here, so that was lovely.

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  19. Also, at that time, Nightingale was not working as many shifts as she does now, and was not as busy in other ways, either, so it wasn’t a hardship for her to do that. She seemed to enjoy the time with me, too.

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  20. I was missing you, too, Kim, know you have a lot on your plate right now.

    Kizzie, that is so nice of Nightingale to make that cake for the residents. She’s a good kid. πŸ™‚

    I grew up following the Rams (somewhat, baseball was always my favorite sport). But I went to a Rams game or two at the Coliseum, knew the players. It’s been so long since LA has had an NFL team that the Super Bowl came and went without much notice from me, although one couple at the dog park used to have a gathering at their amazing home overlooking the ocean every year and we’d go to that. He (Kit) was a retired career Air Force officer/mucky-muck, she grew up in the south, fairly well off, a society type but very down to earth, and then became a teacher. They both were always traveling after they retired.

    They were the best and I loved Kit, he was a joker and one of those big, funny, handsome, confident guys who you figured could take care of just about anything, solve any problem. Sadly, he died a few years ago and his wife has since sold the house, she now has a couple homes, I think, including a cabin in Big Bear. They had a couple grown children and I believe she still travels quite a bit. But their Super Bowl parties were the best. They had a shaggy dog named Brutus.

    Anyway, all that is to say that this will be the first Super Bowl game I’ve actually “watched” intentionally for as long as I can remember. It feels strange to have a team in the game again.

    Again, we’ll be the underdogs. But you never know …

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  21. (Many of use went to the Super Bowl gatherings at Kit & Nancy’s house, but a bunch of us just gabbed, ate chips, and didn’t really watch the game πŸ™‚ )

    The guys all watched it and had money riding on it, as I recall. Most of the rest of us bailed out after watching the halftime program.

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  22. In the midst of another run of shifts.

    Cheryl, on your final question from yesterday, I don’t know, and, frankly, I don’t care. I came across the article when looking up the doctor’s name from your video link. I learned appreciation for vaccines in a world that I highly doubt that the doctor turned homeopath (which is an extremely dodgy field – I was recently offered a very expensive homeopathic remedy against the flu which turned out to be extremely diluted essence of duck liver upon closer examination of the flowery Latin label) has ever experienced. Until one of these doctors turned alternative medicine hawkers (which is a billion dollar industry, by the way – for all their talk of big pharma, the alternative healthcare industry has a vested interest in making more money) and anti-vaccine campaigners can show they had extensive and lengthy experience working in a country where diseases such as tetanus and measles still regularly cause many fatalities, as the nurse practitioner I worked with in West Africa with three decades experience in the field had, their assertions are merely from armchair critics, who furthermore are not trained in the science of epidemiology, which is the study of how diseases spread.

    If I sound short tempered, it is because I am. I am training in the healthcare field, and I am surrounded on all sides by people, both family members and friends, who claim to support me in my studies, yet they constantly question the validity of the work that I am doing. I face real ethical dilemmas in my field, things that I could use support from my Christian family and friends on, but so many of my Christian family and friends prefer to question the whole premise of medical care, making sweeping generalizations and hunting out doubtful sources to discredit knowledge that they don’t fully understand, having never studied it the way I have. Oh, they don’t direct their criticisms at me personally, but it wounds nonetheless. It is like Kim hypothetically having to listen to us talk about what shysters all real estate agents are, or Michelle reading criticisms from us where we call novel writing a waste of time. How can I trust people with my real struggles, when I know they will simply use them as more fuel to flame the fire of their contempt for the field of work that I do?

    Vaccination is not a moral issue. It is a treatment that has been around for three hundred years because it does work, not perfectly, but it is much better than the alternative of having epidemics such as smallpox or diphtheria, such as used to regularly sweep the world. The argument that smallpox, for instance, would have gone away naturally holds no water. Smallpox came in periodic plagues for millennia – it is rank hubris to say, as that ‘doctor’ claims, that it would have naturally disappeared in our era without vaccines. Where war prevents vaccination, diseases once under control break out again, as measles and polio have in the war torn areas of the Middle East and East Africa. I have helped with vaccine campaigns in both West Africa and in Nunavut now, and I do not apologize for having done so, nor will I call bad that which I know to be good simply because it is the trend to do so now. I am not stupid, nor am I easily led, and I resent the implication that I am both for believing that vaccines are efficacious.

