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Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans (karma: 1)
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Aug 08, 2012 09:45 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-08 21:45:50 character fix. But I'm still crazy. Hmmm.
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-08 21:57:33 more finds!

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^^ rose quartz, for healing purposes.

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attempted continuation of a previous thread, with jump starts, stopped, and sustained movements, jump and jive.

Am I THIS crazy?

continuation from: Shadow's stooging and poking around leads: . . .

Oh, YES:

"I surf around the web so much while I'm online, and I find so many great places to peruse.

And, I can't think of any other great place to put url's, etc.

So, here we go.

DO NOT WASTE MY TIME, with porn, sexual, sick...

If you have something informative, scientific, mechanical, musical, humorous, psychological, FILL ME IN!


found these... SOO beautiful! . . . . . . . . .

cool! found some others! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Fri Aug 10, 2012 07:04 AM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-10 07:32:29 someting, or other.. or something.
Still being a little antsy of being on here. Being called out already. Okay, that's life, I suppose.

re: cookie recipe, and TOO TOO good: . . .

worried about brain mri.
worried about right hand fingertips acting funny.
worried about right foot.
worried about demand letter.
worried about acountant
worried about computer.
worried about Miss and possible urinary crystals.
worried about the headaches that have been coming back.
worried about humidity.

Okay, enough frickin' worrying!

Weirdest, crazy radar picture I've ever seen.

Storms traveling UP the coast, missing us.. between New York State and the Berkshires. Nutty!

Musician's list -- DONE. Music on Saturday. shostakovich polka quartet????

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yeah, that's about right.... **yawn**

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Wow! She TEACHES them to acclimate to the water? . . .

re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Fri Aug 10, 2012 08:06 AM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-10 08:14:03 How many other big utility companies are going to pull this?
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Fri Aug 10, 2012 09:52 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-10 22:02:34 Oo! cookie swap! Dah-licious! ;)
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-10 22:11:48 Adding miscellaneous stuff
Slept for a bunch of hours. Sort of feeling better.
Don't know what to do with spider in bathtub. I think I'll just leave it there. Maybe take it outdoors after rain is through.. pounding.

pain has gone down. fingers are still acting funny.

Humidity is driving me nuts. heh, in the wintertime when it's SOO dry I KNOW I'll be missing this moisture. Go figure.

Had a dream about a long snake teaching me sinuous jazz. How to "undulate." With THIS spine? I don't think so!

thinking I'll do some of that movement study variation that I had started on a whim: stopped movements, and then, GOOOO, with one movement carrying the impulse.

Foot is still hurting. do NOT want surgery, maybe injections will help. Calcium deposit/spur near the ankle is wicked painful.

Trying to be positive.

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for quilters: . . .

VERY appropriate, from Here:

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"moon mandala" . . .

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"susan seddon boulet" . . . . . .

anti-nasty crap: . . .

Hee! :D It can be dicey out there -- take these! :)

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Christine's Cookie swap! Yum yum yum! . . .

via MSN and FINALLY! . . .

Get in the Zone: If needsbe: . . .

"thumb tip is numb in humidity" . . .

re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Mon Aug 13, 2012 07:43 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-13 19:51:14 Ethoxyquin, and all of its' dangers.
Necessary research.. and hopeful developments:
Miss, foods, and ingredients:

from Ruler... is the IAMS making her worse? . . .

"Actually, any food that contains by-products, 'meals', etc..., is bad for your animals. I found a good pet food called, "Pet Promise" that you can purchase at Petco. I have also found a good pet food called, "Excelence" or something like that. (I'm not at home so I can't tell you the exact name. But they are both natural foods. is the website for pet promise. And Excelence is made by PMI nutrition.

I have both a dog and two cats.

Very good post. Two of my cats died from kidney failure and I don't want to lose another one from it.

P.S. Watch out for anything that has Ethoxyquin*** in it. It is a preservative, however, it will also kill the animal as well. I learned that when I worked for a local animal shelter cleaning cats' cages. :(

P.S.S. There is a group out to change Walmart's practices and to change America. Apparently Walmart has been getting all their tainted pet food from Communist China. I get flyers in the snail mail about all of Walmart's products, including baby toys made out of lead. LEAD! Can you believe it.

The pet food is not called Excellence, but "Exclusive" and my babies gobble it up.

**** Ethoquin and all of its' variations: . . .
"6-Ethoxy-2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline, 6-Ethoxy-2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline"
also here: "Ethoxyquin . . .

"ingredients in IAMs canned cat food" . . .

cat urinary tract infections . . . . . .

and, this:
"best foods for cats with urinary" . . .


Foods cats should NEVER EAT: . . .

1. human tunafish:too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning. Remember the saying, "Honest as a cat when the meat's out of reach." Your cat will see an open can of tuna next to the sink as a dinner invitation.
2. onions, garlic, chives: Onions, Garlic, Chives

Onion in all forms -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can break down a cat's red blood cells, leading to anemia. That's true even for the onion powder that's found in some baby foods. An occasional small dose probably won't hurt. But eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause onion poisoning. Along with onions, garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal upset.

3.milk and other diary products:
What could be wrong with offering your cat a saucer of milk or a piece of cheese? Although kittens are able to tolerate milk, most adult cats cannot. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods, and the result can be digestive upset with diarrhea.

4.Duh! Alcohol
Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol -- none of it is good for your cat. That's because alcohol has the same effect on a cat's liver and brain that it has on humans. But it takes far less to do its damage. Just two teaspoons of whisky can cause a coma in a 5-pound cat, and one more teaspoon could kill it. The higher the proof, the worse the symptoms.

5. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for pets. But it's not a good idea. Although it isn't clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. And, a small amount can make a cat ill. Repeated vomiting and hyperactivity are early signs. Although some cats show no ill effects, it's best not to give your cat any grapes and to keep grapes and raisins off countertops and other places accessible to your cat.

6. Caffeine
Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a cat. And there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. In addition to tea and coffee -- including beans and grounds -- caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It's also in some cold medicines and painkillers.

7.*Duh!* Chocolate
Chocolate can be lethal for cats. Although most cats won't eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners and others who think they are giving the cat a treat. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. It's in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

8. Candy and Gum
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol can cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your cat's body, which will cause the cat's blood sugar to drop. Xylitol can also lead to liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. The cat may have seizures soon after ingesting the xylitol, and liver failure can occur within just a few days.

9. Fat Trimmings and Bones
Table scraps often contain fat trimmed off of meat and bones. Both fat and bones may be dangerous for cats. Fat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhea. And a cat can choke on a bone. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your cat's digestive system.

10. Raw Eggs
There are two problems with giving your cat raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. The second is that a protein in raw egg whites, called avidin, interferes with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your cat's coat.

1. Raw Meat and Fish
Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma.

12.Dog Food
An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat. But dog food is not a substitute for cat food. They do have many of the same ingredients. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids. A steady diet of dog food can cause your cat to be severely malnourished.

Small amounts of liver are OK, but eating too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity. This is a serious condition that can affect your cat's bones. Symptoms include deformed bones, bone growths on the elbows and spine, and osteoporosis. Vitamin A toxicity can also cause death.

14.Too Many Treats
Eating too much too often can do the same thing to cats that it does to humans. It can lead to obesity and even diabetes.

