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Sneaky sob
Topic Posted by: spinner - On: 11/27/2010 - At: 4:49:47 PM
Little bastards are getting close to my home. It amazes me how someone could be this angry.
[ Read more | 6 reply(s) | From Political Discussion ]
Hard Drive Question, Please
Topic Posted by: johnny - On: 11/27/2010 - At: 10:39:31 AM
** Old Hard Drive Removed March 15th, 2010

** New Hard Drive Installed

** Files Created in '05 and '06 Appear In Trash This Morning

** How Could This Happen?

** Today, When We Attempted To Place Files From '05 And '06 Onto Stick Used To Backup

The Hard Drive, The Files Were Accepted As New

** Many Thanks From Computer Dummy!

[ Read more | 6 reply(s) | From Computers & Technology ]
Tom Delay found guilty
Topic Posted by: ghoti - On: 11/24/2010 - At: 10:23:42 PM
of money laundering, and could get life in prison. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
[ Read more | 2 reply(s) | From Political Discussion ]
Your next President?
Topic Posted by: ParaDude - On: 11/24/2010 - At: 9:25:06 PM
Is complaining about the First Lady and her involvement with the obesity epidemic in the USA. Seems she believes that this issue is not something the government should be getting involved in. Instead she suggests that USian parents can handle this issue and fix it on their own.

Funny, I thought the parents were as obese as their children? Here I thought the parents of these obese kids WERE "handling" this up until now and that their inability to handle it was half the problem.

Palin torches Michelle Obama

[ Read more | 9 reply(s) | From Political Discussion ]
And the rich...
Topic Posted by: ParaDude - On: 11/23/2010 - At: 2:37:57 PM
...keep getting richer.

So...Corporate USA has their highest "profits" ever.

Corporate Profits - New Record

Millionaires are lining up saying "tax us more".

Yet, the US economy and the average worker suffers.

The "right" says, "give tax breaks to the rich", "support big business", as if this will somehow fix the problem.

Why are people so blind? Why do you allow a broken capitalist system that spreads the wealth of your Nation to only 10% of the population....AND give those 10% the opportunity to take more?

[ Read more | 27 reply(s) | From Political Discussion ]
FLU SHOT Pphhhhttttt!
Topic Posted by: Paulwa - On: 11/16/2010 - At: 8:57:33 PM
Got my flu shot about three weeks ago. My left shoulder swole up a bit and has felt like concrete for muscle ever since. My range of motion is about 75 percent of normal...and I have the flu or an extreme bad cold for the last three days. I sleep with a small elecrtric hotpad across my chest which helps. So I am left to wonder if I had not taken the smaller flu shot (not sure but what it was the larger one..cost $30) would I be in worse shape. I haven't had the flu shot before..just the pneumonia shot a year or so ago. My lungs burn a bit and I am coughing a lot and got nose runns. Sinus is sore too. Stiill got numbmess and tingling in both arms from shoulder down to fingertips and the same below my knees to my feet. Hard to deal with because it is hard to maintain balance with my foot souls feeling like I am walking on lumps and barfoot feels like I still have my shoes on. Guess I don't have that much to complain about but whatever happens to us personally seems to be enough wer can grumble about, huh? Haven't been to our rock club meeting all year and the last three meetings I have been sick. I promised I would be there thursday night and ...sick again. I wouldn't doubt they have good reason to think I don't want to come. I haven't done our club monthly reports since my compouter got a virus a few months ago and I spread it to a few online through email. Didn't make me too popular with the club, at least the ones who had to clean up their comoputers. One said it cost him a hundred dollars to have a tech clean up his computer that kept blacking out from the virus.

Still working on getting my potbelly woodstove hooked up in our garage workshop. I am sure anxious to get out there and spend the day being creative in metals, wood and stone etc. My claws for hands can use the therapeutic exercise. I bought a new hand wheel grinder that I found I can barely handle and it is hard to hold my electric hand drill. Still would like to get a small good quality bench drill press, may find one eventually.

