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Little Dogs and Women


What is it about women and little dogs? They seem to enjoy each other’s company very much, as every time I see a little dog, that is being walked or carried around, it is always with a woman. It is very seldom that I see a woman walking a large dog like a Pit bull, Rottweiler or even just a Collie, not that they can handle it or anything, but still. My wife has a little dog too, Fiona, a Teacup Pomeranian, and she loves it very much, always taking it with her wherever she goes, be it the mall, in the salon when she gets her hair done, and even sleeping with it, to my eternal consternation.

Sometimes I tell my wife that she might get asthma from the dog or some other sickness, but it is seemingly heard on deaf ears. That is why I generally just leave them alone with each other, as I wouldn’t want to risk a misunderstanding with my wife, just because of a dog. I was also of the thought that she always let me do my thing, whatever it was, and never complains about it, so it was only fair that I let her do hers.

Anyway, it is a very affectionate dog, her Teacup Pomeranian. Always following her around wherever she goes and just slumps into a little pile at her feet, the times when my wife is sitting in front of the tube or just resting for the afternoon. Fiona is also very well taken cared of, as she has complete shots, a state requirement, and regularly has checkups with the vet, to make sure she never has any issues with common dog problems like parasites or dog ear infection, click here for more information. I can safely say that Fiona, in more ways than one, is healthier than me.

I love my wife very much, and also all the things about her. Fiona, being a sort of extension of hers, naturally gets my love too, although begrudgingly at first, but now that she is almost two years with us, I am beginning to like her. She also is warming up to me, I think, because when first she came into our lives, I’ve got nothing but angry growls from her. Sometimes I think dogs can understand humans and their emotions, and maybe Fiona feels I didn’t really like her at first, which was true, and reciprocated it, by also being always mad at me.

But we’re okay now and she even sits at my lap sometimes, particularly when I’m eating popcorn, which coincidentally was her favorite too. I just learned to look at it in a totally different way. The more time my wife spends with Fiona, means more time for me to do whatever I want, and less nagging too.

But what if I am really just jealous of that little dog, and just trying to justify things to hide what I am feeling? Or maybe, I just wanted my wife’s attention back? I don’t really know. Now I’m just being silly.

Braces Came with the Camera

Do you want to know what my nickname was when I was young? It was Bucky. No, I was never near what Buck Rogers was and I don’t have any resemblance to him, neither was it referred to a moose, and how strong and virile I was. I got my Bucky alias because of my two large front teeth. They said it was so large, that you could see it a mile away, but I doubted that. It’s also good that the name Bucky stuck, as it was way better than being called Goofy or even Bugs Bunny.

My two large front teeth was never an issue with me or my family, my mother even said that they made me look more nice and adorable. She also said that people who were buck toothed are generally regarded as kind and trustworthy persons, and I believed her. I also never minded the teasing, what I did, was to tease them back and everything will be fine and dandy again. Childhood was much easier and simple back then than nowadays, as most of today’s children are prone to having an attitude of some kind, and the teasing today is so hard, that only a thin line separates it from being outright bullying.

It was on my fifteenth birthday that they sprung their question to me. They said that it would be better for me to have braces to straighten my teeth a little, as they were worried that my two large teeth might negatively affect my future. I asked them of whatever happened to me being nice and adorable? They only said that it was okay when I was little, but now that I am a bit grown up, that it is time to face reality. How could I say no to them, when I got my long dreamed of camera as my birthday gift? I felt a little bit cornered, but I also realized that they were right, as always.

Within a month after my birthday, it was off to the dentist for me, to get myself some shiny new braces. And after my initial consultation and measurement, the braces were put on after another week. It was weird at first, having all these metal things inside your mouth, and they taste funny too. The first day with the braces was kind of painful, and my mother gave me analgesics every four hours, for tooth pain relief. After the initial week, everything was smooth sailing. All in all, I think it took me only three years to correct my teeth.

I never recalled any bad experience from wearing braces. I was sort of expecting my friends to tease me about them, but they did not really get into it, besides the first day of me wearing them. The only untoward incident I remember happening, was the time I swallowed that blue thing that is put between the teeth. I think they were either called as orthodontic spacers or spacers for braces or something, but it was really no big deal as I saw it floating, I’ll never tell you where, the next day.

10 Ways to Prevent Infection when you Have Neutropenia

Because of the opportunity I had to travel the world, I also had the chance to meet people from different countries and walks of life. What fascinates me the most is to meet people who suffer from serious ailments but are still positive about life, in general. In particular, I was privileged to meet a person who was suffering from a unique condition called neutropenia. I was astonished at the fact that he has to be observing a series of precautions called neutropenic precautions just to keep him healthy. Such observance takes a lot of patience, but this man does not take it negatively.

Although neutropenia normally develops among those who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, anyone can be affected by this condition. This is especially true among the elderly and people with an unhealthy lifestyle. A person with neutropenia is prone to all kinds of infection because of the relatively low level of infection-fighting white blood cells in their body called neutrophil.