15.Yeast Dough
Before it's baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that's exactly what it would do in your cat's stomach if your cat ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the abdomen and cause severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.

16.Your/Human Medicine
Ingesting a drug prescribed for humans is one of the most common causes of poisoning in cats. Just as you would do for your children, put all medicines where your cat can't get to them. And never give your cat any over-the-counter medicine unless advised to do so by your vet. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And they can be deadly for your cat.

17.Kitchen Pantry: No Cats Allowed
Many other items commonly found on kitchen shelves can harm your cat. Keeping food items where your cat can't get to them and keeping pantry and cupboard doors closed will help protect your cat from serious food-related illness.

18.If Your Cat Eats What It Shouldn't

No matter how cautious you are, it's possible your cat can find and swallow what it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find it in an emergency. And if you think your cat has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at once.

good material here, too: . . .

A LOT MORE at . . .

Petco cat section . . .

Feliway refills: . . .

kitty litter where urine sample collection . . .

how to get the urine sample: . . .

good link! . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ukiecam
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 03:32 AM
Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur kitty.... Hee hee
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 04:22 AM
mri on Wednesday.

"before mri, get off of "
motrin/ibuprofen, naproxen, alleve, celebrex, various antibiotics, . . .

hmmm... intriguing! before mri brain . . .

"don't take following before mri" . . .

Darn! I KNOW Pondfly gave me some great advice on it.. problem is WHERE is it?

No vitamin e or fish oil, could enhance density of imaging.

Try to avoid contrast dye.

foot and ankle surgeon: . . . . . . . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 04:24 AM
Just so long as they are "little balls of fur" and not hairballs, ukiecam! Not hairballs, or tribbles, or fuzzies. ;) :D
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ukiecam
On Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:28 PM
Edited by ukiecam (247280) on 2012-08-13 22:33:35 Hit the submit button by accident!! I'm such a loser!!
LOL! No, havn't you heard the soft kitty song? Search it up on Youtube. ...happy kitty, sad kitty, purr purr purr. And yeah, no hairballs...
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 04:46 AM
Hmm... will have to look it up. shoot, I hit "submit" all the time.

Just more so that I'm shredded and fatigued.
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 06:10 AM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-14 06:15:15 found more. :)
how to make sure FF is up to date: . . .

more links to double-check for add-ons on FF:
"check ff . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:33 AM
Last year and a day ago... was getting prepped for acoustic neuroma surgery. Can remember getting prepped, all up until the anesthesia went through, and the world went away.

Remembering how my head felt. the dryness of my mouth when I woke up. The Resident telling me that the hearing nerve was gone. the feeling of helplessness when I tried to move, and couldn't. How I DIDN'T want to move!

All that a year ago. And how I looked/felt like Buddy Hacket.

Talking out of the side of my mouth. The week in Spaulding.

A lot can happen in a year.

I just hope an acoustic neuroma doesn't grow in my RIGHT ear. THEN, I would be up frick creek.

And the hair that was shaved is now four inches long. hmmm!
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Aug 22, 2012 08:11 PM
And then the Positives: recovering control of both sides of my mouth, over time and working with that great speech therapist. The end of having episodes where the room seemed to be spinning/turning on three axes.

The need for water, and then, the embarrassment when it came all up.

the great staff at Spaulding, and setting off the bed alarms :D

Going down to the Harbor on outside walks, and admiring the sea, with the Museum of Science in the background. Seeing the trains go by en route to Gloucester and Rockport, and the on and off ramps for 93.

I miss that view. And the buildings that I tried to focus on when I was doing my vestibular PT exercises.

:) The sling that they put me in when they took me from the Neuro ICU to the White building at MGH.

Being wheeled into Spaulding on a stretcher, and then, within two days, walking around under my own power.

The rose bush that headed the trail around the "basin."
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Aug 22, 2012 02:35 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-22 14:50:11 putting in full listing.for Onslow's quintet.
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-22 14:52:10 added some more.
Research, research research....

1. George Onslow -- composer right in there with Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann... wrote a bunch of string quartets and quintets.
What Dad and I heard on 'HRB: his string quintet for 2 vln, vla, cello and double-bass. op. 67, g minor. Now, sheet music?

Onslow's quintet "The Bullet." . . .

YouTube hits: . . . . . .

2. Dad's hypotension -- and how to cope with it: . . .

e.g. his dizziness, when he fell over backwards, and landed supine. Hard. . . .
" A sudden fall in blood pressure can also be dangerous. A change of just 20 mm Hg — a drop from 110 systolic to 90 systolic, for example — can cause dizziness and fainting when the brain fails to receive an adequate supply of blood. And big plunges, especially those caused by uncontrolled bleeding, severe infections or allergic reactions, can be life-threatening.

Athletes and people who exercise regularly tend to have lower blood pressure and a slower heart rate than do people who aren't as fit. So, in general, do nonsmokers and people who eat a healthy diet and maintain a normal weight...Heart problems. Some heart conditions that can lead to low blood pressure include extremely low heart rate (bradycardia), heart valve problems, heart attack and heart failure. These conditions may cause low blood pressure because they prevent your body from being able to circulate enough blood.
Endocrine problems. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause low blood pressure. In addition, other conditions, such as adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and, in some cases, diabetes, can trigger low blood pressure.

Dehydration. When you become dehydrated, your body loses more water than it takes in. Even mild dehydration can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Fever, vomiting, severe diarrhea, overuse of diuretics and strenuous exercise can all lead to dehydration.

Far more serious is hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening complication of dehydration. It occurs when low blood volume causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and a reduction in the amount of oxygen reaching your tissues. If untreated, severe hypovolemic shock can cause death within a few minutes or hours.

Medications that can cause low blood pressure
Some medications you may take can also cause low blood pressure, including:

Diuretics (water pills)
Alpha blockers
Beta blockers

Low blood pressure on standing up (postural or orthostatic hypotension). This is a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a sitting position or if you stand up after lying down. Ordinarily, gravity causes blood to pool in your legs whenever you stand. Your body compensates for this by increasing your heart rate and constricting blood vessels, thereby ensuring that enough blood returns to your brain. But in people with postural hypotension, this compensating mechanism fails and blood pressure falls, leading to symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision and even fainting.

Postural hypotension can occur for a variety of reasons, including dehydration, prolonged bed rest, pregnancy, diabetes, heart problems, burns, excessive heat, large varicose veins and certain neurological disorders. A number of medications can also cause postural hypotension, particularly drugs used to treat high blood pressure — diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors — as well as antidepressants and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease and erectile dysfunction.

Postural hypotension is especially common in older adults, with as many as 20 percent of those over age 65 experiencing postural hypotension. But postural hypotension can also affect young, otherwise healthy people who stand up suddenly after sitting with their legs crossed for long periods or after working for a time in a squatting position.

Low blood pressure after eating (postprandial hypotension). Postprandial hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure after eating. It affects mostly older adults.

Just as gravity pulls blood to your feet when you stand, a large amount of blood flows to your digestive tract after you eat. Ordinarily, your body counteracts this by increasing your heart rate and constricting certain blood vessels to help maintain normal blood pressure. But in some people these mechanisms fail, leading to dizziness, faintness and falls. Postprandial hypotension is more likely to affect people with high blood pressure or autonomic nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Lowering the dose of blood pressure drugs and eating small, low-carbohydrate meals may help reduce symptoms.

