I don't ususally quote a whole story, but this one was just crazy. But I'd be afraid to see him sitting next to me!
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - "Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing-home patients are going to die, curling up next to them during their final hours.
His accuracy, observed in 25 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," Dr. David Dosa said in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of 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 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 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'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind 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 wasn't eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.
Oscar wouldn't 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 say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's 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's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant. Nursing-home staffers aren't 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 commending his "compassionate hospice care."
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
There has been a website set up to keep track of what is going on in Mike Mette's case for anyone who is interested. http://mikemettedefensefund.com/ I'm still very annoyed by this and even more annoyed by the Chicago Police Department who is putting paperwork through to fire him even though his appeal has not been heard yet. He's been lumped into all the other bad cops out there that have been in the news lately for violence...forget what the actual story is.
I've sent in a couple emails that I've found on various sites. If anyone is interested in email addresses, let me know.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Roman Catholic Church views
"Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation."
"It was the second time in a week that the pontiff has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-1965 meetings that modernized the church. On Saturday, the pontiff revived the old Latin mass -- a move cheered by Catholic traditionalists but criticized by more liberal ones as a step backward from Vatican II."
I just officially left the Catholic Church last October to attend a non-denominational Church which I love, First Church of God, and this article shows why I think that there may be a mass exodus under this Pope. The arrogance of the Catholic Church really upsets me at times. The Bible does not have a Catholic denomination in it, so WHY would they think that they are the only denomination that will be saved? I really see this Pope taking the Catholic Church back years and years under his term and it really bothers me.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Iowa Court needs a lesson in justice
I am beside myself with the injustice displayed in this Iowa court. I will be writing to anyone that I can think of about this one. Complete stupidity. Apparently in Iowa, if you are defending yourself on your own property (or in this case your brother's) and the assailant is well connected, you become the assailant and are sentenced to 5 YEARS in prison.
This isn't the whole article, and it is worth the rest of the read to click on the link. I hope that his appeal works, this just sounds so impossibly wrong it makes me seeth.
"In an Iowa criminal case that smells of a thousand hogs, a young Chicago police officer was sentenced last week to 5 years in prison for defending himself against an attack by two large, drunken men, even though he testified that he repeatedly tried avoiding a fight.There is a U.S. Department of Justice office in Iowa. What is happening to Chicago police officer Michael Mette bears some serious federal inquiry.Dubuque District Court Judge Monica Ackley agrees Mette was attacked, he tried to avoid conflict, two large men hounded him down the street, and one of them got into Mette's face and began pushing him, repeatedly, before Mette threw one punch and knocked the guy out.Still, she's sentencing this young Chicago cop to prison, she wrote, because that's the law in Iowa.Mette has no clout in Dubuque. But Dubuque is a small town, and the intoxicated man's daddy is a boss in a giant Iowa trucking company."
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Runaway Wrecking Ball Goes On Pa. Rampage
1,500-Pound Ball Injures 3 After Breaking From Crane Demolishing College Library
Run Away Wrecking Ball
I know I haven't posted alot in here, and I thought I might actually shut this blog down, but I just had to post this picture. How would you like to look in your rear view mirror and see that coming at you? Yikes!