[nikonf4] Re: Thanksgiving Day, 2010

  • From: Dave <downsouthdave@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: f4@xxxxxxxxxxx, nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:05:03 -0800 (PST)

Here's wishing that things get back to more normal for you, Rita. Glad to hear 
Bunky is making steps in his recovery. If they're baby steps that's OK too. 
Thanks to your family, Thanksgiving was less bleak than it could have been at 
such a time. 

Our kids both had painful ear infections until our pediatrician friend came up 
with a novel (to us) idea. He tested the gamma globulin levels when the 
infections occurred and found them below minimums. He then medicated for low 
and the pain and infections were gone within a day - every time, and with one 
child there was no recurrence. All this was after several painful episodes, and 
even a visit to Lendon Smith in Portland. He's a Little Baby Doctor who writes 
books and has, IMHO, little to offer.

Ah, the VanHuss turkey was baked, albeit on a gas barbecue out on the patio. It 
was a beautiful day, and we didn't have to contend with waste oil. The turkey 
turned out better that [I] expected, and it was a most traditional meal, 
Southern embellishments.

From: "MomMamiya7@xxxxxxx" <MomMamiya7@xxxxxxx>
To: f4@xxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, November 25, 2010 10:35:45 PM
Subject: Thanksgiving Day, 2010

Hello, dear friends.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving ... ours was  "different."  First 
in twenty-eight years that I didn't do the  meal.   
Bunky was released from Rehab just this past  Monday, and his travel is 
restricted, so we didn't accept invites  from either of our daughters.  We 
were invited to our neighbor's (Marc and Angela) house, and were going to  eat 
there, but at 9:15 AM there was a hard, loud, almost frantic knock at  the door.
I was in the kitchen putting food out for the cats, and went  down to find 
Angela standing outside.  She came in to tell me that she'd  been up all night 
with their son, A.J., who had developed an ear infection and  was running a 
temperature of 105 degrees.  She looked  exhausted, telling me she felt guilty 
because AJ wouldn't cry from the pain  because he thought it would upset her.  
She'd had major ear problems as a  child, and was plagued by excruciating pain 
... she believed AJ  was suffering as she had, but wouldn't show it.  The 
boy is  five years old, and I told her that if he was truly suffering as she 
had, she'd  know it ... he'd be screaming his head off.
I explained to her that AJ's pain may NOT be as severe as  her pain had been 
because he had a gene from Marc, which could lessen  it.  First, I explained 
it worked, and then I did my good deed for the  day and came up and printed out 
two copies of the following paper so she  could take it home and show Marc.  
was really relieved to read the  info, and said it explained why AJ had been so 
good at the doctor's  office, when it would have taken four people to hold her  
Before leaving, she told me she found our home "relaxing"  and she felt better 
knowing that AJ was probably not suffering as she  had.
Around 1:30 PM, Angela's mother came to the door  with a huge covered Corning 
Ware dish, filled with our Thanksgiving  dinner.  We ate around 5 PM ... it was 
delicious, but I missed the  smell of turkey in our home and actually missed my 
own cooking ... think it's  because my holidays meals taste like my Mom's.  
It was just as well we didn't go, because Bunky couldn't get  comfortable on 
of the chairs or couches in our living room, and the  Lazy Boy in the bedroom 
too sloped for him right now.  Since it  sits straighter and has arms, I took 
"office chair" into the bedroom and  he seems OK with that, as well as the 
chairs in the dining room.
Daughter Rita and her family, along with my sister, stopped by  about 7 PM on 
their way home from Jeff's Mom's house in central NJ and  brought dessert.  
stayed for about an hour, so at least we got to  see them for a little bit.
In all, it was a weird day but we got through it ...  at least the turkey was 
roasted, not fried.  
That does sound grotesque, Dave ... did you eat any of  it?   
For those interested, enjoy the following article,  especially if you're a 
"cry-baby" when  it comes to pain.   ;-)
Whether you can grin and bear pain is in your  genes
By Lauran Neergaard
Associated Press
WASHINGTON - When it comes to pain, people can be wimps,  stoics, or somewhere 
in between. Now, scientists have found one reason - a  variation in a single 
gene that shows stoics really can tolerate more  pain.
The discovery by University of Michigan neuroscientists  emphasizes the need to 
customize pain treatment  - and might even allow  doctors to soon try 
which patients will respond to a certain kind of  medication.
People's perceptions of pain are tremendously variable. A  crushing blow to one 
person can be trivial to another; likewise, pain medication  that helps one 
patient might do nothing for the next.
The new research shows that how much you suffer is due at  least partly to a 
gene that helps regulate how many natural painkillers, called  endorphins, your 
body produces.
The gene produces an enzyme called COMT that metabolizes the  brain chemical 
dopamine, which acts as a signal messenger among brain  cells.
All people have two copies of this gene, one inherited from  each parent - but 
they can inherit forms that differ by one amino acid. 

The COMT gene that contains the amino acid methionine, or met,  is less active 
than if it contained the amino acid valine, or val.
Researcher Jon-Kar Zubieta put 29 healthy young adults into  brain-imaging PET 
scanners. He injected their jaw muscles with enough salt water  to make them 
really ache, simulating a painful condition called  temporomandibular joint 
syndrome, or TMJ. Zubieta measured how their brain cells  reacted while the 
volunteer victims rated, every 15 seconds, how much they hurt  during the 
20-minute pain cycle.
People who had two copies of the val-COMT gene were stoics.  They withstood 
significantly greater saline doses than other volunteers while  rating the 
resulting pain as less bothersome, Zubieta reported in last Friday's  issue of 
the journal Science.
The PET scans verified that response: Painkilling endorphins  were much more 
active in these people's brains.
In contrast, people with two copies of the met-COMT gene  suffered the most 
from the smallest saline injections - and had far less  natural-painkiller 
People who inherited both a met and val gene copy tolerated  pain at levels 
between the two extremes.
A quarter of the U.S. population carries the "stoic" gene  variation, while 
another quarter has the gene variant that makes them  super-sensitive to pain, 
Zubieta estimates.
Posted on Mon, Feb. 24, 2003   © 2003 Philadelphia  Inquirer and wire service 
sources. All Rights  Reserved. 

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