Archive for June 9th, 2009

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Canine Surgery

June 9, 2009

Meant to mention…. when I went to pick Freedom up from the vet’s and she was explaining all that had been done she mentioned one thing that really surprised me. In order to cut down on the amount of gaseous anesthetic they used during the operation they gave Freedom an epidural!!??!! She has a nice clear bald spot near the base of her spine to show off to her doggy friends.

I suppose there’s no good reason why you couldn’t give an animal an epidural but I’d never heard of it before. Apparently they were able to use just 30% as much anesthetic by doing so.

I’m thinking of her now because there is a line of severe thunderstorms rolling through and Freedom quivers and quakes like crazy during them. God love her.

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Trainwreck Part 2

June 9, 2009

Here is a link to a news report on CBC.ca that includes a photo of the crash site taken from the air:

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2009/06/05/derail-pool-cbc-090605.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/06/06/train-return.html&usg=__xoQrCQtR3uaWGkyuE8-Wczs08R0=&h=181&w=280&sz=12&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=gVy_LnZdO59yoM:&tbnh=74&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doshawa%2Btrain%2Bderailment%26imgsz%3Dsmall%257Cmedium%257Clarge%257Cxlarge%26imgtype%3Dphoto%26as_st%3Dy%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

Lynda said she heard them starting to slowly shuttle cars past our place at about 2 a.m. I saw just one this afternoon after getting up for the day and it was crawling up the track. Perhaps another incident like this will bring a reduced speed limit for trains running through urban areas – I hope so. Anything that will further protect people, property and infrastructure. As you can see this could easily have taken out the overhead bridge.

Here’s another link courtesy of CityTVNews:

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.citynews.ca/images/2009-06/jun0609-oshawatrainIYSMichaelDaCosta600.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_35135.aspx&usg=__3aBPFZJysxAY1Ad4ONAPS2NvT9Q=&h=418&w=600&sz=173&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=rlqeFa-LUhfMwM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doshawa%2Btrain%2Bderailment%26imgsz%3Dsmall%257Cmedium%257Clarge%257Cxlarge%26imgtype%3Dphoto%26as_st%3Dy%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

Ah well, the peace and quiet has been nice for those who appreciate it. It’ll be back to situation ‘normal’ very soon, I’m sure.