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  23. Roscuro, the doctor of the video is not a homeopath; the other lady was lying about that. My daughter is training to be a nurse, and I have several friends who are retired nurses. My mother was not an RN, but she had some level of nursing training (that is at least part of what she did in Nigeria). I would never wish to call the profession into question, and was not doing that. I was trying to explore how much of what I was seeing and reading was accurate without myself having medical training. To suggest that vaccines are used too often, and in instances where they may do more harm than good, is not to be anti-medicine.

    But I will say it more directly: I appreciate the field that you have chosen, and the help you have been able to offer people on here, and help you have given me directly. Thank you. And thank you for interacting a bit on the question yesterday.

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  24. The lighthouse is not really a light house, as it’s set too far back from the river and is high on the bluff. It’s more of a decoration and tourist draw. The stairway has 240+ steps, but we only went part way to the first landing, which is actually the old highway bridge approach. The new Interstate bridge replaced the 1930’s era bridge 15 years ago.

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  25. Last last night and first this morning? Is that a first?

    The groundhog here would not have seen his shadow in the morning yesterday, but by noon it was sunny. What does that mean?

    It’s supposed to be near 60 today, and a chance of snow showers later int he week. Early Spring and a return of Winter.

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  26. We don’t have lighthouses to climb, we have lookouts. I have never been up in one, that I can recall. But my parents did as newly weds, and my children did a few years ago when we were out camping.

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  27. There is a ‘height of land’ tower we can climb and see a long way in the park just north of us.

    We’re home from church AGAIN today. With the unploughed roads and the extreme cold, we decided not to chance it. Husband did manage to do a bit of ploughing with the quad today and will finish later in the day.

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  28. This morning after service, I was chatting with the couple who take me home, and another man who I hadn’t talked to in a while, Dick. (Dick accidentally called me Kathy, so I called him Don. We all laughed.)

    Dick expressed missing Hubby, and said that Hubby was a good man in so many ways, and he found him to be inspiring. That made me feel good – to know that others, besides the family, still think of him and miss him.

    Yesterday, I got a Facebook private message from another friend of Hubby’s, Bill, who had worked with him several years ago. Bill told me about running into another former coworker of theirs, and that they had been talking about Hubby. The other man had been an alcoholic, and Hubby had been an encouragement to him when he stopped drinking, and had shared his faith with him. He says the things Hubby said to him still have an effect on him.

    It touched my heart to hear these stories of Hubby’s legacy this weekend. He probably would be surprised to know he had such an impact, and that he is missed as much as he is.

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  29. Bill has previously told me that Hubby helped save his marriage. Bill needed to step away from his bread business to help his family after his wife had to be on bed rest with her second pregnancy, and there was also their first daughter who needed to be taken care of.

    At that time, Hubby had left his job at Hostess, knowing that they were about to go under (which they did six months later), and had been “route jumping” – filling in for other drivers – at another company. Bill hired him to run his route for him for a year, knowing full well that his route would be in good hands, that Hubby would run it as if it were his own business. (That’s how he approached every job.) So Bill was able to focus on his wife, daughter, and then the new daughter who came along, and her serious health problems.

    That second daughter is Madison, the little girl I have occasionally brought up for prayer. She has Down Syndrome, along with heart and digestive problems. She had surgery on her heart while still a newborn.

    Bill was able to pay Hubby well enough and have enough to support his own family because he had an especially lucrative route in a city area (more customers, less driving).

    Oh, almost forgot to mention that Hubby had trained Bill when they both worked for Hostess. Bill said that Hubby trained him well, and put up with him when he thought he knew better than Hubby. πŸ™‚

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  30. Real question.
    Is my wife, the Sweetest Woman In The World, the only person who would ask, “What is a superb owl”?

    I have to confess, I had to research the time. How much do I care if two professional teams from each side of the country play football?
    I don’t know what channel it’s on, but I may watch part of it.
    I don’t care who wins.

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  31. I stayed home from church again, too. I watched it on Facebook live, at least the later service, not the first service I usually attend. I am thankful to be able to do that. I have been exposed enough at work to virus bugs and don’t want to up my chances of getting something before the eye surgery.

