COVID-19 – The After Thought And Shock

This was on Facebook.

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Laura Slater  14h

There was a picture of a poster that read something like this, “Quarantine has turned us all into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told ‘no’ if we get too close to strangers. And we get really excited about car rides.”

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This sounds about right. Instead of losing weight, like I need to, I have gained 10-15 pounds since the COVID-19 quarantine started in March. And that’s awful. If this thing goes on until 2022, like some people have predicted, I may end up over 300 pounds instead of down to 200 pounds, like I need to be.
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A White Privilege Check

This is from Facebook.

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Image may contain: text that says 'Annie Key June 8 at 10:47 AM Let's do a white privilege check. Only reply if you are white and have worked since you were a kid.'

Mike Phillips

July 15, 2020, at 4:13 PM

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Started babysitting when I was 10 or 11 years old. Have loved children ever since then. Was on the work study program when I was in the business college. And started working at The United Communities Fund in Norfolk, Virginia within two weeks after I graduated from the business college. I and worked in Virginia until I moved to Kentucky when I got married in 1974, and in Kentucky, until I became disabled and lost both my permanent full time job with a bank, and my permanent part time job with a security guard company. That was June 9, 1990. Once i got stabilized on my medicine, I went to a community college and after graduation started another bank job. It lasted from March of 2000 until November of 2004. I haven’t worked since then other than a few volunteer jobs. . I have done volunteer work at four nursing homes during the years, where I was either just spending time with the patients and reading to them, or I was feeding the patients and helping with other personal duties for them. So, you see, I have tried to keep going until just these past two years. My last surgery and has just about stopped me in my tracks. I now have a caregiver 5 hours a day Monday through Saturday each week. The surgeries that I still need to have in the future have been put on hold indefinitely.
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August 2, 2020, at 10:34 PM

Just Because She’s Your Mom

This was on Facebook. I have always tried to respect her and do what she told me to do.

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Laura Slater 2D

Cindy Moore White

July 26, 2:41 PM

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Growing up, I always tried to respect and obey my Mother. Even when I was being corrected, I respected her, because I know she was doing it to correct me for something that I was doing that was either dangerous or wrong to do. She always taught us children to love God, Jesus, our families, our friends, respect older people, don’t say bad words. treat other people like we wanted to be treated, and behave by not acting silly all of the time. We were taught to say the grace before every meal, and to say our prayers before we went to bed. We were also taught to say “Please” and “Thank You”, or “No Thank you, but, thank you for asking.” People we new always got hugs before we left, when we said :Good Bye:.  In other words, we were brought up right, and I thank my Mother daily for it. We were not left out just to fend for our self like a lot of children today are. When I stop to think about all of the stuff my Mother taught us, I thank her every day, no matter where ai am at the time.

The Bible tells us, “Children, obey your parents that their days may be long upon this earth.”

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Your Mind Is A Garden

This was on Facebook.

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Image may contain: outdoor, text that says 'Your mind iS a garden Your fhoughts are the SEEDS You can grow flewers Or youcan grow WEEDS'

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This gives you something to think about. As for me, I’m going to try to grow flowers.

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To Some There Is No Difference In Skin Color

This was on my Facebook.

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“My daughter and I are in Myrtle Beach taking a sunset walk when this adorable and sweet little boy comes walking right up to her. He shares with her the shark tooth around his neck. He tells her his name and asks her name to which she tells him. They part ways while saying goodbye, walking in the opposite direction. A few minutes later he comes running back, in what seems to be in slow motion, yelling out my daughter’s name. She turns around and is greeted by his smile. So they share a few words, mainly about his super cool shark’s tooth that apparently gave him powers 🙂 Before they walked, talked and raced, I asked his mother for permission to take this picture and this was the result. No one positioned them, told them to smile and there was absolutely no hesitation on their part at all. When we finished walking and it was time to go they hugged for a long time and exchanged about 20 “goodbyes.” This is a moment that we humans understand as just simply seeing no color lines, no judgement, no race, no hate, no shades. It’s just pure….two kids meeting on a sunset walk without a care in the world…all they saw was each other. This world would be a much better place if we acted like these two kids.”
Source: Ayanna Toye Barrows
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This is what I have tried to get across to adults several times here lately. If only we adults could be as honest and truly interested in each other’s friendship instead of beating each other down, then the world would be so much better off. After all, “WE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL!!!!!” These two precious children know it without even knowing what they are doing. Like the post said, they don’t see color, they only see the possibility of having another friend, and the friendship could last a lifetime! Wouldn’t that be sweet for these two children full of such brotherly love with no boundaries. Thank you, whoever, for posting this. And to this, I want to add, LOVE IN CHRIST!

