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  • Sadie: That was Dave Henderson.
  • Frank: Do we know a Dave Henderson?
  • Sadie: He's married to my best friend, Donna Henderson and father to the Baby Henderson.
  • Frank: Eh...rings a bell...
  • Sadie: He is a police detective officer man.
  • Frank: Nearly remember him...
  • Sadie: He's occasionally a werewolf.
  • Frank: How occasionally?
  • Sadie: Once or twice a month.
  • Frank: So close now...
  • Sadie: Allergic to bees.
  • Frank: DAVE HENDERSON!
The Husband Who Was Too Shy To Look At His Wife.
(a moving story)
Please Read it don’t think its too big,
This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures:Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child was in good health.
On Thursday at 11:15 am – and I’ll never forget the time because of the shock I experienced – one of the nurses informed me that the heart and breathing of the child had stopped. I hurried to the child and performed cardiac massage for 45 minutes and during that entire
time the heart would not work. Then, ALLAH decreed for the heart to resume function and we thanked HIM.
I went to inform the child’s family about his condition. As you know, it is very difficult to inform the patient’s
family about his condition when it’s bad. This is one of the most
difficult situations a doctor is subjected to but it is necessary.
So I looked for the child’s father whom I couldn’t find. Then I found his
mother. I told her that the child’s cardiac arrest was due to bleeding in his throat; we don’t know the cause of this bleeding and fear that his brain is dead.
So how do you think she responded?
Did she cry?
Did she blame me?
No, nothing of the sort. Instead, she said “Alhamdulillah” (All Praise is due to ALLAH)
and left me. After 10 days, the child started moving. We thanked ALLAH and
were happy that his brain condition was reasonable.
After 12 days, the heart stopped again because of the same bleeding. We performed another cardiac massage for 45 minutes but this time his heart didn’t respond. I told his mother that there was no hope.
So she said: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him, O my Lord.” With the grace of ALLAH, his heart started functioning again.
He suffered six similar cardiac arrests till a trachea specialist was able to stop the bleeding and the heart started working properly. Now, three and a half months had passed and the child was recovering but did not move. Then just as he started moving, he was afflicted
with a very large and strange pus-filled abscess in his head, the likes of which I had never seen.
I informed his mother of the serious development. She said “Alhamdulillah” and left me.
We immediately turned him over to the surgical unit that deals with the brain and nervous system and they took over his treatment.
Three weeks later, the boy recovered from this abscess but was still not moving. Two weeks pass and he suffers from a strange blood poisoning and his temperature reaches 41.2°C (106°F).
I again informed his mother of the serious development and she said with patience and certainty: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him.
”After seeing his mother who was with her child at Bed#5,
I went to see another child at Bed#6. I found that child’s mother crying and screaming, “Doctor! Doctor! Do something! The boy’s temperature reached 37.6°C (99.68°F)! He’s going to die! He’s going to die!”
I said with surprise, “Look at the mother of that child in Bed#5. Her child’s fever is over 41°C (106°F), yet she is patient and praises ALLAH.”
So she replied: “That woman isn’t conscious and has no senses”.
At that point, I remembered the great Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam): “Blessed are the strangers.”
Just two words… but indeed two words that shake a nation!
In 23 years of hospital service, I have never seen the likes of this patient sister.
We continued to care for him. Now, six and a half months have passed and the boy finally came out of the recovery unit – not talking, not seeing, not hearing, not moving, not smiling, and with an open chest in which you can see his beating heart. The mother changed the dressing regularly and remained patient and hopeful.
Do you know what happened after that?
Before I inform you, what
do you think are the prospects of a child who has passed through all these dangers, agonies, and diseases?
And what do you expect this patient mother to do whose child is at the brink of the grave and who is unable to do anything except supplicate and beseech ALLAH?
Do you know what happened two and a half months later?
The boy was completely cured by the mercy of ALLAH and as a reward for this pious mother. He now races his mother with his feet as if nothing happened and he became sound and healthy as he was before. The story doesn’t end here. This is not what moved me and brought tears to my eyes.
What filled my eyes with tears is what
follows: One and a half years after the child left the hospital, one of the brothers from the Operations Unit informed me that a man, his wife and two children wanted to see me. I asked who they were and he replied that he didn’t know them. So I went to see them, and I found the parents of the same child whom I operated upon.
He was
now five years old and like a flower in good health – as if nothing happened to him. With them also was a four-month old newborn. I welcomed them kindly and then jokingly asked the father whether the newborn was the 13th or 14th child.
He looked at me with an astonishing smile as if he pitied me. He then said, “This is the second child, and the child upon whom you operated is our first born, bestowed upon us after 17 years of infertility. And after being granted that child, he was afflicted with the conditions that you’ve
seen.”
At hearing this, I couldn’t control myself and my eyes filled with tears.
I then involuntarily grabbed the man by the arm, and pulling him to my room, asked him about his wife: “Who is this wife of yours who after 17 years of infertility has this much patience with all the fatal conditions that afflict her first born?! Her heart cannot be barren! It must be fertile with Imaan!
”Do you know what he said? Listen carefully my dear brothers and sisters. He said, “I was married to this woman for 19 years and for all these years she has never missed the [late] night prayers except due to an authorized excuse. I have never witnessed her backbiting, gossiping, or lying. Whenever I leave home or return, she opens the door, supplicates for me, and receives me hospitably. And in everything she does, she demonstrates the utmost love, care, courtesy, and compassion.” The man completed by saying, “Indeed, doctor, because of all the noble manners and affection with which she treats me, I’m shy to lift up my eyes and look at her.
So I said to him: “And the likes of her truly deserve that from you.
10 beautiful Italian films

