It Gets Worse

My Favorite Son-in-Law sent me this. I’m sure many of you can relate.

For the rest of you, this is an open thread.

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83 Responses to It Gets Worse

  1. Somebody says:

    My daughter sent me this youtube that’s making the rounds

    WARNING lots of foul language and words that could be considered racist although maybe not because the person saying them is black? Otherwise he’s a good story teller and pretty funny

    • Somebody says:

      BTW not to quibble too much, but I have a LOT of very white ancestors that picked a hell of lot of cotton in the Alabama heat. I totally get the slavery connection, I’m not stupid, but I’m not quite so sure that picking cotton is necessarily racist. Because again a lot of white people picked cotton too……..some of them not by choice.

      Apparently this “cotton picking” field trip is a fairly standard Alabama public school field trip because cotton has been and is still a large crop in the state.

      • mcnorman says:

        Yeah, we went on those field trips too in Texas. Guess what, the white Hispanics like me had parents that didn’t think it was a problem. Heck, it was easier than what our parents had us do at home for chores. Then again, that was during the cretaceous period.

      • Lulu says:

        White women and children used to pick cotton where I live. They also bailed hay, picked peas, corn, peaches, and tended livestock while the men logged often many miles from home. Picking cotton was not a year round job but seasonal work and whomever did not have a full time job got to do it if they needed cash. Cotton picking lasts about two weeks out of the year. While it was very hard and tedious work in the hot sun it was not a full time occupation. I’m not sure what the fixation with this one chore on a farm is all about. It has been made symbolic or something. It wasn’t dangerous nor overly strenuous if children could do it. And yes I have picked a row of cotton and I did not like it a bit.

        • Somebody says:

          Agree Lulu I’m not sure why cotton picking has been made symbolic either, but it most definitely has. Years ago I was on a discipline task force for the school district. We were charged with rewriting the code of conduct AND figuring out how to implement “work” programs and boot camps into the discipline code. Those two programs had been dictated by our state legislators. I chaired the subcommittee charged with designing the dictated programs and determining what infractions warranted entry into each.

          OMG, any and everything was too reminiscent of slaves picking cotton and therefore racist. You name the task and it tracked far too close to slavery for a black student to participate in. I drank more alcohol while chairing that committee than I want to admit.

    • driguana says:

      This guy is pretty funny actually….couldn’t help but laugh…

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      We did not have cotton “up north” in Pennsylvania. So we went on field trips to coal mines. Maybe it is me but I think coal mining beats out cotton picking on the crappy jobs scale. Especially for the kids who sat on the chutes picking out debris and slate from the coal.

  2. helenk3 says:

    nobody voted for them, congress did not vet them
    nobody knows what and how much damage they do to the country

  3. votermom says:

    I’m amusing myself mentally composing a post titled “Confessions of an amateur profiler” but I don’t know if I’ll actually write it because Sloth. And laundry.

  4. helenk3 says:

    dealing with the commuting public is a world of it own.

    one thing I will never understand is a person putting an elderly person with some alzheimer’s on a train at one station and having some one else pick them up at a another station hundreds of miles away. many times on the train the elderly person becomes disoriented and becomes a threat to themselves. they try to open doors while train is moving. they do not know where they are. they can become prey to the unscrupulous. expecting a conductor to be a primary caretaker during the journey is unrealistic as they have many duties and other passengers to see to.

    selling tickets to commuters who are in a hurry can be an experience. long lines, schedules and impatience is an interesting mix

  5. helenk3 says:

    overlooked yesterday in the newspaper sale was this little tidbit.
    Washington post also sold Newsweek for $1 and assumption of debt to a Sidney Harmon a stero billionaire

  6. helenk3 says:

    this is one horrid thought

  7. helenk3 says:

    just because.
    the 3D printer will change the world

  8. angienc says:

    Looking for some sympathy: Vet just told me my 12 year old cat Buddha probably has a tumor in her liver based on blood work plus fact she’s lost a lot of weight this last year (she was 12 lbs. at her yearly last August; she is 9.5 lbs now). We’re doing the ultrasound & biopsy (if needed) week after next. Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing with cats? Vet says it doesn’t mean an automatic “death sentence” (like say, kidney failure) but “tumor” is a scary word & I know I’m not putting any animal through chemo if it is malignant (that seems like a course to make the human “feel good” but is cruel to the animal who doesn’t understand what’s going on — just MY OPINION). I really need to stop accepting calls from the vet with lab results at work. I can’t even go hug & brush her for anther 2 hours. 😦

    • DandyTIger says:

      Sorry to hear. That’s painful. I tend to agree with you about chemo and other difficult therapies for animals.

