My grandma had hooded eyes like hers, and as she aged the droop started to impede her vision. The first surgery changed (or simply revealed) the shape of her eyes to a much rounder look. The second surgery in her eighties left her permanently startled. It is probably a very delicate balance to life the saggy lids… » 10/21/14 9:43pm Tuesday 9:43pm

There are some studies that show that adopted children bond faster when they are fed while maintaining eye contact. The sucking motion releases a hormone that helps develop a portion of their brain needed for future regulation of emotions, and the eye contact while the hormone is secreting builds bonding and trust. … » 10/19/14 3:27pm Sunday 3:27pm

Chinese zoos are very skimpy with the fencing. We went to one and one of the big cat cages had two layers of wire fencing, one of which was poorly mended. The fences were separated by less than six inches, so the animals were pacing right up next to the crowd. And when you walked over the bridge in the crocodile area,… » 10/19/14 12:36pm Sunday 12:36pm

I am so sorry for your situation, but I hope you can return to your job someday. When my aunt was dying of cancer, we made friends with the best phlebotomists and would work around their schedules. Ditto for the mom of a preemie who is the best ever at our pediatrician's office. Caregivers who have been in the patient… » 10/13/14 3:01pm 10/13/14 3:01pm

From my German grandmother, something like "Stromweltpelter." A book of illustrated morality tales featuring a man with shiny shears who cut the thumbs off of thumb sucking kids. There was an illustration with spurting blood and thumbs on the ground. I did not suck my thumb, ever. I also couldn't sleep at her house bc… » 10/10/14 4:39pm 10/10/14 4:39pm

This is terrifying. Literally my worst nightmare. I has an ex break in through my bedroom window in college, and now I can only sleep with all windows and doors locked. We moved this summer, and the first few nights were sleepless bc I hadn't slept in a ground floor bedroom in years. » 10/10/14 2:22pm 10/10/14 2:22pm

That is so dangerous. My mother was extremely sick for three years after a brown recluse bite. Instead of the usual ulcerating wound, the infection from the bite attacked her lymphatic system, then the infection settled in her liver. Same thing happened to our receptionist, but she caught it early and they were able… » 10/10/14 10:20am 10/10/14 10:20am

My cousin had a C section, then they put a stitch through her bowel when closing her up. Sent her home bc she had a small bowel movement early on, then she slowly developed peritonitis at home. Luckily, she recovered completely from the horrible experience and was able to have a second child. But her husband tells… » 10/09/14 2:44pm 10/09/14 2:44pm

My great aunt was a child of the Depression, bought everything on sale and saved every spare penny, and we knew that she had dementia when she bought a $2000 vacuum from a door-to-door salesman. This is a woman who screamed at Boy Scouts that her "no soliciting" sign applied to them. But as she lost her ability to… » 10/07/14 2:40pm 10/07/14 2:40pm