Low blood pressure from faulty brain signals (neurally mediated hypotension). This disorder causes blood pressure to drop after standing for long periods, leading to signs and symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and fainting.

Neurally mediated hypotension mostly affects young people, and it seems to occur because of a miscommunication between the heart and the brain. When you stand for extended periods, your blood pressure falls as blood pools in your legs. Normally, your body then makes adjustments to normalize your blood pressure. But in people with neurally mediated hypotension, nerves in the heart's left ventricle actually signal the brain that blood pressure is too high, rather than too low. As a result, the brain lessens the heart rate, decreasing blood pressure even further. This causes more blood to pool in the legs and less blood to reach the brain, leading to lightheadedness and fainting.
Low blood pressure due to nervous system damage (multiple system atrophy with orthostatic hypotension). Also called Shy-Drager syndrome, this rare disorder causes progressive damage to the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and digestion. Although this condition can be associated with muscle tremors, slowed movement, problems with coordination and speech, and incontinence, its main characteristic is severe orthostatic hypotension in combination with very high blood pressure when lying down.

Even moderate forms of low blood pressure can cause not only dizziness and weakness but also fainting and a risk of injury from falls. And severely low blood pressure from any cause can deprive your body of enough oxygen to carry out its normal functions, leading to damage to your heart and brain.
Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet for a blood test.
Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to low blood pressure.
Write down key personal information, including a family history of low blood pressure and any major stresses or recent life changes.
Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
Be prepared to discuss your diet and exercise habits. If you don't already follow a diet or exercise routine, be ready to talk to your doctor about any challenges you might face in getting started.
Write down questions to ask your doctor.

f it's not clear what's causing low blood pressure or no effective treatment exists, the goal is to raise your blood pressure and reduce signs and symptoms. Depending on your age, health status and the type of low blood pressure you have, you can do this in several ways:

Use more salt. Experts usually recommend limiting the amount of salt in your diet because sodium can raise blood pressure, sometimes dramatically. For people with low blood pressure, that can be a good thing. But because excess sodium can lead to heart failure, especially in older adults, it's important to check with your doctor before increasing the salt in your diet.
Drink more water. Although nearly everyone can benefit from drinking enough water, this is especially true if you have low blood pressure. Fluids increase blood volume and help prevent dehydration, both of which are important in treating hypotension.
Wear compression stockings. The same elastic stockings commonly used to relieve the pain and swelling of varicose veins may help reduce the pooling of blood in your legs.
Medications. Several medications, either used alone or together, can be used to treat low blood pressure that occurs when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). For example, the drug fludrocortisone is often used to treat this form of low blood pressure. This drug helps boost your blood volume, which raises blood pressure. Doctors often use the drug midodrine (Orvaten, Proamatine) to raise standing blood pressure levels in people with chronic orthostatic hypotension. It works by restricting the ability of your blood vessels to expand, which raises blood pressure.

Drink more water, less alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrating and can lower blood pressure, even if you drink in moderation. Water, on the other hand, combats dehydration and increases blood volume.
Follow a healthy diet. Get all the nutrients you need for good health by focusing on a variety of foods, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean chicken and fish. If your doctor suggests using more salt but you don't like a lot of salt on your food, try using natural soy sauce or adding dry soup mixes to dips and dressings.
Go slowly when changing body positions. You may be able to reduce the dizziness and lightheadedness that occur with low blood pressure on standing by taking it easy when you move from a prone to a standing position. Before getting out of bed in the morning, breathe deeply for a few minutes and then slowly sit up before standing. Sleeping with the head of your bed slightly elevated also can help fight the effects of gravity. If you begin to get symptoms while standing, cross your thighs in a scissors fashion and squeeze, or put one foot on a ledge or chair and lean as far forward as possible. These maneuvers encourage blood to flow from your legs to your heart.
Eat small, low-carb meals. To help prevent blood pressure from dropping sharply after meals, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread. Your doctor also may recommend drinking caffeinated coffee or tea with meals to temporarily raise blood pressure. But because caffeine can cause other problems, check with your doctor before drinking more caffeinated beverages."

Yeah, as if he'll DO it! . . .
"To prevent orthostatic (postural) hypotension:

Drink enough fluids (1.5 – 2 litres or 6 – 8 glasses per day) to avoid dehydration.
Have the health care provider review medications to identify any that can cause postural hypotension.
When waking up in the morning, sit on the edge of the bed and do calf muscle exercises for 5 minutes before standing.
Avoid quick position (postural) changes.
If symptoms appear, sit down quickly and wait for them to subside.
Postural hypotension tends to be worse in the morning, so plan activities for the afternoon or later in the day.
Avoid prolonged standing, hot environments, and excessive alcohol use.
Raise the head end of the bed to 15 to 20 degrees.
Compression stockings that are applied up to thigh level may help to decrease the pooling of blood in the leg veins. Stockings should be measured by a health professional to ensure need and appropriate fit. "

good links at the bottom:

?!? Mayo Clinic finds effective remedy for blood pressure drop when standing up . . .
October 2004

"The drug, pyridostigmine, has been used for years for myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular transmission disorder. Dr. Low hypothesized that it would also improve nerve cell transmission for orthostatic hypotension patients and trigger the reflex that controls blood pressure in all positions. ...The challenge with trying to fix this condition, according to Dr. Low, is that most medications that increase blood pressure raise blood pressure in all positions. Thus, the drugs would work for patients with orthostatic hypotension when they stood up, but their blood pressure would be too high when lying down, increasing their risk of stroke. Dr. Low felt that this price was too high, and that treating with medications that raised blood pressure while standing but raised blood pressure while lying down amounted to trading one problem for another.

"We wanted a 'smart drug' that would only increase blood pressure when standing up, and not when lying down," says Dr. Low. Pyridostigmine works at the level of the autonomic ganglion, which has minimal nerve signaling traffic when lying down. When standing up, however, nerve signaling traffic in the autonomic ganglion increases, so the researchers theorized that a drug that affected the autonomic ganglion would improve orthostatic hypotension patients' standing blood pressure but not increase the blood pressure while lying down.

Side effects from pyridostigmine were minor and transient, including some abdominal cramping or need to go to the bathroom more often than usual. "

see more in article.

?????? pyridostigmine. ????

what to do for orthostatic hypotension . . . . . .

research more here.
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Thu Aug 23, 2012 01:03 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-23 13:35:25 found more about Dewey, and Sneaky Pie Brown
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-23 13:41:23 found another great "Dewey" vid.
Google search results for Epilepsy Causing Blindness" . . .

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"calming and healing mandala" . . . . . .
Mandala coloring pages.

summer mandala for coloring: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

plus: more down here: ;) . . .

Gear Change:

Results from 1 year post op mri -- Waltham MGH facility on 8/15/12:

"Type: MRIIntAudCanWWO
Date/Time: 08/15/2012 13:47
Ordering Provider: Martuza, MD

Headache - Neoplasm - CNS primary: 'acoustic neuroma' - brain mri with and without contrast for tumor, please compare to prior studies


HISTORY: As in header.

