From the wide (and sometimes weird) world of news…
A couple of different news stories have caught my eye this week:
- The bird that are falling out of the sky in Arkansas and Louisiana.
- A new blood test that can detect cancer cells.
I know, totally at opposite ends of the spectrum here but what can I say, I only get to hear bits and pieces in between kids’ questions, comments, and fights. And these are two that I’ve actually heard.
So first about the birds…what the heck?! How weird is THAT that thousands of birds are falling dead out of the sky? Of course my first thought was some sort of chemical or some such poisoning in the area, but authorities are saying that’s not the case here. I heard something mentioned about blunt force trauma…but um, couldn’t that happen when they hit the ground?? They have also mentioned thunder scaring them to death or lightening or hail hitting them, all complete guesses of course. They are doing more investigating, but I actually read one interview where an expert said that it’s not totally unheard of for this to happen as a natural phenomena. I guess we will just have to wait and see on this one.
OF COURSE you would know that the news story I perked up to listen to upon hearing the word “cancer” (as do most cancer patients I would think), is the development of a new test to detect cancer. And this is not just ANY test…it is a BLOOD TEST. What does this mean?? Well right off the top it means less invasive and easier to test the patient; doctors can test monthly, weekly, even daily to see if a patient’s treatment is working for them. It also doesn’t hold the risks to exposure of radiation like other screening tests do such as x-rays, CT scans, etc. Cancerous tumors shed cells and it is through this shedding and distribution into the bloodstream that cancer travels to other areas of the body. The makers of the test claim that their test can pick out one cancer cell amidst millions of healthy cells, which is HUGE. It is especially beneficial for prostate, bladder, colon, kidney and lung cancer, and BREAST cancers. What a great thing this test would be if it is as good as they claim it is! I want one!
In SPORTS NEWS: The Bulldogs won 2 of 2 games last night! It was an exciting night, and not for the faint of heart. The JV, which is Tyler’s game, won their game after trailing almost the entire game! Tyler hit the winning free throws to give the Bulldogs a 49-48 WIN!!! It was the most nerve-wracking/proud moment of the basketball mama’s life so far! It.was.awesome.
The varsity also won their game by ten points in a come from behind win! They were down by as much as 17 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but turned it up in the 4th quarter to secure the win. It was so exciting…in the 4th quarter, anyway. Go DAWGS!!!!
What a cute Bulldog couple, Tyler and Breanna
Some of the Bulldogs’ biggest little fans: Lani, Katie, and Abby!
Off to start my day! Have a marvelous one, guys!