Monday, November 30, 2009

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Just so you know, I have to say that I am a woman with strong opinions.  My scientific 'bent' as a biochemist tells me that being gay is a consequence of conception, gestation and birth and, therefore, of God's will.  God made gay people the way they are, just as He made non-gay people the way they are.    As for transgendered people and hermaphrodites, they, again, are the way God made them.  I will elaborate in another article, but suffice to say that I've studied enough genetics (I considered genetics as a focus of study along with biochemistry) to know that the masculinization or feminization of the brain, genitals and body of an infant is beyond the control of a developing infant.  God made people gay, hermaphrodite and the inclination to feel or to be 'transgendered'.  This is just the way it is biologically and my faith confirms these things.  That said, I've no stomach for gays, hermaphrodite, transgendered, etc people who dress up as disrespectful 'nuns' and clergy and for people who use 'churches' in order to promote their hedonist lifestyles. CUT IT OUT because it really hurts your cause!  Give me a break!  I understand anger, but I treasure compassion.   Most of all, I reject in-your-face/ACT-UP tactics regarding LGBT issues.  They just don't float.  Still, I pray for the best for us all. Be honest.  Be true to yourself.  God cares for us all.  With Love, 
Reverend Barbara Sexton

POCKET SERMON 4: "I'LL SAY IT IF NOBODY ELSE WILL"--A Prayer For Those Abused By Clergy

POCKET SERMON 4:   I'LL SAY IT IF NOBODY ELSE WILL by Reverend Barbara Sexton


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I understand.


I understand that church is not such a good place for everyone.


I understand that there are people who hate Christian clergy--priests, ministers--and those who support them--Christian Ed teachers, church officers, secretaries, choirmasters, sextons, deacons, and all other faith community predators.


I understand that.


I understand that some have been hurt and are now very, very angry.


I understand that Christmas-time can be horrible and that the holidays can only make things worse.


I understand that victims of clergy abuse are called 'liars', are scared and dread church.


I understand that these victims are deliberately made to feel helpless and guilty of something themselves.


I understand the grotesque self-righteousness that masks evil, usually sexual, intent on innocent victims, usually children.


I understand the self-imposed immunity bad clergy and their support staff claim when they 'get caught'.


I understand the cover-ups, the lies, the belittling, the intimidation that infuriates victims of abuse by clergy and their support staff.

I understand that successfully indicting and convicting bad clergy and their support staff is very difficult and sometimes impossible.


I understand the transfers and the covered-ups and other cowardly acts the guilty are prone to.


I understand that victims of abuse by clergy and their support staff, besides being labeled as 'liars', are often totally ignored.


This makes me more than just angry. Isn't it interesting who the 'father of all lies' really is?
These are the words of Jesus."You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44 (NIV)

I understand that abusive clergy and their support staff feel they are above reproach merely because of their 'lofty positions' and claims that they represent a certain type of modern 'theology'.


Talk about hypocrisy.  The abusers lie to themselves as much as they do to others.


Let them.  They can't lie to God.


Their downfall is assured.


Abusive clergy and their support staff can't hide from God. "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."Revelation 21:8 (NIV)


God will never forsake those who are innocent and abused.


I need to remind you that there will be an accounting someday, unlike any other. Until then, I am here to speak plainly and work for the abused as I always have.

Before all the Christmas Glee takes hold of people's mentalities, I also want you to know that I understand and am continuing to work for justice for you in the church community and  worldwide--small as I am--but now as clergy myself.
 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.   Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."  Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

PRAYER:


If I could have one gift, I would pray for all victims of abuse at the hands of bad clergy in church settings and elsewhere to be vindicated, comforted, and to be assured that they are not forgotten, they are not forsaken and they are never alone.  Let us all be witnesses to your splendid healing for these betrayed ones.  Please, God, give clergy abuse victims what they need to get on with life and to overcome their terrible violations  and to be able to trust in You and your workers, again, in safety.   Let those who live in fear, hatred and loathing know them no more, especially in a religious setting.   Acknowledge those who are your dear children and remind them that they will be so, forever.  Lord, let them truly feel as a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE how much you want them BACK into Your life and Your arms--NOW!  Send your ANGELS and SAINTS to console and direct those who are wronged and hurt, those abused by clergy and their enablers...Please do whatever it takes!  Refresh these precious souls this Christmas season, and forever, as a most special gift, I pray.  AMEN..........Reverend Barbara Sexton  November 30, 2009

MOST ADORABLE KITTY


Isn't life grand sometimes?
And isn't it great to know that God Loves YOU this much?!  Yes, He DOES!--Reverend Barbara Sexton