COMPARISON: MRI IAC 1/19/2012, MRI IAC 6/01/2011.

MRI Brain without and with contrast: IAC protocol


There are stable postsurgical changes following left suboccipital
craniectomy with placement of mesh and fat graft, for removal of a
left vestibular schwannoma. There is a stable prominent extra-axial
CSF space adjacent to left cerebellar hemisphere related to the
surgical approach. There is no nodular contrast enhancement to
suggest residual or recurrent neoplasm.

Otherwise, the brain parenchyma is normal in signal intensity and
morphology. The ventricles, sulci, and cisterns are otherwise
age-appropriate in size and configuration. The major intracranial
flow voids appear intact. The extra cranial structures are stable.


Stable postoperative findings related to left vestibular schwannoma
resection, without evidence for residual or recurrent tumor."

Yippee! Yes yes yes yes YES! :) :D

**shadow limps around doing happy dance!**

Something DEFINITELY to celebrate about! Now, about my foot....

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plus more: . . .

gear change:

Dewey, Spencer, Iowa library cat.

dewey library cat . . . . . .
"Dewey's Bio
Dewey Readmore Books

Dewey Readmore Books was the resident cat at Spencer Public Library. He was put in the book return one cold January night in 1988. When the staff found him the next morning, they decided to adopt him. After the library's board of trustees and the city council approved, the kitten was declawed, neutered, and given the proper vaccinations. A contest was held to pick a name, and Dewey Readmore Books was officially added to the staff. The staff cared for Dewey and donated their pop cans to feed the kitty. Patrons and friends from as far away as New York have donated money for Dewey's food.

Dewey generated lots of publicity for the library. He was featured in the local paper, Country Magazine, Cat Fancy Magazine, on the Sioux City television stations, in books, and on postcards. He was a video star in "Puss in Books", a documentary about library cats. Of course, Dewey was already the star of the library. Many people came in just to see him. Dewey even had his own job description. Check out Dewey as a supervisor of our staff.

Dewey passed away on November 29, 2006 due to complications from a stomach tumor. He had become very frail because of hyperthyroid disease for which he was receiving medication. He died in the arms of the library director, Vicki Myron. He had celebrated his 19th birthday eleven days before he died. Although Dewey is gone, he will be remembered by thousands of people whom he cheered by simply being a loving presence in the library. Although we may get another library cat, Dewey will never be replaced. The library won't be the same without Dewey.

Dewey's memory lives on. He is an official member of the Library Cat Society and was a contributing author on several occasions using Vicki Myron, the library director, as his scribe. Vicki has written an adult book about her life with Dewey at Spencer Public Library, published September 24th, 2008.Dewey is also available on audiobook: Dewey book & audiobook information." . . .

Dewey on Charles Osgood: . . . . . .
Dedication to Dewey

Makes you almost weep: . . .

Dewey: . . .

more about Dewey: . . . . . .

The Japanese film of Dewey: . . .

Dewey -- in Espanol: . . .

more here: . . .

Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown: . . .

and more. :)

What a cat!
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Thu Aug 23, 2012 02:50 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-23 14:54:17 Found the link.
more about mandalas, and OH WOW! . . .[]=tags&q=mandala+chakra
good link on Etsy.

"healing mandalas" . . .

Images that Heal: . . . . . .

"different kinds of mandalas" . . .

Trying to find that page....! . . . . . .

here is one: . . . . . .

Here it is! :) . . . . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Sat Aug 25, 2012 07:50 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-25 20:22:26 found a bunch more
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-25 21:36:23 found some more.
hmmm. Stunsel. Stent. yeah, two unrelated things, save that they begin with "s."

right on.

Stunsel: Aha! From "stunsail." . . .

""Stunsails" Also referred to as studding sails, stunsails (prn "stunsel") are extra sails mounted on extended yardarms. A ship with stunstails moves a full five feet faster than its listed sail speed. Like masterwork sails, stunsails can only be added to a vessel with a sail speed. Stunsails, however, can only be added to square-rigged sails, and can only be added to a ship once."

more naval sources here: . . .

"spinnaker" . . .

For Nance: "captains courageous" . . .

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"Stent" . . .
"Coronary stents are placed during a percutaneous coronary intervention procedure, also known as an angioplasty."

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"A stent graft is a tubular device composed of special fabric supported by a rigid structure, the stent, which is usually metal. An average stent on its own has no covering, and is usually just a metal mesh. Although there are many types of stents, these stents are used mainly for vascular interventions.

The device is used primarily in endovascular surgery. Stent grafts support weak points in arteries; such a point is commonly known as an aneurysm. Stent grafts are most commonly used to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, in a procedure called an EVAR. The theory behind the procedure is that once in place inside the aorta, the stent graft acts as a false lumen through which blood can travel, instead of flowing into the aneurysm sack.

Stent grafts are also commonly placed within grafts and fistulas used for dialysis. These accesses can become obstructed over time, or develop aneurysms similar to those in other blood vessels. A stent graft can be used in either situation to create an open lumen and prevent blood from flowing around it."


also: . . .

and, before I forget:
"how to tape a foot -- if one has a stress fracture:

"how to tape a foot" . . .

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Tear off a strip of athletic tape long enough to span the width of your foot at its widest place, leaving enough tape to come up over the sides of the foot.

Place the tape across the foot at the toe joints so that the tape covers the ball of the foot. If you're not sure where this is, wiggle your big toe. You can feel the toe joint when the toe moves. Smooth the tape down and press it firmly into place, pulling the ends of the tape up over the sides of the foot. This is known as the anchor strip.

Place a strip of tape around the inside and outside edges of the foot. This piece of tape begins at one end of the anchor strip, runs around the heel and stops at the other end of the anchor strip.

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Make a support ribbon shape with the next piece of tape. Beginning at the anchor strip just below the little toe, bring the tape across the sole of the foot and around the heel. Then bring it back across the sole, stopping just below the big toe. The end result is a piece of tape that looks just like a support or awareness ribbon; the heel is in the loop while the tape forms an 'X' across the center of the foot .

Repeat step 4, beginning with the big toe.

Cover the bottom of the foot with short pieces of tape, running from one side to the other. Start at the anchor strip and work your way down the foot, making sure each piece is firmly stuck to the last.

Tips & Warnings

Tape should be removed every evening and reapplied each morning. Applying hair spray to the skin before taping can help the tape to stick. Using tape with arch supports improves the performance of both.

Do not wrap the tape too high on the back of the heel. When walking, the skin in this area will need to be able to stretch. Only use athletic tape." . . . . . .

"taping a foot stress fracture" . . . . . .
"First Aid

At the first signs of a possible stress fracture in the foot--such as pain, tenderness and swelling--it's necessary to stop any activity or exercise and elevate the foot. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends putting ice on the foot and taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory "

But, did she LISTEN? NOooo! . . . . . .
for stress fracture of metatarsal. Also has "black toenail." . . . . . .
stress fracture rehab... when the foot is READY!
Mobility exercises

Ankle range of motion

Start by moving the ankle through its full range of motion, you can do this using ankle circles or by writing the alphabet with your toes! Try to practice doing this on a regular basis to help reduce stiffness and also to ease swelling and increase blood flow to the injury.

