websnark:

Lauren Bacall is one of our cultural icons. She defined, visually, a kind of ineffable grace and sophistication. In one sense, she was the natural counterpart to Katherine Hepburn.

I could write a lot about Mme Bacall, but I think there’s something we can take from her tragic passing. Something that’s easy to miss right now, especially with the shocking death of Robin Williams. Williams’s death — and the form that passing took — was so unexpected, and so horrifying, that it has eclipsed Bacall’s death entirely.

And that’s unfortunate, because there’s a lesson as important to be taken away from the tragic passing of Mme Bacall.

Lauren Bacall died of a stroke, at the age of 89.

And… when you read that, it’s easy — sadly — to dismiss it. She was 89. Naturally, she was at the end of a long and fulfilling life, and it’s as natural that she passed from a stroke. That happens later in life.

Except it doesn’t. Anyone can have a stroke.

Anyone.

A stroke may be caused by genetic factors. It may be caused by a hard hit on a football field. Take the case of 17 year old High School Senior Andre Maloney, a standout football star in Kansas City, who had already been recruited by the University of Kansas. A star athlete moving into his prime.

Until he collapsed on the sidelines during a football game.

Over the course of the next few days, Maloney was treated, but tragically he couldn’t be saved. A blood clot had entered his brain through a Patent Foramen Ovale, or PFO — a literal hole in his heart.

A hole, I would add, that one in five Americans have. Because we’re all born with a PFO. It’s how we can survive in the womb without, you know, being able to breathe. But 20% of all Americans (I don’t have statistics for the rest of the planet) don’t have these PFOs close.

And, should blood clots form in your body, they can reach the lungs — causing what’s called a pulmonary embolism. Which itself is no picnic, mind. But if you have a PFO, it can also pass through and hit your brain.

That happened to Andre Maloney. Did he get a clot from a hit on the field? Who knows. But he got one. And he died. 17 years old, in excellent health, and a stroke victim.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because strokes can be treated incredibly effectively, if they are treated quickly.

That picture above is the FAST protocol. It’s a fast way to check if a friend or loved one might be suffering a stroke. It’s simple, and it’s fast. And if you get them to a hospital quickly, there are incredibly effective treatments. There is a medication emergency rooms have — a clotbuster — that can massively improve a stroke victim’s recovery and survival rate. But with a stroke every second counts. Every second is brain cells.

It goes beyond even that, by the way. In a lot of cases, a stroke that happens due to PFO will have precursors — sharp leg pains where clotting may be happening. Shortness of breath from a pulmonary embolism. If things seem odd, get them checked out.

Please. For your loved ones. For yourself. For Lauren Bacall, who was class and grace and sophistication personified… and for Andre Maloney… learn the warning signs for Stroke, and if you see them — or have them — call 911. Immediately. Don’t stop to pass Go. Be aware.

And be safe.

(via demiurgent)

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onlyfoolsandvikings:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

this happens to me every single time i am sick to death of seeing the same thing

why are you reblogging this oh god please don’t

Because you’re right
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onlyfoolsandvikings:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

this happens to me every single time i am sick to death of seeing the same thing

why are you reblogging this oh god please don’t

Because you’re right
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onlyfoolsandvikings:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

this happens to me every single time i am sick to death of seeing the same thing

why are you reblogging this oh god please don’t

Because you’re right

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onlyfoolsandvikings:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

this happens to me every single time i am sick to death of seeing the same thing

why are you reblogging this oh god please don’t

Because you’re right

(via wasthatamelon)

handsometabbyc:

New Zoo Revue - “The Miracle Of Birth” (by cringevenom)

trippy 1970s era children’s show sex ed segment, which out of context looks like a gay couple explaining how babies are made to their adopted frog kid, aided by a freakish anthropomorphic owl and cow.

Let us now sing this in celebration of oncoming theoretical springtime.

(via sean-gaffney)

parallelpie:

priorities 
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parallelpie:

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fairysharkmother:


MOMMA WILL GIVE ADVICE.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: MENSTRUATING DOES NOT MAKE YOU BAD. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE SICK. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DIRTY.
First of all, do not go swimming in the ocean to look for Momma. Momma will be right here.Momma suggests that at first sign of blood, take tylenol. If you are super in tune with your body, take it when you estimate it will start soon!
Momma knows EXACTLY what to do for cramps. Eating cranberries or drinking their juice is a wonderful way to get rid of cramps.Another way to help with the pain is to rest on your bed like in the picture, butt in the air and head on the ground. Also, if you do not like pads OR tampons, there are more solutions!
There is the softcup!And the mooncup!
They are very similar to one another. They are basically soft, silicone cups that go up into your lady cave that collect the blood.The softcup is a bit more expensive.Also, Momma says that if you want to have sex and not have gushing everywhere, you can use a softcup!The mooncup is a lot like the softcup, but it is reusable. Momma will remind you that you MUST disinfect it in boiling water. You can even use natural sea sponge like a tampon! Momma says it’s okay. There are also cotton reusable pads!
Momma is also thinking of you men that have periods, too!There is a special kind of boxers that you can buy with a special pocket for sanitary products! It also comes with a bulge.
The most important thing to do, menstruating or not, is to love and respect yourself. Do not feel ashamed, and get through it as well as you can!
Momma loves you!
fairysharkmother:


MOMMA WILL GIVE ADVICE.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: MENSTRUATING DOES NOT MAKE YOU BAD. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE SICK. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DIRTY.
First of all, do not go swimming in the ocean to look for Momma. Momma will be right here.Momma suggests that at first sign of blood, take tylenol. If you are super in tune with your body, take it when you estimate it will start soon!
Momma knows EXACTLY what to do for cramps. Eating cranberries or drinking their juice is a wonderful way to get rid of cramps.Another way to help with the pain is to rest on your bed like in the picture, butt in the air and head on the ground. Also, if you do not like pads OR tampons, there are more solutions!
There is the softcup!And the mooncup!
They are very similar to one another. They are basically soft, silicone cups that go up into your lady cave that collect the blood.The softcup is a bit more expensive.Also, Momma says that if you want to have sex and not have gushing everywhere, you can use a softcup!The mooncup is a lot like the softcup, but it is reusable. Momma will remind you that you MUST disinfect it in boiling water. You can even use natural sea sponge like a tampon! Momma says it’s okay. There are also cotton reusable pads!
Momma is also thinking of you men that have periods, too!There is a special kind of boxers that you can buy with a special pocket for sanitary products! It also comes with a bulge.
The most important thing to do, menstruating or not, is to love and respect yourself. Do not feel ashamed, and get through it as well as you can!
Momma loves you!

fairysharkmother:

MOMMA WILL GIVE ADVICE.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: MENSTRUATING DOES NOT MAKE YOU BAD. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE SICK. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DIRTY.

First of all, do not go swimming in the ocean to look for Momma. 
Momma will be right here.

Momma suggests that at first sign of blood, take tylenol. If you are super in tune with your body, take it when you estimate it will start soon!

Momma knows EXACTLY what to do for cramps. Eating cranberries or drinking their juice is a wonderful way to get rid of cramps.

Another way to help with the pain is to rest on your bed like in the picture, butt in the air and head on the ground. 

Also, if you do not like pads OR tampons, there are more solutions!

There is the softcup!

And the mooncup!

They are very similar to one another. They are basically soft, silicone cups that go up into your lady cave that collect the blood.The softcup is a bit more expensive.

Also, Momma says that if you want to have sex and not have gushing everywhere, you can use a softcup!

The mooncup is a lot like the softcup, but it is reusable. Momma will remind you that you MUST disinfect it in boiling water. 

You can even use natural sea sponge like a tampon! 
Momma says it’s okay. 

There are also cotton reusable pads!

Momma is also thinking of you men that have periods, too!
There is a special kind of boxers that you can buy with a special pocket for sanitary products! It also comes with a bulge.

The most important thing to do, menstruating or not, is to love and respect yourself. Do not feel ashamed, and get through it as well as you can!

Momma loves you!

(via ktjayne)

herzspalter:


And that’s why I don’t write comics professionally.
I finally had the time to catch up with the comics and this was the first thing that popped up in my head after reading. I think Rung needed some mental help with this one.
Best read in Egoraptor’s Halo Reach voice.
I’ll go to bed now, I’m sorry.
herzspalter:


And that’s why I don’t write comics professionally.
I finally had the time to catch up with the comics and this was the first thing that popped up in my head after reading. I think Rung needed some mental help with this one.
Best read in Egoraptor’s Halo Reach voice.
I’ll go to bed now, I’m sorry.

herzspalter:

And that’s why I don’t write comics professionally.

I finally had the time to catch up with the comics and this was the first thing that popped up in my head after reading. I think Rung needed some mental help with this one.

Best read in Egoraptor’s Halo Reach voice.

I’ll go to bed now, I’m sorry.

(via siphersaysstuff)

knightless:

darlinjimkirk:

comtessedebussy:

darlinjimkirk:

If you don’t like this
Then I advise you to resign from Starfleet

Please tell me he won the costume contest.

I don’t know who won
But he’s flawless.

I still really love this costume, okay? XD

The one time in his life Jim Kirk got away with not wearing any pants in public.

(via theopoiesis)

anotheramazedperson:


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