Guess I am just sharing what is going on in my life without politics and religion entering into it. I am sure many of you will be thankful for that. I see lots of religious squables brewing but let them squable without me I got more fun and important things to spend my time with these days. Just haveto share this funny thing my preacher said last sunday. He was saying to those who don't or won't accept the bible..Those who do can go to heaven and well.. if you don't you can just go to hell! then he realized he had told some people to go to hell he was speachless and couldn't beleve he had actually said such a thing. Everybody was laughing at his obvious mispeak. Probably more because he is such a joker and always trying to pull a joke on someone. It was very funny...maybe you just had to be there to know how funny it was.

I bought a pound of leather scrap on Ebay for $3.95 and .95 shipping. Got it and found little bits and scraps of what they advertised as lamb,pig, and cowhide etc. There really wasn'tmuch to make anything other than for miniature projects. left a positive but not so satisfied feedback. Seller contacted me and said they would send a couple of useable pieces for free. Thought that was a very nice jesture of them.

Well hope I get well soon, hope you are all well too.
Had to add this..Millie just came home and had a half gallon of florida's Natural Orange Juice. Now that iis something Florida does better than California or anywhere else!! You can get cheaper, such as concentrates from Calif., Brazil and other foreign ports all mixed together but it isn't sweet and orangey as Florida fresh squeezed. Just swigged down a big glass of OJ with a few shakes of salt...Yummm! Here's to you Johnboy, Craig and othe Floridians!!
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10 Medication Mistakes That Can Kill
Topic Posted by: aevory - On: 10/30/2010 - At: 10:44:17 AM
10 Medication Mistakes That Can Kill
Common Errors Could Kill Some 100,000 People Each Year

POSTED: 1:11 am CDT October 29, 2010
UPDATED: 1:54 am CDT October 29, 2010


By Melanie Haiken, senior editor
The numbers are simply staggering: Every year 1.5 million people are sickened or severely injured by medication mistakes, and 100,000 die. And yet all of those deaths are preventable. What's the answer? We have to protect ourselves. Here are the ten medication mistakes experts say are most likely to kill or cause serious harm.

Confusing Two Medications With Similar Names
It can happen anywhere in the transmission chain: Maybe the doctor's handwriting is illegible, or the name goes into the pharmacy computer incorrectly, or the swap occurs when the wrong drug is pulled from the shelves. "Most pharmacies shelve drugs in alphabetical order, so you have drugs with similar names right next to each other, which makes it even more likely for someone to grab the wrong one," says Michael Negrete, CEO of the nonprofit Pharmacy Foundation of California.
Questions to Ask the Pharmacist

According to the national Medication Error Reporting Program, confusion caused by similar drug names accounts for up to 25 percent of all reported errors. Examples of commonly confused pairings include Adderall (a stimulant used for ADHD) versus Inderal (a beta-blocker used for high blood pressure, and Paxil (an antidepressant) versus the rhyming Taxol (a cancer drug) and the similar- sounding Plavix (an anticlotting medication). The Institute for Safe Medication Practices's list of these oft-confused pairs goes on for pages.

How to avoid it: When you get a new prescription, ask your doctor to write down what it's for as well as the name and dosage. If the prescription reads depression but is meant for stomach acid, that should be a red flag for the pharmacist. When you're picking up a prescription at the pharmacy, check the label to make sure the name of the drug (brand or generic), dosage, and directions for use are the same as those on the prescription. (If you don't have the prescription yourself because the doctor sent it in directly, ask the pharmacist to compare the label with what the doctor sent.)

Taking Drugs That Magnify Potential Side Effects
Any drug you take has potential side effects. But the problems can really add up whenever you take two or more medications at the same time, because there are so many ways they can interact with each other, says Anne Meneghetti, M.D., director of Clinical Communication for Epocrates, a medication management system for doctors. "Drugs can interfere with each other, and that's what you're most likely to hear about. But they can also magnify each other, or one drug can magnify a side effect caused by another drug," says Meneghetti.