Jesus was not

This was from Facebook. It may not be a long poster, but it’s message is profound. Read it and decide for yourself.

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There is nothing I can add or say that would make the message change in any way. We can’t put God the Father, God the Holy Ghost, and Jesus Christ the Son of God into any mold what so ever and make it be true. The Holy Trinity, as they are called, is omnipotent, that means that He can be everywhere at one time, because, “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM.” We only have to do two things for it to come true. We have to have Faith enough to know that it is true, and not to let anything that will cause you to doubt that fact come into your mind. Once we believe it, then we need to Share it with others, especially with the non-believers.

If we profess our faith before others, Jesus will profess us before God The Father of us all. And if we don’t profess our faith to Jesus, then we will be cast aside at the gates of Heaven because Jesus will not profess that we are Christians before God, and we will not be professed before God the Father. Just think about it very seriously. I am a Child of God, and God has me in His hands. Once I am in God’s hands nothing can pluck me out of them.

In The Bible…….

This was on Facebook, and I feel the same way as this man does.

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God does not care about the color of our skin. He cares if we love Him and have asked Him into our hearts, and whether or not we will follow His teachings. To God our skin color is not an issue. The Bible tells us that we are all created equal, and in His image. To me, that means that no one color is better than the other, or worse than the other. We are just the same. Being created equal means we all have the following in our bodies: a brain, a heart, two eyes, two ears,a tongue, a mouth, an esophagus, a throat, tonsils, a stomach, a liver, large intestines and small intestines(bowels), a spleen, two kidneys, a pancreas, a pelvis, two arms and hands, two legs and feet, a gallbladder, and a bladder. To top it all off, “WE ALL BLEED RED WHEN WE ARE SCRATCHED OR PUNCTURED WITH A SHARP OBJECT.”

Being created equal, we should treat each other like brothers and sisters, because that’s what we are. We are brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. When we see a brother or sister in trouble or in need, we should try to help them out the best we can. The “Golden Rule” in the Bible is in Matthew 7:12, and Luke 6:31. In Matthew 7:12 it is written: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you; do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. … shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” It doesn’t actually say “The Golden Rule.”, that’s just what it has come to be known as, how everybody that says anything refers to it as.If another person is down in the road hurt and needing help, we are supposed to help the man, or get help to him. If another man is sick or injured and needing someone to help him with daily life, we are to go to him and help him with meals, medicines, bathing, and feeding him, whether he is actually a brother or not one, we are still to help him.

In telling us to do this, it doesn’t say to only help someone of your same color or nationality, it says to help your neighbor in whatever way he needs help.” in the Bible there is a section stating specifics, it is; Matthew 25:36 – “Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye … did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? … widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. … Good men, if they could not obtain release of prisoners, might comfort and …”

 

 

An Artist Work For All To See

These are from Facebook. Wow, these are tremendous looking shrubs, trees, bushes. The artist is a genius. I love the great work and time that was spent on them.

And yes, a picture is worth a million words. Don’t believe me, just look at these pictures. They are magnificent. I don’t think that there is any way to say that these trees are not beautiful and so very unique.

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When your gardener is an artist..!! 🌲🌳🌱🌿😍😮

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These are some of the most unique and amazing trees and/or bushes I have ever seen!!

