44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-27-21

  1. Prayers, Chas

    How are Kim and Mr P?

    Good to see you Aj, I (and I’d guess most of us here) certainly share in the distress at much of what the new administration is doing, it is hard to watch. I frankly don’t watch or follow national politics as much as I once did. It can be all very messy and frustrating and upsetting, especially right now. Much of it reflects the direction our culture has been going for decades now. The answer seems, to me, way beyond what a mere election or two can possibly ‘fix.’

    And/So I have managed to (mostly) emotionally detach from ‘politics’ in more recent years. But I think that also has something to do with age. 😐

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  2. Good morning, Chas.
    Good evening, Jo.
    Good morning, others.
    Chas, I wish I lived close by to you so I could help you in some little ways.

    It’s been pouring rain here. Yesterday I picked up some plants that Florence had saved for me from when she recently had trees taken down. She gave me a hydrangea, a ginger plant, and some oxalis which I planted late yesterday. I hope they have not floated away!

    Right as my new Bible study was to begin on Zoom I had a call from my friend, Karen. She wanted me to know that she had seen a program with an interview with one of President Bush’s daughters who discussed the Love Poems from God book. She said that daughter reminded her of me (a Republican and Christian and all) and that spurred her impulse to get it for me. I could not stay on the phone longer so I hope I can call her back later today. But I have Bible study this a.m. and right after lunch I have a webinar about branding for writers. And I ordered a miniature yellow rose for Florence that I will need to take to her today. Since her sister lived in TX and that is where Florence is from I decided it would be a nice gift for her at this time.

    Prayers for Kim and Mr. P.

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  3. Morning! Sun is up and shining on the new fallen snow…it’s beautiful! 12 degrees heading up to 35 this afternoon 😊
    Pretty deer in the meadow up there…I wonder what they are thinking when having their photo taken…they always seem to pose for the shot! 😂

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  4. Oh, nothing happened–I can’t even find any breaking news.

    When you cry wolf too many times, people stop believing you.

    We’ve been through a lot here, why add to the trauma?

    OTOH, the best time to get people out is before the crisis and while it is still day. That can be a difficult balancing act and the unfortunate political folk will get in trouble with someone either way.

    So, as always, they err on the side of caution and never count the cost to the human soul for all of this.

    See vaccine distribution.

    Or don’t if you want to keep your sanity intact and your cynicism down.

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  5. On to better news. A QOD!

    I’m going to be writing four 4 minute-long scenes to give the feel for Holy Week.

    The best idea we’ve come up with to present these scenes is to have someone who was there describe what happened while others act it out.

    Here are the scenes. Give me some ideas of who would be a good person to describe it. (You can use people not explicitly mentioned, but they have to be legitimate–like a servant).

    Last Supper

    Garden of Gethsemene

    At the cross

    At the empty tomb.

    Basically, you have 16 minutes to tell the entire story of Holy Week. 🙂

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  6. Last supper – the house owner, or his servant whom the disciples followed to the house

    Garden of Gethsemane – hard to find a good eye witness to all of this, as the disciples fell asleep, maybe the young man lurking in the shadows who lost his cloak, or the servant of the priest who had his ear hacked off.

    At the cross – so many possibilities, the penitent thief, the centurion, the women, the disciple whom Jesus loves, the person who ran to give Jesus a drink. Could even have a hostile witness, like one of the mob or a Jewish leader

    At the empty tomb – the soldiers are unreliable witnesses, as they were bribed to lie. The women seem the logical choice here, as they were soonest on scene.

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  7. Last Supper: fifth guy down the table

    Garden of Gethsemane: the gardener/ groundskeeper

    the cross: the guy, Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross

    empty tomb: an angel

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  8. A bit of an idea of what it might be like to have some of the issues of old age along with Alzheimer’s. I’ll also post someone in the comments who said, “It’s not really like that,” but it seems like this might be what some people experience, and it at least gives some idea of the confusion:

    I work in a locked dementia unit and it is absolutely terrible. This experiment is a good idea in concept, but it isn’t accurate. Many times dementia/Alzheimer’s patients are NOT plagued with cataracts and arthritis, many have no trouble walking… we get many folks who are otherwise perfectly strong and healthy… they are just out of their minds. You can’t simulate what happens in their minds. I have worked with these patients for years and they exhibit so many different types of behavior it would be impossible to simulate without your mind also being inflicted by the disease.