Two of the most common -- and most dangerous -- of these magnification interactions involve blood pressure and dizziness. If you're taking one medication that has a potential side effect of raising blood pressure, and you then begin taking a second medication with the same possible effect, your blood pressure could spike dangerously from the combination of the two. One medication that lists "dizziness" is worrisome enough, but two with that side effect could lead to falls, fractures, and worse.

All About Blood Pressure Medication
Be particularly careful if you've been prescribed the blood-thinner Coumadin (warfarin), "the king of drug interactions," according to Pharmacy Foundation of California's Michael Negrete. "You need just the right amount of Coumadin in your system for it to work properly; too much or too little and you could have serious heart problems such as arrhythmias or a stroke. But so many other drugs interfere with its action that you have to be really careful."

How to avoid it: Ask your doctor or a pharmacist about potential side effects when you get a new prescription, and make sure the pharmacy gives you written printouts about the medication to review later. Keep all such handouts in a file, so that when you get a new prescription, you can compare the info provided with the handouts from your older prescriptions. If you see the same side effect listed for more than one medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it's cause for concern.

Overdosing With Similar Drugs
Think of this one as the Heath Ledger syndrome, says Michael Negrete of Pharmacy Foundation of California. It's all too easy to end up with several medications that all have similar actions, although they were prescribed to treat different conditions. "You might have one medication prescribed to treat pain, another prescribed for anxiety, and another that's given as a sleeping pill -- but they're all sedatives, and the combined effect is toxic," explains Negrete.

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The risk for this kind of overdose is highest with drugs that function by depressing the central nervous system. These include narcotic painkillers such as codeine; benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Halcion, Xanax, and Valium; barbiturate tranquilizers such as Seconal; some of the newer drugs such as BuSpar, for anxiety; and the popular sleeping pill Ambien.

But oversedation can also happen with seemingly innocent over-the-counter drugs like antihistamines (diphenhydramine, commonly known as Benadryl, is one of the worst offenders), cough and cold medicines, and OTC sleeping pills. This type of drug mixing is responsible for many medication- induced deaths, especially among younger adults.

How to avoid it: Pay attention to the warnings on the packaging of over-the-counter medications, and the risks listed in the documentation for prescriptions. Key words are sleepy, drowsy, dizzy, sedation, and their equivalents. If more than one of your prescriptions or OTC drugs warns against taking it while driving, or warns that it can make you drowsy, beware. This means the drug has a sedative effect on the central nervous system and shouldn't be combined with other drugs (including alcohol) that have the same effect.

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Getting The Dosage Wrong
Drugs are prescribed in a variety of units of measure, units that are usually notated using abbreviations or symbols -- offering a host of opportunities for disaster. All it takes is a misplaced decimal point and 1.0 mg becomes 10 mg, a tenfold dosing error that could cause a fatal overdose.

Some of the most extreme dosage mistakes occur when someone mistakes a dose in milligrams with one in micrograms, resulting in a dose 1,000 times higher. This mostly happens in the hospital with IV drugs, but it's been known to happen with outpatient meds as well. Insulin, the primary treatment for diabetes, causes some of the worst medication errors because it's measured in units, abbreviated with a U, which can look like a zero or a 4 or any number of other things when scribbled.

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Another common problem, says pharmacist Bona Benjamin, director of Medication-Use Quality Improvement at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is getting the frequency wrong -- so, say, a drug that is supposed to be given once a day is given four times a day.

How to avoid it: Make sure your doctor's writing is clear on the original prescription; if you can't read the dosage indicated, chances are the nurse and pharmacist will have difficulty as well. When you pick up the prescription from the pharmacy, ask the pharmacist to check the dosage to make sure it's within the range that's typical for that medication. In the hospital, when a nurse is about to administer a new medication, ask what it is and request that he or she check your chart to make sure it's the right one for you and that the dosage is indicated clearly. Don't be afraid to speak up if you think you're about to get the wrong medicine or the wrong dose.

Mixing Alcohol With Medications
There are plenty of drugs that come with that cute bright orange warning sticker attached, telling you not to drink when taking them. However, the sticker can fall off, or not get attached in the first place, or you might just really need that cocktail and figure it'll be OK "just this once." But alcohol, combined with a long list of painkillers, sedatives, and other medications, becomes a deadly poison in these situations. In fact, many experts now say you shouldn't drink when on any medication without first checking with your doctor.

