We did it!

The office has been emptied out, painted, and turned into the official Nursery!

I will post pics when I am not too lazy to walk.

We painted 3 walls a light grey, and one wall a bright marigold-ish yellow. Our crib is from Burlington, and it’s white. The dresser is Ikea, and is also white. We were surprised to discover the drawer handles are black, but we’ve decided it’s not worth the trip back to Ikea to exchange them.

Next we need some curtains, some artwork, and maybe some shelves. 

We also painted the hallway and reorganized the guest room, so all in all a productive week!  It was absolutely, completely, and totally exhausting. I also had work all week, and M’s baby shower on Saturday, followed by entertaining my parents, M’s parents, and M’s sister before M’s concert. It was marvelous, and good fun, but holy cow I needed a day sitting on the couch with my feet up.

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Over Winter!

I feel like a bad pet parent.

Our dogs are SO bored. All the time.

Chutney wants to go outside, then when he gets out the door he realizes it is cold, and rainy, and sometimes snowy  He does not like cold, rain, or snow – and certainly not all 3 mixed together. Then he wants to come back in. Then we deal with the battle of a dog who has to potty, but hates bad weather.

Pickles just wants to play. He wants to run around and drag sticks (small trees, occasionally) around and play fetch. But Chutney’s not interested in playing with him because….mud. And M and I are both selfishly inclined to sit in the warm house instead. 

We do try to amuse them periodically with their indoor toys….and we make sure we sit outside on the random 65+ degree days we’ve had and interact.   But once warm weather is here, we will all be so much more entertained!

Is Social Media the new standard for medical treatment?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/11/health/josh-hardy-drug-study/   

So a boy from a school fairly near my home has been featured in a social media campaign. He is severely ill, and his doctors said an experimental drug might work in a different form – they already gave it to him in IV form, but recommended it orally.

The drug company said they weren’t able to provide the drug. It hasn’t been tested on patients like Josh, has limited studies, and they cannot afford to give the drug out to every patient seeking a miracle.

After a few days of social media campaigns, which were picked up by news outlets, and involved petitions in my town…..the company is giving the kid the drug.

I’m all in favor of saving lives, but at what cost?

Why this one person? Why did a company go against its policy – just because of social media?  There are rules, regulations, and restrictions in place on experimental medical treatment for a reason. I believe companies getting federal grants and other funding are required to follow specific rules as well. These give companies a fair, objective way to study the drugs, analyze their effectiveness, and evaluate the risks, successes, failures, and applications for the drugs.

When you give the drug to a patient who doesn’t meet your criteria for testing, past, present or future, you effectively say you don’t have any standards.  Not to mention the fallout if the kid dies anyway – “Well, they gave him an experimental drug! It’s their fault!”…then the company loses funding, and a drug that could save millions of lives fades away.

I’m not sure I can put this into words well. I’m quite frightened at the prospect that social media may now be a determining factor in someone’s medical treatment. What about the patients who had previously been denied that drug? There’s no “fairness” for them.