Friday, November 27, 2009


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I sure hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I hope it was a happy day for you and for those around you, and for those who spent it with your inside and/or outside pets.  Yes, animals can be better company than people sometimes.  I hope if you were with those who care about you, that those around you felt how much you care about them. If you chose to be alone on Thanksgiving, I hope you did it because you wanted to.  Better yet,  I hope you did it because you can!  Spending time alone real takes guts and a strong character.. I hope you have a good heart filled with contentment and a belly full of good food. I hope you didn't just remember to be grateful, but really felt it-- not all holidays are that great, as you know. I hope you were and are free of regret, rancor, remorse and risky behavior. They gain you nothing at all, but you already know that. I hope you remembered to forget people's expectations of you for the day and could be yourself and 'just go with it'.  Thanksgiving is only one day a year, like Christmas, and we need to keep it in perspective.  God knows your heart and He will, provide whatever you need and that's all that matters.  With Love, Reverend Barbara Sexton November 27, 2009

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MON, DEC 7 STAMFORD HEALTH DEPT WALK-IN H1N1 FLU VACCINATION CLINIC AT UCONN

The Stamford Health Department will hold a walk-in H1N1 flu vaccination clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus (UCONN)  Posted: 11/27/2009 06:54:30 AM EST http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/ci_13874320?source=most_emailed
NO APPTS NECESSARY
FREE
LIVE-ATTENUATED NASAL SPRAY (2-24 HEALTHY)
ALSO INJECTABLE (PREGNANT WOMEN, BABYSITTERS, AGE 3-64 WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS)
PARKING AVAIL. WASHINGTON BLVD GARAGE
No appointments are necessary, and the vaccine is free. The vaccine, in the form of the live-attenuated nasal spray, will be available to healthy individuals 2 to 24 years old and healthy household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months.The injectable vaccine will be available to pregnant women, household caretakers and contacts for infants who are not eligible for the H1N1 nasal spray and those age 3 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.
Parking is available on the second level of the UConn garage on Washington Boulevard. The department is also no longer accepting appointments for the H1N1 nasal spray, and will be distributing the intranasal doses to eligible persons at future city clinics.
For clinic updates, check the city Web site at http://www.cityofstamford.org/  or call the
H1N1 HEALTH DEPT. VACCINE HOTLINE:
 203-977-4213.
See you Dec 7.-- Reverend Barbara Sexton

Monday, November 23, 2009



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STAMFORD H1N1 VACCINATION UPDATES & CHANGES

DEAR ONES: I PROMISED YOU UPDATES ON FLU VACCINE CLINICS AND HERE THEY ARE.  PLEASE BEAR WITH ALL INVOLVED AS THINGS ARE EVOLVING AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  FOR YOUR OWN PEACE OF MIND, I'VE POSTED CURRENT HOTLINE NUMBERS AND WEB ADDRESSES WHERE APPLICABLE:
STAMFORD HOSPITAL TULLY CENTER
H1N1 FLU VACCINATION CLINIC
Tues, November 24, 2009  4-8 pm
For persons of high risk, injectable form (killed virus), free, no appointment necessary.  For:

--pregnant women

--3-64 year olds with underlying health conditions such as asthma, other lung conditions, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

--those with direct patient contact (caregivers, those who work in doctors' offices)

--those with direct infant contact-less than 6 months of age--(parents, daycare providers)

CITY OF STAMFORD AND STAMFORD HOSPITAL HOTLINE: 203-276-4948
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                          ALSO:
CITY OF STAMFORD DEPT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
NOTE CHANGES IN POLICY!: FORGET PHONE SCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENTS FOR FREE, INTRANASAL LIVE-ATTENUATED (WEAKENED) VIRUS H1N1 VACCINES FOR HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS FOR NOW. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 WAS THE LAST DAY TO SCHEDULE SUCH APPOINTMENTS.
INSTEAD, STAMFORD DEPT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES WILL BE OFFERING THIS VACCINE AT WALK-IN CLINICS IN EARLY DECEMBER (NO APPTS NECESSARY).

http://www.cityofstamford.org/controls/eventview.aspx?MODE=SINGLE&ID=355
http://www.cityofstamford.org/content/25/52/140/214/364/402/435/110788.aspx

CITY OF STAMFORD: http://www.cityofstamford.org/
H1N1 VACCINE (CITY)HOTLINE: 203-977-4213

Reverend Barbara Sexton 11/23/09














City of the City of Stamford website, at www.cityofstamford.org.





Please continue to check the City of Stamford website (www.cityofstamford.org) and the Stamford Department of Health and Social Services H1N1 Hotline (977-4213) for H1N1 clinic updates.









TAMIFLU RESISTANCE of H1N1 Influenza Virus for NOv 23, 2009

When you 'read' the www.CDC.gov and other government sites, be sure to note the DATE of the article/page you are reading. Some information is already 'outdated' and even professionals have difficulty interpreting the best of the data provided. Also, remember there is a simple 'lag period' between final compilation of a week's data and it's being published and reported. I continue to suggest that everyone not panic over talk of the emergence of 'tamiflu (Oseltamivir) resistant H1N1 Influenza Virus strains'. Here's the link for the latest update for tamiflu (oseltamivir) resistance http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/  for 2009-2010 Influenza Season Week 45 ending November 14, 2009. Discovery of resistant H1N1 cases have been identified, and the number was up for this last week 45, Nov 7-14, but the TAMIFLU RESISTANCE IS STILL NOT WIDESPREAD in the US. The news you are hearing about resistant H1N1 strains is largely overseas in Wales and England.  Rest assured the US healthcare community is closely monitoring this resistance issue and I will report any major developments to you here and in my newsletter (to receive the newsletter, email: BarbaraKSexton@aol.com ) 
Note that even where there is Tamiflu resistance, Relenza (zanamivir) still works! 