Toe range of motion

Point your toes up and then down as far as possible. Hold each position for a few seconds and then reverse. Try to spread your toes apart as far as possible and then to scrunch them up as well. Hold for a few seconds, before reversing the movement.

Calf stretches

It is common for the calf muscles to tighten up after any injury, especially if a period of immobilisation or reduced weight bearing is required. Stretch both calf muscles regularly every day:

To stretch the Gastrocnemius, stand with a wide stance, with the leg to be stretched at the back. Keep the heel on the floor and the knee straight as you lean forwards. When you feel a stretch in the calf, hold this position for 20-30 seconds. If the stretch fades in this time, then lean a little further forwards until you can feel it again,

To stretch the Soleus muscle, Stand with a narrower stance, still with the leg to be stretched at the back and the heel down. This time, bend both knees as if trying to squat down, you should feel a stretch lower down the calf, around the achilles tendon. Again hold for 20-30 seconds and maintain that stretching feeling.

Repeat both stretches 2-3 times and several times a day.

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening exercises should focus on building the strength of the intrinsic muscles of the foot, which attach to the metatarsal bones. Other activities which can strengthen these muscle include walking on sand or other uneven surfaces.

Towel pull

Place a small, lightweight towel on the floor, layed out in front of you.
Sit on a chair with the feet flat on the towel - make sure there is plenty of towel in front of you to pull!
Use the toes to pull the towel towards you, bit by bit. Keep the heel on the floor.
Once you find this easy, it can be progressed by using a heavier towel or even adding a small weight to the end of the towel.

Pencil pick-up

In a seated position, place a pencil on the floor just in front of you.
Pick the pencil up using your toes.
Hold it for a few seconds and repeat this 10 times.

Walking on tip toes

Rise up on to your tip toes
Walk forwards slowly, always controlling your balance before you take your next step.
Start off walking 10-15 steps and gradually increase the distance." . . . . . .
family practice notebook.

Crap! . . .

Treat the stress fracture.

" You must allow the bone to heal. Healing time depends on the severity of the pain.
Rest the affected limb for 6-to-8 weeks to allow the bone to heal. You may elevate the limb and avoid putting weight on it. The doctor may require you to wear a walking boot, splint or brace if the stress fracture is too severe. You may also need to use crutches.
Place ice on the affected area to relieve pain and decrease swelling. Apply ice packs directly onto the area approximately 3-to-4 times a day. The ice packs should stay on the fracture for about 10 minutes each time.
Take medication such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen to relieve the pain.
Slowly return to performing repetitive or high-impact activities such as running and basketball. Instead, focus on low-impact activities like swimming or biking.
Buy a brace or shoe inserts that absorb more of the shock if the stress fracture is located in your leg or foot.

You can prevent a stress fracture. Rest whenever you experience pain in your limbs. Wear footwear that properly fits. Start a new exercise program slowly and increase your intensity gradually. You should also include cross training activities into your workout program. You can also prevent a stress fracture by eating healthy."

gear change.

google books: The Scarlet Pimpernel. . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Mon Aug 27, 2012 04:59 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-27 17:07:21 goin' catty happy! :D *Meh.*
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-27 17:09:28 spacing, duplication, etc.

1. what in HECK is up with that crazy city water/sewer bill, and has it been paid?

2. try exercises with work around for foot stress fracture

3. Fishdom, a place to try to clear one's head (HA!) . . .
Here, dammit! . . .

4. DREAMS. (Oh, I WISH): . . .

5. Ask Amy re: her second back surgery.

6. double-check on Erika.

7. Try to catch up on bills, etc.

8. Pull hair out. (arrrgh!)

9. Find "Men of Honor" online. maybe watch? Too good.
[made in 2000] if Dad doesn't want to watch.

10. Worthy of keeping one going:
Kitten versus Green Apples, to theme music from Alien: . . .

11. :)

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plus more: . . .

Yup. Repeat, sooooo...
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and a WHOLE bunch more of these lovelies: . . .

re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By CaffeinePremium member
On Tue Aug 28, 2012 01:00 AM
Coming in a few days late, but I love the story of Dewey the Library Cat. I stumbled across a book about him in a sale a few years ago, and it moved me to tears. What a cat, indeed!
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 28, 2012 02:47 AM
Caffeine -- when I read that book, I was giving a "hands on" feel for Dewey. I wish I had been able to go out to where he was, and to meet him, but I just heard about him recently. A friend of mine found the book about him at a booksale, and thought I would like it, so she sent it to me.

When I heard his story, and how affectionate he was, and especially, pictures and videos of him, and how really important to him (you can see it in his eyes) his Library people were... he certainly was a special cat indeed.

There is an address on the Spencer library site. I think I'm going to have to write his Mom/Human Companion and let her know how much that book touched me.

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another link I didn't see earlier: . . .

:D Kitty Games: . . .

It was SOO interesting to read about how many people wanting to take credit for putting that kitten into the book dropbox.

I just wonder how many OTHER kittens are out there, who could make welcoming library (and etc.) cats.

:) Purrrrt!

re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:15 AM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-28 10:27:42 submitted before the damn thing could crash again.
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-28 11:16:16 Yippee! second idea worked! :D
Gonna try this AGAIN as FF crashed TWICE last night.. maybe too many apps and tabs open?

1. pkg in Waterford Michigan hain't left sender yet. Hmmm... :)

2. Woke up with the Shostakovich piano quintet going through my head, and now I've got Haydn opus 54, #2 going through my head! What FUN! . . .

3. What was A's second back surgery like?

4. Put Fishdom here, before FF crashes.
here! . . .
The actual: . . .

5. Oh yeah, that weird-ass water/sewer bill.. that hasn't been paid, maybe?

6. on msn, index of healthy food cures, e.g. tart cherries, etc. ???
fine, can't find the link, but maybe this will suffice:
and here:
Shape, e.g. the mag: . . . . . .=

7. Oh yeah, that run program: that dream -- of getting prepped for a 5K: . . .

8. tart cherries, can alleviate fibro and arthritis? I'm in! ;) . . .= . . . . . .
"tart cherries for pain"

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from painful muscles, insomnia and depression. Mayo Clinic reports that the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ibuprofen and naproxen, along with prescription pain killers and antidepressants are some of the treatment options. Cherries, a rich source of flavanoids called anthocyanins, have pain-killing properties and contain melatonin, a known sleep aid. Consult your doctor before adding cherries to your diet.
Pain Relief

A study published in the December 2010 issue of the journal "Integrative Medicine" evaluated the effectiveness of cherry juice for reducing post-exercise muscle pain in fibromyalgia patients. Fourteen women received either tart cherry juice or a placebo for 10 days and were evaluated for pain and muscle weakness after exercise. Results showed a subset of the cherry group enjoyed a significant reduction in overall pain. In a 2001 study of anthocyanins in the journal "Phytomedicine," researchers found cherries to be as effective as ibuprofen and naproxen for pain relief.
Improved Sleep

Tart, or Montmorency, cherries contain high levels of melatonin, exceeding those found in human blood, according to Russell Reiter, Ph.D., of the University of Texas Health Science Center, as cited in the Cherry Nutrition Report. Melatonin is a well-known sleep aid that helps regulate the body's circadian rhythms and could be of value for fibromyalgia patients. The Cherry Nutrition Report references Dr. Reiter and colleagues as stating that it takes just a handful of tart cherries to increase blood levels of melatonin and enhance the body's natural sleep patterns.
Depression and Anxiety

A 2009 study published in "Pharmacological Resources" found anthocyanins inhibit monoamine oxidases, enzymes implicated in depression and anxiety, both often experienced in fibromyalgia. This was a test tube study, and the researchers suggested more work is necessary to establish the bioavailability of anthocyanins in humans. The University of Michigan conducted such a study in 2009. Healthy adults ate a cup and a half of frozen cherries and had elevated levels of anthocyanins in their systems up to 12 hours later.