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Alcohol can also have a dangerous interaction with OTC drugs such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and cough and cold medicines -- and if the cough or cold medicines themselves contain alcohol, you can end up with alcohol poisoning. Alcohol can also compete with certain medications for absorption, leading to dangerous interactions. Mix alcohol and certain antidepressants, for example, and you have the potential for a dangerous rise in blood pressure, while alcohol and certain sedatives such as Ativan or Valium can depress the heart rate enough to put you in a coma.

How to avoid it: When you get a new prescription, ask your doctor or a pharmacist if the medication is safe to take while drinking alcohol. If you're a heavy drinker and you know it's likely you'll drink while taking the medication, tell your doctor. She may need to prescribe something else instead. Also, read the handouts that come with your prescriptions to see if alcohol is mentioned as a risk. And read the labels of all OTC medications carefully, both to see if alcohol is mentioned as a risk and also to see if alcohol is an ingredient in the medication itself.

Taking Brand-Name Drug And Generic Version
With insurance companies mandating the use of generic drugs whenever they're available, it's all too common for patients to get confused and end up with bottles of a brand-name drug and a generic version at the same time without realizing it. "For example, a common diuretic is furosemide. The brand name is Lasix. A patient might have a bottle of furosemide and a bottle of Lasix and not know they're the same thing," says internist Bruce Mann, M.D. "In essence, the patient is taking twice the dose." Since generic drugs don't list the equivalent brand name on the label, you might not spot this unless your brand-name version lists the generic name in the fine print.

How to avoid it: When your doctor prescribes a new medication, make sure you have a chance to go over all the details you might need to know later. Have the doctor write down the name of the drug (brand and generic, if available), what it's for, its dosage, and how often and when to take it. Try to remember both names for future reference. Also, look up the generic names for each of your brand-name prescriptions and vice versa; then line up all of your medicine bottles and see if you have any duplications.

Taking Rx Drugs And Over-The-Counter Alternative
It's easy to think that something you can grab off the shelf at your local grocery or drug store must be safe, but some of the most common OTC drugs can cause serious reactions. A top contender is medicine-chest staple Maalox, meant to calm digestive upset. A new and very popular version, Maalox Total Relief, contains an ingredient called bismuth subsalicylate that can react dangerously with anticlotting drugs, drugs for hypoglycemia, and anti-inflammatories, particularly ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs.

Another standby to watch out for is aspirin, which thins the blood. If you forget to stop taking aspirin before a surgical procedure, the result can be life-threatening bleeding.

Then there's the herb Saint-John's-wort, which many people take for depression. The fact that Saint- John's-wort can interfere with prescription antidepressants has received a fair amount of attention, but few people know that it also interferes with the liver's processing of blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) and heart medications such as Digoxin.

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How to avoid it: When your doctor is writing out a new prescription, this is also the time to mention or remind her about any OTC meds or supplements you take. Never add a medication without discussing how it interacts with what you're already taking.

Not Understanding Interactions Between Medications
The most serious culprit in this situation is grapefruit juice, which has unique properties when it comes to inactivating or overactivating medications. Grapefruit juice inhibits a crucial enzyme that normally functions to break down and metabolize many drugs, such as antiseizure drugs and statins used to lower cholesterol. The result? The overloaded liver can't metabolize the medication, resulting in an overdose, with potentially fatal consequences.

Other less serious interactions to be aware of include coffee and iron; the coffee inhibits absorption. Doctors say they frequently see coffee drinkers who take their iron in the morning with breakfast, yet their anemia doesn't go away because the iron isn't absorbed. Grapefruit interactions are serious enough that they're often listed on medication handouts, but many food and drink interactions aren't mentioned.

Are These Whole Foods Making You Sick?
How to avoid it: When you get a new prescription, ask your doctor or a pharmacist whether you should take it with food, without food, and if there are any particular dietary issues to watch out for.

