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LEARNING FROM MY TINY PATIENTS

For physicians, especially those in training, death is failure. We run from it, and when we can't we do all we can to defeat it, we minimize and rationalize its significance. It is the ultimate enemy. But over and over again I kept having troubling experiences that I could not understand. At the moment of death, most often when it was expected and grieving families had time to prepare for it, there was a peace about the patient who was passing on. Often, the child was more at peace than their parent who one would expect to be doing the comforting. I even had a dying child once ask me to tell his mother that it was OK to let him go! Dying children reassuring their grieving parents — it happened more times than you would think. And it baffled me to no end ...

This, literally, went on for years. I got married and we had children, and of course then I began to worry that my children might be afflicted with the diseases I was seeing or, Heaven forbid, succumb to the accidents and trauma that I had to deal with all too often. Still I did not change my outward confidence of dealing with dying children. It was all part of the job, I convinced myself. I had, at least, reached the point of understanding that patients do occasionally die, through no fault of my own. My compromise with myself was that I could never let myself get emotionally involved with the situations I faced. I got so I could literally pronounce someone dead, place a comforting hand on the shoulder of a grieving Mom, say a few reassuring words, leave the room and continue on rounds as if nothing had happened. Such was the strength of the self-protective shell I built around myself.

Then it happened, the tragedy to my family that I could not control, could not rationalize and could not feign comfort to eliminate. On a cold January afternoon, over ten years ago now, my wife received a phone call that her sister, my sister in law but truly the sister I never had, was dead. Her deranged and jealous husband had shot her in the head, and then turned the gun on himself — a classic codependent murder/suicide. In one brief moment, my wife lost her sister and closest friend, I lost a woman who had become my virtual sister, my kids lost their favorite aunt, and the world lost a brilliant engineer, gifted marathoner and truly beautiful women. We thought that day, and for many days to come, that our world had ended.

In many respects it had. My wife could barely function, and drifted into a deep and debilitating depression. Our kids struggled to understand how something so awful could happen in life, and to them. I lost all professional bearings, especially in dealing with families in crisis. All the defense mechanisms and ways I had established to deal with this kind of tragedy in my patients went out the window. I was floundering for answers.

To say that one day answers simply came, is to minimize the depth of the struggle we endured. To our credit we did not give up, although many times we felt we wanted to. I think it was because we were parents, we felt that primal urge to survive and to protect, and this was what pushed us through, that gave us the strength to get up each day to feed our children breakfast, go to work, pay bills, do chores, try to love our kids as much as they deserved. We did this as best we could, everyday, even if sometimes we went through the motions in zombie-like fashion.

But answers did indeed come; through a series of events that now I can only interpret as "Messages from Above". I can't remember the exact order of these events, but what I am certain of is their importance in our eventual healing. My wife had a dream she did not completely understand, but in it her sister seemed happy, happier than she had seen her in many years before her death. She spoke to my wife and told her not to worry. At almost the same time, we got to know a woman from our neighborhood who previously had only been a passing acquaintance. She was one of these people who know things, if you know what I mean. They can see what most of us can't and possess an understanding of that which is not necessarily of this world. We were initially skeptical of all of this, as are most people, but her reassurance was powerful, and my wife and she spent many an afternoon together attempting to deal with and understand my sister-in-law's death. Needless to say, with time, my wife felt peace, and was able to move on.

It wasn't so easy for me, however. I remained a skeptic and became cynical, very much in the tradition of my craft. This stuff was not supposed to happen to me. I was a physician; everyone else were patients, with tragedies. I truly felt I had some sort of immunity from human tragedy, and this even had somehow cheated me.

It was not until I started to remember my patients, the tiny humans who had faced death so courageously, with an understanding of their situation that I did not possess, that I slowly began to move past my nonfunctioning state. I ran back through all of them in my mind, particularly those who had died. There was, for instance, the little 8 year old, dying of cystic fibrosis, long before we had the techniques we now have which allow these folks to live well into adulthood. He was the one who asked me to tell his mother that it was OK to let him go. He was the one who told me he loved me as I carried him from his bed to his mother's lap. He was the one, I soon figured out, who had the faith to know that he was going to be all right, no matter what happened.

