(via keepmeafloat)Source: fencehopping
Basic plot of every Star Trek episode:
Kirk: I’m gonna go do the thing
Spock: It is illogical to go do the thing
McCoy: Goddammit Spock stop being so—
Spock: *insert sass here*
McCoy: *insert more sass here*
Kirk: *goes and does the thing*
Spock and McCoy: *still sassin around*
Chekov: *explains how sass was invented in Russia*
Sulu: *sass engaged at warp speed*
Scotty: THE SHIP CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE SASS CAPTAIN.
(via thedrawingskillsofsatan)Source: iflops
Oscar was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter and grew up in the third-floor end-stage dementia unit at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The 41-bed unit treats people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses, most of whom are in the end stage of life and are generally unaware of their surroundings. Oscar was one of six cats adopted by Steere House, which bills itself as a “pet friendly” facility.
After about six months, the staff noticed that Oscar, just like the doctors and nurses, would make his own rounds. Oscar would sniff and observe patients, then curl up to sleep with certain ones. The patients he would sleep with often died within several hours of his arrival. One of the first cases involved a patient who had a blood clot in her leg that was ice cold at the time. Oscar wrapped his body around her leg and stayed until the woman died.In another instance, the doctor had made a determination of impending death based on the patient’s condition, while Oscar simply walked away, causing the doctor to believe that Oscar’s streak (12 at the time) had ended. However, it would be later discovered that the doctor’s prognosis was simply 10 hours too early: Oscar later visited the patient, who died two hours later.
Oscar’s accuracy led the staff to institute a new and unusual protocol: once he is discovered sleeping with a patient, staff will call family members to notify them of the patient’s (expected) impending death.
Most of the time the patient’s family has no issue with Oscar being present at the time of death. On those occasions when he is removed from the room at the family’s request, he is known to pace back and forth in front of the door and meow in protest. When present, Oscar will stay by the patient until they die, then after death will quietly leave the room.
i find this very interesting as this behavior seems common in many cats that reside in mental and nursing homes. Often sharing the bed of the soon to be deceased. In the ancient world cats were revered by many cultures, most famously Ancient Egypt, as guardians of the underworld, keepers of the gate of death, and sometimes even harbingers of death itself. This makes me wonder whether this behavior was observed during ancient times as well and perhaps prompted this belief and many practices surrounding it.
One of my cats did this once, actually. She’d always really liked my other cat (who was a lot older than her) and followed him around, but apparently she stayed extra close to him on the day he died. I wasn’t at home that day, but my mom told me about it later.
How can I help someone when I see that they are in distress when it is I who is scared to help?