Some details for those interested are below from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ --
"The majority of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses are susceptible to the neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medication oseltamivir; however, rare sporadic cases of oseltamivir resistant 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses have been detected worldwide. A total of 21 cases of oseltamivir resistant 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses have been identified in the United States since April 2009. In specimens collected since September 1, 2009, 11 cases have been identified in the United States, including seven newly identified cases since last week and one case reported during a previous week that was reclassified. All tested viruses retain their sensitivity to the neuraminidase inhibitor zanamivir. Of the 21 cases, 12 patients had documented exposure to oseltamivir through either treatment or chemoprophylaxis, eight patients are under investigation to determine exposure to oseltamivir, and one patient had no documented oseltamivir exposure. Occasional development of oseltamivir resistance during treatment or prophylaxis is not unexpected. Enhanced surveillance and increased availability of testing performed at CDC are expected to detect additional cases of oseltamivir resistant 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and such cases will be investigated to assess the spread of resistant strains in the community."

Now here is an overall update on the H1N1 Flu in the US:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm

1) Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) nationally decreased again this week over last week.

2) Influenza hospitalization rates are beginning to decline but remain higher than expected for this time of year.

3) The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report decreased slightly but is still higher than what is expected for this time of year and has remained elevated for seven weeks now. In addition, 21 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported this week: 15 of these deaths were associated with laboratory confirmed 2009 H1N1; 6 were influenza A viruses, but were not subtyped. Since April 2009, CDC has received reports of 171 laboratory-confirmed pediatric 2009 H1N1 deaths, one influenza B death, and another 28 pediatric deaths that were laboratory confirmed as influenza, but the flu virus subtype was not determined.

4) Forty-three states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time; a decline of three states from last week

5) Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far continue to be 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception.

6)  Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far continue to be 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception
So...remember to stay vigilante regarding exposing yourself to people who are sick, stay out of circulation if YOU are sick, get a vaccine if you are so inclined,  be careful with your holiday traveling, get enough rest and fresh air, eat healthy and drink in a healthy manner, manage stress and BE WELL THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON. Reverend Barbara Sexton 11/23/09

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"21 Things"--A Poem By My Granddaughter Emily 11/21/09

'21 Things'

a poem by Emily L. (age 12)

A lollipiop,
a spinning top,
a curly fry,
a big bow tie,
a chicken wing,
a bumpy thing,
a lady bug,
a flying rug,
an ice cream cone,
a chicken bone,
a big fake nose,
a red, red rose,
a broken chip,
french onion dip,
a tissue box,
a pair of socks,
a gummy bear,
a piece of hair,
a quarter, penny, and a nickel,
a crunchy, crunched-up pickled pickle,
a pencil with no pencil tip,
KABOOM my pocket finally ripped!
By Emily L., my granddaughter, aged 12  Reverend Barbara Sexton  November 21, 2009

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Friday, November 20, 2009

ANGELS SPOTTED IN STAMFORD



Once in a while, we 'see the unseen' here on earth.  Once in a while, we are able to 'feel' God in a very real way. I had such an experience yesterday November 19, 2009 at a Flu Vaccination Clinic at the Stamford Government Center, watching the nurses and volunteers from the Stamford Dept. of Health. 

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I watched as they tenderly, yet firmly, vaccinated scared high-risk children.
I watched as they calmed and consoled nervous parents.
I watched as they provided valuable information and assistance and medical advice...to a variety of this city's residents from very diverse backgrounds.
I watched as they willingly exposed themselves to whatever illnesses people may have, yet never flinching.
I watched as these nurses proved that they are the very best that humankind has to offer--a particular blessing in our world today.



Sure 'angels'--God's messengers-- are created beings different from humans.  But the very 'essence' of what nurses do is genuinely 'angelic', yet they are more than just messengers...They are the doers!
For this we are grateful, knowing that no matter what the public health concerns may be, these nurses will be on the front lines to help and to serve.  Their dedication is neverending. True heroes, these. 
God Bless and protect them at all times,
Amen   Reverend Barbara Sexton  11.20.09

Next H1N1 VACCINATION CLINIC--STAMFORD HOSPITAL TULLY CENTER TUES, NOV 24,2009




Stamford Hospital will conduct a H1N1 vaccination clinic for high risk individuals on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, from 4 - 8 p.m.at the Tully Health Center.


THE 'DENNIS' WE'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR


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Dear Ones:  Read here this article on the 'Dennis' we've been praying for.  This is an incredible story and I ask all the world to continue to pray for this brave man and his family and caregivers. Thanks to friend Kathy for her steadfast love and updates. With Love In Christ, Reverend Barbara Sexton 11/20.09

Breaching a Barrier to Fight Brain Cancer
Breaching a Barrier to Fight Brain Cancer


Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

EXPERIMENT Dr. Howard Riina looking at scans during a procedure performed on Dennis Sugrue, 50, who has glioblastoma, the cancer that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts had.




