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    New Nurse, 4 month old puppy, 12 hour shifts?

    Rockabye has great suggestions! We've used baby gates to confine our dogs to the kitchen if necessary. When you're working day shifts, maybe you could put your puppy in doggie day care. It would give him a chance to socialize with other dogs as well as with people.
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    Care Of An Unspayed Girl Cat

    LOL! We're not even going to go there. :D You said that you've had three years studying animals. Were you in vet school or a vet assistant? Just curious! Moses' behavior didn't start until Zippy went into her first heat. I caught them in the hallway doing the wild thing. Zip had been scheduled for her spay but the vet said she would be happy to do it while she was in heat because I was worried about the risk for cancer if she went through a complete cycle. I've lost two cats, one unspayed and the other spayed late, to breast cancer and do not ever want to risk that with a cat again. After Zip came home, Mo tried to interest her in the wild thing again but she just glared at him. You're right, it probably is just a dominance thing but it is pretty funny to watch those two. My son even sent me a video of Moses and Zip the other day. My son is a warped individual.
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    Pit bulls as pets?

    Very surprised to see the number one aggressive dog! I would not have guessed. I am surprised that chows didn't make the list. I knew someone who raised chows and she said that chows are a very aggressive breed. They're beautiful and her chows were red and fluffy---looked like they wouldn't hurt a flea---but one attacked her. Then again, aggressiveness can show up in even the most gentle breeds. My MIL had an aggressive corgi.
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    Care Of An Unspayed Girl Cat

    My son thinks it's hilarious that his neutered and spayed kitties have more of a romantic life than he does.
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    Pit bulls as pets?

    Just a quick reminder from your friendly neighborhood moderator: there are other forums in which members can discuss politics. Please refrain from political jokes, puns, or comments in the pet forum. Several posts have been deleted, even though they may have been meant in fun rather than to provoke political debate. Thank you for your cooperation. Now please, let's get back to the critters.
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    Yes, I am gay.

    It really shouldn't matter if a nurse is straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, transsexual, transgender, questioning, curious, or just not interested. Unfortunately, there is still plenty of discrimination against people who are, let's just say, not heterosexual. Discrimination is wrong and it hurts all of us. I've seen good nurses---good people---become the targets of discrimination because of whom they love. If I'm your colleague, your instructor, your classmate, or your patient, I care much less about your sexuality than I do about your ability to do your work. However, as the OP is all too well aware, some people are homophobic. Sometimes co-workers are homophobic. Sometimes patients are homophobic. I wish I knew how to get around that. I don't know what it's like to be gay but I do know what it's like to have a patient decide he/she doesn't like me because I'm too this or too that. It's difficult. I have to say that when I've been a patient, the sexuality of my nurse or other caregivers has been the least of my concerns. But I realize that for some people it does make a difference if the nurse is straight or gay, married or single, whatever. Maybe people are looking for a little commonality---I don't know. When I've needed care, I was hurting too much to inquire much about my nurse's personal life. OP, I hope this helps you sort out your issues. Please feel free to check out our many forums---there have been a number of threads for LGBT nurses and students and perhaps you will find some kindred spirits. Please take care!
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    Any of you have family members that hoard?

    Moving thread to Off-Topic Discussions on AN Central. OP, it sounds like a tough situation and I hope your family can get the help it needs.
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    Dog panting, not in good health

    Thanks for the responses. Her appointment with the vet is next week. I think we probably should have had her put down a few months ago but we didn't want to do it right before the holidays. My husband just took her for a walk and noticed that her stamina is greatly decreased. We're doing the right thing but it's going to be a long week.
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    Dog panting, not in good health