While both sweet and tart cherries contain anthocyanins, tart cherries are a better choice for individuals concerned about blood sugar. Tart cherries have a lower glycemic index than sweet cherries. In addition, according to the Cherry Nutrition Report, tart cherries contain more anthocyanins than do sweet cherries and are one of the only known food sources of melatonin. Tart cherries are available frozen, dried and as juice.

Mayo Clinic; Fibromyalgia: Treatment and Drugs; 2011
Cherry Marketing Institute: The Cherry Nutrition Report
"Integrative Medicine"; Using an Eccentric Exercise-Testing Protocol to Assess the Beneficial Effects...; K. Dulacki, et al.; December 2010
"Phytomedicine"; Cyclooxygenase Inhibitory and Antioxidant Cyanidin Glycosides in Cherries and Berries; N.P. Seerum, et al.; September 2001
"Pharmacological Research"; Berry Anthocyanins and Their Aglycons Inhibit Monoamine Oxidases A and B; A. Dreiseitel, et al.; May 2009
"Medical News Today"; Antioxidant Benefits of Tart Cherries Reinforced By New Human Study; April 2009

Article reviewed by J.A. Rist Last updated on: Aug 18, 2011

9. "Men of Honor" Carl Brashear:
Mmmm -- Hrrrrm! (HH quote and exclamation.)
**rolls eyeballs** FINALLY! :D

"men of honor Carl Brashear"

Hmph! I enter in information about Carl Brashear **slam bang** this thing crashes. What, is FF so sensitive about this subject that it keels over and dies? . . .
Carl Brashear at Wiki: . . .

Carl Brashear website: . . . . . .
Men of Honor: Story of Carl Brashear . . . -- great tribute to him. . . .
Dream to Dive: Life of Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear
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'"Carl Brashear is a wonderful example of a person with a 'never give up' mentality," says Nauticus curator Martha Walker. "The challenges he faced and overcame were truly inspirational. Thanks to Carl Brashear's sons, we're able to exhibit items in this exhibit that have never seen by the public before."

A Kentucky native who spent his post-military career in Hampton Roads, Brashear enlisted in the United States Navy in 1948, shortly after the Navy had desegregated. After becoming a diver in 1954, Master Chief Brashear went on to become the first African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver, as well as first Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation.

Brashear retired from the Navy in 1979 after more than 30 years of service and died in Portsmouth, Virginia in 2006. His story inspired the film Men of Honor in 2000, in which he is portrayed by Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. Two vessels have also been named in his honor, a 30-foot high-speed fireboat named Carl Brashear by the Newport News Fire Department in 2007 and the Lewis and Clark class dry cargo ship USNS Carl Brashear in September 2008. " . . . :D
CARL BRASHEAR: "Sometimes I would come back from a run, and my artificial leg would have a puddle of blood from my stump. I wouldn't go to sick bay. In that year, if I had gone to sick bay, they would have written me up. I didn't go to sick bay. I'd go somewhere and hide and soak my leg in a bucket of hot water with salt in it--an old remedy. Then I'd get up the next morning and run" (in 1970 he became a US Navy master diver--and he only had one leg). "

He went on to train for advanced diving programs before his 1966 incident.

"He kept to himself personally, but his military life was an open book," said Junetta Brashear, his first wife, who lives in Portsmouth, near Brashear's home in Virginia Beach.

She said Brashear's health started to deteriorate about three years ago, but that he had experienced problems ever since the amputation. . . .

Great summary here: . . . . . .

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The Dry cargo ship, USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7) . . .

Carl Brashear and Cuba Gooding:

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His son holds the prosthetic leg that his father used.

"Men of Honor" movie shots: . . .

The Twelve Steps:
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site of interest: . . .

Great site dedicated to Black war heroes on the big screen . . .
lower volume, music is great, but loud.

more here: . . .
!!! avoid second hit, "chasingthefrog" FF WILL crash!

links to research:

this link is when and where FF crashed: . . .

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re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 28, 2012 05:40 PM
Gyrokinesis: . . .

Spoiler: Show

"GYROTONIC® is the most unique exercise and rehabilitation program available. Its movement signature is circular motion which works to simultaneously stretch and strengthen the body. The origins of this movement signature come from dance, gymnastics, yoga, swimming and tai chi and it has been described by many exercise professionals as a breakthrough system for fitness and rehabilitative exercise.

A typical GYROKINESIS® class begins with participants practicing self-massage and simple breathing patterns, something Juliu Horvath has named, "Awakening of the Senses." Then the spine and pelvis are engaged through simple exercises: while seated on low stools, participants mobilize the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling movements. These same movement patterns are expanded to release the hip, knee, hamstring, quadriceps and so on, in all possible directions: front, back, twisting and turning. The corresponding breathing patterns executed during every movement stimulate the nervous system, open up the energy pathways and oxygenate the blood. The more advanced classes offer endurance training to participants prepared for more strenuous activities. All GYROKINESIS® classes, from beginner to advanced, encompass not only sitting but also lying and standing positions." . . . . . . . . .
nope. Each service requires $$.
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Tue Aug 28, 2012 01:21 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-28 13:24:07 links that Nance wanted.
Mettler materials and archives from Hampshire College Library
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Hampshire college archives: . . .

"Barbara Mettler" . . .

Moodle (?) . . .

The Mettler Treasure Trove: . . .

sources: . . .

and here: . . .
re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:47 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-30 00:22:15 put in more things before FF crashed.
article about the quarries... . . .

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^^ Looks like "Barge" to me!

Natural thrills at Cape Ann quarries test generations of jumpers
August 04, 2012|Billy Baker

Part of a series of
occasional articles highlighting summer destinations and activities along several
Massachusetts highways.

"By Billy Baker

Globe Staff

GLOUCESTER – Everyone is afraid. No one bothers to pretend they’re not. The reason people wake up and decide to go to Klondike is because they want to scare themselves.

Leaping from great heights into water is an ­ancient thrill, and when the Cape Ann granite ­industry ended a century of digging deep into the earth in the 1930s, rain and springs combined to turn those pits off Route 127 into arenas for ­adventure, swimming holes surrounded by high cliffs where generations of youths have come to test themselves.

Quarries are dangerous. Young men have died in them as long as young men have jumped from them. The Quincy quarries were notorious until they were finally filled with dirt from the Big Dig. And such danger is the draw.

The Klondike quarry, in Lanesville, is the most notorious one on Cape Ann, the highest and therefore the big test, something youths work up to. The highest jump is about 80 feet.

