10.08.2019

Removal of children from the home based on doctors opinions with zero facts? It happens often and

Source:  https://www.kxan.com/news/elgin-parents-accused-of-abuse-lose-custody-of-children-after-doctors-misdiagnose-infant/


In May 2015, Lorina and Jason Troy, of Elgin, welcomed their son but soon noticed that the infant's head kept growing. When the couple brought their child to medical specialists, they were unexpectedly accused of child abuse. Doctors claimed that the parents had repeatedly shaken their son so hard that it caused his head to swell.

"It was definitely a low blow being accused of something that you know you didn't do," Jason told the station. 

"The hospital was telling me I had to pack all my stuff
and I couldn’t be near my kids."

Though the parents questioned the diagnosis, they were dismissed.

"I told [the doctor], 'My son has never been hurt in any way. Could this be anything else?'" she recalled. "And he told me, 'Yes, but since he's a baby and can't talk, we are just going to go with abuse," and walked away."

Both of Lorina and Jason's children were allegedly taken away from them and placed into foster care.

Jason was also charged with two counts of child abuse, KXAN notes. He was purportedly forced out of his job, and he and his wife had to sell their house to pay an attorney to represent them.

"There was some doubt," Jason said. "Like was there something I did? Justice would prevail and the facts would come out."

The couple eventually got a hold of a medical expert in Maryland, who determined that their younger son, in fact, had benign external hydrocephalus, a condition that commonly occurs in infancy and childhood and results in a rapidly increasing head circumference.

Shortly after, the children were returned to the couple and the charges were dropped. The damage, however, was already done, Lorina said.

"I have seen a lot of medical conditions that can easily be mistaken as child abuse when it isn't," she said. "The proper medical experts should be hired to correctly diagnose the children instead of assuming the worst and go that way because it drastically affects the families, especially the children."

According to KXAN, the Troys can no longer sue their doctor for malpractice because they missed the two-year statute of limitations. The couple has since been in contact with the White House, Texas's governor and other legislators to help create laws that will stop children from being wrongfully removed from their parents and prevent doctors from carelessly misdiagnosing patients. 
"There were times when the loss of our children, the unbelievable accusations against my husband and the feeling that we were powerless to right the wrongs – were overwhelming," Lorina told the station. "But, we went through the most challenging events of our lives and it has made us stronger. Now, we can take our terrible situation and what we have learned, and help others in similar situations."












10.07.2019

It's official.... I ordered my Christmas Cards on October 6th!???




I like to use a photo of our entire family on our Christmas cards, which as the kids all get older and leave the nest, make new nests of their own and start to fill them; gets harder to to do.  We are working around so many people's work schedules, vacation schedules and other issues that more often than not we manage to get everyone together just once a year now.

But we did so in August for an extended family vacation at the beach.

The photo was taken using the timer on the camera, that was propped up on a stair to a deck and my son running to click the 10 second timer and run fast back through the sand to get into his 'saved' spot in the group.

To get the little kids (ages 4, 3 and 1) to look towards the camera, I propped a laptop computer next to the camera, and was playing a DVD disk of  the cartoon Peppa Pig.  We were telling them to watch Peppa Pig, as my son was racing back to the group before the camera snapped the picture, and as the wind was whipping our hair and dresses all over God's green earth....

But we got a picture by golly!

Yesterday as I was clearing out the daily emails I spied one from a big name stationary printer/photo printer that was trying to get people to order their Christmas cards early by offering a really great deal for the first week of October.

75% off plus free shipping.

I clicked on it just to take a look at the card options and before I knew it, I had chosen, designed, edited and added a photo, and clicked on PURCHASE.

My $145 order was just $33... but the feeling of being done with my Christmas card order by October 6th?  Priceless!













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USPS (US Postal Service) ALL OUT LIES ABOUT ATTEMPTED DELIVERIES... and there is nothing we can really do about it




Yesterday was Sunday and I was expecting an Amazon delivery.
I don't have Prime, I didn't want nor request a Sunday delivery, as I am one of those old-fashioned (although young) weirdos who believes people don't need Sunday deliveries and we can just wait until Monday.

I had a small box order from Amazon coming and was surprised to see alerts telling me it would be delivered on Sunday. 

I was surprised, because I am still not used to delivery services on Sunday and since this order was a small, regular, no rush order, I was just happy it was being delivered, and looked forward to it. 

So I waited.
And waited.

And waited.