    Today I am trying to finish six of the inmate Bible lesson reviews. I have requested no more be sent until after tax season. Art has started working on our personal tax prep after he gets home late from the office. He has a double dose of tenacity to do that.

    My roast in the crockpot smells delicious. It is an eye of round. They are very lean. I once cooked one at my MIL’s house and she insisted I had to cook it many more hours so it wod be tender and falling apart. I try to slice it thin as a way to make it seem more tender.

    In thirty more minutes it will be eyedrops time. The day has turned out bright and sunny. We are under a flight pattern today so I hear jets frequently roaring overhead.

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  32. For anyone on Facebook who may be interested to see a portion or all of my church service today, below is the link. The sermon starts at the 33 minute mark and is done by Darren Hughes who is the manager of Casting Crowns therefore he does not look like a typical pastor. The older man doing the prayer and announcements at the beginning is our Senior Pastor, Jim Haskell, who has led us through the transition to a new church. The announcements went long today because of it being a time of update to keep everyone well informed. That part would have been abbreviated in the earlier service I attend where hymns are sung. I am posting this only for the curious, and I ask that negative commentary be kept to oneself. All churches have strengths and weaknesses to work through. We are thriving again so from my point of view that is good.
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2310642759212076&id=1830447240330864

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  33. Great photo!

    I have no patience with the anti-vaccers. They’re living in a society which enables them to have an option because so many others have been vaccinated.

    However in my county, we have such a high percentage of non-vaccinated children that it’s not wise to take an infant under four months shopping lest you run into one of those children who have not been vaccinated and your infant comes down with whooping cough or measles or something else.

    I never had to worry about that with my babies.

    Also, the causes of autism have not yet been determined. I’m sorry for those whose children seemingly have reacted to their vaccines, but no one really knows the triggers for autism, yet.

    Keep up the good work, Roscuro.

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  34. I had to have a TB test to volunteer at the schools–well, everywhere but this particular day it was in Hawaii.

    The corpsman dutifully stuck me and then commented, “I don’t know why this is such a big deal. No one dies from TB.”

    We had the test because Hawaii is a crossroads in the Pacific and so many immigrants came into the islands testing positive for TB.

    I raised my eyebrow at the young corpsman and commented, “My great-grandmother died of TB.”

    Her jaw dropped. “Oh, I’m so sorry . . .”

    I waved her off. “It happened 80 years ago, consumption, but it killed a lot of people in its time.”

    As it happens, I’m searching for records of her death and burial today. It’s not going well. I may need to pay for a death certificate to learn where she’s buried.

    Just another crisis in that poor family’s life.

    Neither my grandmother nor my grandfather grew up with their mothers.

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  35. Janice – I understand. I, too, was afraid of getting sick before the surgery, especially since The Boy seems to bring home every virus that’s going around.

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  36. My grandmother was told she had had TB many years after the fact. Her sister, whom she slept in the same bed with, died of it. My grandmother was blessed to have lived never realizing she had it.

    We climb at least one lighthouse once a year generally. We take one of the grandchildren or another. Lighthouse keepers run in my dad’s side of the family. One was an assistant keeper and drown while boating to get mail.

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  37. We went to church and sat in the front row…all the other seats were taken, β€œsaved” or reserved! I don’t know about ya’ll but I really dislike it when others put their stuff on rows of seats and leave, no where to be seen. How does that look to visitors? Maybe I am just a cranky old person! We happened to sit in front of one of the associate pastors and after the service my husband turned around and greeted him. The pastor returned the greeting and asked if this was our first Sunday or if we were visiting. Husband told him we have been attending for a year and a half and have sat by and greeted him before…but then went on to explain we are very forgettable people πŸ˜‚

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  38. Came across this on Facebook, by an irate pediatrician:

    “In my practice you will vaccinate and you will vaccinate on time. You will not get your own “spaced out” schedule that increases your child’s risk of illness or adverse event. I will not have measles-shedding children sitting in my waiting room. I will answer all your questions about vaccines and present you with facts, but if you will not vaccinate then you will leave my practice. I will file a CPS report (not that they will do anything) for medical neglect, too.

