I'm a fat recreational ballet dancer with a pacemaker.
Body positive. Strong believer in Health At Every Size.
This place is a repository for my mind. At the moment that seems to mostly be ballet, heart stuff, pretty things and random geekery.

*Not an actual disney princess, accidental or otherwise. That would be tragic. I would be the worst disney princess ever. Completely positive.

 

thepacificparrotlet:

After watching Mia sit in the sun and overheat herself to the point of panting, opening her shoulders, and not putting her foot in her feathers it occurred to me that I actually had no idea what to do if Mia ever did have a heat stroke!  Naturally, the first thing I did was do some research to prepare myself in case of emergency. (I will update this with a better image of her overheating when it happens next time)
First of all, if your bird is like Mia and she just sits in the sun regardless of how hot she gets you should really continue reading as heat stroke is a serious concern that can cause permanent organ damage.  I feel this is something everyone should know, if your air conditioner craps out, or electricity shuts off on one of those super hot days heat stroke is very probable.
What does a bird look like when they’re having a heat stroke?
The feathers will generally be completely flattened
Wings will be held away from the body or just the shoulder area will be held outwards (almost a heart-wing formation)
Beak will be open, tongue generally bobbing up and down (panting)
Your bird may also be agitated or anxious
convulsions
What do you do?
Obviously if your bird is in the sun the first thing you want to do is move them in to a cooler, shaded area.
Get a mister (cool water) and spray around the bird, if your bird is scared of the mist just spray the air or in front of a fan so it blows at the bird. (this will still bring down the temperature in the area around your bird)
Let your bird walk around in shallow water, just their feet need to be touching the water.  Soaking their feathers at this point can actually trap in the heat.

If your bird does not appear to be more relaxed you will need to use the next steps.  If your bird is convulsing you will need to use this step first.

Shower the bird with cool, slightly soapy water.  The oil from household dish soap will help to cut through the feathers and get the water straight to the body.
Do not make the water too cold, just slightly cooler than room temperature will do the job. If the water is too cold your bird will go straight in to a hypothermic reaction.
If there is still no change you need to get your bird to a vetrinarian
After all of this you will need to take your bird to get checked over by a veterinarian.  Serious, permanent injuries result from this if not treated fast enough, brain injuries and permanent organ damages just to name a few.
Sources [x] [x] [x]

thepacificparrotlet:

After watching Mia sit in the sun and overheat herself to the point of panting, opening her shoulders, and not putting her foot in her feathers it occurred to me that I actually had no idea what to do if Mia ever did have a heat stroke!  Naturally, the first thing I did was do some research to prepare myself in case of emergency. (I will update this with a better image of her overheating when it happens next time)

First of all, if your bird is like Mia and she just sits in the sun regardless of how hot she gets you should really continue reading as heat stroke is a serious concern that can cause permanent organ damage.  I feel this is something everyone should know, if your air conditioner craps out, or electricity shuts off on one of those super hot days heat stroke is very probable.

What does a bird look like when they’re having a heat stroke?

  • The feathers will generally be completely flattened
  • Wings will be held away from the body or just the shoulder area will be held outwards (almost a heart-wing formation)
  • Beak will be open, tongue generally bobbing up and down (panting)
  • Your bird may also be agitated or anxious
  • convulsions

What do you do?

  1. Obviously if your bird is in the sun the first thing you want to do is move them in to a cooler, shaded area.
  2. Get a mister (cool water) and spray around the bird, if your bird is scared of the mist just spray the air or in front of a fan so it blows at the bird. (this will still bring down the temperature in the area around your bird)
  3. Let your bird walk around in shallow water, just their feet need to be touching the water.  Soaking their feathers at this point can actually trap in the heat.

If your bird does not appear to be more relaxed you will need to use the next steps.  If your bird is convulsing you will need to use this step first.

  1. Shower the bird with cool, slightly soapy water.  The oil from household dish soap will help to cut through the feathers and get the water straight to the body.
  2. Do not make the water too cold, just slightly cooler than room temperature will do the job. If the water is too cold your bird will go straight in to a hypothermic reaction.
  3. If there is still no change you need to get your bird to a vetrinarian

After all of this you will need to take your bird to get checked over by a veterinarian.  Serious, permanent injuries result from this if not treated fast enough, brain injuries and permanent organ damages just to name a few.

Sources [x] [x] [x]

He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
To teach him that the system is unfair.
He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.

What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
We still do it.

I inherited my communist manifesto,
It has no cover—
Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
Looking for subversive propaganda.
She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
They never found it.
So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
Don’t talk to me about revolution.

I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
The price of uprise is paid in blood,
And not Harvard blood.
The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.

It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.

It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
When it is not yours to give.

Catalina Ferro, “Manifesto” (via dialecticsof)

I feel like people do need to remember that there is a very real, very painful, very human element to the word “revolution”.

(via nuanced-subversion)

(Source: sincerely-the-end)

90sgeekchic:

a-little-bi-furious:

feministpokemonmaster:

cinematicnomad:

apparently e.l. james called former child star mara wilson (matilda) a “sad fuck” for critiquing the 50shades books a while ago and now there’s a feud. i love it.

I love you Mara.

OMG

"I feed off your ruined childhoods."

cryptfly:

asperqueer:

asksecularwitch:

greatmoustachesploosh:

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

I was reading an article of a service dog helping a person with schizophrenia. she stated that when she was seeing or hearing things and notices the dog is not reacting in any way, then she is able to ground herself, realizing what she was experiencing was not real and could work through it easier and is more able to ignore the delusions. And she pointed out she feels more comfortable with a service dog as well because well, dogs don’t judge and get angry for things like this

I teared up about this whole post to be honest.

i’ll never not reblog this post. it is so important.

I cried a little about this

cryptfly:

asperqueer:

asksecularwitch:

greatmoustachesploosh:

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

I was reading an article of a service dog helping a person with schizophrenia. she stated that when she was seeing or hearing things and notices the dog is not reacting in any way, then she is able to ground herself, realizing what she was experiencing was not real and could work through it easier and is more able to ignore the delusions. And she pointed out she feels more comfortable with a service dog as well because well, dogs don’t judge and get angry for things like this

I teared up about this whole post to be honest.

i’ll never not reblog this post. it is so important.

I cried a little about this

(Source: 4gifs)

mgann-morzz:

McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes.

"A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.

Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.

“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”

“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.

“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.

At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.

She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.

“The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can’t provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s are going through. We’re struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it’s just–it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage they have us living in.”

“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”

Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.

“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.”

I think that this is beyond awful for many reasons. People can’t afford to live off of the wages that they are given currently, and can’t even speak out against it. I know tumblr is great for spreading important news like this, so please help me get the word out to support this woman.

The worst part about having a chronic illness is that the cycle of adjustment to your “new” life. One day, I can run 3 miles and the next I can’t bend my fingers. I can’t get past grieving the life that I have every few days if I still experience it.

Kirsten of Notstandingstillsdisease (whose blog you should follow)

(Source: chroniccurve)