Indeed, it's hard to keep looking at images of womb residents and not become more curious about them and their environment. On the other hand, when one has been exposed much to pictures and other materials on pregnancy, it's easy to unconsciously assume that others know about these things as well. Case in point: me -- studying the aforementioned ultrasound image -- and our house helper rummaging through some stuff in the laundry area nearby. On impulse, I asked her, "Nakakita ka na ba ng picture ng baby sa loob ng tiyan ng nanay? (Have you ever seen a picture of a baby inside the mother's tummy?)"
"Hindi pa. (Not yet)"
"Ito, oh. Tignan mo. (Here, take a look)"
She walked over and peered at the computer screen. While she marveled at the image, and stared some more in amazement at other photos I kept in the hard disk, I chided myself for taking these things for granted. Just because you're used to seeing pictures of fetuses in different stages of development, that doesn't mean everybody is, I silently "scolded" myself with a sheepish smile.
Not everyone has laid eyes on a 4D sonogram image either. Here's one (it's the same image that I've been talking about in this post) -- and it's a picture that will continue to amaze me -- and to remind me of the splendor of life before birth.
First Look Sonogram specializes in 4D ultrasound exams. Our licensed, registered ultrasound technologists perform limited medical diagnostic prenatal ultrasounds utilizing state of the art technology.
First Look Sonogram requires that each patient has consulted with their respective physician prior to participating in our service and that at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound. A report and/or copies of the ultrasound can be forwarded to a patients physician if either requested by that physician or if there are any medical concerns during the evaluation of the ultrasound.
The benefits that you will share by viewing your unborn child will result in prenatal bonding between mother, father, siblings and the unborn child. You can now share the exciting first look of your unborn child with those closest to you and make the forthcoming birth that much more exciting.• Testimonials
Source: First Look Sonogram
posted by sunnyday at 9:45 AM
More from 'Ask Dutchy' on elderly care
I got the following again from Ask Dutchy and it's about possible reasons why elderly people sometimes don't eat:
Here are some practical reasons why elderly people do not eat. These reasons should help you clue in to your senior. If their eating problems are persistant or chronic you should consult your primary care provider.
Several factors can cause malnutrition in older adults, including the following:
* Loss of appetite. Older adults lose their appetites for many reasons, including physical disease, mental illness, or emotional distress.
* Decreased sense of taste and/or smell. Many of the diseases that affect older adults and the medications they take can reduce their sense of smell and taste, making it difficult and even unpleasant to eat.
* Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing. Poor dentition affects many older adults and can contribute to a vicious cycle of malnutrition; as older people become malnourished and lose weight, their dentures may not fit correctly, making it even more difficult to eat. Swallowing problems also affect many older adults, making eating difficult.
* Loss of physical strength or mobility. Elders who are frail or immobile are often unable to shop and cook. Even something as simple as opening a can of soup or a frozen dinner and putting it into the microwave can be difficult for someone who is physically debilitated.
* Chronic diseases and medications. Older adults often have at least one chronic medical condition and often take a slew of different medications. Certain disease states, as well as side effects from medications, can interfere with appetite, digestion, and even absorption of certain nutrients.
* Mental and emotional factors. Mental illness, such as depression and age-related dementia, and social isolation affect many elders and can dampen their desire and ability to eat.
* Financial insecurity. Financial problems can make it difficult for many older adults to get the nutrition they need.
Administration on Aging
American Dietetic Association
posted by sunnyday at 11:10 AM
Helping grandaparents who seem restless
How does that old saying go? The one that's part of the "I've learned..." series of short points to ponder? Something like...I've learned that there is much be learned at the feet of an old person.
Advancement in years indeed may bring with it much wisdom; hence, younger people can learn a lot from the elderly if these young minds are willing to listen.
When an old person is afflicted with illness, such as Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, those around him can learn just the same in the course of caring for him. But it can be very trying. Fortunately, there are many websites that offer offer information and other forms of support on this area.
One such site is Ask Dutchy, whichI came across yesterday. The blog owner answers queries and about taking care of the aged, about the aging process and illnesses like Alzheimer's and Dementia. A sample:
Sometimes with Alzheimer’s and Dementia caregivers just assume agitation is a just a part of the disease. While it often is just part of the disease, occasionally there is a simple cause for agitation. It just might take a bit of sleuthing to figure it out.
Here are some possible causes for increased agitation in those with Alzheimer’s that may require a minor adjustment in the way things are done.
1. Your loved one may be hungry in the afternoon. Try a mid afternoon snack
2. Your loved one may not like the busy atmosphere and hustle and bustle around dinnertime. Try planning ahead and fixing part of the meal in the morning when they aren’t agitated. This will free you up to be more attentive during this time of the day.
3. Clothing that was put on them in the morning, may be too hot in the afternoon. Try removing a layer.
4. Noise tends to bother those with Alzheimer’s later in the day. They are tired and can’t cope with the being tired and the extra stimuli. Try to play the TV or radio quieter in the afternoon or evening and see if that helps them remain calmer.
5. They may need more lights on in the afternoon and evening. Shadows may cause them confusion. Try turning on the lights before there are afternoon shadows.
6. Make sure the room is uncluttered. Try to keep the area where you loved one is free from clutter.
If you find that none of these solutions seem to be helping, consult your loved one's physician for suggestions, testing for a possible urinary tract infection or perhaps a medication adjustment.
posted by sunnyday at 11:03 AM
From the mouth of more babes
When the mother returned from the grocery store, her small son pulled out
the box of animal crackers he had begged for, then he spread the animal-shaped
crackers all over the kitchen counter. "What are you doing?" his Mom asked. "The box
says you can't eat them if the seal is broken," the boy explained. "I'm looking for the seal."
Laura, 7, was asked to retrieve a Phillips screwdriver from the kitchen and bring it to her
mother. She got one and said, "I think this one is the Phillips screwdriver because the
other one said
." (And, yes, she did have the Phillips screwdriver.) Stanley
Jacki's twin daughters were about 5 when their dad called on a Friday afternoon to see
if they would like him to bring home some ice cream sundaes. The twins were excited
about the unexpected treat. While waiting for their ice cream sundaes, Lindsee asked,
"Mom, when is Dad going to get here with our ice cream Fridays?"
-- Jacki Boyer of
posted by sunnyday at 11:07 PM
Strength and Victory
There is no better exercise
for strengthening the heart
lifting people up.
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Triumph -- umph added to try.
posted by sunnyday at 10:34 PM
3 new links on the loss of pre-born babies
Hence, I word-searched "fetus."
Was I shocked. What I got were mostly images of aborted fetuses, and they weren't cartoons or in black and white. If they had been confined inside specific sites, I would have been forewarned of the sites' contents and thus could have been given the choice whether or not to lay eyes on the photos. Some of the images I viewed, however, were simply on google's (or was it yahoo's?) fetus-results-page, flashed before my eyes.
That's not the kind of material I intend to put on this blog. I am aware, however, that women undergo abortions. I am aware, too, that a woman who's had an abortion deserves the same compassion and respect accorded any other human being, regardless of the circumstances surrounding what she went through.
What I'm not aware of, though, is the deep damage that the loss of an unborn baby causes on the mother -- emotional, physical and spiritual damage. A spontaneous abortion (more commonly referred to as "miscarriage") may cause much anguish on the baby's mother as well as father; a procured abortion, despite its being a deliberate choice in the case of many women, likewise carries with it pain and regret that may go unheard or unprocessed.
Thus, I'm posting three new links that I've scanned -- links to sites that may shed more light on post abortion matters, in the context of healing and recovery.