It is also the only one of the three Lanesville pits that is off-limits to the public, because it is a reservoir. Police can and will come, but that hasn’t stopped people from jumping in them for as long as anyone can remember.

As Jonathan Sheehan walked up to the edge of a 70-foot drop, his first look at Klondike this summer, he felt terror all the way through.

“I don’t remember it being this high,” he said to his friend, Josh Green.

“I am so scared,” Green replied.

There were four of them, all buddies from ­Peabody who had been jumping from Klondike since they were teenagers. But they were in their early 20s now, the age of just starting to know better. Sheehan was starting his first real job the next week.

It was a crowded day at Klondike, filled with young men from across the North Shore, small groups from places like Danvers and Lynnfield and Rockport who woke up on a summer day and decided they wanted to test themselves at this legendary spot, where many of their own parents had jumped before them.

A few dozen guys stepped off the lip at the top. Just as many could not.

Green and Sheehan spent a long time going through the stages – racing heart, repeatedly looking over the edge, raging panic – trying to persuade their bodies to jump from the edge. It was not working.

But they had the next best thing, the key to any good group of quarry kids – they brought a “crazy kid.”

Erik Gordon, that kid, ­announced he was going to warm up at a lower height.

“He’s lost his touch,” Green said.

But Gordon went right to the edge of a 25-foot drop and did a backflip.

Sheehan gave him a slow clap....

Green and Sheehan spent a lot of time letting in the fear, looking over the edge and telling themselves that they could do this, they had done it before.

“I really like this place,” Green said.

“Yeah, I used to like it a lot more,” Sheehan replied.

As soon as Gordon got out of the water, he went to a 70-foot sheer drop, looked over the edge – “This is kinda scary” – then turned and did another backflip.

Green and Sheehan were freaked out. There was no way.

There are smaller quarries all around, safer quarries, legal quarries. The Steel Derrick in Rockport is private – you need to be with one of the old Rockport families that has a key to get in – and ideal for children, because kids can work their way up from just a few feet to a jump called “barge,” which is just under 30.

And in Lanesville, just down some windy overgrown paths from Klondike are Nelson’s Pit, which has a serious 60-footer, and Vernon’s Pit, where young kids from the Gloucester Museum School Project Adventure Summer Camp were testing themselves from 20 and 30 feet.

Jo-Anne Crawford, executive director of the camp, had started jumping from the quarries in college to get over her “chemical fear” of heights. She served as a sage Yoda figure to the 7- and 8-year-olds in life jackets.

“That’s what we call fear, but it’s a good thing,” she told one boy scared at a 20-foot ledge, then stopped another child who was trying to dare him with a countdown. “We don’t want anyone else counting because it’s our own fear we’re confronting. We count for ourselves.”

The boy stepped to the ledge, planted his foot, and took the leap.

“After you are in the air, you know you made the right choice,” said the boy, 8-year-old Benan Murdoch of Rockport. “The wind brushes you, and you feel so happy. You just have to believe in yourself.”

To get up the courage to jump, those who were able to do it say, you just have to jump. Take the step and let go. You can’t think about it.

“When I think, I can’t do it,” said Brynn O’Neill, a 13-year-old who was one of the few girls jumping from the lower heights at Klondike. “When it’s quiet, then I can do it.”

Green and Sheehan thought a lot about it. They paced up and back to the edge, each went off the 25-footer – “At least I did a gainer,” Green wants it noted – but they were at war with themselves atop the 70-foot sheer face, the one they had come to jump, the one their buddy had just done a backflip from.

Another group arrived, and three youths went off the 70-footer after their own periods of pacing.
One of them was Chase Davidson, a 15-year-old from Lynnfield. He had never been to Klondike, but his mother had; when he told her he was going to Good Harbor Beach, she told him not to jump at the quarries.

Two of his buddies jumped again from the 70-footer, then swam across to the highest point, an 80-footer that ­requires getting a running start and jumping out over a tree growing out of a crack in the granite. This is the really dangerous jump at Klondike ­because you can slip.

The first one up there was Sam Johnson, a 16-year-old from Lynnfield, and when he ran to the edge and jumped, that’s precisely what happened.

His wet foot slid on the dirty granite and he was tilted backward. He cleared the bush just fine, but he was waving his arms frantically – “I was trying to fly,” he said later – to push his body forward. He landed well enough, and got to the end of the ride: the moment of zero momentum, when you stop descend­ing in the water and know you have made it.

The slip scared Johnson to death, he said, and that’s why he climbed straight back up and got set to do it again.

He wiped off the soles of his feet, got his legs in position, and thought about it. He had to do it again right away, he said, or he would never be able to. He fidgeted some more. Then he committed.

This time it was clean, his body soared through the air in a huge arc, controlled, a few long seconds of flight to the water 80 feet down, straight in and safe.

Green and Sheehan watched the whole thing, but it wasn’t happening. They were old enough to be OK with being afraid." . . .
Quarries of Cape Ann
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"For many years Cape Ann -- Rockport in particular -- sustained a thriving granite industry. As early as 1800, the inhabitants of Cape Ann began cutting the peninsula's 450 million year old granite into blocks of stone. The granite industry gradually expanded throughout the 19th Century to the point where it actually superseded the fishing industry in Rockport as the town's primary business. Quarrying reached its zenith about the year 1910.

The Cape Ann granite industry became successful for a number of reasons. The fine quality of the granite quickly attracted the attention of builders all along the eastern seaboard. As word spread, the granite was regularly shipped throughout the world. Cape Ann's location allowed for quarries to be set-up close to shore so that the granite blocks could be shipped by vessel. This was important in the early days when railway service was non-existent. Despite the above advantages, it was the rugged character, ingenuity, and perseverance of the people of Cape Ann that made quarrying successful. The men worked year-round in the quarries -- irrespective of weather. Before steam engines and drills became available in the 1850s, most of the arduous work was done by hand or with teams of oxen.

The Great Depression ushered in the collapse of the local granite industry. By that time, demand shifted to concrete and steel for building construction and asphalt for street paving. For over 100 years, however, the rock cut and shipped from Cape Ann was used in the construction of many famous buildings throughout the U.S. -- including parts of the Statue of Liberty and other great monuments. Paving stones from local quarries were used in the construction of thousands of streets worldwide.

Today, most of the quarries in Cape Ann have filled with both rain and spring water to form deep ponds. Many of the quarries are now hidden in forests which nature has reclaimed. Owing to their colorful beauty and intriguing nature, the quarries are popular with visitors and artists alike. Guided quarry tours are offered frequently at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport -- site of the Babson Farm Quarry."

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wondering if Nance has seen this... . . .
Main site. . . .
^^ unreal!

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proof that at one point Main Street was two-way!

oh, COOL! Share with BrazilBoy: . . .
Ana Alakija: Interconnections (Brazil/Africa, Portugal/New England)
"Oct. 6, 2012

The Museum's 2012 One-Day Contemporary Art Series at the White-Ellery House wraps up the season with Ana Alakija's installation entitled Interconnections (Brazil/Africa, Portugal/New England).

The historic property will be open that day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North program and is free and open to the public.The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary.