  1. La finestra di fronte (2003); F. Özpetek / 106 min / Giovanna is stuck in a dreary and bleak marriage. Her life changes completely when she begins to take care of an old Holocaust survivor who has lost his memory.
  2. La grande bellezza (2013); P. Sorrentino / 142 min / a decadent character in a decadent city lives his lavish Roman nights surrounded by art, religion, irony and vanity.
  3. Io che amo solo te (2015); M. Ponti / 102 min / Ninella is a fifty year-old single mother who happens to be still in love with Don Mimì, whom she wanted to marry in her youth. Destiny surprises her when her daughter gets engaged to the long loved man’s son.
  4. Malèna (2000); G. Tornatore / 109 min / Malèna is a stunning young war widow who’s become the obsession of every man and woman in her town.
  5. Le Meraviglie (2014); A. Rohrwacher / 102 min / a family of beekeepers leads a peaceful life in the Italian countryside until they find out a TV show is being filmed near where they live. 
  6. Nuovo cinema paradiso (1988); G. Tornatore / 155 min / the nostalgic story of a film director’s childhood.
  7. Il ragazzo invisibile (2014); G. Salvatore / 100 min / a fantasy-superhero film about a boy who can turn invisible.
  8. La tigre e la neve (2005); R. Benigni / 118 min / a celebration of love between Rome and an occupied Baghdad during the war in Iraq.
  9. Vergine giurata (2015); L. Bispuri / 90 min / Hana is an Albanese orphan who’s forced to follow the strict rules of Kanun, a set of traditional Albanese laws according to which Hana has to proclaim herself a man in the absence of a male child.
  10. La vita è bella (1997); R. Benigni / 116 min / a stunning tragicomic comedy-drama film about a Jewish Italian book shop owner who must use his vivid imagination to protect his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp.

anonymous asked:

Hello! First, I just wanted to say I really appreciate your blog. I know you get flooded with requests and it's got to be really overwhelming, so I really appreciate that you take your time to help writers like us make our stories the best they can be! My question is kind of stupid, but I just wanted to know exactly how someone can die of a high fever. For instance, how does it affect the organs and is there a way a prolonged, high fever can induce a heart attack? Thank you so much!

Hey there nonny! First off, thanks for the kind words! I would be a liar if I said I never felt overwhelmed by this blog – getting 380+ questions in 72 hours is brutal, and I tend to fight constant feelings that I’m letting someone down, somewhere, somewhen. But you guys all make it worthwhile :) 

Your questions isn’t stupid at all, it’s a really good one! 

Fevers are never “just” a fever. They’re always because of something, and what they’re because of matters a great deal. For example, an elevated body temperature can come from an infection, drugs, heatstroke, or Graves’ Disease; each of these is dangerous in different ways, and that list is far from exhaustive. They all have different causes and therefore different treatments. 

That said, most fevers aren’t in and of themselves dangerous. A fever is a symptom of an elevated metabolism, and it’s the why of that elevation that’s typically the problem. However, once a fever crosses about the 106*F (41*C) mark, things get dangerous. 

[Insert Darkwing Duck This Is Dangerous gif here] 

Human bodies are designed to run in a fairly narrow temperature range. Above certain temperatures, proteins start to denature. The highest recorded survived fever is about 107*F, because the body simply ceases to function properly at that point. 

Fevers also significantly increase metabolic demand, and are often paradoxically paired with a lack of appetite, so the character has to metabolize what they have - their muscles and fat reserves. (Some of us have more than others…) Heart rate must rise to provide oxygen to all the tissues demanding it; respiratory rate rises. The energy to keep body temperature up has to come from somewhere, and that means 

In cases of heat stroke and  malignant hyperthermia (from drugs like cocaine or PCP or the paralytic succinylcholine) and may actually be the result of ][rhabdomyolysis]. 