      • angienc says:

        Thanks Dandy. I’m hoping it’s not a tumor at all! I tried to suggest that to the vet on the phone but he didn’t seem too hopeful.

    • My dog died from mouth cancer in 2007. She had a little ball hanging out of the side of her mouth and I took her to the vet, who diagnosed it as likely cancer. I couldn’t afford the tests to confirm, but nature did end up confirming it, as the tumor grew quite rapidly over the next two months. The vet told us after a while that she would eventually have to be put down because it would get too big for her to eat. We woke up one day to find she’d torn the tumor open all over the couch by rubbing it. There was blood everywhere. The living room looked like a murder scene.

      That was the day we put her down, and I still cry about it. I had Sugar-bear for 11 years, and she was just the best dog ever. Loved us fiercely, and we loved her back. I’m so sorry to hear this about your cat. I wouldn’t do chemo either, even if I could afford it. Just too cruel, and it would be more for me than any pet, and that’s just selfish, IMO, especially for an older pet.

      • angienc says:

        How awful you had to go through that. You have my deepest sympathies. Venus (my big mutt I found on the street when she was about 6 months old) died of osteosarcoma (bone cancer). She had a huge tumor in her shoulder — I had to put her down almost one year ago to the day because it had reached the point where the tumor was growing so quickly the vet said the pain was going to get worse (she was already on pain meds for it but they had stopped helping). I had her for 10 years but I figure if I hadn’t rescued her all beaten up & sick on the street, she would have been gone 10 years earlier.
        I get sad about her though when it rains (she was scared to death of rain storms).
        I can’t really afford the ultrasound either, but if the tumor is centralized to one or two lobes of the liver they may be able to remove it & she’ll be fine (cat’s livers can regenerate, like in humans). Venus didn’t have had that option because osteosarcoma spreads to their lungs, etc. so I have to give Buddha the chance if I can.

        • sleepyhead says:

          Any chance that it might be hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) rather than a tumor? That’s no picnic either, but the survival rate for that has improved tremendously over the past few years. Many cats can overcome it with placement of a feeding tube (because they are generally not eating well) and medications that support liver function. (If the weight loss has occurred recently rather than over the course of an entire year, this might be a possibility.

          Certainly a lobectomy can be done if only one lobe is involved (and if there is no gall bladder/bile duct involvement) – but don’t discount chemotherapy totally. Certain tumor types respond to treatment with oral medication that is not particularly hard on the cat or you (eg if it turns out to be lymphosarcoma you can often achieve temporary remission with prednisone alone – this is not a permanent fix but is cheap and easy to give and is tolerated well). If you have the option of having a board-certified surgeon do the surgery, consider that, as a skilled surgeon will be faster and probably more gentle with tissue handling – and the quicker and less traumatic the better.

          Whatever the diagnosis, if she is stable and comfortable, ask about giving liver support medications such as Denosyl, Denamarin, milk thistle, L-carnitine, etc.

          Hugs for you and Buddha.

        • angienc says:

          Yes sleepyhead — there is a chance of that — hence why I’m springing for the ultrasound!

        • So sorry for the loss of Venus. Sugar was afraid of rainstorms, too. She’d whine a little when thunder struck, and that was about all the noise she made other than the occasional bark at an approaching stranger or a fierce growl at kids who were teasing my daughter. She was a very stoic dog.

          I totally understand if it’s a simple case of surgery with Buddha. You do have to try if that’s the case. Let’s hope that’s the case, and that surgery is successful.

    • leslie says:

      It sounds like a really hard day for you. I hope your vet is wrong. When you get home, give Buddha lots of hugs and a nice place to sit (your lap?).

    • swanspirit says:

      HUGS!!! So hard when they are helpless …

    • DeniseVB says:

      {{{hugs}}} Angie.

    • helenk3 says:

      Angie I hope everything turns out alright for you and your pet.