I was home all day and a good portion of it, was in the home office, which has a window that overlooks the street out front of our home, as well as the driveway.

No delivery.

I also have two house dogs who will bark when they hear a delivery truck outside, and... no delivery.

I also have security cameras on our driveway and our front door.

No delivery.

My husband had to work yesterday so I texted him at 4:51 and told him I was expecting an Amazon delivery today but no one had showed up yet, so just in case they left it in the mailbox instead, could he check the mailbox when he arrived home?

No delivery.

So as you can see... there was NO DELIVERY MADE.  NOR ANY ATTEMPT AT DELIVERY.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and found this alert app on my phone, telling me USPS attempted a delivery but was unable to access my front door.








AN ALL OUT BOLD FACED LIE.
And although I don't care about Sunday deliveries, I DO care about liars.
I hate liars.
HATE.
LIARS.

If you were tired and just wanted to go home because it was 5:45 pm on a Sunday, then have the balls to SAY IT BUT DON'T LIE and report that you attempted delivery and couldn't access the front door.

Because the only way you can't access our front door is if you drive by our home without stopping or don't even come to our home at all.


But the more frustrating thing?

NO ONE AT AMAZON OR THE USPS CARES IF YOUR PACKAGE DOESN'T ARRIVE.

Seriously.

They are so big, that one customer complaint is lost among the throngs and they don't even make it easy to let anyone know the delivery people are liars.

I clicked on the updates and saw their lies about the non-existent attempted delivery and it just pissed me off that delivery drivers get away with this.

My update says the attempted to deliver at 5:45.  (LIAR)
And that the package arrived at my local USPS this morning at 4:53 am and they will be making another attempt to deliver today.

What this shows is that the bigger city USPS (the lazy liars) do the weekend delivery attempts (?) and lie about it so apparently this morning the update shows that it was delivered to my smaller local city USPS and my regular carrier will be attempting to deliver.





I actually have a USPS account online and because of this, I figured it would be easier to find a way to contact them and submit a complaint than the "call your USPS carrier at this 888 number that a billion people use"... and it was.
Not that I want them to contact me or actually DO anything.
I don't CARE about Sunday deliveries.
And it was a small order that was no rush.
But I DO CARE if they hire employees who all out LIE.

Because again... I hate liars.

So I did email them the complaint.  Nothing will be done, and I'm sure no one cares and no one is going to take responsibility for their lazy Sunday delivery drivers.







..... you can ignore this rant, it's just the morning coffee talking again.........














10.04.2019

DirecTV isn't the only company that secretly and quietly restarts you on new contracts without telling you......

Source: ABC7

This morning I was  sipping my coffee and reading some random little news stories - nothing political or things I knew would get my blood pressure rising because I was already in a crappy mood to start with.  I saw a little 'lifestyle' article about a 102 year old woman who passed away and DirecTV charged her a $160 'early termination fee'.


"As it turned out, Albright’s daughter or another caregiver often spent the night, and the family had added an additional DirecTV box in a back room.

Little did they know that adding a new box meant adding a whole new two year service contract, ABC7 reports.

"Nobody told us that,” Manrique said. "And in fact we made it clear when we added the TV in the extra room that it was a temporary thing ... We're saying my mother in law's on hospice, we're not gonna pay, you know, two year contract."

At the time, DirecTV allegedly said that the family was on the hook because the bill was in Albright’s daughter’s name. Much like many other families taking care of elderly relatives, Albright’s daughter had taken over her mother’s finances.

The Manriques said they called DirecTV asking for proof that someone signed a two year agreement.

"And they had no proof other than you started this new service on this date ... and that starts a new contract whether you signed it or not,” Manrique said. "Every time you hiccup they start you on a new two-year agreement basically. It'll run the rest of your life if you accept some other feature or other. They got you.”


As someone who has had DirecTV for a few years myself I found this same "restart their contract but DON'T TELL THEM UNLESS THEY SPECIFICALLY ASK!!!!"  scheme going on.  We had lived here a few years and our daughter was going off to college so I called to disconnect the receiver in her room as no one would be using it.

There is no reason (ABSOLUTELY NO REASON) this should have restarted a 2 year contract but apparently the customer service reps that help you must get bonuses for renewing these things because I realized a couple months later when I called for another reason that I was under contract with them...  which should have run out but guess what?  They said ANY TIME I MAKE ANY CHANGES TO MY ACCOUNT IT RESTARTS A NEW 2 YEAR CONTRACT.

