An amazing cat story…

July 25, 2007 at 8:57 pm (Cats, LOL cats, Weird News) ()

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Thursday July 26, 10:04 AM

Cat predicts deaths in US nursing home

Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

His accuracy, observed in 25 US cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

\”He doesn\’t make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,\” said Dr David Dosa.

He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in the New England Journal of Medicine.

\”Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one,\” said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The two-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre. The facility treats people with Alzheimer\’s, Parkinson\’s disease and other illnesses.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He would sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would end up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof.

\”This is not a cat that\’s friendly to people,\” he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill

She was convinced of Oscar\’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman was not eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar would not stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken.

Instead, it turned out the doctor\’s prediction was roughly 10 hours too early.

Sure enough, during the patient\’s final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors said most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, grey-and-white cat are so ill they probably do not know he is there, so patients are not aware he is a harbinger of death.

Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one is certain if Oscar\’s behaviour is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behaviour of the nurses who raised him.

Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioural clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa\’s article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

It is possible his behaviour could be driven by self-centred pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

Nursing home staffers are not concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.

Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his \”compassionate hospice care.\”

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Hey I only wrote this cause its weird…

July 24, 2007 at 12:04 am (Uncategorized)

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Not for any other reason, its just odd since the limit is 300!!!!! 301 friends… WTF?!?!?!?!

Love Me xxxxxxxx

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Which LOL Cat are you???

July 22, 2007 at 5:51 pm (LOL cats) ()

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

68% Affectionate, 53% Excitable, 40% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Me and My Very Special Friend…

July 20, 2007 at 7:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Here we are out at the pub the other night.

Having a lot of fun.

Love Me xxxxxxx

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Inamorato!

July 14, 2007 at 7:26 pm (Poetry) ()

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When you kiss me

I soften like chocolate

Between your warm fingers

I would take these fingers

Into my wet mouth

And search out the ambrosia

That lingers on them

Your buttery flirtatious tongue

Entices my sybaritic lips

To follow in a sweet-salty dance

Of serpentine flux

In a soporific haze

I gaze into your  eyes

And contemplate the passion

Reflected in the rhythm of my heartbeat

Inamorato!

You drench me in honey

Sweetness sublime

You caramelize me.

 

Love Me xxxxxxxx

 

P.S. Borrowed picture

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Advice if you are ever having a bad day…

July 13, 2007 at 5:37 pm (Uncategorized)

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Go to this website…

I guarantee you will feel better…

http://www.cuteoverload.com/

This public service announcement brought to you by

 

Me xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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I won’t keep you in suspense any longer…

July 9, 2007 at 5:11 pm (Uncategorized)

So where was I oh yes, this male model asked for my phone number.

Did I mention it was April the 1st?

Well that did kind of make me think it was some strange joke.

Next day however he did phone me and asked if he could take me out for a drink.

He also said he only asked me out because he wanted to have sex with me and could I please wear a short skirt, stockings and stilletos.

I said that was cool (okay I was about 26 and just out of a crappy three year relationship with a mad hungarian) and wanted to “have a good time”.

Frankly I would rather someone was upfront with me about that than wooing me, sleeping with me and then dumping me anyway.

So he came and picked me up from my house and we went to a hotel to have a few drinks (I used to drink then I don’t anymore).

We chatted away, with him saying “Wow you are so much more intelligent than the girls I am usually around, all they talk about is their hair and fingernails”.

Yeah okay he was a “himbo”, buff, gorgeous but brainless. Haha.

After a few drinks we decided to go back to my place for the inevitable.

Well I can tell you what an anticlimax that was. I am not going to go into detail (although I am sure there are some people out there that would like me too, not naming any names ;)) but what a dud. He may have been buff and beautiful but he had no idea. I guess he was only 23.

We spoke on the phone a couple of times after that but never went out again.

Still see him around on tv and stuff. He hosted a tv show not too long ago and acted in tv series. Not going to tell you which one though.

