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  1. Hubby has just dashed off to the emergency vet again with Jack. He's having another asthma attack.
  2. Thanks Tiki, They admitted him to the animal hospital overnight. They think that he has asthma and it was an asthma attack. He's had steroids and anti-biotics and they phoned us to collect him at lunchtime. We're pretty tired; Mr Flar3 didn't get back home until 3.30am and we were up at 7am with the kids. Jack is OK but quiet and subdued; he's slept most of the afternoon but he's eaten a little bit. They aren't going to treat him for the asthma just yet - it's a wait and see what happens. But if he has another attack then he'll have to go on inhalers - deep joy, bet that will be fun. I'm just glad he is OK.
  3. No idea. The vet did say that if he had caught a toad that could have poisoned him as they have toxins in their skin. Still waiting for hubby to get back so none the wiser at the moment.
  4. It's 2am here and hubby has just had to take the cat to the emergency vets. About an hour ago he got up to go to the toilet and he heard the cat (Jack) making a horrendous noise downstairs. When he got down there he found Jack collapsed on side, laboured breathing, yowling and yelping very loudly and looking very distressed. Shortly after that Jack vomited and then defecated where he was laid. Just after that he started foaming at the mouth. Rang the emergency vet who thinks he might have been poisoned. She told us to bring him in. Obviously I've got to stay here as the kids are in bed so hubby has taken him. Can't go back to bed, I'm just worried sick.
  5. Think this might be in the wrong forum, but yeah I remember it. My son was OBSESSED with Fern Gully as pre-schooler. He's autistic so we had the whole FFW/RW thing going on with him constantly trying to rewatch his favourite 5 seconds of the film!
  6. My desk at home has waaaaaaaaay too much trash on it. Today it has a coffee cup, my crochet hooks, my knitting needles, a piece of fabric to remind me to buy some interfacing, some sweets, my inhaler, lots of books and software, my glasses, my charm bracelet, the landline, my mobile, my speakers which don't actually work for my PC, a hair slide, several pens, a packet of chewing gum, some hand cream, a ruler, some wool. small pack of tissues, a sewing pattern, sun glasses, a picture drawn by my daughter, a lottery ticket, some safety pins, postit notes, tweezers, my bank statement and several other letters, some hair bobbles, a lollypop, dressmaking pins, usb multicard reader, a lamp, small bag of buttons and finally lots of crumbs. Oh and my screen. That's just on the top and doesn't include all the shelves. My desk top is 2ft by 3ft btw! My desk at work is usually tidy!
  7. Article 18 contains the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Article 19 has the right to freedom of expression and the right to hold opinions. That's the closest thing, but isn't the same thing as freedom of speech in the American sense. It also should be noted that this is a Declaration and not Treaty therefore has no legal basis. Many countries at the very least include most of it as part of that nations laws. But there are under no obligation to do so. If it was the Universal TREATY of Human Rights that would be a different thing entirely and would as a result be enshrined in international law. Some countries, such as the USA, have their own Freedom of Speech rights. This is in addition to the UDOHR (which as I said, has no legal basis). The UK doesn't have a Freedom of Speech law per se but England's Bill of Rights from 1689 guarantees Freedom of Speech in parliament. However the UK also has Blasphemy laws which are supposed to prevent blasphemy against Christians - although these are in review. And so ends today's history lesson!
  8. Possibly. Or a developmental delay. I would have to meet you and do several sessions with you to determine. Shyness is not the cause of stutters, but it is often the result. When someone becomes self conscious about their speech, they often become unwilling to speak. @ Kumiho This board is populated by people from all over the world. Freedom of Speech is an American concept, not an international one.
  9. No. Entirely wrong. Stuttering is almost always linked to a genetic disorder of the brain, a developmental disorder or in rarer cases neurological damage such as stroke or traumatic brain injury. /psychologist.
  10. ^ This. I have enunciation issues too, which get worse when I am stressed. I've worked very hard to overcome them and I have to an extent. Pretty much required that I speak clearly in my job.
  11. Scroll Name:solarflar3 Forum Name:solaflar3 What Eggs/Hatchlings would you like to be sitted: one egg How Long will you be gone: approx one week from 9th March Long Term or Short Term: short What Sitter's list do you want to be on: Anybody Going in hospital on the 9th for surgery. I'm expected to be in there for 5 days if everything goes OK, but that might extend by a couple of days. The egg should be grown by then so I should only need a sitter for a week at the most.
  12. Do you have a multiregion player? If so have a look for some region 2 sets. Seasons 1,2, 3 and 4 are pretty cheap now. Without shipping from Amazon UK you can get seasons 1, 2 and 3 for £40. Even with shipping it should be less than $100 for all three.
  13. Oh I love that cheese. Really, you in the US don't have a clue about good cheese. Not your fault of course, if good cheese is hard to get hold of then you're not going to eat it too often. My own personal faves are a good blue cheese such as gorgonzola, a good mature cheddar, smoked cheese and feta.
  14. You can usually tell within a few posts how young a person is I think. You might not be exactly correct but you can tell if they are a teen under 17 for example. One exception on here is Murder, who I think is still 17 (aren't you Murder?) but he comes across as in his mid twenties.
  15. And also all those under the age of 20 are desperately trying to appear more mature than they are, and all those over the age of 20 are desperately trying to appear less mature than they are
  16. This^ Glastonbury'94. Unofficially the biggest Glastonbury ever (due to about 200,000 jumping the fences rather than pay the ticket price) at 250,000 people. Around a couple of hundred portaloos for a quarter of a million people for 4 days. I cannot even begin to describe the smell and mess. The portaloos were not emptied and were full to overflowing after the first day. There was a couple of small blocks of military style latrines with the lime pit underneath the wooden plank with a hole in it which you sat on. In the 90F heat the smell (and flies) was overwhelming. No washing facilities other than the few standpipes in each field which always had huge queues for fresh water. It was enough to make me lose my faith in humanity (and use the woods for a dump).