Published: November 16, 2009   By DENISE GRADY

Dr. Howard Riina threaded a slender tube through a maze of arteries in Dennis Sugrue’s brain, watching X-ray images on a monitor to track his progress. At the site where a previous operation had removed a malignant tumor, he infused a drug called mannitol and unleashed a flood of the cancer drug Avastin.



Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times



CHEMOTHERAPY Dr. John Boockvar, left, watched as Dr. Howard Riina and Dr. Jared Knopman infused drugs into Mr. Sugrue's skull. The technique uses microcatheters.


Doctors and nurses watched intently, worried that the Avastin could cause brain swelling, a hemorrhage or a seizure. But Mr. Sugrue emerged unscathed. A half hour after the procedure, he woke up from anesthesia mumbling, “More is better,” and wishing aloud that he could have had a bigger dose.

It was an experiment. Mr. Sugrue, 50, who works for a hedge fund and has two teenage children, was in a study for people with glioblastoma — the same type of brain tumor that killed Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts in August — and was only the second person ever to have Avastin sprayed directly into his brain.

Getting drugs into the brain has always been a major challenge in treating tumors and other neurological diseases, because the blood-brain barrier, a natural defense system, keeps many drugs out. The study that Mr. Sugrue is in, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, combines old technologies in a new way to open the barrier and deliver extraordinarily high doses of Avastin straight to these deadly tumors — without soaking the rest of the brain in the drug and exposing it to side effects.

The goal is to find better ways to treat glioblastomas. But the technique might also be useful for brain metastases, meaning cancer that has spread from other parts of the body, like the breasts or lungs — something that occurs in about 100,000 people a year in the United States. The same procedure could also deliver other drugs and might eventually be used to treat neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, if suitable therapies are developed.
The defense system that doctors are trying to breach evolved to keep out toxins and microbes. It consists mainly of cells that line the walls of capillaries in the brain and are so tightly packed that many molecules in the bloodstream cannot slip out between cells to reach the brain tissue itself. But certain drugs, like mannitol, will temporarily open the barrier and were first used more than 20 years ago to help other medicines reach the brain.
The new technique refines the art of opening the barrier: it uses microcatheters — fine, highly flexible tubes that are inserted into an artery in the groin and then threaded up into tiny blood vessels nearly anywhere in the brain — to spray chemotherapy directly onto tumors or areas from which they have been removed. The catheters are normally used to deliver clot-dissolving drugs to the brain to treat strokes.
“This will substantially alter the way that chemotherapy is given in the future,” said Dr. John Boockvar, the brain surgeon who devised the trial. “But we have to prove that at certain doses, nobody gets hurt.”

Referring to glioblastoma patients, Dr. Riina said, “Everyone is looking for something to do for these people.”

“Even if you buy someone just a year, that could be a wedding or a graduation,” he continued. “You never know what might happen in the year they hold onto.”

The study, which began in August, is still in its earliest phase, meaning its main goal is to measure safety, not efficacy — to find out if it is safe to spray Avastin directly into brain arteries and at what dose. Nonetheless, the doctors were pleased when M.R.I. scans of the first few patients showed that the treatment seemed to erase any sign of recurring glioblastomas. But how long the effect will last remains to be seen.


“A beautiful M.R.I. scan doesn’t mean it’s cured,” Dr. Boockvar said.

Despite a beautiful scan, the first patient who was treated died in October, from pneumonia and the spread of glioblastoma to his brainstem.

Innovations are desperately needed to make headway against glioblastoma, which is “one of the most deadly tumors that exist in humans,” said Dr. Russell Lonser, chairman of surgical neurology at the National Institutes of Health.
“This is a very good start,” Dr. Lonser said. “The early data is very interesting and exciting.”

The complexity of a study like this goes beyond the science. Clinical trials are also a complicated pact, emotionally and ethically, between desperate patients and doctors who must balance their ambition as researchers against their duty as clinicians, and must walk a fine line between offering too much hope and not enough.



“I tell patients, ‘I’m going to try to cure your disease, but so far glioblastoma is an incurable disease,’ ” Dr. Boockvar said.

Extending Life


“I’m optimistic,” Mr. Sugrue said one morning in September, after scheduling a second brain operation. But he had tears in his eyes.


There are about 10,000 new cases of glioblastoma a year in the United States, mostly in people over 45. The tumors are notorious for growing back like weeds even after being cut out and blasted with chemotherapy and radiation, and they are nearly always fatal. With the best treatment, the median survival time is about 15 months.


But in the last five years, the number of patients who survive 2 years has increased to 25 percent, from 8 percent, largely because doctors began using a chemotherapy pill called temozolomide, or Temodar, along with radiation (Temodar is believed to seep through the blood-brain barrier).

Dr. Boockvar said he thought that if he could just keep patients alive for two years, more advances might come along and give them time.
“The glioblastoma population is very studyable, unfortunately, because the prognosis is so grim,” he said.


