WWFD?

Big girls carry water, small girls play with dolls

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American Horror Story competing as a mini-series is such a cop out.

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They know they don’t stand a chance in the regular category so they take the consolation prize.

I was surprised True Detective didn’t try for it

If the show is ongoing then it’s not really a mini-series. The series isn’t mini, the storyline of each season is. Hopefully by the time the shows are over we’ll have five or more seasons. Nothing miniature about that.

It’s really just a matter of cowardice. True Detective thought it could take on the big boys but American Horror Story knew it couldn’t.

It really is unfair to the actual mini-series which won’t have chances year after year to get awards. The Emmys need to crack down on this skulduggery.

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Tv Show Idea: Historical Drama about America with each season representing a generation or period.

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With Game of Thrones style vastness.

Centennial that NBC did in the late 70’s it’s a miniseries that’s sort of what your looking for. My grams watched it when it first came on so she was 20-25, so I’d say it’s comparable to GOTs popularity now as it was back then. Took like an hour of me watching and making fun of it but I got into it, worth watching.

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ALS

I saw that Pam Anderson criticized the ice bucket challenge and also ALS research because of animal testing. I don’t want to talk about animal rights or atrocities animals endure or how drugs are researched and tested in the pursuit of finding cures. I just want to talk about ALS.

I’ve taken care of ALS patients. Ones with an ALS diagnosis and the lesser symptoms of it, still walking, talking, eating and breathing on their own with minimal supportive devices, who go into the hospital not being able to breath or with respiratory issues so severe they stay for months in a hospital and in those months lose control of breathing on their own, swallowing, and their mobility, many develop secondary infections, bed sores, MRSA, to name a few truly awful and common issues.

I’ve been in the home of patients who for the first time in months are back in their own homes, a place they have always felt secure and loved, and suddenly they not able to sleep in their own beds with their spouses because of the ventilator they need to breath, or the special motorized bed needed, the medical machinery that keeps them alive. The strain on them as their families battle with insurance companies and hospitals and try to find and keep nursing care for them.

Gastronomy tubes hooked up to continuous feeds because they can no longer swallow without the risk of aspirating food into their lungs, communication boards and tools being useless once the disease progresses to a point when the simple act of raising their arms and moving their fingers to point at a letter is impossible.

The utter lack of bodily control over basic functions, needing someone else to bathe and dress and move your limbs for you. Comfort no longer exists, muscle atrophy and fatigue and not being able to move results in cramping so severe that many patients cannot sleep without a regimen of anti-anxiety, sleep and pain medications.

The feel of suffocation they experience is constant as the tracheostomy and ventilator may led to infection, mucus plugs, and throat irritation. The constant need for suctioning with a rubber catheter inserted through a hole in the trachea multiple times a day is a necessary torture.

Confinement to a bed or chair and the lack of mobility can cause bed sores that you can see deep tissue and bone through.

The cost of care can bankrupt a family.

We don’t euthanize the sick in this country, we have severe penalties against assisted suicide, we can’t cure all those who are sick, we can only manage their care as best we can.

To say animal testing does the people suffering from ALS a disservice is a broad statement, one I don’t agree with, we need to test drugs, we can’t test immediately on human beings so we test on animals, is this moral? I personally don’t care because my very first encounter with an ALS patient I was a brand new nurse, I was their first nurse on the first shift on the first day they came home. Neither of us slept during my overnight shift and as my patient’s spouse went off to bed in a room they’d shared decades sleeping next to each other my patient cried and asked me to let them die.

I had to give them antianxiety medication that left them calm and in and out of sleep. 

What’s left in a person with a disease that leaves their bodies useless and prison-like is pain and anger and a profound suffering no medication or intervention can stall or stop. They die horribly and they know, long before it happens that they will die in a way no human being should endure.

Ice bucket challenge had led to donations on an incredible scale, for the amount of effort it takes to set up the camera and get dressed in clothes you don’t mind getting soaked in, finding a bucket and the ice, donating seems easier in comparison, so donate too.

Animals can be wild, or pets, or lab specimens.

It’s not the best prospect, or even a humane one. But I’m willing to take the guilt of the animal dying in a lab over the patient dying in front of me for a single viable medication that can slow, ease, or stop the disease.

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