    I have patients who are premature infants with weak lungs and hearts. I have kids with complex congenital heart disease. I have kids who are on chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia who cannot get all their vaccines. In short, I have patients who have true special needs and true health issues who could suffer severe injury or death because of your magical belief that your kid is somehow more special than other children and that what’s good for other children is not good for yours.

    This pediatrician is not putting up with it. Never have. Never will.”

    Reporting the parents to “CPS” (DCF in my state) for medical neglect seems a bit over-reacting to me.

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  39. Nancyjill, that happens in our church as well. There are 3 distinct seating “section” and we all tend to sit in the same ones. Our pastor has urged us to mix it up. But we are a stiff-necked people.

    So for his birthday this past year, the elders got together and secretly asked everyone to sit somewhere new. Our pastor smiled and we all met new people. πŸ™‚

    But yeah, i’ve sometimes asked (and been asked) if this was a “new” church for them (me) and replied, nope, been coming here for years.

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  40. Yep, great blue heron. It was fishing in the pond, and I really love that so much feather detail shows.

    Kizzie, that whole post is overreacting. Tell patients who are looking to take you as their pediatrician that you insist they follow your vaccination schedule, and they can take you as a doctor or not, but “medical neglect”?

    BTW, Michelle, I’m fairly sure that most anti-vaccination people have gone through something in their family that gave them pause. That doesn’t mean they are right about vaccinations, just that it’s reason to have patience with their choice to hold a different viewpoint. I doubt Mom ever got another flu shot after losing a healthy 67-year-old husband to kidney failure that she attributed to his flu shot (leaving her with three teenagers to raise, and living in a community she hated and had moved to for him). She wasn’t anti-vaccination overall (and we got the flu shot most years growing up), but she wouldn’t have found that one worth the risk after that. Likewise the family in my extended family (by marriage) where the husband and father had to quit his job, and they can hardly leave the house, after their second child became their second child to descend into autism after receiving shots. They come to family reunions, funerals, and weddings, so I have seen them eight or ten times–but I have never met their two older (now adult) children, both of whom have profound autism and need constant care. Is autism connected to shots? I have no idea–but I’m quite sure those parents wouldn’t have glibly gone on to get full vaccination schedules for their one healthy child; they would have chosen with care which ones were worth the risk. And they wouldn’t have taken kindly to a doctor claiming “medical neglect.” Doctors are not kings. A doctor can say, “These are my standards, and I won’t treat you if you don’t follow them.” But doctors have no authority over what treatments their patients accept or reject, and no right to try to claim any. And having the larger community calling them stupid or foolish if they reject ALL vaccinations after that would not be helpful. (I don’t know if they do reject all vaccinations; I’ve never discussed it with them.)

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  41. OTOH, it always bothered me that we start vaccinating children so young–and so many vaccinations now! I cried the first time I took my innocent pristine baby to the pediatrician and they contaminated him with shots.

    OTOH, one of the reasons they give infants so many so young is to protect them. Who can say?

    And while the above doctor’s words are harsh, he’s trying to protect the weakest of his patients–and it becomes, really, a case of “do you trust me as your pediatrician or not?”

    I can see his point. The days are too long to argue with parents who question his judgment. Find another pediatrician and everyone will be happier.

    In terms of the spectrum, one anatomy professor friends thought it might be linked to mothers on the birth control pills. Most of my friends with kids on the spectrum have at least one engineer in the family. Who can say?

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  42. BTW, I’m not a fan of “conspiracy theories” but I do like to research both sides of a question and not assume one side (even if it is by far the more popular side) is right. After all, if the media are to be believed, only the most ignorant people can possibly reject evolution.

    America has quite a few blots on its history in terms of being willing to let people suffer by giving bad medical treatment that was known at the time to be bad. (One of the most notorious, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/16/youve-got-bad-blood-the-horror-of-the-tuskegee-syphilis-experiment/?utm_term=.ad079157f8d1 ) How many decades did Johnson & Johnson know about asbestos in its baby powder? How long has it been known that the birth control pill causes serious problems for many women (but it is way too “important” to a free-sex society and to its company’s profit margin to publicize the problems in any way)? Some immunizations have serious ethical questions for pro-life people (having used aborted babies in their manufacture). Some shots are for diseases with minimal health risks or for health risks that aren’t relevant to a specific person (e.g., the ones related to STDs).