Patients often wind up on the front lines of research, figuring they have little to lose and hoping they will be lucky enough to test the big breakthrough. More than 500 studies for people with glioblastoma are listed on the government Web site http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/.

Mr. Sugrue, who lives in Stamford, Conn., with his wife, Donna, and their children Molly and Tim, began having headaches in April. He thought he had a sinus problem. But a scan found a brain tumor nearly the size of a golf ball. A local doctor referred him to Dr. Boockvar. He had the standard treatment: surgery, temozolomide pills and six weeks of radiation, which ended on June 25.

By July, an ominous bright spot on his M.R.I. scan suggested that the tumor might already be growing back. He continued chemotherapy, but the spot kept enlarging.

By mid-September, the Sugrues were back in Dr. Boockvar’s office to plan their next step. Stubbly hair was growing in on Mr. Sugrue’s scalp, except for a bare patch, around an arcing scar above his right ear. His eyes, bright blue with thick, dark lashes that gave him a boyish look, searched the doctor’s face.




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The headaches had returned. New scans, displayed on a computer screen, showed signs of brain swelling and bright spots that should not have been there. Dr. Boockvar recommended more surgery and then chemotherapy with Avastin, which had recently been approved for recurring glioblastoma.


Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times


PREPARATION Dennis Sugrue, of Stamford, Conn., had staples removed before undergoing a procedure in which the cancer drug Avastin was injected into his brain.


Health Guide: Brain CancerIt was approved for intravenous use — to be dripped into a vein, usually in the arm — but he said Mr. Sugrue would be an ideal candidate for his study, in which the drug would be infused directly into an artery in the brain, producing levels at least 50 times what the intravenous route could achieve. One other patient had been treated that way, and M.R.I. scans showed that recurring tumors seemed to have melted away.


Mr. Sugrue said he was all for it, even though Dr. Boockvar warned him that the drug was no magic bullet. Then Dr. Boockvar ticked off the risks from a second brain operation.


“I have to quote you a 5 percent risk you’ll be visibly weak,” he said. “A 1 percent chance of paralysis on the left side.”

Mr. Sugrue wiped his eyes and began to apologize for losing his composure, but the surgeon cut him off and said, “In neurosurgery they say that if you don’t make your patient cry, you haven’t gotten informed consent.”


The trial grew out of a conversation about a year ago between Dr. Boockvar and Dr. Riina, an expert in using microcatheters to treat strokes.


“I said, ‘Why can’t you infuse chemotherapy for my brain tumor patients?’ ” Dr. Boockvar recalled. “And he said: ‘I can. Just show me what you want to do.’ ”


Dr. Riina said, “Technically, I can go anywhere in your brain.”


He said microcatheter technology had advanced “light-years” in the last decade and was just waiting for a new drug to come along for glioblastoma.


They wrote up a plan to test what they called “superselective intra-arterial cerebral infusion” of Avastin in 30 patients with glioblastomas that had recurred after standard treatment. Each patient would receive just one treatment directed into the brain, followed weeks later by a series of intravenous treatments with Avastin.


Their study involves a technique first developed about 30 years ago, which uses mannitol to open the blood-brain barrier temporarily to get chemotherapy into the brain. Mannitol pulls water out of the tightly packed cells lining the capillaries so that they shrink and pull away from one another, opening up gaps through which drug molecules can pass into the brain.


The technique was developed by Dr. Edward A. Neuwelt, a neurosurgeon at Oregon Health Sciences University and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland. Its best results have been in people with a rare type of brain tumor called a primary central nervous system lymphoma. But it has not been helpful with glioblastoma, because until recently there was no chemotherapy to infuse that would have much effect on those tumors.


Dr. Neuwelt said that Avastin had helped to renew interest in opening the blood-brain barrier but that researchers disagreed about whether the drug would lend itself to that use.

Avastin starves tumors by blocking the growth of new blood vessels, which they need to survive. Dr. Boockvar said microcatheters should increase the odds of success by delivering a high dose of the drug directly to where it was needed most. Earlier research with other drugs used larger catheters inserted into the carotid arteries, which feed the entire brain — meaning that the tumor did not receive the most concentrated dose and that healthy brain tissue was exposed to the toxic drugs.


By mid-November, the researchers had treated five patients, including Mr. Sugrue; they first infused mannitol, waited five minutes and then sprayed in the Avastin. In all the patients’ M.R.I. scans, the telltale bright spots that marked tumor growth faded away after the treatment.


“I can’t tell you what it means,” Dr. Boockvar said. “Nobody knows.”


Indeed, the death of the first patient was a reminder that glioblastoma can invade other parts of the brain and the spinal fluid and that the highly localized spray of Avastin might miss deadly seeds of cancer.


But Dr. Boockvar remained hopeful for the remaining patients, describing the scans as “astronomically far better than I had anticipated.”


Hope and Anxiety


Mr. Sugrue was still in the hospital in late September when Dr. Boockvar burst into his room and got him out of bed to look at his own before-and-after scans.


