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Ok, it was on the 20th. Big deal. What’s a week when you’re 79 and the most famous Italian beauty ever?
This is our first summer without a dog.
Fifteen years of disgraces in the night
(tattered screen doors, overtuned garbage pails,
unexpected puddles on the guestroom bed,
and other misbehaviors) have ended at last.
She had a way of posing in the landscape,
arranging herself against a screen of trees,
upon a lawn or on an outdoor deck
so as to bring out the hero in photographers
who could focus on the challenge of her darkness.
When on the move she carried less distinction:
a scottie, long in the barrel, short of leg,
she trotted country roads like city sidewalks,
so long as a glance behind her could confirm
the support of the authority that gave her hers.
Absent such authority, she panicked:
could be found, after a search, hysterically
galloping somewhere in the wrong direction
if we returned from shopping or the movies
through a region she had not known long enough to own.
On her home turf she brooked no trespassing,
at least by motorcycles, dogs, or horses,
though she’d roll over basely for human intruders.
The children who had grown up while she watched
were patient, watching her as age declined
from sleepiness to blindness, deafness and
incontinence. Before her last collapse
she lived her life entirely through the nose
and sense of touch. And as they watched her sleep
they saw their childhoods disappearing with her
and by so much ceased a little to be children.
I who had shared, in my two-legged way,
in what I could grasp of her doggy memories,
knew we had lived through all the same affections,
felt the same losses, searched through an empty house
for someone who would never be returning,
brooded on sights and voices that had vanished.
Perhaps she had a way of understanding
our loss that she could never share with me,
but now our past belongs to me alone,
now that she’s gone, and no one else remembers
the weekends that we spent in the house together
letting each other in and out of doors.
Copyright © 1989 by Peter Davison. All rights reserved. As published in The Poems of Peter Davison (Knopf, 1995).
|Originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, September 1989.|
CONGRESS DECIDES WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT MEDICINE ALREADY, CUTS RESEARCH DOLLARS DRASTICALLY
Click here if this isn’t patently idiotic to you→http://pazresearch.org/2013/09/13/stupid-funding-cutbacks/
we haven’t done one of these for a while, so. . .
(And believe me, I could have found far more disgusting pictures.)
An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa associated with a tattoo/piercing parlor in Rockford, IL is currently under investigation. Pseudomonas is a bacteria that causes some rather nasty, purulent (filled with pus, but there is no such word as pussy, pronounced with the short “u”) infections. So far, there are a total of 12 lab-confirmed cases and 4 probables. The various county Boards of Health involved in the investigation will submit the samples for genetic testing to see if they are all related. So far, all the cases have been traced to the same tattoo parlor. 6 of the cases needed to be hospitalized, and 10 needed surgery. Infection of the ear can cause permanent disfigurement. The youngest person infected was 13 years old.
So about now you’re asking:
DO I REALLY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS, TOO, DAMMIT?
Well, probably not. Sort of.
If you think of all the ear piercings that go on every day, and then figure how rare infections are, it’s probable that normal ear piercing–done at the mall, pierced through the ear lobe–appears to carry very little risk.(I haven’t done the research to back this up, but any reader is free to prove me wrong.) All of these cases were pierced through the top of the ear.
What else can I tell you about Pseudomonas?
1. It’s resistant to a lot of antibiotics. It has genes that code for resistance, it can pick up genes for resistance from other organisms and incorporate them as well, and it has an envelope around it that is hard for antibiotics to penetrate.
2. It’s present in the environment, and often lives in hospital situations.
3. It loves to prey on cystic fibrosis patients and burn victims.
AND WHO THE HELL BRINGS A 13 YEAR OLD TO A TATTOO PARLOR FOR HER PIERCINGS?
Cysticercosis is a parasitic infection caused by the larval cysts of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium. These cysts can infect multiple tissues in the body. Neurocysticercosis, the disease that results when the infection occurs in the brain, is the major cause of adult seizures in Latin America and a leading cause of adult- onset seizures in low-income countries all over the world.
Cysticercosis is transmitted via the fecal-oral method. The process begins with one person eating infected, undercooked pork, acquiring a tapeworm infection, and then shedding eggs in his or her feces. If those eggs are ingested by this person or another human, cysticercosis ensues.
In this way, poor hygiene facilitates cysticercosis. Similarly, poor food safety practices perpetuate both the tapeworm infections and the cysticercosis transmission cycle. Through a combination of research, education and improved infrastructure, PAZ is working to reduce the disease burden of cysticercosis in Northern Peru.
Pan American Zoonotic Research and Prevention (PAZ) is working to control cysticercosis in Northern Peru. Please click here (or on Brigitte in the left column) to donate!
Pan American Zoonotic Research and Prevention (PAZ) embraces the concept that the well-being and the health of humans and non-human animals are interconnected. Human beings have co-evolved with their domesticated animals, the humans using animals for food, protection, labor, and companionship, while the animals have relied on humans for shelter and sustenance. We have a long history, as well, of extensive contact with wild animals. Although our relationship with animals is for the most part benign and beneficial, there are dangers that have long been recognized, and humans have worked to reduce the risks and increase the benefits.
Overpopulation and unrestricted reproduction in the domestic animal population and human lack of education on animal health matters poses a risk to the welfare of both humans and animals. By engaging in work that addresses the over population and health problems of animals in underserved areas, human and animal health can be improved and animal welfare can be increased. At the same time, lack of knowledge about wildlife can also have severe consequences. 60-70% of emerging human diseases come from animals , and there are often severe consequences to these events. Campaigns help, but we are forming an organization to provide the continuous effort and attention over the prolonged period of time it takes to achieve real results.
Our mission is to accomplish remediate zoonotic disease problems (transmissible to humans from animals) that occur at the human-animal interface.We will accomplish this through three main activities:
- Research of diseases that affect both human and animal populations of Latin America especially zoonotic diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases, and neglected tropical diseases
- Interventions to limit sickness and death due to theses diseases, including measures to control animal overpopulation, and improvement of housing and nutrition for animals and humans
- Education of lay and medical populations on these diseases.
As an organization, we value:
- Ethical and humane treatment of humans and animals
- The promotion of careers for professionals and lay persons working in the animal health and human public health field
- Novelty—we embrace taking approaches that show new and creative ways to solve problems and conduct research
- Sustainability–We hope that this enterprise will be able to partially fund itself through community engagement and providing services
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