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When baby Vasilina Knutsen was born without hands, her mother didn’t want to keep her and decided to put her up for adoption. She was eventually adopted by a loving family… but her struggle was far from over. Elmira and Chris Knutsen made it through the excruciating adoption process, and couldn’t wait to bring their new baby girl home. The Knutsen's already have three boys, one of whom has a mental illness and they would often get mistreated when out in public. “[People] actually stare, make the sign of the cross and run away… it happens quite often,” Elmira said. Luckily, the Knutsen family is learning to live with these ignorant reactions. They’re just happy to have such a wonderful family! As you can see, little Vasilina already has a ton of talent. It’s so wonderful that Vasilina was adopted by such a special family. Surely she’ll grow up to realize how lucky she really is! ****************************************************** Kindly follow us: https://www.facebook.com/Videoinspira... https://www.instagram.com/videoinspir... https://twitter.com/videoinspiratio

Sylvia Plath: Her Life And Importance To American Literature And History

Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Importance to American Literature and History Sylvia Plaths importance in American history is derived from the literary excellence of her writing, and her works show the plight of mid-twentieth century women. Plath's significance comes from her role as a poet and the ways in which her writing opened the door for exploration of a feminist-martyr to patriarchal society, as well as the treatment of psychiatric patients. As a post-World War Two confessional poet, or a poet who wrote based on a personal attachment to her work, Plaths life can be explored through her poetry and stories. By aligning the works of Sylvia Plath alongside the events in her life, one is better able to understand the poet's importance to American history. Before the age of eight, Plath led a socially normal life. Born October of 1932, she grew up in a strongly academic family environment in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Winthrop and the surrounding areas appeared specifically in Plath's poem, Point Shirley, which represents the town with bleakness. Her father, Otto Plath, was a professor of Biology and her mother, Aurelia Plath, was short-hand teacher. Plath had her first poem published i Continue reading >>

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    Epsom Salts

    I have always soaked my feet in warm water with epsom salts. I read today that we are NEVER to use epsom salts. Does anyone know why?

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    Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing - Topic Overview
    Because you have diabetes, you need to wash your feet carefully each day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom.
    Wash and dry your feet
    Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water temperature with your wrists, not your feet. You can soak your feet for about 10 minutes if you want to.
    Wash all areas of your feet, especially the underside of your toes and between them. Use a mild soap.
    Pat your feet dry. Don't rub the skin on your feet.
    Dry carefully between your toes. If the skin on your feet stays moist, bacteria or a fungus can grow, which can lead to infection.
    After washing
    Apply lanolin or other moisturizing skin cream to keep the skin on your feet soft and to prevent calluses and cracks. But do not put the cream between your toes.
    Clean underneath your toenails carefully. Do not use a sharp object to clean underneath your toenails. If you can't see well, have someone do this for you or have your foot specialist do it regularly.
    Trim and file your toenails straight across. Trimming them straight across instead of rounding them will help prevent ingrown toenails. Use a nail clipper, not scissors. Use an emery board to smooth the edges. Do not use a sharp-pointed file or stick to clean around the nail. If you can't see well or if your nails are thick, split, or yellowed, have them trimmed by your doctor or a foot specialist (podiatrist).
    Use a pumice stone to prevent calluses only if your doctor has shown you how to use it properly.
    Put on clean socks daily.
    Note:
    Do not use strong antiseptic soaps, chemicals (such as Epsom salt; iodine; or corn, callus, or wart removers), or perfumed skin lotions on your feet.
    Do not cut or pick at the skin (cuticles) around your toenails.
    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

  3. highlandcitygirl

    i too, did not realize that we should not be using epsom salts. thanks for the post!

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This is an emotional poem about Multiple Sclerosis. Rose Robinson Poems. Kindly "thumbs up", subscribe and comment below! M.S. Strong but then weak Happy but then sad Sometimes feeling hopeful Always dreading the bad Scared and uncertain, Where will it end? Way too frightened To peer past the bend Why has life dealt me This terrible blow? I used to feel great But now I feel low I feel so frustrated And angry, unsure Will I ever experience Life 'as before'? I know I am loved And people, they care So why do I feel lonely And no-one is there? This illness is evil Seeps right through my soul I want to feel warmth But it leaves me so cold I have to believe That my strength will endure I will deal with this illness Though I know there's no cure I know I can't beat it But I know I can cope I don't want your sympathy I just want some hope So I'll smile and I'll laugh And make sure I survive I'm ME -- a good person And I'm very much alive. Music kindly provided by my friend "HarrysCupboard" http://www.youtube.com/user/HarrysCup...