In cases of infectious fever – by far the most common origin – infections can cause death in a number of ways. Sepsis, a systemic infection, can cause death from damage to the brain (meningitis), or by using up more resources than the host. Sepsis also can cause cardiac depression, the immune response can cause death by dilating the arteries and veins (thus causing low blood pressure and therefore low perfusion to organs, particularly the kidneys). Kidney and liver shutdown is possible, cardiac depression is possible. 

Like I said before, dearest nonny: it’s almost never “just” the fever that’s lethal, it’s everything going on around the fever. 

I hope this helped!! 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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Photos from Kennedy Space Center last week, finally! It rained a little bit but it was sooooo fun (even better than Disney two days later :’)). More photos and stuff below the cut!

It was so neat seeing Gus’ Mercury suit (he’s so compact!! my love!) and all their personal things like Wally’s jacket and Deke’s knife and John Young’s kneeboard. And there’s a big life-sized version of that photo of the Mercury Seven by the F-106,, yes I took a photo with each of them:

The tour to the Saturn V Center was awesome (the VAB is huge?? like HUGE?) and the Apollo 1 exhibit there was beyond great. I love the pictures and personal items they had for each of them, like Gus’ cozy hunting gear and Ed’s track shoes and Rog’s Eagle Scout uniform and cookbook :’) We were there kinda early and I’m glad it was mostly empty. I knew I’d be emotional but seeing the hatch was just… really, really intense and hard. I took some photos and I haven’t looked at them that much because it’s rough,, but I took this one with the photo of Gus I carry around with me everywhere:

As sad as it was, it was also really neat to hear people talking about them. Little kids learning about them, older people remembering what it was like, idk I’m so used to people in my everyday life not even knowing who they are that it was a real welcome change to see them treated like supermen. “A hero remembered never dies.”

The rest of KSC was so fun; seeing Atlantis was AWESOME and climbing through the little ISS (meant for kids asldfkdlfskjsd) and all the engines and boosters and telescope models, I already can’t wait to go back 😭 Like the Apollo 1 exhibit, the shuttle disaster memorials were really really nice. It was nice to see what their families chose to display for each of them, like Rick’s bible and cowboy boots and KC’s favorite book and Greg’s biking trophy. I didn’t know they had pieces of each shuttle on display, that kind of caught me off guard. The Space Mirror Memorial was cool too, it was a little drizzly by that time so I had it to myself lmao, it was nice to see everyone honored like that, even the ones who usually aren’t like Ted and Elliot and Charlie and C.C. I wish Ed Givens was included as well, and I hope someday he will be.

Anyways I had an awesome time and I can’t wait to go back ASAP!!!!!!!

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Son Charles and his fiance’ Anisha at the “Wave” formation, Vermillian Cliffs, just south of the Utah border in Arizona.    Only 20 permits to hike to the wave are issued daily.    Ten by application, and it sometimes takes 6 months to get a permit or ten by lottery each day in the Kenab, Arizona headquarters.   It is a desert environment, and is reached by a 3 mile hike either from Arizona or Utah.    As the desert temperatures can reach 106 degrees F and there are no defined trails to the Wave, they chose to use an experienced guide.    There have been fatalities reaching the Wave,  including 3 in one month in 2013.

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     As of December 8, 2016, with the loss of John Glenn, all of the Mercury 7 astronauts have departed, but their spirit stays strong in hearts and minds the world over. Fortunately, many of their artifacts remain. We are privileged to live their story vicariously through these artifacts, allowing an older generation to reminisce while inspiring a younger age to shoot for the stars.

     It is extremely rare that I publish a photo here that I did not take, but in an effort to share this story properly (and put my ego aside), I’ve included a photo of the Mercury 7 astronauts proudly standing in front of F-106B 58-0158. This very ship now rests on display at Edwards Air Force Base. The ship was put on display in the Air Force Flight Test Museum’s Century Circle, which is open to the public year round, free of charge.

     To the Mercury 7: You all stuck your neck out and pulled our nation through hard times. You all shared a love of flying, but expressed it in your own unique ways. You all acted as much needed heroes, giving young people something to strive for. Scott, Gordo, John, Gus, Wally, Al, Deke, thank you. We miss you.

F-106A Delta Dart jet fighter is displayed at the McChord Field Heritage Hill Air Park May 5, 2017, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The F-106 was flown at McChord under the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from 1960-1983. (Courtesy photo)