Ana Alakija is a Brazilian-born journalist and Community Media specialist who now lives in Gloucester. Her installation at the White-Ellery House will explore the heritage of her family which has roots in Nigeria. Special note will be made of the important contributions families of Brazilian and Portuguese decent have made and continue to make to the greater Cape Ann community. Ana's installation will draw upon photographs, artifacts and documents from her own collection to paint a broader picture of the interconnections between Brazil and Africa - Portugal and New England."

re: Frenetic random spazzes for us kitty fans
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Thu Aug 30, 2012 04:57 PM
Edited by ShadowLunaCat (106208) on 2012-08-30 17:04:39 found some more materials, BEFORE FF crashes.
Stuff... adjust crutches, etc. . . . . . .

How to Adjust Your Crutches to Match Your Height


Place the crutch tips squarely on the floor, 6 inches from your feet. Hang your arms loosely over the top of the crutches.

Move the crutch up or down so the top aligns with the top of the ribcage, approximately 1 to 2 inches below the armpit. Wooden crutches typically come with a wing nut and screw near the bottom so the height can be adjusted. Aluminum crutches typically come with a leg that slides up and down with a spring-loaded pin to hold the leg in place.

Adjust the hand grips up or down so your elbows are slightly bent when holding the crutches. These typically are adjusted the same way as the legs.

Tips & Warnings

Using crutches with your armpits resting on the crutch is not recommended. There are many nerves in your armpit area, and using the crutches in this area can cause numbness and tingling in your hands." . . . . . . . . .
Things You'll Need

Tape measure


Underarm Crutch Measurements

Place the person's regular walking shoes on his feet.

Assist the person to a standing position. If the person is too weak or unsteady to stand, instruct her to lie on her back.

Measure from the fold under the person's arm to a spot on the floor that is approximately 2 inches ahead and 6 inches to the side of his foot if the person is standing up. If the person is lying down, measure from the front of the underarm fold to the heel and subtract 2 inches.

Select a pair of crutches based on the person's measurements.

Adjust the hand grips up or down so the person is able to bend his elbow approximately 15 to 30 degrees.

Check the final fit of the crutches. The top of each crutch should be about two finger widths from the underarm and his wrists should be even with the hand grips when his arms hang at his side.
Forearm Crutch Measurements

Place the person's regular walking shoes on his feet and assist him to a standing position.

Instruct the person to flex his elbow so the crease of his wrist is level with his hip joint.

Measure the forearm from 3 inches below the elbow and then add the distance between the wrist and floor.

Measure around the largest part of your forearm for the cuff size.

Select a pair of crutches based on the person's measurements. Adjust the length of the crutches up or down to match the measurements.

Tips & Warnings

Wood crutches are adjusted by moving the wing nuts and metal screws to the appropriate holes in the bottom of the crutch. Metal crutches are adjusted by pressing the button at the bottom and telescoping them up or down. Don't use the metal crutches until the button snaps back through the appropriate hole."

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Stand straight, with the shoulders forward and the plastic tips on the bottom of the crutches about 6 inches ahead of your own. Hold the crutches 6 inches to either side or your body.

Remove the pin holding the crutch at it's current height.

Have your helper then adjust the crutch height so that the shoulder pad is 1 1/2 inch below your actual armpit.

Slide the armrest up, and replace the pin in the hole at its new height to lock it in place.

Bend your elbows to a 30-degree angle and measure where your hands fall.

Remove the hand rest pins and slide them to where your hands are. Replace the pins to readjust.

Tips & Warnings

Always support your weight in the wrist and hands, rather than the armpit, for maximum comfort. Your brand of crutches may adjust in a different way, but the method of measuring the adjustment is the same."

2. and more stuff: basic medical malpractice law: . . .

a. Amazon: . . .

b. "basic medical malpractice law for massachusetts" . . . . . . . . .
"Why Use A Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice law is a highly technical field of law, and malpractice lawsuits tend to be fiercely defended by well-funded defense firms.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be exceptionally expensive to pursue, with costs often exceeding $100,000.00. Due to the technical skills involved in prosecuting a malpractice claim, the possibility that an inexperienced lawyer may not be sufficiently conversant with the medical issues, or might make a technical error which causes a case to be lost or dismissed, and the very high costs the malpractice law firm typically must advance, an injured patient is very well served by going with a specialist firm.

Even within the specialized practice of medical malpractice law, you will find that some lawyers have subspecialties of practice, for example focusing on surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or birth trauma cases." . . . . . .

"basic medical malpractice law for physical therapists in massachusetts" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PT rules & regs and policies, via CNA: . . .

"PT Claims Study" (1993 -- 2006 (?) ) So, PT injuries fairly common. Highest possible percentage. 77%.
Trauma including fractures highest percentage.

Plus; upper thigh exercises: . . .
"Barbell Squats

Stand in front of a barbell rack with a manageable barbell in place at chest height (select a barbell that you can comfortably lift 12 to 15 times). Duck your head under the bar to position it across your upper back and shoulders and firmly grasp it with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Position your feet at shoulder width apart and bend your knees slightly, then push up and step back to release the barbell from the rack. Bend your knees and push your buttocks back and down in a sitting motion until your thighs are almost horizontal. Push back up to straighten your legs. Avoid bending your knees over your toes and keep your back straight throughout the exercise. Perform 10 repetitions before returning the barbell back to the rack.
Standing Leg Extension

This exercise utilizes the cable pulley machine in the gym. Stand with your back to a low pulley around three feet away from it. Hook your left foot through the cable loop so that it rests around the middle of it and bend your right knee slightly to take your weight. Keep your thigh as still as possible at a 45-degree angle and extend your knee to bring your left foot forward against the pull of the cable. Once your knee is straight hold the position for two seconds, then bring your left foot back to the start position. Complete 10 repetitions with your left leg without putting your foot down then swap over to your right leg and do the same. To make things easier, hold onto a partner or another piece of other equipment to keep your balance. That will take some pressure off your core muscles.

Seated Leg Press

Sit comfortably on a leg press machine with your back against the back rest. Position your feet on the press pad shoulder width apart and hold onto the grip handles at the sides of your seat. Slowly push the pad away from you with both feet until your legs are almost straight with your knees very slightly bent. Hold the position for two seconds then slowly bend your knees to bring the pad back towards you. Repeat the exercise 10 times and avoid locking your knee or bringing them all the way up to your chest.
Seated Leg Curl

Sit on a leg curl (or leg extension) machine with your calves resting on the pad straight in front of you and your back against the back rest. Slowly bend your knees to pull the pad back and down under your thighs against the resistance of the machine. When you feel a pull across your thighs, hold the position for two seconds then slowly raise your lower legs back to the start position. To increase the intensity of the exercise, ask a member of gym staff to adjust the resistance of the leg pad.

Straight Leg Deadlift

Stand on a low step behind the bar of a smith machine with the weight locked in at upper thigh height. Grasp the bar with your hands shoulder width apart and your palms facing down and position your feet at hip width apart. Turn the bar towards you slightly to unlock it from the machine, then slowly bend your hips to lower the bar towards the top of your feet, keeping your legs straight. Bend at your waist to allow the bar to lower past your feet then slowly straighten back up to bring the bar back to the start position. Repeat 10 times. Start off with a weight you can easily lift 12 to 15 times to get used to the exercise, then progress up to heavier weights to increase the strain on your thighs." . . .

plus, cool: keep for future reference: . . .
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