Failing To Adjust Dosages After Losing Kidney, Liver
Loss of liver or kidney function impairs your body's ability to rid itself of toxins, or foreign substances, so medications can build up in the body at higher dosages than intended. According to Bona Benjamin of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a common -- and often serious or fatal -- mistake that doctors make is not decreasing medication dosages when patients begin to suffer impaired kidney or liver function. There are many medications that doctors shouldn't prescribe without first ordering liver and kidney function tests, but safety studies show that's often not happening.

How to avoid it: When you bring home a new prescription, read the fine print to see if liver or kidney function is mentioned. If so, ask your doctor if you've had recent liver and kidney function screenings.

Taking A Medication That's Not Safe For Your Age
As we age, our bodies process medications differently. Also, aging brings with it an increased risk of many problems such as dementia, dizziness and falling, and high blood pressure, so drugs that can cause these side effects are much riskier for people over the age of 65.

Since the early 1990s, a research team led by Mark Beers, M.D., has compiled criteria for medications that should no longer be considered safe for those over 65. This list of Inappropriate Medications for the Elderly, known informally as the "Beers List," is a great resource if you or someone you're caring for is over 65.
How to avoid it: Take the Beers List to your doctor and ask her to check it against all medications prescribed. Sadly, a recent Beers survey found that among those over 65, more than 16 percent had recently filled prescriptions for two or more drugs on the Beers list, suggesting that many doctors are still uninformed about the risks of these drugs. If you discover that you or a family member over 65 is taking medications that are considered risky, you may need to be proactive and ask the doctor to find alternatives.

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Random Picture Thread...
Topic Posted by: InkBlister - On: 05/30/2010 - At: 02:36:48 AM
I wanna start a random picture thread... It's based on a similar thread on another forum I go to on occasion and it's pretty fun... You can also post YouTube videos, animated GIFs, etc., as long it's visual and not text... I'm sure all of you have come across something so odd or funny you just had to share, well this is the thread to post it!...


1) Pictures should be bizzare, strange, funny, weird, cute, etc...

2) Pictures are to have no explanation or stories attached (unless in the form of captioning)...

3) Responses to pictures are to be limited to one reaction (LOL, ewww, OMFG, emoticon, etc.) or sentence... Although relatable/response pics are allowed and encouraged.. This is meant to be a PICTURE thread, not a discussion thread...



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New idea for Hobby project.
Topic Posted by: Paulwa - On: 11/23/2010 - At: 02:18:22 AM
Just got to thinking about where I spend most of my time..this old recliner watching tv or online things with my laptop. Been dying to get out in the shop and make something. I thought maybe a nice hobby chest on castors might be a good project to start with. It would hold tools and materials in a rack of drawers of various sizes. The top would detach and make a box that would fit in my lap in the recliner. It would have a square oak poundiing block in the center mounted down solidly. a mini vise on one side and a small steel anvil mounted to the other side. and would all lift out in one piece to clean out metal filings and chips, etc. Would have small ball peen hammers, files and saws for making small cuts. It would be useful to make miniature things in metals, woods, bone etc. And when I didn't feel like spending a day out in the shop I could work in my recliner all day. Just got to get busy creating some of these things. I was thinking of designing a similar chest for my artwork too and not just thrown together but polished good looking pieces of small furniture that would look nice just standing in a corner or against the wall in the living room. Maybe have a small bookshelf and magazine holder on the back side to make it functional decor.

I made some 1 to 2 inch knives out of good steel with polished sage brush wood handles held on with brass rivets and all polished down neatly. Sold two of them on Ebay a few years ago. Want to make some leather holsters and knife scabbords too for my miniature items. Sure could keep a housebound old geezer occupied and happy, I think.
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Topic Posted by: robeec - On: 11/22/2010 - At: 8:13:59 PM
when i was 16 i began having pretty bad seizure--not gran mal, but shaking and losing consciousness. doc put me on dilantin and i had to surrender my newly gotten driver's license. after quadriplegia, the seizures stopped--maybe i just grew out of them.

NYT's article is an interesting article, but you have to stay w/it.
Epilepsy�s Big, Fat Miracle
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