“He took me to this room with all these computers and said, ‘I’ve got to show you this,’ ” Mr. Sugrue recalled. “This M.R.I. was a thing of beauty. I’m excited that he’s excited. That means a lot to me.”


Dr. Boockvar said: “Avastin may not be the best drug for this delivery technique. What’s exciting about our results is that we’ve proven there is a local effect.


“Suppose someone said, ‘I have much better drug.’ Now I can say I at least have a delivery system.”


With patients, Dr. Boockvar tries to walk a fine line, trying to level with them and yet not rob them of all hope. He knows the emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can take: his own father had leukemia for about eight years and died in September. Mrs. Sugrue said the doctor urged her and her husband to resist doing an Internet search for glioblastoma because they would just read that it was a death sentence.


They said they tried to follow his advice, but when the subject of prognosis came up in an interview, both had tears in their eyes.


“You don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer,” Mrs. Sugrue said. “What will be, will be. You do what you can.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS-- 311 FLU LINE

Dear Ones:  For those of you who live in NYC and environs, the city will have a 311 FLU LINE for those who think they have the H1N1 Flu or who think they have symptoms of the H1N1 flu.  It should be up and running by tomorrow and callers will be able to speak to an R.N. right then and there.  Please share this information with your loved ones and all interested parties.  Thank you.
Blessings, Reverend Barbara Sexton 11.18.09

STAMFORD, CT NEXT H1N1 VACCINATION CLINIC THURS NOV 19, 2009 GOV. CENTER

Dear Ones:  The next H1N1 Clinic will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd in the main lobby from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Only the injectable form of vaccine will be given and only to children between the ages of 7-13 with underlying medical conditions. This will all be 'walk-in'.  

H1N1 VACCINE HOTLINE NUMBER:
1-203-977-4213
HEALTH DEPT NASAL H1N1 VACCINE SCHED LINE: 1-203-977-6172

See what happened yesterday, below--my notes and observations are in red. Rev. Barbara Sexton
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Dear Ones:  I will be posting current information on available H1N1 Vaccination Clinics as I learn about them.  Yesterday, there was a clinic at the TULLY CENTER and I understand there will be one again next Tues Nov. 24, 2009 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Below, see the criteria as of yesterday.  ALL INFO HERE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON VACCINE SUPPLY AND TURNOUTS.
City of Stamford Announces Second H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic for High Risk Population

STAMFORD, CT - November 13, 2009

The Stamford Department of Health and Social Services will hold their second H1N1 walk-in vaccination clinic in partnership with Stamford Hospital; The H1N1 walk-in vaccination clinic for Mass Dispensing Area 2 (Stamford & Darien) will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Tully Health Center (32 Strawberry Hill Ct.), offering injectable H1N1 vaccination to pregnant women, children 6 months to 35 months, and children 36 months to 6 years of age with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, ONLY. No appointments necessary.
Remember that the injectable form of the H1N1 vaccination is the one with the thimerosal (mercury preservative).  My advice considering that this H1N1 (Swine) Flu is an official Pandemic per the CDC and WHO, is that this nominal amount of mercury in the vaccine should NOT deter pregnant women, parents and other high risk patients from getting the vaccine if they choose to do so.  Please seek the advice of your doctor for your particular situation and then use your common sense. 

Due to limited supplies of H1N1 vaccine, the Stamford Department of Health and Social Services is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on vaccinating high risk groups at this time. We will continue to distribute H1N1 vaccine to high risk individuals as vaccine is in limited supply. As more vaccine becomes available, we will expand the clinics to include more target groups in the community.
Again...I repeat...the usual 'flu rules' are not applying this flu season.  Healthy Seniors are NOT being given the priority they are usually given.  Why?  Because it is believed...and has been borne out to date, that most people over age 65 have substantial immunity to the H1N1 Influenza variant.  This is good news.  And, as soon as all high-risk persons are vaccinated for this unusual flu, Seniors will also be offered the vaccination if they desire it.

The Department continues to accept appointments for the live-attenuated H1N1 spray vaccine for healthy children ages 2 to 18 and healthy, non-pregnant household contacts, or care givers of infants younger than 6 months in the community. Appointments can be made by calling the Stamford Department of Health & Social Services H1N1 vaccine scheduling line (203-977-6172).
You can get the nasal spray vaccine by calling the Stamford Health Dept at 1-203-977-6172 and making an appointment.  This is for healthy persons only (see above for specifics) and involves a live-weakened vaccine which does NOT contain any thimerosal (mercury) preservative.

Please continue to check the City of Stamford website (www.cityofstamford.org) and the Stamford Department of Health and Social Services H1N1 Hotline (977-4213) for H1N1 clinic updates.
Check http://www.cityofstamford.org/ and the Stamford Health Dept HOTLINE 1-203-977-4213 regularly to see where and when vaccination clinics are popping up.  I will try to keep current here, too:  http://www.dearoneshealingministry.blogspot.com/
With Love in Christ, Reverend Barbara Sexton 11.18.09

Check out Stamford Hospital's Flu Center on the StamfordHopsital.org website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DR. DONNA-MARIE MANASSEH--My Doctor In The 'Paint The Town Pink Fashion Show'

Well, now.  I am used to seeing my breast doctor Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh in scrubs and a lab coat, but I must say that I am VERY impressed by this picture of her at a Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show held recently.  (That's her in the red sweater in the middle of the picture below.) For those looking for a terrific breast cancer doctor, I would surely recommend Dr. Manasseh.  She's caring, compassionate, high tech, understanding, flexible and open-minded--she really does 'work with you and your feelings, opinions and concerns'....and she's quite GLAMOUROUS, as you can see!