John Donne - John Donne Poems - Poem Hunter

John Donne - John Donne Poems - Poem Hunter The Sun Rising Busy old fool, unruly Sun, Why ... Air And Angels Twice or thrice had I loved thee,Before I ... John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness ... more Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets. ''To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.'' John Donne (c. 1572-1631), British divine, metaphysical poet. letter, Sept. 1608, to Sir Henry Goodyer. Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John H... ''When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated i Continue reading >>

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    I am type 1 and so is my brother. I have 3 children and am constantly looking out for diabetic symptoms. Diabetes runs in their dads side too. My youngest son had been poorly on and off for months, he is 2 and half. He suffers from enlarged tonsils and is thirsty all the time. The doctors all was say "its viral" sends us off sometimes with antibiotics. Last week he had convulsion . The paramedics tested his blood and it was 7.2. So I thought great but he is mildly poorly again. I tested his ketones today and it went dark, it was not pink, more grey/purple.
    Do I now panic ? Is this normal for a non diabetic?
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  2. Hellbunny

    Have you tested his sugar level since the ketones? Ketones aren't always 'bad' they can be caused by not drinking enough water and not eating enough carbs, maybe this is the case if he is poorly, hope everything is alright x
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  3. misslotty1

    I have just done it and it is 5.4. So I am happpy with that. Does that mean I can ignore the ketones? Im going to check them again when I lift him before I go to bed. He has definitely drunk enough, food/carbs probably not. Thank you so much for replying. X
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Sharon Mesmer reads "Annoying Diabetic Bitch," "Ass Vagina," "Squid Versus Assclown," and "You F***ed Jimmy." It's pretty much like it sounds. At the Flarf Festival, April 21, 2006, Medicine Show Theater, NYC.

Poems As Maps: An Introduction

In the traditionof summer reading, we present a special series onpoems that can be read as maps, whose lines trace and transgress boundaries of identity and experience. Read the poems here . We use maps to find our way in the world, to locate ourselves in relation to others, to measure distance and record change. Maps are inherently contextual, which can make them seem old-fashioned in a culture that values immediacy, one that operates through image and spectacle. The image is a mask, a face, a front, an arrow. The map is its opposite, not an index of the world but a way of relating to it. This essay is a map that situates you and me in relation to the world as I know it, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the summer of 2017, after the acquittal of the police officer who killed Philando Castile, a black man driving home from the grocery store. It is also a map to this series in Places Journal a constellation of poems that marks a brief intermission in the usual flow of articles on buildings, cities, and landscapes. I was 27 years old when my mother died suddenly. She was 49. After the funeral, my youngest sister told me about a dream she had right before our mothers passing. In the dream, Continue reading >>

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    Hi all,
    I'm sure most of you have heard or read the statement that a Cushing's dog lives only about 2 years after diagnosis, and some of you may have even heard that the 2-year prognosis is with or without treatment.
    I usually say "that's just not true", and I do believe that it is not true, and I personally know of many dogs who lived 7 years or more after having been diagnosed with Cushing's, but I thought I should elaborate a bit and explain why I don't think that statistic is correct as pertains to all Cushing's dogs.
    Although it may be an accurate statistic which I believe was derived from data collected some years ago, we have to remember that it is just a statistic, just an AVERAGE which is based on data collected from a fairly small group of dogs who were diagnosed with Cushing's Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism).
    The following is also very important to consider:
    Most Cushing's dogs are already quite "senior" by the time they are diagnosed, and many would not have lived much longer than 2 more years even if they did not have Cushing's or any other health issues.
    The data from which that 2-year prognosis statistic was formulated includes:
    ... some dogs who were not treated at all for the Cushing's Disease
    ... some dogs who may have been diagnosed and treated by inexperienced Vets or Vets who were perhaps too conservative in their treatment of the dogs and never really got the dogs' Cushing's well-controlled.
    ... some owners who quit treatment at the first sign that the dog didn't feel well (when it may have been only a dose adjustment that was needed to get the dog feeling well again and to maintain good control of cortisol production)
    ... some owners who were not observant or not diligent about giving the prescribed medication and/or were not having the dog monitored as recommended with periodic ACTH stim testing to check cortisol production and to know for certain if or when dose adjustments might be needed etc.
    ... some dogs who were diagnosed only by the time the Cushing's was quite advanced and by then some irreversible organ damage (liver, kidneys, heart etc) may have already occurred
    When you take scenarios like the above-mentioned ones and add that data all together with the available data on the Cushing's dogs who are successfully treated and have successful outcomes, many of whom live 5, 6, 7 years or more after diagnosis with an excellent quality of life, well, you may actually get an AVERAGE 2-year prognosis, but that does not mean that a dog who is correctly diagnosed and treated for Cushing's will only live 2 more years from the time of diagnosis.
    That statistic is only an "average" and we must remember what data that average is based on.
    The statistic includes, for various reasons as described above, some dogs who lived only a few months after diagnosis as well as dogs who lived many years after diagnosis.
    There are quite a few excellent websites about Canine Cushing's but many do throw in that "2-year" prognosis statistic without explaining how it was arrived at ... nor do they qualify that statistic by explaining that it does NOT mean that every Cushing's dog diagnosed will probably only live another 2 years.
    When correctly diagnosed and treated by a knowledgeable Vet who has experience in successfully treating and managing dogs with Cushing's, a Cushing's dog can live a normal lifespan with an excellent quality of life.
    That is what my dog's Internist tells me I should believe, and since she has successfully treated many Cushing's dogs who lived long and well with Cushing's under her care, she really knows what she's talking about, and I am sure that she is right.

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