Shout Out From Mommyish

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I got a shout out yesterday from Mommyish in new article about sex while breastfeeding.  As in at the same time.  Here’s a link to the WTF Mombie that helped raise this particular topic:

https://teleutemania.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/a-family-menage-a-trois

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Spam I’d Like to See

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My roommates step-mother’s second-cousin’s third ex-wife once sat next to a man on a bus whose Great Aunt Addie’s daughter-in-law’s best friend was married to a man whose identical twin’s gay lover’s hairdresser’s neighbor makes $250,000 an hour surfing the Internet.

I don’t know his secret. 😦  If I did, I’d share it.

Riddick and Doggie at Un-Furya

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The First 30 Minutes of Riddick: Rule the Dark
Retold in the Tamarian language:

Children of Necro.
Son of Furya.
Shaka, when the walls fell!
Darmok on the Ocean.
Zinda, his face black, his eyes red.
Kadir beneath Mo Moteh.
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
The beast at Tanagra.
Uzani, his army with fists open.
Uzani, his army with fists closed.
Sokath, his eyes uncovered!
Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel.
Temba, his arms wide open.

Riddick and Doggie at Un-Furya.

GoFundMe Suggests Hope for Jahi Yet

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The 20 Most Bizarre Comments Left in the Past 10 Days

http://www.gofundme.com/Jahi-Mcmath

20. “It’s NOT over until God says its over!  Jesus is in control.”
— L.C., $15.00

19. “Recently I have been studying the religion of Islam and I must say, part of the reason I’m donating here is not only because of my Christian beliefs, but also my new found respect for Islam”
— Righteous Christian, $20.00

18. “I hope she gets better.  I know you have already reached your funding goal, but having Jahi McMath alive and well is the main goal.
— S.S., $5.00

17. “Jahi is so strong she survived in spite of all this… do not believe for one minute its just machines keeping her alive, its also her will to live”
— L.T., $100.00

16. “God’s will and not Man’s will be done.”
— C.H., $20.00 (Because God is responsible for the ventilator.)

15. “I reeeeally hope she gets better :-)”
— A much friendlier C.H., $10.00

14. “I’m betraying for your sweet baby’s full recovery.  I am in total agreement that she will pull through”
— K.M, $20.00, betraying the forces of darkness to stand among True Believers.

13. “This is the remarkable story of Pastor D.E. who was fatally injured in a car accident.  During a dramatic journey to the hospital, he lost all life signs and was later pronounced dead.  Afterwards God performed a miracle and raised him from the dead.”
— M.D., $20.00

12. “I hope this little girl recovers and returns to her regular life.”
— N.J., $20.00

11. “My brother… was on life support several years ago and I swore he responded when I talked and touched him.  Because my brother did not have insurance the hospital said the same thing. ”
— C.C., $20.00 (Uh…?) 

10. “Praying for you – The Chosen Few”
— The Chosen Few, $28.00

9. “I found this after your goal had been reached . Now let’s work on suing the doctors who attempted to murder your child and hide their incompetence.”
— H.L., $25.00

8. “We had a similar experience w/ the NYC hospital SYSTEM in a 3 year Battle!”
— T.P., $10.00 (WTF?!) 

7. “I just want to tell you that the Lord told me to send you this amount of money.”
— C.L., $50.00

6. “Hospitals love to kill hope and faith.”
— S.L., $25.00 (an optimist)

5. “Do not let that band of murderers get their hands on your child’s body.  They likely have an underhanded motive, like organ donation.”
— S.L., $5.00

4. “Take heart from the story of Z.D. in 2008, who seemed just as ‘dead’ for 48 DAYS, until his ‘nurse-cousin’ found that he still had reflexes and pretty soon he WALKED OUT of that hospital ALIVE.  So can Jahi, and Jahi LIVES.”
— J.H., $10.00 (That “nurse-cousin” was in all likelihood Z.D.’s sister.)

3. “I was watching the jim backer show today a story wad told of a boy who had an accident and was ruled brain dead by many doctors.  The mother bought a whole food powder that jim sells and was given this by iv.  He recovered from his issue and proved the doctors wrong.  I t is worth a try.”
— N.G., $20.00

2. “Jahi was very possibly poisoned by ‘carbon monoxide’ (sublethal/ low level CO poisoning) from the ‘anaestesia'”
— R.R., $30.00

1. “All the best for her full and speedy recovery.  Keep faith in science.”
— J.A., $200.00

New Info on “Baby Sammy” Case

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I just stumbled across an update on the case of the Nikolayev baby, which was “snatched” from its parents by police officers and placed into CPS custody because the couple wanted a second opinion on a medical procedure.  Video footage of the baby being seized from its mother’s arms went viral, and people around the expressed their outrage by what appeared a flagrant display of CPS abuse of power.  The young couple was portrayed in the media as loving and attentive parents, deeply concerned with the needs of their sick baby and heartbroken by California CPS’ overreaching their authority by “illegally abducting” their child without so much as a court order.

As a mother, I’d found story especially chilling, particularly the implication that the State has the power to seize one’s child on a whim.  Like many, I reacted with anger and disgust towards California CPS, Sacramento police, and the hospital employees who’d “sicced” CPS on the poor family in the first place.

California CPS was almost universally condemned for their actions, ordered to return the infant, and subjected to extensive auditing.  At no point did it seem that CPS may have actually been justified in their course of action… until now.

You see, it turns out that there was more to this story than was ever reported in the media.  Due to privacy regulations, CPS has never been able to tell their side of the story or explain the rationale behind their decision to seize baby — nor were they able to address the factual distortions and allegations of conspiracy which spread through the press like wildfire.

But this past November, court documents were released which paint a substantially different picture of what really occurred in the case of baby Sammy Nikolayev.  It now appears that CPS may have been fully justified in their actions.

Directly from the medical records, dated March 27th:

Again, court docs:

Outraged yet?

Apparently the problem with the “second opinion” from Kaiser was that they either failed to fully understand the severity of this baby’s condition or else they were not made aware of certain facts — like that the baby had not been medicated for a full three weeks. I’m guessing it was a combination of both.

The Kaiser pediatrician who treated little Sammy expressed his full confidence that the five-month-old, eleven-pound, “hydrated-appearing,” baby would “gain weight/become fully hydrated” under the Nikolayevs’ care and instructed them to follow up with a pediatrician. Not a pediatric cardiologist, nor any of the specialists who had been working with the baby — just a regular, garden-variety pediatrician.

More from Reason.com:

So how did the Nikolayevs go from “competent and concerned” with Samuel’s care to being raided and having their baby removed within 24 hours? Court records reveal that the Sutter Memorial social worker, who had originally reported the case to CPS, didn’t trust the work done at Kaiser.

I’d say it’s pretty clear that CPS had some legitimate concerns, and that the baby may very well have been in imminent danger, which would legally justify CPS’s decision to act without a court order. Yet at this point the Reason article takes a surprisingly sharp and questionable turn, citing a letter to the parents from the pediatric cardiologist dated May 9th:

The Reason author believes that because the baby would not have been placed in imminent danger by Mom’s declining the surgery, CPS had no caused to act without a court order. I’d say that’s a pretty foolish conclusion to draw, one which completely disregards all the evidence presented in the first half of the article suggesting the baby was not being properly cared for. Whether or not the surgery was an emergency is in fact irrelevant; Sammy Nikolayev was removed from his parents’ custody due to allegations of severe neglect against his mother, not because the parents refused the operation.

Click here to read the full article from Reason.com