I also have to mention Michele Speer, RN, Nurse Coordinator for the Breast Center at Stamford Hospital, who walks scaredy cats such as myself through every possible step of the way with breast testing and surgical issues.  Even clergy get that 'sinking feeling' when something as serious as cancer looms and this is when a topnotch medical staff and setting makes all the difference in the world to the patient and her family.

Dr. Manasseh's staff does not miss anything, appointment and follow-up-wise, always reminding and confirming appointments and follow-ups...all at a time when a woman might yet be recovering from a surgery and/or undergoing difficult treatments.  God clearly blesses the work Dr. Manasseh and her staff do everyday.    Reverend Barbara Sexton 11/17/09-If you have any questions or comments, just email me at: BarbaraKSexton@aol.com    


Doctors


Ten Stamford Hospital physicians joined 15 breast cancer survivors in this year’s Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show. Seated or kneeling in front are (from left to right): Dr. Andrew Knight, Dr. Ann Angevine, Co-Director of Stamford Hospital’s Women’s Breast Center Dr. Caren Greenstein, and Dr. David Passaretti. Standing (from left to right): Dr. Steve Lo, Dr. Paul Weinstein, Co-Director of Stamford Hospital’s Women’s Breast Center Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh, Dr. Sean Dowling, Dr. Robbi Kempner, and Medical Director of Cancer Services Dr. Frank Masino.

Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show 2009

Breast cancer survivors and their physicians hit the catwalk in Stamford Hospital’s annual Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show. The event took place at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Stamford Town Center on October 14. In all, 15 breast cancer survivors and 10 physicians (medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons) participated.

The fashion show kicked off Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual KEY TO THE CURE charity shopping weekend, which raises funds and awareness for women’s cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.

“Paint the Town Pink” is a community-wide effort that runs throughout the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Its goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer-related issues such as the importance of screenings and early detection, as well as the treatment and services available in this area. The campaign is sponsored by Stamford Hospital in conjunction with organizations throughout the communities of, Darien, New Canaan and Stamford. (Contributed photos)
http://www.norwalkplus.com/eventpics/main.php?g2_itemId=16318

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NICHELLE MCKINNEY,14 YR. OLD HERO, SAVES GIRL FROM SEXUAL ABUSER

Here is a link to a story about a real hero, Nichelle McKinney: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/prosecutors_praise_14-year-old.html   If not for the bravery of Nichelle and her cohorts, a small child would not know safety and refuge from her sick abuser father.  May God bless and praise these heroes and God help that abuser.   Reverend Barbara Sexton      11/16/09  Thank you http://www.gospelgifs.com/    for the images supplied here.

Prosecutor praises 14-year-old for taking action when she saw a little girl being abused


By Aimee Green, The Oregonian

November 12, 2009, 9:36PM



Faith Cathcart/The Oregonian Nichelle McKinney, 14, was worried about the little girl she saw sitting on a man’s lap in the Avalon Theatre because she thought the man was touching her inappropriately. Despite fearing that adults might not believe her, she insisted on telling someone. That led to the eventual arrest and conviction of the man. The police and the prosecutor praised McKinney for saving the little girl from an abusive father. Fourteen-year-old Nichelle McKinney couldn't believe her eyes.

She and a friend had just stepped into the darkened Avalon Theatre in Southeast Portland on Feb. 14 when she saw a man in the back row touching a 6-year-old girl who was on his lap.

"I thought I was imagining things," said McKinney. "That's why I sat so close to him."



McKinney and her friend, Shai'Onna Jackson-Justice, 14, took a seat in the row in front of the man, and McKinney kept turning back to see what was happening -- even though Jackson-Justice told her to stop looking. She said it was none of their business.


But McKinney knew something was wrong. The man had the girl's shirt pulled up and was rubbing her chest. Jackson-Justice texted her grandma. When they didn't hear back, McKinney tapped the shoulder of a woman sitting in front of her.


Faith Cathcart/The OregonianChristine Bemrose and her daughter, Erin Nolan, 12, were watching “The Tale of Despereaux,” the adventures of a cartoon mouse, Feb. 14 in the Avalon Theatre when a girl behind them told her she saw a man molesting a young girl.That set into motion a call to 9-1-1, an arrest, an investigation and -- this week -- a 15-year prison sentence for the man, a child molester who police say could have gone undetected for years if not for McKinney's persistence. Investigators also credit Christine Bemrose, the 34-year-old woman who happened to be sitting in front of McKinney, and Jackson-Justice for helping catch a predator.

"This is a case where the public really stood up for what is right," said Nathan Vasquez, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case.

