You could add moth balls to the list of repellants. I get mice looking to nest inside my off-season equipment stored in my shed so I scatter moth balls in and around the engine and that seems to keep them away. This works for pretty much any mammal including humans so don't try them inside any living area in your house, though.
I also found mothballs seem to work for mice but not for ground squirrels. I have ground squirrels digging nests under the concrete slab of our barn. I stuffed about 10 mothballs into every opening and pounded dirt into the holes to seal them. Two days later the squirrels had pushed the dirt and the mothballs out from under the barn and were still using the holes. The squirrels weren't bothered by fresh mothballs and I tried this supposed remedy at least a half a dozen times and each time they just pushed the mothballs out of the holes. Bummer....
You meet the nicest people living in the country.
I was walking out of a farm store this morning after buying some electric fencing materials and:
A nice woman was walking out in front of me towards the parking lot.
She turned towards me while walking and said,
“Did you hear about the two potatoes that got married?”
I must have had a quizzical look on my face as she continued on by saying,
“They had a little tater and named it sweet potato.”
I thought that was cute so I smiled and she continued on by saying’
“Sweet potato told her parents that when she grew up she wanted to marry Tom Brokaw”.
“They said you can’t do that…..He’s just a common tater”
I have to admit I chuckled all the way to my truck. Glad I walked out with her.
IMHO you should look at both forms as one form (the POLST) is simple to complete as its only one page. I only completed it because my Dr. recommended it to have in place in case of an accident or stroke. The person who would normally make care decisions for me (my wife) is so reluctant to put down any animal ( our cats, dogs, chickens, or any wildlife), that I don’t want her to control my end-of-life decisions.
The POLST was the form recommended to me.
Others may have spouses that are in agreement with your thoughts on how you want to be cared for when you can’t make decisions for yourself.
I think thats a wonderful thing to have if both people agree on what, end-of-life decisions, each person wants.
wrangler5 and jeep daddy both mentioned an 11 page form. That is confusing to me as when my doctor told me about the POLST she gave me a one page form to fill out. As I mentioned in an earlier reply it has 4 sections on the first page that I completed. The doctor signed the 5th section and she sent the form off to the registry. The front of the form is the only thing that needs to be completed.
I believe you may have been given an Advance Directive form which also exists in Oregon but it asks for all sorts of data that the POLST form does not require.
If you care to see the blank POLST form used here just follow the link in my previous post.
The registry for POLST forms is administered by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
[quote=wrangler5]I've been told that first responders WILL perform CPR (and perhaps other lifesaving techniques they're licensed to do) on site/during transport, regardless of any DNR orders in place.
I just looked up the POLST website directive for Oregon and it gives the following explanations about EMTs using POLST data:
Question. Why do I need to find and follow POLST orders?
ANS. Patients have the right to express their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments.
The Scope of Practice for Emergency Medical Providers states, “An Oregon-certified First Responder or EMT, acting through standing orders, must respect the patient’s wishes including life-sustaining treatments. Physician supervised First Responders and EMTs must request and honor life-sustaining treatment orders executed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant if available.”
When do POLST orders apply?
ANS. POLST orders apply any time EMS is called or the patient is transferred to the ED. However, a patient with decision-making capacity can request other treatment at any time. Patients with Comfort Measures Only usually would not want to go to the hospital, unless comfort cannot be achieved without transport.
Are copies and eSignatures valid?
ANS. Yes! Copies of POLST forms are valid. Electronically completed forms (ePOLSTs) may have eSignatures that don’t look like a handwritten signature, these are 100% valid. POLST form copies and ePOLSTs may be printed on white paper that is OKAY, they are valid.
How will EMS & Emergency Departments access the POLST Registry? Call the POLST Registry Hotline 24/7/365 at the OHSU Emergency Communications Center (ECC) for immediate POLST form requests.
So it looks like EMTs will follow your instructions documented in a POLST directive but if any patient doesn't have a POLST number readily seen by the EMT then they won't know to look for your POLST instructions. That lookalike a case for one of those medical bracelets.
BTW, by my looking up this info for you I found that the POLST system is nationwide but most states have not developed the complete system. It looks like West Virginia, California and Oregon are the only three states that have a 'mature' POLST system.
Hope this helps.
Wow, Good question.
I'll call my doctor next week and ask her about first responders having access to the OR registry. She is very up-to-date on many things so she may have been asked this question before.
[quote=jerryc41]Lots of people don't want to spend the last years of their lives hooked up to a machine until someone decides to "pull the plug." That's why we have the DNR notice. It can be confusing, though.
The Oregon Health & Science University have developed a (POLST), document that is signed by the patient and their Physician to indicate what actions are required by any Health care professional. POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. The instructions on the form are entered into a State of Oregon Registry that is available to any Physician. I have signed one 5 years ago and am glad the document exists. The registry sends the person having signed a POLST a card to be kept for presenting to any Physician.
It has sections for:
A) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
B) Medical Interventions
C) Artificially Administered Nutrition
D)Documentation of Discussion and Signature of patient or Surrogate
E) Signature of Physician
If anyone is interested they can look at the online links at:www.polst.org
or at email@example.com
Looks like it would be fun. No idea where/what "Golden Valley" is....