Was their faith intrinsic, somehow instinctual? Did kids have knowledge of the big picture of their lives, that we adults, in our cynical, callous approach to all we deal with in everyday life, lacked? Did they possess the basic fundamental understanding of the eternity of the soul, which we adults had somewhere along the way unlearned?

In word, I discovered that yes, they do. It was through them, my little patients that I began to slowly understand that there is an inborn knowledge that we all possess, that, in the end, we will all be OK Through our growth and development as adults, this knowledge becomes impractical, nonsensical or in many ways we just simply forget we have it. Until it is tested. Then it isn't here when we need it, and we must learn our childhood lessons all over again.

People ask me how I can take care of sick kids for a living, having to deal with all the sadness. I tell them that, indeed, there is sadness. But overwhelmingly there is joy. The unconditional love, acceptance and faith of kids, gives enough positive energy to lighten many hearts and minimize countless tragedies. Is it any accident that Children's Hospitals are one of the happiest places on earth? I think not.

Just the other day I took care of a newly diagnosed diabetic 11 year old girl who was desperately ill. At the time she was admitted to our unit she was stuporous, her blood pressure was low, her blood chemistries were out of whack and her blood sugar was dangerously high. She did not die, but without extreme effort she very well could have. After 24 hours of instability and being "not yet out of the woods" as we like to say, she finally stabilized, it was time to deal with the fact that she now carried the diagnosis of diabetes and she would be insulin dependent for the rest of her life.

When it came time for me to deliver this news to this precocious little girl, she could tell I was struggling. As I stumbled through the words, she stopped me. In her quiet way she simply said, "It's OK, doctor, I know in the end everything will be all right"

It was all I could not to begin crying right then and there. Once again, it had been my patient who saved me, who shed light for me on the reality of life's big picture!

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Geneva and Scott Horchner of Hagerstown, Maryland, have both owned dogs in the past, but Perdita, the 1-year old beagle mix from the local Humane Society, is currently the only dog in the house. Scott hasn't always agreed with what Geneva has bought for the dogs. Things might be different with Perdita. "He thinks I go a little overboard," Geneva said. "No, I don't think 'a little.' I think 'a lot,'" Scott replied. "That's why we had to get a girl. You just can't do that to a boy dog." So what would happen to a boy dog in the Horchner household? Scott explained how he dressed a dog he used to have. "I got my retriever a wet suit thing so he didn't get cut up while we were hunting. I also got him boots so he didn't tear up his paws." Cuteness was only part of the reason why Perdita was wearing a dark denim coat. Geneva says she put it on the dog because short-haired pooches need protection from the cold and because Perdita does, indeed, look adorable in the coat ...

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Perdita, a beagle mix owned by Geneva Horchner, wears a denim coat to stay warm this winter. Experts say that pets should be protected in winter just as humans are.

Following are guidelines compiled from recommendations by HSUS.org , ASPCA.com and HealthyPet.com that will help you protect your pets when the mercury dips:

1. Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don't have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.

2. It's a good idea to have your furnace checked for carbon monoxide leakage before you turn it on, both for your pets' health and your own. Pets generally spend more time in the home than owners, particularly in the winter, so they are more vulnerable to monoxide poisoning than the rest of the family.

3. If you light a fire or plug in a space heater to keep your home toasty warm, remember that the heat will be as attractive to your pets as to you. As your dog or cat snuggles up to the warmth, keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces. Pets can either burn themselves or knock a heat source over and put the entire household in danger.

4. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside alone. Supervise your pet's time outside and keep it short. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm — dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

5. No matter what the temperature, windchill can threaten a pet's life. If your dog is an outdoor dog, he/she must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

6. Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Increase your pet's supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him —and his fur— in tip-top shape.

7. Routinely check the water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

8. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

9. Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Cats caught in moving engine parts can be seriously hurt or killed. Before you turn your engine on, check beneath the car or make a lot of noise by honking the horn or rapping on the hood.

10. Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep your pet's pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe their feet with a washcloth when they come inside. This will also keep them from licking the salt off their feet, which could cause an inflammation of their digestive tract.

11. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Small amounts ingested over time can cause severe health problems or death for dogs and cats. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife, or your family. If you suspect your pet has ingested a chemical, call your veterinarian or poison control, or call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal's 24-hour emergency hotline, 888-426-4435.

12. If you think it's cold (or wet) enough for you to grab a coat, your pet should probably have one, too. Or if the path seems too slippery for you to walk, it's probably not safe for your pet, either. When you're outside with your pets during the winter, you can watch them for signs of discomfort with the cold. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they're saying they want to get back someplace warm. You can also keep an eye out for two serious conditions caused by cold weather ...

The first is frostbite, which happens when an animal's (or a person's) body gets cold and pulls all the blood from their extremities to the center of their body to stay warm. The animal's ears, paws, or tail can get cold enough that ice crystals can form in the tissue and damage it. The tricky thing about frostbite is that it's not immediately obvious. The tissue doesn't show signs of the damage to it for several days. If you suspect your pet may have frostbite, bring her into a warm environment right away. You can soak her extremities in warm water for about 20 minutes to melt the ice crystals and restore circulation. It's important, however, that you don't rub the frostbitten tissue — the ice crystals can do a lot of damage to the tissue. Once your pet is warm, wrap her up in some blankets and take her to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian can assess the damage and treat your pet for pain or infection if necessary.

The second is hypothermia, a condition that occurs when an animal is not able to keep their body temperature from falling below normal. It happens when animals spend too much time in cold temperatures, or when animals with poor health or circulation are exposed to cold. In mild cases, animals will shiver and show signs of depression, lethargy, and weakness. As the condition progresses, an animal's muscles will stiffen, their heart and breathing rates will slow down, and they will stop responding to stimuli.

13. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. It will help a little, but you can't depend on it entirely to keep him warm. Pets lose most of their body heat from the pads of their feet, their ears, and their respiratory tract. The best way to guard your animals against the cold is keeping a close eye on them to make sure they're comfortable.

14. Be particularly gentle with elderly and arthritic pets during the winter. The cold can leave their joints extremely stiff and tender, and they may become more awkward than usual. Stay directly below these pets when they are climbing stairs or jumping onto furniture; consider modifying their environment to make it easier for them to get around. Make sure they have a thick, soft bed in a warm room for the chilly nights. Also, watch stiff and arthritic pets if you walk them outside; a bad slip on the ice could be very painful and cause a significant injury.

Probably the best prescription for winter's woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Dogs and cats are social animals who crave human companionship and deserve to live indoors with you and your family.

~By Tiffany Arnold from
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Onion-shaped domes of Solovetsky Monastery's churches rise above the fortress-like enclosure, reflected in the calm waters of the White Sea.


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The Solovetsky Islands are six islands located in the forbidding waters of the White Sea in northern Russia, just 100 miles from the Arctic Circle. The seascape's austere beauty and the islands' remote location appealed to two Russian Orthodox monks who founded a monastery here in the 15th century. Soviet leaders of the 1920's saw the advantage of the islands' isolation and stark climate differently, and transformed the archipelago into a prison camp that was harbinger of the gulag. The monastery was rehabilitated after the fall of the Soviet Union, and today the islands' natural beauty, spiritual significance and weighty history draw tourists of all kinds to their shore.

This has been a sacred place since ancient times, as evidenced by numerous elaborate labyrinths, earthworks and barrows discovered across the islands, some dating from as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Solovetsky Monastery was founded in 1429 by the monks Gherman and Savvatiy from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the monastery enlarged its estate and extended its production to become an economic and political center of the White Sea region. Commercial activity included saltworks, seafood, trapping, fishery, mica works, ironworks and pearl works, which engaged many people dependent upon the monastery. By the 17th century, Solovetsky Monastery was home to some 350 monks and 600-700 laymen. Situated on the shores of Prosperity Bay the monastery is surrounded by massive walls with seven gates and eight towers made mainly of huge boulders. This great complex was a center of christianization in the north of Russia, a place of pilgrimage, a depository for manuscripts, and, from the 16th century onwards, a place of exile for criminals. Archimandrites of Solovetsky Monastery were directly appointed by the tsar and the Orthodox patriarch. During World War II, the Solovetsky Islands were used as a naval base. The monastery reopened in the early 1990s and is once again home to a few monks.