    We have had patients whom seem perfectly normal one minute, and the next they are attacking you with intent to kill because their mind told them that you were a threat. Many dementia patients are not even in the same surroundings that you are- you will see them jump over obstacles in a hallway that aren’t there, grab for things that aren’t there, move around things that aren’t there. I have many times asked the patient to describe the surroundings that they are seeing and they can describe in vivid detail (if they are functional enough) a completely different room or area than they are actually in. For instance one woman every time I would take her for a walk in the hallway she would move around things and reach out for things, talk to people that weren’t there and I would ask her what she see’s pretending as if it were HER helping ME navigate the hallway (which seemed to give her purpose and make her happy). Anyhow, she was in a completely different world- she was moving around lamp posts, describing and interacting with people that weren’t there- seeing buildings and vehicles- and we were in a plain white hallway. She could even tell you the colors of the cloths the folks who weren’t there were wearing.

    The physically healthy and strong patients are the most dangerous depending on the condition of their mind. They will attack you, and many times staff members get hurt. We are not allowed to physically restrain them other than holding them until they calm down. I could type all day about it- it to me is the most devastating disease that has ever existed and I hope to see a cure or at least better treatments in my lifetime. I had a grandfather whom was afflicted- he tried to rape his own granddaughter. He would yell obscenities, kick, bight, punch, scream… and this was a peaceful loving man whom never did a wrong thing to anyone in his life. The same man whom when I was in a bad accident years earlier was the first one by my bedside, praying that I would be OK. The same man whom was a deacon at his church, worked hard all of his life, gave to charities, helped everyone whom he thought needed it, took wonderful care of his family and loved everyone even if they wronged him. He would buy my grandmother flowers all the time, dance with her in the middle of their living room in mid-day for no reason other than he loved her- then he got dementia and seemed as if he were spawned by Satan himself. It wasn’t him, it was the disease. He would have been mortified if he had known the behavior that he displayed.

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  9. Garden of Gethsemane- two boys who often play in the garden and have a hideout/hut/cave from which to act as quiet observers/game of spying/eavesdropping

    Last supper-Judas showing duplicity with asides

    At the cross-Simon who carried the cross

    Empty tomb-Jesus showing compassion as he watches the scene unfold and the broken hearts

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  10. Cheryl, I will endorse that fully. I have already mentioned how my great uncle. He was a kind wise and godly man who was also strong and vigorous, taking long canoeing trips that involved portages (carrying the canoe and contents overland between navigable waterways) well into his 9th decade of life. When he got Alzheimer’s about 3 years before his death (he lived to his early 90s), he at first retained his personality, just becoming forgetful. Then in the last year and a half, his personality disappeared and he became dangerously violent nearly strangling a great grandchild and attacking his own son with such force that if his son had not been quick enough to avoid the blows, he did not think he would have survived. He was not conscious of what he was doing – when his son intervened to stop the near strangling, my great uncle insisted that he hadn’t been hurting the child. There has been more than one murder by one dementia patient of another dementia patient, and assaults, both physical and sexual, are not uncommon. Physical restraints were not allowed when I trained in the nursing home, due to danger of accidental death – pinning someone who is elderly and frail down is risking serious injury or death for them. We used sedation as ordered by a physician, using the same powerful antipsychotics as are used for schizophrenics in a psychotic break.

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  11. Nightingale deals with dementia patients, too. The way it affects them can be so different, as has been mentioned. One female patient kept reliving the sexual abuse she had experienced as a child, which was heartbreaking. Another was constantly scolding her children as she relived being a mother of several children. A man currently on her unit also has PTSD from having served in wartime, as well as having dementia, so they make sure to avoid any violent or otherwise disturbing content on his TV. Some of the dementia patients still have quite a sense of humor and playfulness, and can be a delight, if they’re not getting into any trouble.