Looks like its in MN. just West of Minneapolis and the Yelp reviews can't say enough good things about this company.www.natcam.com
If you think thats a problem restricted to LEDS get ready to protest the MJ growers using greenhouses that destroy all night time darkness that used to be so wonderful here in southern Oregon. Dark skies are becoming a thing of the past here in Southern Oregon.
By that I mean everyone should be careful before they approve allowing MJ to be grown in their states, because what we allowed by permitting people to grow MJ in Oregon has now destroyed virtually all the wonderful nighttime environment for everyone.
Imagine what used to be a rural home where you could see the stars at night is now transformed into big, and I mean big, greenhouses all around you having grow lights on all night long.
What used to be a dark night has now turned a rural environment into an urban one. Now I understand why the people in urban cities are so crotchety.
Any state that has not approved the growing of Marijuana should realize that many growers do not care about their neighbors but will pollute the environment with light and noise to make money. Before any state votes to allow Marijuana to be grown they should get educated on problems of growers destroying the environment with excess fertilizers being put into the rivers and creeks, with greenhouses being lit 24 hours a day and huge, noisy fans being powered 24 hours a day in the greenhouses.
I'm sorry to hijack this thread but I don't think states that have not already approve MJ growing should be unaware of the problems caused by unregulated MJ growing.
If growing MJ was restricted to growing a crop like corn or grapes it wouldn't be bad but just like anything that looks good for making money the commercial interests have destroyed everything good about the idea in their haste to make money.
I worked for a helicopter logging company years back and most everyone burned wood in their homes. Many still do. Thats just for background to explain that most everyone had years and years of wood burning experience.
One of our most experienced maintenance workers decided he was tired of cleaning out the ashes from his wood stove. That led him to buy a pellet stove. For the first year he couldn't say enough good things about the pellet stove making his life easier. The it came time to clean the pellet stove and he related to everyone at work how difficult it was to clean properly as the pellets bonded to the stoves internal parts causing great difficulty for him to clean. He said he would never had bought one if he knew the yearly cleaning was so labor intensive.
This was about 10 years ago so maybe they have improved the stoves to minimize the maintenance issues he had. I suggest you make sure the maintenance of the pellet stoves they sell now arn't difficult.
As a separate thought, I have an outside wood boiler in one house that heats water that heats the house floor.
I'm not recommending you redo your house but I also heat my work shop (about a 1000 square feet) with that same water system via a radiator with a thermostat controlled fan.
If you have a small room you might look into using an outside wood boiler and running two insulated lines to a small radiator in the room. Then all the wood is outside, cleaning is easier, I empty my ashes about one every three weeks with a shovel into two buckets so no ashes in the house, and no wood in the house either.
Just a thought as it is so much easier than having a stove inside the house.
Keep us informed as what you wind up doing.
Little Bobby and Jenny are only ten years old, but they know they are in love.
One day they decide that they want to get married, so Bobby goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.
Bobby bravely walks up to him and says, "Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage."
Thinking this was simply adorable, Mr. Smith replies, "Well, Bobby, you are only 10; Where will you two live?"
Without even taking a moment to think about it, Bobby replies, "In Jenny's room. It's bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely."
Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, "Okay, then how will you live? You're not old enough to get a job. You'll need to support Jenny."
Again, Bobby instantly replies, "Our allowance. Jenny makes five bucks a week and I make ten bucks a week. That's about 60 bucks a month, so that should do us just fine."
Mr. Smith is impressed Bobby has put so much thought into this.
"Well, Bobby, it seems like you have everything figured out. I just have one more question: What will you do if the two of you should have little children of your own?"
Bobby just shrugs his shoulders and says, "Well, we've been lucky so far."
Mr. Smith no longer thinks the little shit is adorable.
Local ordinance that may make illegal to feed wild life. Check with your county.
Damn. Thats a very good idea. My brain must be up and locked.
Shot and killed a tree rat from 150 + feet away with a BB gun.
That makes 5 this month. The record is 7...
Darn things are multiplying!
You might have a similar problem I do.
Darn neighbor lady feeds the Turkeys, squirrels, deer and her Alpacas plus any other critter that comes into her 5 acres. Unfortunately that brings real rats to the property and now I'm catching about 5 a month where I never saw any rats for the last 25 years. Think we can get her to control her feedings? Nope, she loves all creatures, even ones that carry disease.
Any ideas of how to stop someone like her?
I'm at the other end of the state about 3 miles from the Rogue river.
Thinking of spending a couple of days near the Chetco River in February for Steelhead fishing and to see the conflict between the Bankies and Floaters. Should be interesting!
I dialed a number and got the following recording:
"I am not available right now,
but thank you for caring enough to call.
I am making some changes in my life.
Please leave a message after the
If I do not return your call,
You are one of the changes."
My wife and I had words,
But I didn't get to use mine.
Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.
The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around,
you're not going anywhere.
God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.
I was always taught to respect my elders,
But it keeps getting harder to find one.
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A woman asks a man who is traveling with six children, "Are all these kids yours?"
The man replies, "No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer complaints".
Nominated as the best short joke this year...
A three-year-old boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath.
"Mom" he asked, "are these my brains?"
"Not yet," she replied.