Solovetsky Monastery's main buildings are connected to one another via roofed and arched passages, and include the Uspensky Cathedral, Preobrazhensky Cathedral, Annunciation Church, stone chambers, a watermill, bell tower, refectory, and Church of St. Nicholas (built in 1834). Many of these are under renovation, but can still be visited. The Annunciation Church is the only one that holds regular services, and is open from 8am to 5pm daily. The bell tower can be climbed for a wonderful view of the islands. Dating from 1822, the monastery's botanical gardens are one of the northernmost in the world, yet they contain trees and plants normally found only in southern climates. This is thanks to its prime location in a tranquil, heat-trapping valley and an intricate system of underground hot-water pipes. The monastery village includes chapels built to commemorate several tsars, hostels for pilgrims, a drydock, a hydroelectric power station and industrial installations of various kinds. Near the village kremlin is a little wooden building housing a Private Museum of Crosses, a workshop where intricately engraved crosses are made for churches throughout Russia. Some of them take months to complete. There are also a number of detached monasteries at Solovki: four on Solovetsky Island (all 19th century); the early 17th century Trinity Monastery on Anzer Island; a 16th century complex that includes a stone harbour on Big Zayatskii Island; and the St. Sergius Monastery on Big Muksalma Island, founded in the 16th century.

Twenty-four-year-old Maria Smirnova runs an adventure tour company on Solovetsky Island. Though growing in popularity, her business has roiled the monks and some residents who accuse her of sullying the island’s religious traditions and ignoring its tragic past. Buried beneath the wild blueberry fields and gangly forests of knotted dancing birches are the bones of thousands of inmates who perished at one of the first and most notorious Soviet prison: the Solovetsky Camp of Special Purpose. For most of Solovki’s residents, however, tourism offers a chance to emerge from the poverty endemic to many remote Russian regions. Among the dilapidated shacks and crumbling apartment blocks — some of which are former prison barracks — quaint wooden cottages and hotels with relatively expensive restaurants have appeared. Tourism advocates like Ms. Smirnova say the islands have a history going back thousands of years and extraordinary natural beauty. She uses her all-terrain vehicle to take visitors to some of Solovki’s most inaccessible regions to see Neolithic stone labyrinths and white beluga whales that gather close to shore in summer’s midnight sun. (Destination suggested by Rosemarie in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)

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HAMADA CITY, JAPAN — Beluga (which means "white one" in Russian) a small, toothed whale that is white as an adult, is typically found swimming in the waters of Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway and Greenland. But, did you know that dolphins and whales cavorting in the wild can blow bubble rings by inhaling air through their blowholes and releasing it through their mouths underwater? Shimane Aquarium's "AQUAS", located in a beautiful area of Hamada City facing the sea of Japan, was opened inside the Iwami Seaside Park in 2000 and is the largest aquarium in the Chugoku-Shikoku region. A talented and intelligent Beluga named "Aliya" (by a Russian researcher who captured her off Vladivostok, Russia) has been charming the crowds by learning to blow bubble rings. "She has long been blowing water through her mouth when playing, so we thought that if there was a way to get air into her mouth, we would be able to get her to blow bubble rings," said keeper Daisuke Hirano. Her new skill was displayed to the public last December and since then, her fame has spread. Aliya clearly loves interacting with her audience and often targets the rings at people who are watching her through an underwater observation window, and thanks to scuba diving equipment, she can have fun with her admirers anytime. She's been gleefully blowing bubbles at spectators with such perfect aim, many locals believe that those who are favored by Aliya's "happy bubble ring kisses" will be granted happiness, as well. The aquarium is now teaching their other Beluga whales the same bubble game.

ABOUT BUBBLE RINGS — The mathematical name for a donut or ring shape is a toroid. A vortex is created when a fluid swirls around a central point (like whirlpools and tornadoes). Toroidal vortices develop due to a complicated combination of friction and pressure which form into a swirling donut shape. Bubble rings are small toroidal vortices made of air which whales (and dolphins) make and play with. They watch and chase them and even use their flippers to stop them rising in what appear to be games similar to those we humans play with soap bubbles. Check out this page at Earthtrust.org to see photos of this behavior in dolphins.

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