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  1. I tried this ... and lost 2 pennies so far. The magic seems to be that when they fall they don’t just drop down ... they seem to leap away ... it might be related to the jeans and towel coming through the dryer
  2. What is your personal experience that disproves that? In mine, I think there was a combination of factors, and not uniformity for all diseases.
  3. Sounds like humbuggery but we’ve got a filbert tree and I get reflux. I could sleep with a bit of branch and let you know if there’s a miracle. Could contain something medicinal that can help reflux rather like willow does with salicylate that can help pain. I can be open minded.
  4. in our area, PNW, hats around horses in places I know about are supposed to have “stampede strings” to not blow away in wind, which can cause horses to spook and cause injuries. No idea if that would apply to Oklahoma, but before getting a hat that should be figured out, imo.
  5. I’d probably check with the specific ranch she’ll be at.
  6. Most cases of viral meningitis are mild . Probably a lot of people don’t even know it’s what they have. (ETA: it can be severe and lead to encephalitis...but usually not...and usually people can recover on their own.) ETA: And there may be a cultural aspect to understanding it. Also perhaps a medical malpractice issue where medical personnel would be afraid to say to someone to go home and recover. Hospital stay once a patient were diagnosed with any sort of meningitis would be more cya. I wonder if that also makes it different with an NHS, compared to in USA. [as well, there may be a cycle of public perception influencing medical practice, thus influencing perception. So if a typical jury would hear “meningitis” and immediately think it’s a life threatening condition that needs heroic treatment in hospital, then a doctor can’t take a chance on saying, this will probably resolve by itself in a week or 10 days. ...] It’s generally outbreaks of bacterial meningitis such as in university dormitories that cause severe illness, sometimes death, and make the news. Thus coloring people’s impressions. So perhaps even more reason for a concerned parent like Emse to keep away from groups that could have the infection.. (And not to blame anti-vaccination people.)
  7. I think that ‘s a valid concern. I also am curious whether there’s been a change with regard to the meningitis situation from before vaccination times as compared to the present. In 1918 from the JAMA article it seems that though an era when there was no vaccination and mumps was a common childhood illness , associated meningitis was hard to find recorded cases of, with a sense that associated meningitis might be very mild and gone in a few days as the reason. Then in the NHS description it appears that in recent times since vaccination (presumably in UK) 1 in 7 people with mumps get meningitis and that (while still generally mild and non fatal) it passes in about 14 days. It seems like perhaps frequency, severity, and duration have all increased. I wonder if that is so and not just a. reporting anomaly, and if true, whether it also could be because vaccination has shifted the time of getting sick away from early childhood when the illness tends to be very mild.
  8. Interesting. Maybe xahm’s kids could read that (or listen to it) and try it as a science experiment before the other people arrive.
  9. It seems like there’d be more beneficial things to do with time and energy— such as focus on world peace, or loving family relationships. Or volunteer at a soup kitchen... or for that matter take up jogging
  10. Link for above quote:
  11. May 18, 1918 MUMPS MENINGITIS JULIUS KAUNITZ, M.D. JAMA. 1918;70(20):1448-1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600200014005 Abstract The most frequent complication seen in mumps is orchitis. The rarer complications are meningitis, encephalitis, neuritis, ovaritis, endocarditis, arthritis, nephritis, mastitis and vulvovaginitis. The complications appear in most instances in from four to seven days. The meningitis of mumps is very little known. There is mention of 150 cases, although I have not been able to find more than thirty described, most of them appearing in an article by Acker,1 in which two of his own cases are reported. During some epidemics, there appear to be more meningeal complications than in others. As most patients recover after a few days' illness, it is very probable that the meningeal condition is lost sight of, particularly in the milder cases. This very likely accounts for the fact that so few cases are on record and that so little is known of this complication.
  12. From what type of meningitis?
  13. There’s obviously a higher chance of a baby having a complication from an illness than from no illness. However, afaik the risk of a baby having a serious complication from, much less a fatality from mumps is extremely low. Far, far lower than risks from car crash or other accidents. Not sure risk rate as compared to chance of being struck by lightning. Some quotes from above: “Mumps and pregnancy In the past it was thought developing mumps during pregnancy increased the risk of miscarriage, but there's little evidence to support this.” “ Viral meningitis Viral meningitis can occur if the mumps virus spreads into the outer protective layer of the brain (the meninges). It occurs in about 1 in 7 cases of mumps. Unlike bacterial meningitis, which is regarded as a potentially life-threatening medical emergency, viral meningitis causes milder, flu-like symptoms, and the risk of serious complications is low. Sensitivity to light, neck stiffness and headaches are common symptoms of viral meningitis. These usually pass within 14 days.” ——— Encephalitis complication from mumps can be fatal, but is extremely rare—so putting together rarity of mumps in babies times rarity of fatality from mumps, there are certainly many things that will pose much higher risks for your dc. precaution to avoid group settings where mumps or any number of non-VPD s could be present to infect you and your child with mumps or anything else, could be protective. That is, to rely on your own keeping away from situations likely to have a person who might be sick, could protect against all sorts of illness—rather than counting on herd immunity at a vulnerable time. Many illnesses have neither a vaccine, nor immunity for life after an infection. If only 90% of people who get mmr are protected from mumps, even if 100% of people get mmr vaccination, you still cannot be certain your dc won’t get mumps. There have been outbreaks in groups with high vaccination rates iirc. Such as colleges or military where everyone is supposed to have mmr.
  14. I think you should not say anything about possible line cutting or other positives in case that doesn’t happen. a manual wheelchair should be fine so long as others help push. I’d make sure the leaders will help see to that A lot of power scooters won’t go as fast as kids can go and might cause more issues of being left behind than a manual chair pushed by kids the power scooters may be being saved preferentially for older disabled people where no one in the person ‘s group is fit enough to push a manual chair
  15. What do you think the likelihood of your baby dying from mumps is? Even if this were 1965 or so and people weren’t getting mumps vaccinations yet, what do you think the chances of your baby dying from mumps would be? And in regard to the other post I quoted, do you really think vaccinations are more important than food?
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