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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cancer Free Over 1 Year

It has now been over a year that Skyla has been Cancer Free.  All of the places that I was treating on her with the Xxterra are now clear.  The hair has grown back and the skin is healthy looking.  The vet says that they can still show up again, but I feel good about it being gone for good.

Skyla has gotten her happy attitude back and is no longer mad at the world.

Even the vet was not sure this product would work but I couldn't afford the surgeries so we tried this.  The cost of $100 per ounce scared me at first but it doesn't take much of it.  I ended up spending a total of $300 to save my filly.

Anyone with a horse with Sarcoids, try the Xxterra.  It's not fun.  Your horse hates you after about the 3rd treatment, but it works.  And, the horse forgives you after it's all over.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Soda Cans - Rats - Deadly Diseases

In 2013 some people died from drinking out of soda cans that rats had urinated on.  The media was telling you to use water to rinse cans before drinking out of them.  Rats were walking across the cans in warehouses and leaving behind urine, hair and pieces of uneaten food - all of these will give diseases to humans and can even cause death.

I had always looked at the top of a can before opening it because sometimes they had dirt around the rim from being transported and would need rinsing off.  I never thought about what could be on there that I couldn't see.

I buy two or three 24 packs of soda every week.  Most of the time I buy Dr. Pepper, occasionally Coke and every now and then Orange Fanta.

Soda cans come off the top edge down into a very deep and narrow crevice then flatten out to the top of the can.  That deep crevice is so narrow you can't even run a fingernail around it.  If you rinse it with water then you can see the little puddles in the crevice but it doesn't take out some of the stuff you can see there.

For the first time today, I got a Dr. Pepper out of the fridge and looked it over and there was this little bitty tiny black hair in the crevice.  I tried blowing on it to get it out, rinsed it under the faucet and tried using the edge of a paper towel.  I did finally get it but then was to paranoid to drink it so put it in the trash and got a different one.

Out of a 24 pack you will be lucky if 5 cans don't have something in that crevice.  It may just be dirt and dust, then again, it may be from rats.

I understand that it is almost impossible for warehouses to keep out rats.  Soda cans sit at the manufacturing plant for a while, then they end up in a warehouse somewhere waiting to go out to the different stores.  Then the stores (Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Family Dollar), all of them put them in there back rooms where everything is stored until put on the shelves and sold to us.

Why aren't the manufacturer's required to re-design the cans so that deep crevice is not such a problem to clean?  Yes it will cost them money to get different machines to make a different type of can, but this is a serious health problem.  Why are they allowed to sell these to us when they can't guarantee that there has been no rats on them?  Isn't this what all the different government agencies are for - to keep the public safe?  People died and nothing has been done.  The cans are the same and the rats are still in the warehouses.

If there is rat urine in the crevice, rinsing it under the faucet is not doing the job of cleaning it.  You need to be able to actually wipe it out with a towel or something to be sure it's clean.

TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AT THE NEXT CAN YOU GET - whether it's in a case or just a single you buy at the store.  If you buy 6 cans in a week, you can bet, if you really look at it in the sun or under good lighting - you'll find something in the deep crevice that isn't supposed to be there.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

McDonald's in Bartow

Yesterday at 2:45 pm we stopped at the McDonald's in Bartow.  When we went in the door there was 10 people standing in line and then another 4 behind us.  There was one cashier on the  front counter and one on the drive-thru window.

The sad part is that there were two managers and five other employees standing behind the counter just talking.  Not of one of them made a move to help anyone do anything.

I said something to my daughter, "can you believe this, one cashier, all these people in line and managers standing there doing nothing."

The one manager, whose hair looks like a rooster's comb, turned and gave me a dirty look.  The woman still didn't do anything, she went right back to talking and laughing.

One of the employees that was standing there talking actually came over and said something to the cashier and then got a coffee and went back over to talk some more.

For myself, I'm not overly fond of McDonald's food anyway, but I have never been in any other McDonald's where the customers were just totally ignored.  Most Managers will step out to the counter and help out if it gets that backed up.

Whoever the franchise owner is of that store needs to seriously look into hiring new Managers for the store.  There was even two ambulance drivers in line and one of the employees said something about EMT being in line and they weren't helped either.

I've got to hand it to the cashier, she was trying her best to get everyone taken care of.  If one of the Managers or one of the employees standing talking would have at least helped bag her orders and hand them out the line would have went down quicker.  Cashier did it all herself.

"Rooster Comb" Manager needs to find a new job.