    Our founding fathers would have been absolutely livid at the notion that anyone (government, doctors, or anyone else) can force compliance with medical treatment by threatening parents to take their children away. Be open about the risks and benefits and let people make up their own minds. Give tax benefits as incentives if you choose. But God gave parents authority over their own children, and stepping in between parent and child must be done only at the most extreme need. Giving a shot for the chicken pox against parental wishes doesn’t qualify.

    Bringing down the force of law for choosing not to immunize is not only wrong (and quite unconstitutional), it is counterproductive. Social stigmas can also go only so far, and they make the mocked and stigmatized population far less likely to listen to your arguments. Make the risks of noncompliance high enough, and most people will comply–but you will send the rest into hiding and make them criminals. Educating people and gaining voluntary compliance is the way free societies should operate.

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  43. No engineers in this family. No mother on birth control pills. One normally-developing child who spiraled into severe developmental delays and intense ASD behaviors after he started getting shots at 19 months.

    If I had remained an anti-vaccer, my boy might be healthy and whole today.

    I bawled my way through these vaccination posts tonight and wish to God I had never read a one of them over the last few days this has been discussed.

    God, it hurts. 😦

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  44. I do know one young woman who got Guillain Barre Syndrome after getting a flu shot. She was in nursing herself.

    We have a local person who had a brain tumor and whose parents refused the standard chemo recommended. There was quite an out cry and threat of taking this child away. The parents went with an exploratory treatment after much research. That son is now grown. The doctor was terribly maligned. He was proven correct, however. Such medical choices can be very difficult.

    I was wondering if it is just in the US that people seem to wander more to the right when they enter a building such as a church? We tend to switch sides in our church. Today was as usual far more people sat on the right. For awhile there were only a couple of us on the left side.

    I was taught to walk on the right side. I think some young people either are not taught that or ignore it. Is that taught in other cultures? Perhaps those of you who have traveled much can answer my questions.

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  45. Kathaleena, walk on the right side of what? I grew up in an area without many sidewalks, and don’t remember being taught about which side to walk on a sidewalk. But my parents did emphasize that pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road (facing traffic), bicycles on the right (with the flow of traffic), and most people seem not to know about the pedestrians on the left. I had neighbors in Nashville, a couple in their sixties, who took three or four walks a day, and didn’t know that was the correct side until I told them.

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  46. Walking. Passing to the right, like ships in the night, so as to prevent collisions. When approaching somebody on the sidewalk who is coming toward you, pass to the right. If they are going the same direction as you, pass on the left just like with cars.

    In other countries, where they drive on the other side of the road, I did not notice if it differed. Most people were simply polite and eased aside one way or another. In other countries where they drive on the same side, they pass on the same side while walking.

    When we were out walking in Greece with friends from China, we commented on how crowded it was. They looked at us in amazement because they were thinking how uncrowded it was. We talked about the intense crowds in China and they said there really is not much jostling, everybody manages the flow and interruptions without physical contact. I imagine it is just a matter of finding the opening wherever it is and heading through, or just staying with the flow.

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  47. Anti vac comment: we vaccinated all of our children according to the schedule. We did have a foster child who had not been vaccinated but as he was a ward of the state, they deemed it must happen. Unfortunately, I was home with the others and cousin took him in, with no child knowledge. The clinic decided to get him all caught up at once with something like eight different shots. I would not have allowed that but would have said we will come back in a couple weeks for some more. He was ill with several different post vaccines illnesses for weeks but he should not get the full force of those illnesses and that is good.

    Vac and autism link: we don’t know. I have the understanding that it strikes normally developing children at about one and a half to two years of age. Something about the brain firing out too many brain connections at once, almost overwhelming the body. Whether that is vaccine connected or electrical impulses from our system or something in the food or solar flares or something in the water or the results of great grandma getting the oral polio vaccine or whatever, we don’t know. I suspect one day we will learn that these people have been gifted with skills and attributes we are currently unable to access. It could be just a continuation of the deterioration of the creation but God seems to put gifts in place.

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  48. Cheryl, Feb. 3, 11:27 pm — thank you for your compassion.

    I emailed you.

    Jo, your “like” on my 11:07 showed compassion, as well. Thank you for your understanding.

    Check your inbox, as well. πŸ™‚

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