Which is pure bullsh*t. 

And more importantly, they are not training their customer reps to TELL PEOPLE THIS CHANGE WILL RESTART YOUR CONTRACT ALL OVER AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 2 YEARS.  THAT is my major issue.  SNEAKY TACTICS BY DIRECTV!!!!!  Lying by omission.

However, it seems to be a common practice as I've had Windstream, and our security company (which recently was bought out by another company and changed names and I'm not sure if the 'new' parent company does this so I won't call them out on it)... yet; does the same thing.

As a matter of fact, Windstream (Is it called Kinect now???) has sneakily done SO MANY QUESTIONABLE THINGS that I hate even calling them for anything because they change our contract and bill without notice...

Actually, let me tell you about that last one!  It's the most recent.

We've had Windstream since we moved in.  It was literally the ONLY internet available in our area and on our street.  It was awful.  It dropped ALL THE TIME.   At one point they were testing it for me and found it dropped 25 times just in a matter of hours.

We chose to rent the router/modem from the company simply because when we moved in I was too overwhelmed with a horrible, horrible, awful relocation,  and I had MUCH bigger fish to fry at the time than to go shop for a router/modem and go through the hassle of self-installation.  So I told them to bring one out and hook it up and get me online. I had so many other things to tackle at the time.

Skipping ahead a couple years and a few issues, they came out to replace the 'outdated' router when it would start to become super slow or drop a lot.  The latest is that about 3 1/2 years ago a service tech came out to see why it was horribly slow and dropping all the time and told us we just needed a new updated router/modem.  Ours was old.  He got one from his truck and installed it.  YAY!  IT WORKED GREAT!

So about 4 months ago when our internet was horribly slow and crawling again, I realized our router probably just needed to be updated.  I called to tell them the issue and that could check the date on our account but I was pretty sure the last time they gave us a router was 3 or 4 years ago and it just needed to be updated like last time.

She told me she was sorry but I wasn't on their 'replacement plan'.

????

What replacement plan?  I've never heard of that before and in 8+ years of being your customer, I've never had it come up in any conversation or service call.

Apparently they quietly changed their terms...  add this $10 a month replacement contract.  Hell, in 6 months of paying THAT you could buy your own.  Why lease?

She said I could go buy a new router and hook it up.
I was confused and told her we don't own ours.  I just lease it from them.

She said no... that I own my own router.  I explained I do not...  It's their router.  Their name on it.  They brought it out.  They installed it.  It's just part of my plan.

She said she thought that maybe 'Years and years ago they had a special where you leased a router for 3 months or something and then you could buy it out.'

Ummm... nope.

We never did that.  Just opted to lease a router from them... and it's obvious because it's on our account, it's their router and they've come out to replace it at least 2 times that I recall in the past 8 years (maybe 3).

She didn't have a clue what I was talking about.  She said she didn't understand because the only way they would replace the modem/router is if I was signed up for their replacement program at $10 a month, but she could sign me up today!

Hell no.

WTF?

So apparently they changed THIS part of my contract as well.

The price has gone up 2.5 X's what I was promised with the 'lifetime' cost, they no longer service their own routers and customer service ditz's don't have a clue about anything other than the script in front of them.

Apparently, at some point they completely changed my contract... but never told me.  And no, never got a message in my email about it, never saw the changes announced on the bill and well, you know how DIFFICULT it is to find contract terms of your account(s) online... LOL... they try hard to make links so impossible to find so you DON'T read the contract terms).

But what the hell, their company has declared bankruptcy anyway and is being sued by homeowners as well so...  I guess I'll just wait and see how this all plays out.





.....  meh, it's just the coffee talking again this morning.



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When I saw this coffee mug on Amazon I thought to myself;  Actually... DEALING with customer service reps is this!  Being the call service rep is nothing compared to having to call them and DEAL WITH THEM!  It's hell for the customer having to deal with idiots too.


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10.02.2019

Anxiety t-shirts for my anxiety based humorous side!



Many people have told me I have a crazy-good memory.  That I recall things no one else would remember.  That I can remember back further than most people.  Life-long friends often shake their heads and grin and ask me how in the world I remembered a certain event, name, place or date.

But sometimes having a good memory isn't all that great.

Like, when you recall things you don't wish to remember.  Don't want to relieve.  Don't want to feel the feelings that particular memory brings back.