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Missing Medical Appointments Due To Covid-19

This was on Facebook. An important article to read and take heed.

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Why You May Regret Letting Virus Fears Keep You Away From the Doctor

Critical cancer screenings, vital vaccinations, emergency symptoms call for visits

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Non-urgent medical appointments have been on hold for much of the pandemic. Over the past four months, patients and physicians have canceled routine checkups, postponed preventive screenings and put off elective surgeries to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

But just because in-person visits took a break, that doesn’t mean diseases did. And many patients are asking if and when they should get back to the doctor’s office.

The answer? “It’s really complicated,” says A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., a professor of internal medicine and director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan — and it’s a decision that should be made on a case-by-case basis with your doctor, who can help you weigh the risks and benefits of being seen in person.

For example, where you live matters. Some communities are seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, while others are experiencing a surge. If you have underlying health conditions that make you more likely to be hospitalized for a coronavirus infection and live in an area where COVID-19 cases are spiking, your physician may opt to keep your appointments over the phone or computer — especially if your ailments can be managed and measured (with a blood pressure cuff and a scale, for instance) from home.

“Having that ability to be in touch with your clinician and make decisions with them” is the best way to determine whether you can be or need to be seen in person anytime soon, Fendrick adds.

Don’t delay emergency care

Exercising caution when it comes to the coronavirus is one thing, but it’s important to differentiate between the type of care that can wait and the conditions and concerns that need more immediate attention. And experts say one of the more alarming consequences of the coronavirus pandemic has been the delay in emergency care.

“We’re finding that many people are going overboard the other way; they are actually sick and they would benefit from coming in,” says James S. Powers, M.D., a geriatrician and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A June report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a 42 percent decline in emergency department visits during the early phases of the outbreak. Similarly, an April poll from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) found that nearly one-third of American adults delayed or avoided medical care over fear of contracting COVID-19.

Symptoms that call for immediate care, according to ACEP, include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure; sudden dizziness or weakness; a head or spine injury; confusion or difficulty speaking; and uncontrolled bleeding. Injuries from falls should also be evaluated promptly, Powers says.

“Yes, there’s an increased risk for infection” an` time you leave your home and venture into a public place such as a hospital or clinic, Powers explains. “But a greater risk is, of course, the underlying illness that needs to be identified and treated appropriately.”

Stay on top of vaccines

In addition to the drop in emergency room visits, the CDC has also noted a sharp decline in childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, leaving many kids at risk for preventable deadly diseases. Fendrick says older adults should be encouraging their children and grandchildren to stay on top of their vaccine schedules; they also need to make sure they stay up-to-date on their own.

The three most important vaccines for older adults are the flu vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine and the shingles vaccine, which is given in two doses, two to six months apart.

“Don’t let that window go if you had your [first shingles] injection six months ago and you’re coming due [for the second],” Powers says. “Don’t wait seven or eight months; you should come in and get that now.”

Getting a flu shot this fall “will be more important than ever,” the CDC says, so that’s one appointment you’ll want to make. Keeping adults healthy and out of the hospital as much as possible helps to conserve potentially scarce resources that may be needed for COVID-19.

Some vaccines can be administered at a pharmacy or a walk-in clinic. Check with your doctor to figure out the best time and setting to schedule your shots.

Consider a surgery that will improve your quality of life

Another appointment that’s worth discussing with your doctor is one that will improve your quality of life, such as a joint replacement surgery.

If hospitals and surgery centers in your area are scheduling elective surgeries, and you are booked for a hip or knee replacement, for example, “I would say, ‘Yes, go ahead and do that,’” Powers says. “That’s important for your quality of life; that’s different from just going for a checkup.”

Again, this is a decision your doctor and surgical team can help you make, depending on what’s best for your individual situation.

