Thursday, October 29, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

When I am driving and I see a car like mine, I often wonder if it is me driving the car in some sort of time warp, so I always try to see the driver. I also wonder what I would do if I did see myself driving the other car. Would I try to talk to the other-time me? Give a previous me advice on upcoming events? Find out from a future me what I should do next? I do not know why I have this random thought. I just always have. :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Medical Trivia

From The Ultimate Book of Useless Information

The average talker sprays about three hundred microscopic saliva drops per minute - about two and a half droplets per word.

Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails.

Your right lung takes in more air than your left lung.

A third of all cancers are sun-related.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They do not appear until the child reaches two to six years of age.

When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop - including your heart.

The human body creates enough pressure to quirt blood thirty feet.

Your hearing becomes less sharp after eating too much.

Doctors in Florida found that patients undergoing certain operations bled twice as quickly when the moon was in its second quarter.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Women started removing hair from their legs in 400BCE. They either plucked them with tweezers or singed them with a flame.

Women's hearts beat faster than men's.

Men get hiccups more often than women do.

Women blink twice as often as men do.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Commercials I Hate

I was sick last week and over the weekend with, as Wil has called it, The Heiney Flu (H1N1) - and that is self-diagnosed because I figure if a doctor can call anything with flulike symptoms the H1N1, then so can I - and I got in a lot of quality tv watching. Actually, I had Lifetime on watching marathons of this season's Project Runway, which gets a little old the third time you've seen it, but I did not have the energy to channel surf.

Anyway, I got to see some really annoying commercials. These were my favorites.

Turbo Drain Snake. Okay, it's a mascara brush on a piece of tubing. Seriously, people. And what's with the woman who suddenly seems surprised to find herself standing ankle deep in water when she's trying to take a shower? Did she not notice the water before it reached her ankles? Is she afraid there are piranha in there? She is unnaturally concerned.

The Bowflex Treadclimber. I could not find an example of this commercial, though I did find that lots of people want to know who the blonde actress in the commercial is. I can only assume it is because she appears to be so freakishly bowlegged. I believe this is due to her overusage of the Bowflex Treadclimber, which has two separate treads so you can walk like a funky monkey and get faster results that a traditional treadmill, which, of course, are only used as coat racks.

Activstyle Incontinence. I am not sure if this is the same commercial I saw, because my sound is muted right now, but there was an Activstyle Incontinence commercial on that was playing slow, sexy jazz in the background. I found it most disturbing.

In other news, Project Runway is going well and I am enjoying it. I just wish I could see older seasons as well. Psst, Lifetime - Doing the marathon thing every weekend doesn't work so well when you've only got one season to show and you have not finished that one season yet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Making the Stairs Fun

Sandy told me about this and sent me a link to an article and the video. I am embedding the video here.

If you're interested in the article, it's here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Again with the Trivia

From The Ultimate Book of Useless Information

Very tall buildings naturally lean toward the course of the sun.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

The growth rate of some bamboo plants can reach three feet a day.

So far, man has survived on earth for two million years. The dinosaurs lasted 150 million years.

You can avoid sinking in quicksand by lying on your back and raising your legs slowly.

Raindrops are not teardrop-shaped; they are rounded at the top and flat on the bottom.

"And as Mansell comes into the pits, he's quite literally sweating his eyeballs out." British TV commentator

In Gone with the Wind, Melanie's prgenancy lasts twenty-one months based on the actual battles mentioned.

Charles Dickens penned in Puny Pete, Little Larry, and Small Sam before settling on Tiny Tim for his crippled child in A Christmas Carol.

A trilemma is a dilemma with a third alternative.

Picasso's full name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso.

The Irish baron of Kinsale has the privilege of retaining his hat in the presence of royalty.