Various online sources tell of different ways on how a neutropenic patient can avoid infections. I listed here 10 of the most basic ways to prevent infection:

1. Observe proper hand washing.

Good hygiene is very crucial for neutropenic patients. Aside from bathing regularly, frequent hand washing is also required. You have to wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can especially before eating, after touching dirty things, touching animals, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Bacteria are commonly spread through hand contact, and hand washing can prevent them from infecting you.

2. Keep away from people with infections.

Some diseases are contagious and can be spread through personal contact. Stay away from people with infectious diseases such as flu, measles and others to avoid getting infected. Also avoid going to crowded places and visiting hospitals where you could also contract these diseases. If you are in a public place, avoid contact with public surfaces such as door handles and hand rails. If you have to use or hold them, clean them with disinfectant wipes first.

3. Protect your skin.

Germs and bacteria can get inside your body through breaks in your skin. Be careful not to get scratches and cuts. If you have them, wash the area with soap and water and then cover it with a bandage.

4. Eat safe foods.

Certain foods are prohibited among neutropenic patients. These include undercooked and uncooked meat, fruits and vegetables. These are the foods you must avoid along with deli meats, raw milk and eggs, and products containing molds such as blue cheese. All other foods are safe to eat.

5. Brush your teeth.

Brushing your teeth at least twice daily can fend off oral infections. Your doctor may also recommend using a mouthwash for preventing mouth sores.

6. Be careful about getting a vaccine.

If your doctor recommends it, you may get vaccines for certain ailments such as flu. However, some vaccines may not be suitable for neutropenia patients, specifically those that contain live viruses. Before getting any vaccine shot, you must consult your doctor first.

7. Avoid people who just got vaccinated.

Contact with children and adults who just got their shot of vaccine puts you at risk of developing the disease they were vaccinated for. So avoid contact with them for now.

8. Don’t pick up your pet’s mess.

If you have a pet at home, have someone pick up their waste or clean the litter box for you to avoid bacterial infection from pet waste.

9. Avoid contact with plants.

Live plants and fresh flowers generally have germs from the soil and water. These germs can go to you if you come in contact with these germs.

10. Take medications.

It is also important to take medications prescribed by your doctor for reducing your risk of infection.

If you have a neutropenia or you know someone who is suffering from this condition, it will help them if you could also share this information.

Facts about Tattoos

Tattooing is defined as a kind of body alteration wherein sharp tools, particularly fine needles, that contains ink or other kind of marking agents, are repeatedly driven into the upper layer of skin to form an image. Tattoos have been enjoying a kind of renaissance lately. People from all walks of life, previously inhibited, are now enjoying the art without any of the typical stigma to worry about. Tattoo’s present name was derived from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning “to tap” and later from the Tahitian word tatu, which means “to mark”, where the present pronunciation was borrowed into the English language.

Tattoos have been used in one form or another, throughout the world, since the beginning of recorded history. The oldest found tattoo was of an Egyptian female mummy, dated 2000 BC, which is currently on display in a museum in Cairo. Many other cultures in the ancient world also bore evidence of tattooing amongst their people.  In China, during the Qing dynasty, prisoners and slaves where accorded tattoos as a form of punishment and is also used to indicate ownership. Indigenous tribes in Asia, like the Igorot from the Philippines and the Dayak from Indonesia, used tattoos to signify their rank and power in society. While the Ainu people from japan believed facial tattoos contain magic which makes them more favorable to their chosen gods.

Modern day tattooing in the west was brought about by the sea expeditions of Captain James Cook of England during the 1700’s. He brought back to England a Raiatean man, covered in tattoo, from Tahiti, and presented him to King George in exchange for a handsome sum. The event rekindled Europe’s fascination with body art, swiftly spreading across the continent and eventually across every ship port in the world. It is also the reason why sailors are always synonymous with tattoos.

We now know who to thank for all the chest tattoos for men and side tattoos for girls that some of us are wearing nowadays. Now for some fun tattoo facts:

  • During the not so distant past, urine was used in mixing the color pigments of tattoos.
  • Royalty hates tattoos nowadays, not so during the 18th and 19th century, particularly the English and Russian loyalty where the use of tattoos where considered fashionable.
  • Early sailors used tattoos as their own personal resumes. A Ship with sails meant they have gone to Cape Horn, a dragon means they have already visited China, an anchor signifies the Atlantic Ocean and a turtle means they have already traversed the equator.
  • Removing a tattoo nowadays costs almost four times the amount you paid for getting the tattoo in the first place.
  • The distinction of the human being with the most tattoos belong to Tom Leppard of Scotland who was 99.9% of his body covered in, guess what, leopard prints.
  • 40% percent of total amount of tattoo artists today are female.
  • 70% of NBA players today have tattoo.

Whatever your persuasion in life, there is no better way to express your inner rebel than having a tattoo. Just remember to specifically think of what you want before you have put anything on your body. Do it right the first time.