  17. Makes you wonder about the standard of hygiene around the food. If they don't care that their toilets are more unhygienic than a sewer, who's to say they care about the standard of hygiene in their kitchens.
  18. Yep, I understand that. I am the same, although I wouldn't say there was anything on my computer that would make me feel embarrassed if anyone took a look. It's just that my computer is personal to me, almost in the same way that a diary would be. If anyone stands behind me I stop what I am doing and I do not leave the screen on if I leave me desk - even at work.
  19. Petrol station toilets aren't so bad over here. The major companies such as Esso, Shell etc tend to keep their toilets clean - if they have public toilet facilities. Small independent petrol stations tend not to have public toilets but when they do, it will be just a single cubicle which you have to get the key for. I don't think I've ever seen a dirty one. Now the worst toilets that I have ever experienced would be at Glastonbury festival. *shudders* Last time I went there was in '94 and the portaloos were nasty. 250,000 people + a few hundred portaloos does not a nice toileting experience make.
  20. I would imagine a thread called 'Do you have an OCD?' would suffice. There is a huge difference between talking about the weather and saying you have a mental illness when you actually don't. If someone were to say (presuming that it actually made sense) 'the weather is OCD today', that wouldn't bother me. Quite simply one is making an observation of the weather. It is using the term 'Bi Polar' (or even OCD) as a metaphor. That is quite different from using the term OCD to describe a habit.
  21. I'm a grammar nazi too. I can live with typos, we all make them and sometimes I have what I term 'dyslexic fingers', especially when tired. My husband, who isn't the best at spelling and grammar, always asks me to check something that he is writing if it is important. I invariably find something to correct, which he then seems to take offence at. We had this out the other day when I asked him why did he bother to ask me to check what he writes if he doesn't like it when I find mistakes. He thought about it for a while then agreed it was quite silly of him. I wouldn't say it is an OCD thing though. I just think that a letter has more impact when it contains correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Now getting on to true OCD, my mother has it. She obsessively cleans and I mean obsessively cleans. Her hands are a terrible mess due to the amount of bleach that she uses; she goes through six 1.5lt bottles in a week. When she is stressed, she cleans even more. She has a lifetime of mental health issues which began at age 15 when she had a complete breakdown. My mother is very aspie and was a high flyer. She was the first in the family to attend grammar school and had a lot of expectations placed on her. My grandfather died when she was 11 and that hit her hard. At 15 she had her first breakdown and another at 21 which she experienced psychotic episodes and was sectioned. She recovered from that and got married to my dad but then suffered anorexia on and off over the years. Over the last ten years she has developed OCD. She struggled a lot during the years we lived abroad simply because she didn't have the support structure of close family around her.
  22. Are you referring to me? If so, no I am not having a hissy fit. I deal with children and teens who have OCD. It isn't just 'not liking', 'hating' or 'feeling bad'. It's not being able to go to the toilet so you end up peeing or cr@ping yourself because you cannot move until you have finished your compulsion, and then STILL not being able to move to clean yourself up. It's crying with the pain from your bleeding hands when you scrub them for the 500th time that day. It's obsession over every little thing you have thought or done just in case you did or thought something that god might be displeased over and might punish you (that last one is a current case and is very traumatic and worrying). OCD, like Aspergers, Depression and Self Harm has become a fashionable thing which is 'cool' to have. That now devalues the real damage that can and does happen to people genuinely diagnosed with these disorders.
  23. OK, first and foremost OCD is a debilitating condition which COMPLETELY takes over the life of the individual. Stating 'Oh I cant stand it when XXXX (insert annoyance of choice)' is not OCD by any stretch of the imagination. OCD changes, and controls your entire life. It is so much more than 'feeling bad' if you do not do something. It is more than just needing to do something; it is quite simply the inability to move on UNTIL YOU HAVE. OCD disables. It controls lives. The compulsions are as necessary as breathing to the individual suffering from it. It is more than 'needing' something. /rant
  24. Part of me wants to say 'two cold winters in a row does not a lasting change make'... But I do think it would be prudent for the government to look at the situation. I also think that we, as citizens, should take more action too. Simple things like buying decent boots suitable for the snow and ice make a huge difference. When I go into town and when I am working in more urban areas I am always surprised to see woman walking, well slipping around in high heeled boots, and men in soaking wet trainers, all the time moaning about the snow and ice. Mind you I see it in the village where I live too and you would think that up here in the Pennines people would have more sense. We always have far more snow and ice than the towns and cities. @ Kestra We haven't had bad winters in recent years though. Last winter was but before that we'd hardly had any snow. LIke I said certain parts of the country do get it bad year after year - the Highlands, the Pennines etc - but the country as a whole hasn't had it bad for years. We've been lucky and have been lured into that false sense of security really. Whilst we are on the same latitude as Canada, Estonia, Poland and Germany (and I do believe that southern parts of Siberia too), that Gulf Stream, when running as expected, makes a huge difference to us. When the Gulf Stream goes to visit Greenland as it has, we get it bad. We can't predict for that. If people bought suitable clothing, boots and learned how to drive in the snow - perhaps putting off those unessential journeys, we might cope better. I'd like to see more snow ploughs being put on the fronts of trains as they are in other countries too. A big problem is freight of course; lorries have snarled up our motorways which has caused huge problems. Perhaps encouragement ought to be given to use the railways more. As for rocksalt; I had to laugh the other week when a neighbouring council stated they had plenty of rocksalt having bought 25,000 tons. Now it seems that rocksalt supplies are being rationed as supplies are already running out and we haven't even got to our coldest months yet.