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  12. Roscuro – One problem that Nightingale has mentioned is that when a patient (technically, they are residents) is having a psychotic break or any other kind of severe psychological problem, they send them to the hospital. But often, those at the hospital don’t want to deal with them, either, so they will quickly diagnose a UTI, give them antibiotics, and send them back.

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  13. Starting to make some progress on the piles behind my chair. Seems when I had three one year olds I had zero time. Now, with one one year old napping, time is available! Though I suppose, I would rather have the one year olds than the time. But glad they are back enjoying momma and daddy.

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  14. We know two who have received those infusions and it made all the difference in their recovery. Our precious 90 year old friend recovered from Covid and pneumonia after receiving the infusion. Then his granddaughter’s 32 year old husband 2 months later got Covid and he too had the infusion.

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  15. Thankful that they are keeping Mr. P for five days so he can get treatment and Kim can get some rest. Glad that you don’t feel too bad, Kim.

    Chas, I sent you an email.

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  16. Much better to get the virus now than 10 months ago, they’ve learned quite a bit about best practices and treatments in that time.

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  17. Is that the steroid infusion? It is known as dexamethasone, regularly given to those receiving chemo treatments. I have also seen it used for women going through Ceasarean sections and have even known it to be used when someone is fighting a severe bacterial infection. It basically gives the body a temporary boost of energy to get through very stressful events as it speeds up metabolism and increases available energy reserves, while also suppressing inflammation. Dexamethasone infusion can never be used long term as it eventually would exhaust the bodily reserves.

    Using stimulants to help the body survive a short term stress is a treatment method that pre-exists antibiotics. When someone was fighting a dangerous bacterial infection before antibiotics, they would give miniscule doses of strychnine, which is of course, fatal at larger doses, because strychnine is a stimulant – it is just so much of a stimulant that above a miniscule amount, it causes fatal seizures. So, using dexamethasone was a logical decision in helping people who needed hospitalization to fight COVID, and by July of last year, trials in the UK showed it was really beneficial in helping people survive.

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  18. Thanks Jo. I just got back to the computer, but I read my mail first.
    I’ve been busy, but with nothing to do. Don’t know how to explain it. But” Not much I can do, but I can’t break away.”
    Elvera is in bad shape now. Prayers appreciated.

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  19. Chas, we’re praying for you. We love you, and through you we love Elvera.

    I’m reading a book about thinking, and in one of the chapters I read last night, the author makes the point that what we experience and what we remember are two different things–sometimes two very different things. And he shows that much of our memory is turning our life into stories. This quote made me think of Elvera: “She is an Alzheimer’s patient. She no longer maintains a narrative of her life, but her experiencing self is still sensitive to beauty and gentleness.”

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  20. Roscuro: Fortunately, I can have professional help much of the time. Someone is usually here all day (and night) for a couple of nights.. I say “professional”, not real doctors & nurses, but people who come to assist.
    I am waiting for someone to come at 8:00 now.

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  21. Cheryl, re your 6:23
    As I understand it, she is unusual in that she has not changed personalities during her mental breakdown.
    She is still the “sweeest one”.
    No kidding. I have lived with her 63 years and courted two others. I have never heard her speak evil about someone, except Mr R. who was her boss in Texas. When I tack TSWITW on, I mean it.
    We have been blessed beyond measure. We were made for each other.
    But it may be over soon.

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  22. Chas, I have known several people with dementia of various sorts who remained patient and sweet. I’m not an expert in the subject, but my hunch is that it’s a minority who have a strong change in personality.

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  23. It pays to clean!!! I just found a simple school notebook full of notes on the language Joan has spent her life working on. I had no idea it was here. Joan has been frantically looking for it since she left here a year and a half ago. She was giving me, the last night, leftover blank notebooks that she had. That is all I can figure.

    I can’t wait to hear from her. I just photographed each page under a bright light and sent them to her page by page. It looks easily readable to me.

    God is good. All the time.

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  24. I think the covid infusion they are referring to is the covalescent plasma. I know rimdesivir works along the lines of tamiflu in shortening the duration of symptoms rather than making one feel better now. Protocol here is azithromyacin and dexamethasone. Other things will be added as needed.

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