Keep follow-up cancer screenings

Similar to most other preventive appointments, routine cancer screenings have come to a standstill since March. A report from the health care technology company Komodo Health found that colonoscopies and biopsies performed to diagnose colon cancer declined by nearly 90 percent between January and mid-April, compared with the same period last year; cervical cancer screenings were down by more than 68 percent. This means thousands of Americans will receive a delayed cancer diagnosis because of the pandemic, explains William G. Cance, M.D., a surgical oncologist and chief medical and scientific officer at the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“And the problem that we see is that a lot of patients will just go to the back of the line” when it comes to rescheduling screenings, he adds. “So that’s an even further delay.”

As routine screenings get restarted, some people need to be seen sooner than others. For example, if you have a family history of breast cancer, or have had an abnormal mammogram in the past and are due for one soon, “definitely do not put off your screening,” Cance says. The same goes for cervical and colon cancer screenings in higher-risk individuals.

It’s also important to contact a doctor right away if you are having any symptoms of cancer, such as breast changes, bowel changes or severe fatigue.

For asymptomatic individuals whose previous screenings were clear and who do not have a family history of cancer, postponing a preventive test another few months probably “won’t make any difference,” says Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D., an internist and president of the American College of Physicians. However, if you are worried about getting pushed to the back of the line due to the backlog of deferred appointments, “be your own advocate” and ask to be seen in a timelier manner, Cance says.

Some chronic conditions require in-person care

While some chronic conditions can be monitored at home with basic medical equipment and regular telehealth check-ins, others need to be dealt with in person. One example is high blood pressure or blood sugar that is not well-managed, Fendrick says. There are also patients on blood thinners who need routine blood draws to check their medication levels, “so those patients should probably go get them done,” he adds.

Patients with congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease may also need more frequent in-person evaluations and treatments to make sure they don’t develop more acute conditions, Fincher notes. “With chronic medical problems, you cannot continue to put them off. At some point, you’re going to have to be seen,” she adds.

The good news is, these are not appointments you need to proactively schedule on your own. “Your primary care doctor is your go-to person that’s going to help you” decide when you need to be seen, Fincher says. So call your doctor’s office and start the conversation, if you haven’t already.

“You don’t have to be your own doctor; you don’t have to make these decisions in isolation,” she adds.

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It will be very important, especially for senior citizens, to continue receiving your annual vaccines, such as the flu vaccine. Hopefully you have read the article and will decide for yourself, which appointment is important for you to keep and also which vaccines are critical for you to receive.

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Rescue Saves Injured Puppy

This was on Facebook. And I have very strong feelings about the particular subject of animal abuse.

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I would be lying if I said that late at night, I didn’t have awful thoughts as to what I would do to the people who commit such crimes.’

Rescue Saves Puppy With Shattered Jaw And Blown Off Nose After Explosives Went Off In His Mouth

Rescue saves puppy with shattered jaw and blown off nose after explosives went off in his mouth.

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I have always said that it would serve the abuser right, if whatever they do to any animal in the way of abuse was done to them. For example, if someone drags a dog around behind a truck with a chain around its’ neck until it dies, then the person should be drug around behind a truck with a chain, but just short of the person dying. But if someone is actually going to do this, then they need to have the dead dog’s body in the vehicle with them, to be able to show the law just what the person did to the dog. Only difference being that the person gets to recover and live out his life, whereas the poor animal is dead.

Animal abuse should be a felony. The only time an animal should be killed is if they are injured so badly that they won’t make it to the vet, or the vet can’t make it to them, for them to be humanely put to sleep. If animal abuse carried stronger punishments, then maybe there wouldn’t be so much of it rampant in America. The common census states that child abuse often starts in the teen years with animal abuse being the first phase. Later that leads to child abuse, and child abuse often leads to killing adults. The Bible says an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. This goes for people, but it should also go for animals.

There have even been some teenage boys that went so low as to video the abuse and then get a group of friends to view it together so that they can laugh at the animal writhing in pain. Now how sick is that? I’m usually a pretty easy going person, but when it comes to child abuse or animal abuse, I get very angry and say what I feel. Hopefully both kinds of abuse will be treated more seriously by the media and the local authorities that punish the abusers!!

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