Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quote For Today

Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts. So, when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will... 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Article By my son..

Here is a link to another article my son wrote thought I would post..Well done Marty

Been Sick..

Well I have been sick with this cold and I don't wish this on anyone. I have not been this sick in years. Lost my voice, some may say that's a good thing lol but it knocked the shit right out of me. What a time to get sick with everything going on and my sister needing me, could not of came at a worse time. The news of last Friday still has me in aw, my heart goes out to my sister, for I have no idea what her and her husband must be going through. I want them to know I will be here for  them through it all and afterwards too. Just make your time together happy and embrace everyday. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Life just isn't fair sometimes

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.

Life just is not fair, we have murders, sex offenders, people who abuse woman and children, all over just not nice people who get to either go free or end up sitting behind bars for the rest of their lives. So why is it that a good honest hard working true loving man ends up with a disease and is told he has a short time to live,while these no good piece of shits get to live theirs. I just don't understand it sometimes.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Quote for the day. ..

Well I thought for the next few days I would post a few quotes I found I thought you might like hope you enjoy them have a great day..

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interesting read..

This is an interesting read for anyone who has a loved one or knows someone affected by Alzheimer's .....

Brain implants studied as Alzheimer’s fix

By LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone’s brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer’s disease.

And it’s not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient’s skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.

A dramatic shift is beginning in the disappointing struggle to find something to slow the damage of this epidemic: The first U.S. experiments with “brain pacemakers” for Alzheimer’s are getting under way. Scientists are looking beyond drugs to implants in the hunt for much-needed new treatments.

The research is in its infancy. Only a few dozen people with early-stage Alzheimer’s will be implanted in a handful of hospitals. No one knows if it might work, and if it does, how long the effects might last.

Kathy Sanford was among the first to sign up. The Ohio woman’s early-stage Alzheimer’s was gradually getting worse. She still lived independently, posting reminders to herself, but no longer could work. The usual medicines weren’t helping.

Then doctors at Ohio State University explained the hope — that constant electrical stimulation of brain circuits involved in memory and thinking might keep those neural networks active for longer, essentially bypassing some of dementia’s damage.

Sanford decided it was worth a shot.

“The reason I’m doing it is, it’s really hard to not be able, sometimes, to remember,” Sanford, 57, said from her Lancaster, Ohio, home.

Her father is blunter.

“What’s our choice? To participate in a program or sit here and watch her slowly deteriorate?” asked Joe Jester, 78. He drives his daughter to follow-up testing, hoping to spot improvement.

A few months after the five-hour operation, the hair shaved for her brain surgery was growing back and Sanford said she felt good, with an occasional tingling that she attributes to the electrodes. A battery-powered generator near her collarbone powers them, sending the tiny shocks up her neck and into her brain.

It’s too soon to know how she’ll fare; scientists will track her for two years.

“This is an ongoing evaluation right now that we are optimistic about,” is how Ohio State neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Rezai cautiously puts it.

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias, and that number is expected to rise rapidly as the baby boomers age. Today’s drugs only temporarily help some symptoms. Attempts to attack Alzheimer’s presumed cause, a brain-clogging gunk, so far haven’t panned out.

“We’re getting tired of not having other things work,” said Ohio State neurologist Dr. Douglas Scharre.

The new approach is called deep brain stimulation, or DBS. While it won’t attack Alzheimer’s root cause either, “maybe we can make the brain work better,” he said.

Implanting electrodes into the brain isn’t new.

Between 85,000 and 100,000 people around the world have had DBS to block the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The continuous jolts quiet overactive nerve cells, with few side effects. Scientists also are testing whether stimulating other parts of the brain might help lift depression or curb appetite among the obese.

It was in one of those experiments that Canadian researchers back in 2003 stumbled onto the Alzheimer’s possibility. They switched on the electrical jolts in the brain of an obese man and unlocked a flood of old memories. Continuing his DBS also improved his ability to learn. He didn’t have dementia, but the researchers wondered if they could spur memory-making networks in someone who did.

But wait a minute.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t just steal memories. It eventually robs sufferers of the ability to do the simplest of tasks. How could stimulating a brain so damaged do any good?

A healthy brain is a connected brain. One circuit signals another to switch on and retrieve the memories needed to, say, drive a car or cook a meal.

At least early in the disease, Alzheimer’s kills only certain spots. But the disease’s hallmark gunky plaques act as a roadblock, stopping the “on” switch so that healthy circuits farther away are deactivated, explained Dr. Andres Lozano, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital whose research sparked the interest.

So the plan was to put the electrodes into hubs where brain pathways for memory, behaviour, concentration and other cognitive functions converge, to see if the jolts reactivate those silenced circuits, added Ohio State’s Rezai.

“It’s like going through Grand Central Station and trying to affect all the trains going in and coming out,” he said.

Lozano’s team found the first clue that it’s possible by implanting six Alzheimer’s patients in Canada. After at least 12 months of continuous stimulation, brain scans showed a sign of more activity in areas targeted by Alzheimer’s. Suddenly, the neurons there began using more glucose, the fuel for brain cells.

“It looked like a blackout before. We were able to turn the lights back on in those areas,” Lozano said.