I guess the point of my story is that so many people place so much importance on beauty and a great body, well you know what, even if the packaging is great if what is inside isn’t any good then what are you left with? An empty box.

And also its wise not to have sex with someone on your first date. Hahaha.

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxxx

P.S. Never did tell those secretaries back at the office what happened between me and him. And whenever he came in, they continued to fall all over him with me knowing what he was really like.

P.P.S. I am not saying that everyone who is buff and goreous is “empty”, or a bimbo or himbo, by the way, I am just saying you can’t judge a book by its cover.

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Eons ago….

July 7, 2007 at 8:54 pm (Uncategorized)

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In 1988/89 I used to work in an upmarket department store.

I started working there in 1987 and stopped in 1991.

When I first started there I worked for a french costmetic company. Yes I was one of those immaculately groomed highly made up women that polish the counter all day while waiting for customers.

Anyway, I only worked there casually as in my spare time I did artwork and liked to have the time to do that sort of thing because I couldn\’t find a job that was creative.

I had hoped that I would end up in the visual merchandising department doing displays but that was run by men at the time that seemed to have something against women doing that job so wouldn\’t employ any. Now they wouldn\’t be able to get away with that but back then they could.

So I spent a short time working for the cosmetic company until they replaced me with another girl, I didn\’t get along with the girl who was my superior so I guess that is why that happened.

However the store kept me employed as a floating staff member, that meant I worked where ever they decided to put me if someone else was sick or on holiday.

So I really pretty much worked all over the store including mens shoes which was so much fun! I used to get all the lines…\”oh I really love having a pretty girl at my feet\” and such.

Somehow I ended up in the office of the promotions department answering the phone and other silly nonsense.

Then I was recruited to be a dresser for the catwalk models when we had big instore parades and cocktail parties. Yes you heard me right I used to dress catwalk models during fashion parades.

I was very good at this job for some reason, so they used to send me out to other places to do it as well, and I also ended up dressing male models occassionally.

So I was sent out to a fashion awards night and I was supposed to be dressing a particular male model that was well known in our office and particularly liked by the two young secretaries there.

But I ended up being shuffled over to dress one of the females as her dresser has not turned up and the males had less changes so could really dress themselves in an emergency.

Well, I was sitting on the floor with the other dressers when the male model I was supposed to be dressing comes up to me and says \” Do you want to go out with me for a drink sometime?\”

I thought this guy is joking why would he want to go out with me. So I gave him my phone number with him adding that I was not to tell the other girls at my work that he asked me out.

I said sure, non of their business anyway I thought….

to be continued…got to go grocery shopping NOW!!!

Love Me xxxxxxxxxx

Photo of me around about this time and the models I was dressing.

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MySpace vs Yahoo 360

July 7, 2007 at 2:44 am (Uncategorized)

Some of you may know I have a myspace site as well as this one.

I have a myspace not for blogging or friends but for more professional and entertainment reasons.

Mostly I have graphic magazines, musicians and comedians as friends. So I get to know when new magazines are coming out, or when musicians and comedians I like are coming to town.

I have to say that I prefer 360 for lots of reasons.

I think the layout is more intuitive and it is easier to use.

I like the way the blog is the centre of the screen and that on the home page you get to see when friends update their sites automatically.

There is much less spam on 360 and I think it is more reliable, more secure and has less bugs than myspace.

I like that on 360 you can upload a photo to your blog and you don\’t need to have it refer to another webpage where it is stored.

However I do like that myspace has special sites for musicians, comedians and films.

I think there are crazier women on myspace… sorry if I offend anyone but they all seem sex starved or something.

And of course I intensely dislike those horrible graphics that everyone leaves in your comments that make your page load so slowly. Needless to say I no longer allow that in my comments.

I think myspace is terrific for meeting people in the \”arts\” industries.

Anyway that is my view on the differences between the two.

There are probably many more but thats enough for now.

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Okay just couldn\’t help myslelf…

July 1, 2007 at 5:11 pm (Cats, LOL cats) (, )

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Such a cute picture of Truffles!!

Love Me xxxxxx

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