    Our dogs are old---about fourteen or fifteen---and not in good health. One has cancer but the quality of her life seems to be pretty good. She has slowed down a bit but still enjoys walks and playing in the snow. The other dog has dementia and we actually have an appointment for her to be put down next week. We're ready and the quality of her life is such that we feel she is ready. What I'm wondering about is that, intermittently over the last couple of months, we've noticed her panting without any reason. The weather has been cold and while the house is heated, it isn't that hot. I just noticed her panting a few minutes ago but she was sleeping on the heat register (a bad habit picked up from our cats) but that's to be expected. What do those who know dogs think about this symptom? I almost wonder if her panting is indicative of her dementia---that there's something wrong with her brain that has stimulated the centers that would cause panting. Does that make any sense? And just wondering if anyone else has seen panting in dogs that were slowly dying, as is our dog? Thanks
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    Liberal Religion is Not Just Compromise

    Reading this thread makes me feel like my denomination has a severe public relations problem. The United Church of Christ is a progressive Protestant denomination, involved with issues of peace and justice, GLBT equality, and outreach to persons in need in our communities as well as around the world. I am chagrined to admit that I knew nothing of the UCC until I started dating a UCC pastor but when I did learn about the UCC, it was like coming home spiritually. The UCC is exactly what I have wanted in a church all my life but I didn't know anything about it until a little over four years ago. BTW, Tweety, I ordered the book you mentioned. I think my husband will enjoy reading it.
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    Signs you've given up on the relationship

    Relationships are difficult. Breaking up those relationships can be even harder. When my marriage was falling apart, I wanted to get couple's counseling but my husband refused. That was a bad sign. In fact, when I approached my then-husband to tell him that I wasn't happy and needed change in our relationship, maybe a trial separation, he decided that divorce was our only option. It was heartbreaking to go through and difficult for the children and me, but in the end it was the best for all of us. My sons are fairly well-adjusted young men and both my ex-husband and I have remarried new partners. I think his new wife meets his needs far better than I did and my new husband certainly is a better match for me than my ex was. I noticed in another thread you mentioned stepchildren. Remarriage can be difficult for the kids; some kids resent the new stepparent and won't even try to have a relationship with him or her. My ex's new wife is cordial with the kids but is not close to them---not her fault, not my kids' fault, but because my ex-husband has always been quite distant from the boys. My husband does not have children of his own and was a bit intimidated at the idea of becoming a stepfather to two teenagers. My older son has bonded with him strongly but the younger son has not quite come around yet---they have different interests and have yet to find some common ground. My younger son also had to uproot his life, move to a small town, and change schools in his junior year, which was difficult and, unfortunately, he does "blame" my husband at times for the changes in his life. The problems have added stress but it has not been insurmountable. We have not needed family therapy but we would have been willing to have done so had it been necessary. BTW, Mira Kirschbaum has a book that I have found helpful, Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay. It helped me come to terms with the end of my marriage. It may help you focus on what's good and not so good in your relationship and help you make some decisions. I wish you the best. I can read the pain in your words and I do feel for you in this difficult situation.
  12. Moogie

    loneliness through the holidays

    Oh, yes. When I was a young nurse back in the Eighties, we had one sweet, lovely little old lady who would come to the hospital around Christmastime every year, always with the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin. She always asked to come to our particular floor. Her family lived far away and once she told me that she thought of us nurses as her family. :crying2: My heart always breaks a little bit when I think about her.
  13. i've done seminars on end of life issues and laypeople do seem to believe that end-of-life care is just like it is on tv. george clooney thumps on someone's chest two or three times, gives them the kiss of life, and they're walking and talking and feeling fine. can't say that television is the only reason people have unrealistic expectations but the medical dramas really don't help.
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    Obama Care and Nursing

    Moving to US Politics on AllNursesCentral
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    My Heart Is Breaking...

    I think I remember when you adopted Baby. Just can't imagine the cruelty of some people---to do that to an innocent animal. Years ago I adopted a cat that had been abused. She was always afraid of men and would cower as if she was afraid she was going to be beaten. Our dogs, whom we suspect were abused by their first owners, still cower, too.