Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Ain't Write: Pen removed from woman’s stomach after 25 years and still works


A 76-year-old British woman recently had a pen removed from her stomach, and doctors were shocked to discover that after 25 years of gestation the pen still works.
The British Medical Journal Case Reports chronicled the medical case of the woman, who has not been identified, was sent to a GI specialist after various symptoms, including weight loss. When doctors scanned the woman's intestinal tract, they discovered, "A linear foreign body in the stomach." After the discovery, the woman said she remembered accidentally swallowing a black felt-tip pen, more than a quarter century ago.
While the pen was corroded after two decades of exposure to stomach acid, it still contained usable ink and could be used for writing.
More from the report by Dr. Oliver Richard Waters: While she was interrogating a spot on her tonsil with the pen she slipped, fell and swallowed the pen by mistake. Her husband and general practitioner dismissed her story and plain abdominal films done at the time were reported as normal. A gastroscopy demonstrated a plastic felt-tip pen sitting in the lumen of the stomach without evidence of any gastric damage.
Even though the pen was apparently not related to the woman's current health issues, doctors went ahead and removed it anyway. In perhaps a bit of dry humor, Dr. Waters concluded in his report:
This case highlights that plain abdominal x-rays may not identify ingested plastic objects and occasionally it may be worth believing the patient's account however unlikely it may be.

Unmarried Twins Give Birth Minutes Apart // Mother, Daughter Give Birth 6 Hours Apart


Twin sisters have given birth to their first children just minutes apart in the same hospital... and they both had boys.
Danielle and Nicole Fisher, 23, from New Jersey were in adjacent rooms when they gave birth just minutes apart.
The sisters, who were born within 12 minutes of each other, insist they had not planned to get pregnant at the same time.

Danielle gave birth to Jonathan at 7:43pm on Tuesday, Nicole, who was not due for two weeks, delivered Maximus 13 minutes later.
'I just think it’s the twin thing,' Nicole said.
'It just has something to do with that twin communication.'
The twin's mother Lisa Fisher, who spent her time frantically running between the two rooms, said: 'It was unbelievable.'
Danielle and her boyfriend, Corey Flanigan, broke the news to the family first that they were having baby. 
When Nicole and her boyfriend, Greg Woodman, found out weeks later that they, too, were expecting, they decided to keep the news under wraps for several months.

Danielle said she was excited that the two boys are going to grow up together.
'Who gets to go through something like this with your twin sister?' Danielle said.
'We have done everything together our whole lives.'
The twins grew up with the same circle of friends and have shared every birthday party.

But with their due dates weeks apart, even the sisters did not think it would be possible to have their children much closer than two weeks apart.
Past her due date, Danielle was induced on Monday and began going into labor on Tuesday.
To everyone's surprise, Nicole’s waters broke the same day.
'I was just shocked,' Danielle said in the report of learning her sister was in labor too and at the same hospital. 
Danielle had been in labor for more than 20 hours, Nicole’s delivery happened in less than 20 minutes.

The women are living together with their parents in Clementon, New Jersey.


      Mother, Daughter Give Birth Same Day


December 21st was a big day for 17-year-old Brianna Guerrero, she became a big sister. But she also became a mother.
Brianna Guerrero gave birth to a healthy 9 pound 9 ounce son named Ayden at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday, only 6 hours after her mother, Jessica Rotter, gave birth to Ayden's uncle.  The mother and daughter pair, who were not due to deliver on the same day, gave birth one room apart at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
"This is the first time I've seen this," said Dr. Alex Lipovich, Brianna and Jessica's doctor. "I've had mothers and daughter who were pregnant at the same time in my practice before, but to deliver within a few hours of each other is a first."
The births went smoothly according to  Lipovich, and both new mothers were very happy about the additions to their family, "although the mother was little disappointed that she couldn't be there to comfort her daughter."
Both children are expected to be released from the hospital today, just in time to be home for the holidays.

Teacher Stabs Another With Screwdriver At New York High School

A Poughkeepsie High School teacher was hospitalized Thursday morning, while another teacher - who is accused of stabbing her - was in police custody,

According to reports, the two teachers, identified as Cynthia Glozier and Ronette Ricketts, became involved in a verbal dispute which escalated and resulted in the stabbing of Glozier.

Authorities tell the Poughkeepsie Journal, Ricketts stabbed Glozier with a Philips screwdriver.

The incident happened sometime before 10 a.m. and prompted school officials to place the school on lock down while they investigated. The lock down lasted until 11:15 a.m.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the dispute between the women, who both work as full-time English teachers at the school.

Glozier, 52, is reportedly listed in good condition at St. Francis Hospital, while Ricketts, 40, was being questioned by authorities Thursday afternoon.

No students were involved in the incident. School officials say classes will continue as scheduled.

GOT CAPTION? 12/23 v.3.0


JOKE: An Australian guy goes into a bar in the Greek Islands

An Australian guy goes into a bar in the Greek Islands. Jill, the Australian barmaid takes his order and notices his accent. Over the course of the night they talk quite a bit. At the end of the night he asks her if she wants to have sex with him. Although she is attracted to him she says no. He then offers to pay her $200 for it. Jill is travelling the world and she is short of funds, so she agrees. The next night the guy turns up again and after showing her plenty of attention he asks if she will sleep with him again for $200. She figures in for a penny in for a pound - and it was fantastic the night before - so she agrees. This goes on for 5 nights. On the sixth night the guy comes into the bar, but this night he orders a beer and just goes and sits in the corner. Jill is disappointed and thinks that maybe she could pay him more attention. She comes over and sits next to him. She asks him where he is from and he tells her -- Melbourne. "So am I," she says. "What suburb in Melbourne?"

"Glen Iris," he says.

"That's amazing," she says, "so am I -- what street?"

"Cameo Street," he says."

"This is unbelievable," she says. "What number?"

He says "Number 20" and she is astonished.

"You are not going to believe this," she says, "I'm from number 22 and my parents still live there!"

"I know," he says "your father gave me $1,000 to give you!"



GOT CAPTION? 12/23 v.2.0


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UPDATE: 2 to Face Criminal Charges in Mass. Woman's Body Was in Public Pool 2 Days While Pool Was Open

Two former state workers will be charged in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found two days after she drowned in a murky Massachusetts swimming pool, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Marie Joseph, 36, died in the Fall River pool June 26. Officials have said Shanahan and Carter shouldn't have kept the pool open and accessible to children while the water was too cloudy for safe operation in the two days before Joseph's body was discovered.

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