    • Somebody says:

      Sorry Angie ((((hugs))))

      There are a lot of us here at TCH having pet issues. My 13 year old bichon frise was just diagnosed with early kidney failure. The vet gave IV fluids and some medication but pretty much told us if the labs aren’t significantly better on Friday we needed to think about his quality of life. Then yesterday she called to tell us about a new drug that has a pretty good success rate at stopping kidney failure so we’re going to start that on Friday, wait another week and see where we are.

      • lyn says:

        (((Somebody))) Is the drug RenAvast? I started my 5-year-old cat on it a few weeks ago.

        • Somebody says:

          Lyn I hope you see this, yes the drug is in fact RenAvast. My vet says it has a very good success rate. How is your cat handling it? My vet says there aren’t a lot of side effects.

        • lyn says:

          Somebody, I mix RenAvast in with a little baby food, and Fozzie eats it. I give him one capsule twice a day. (The label calls for two twice a day for his weight.) He’ll get his blood tested in two weeks. I think the amino acids and peptides in RenAvast also have helped with his allergies. Right now, I’m switching his medicine for mast cell disease, but he just threw up his first dose of Cerenia this morning. (He was on prednisolone for 16 months and I weaned him off it over the past two months.) Fozzie never threw up the pred. Cerenia is an antiemetic (LOL), but it is being used to treat inflammatory diseases in cats.

      • angienc says:

        (((((hugs)))) right back at you Somebody.

      • piper says:

        What are you feeding your Bichon?

        • Somebody says:

          Right now per vet he’s on a chicken and rice diet. Prior to that he was on Fresh Pet Select because prior to that he was on food that was contaminated thanks to China.

    • Klown says:

      This seems to be a bad summer for TCH pets. I know how you must feel.

      Hugs and prayers.

    • lyn says:

      (((Angie))) Did the blood test also include a T4 for hyperthyroidism? That also could explain the weight loss. Just love your sweet Buddha and make sure she eats well. You will know soon enough. I’ve been blessed with cats who have (and had) serious health issues. It’s upsetting, but we always have our kitties’ best interests at heart. Please find peace in that.

      • angienc says:

        Yes, the vet checked her for hyperthyroid & for diabetes.

        I was dreading a diabetes diagnosis (I had a cat who developed diabetes at 14 years & the daily shots were a pain, but she lived until she was 20). Now I’d gladly take that diagnosis. 😦

      • angienc says:

        Ha — thanks lyn — special (expensive) food, trips to the vet office 4 times a year just for them to check her sugar levels (I would have to drop her off in the morning & leave her there all day for them to do it), and being anal with those shots did it. Luckily, she had a really gentle/easy going disposition so there wasn’t any chasing her around to get her in the carrier or give her the shots, etc.

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    Praying for Buddha

  10. helenk3 says:

    Looks like another fire in the surrounding mountains. this one closer to the 10 freeway. I guess I will be housebound for a couple of days until the air clears.
    prayers that there are no injuries and not too much property damage

  11. helenk3 says:

    the abandoned translator who helped rescue American soldiers

    will the backtrack bunch ever stop bowing to our enemies and put a hand out to help a standup friend?

  12. Klown says:

    Speaking of pets, Catness must be feeling very secure and comfortable these days. When I first brought her home she spent most of her time hiding and showed absolutely no interest in going outside.

    Now she sits in the window and watches the world and sniffs around the doors.

    I am determined to keep her an indoor cat.

    • angienc says:

      In the long run, it’s better for their health. I’ve had 3 indoor only cats — one lived until 20; one to 18 & Buddha (TBA).

  13. angienc says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind wishes for me & Buddha — I needed that today. I’m home with her now & she’s as sweet as ever like nothing is wrong –just skinnier (the name no longer fits her, for sure). 🙂

    I’ll give an update after the ultrasound in 2 weeks (gotta wait for payday to do it).

  14. helenk3 says:

    lets all have a pity party for oprah. she has such rough life. those racists just expect so much from her

    • Klown says:

      I can think of a billion reasons not to feel sorry for Oprah.

    • 1539days says:

      What’s racist is supporting a black candidate over a female candidate when your fame and fortune is due entirely to your female audience and your supposed empowerment of women over two decades.

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