911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are … [Read more...] about Losing Laura
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Science | Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. Advertisement Supported by matter NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space. ByCarl Zimmer April 11, 2019 For 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself. He drew blood from his arms. He saved his urine. He played computer games to test his memory and reaction speed. He measured the shape of his eyes. Two hundred and forty miles below, Mr. Scott’s twin brother, Mark, who also served as an astronaut, carried out identical tests. Now, a comparison of these two men has provided a unique opportunity to learn what happens to the human body in space — … [Read more...] about Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same.
The chipmunk lies in the middle of a large steel work table, its only movements the quick rise and fall of its midsection that comes with each breath. Standing in this basement-turned-clinic, Tara Smith is holding a plastic cone over the animal’s snout. Smith, the head of animal care at Wildwoods wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth, watches the chipmunk’s respirations as anesthesia flows into its nostrils. Globs of white pus cling to the animal’s skin. “What is that?” Smith wonders out loud. Standing opposite Smith, squinting as he leans closer to the chipmunk, is Farzad Farr, the executive director and animal care instructor at Wildwoods. Just now, he is holding an instrument that looks like a pair of long tweezers, which he uses to pick at a disfigured chunk of fur on the animal’s side. Caught in the chipmunk’s flesh is a plastic line with connective points, like a piece of garden netting. The material enters under the left side of the … [Read more...] about ‘Very emotional and very impossible’: the struggle for survival at Wildwoods wildlife rehabilitation center
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/28/2018 09:30 am ET By Katie C. Reilly, Guest Writer In May 2009, my mom came to visit me just before I graduated from law school. My dad and sisters were scheduled to arrive a couple of days later. The day after she arrived, I met her for lunch. My mom had been undergoing medical tests for several months because her speech had started to be slurred and several other mysterious symptoms had presented themselves over the past few years. When I asked her if the doctors had discovered the cause of her symptoms, she blurted out, “The neurologist thinks that I have ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis]. I’m scared to die this way. Eventually, I will be unable to speak and eat on my own. ... I will never make it to your wedding.” I froze in my chair. The words were barely sinking in. The way she looked that day ― her shocking weight loss and the visible despair on her face ― is still etched into my brain. To understand how … [Read more...] about This Is What It’s Like To Watch Someone You Love Die From ALS