Police who responded to the scene learned the man was the little girl's biological father. He had been molesting her behind closed doors, on the occasional weekends he had custody.


Once the father was arrested, the girl was whisked into protective custody. She told investigators that her dad sexually touched her while giving her baths and that it hurt, according to court documents. A physical examination confirmed the abuse.


The dad initially denied he had done anything out of line. A few days after the girl was interviewed, Portland police detectives questioned him again, and he confessed.




The Oregonian is not naming the man because his daughter shares his last name. The newspaper generally does not identify sexual assault victims.


The man, 30, pleaded no contest in Multnomah County Circuit Court to first-degree sexual abuse and attempted unlawful sexual penetration and was sentenced Tuesday.


A "haunting look"


Seconds after McKinney tapped Bemrose's shoulder, Bemrose turned around to confront the man.

"I said, 'Dude, you're really creeping me out!'" said Bemrose, who was at the theater with her daughter, then 11.
The man didn't reply. Bemrose thought that was odd, so she repeated herself. Still no response.

Bemrose, who has a lot of experience with children as a speech pathologist for Portland Public Schools, walked back a few rows and watched the man from the aisle. He wasn't rubbing the girl's nipples any longer, as McKinney told her, but he was trying to coax her onto his lap. The girl was hitting his arm, in a halfhearted effort to get him to stop.


"She just gave me this very haunting look," Bemrose said. "She was a child that was not having a good time, a child that was not in a good place."

Bemrose found the manager, who called 9-1-1. McKinney heard the man tell the girl that if she told anyone what happened, he'd call her a liar.

Bemrose said she doesn't believe the man knew police were on the way. She thinks he only knew he was being watched, and so he was trying to pretend nothing was wrong. The man waited in line to get change to play games in the Wunderland arcade adjoining the theater at Southeast 35th Avenue and Belmont Street. It was Saturday, and the place was teeming with children.

As they waited for police, the manager, Bemrose, McKinney, Jackson-Justice and Jackson-Justice's aunt watched the man. If he had left, Bemrose said, she was prepared to get a license plate.

Bemrose and McKinney heard the man scold the girl, telling her that he'd spent a lot of money and she'd ruined his Valentine's Day.


Confronted by Portland Detectives John Russell and William Crockett, the man claimed his daughter had a stomachache and was sitting on his lap for comfort.


Police didn't buy the story. A video camera trained on the audience showed the man inappropriately touching his daughter.


Public abuse rare


Russell said the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team received 1,090 reports of child abuse in the past year. He said abuse almost always happens in private, not in a public place such as a movie theater with a group of strangers willing to leap into action.


The man, who had no criminal history, has two other children by a different mother. Investigators don't believe he abused his other children.


The man told authorities that he is being treated for bipolar and attention-deficit disorders. He was unemployed at the time of his arrest. He said he has an 11th-grade education.


The man will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


McKinney, the 14-year-old who reported the man, said it was hard to do.


"I kind of thought people weren't going to believe me," said McKinney, now a freshman at Benson Polytechnic High School. But she had to try.



"I was just thinking of that little girl," she said.

Bemrose said McKinney and Jackson-Justice, a freshman at De LaSalle North Catholic High School, did what was right.

"The thing that made me the most proud was that these two girls were really persistent in trying to get somebody's attention," Bemrose said.


"Luckily," she added with a laugh, "they ran into someone who was sort of bossy and pushy and really willing to get involved."


-- Aimee Green

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NOAH THE DOVE--Thank You Cousin Teri-Anne

NOAH THE DOVE


     These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.
     Noah is a non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon that we have here in rehab. Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in...even sleeping in front of the door to the cage.
     Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise...there was the tiny bunny...under Noah's wing...sound asleep! The bunny had crawled through the cage....preferring a featherbed, no doubt.
     Now, they are a ll together, and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah's feathers, he extends his wings out to surround them...and they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!!!!! This is amazing!!!








'He will cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you will find refuge.'
(Psalm 91:4) (NIV)
How good is our God to have produced creatures like these?  Make us mindful of your ways, Lord, forever and ever.
Amen.
Reverend Barbara Sexton 11/15/09

USE OF PROPHYLACTIC ANTIVIRALS FOR H1N1 2009 INFLUENZA

Should Tamiflu or Relenza be used after mere exposure to the H1N1 Flu Virus or 'just in case'?

After attending a community seminar at Norwalk Hospital this past Thursday, November 12, 2009, the answer is "NO".  These drugs should be taken if one gets the flu, and the sooner you can get on them, the better. 

This information is per: Dr. Arthur Yee, Head of the Infectious Diseases at Norwalk Hospital.  This recommendation is also per the CDC and other websites listed on this Dear Ones Healing Ministry website.

Think of this:  It is best to save the limited medications we have for those in the highest risk groups.

Also, overuse of antivirals will lead to the same resistance problems we have with antibiotics (witness MRSA, for instance) and that would not be a good thing.

May the Lord Keep You Well, Body and Soul,
Reverend Barbara Sexton                      November 14, 2009
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