In the early days of Hollywood, Western sets were made to seven-eighths scale to make the heroes seem larger.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Doggie Drama

So, you may already know that a couple of weeks ago Dad was working in my back yard and left the gate open and their dog Asia and my dog Logan got out and had themselves a little adventure. They crossed not one, not two, but four major busy streets and wound up at Reservoir Park, where Asia decided to take a little dip in the cement pond and couldn't get out. Animal Care and Control was called about a "dog drowning in the pond" and she was rescued, but no sign of Logan. Finally, after Mom, Dad, and I driving around for an hour looking for them, Dad returned to his home to find Logan sitting on their front porch (crossing three major busy streets to get back from the park). A very wet and stinky Asia was liberated from Animal Care and Control and we told the dogs they could not have any more adventures for a few years.

Last weekend Mom and I went to visit my Great Aunt and Uncle in Michigan and up into Canada to see a play at the Stratford Festival. Logan was boarded. When we got home, I had a doctor's appointment and Mom picked up Logan from the vet's office and brought him home. Mom and I were out front with the dogs planting tulip bulbs and Logan started to have dry heaves. I took him inside and noticed his sides along his rib cage were really distended.

I called the vet's office and while I was on hold, Logan started panting like he was hurting or having trouble breathing, so I decided I was taking him in right then. The vet called me on my way there and asked for the symptoms again and when I told her she said it sounded like he might have a twisted stomach. Apparently in large breed dogs (and I have always considered Logan to be medium-sized), if they get overly excited (like spending a weekend barking and then coming home from boarding and jumping and running and being crazy) or eat too quickly, they can take in too much air and their stomachs will twist over on themselves. Sounds gruesome and it is - it catches the spleen in there and it does not untwist on its own, but requires surgery. It can be fatal, and sometimes the spleen and part of the stomach has to be removed.

When I got to the vet's office she immediately took him back for x-rays and confirmed that was the problem. So I took him to the emergency animal hospital for emergency surgery. That was Monday.

The indications are that I caught it right away, because they did not have to remove his spleen or any of his tummy. While at the hospital, his vitals were good but his blood was not clotting very quickly and he was having some bleeding issues so they had to give him plasma to help his clotting times. His platelets were also low. However, he did finally start to eat a bit and once hey moved him from a cage to a run, his attitude relaxed and he started to improve.

I got to bring him home on Thursday. Poor little guy. He's on four different medications - something to help coat his tummy, something to fight indigestion, an antibiotic, and a painkiller. He has 22 staples down his tummy on the outside, and on the inside he has had his stomach stapled to the abdominal wall so his stomach cannot twist again in the future.

Here you can see the bruising from when he had his bleeding issue.

The staples go all the way from about an inch below the top of the bruising to the base of his Puppy Part, so you can see they really had to open him up quite a bit. :(

He came home, I took him out and then gave him one of his medications, and in the time it took me to heat some mac and cheese for myself, he was on the couch asleep. The medications have to be staggered, and one has to be given with food, so our schedule it all out of whack. The first night he came home I wasn't able to fall asleep until after 2am and then I had to get up at 5 to give him medication - ugh!

Dylan has been licking his head and both cats have been sniffing at him curiously. I wondered if they would hiss at him since he was gone so long and came back smelling of hospital, but they seemed to know who he was.

Logan is also restricted from exertion until the staples come out next week, and that's already been a chore because he stands with his front paws on the counter at the vet's office, he was trying to jump on Mom and me when we picked him up, and he was very excited to be back home. I have to take him in the back yard on the leash so he doesn't try to chase cats or run from gate to gate, like he sometimes does, but after one really horrid attempt at me helping him get on the bed at night, where he ended up bumping his belly on the bed, we have decided he can jump on and off the bed on his own.

This also means no playing with Asia for a while. We are going to keep them apart from playing until the end of the month, but I think we can probably try to take them for a walk around the block together, once the staples come out. This means Logan won't be able to go to Mom and Dad's during the day, and he won't be happy about that, but hopefully the time will go fast and he won't have any more problems!