While most Alzheimer’s patients show clear declines in function every year, one Canadian man who has had the implants for four years hasn’t deteriorated, Lozano said, although he cautioned that there’s no way to know whether that’s due to the DBS.

The evidence is preliminary and will take years of study to prove, but “this is an exciting novel approach,” said Dr. Laurie Ryan of the National Institutes of Health’s aging division, which is funding a follow-up study.

In research under way now:

•The Toronto researchers have teamed with four U.S. medical centres — Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida and Arizona’s Banner Health System — to try DBS in a part of the brain called the fornix, one of those memory hubs, in 40 patients. Half will have their electrodes turned on two weeks after the operation and the rest in a year, an attempt to spot any placebo effect from surgery.

•At Ohio State, Rezai is implanting the electrodes into a different spot, the frontal lobes, that his own DBS work suggests could tap into cognition and behaviour pathways. That study will enrol 10 participants including Sanford.

Surgery back in October was Sanford’s first step. Then it was time to fine-tune how the electrodes fire. She took problem-solving tests while neurologist Scharre adjusted the voltage and frequency and watched her reactions.

Sanford was cheered to see her test scores climb a bit during those adjustments. She said she knows there are no guarantees, but “if we can beat some of this stuff, or at least get a leading edge on it, I’m in for the whole deal.”

CANUSA Sports Desk: Pills for the Win

Well my son Marty called today and said he wrote an article for this site he is part of and I thought I would post it. Well done Marty ...Just click on the link below::

CANUSA Sports Desk: Pills for the Win: Photo Courtesy Getty Images Could something so small, yet so powerful, turn into one of the biggest mysteries in sports history? Ben ...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome little man..

I went to see my best friend Meghan's baby tonight. He was born last night and he is so precious congratulations Meghan and Mick. Embrace every moment you spend with him, time flys so fast and before you know it they are all grown up.

Napping with Nannie..

Happy Birthday Mom Love you Lots. I spent the morning with my mom and Bailey had a nap with his Nannie...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Yes hockey is back but here's my opinion...

I read in the newspaper this morning of how all is forgiven , say the fans was the head line.. This morning in the newspaper... that is what prompted my post today..

Well I know a lot of people out there are happy hockey is back, however I have to make my opinion known.. The hockey players make outrageous amount of money and the whole time the strike was on all I ever heard about was the hockey players, well what about the average person who works at the rinks, the person who makes an average wage to support his or her family. The rinks don't run on their own. Did anyone ever think how the strike affected them? The players sure the hell didn't all they were worried about was how much more money they could get..

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Light a Candle Today...

January 14th, 2013, will mark a month of the tragedy at Newton, CT. Let's all light a candle that day, in remembrance of those we lost. It doesn't matter where you are, or at what time, but just do it. Light a candle a take a minute to remember those who passed on to heaven. Let's make this a worldwide event and light a candle for those who lost their light.

Friday, January 11, 2013

As a Child....

Someone I know said this and I had to post it,I too feel the same was and it is so true....

As a child you look up to your elders cause that's what you are told to do. Then you grow up and realize that those elders may not have deserved your respect...but what you do realize is that the young ones growing up around you will someday feel the same way you do. The only way to change it, is to live in a way that those young ones give you the respect that you deserve...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunset this evening ....

Here's a photo I took this evening of the sunset in my back yard.

It's going to be a good year..

Well the year is off to a good start so far.. I got a new car I am so excited can't wait to get it this week. Here's a picture of it...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thinking of my sister..

I have been texting with my sister who is on her way back to Ontario and her drive is not the greatest. The roads are so bad, she has seen so many cars off the road and 8 car accidents and she still has 4 more hours of driving to go. Love ya Donna drive safe and I will be praying for you to make it home safe.

The Jam or the Gift???

I went to my best friends today and we exchanged gifts and she gave me a jar of fresh homemade Jam.When I  got home I slipped on a piece of ice and had to deiced to save the Jam or the Gift well I wanted both , but that wasn't about to happen.. So I saved the Gift...

as you can see Teresa it looks great on my table and smells wonderful.. Thanks again

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My brother in law Cliff

I thought I would post this picture I was going through the New Years pictures and thought this was sweet. This is my brother in law Cliff and his mom Betty...

The trees down...

Well I took my tree down today was kind of a little sad really, we wait all year for it to come and it seems like the blink of an eye it's over. I really enjoyed having my sister home, and taking the tree down reminds me she's going home. It seems like old times when she's home the family all comes together, drive safe Donna 20 hours in a car isn't much fun hope your drives good, be thinking of you xo.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

More Photos from New Years

The wii got a work out last night. Best entertainment to have at a party we all had fun..I saw this on my sister in-law Facebook and had to repost it because I liked it:

I hope all your wishes come true. I wish you good health in 2013 because without it nothing else matters. I wish you the courage to mend bridges and the courage to forgive. I wish you the strength to bite your tongue when you really want to say how you really feel. I wish you this and more and I hope I can do the same.

Happy New Year!!!

Well I hope everyone had a great New Years. My family came for New Years this year and it was a great time had by all. I like to thank everyone for coming Danny,Bailey,and I had a great time and really enjoyed having you guys.