I'm not talking about huge, awful, horrible things... although that could be another post.

No, this is just random little everyday memories that took place and they instantly all come back to me when I see a face, hear a name, see something that causes me to remember.

Some of those things are so minor that if I attempted to explain the memory to someone else, they wouldn't be able to understand why I didn't like that memory.  Why I didn't want to feel the feelings it brought back.  Because they really are quite small in the grand scheme of life.

That mean thing that someone said to you...
That person that hurt your feelings...
The get-together you weren't invited to...
The back-handed compliment that wasn't a compliment but more like a 'mean girl' comment...
The look you got from a peer or neighbor that spoke volumes and made you feel stupid...
The person that judged you... wrongly.

All small things, but things that I wish I could forget!

All things that probably contribute to the amount of anxiety I feel today in social situations!  Ha ha.

And why I probably love all these anxiety t-shirts I've been bookmarking at Amazon lately and am pondering purchasing.





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Stop asking stupid garage sale questions on Facebook



Just a tiny little morning rant over coffee....

You know how area cities and towns have local Facebook groups?  And often they post that they are having a garage sale?  And many times they post photos of some of the items so people can see what to expect if they come?  

These are not marketplace listings selling things on Facebook. This is when they are holding a sale in their driveway or garage and simply posting the date and address of the physical sale.

There are a few really little towns around me and I've read their pages and I just shake my head at the people that ask all these insane questions, expecting the person hosting the garage sale to answer all of them...   instead of just going to the address and looking at the item themselves.  

These are tiny towns.  Often they are with in a mile or so of the address.  
Or funny, they ask 1 or 2 days AFTER the sale if the [hot item that obviously would have sold immediately] is still available.  

This morning I read yet another post filled with comment questions and I was so happy to see the original garage sale poster is NOT answering some of their stupid questions.  They are probably BUSY holding their sale!!

"Do you have any cheap priced toys for kids ages 2, 4, 6 and 8?"
"Do you have any furniture that is less than 31" wide?  I don't care how deep or tall, but could measure everything and tell me what you have that is less than 31" wide?"
"How much is that little table?"
"How much is that plastic flower vase?"
"How much for that rake?"
"How much...."

(I'm thinking to myself STOP ASKING AND JUST GO THERE AND SEE HOW MUCH IT IS!  THEY ARE BUSY WITH THEIR SALE AND CAN'T ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS!"

"I can't get there to look at that item until next Tuesday, could you hold it for me?"
"I might want that red chair..."     (Um ok?  SO? Thanks for sharing.)
"What items do you have under $1?"

Etc.
Etc.


It's a stinking garage sale and things are dirt cheap.  You live 1 mile away.  Just go to the darn sale and look at the items yourself and stop asking stupid questions.  And no, that perfect condition kids Jeep ride on toy marked $25 is already SOLD since the sale started yesterday so... stop asking.








.... it's just the coffee talking again.
And I hate garage sales.
I don't hold them.
I don't go to them.





















10.01.2019

From the WTF files - since when does attacking your husband with a fricken NERF gun warrant getting arrested for domestic abuse!?


Source:  https://www.foxnews.com/us/louisiana-woman-attack-husband-nerf-guns-infidelity



A Louisiana woman who suspected her husband of 12 years was cheating on her was arrested Monday for allegedly attacking him with Nerf guns.


"Authorities in West Monroe on Monday responded to a domestic disturbance. The victim told police his wife had been arguing with him over suspected infidelity, according to the arrest report. He accused his wife of attacking him with Nerf guns and said he ran out of the house.
Anh Thi Pham was arrested Monday for allegedly attacking her husband with a set of Nerf Guns.

According to the report, the woman chased her husband down the road. Deputies said there were minor cuts and scrapes on the victim’s arm and face from the reported battery.

There were four children in the home during the fighting, the affidavit said. A deputy who contacted Pham said she was holding two plastic Nerf guns, the News-Star reported.

Pham allegedly admitted to hitting her husband for his supposed infidelity, the report said. She was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of domestic abuse child endangerment. No bail has been set."






THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AN ARREST!?  WTF is wrong with people today?  It's a nerf dart gun.  NERF.  As in... SPONGE darts.  And she is now charged with domestic abuse child endangerment because she shot a suspected cheater husband with a fricken NERF spongey little squishy toy dart and there were 4 kids at home?  WTF!??????  You tell her to calm down... ask the husband if there is somewhere else he can stay tonight while things cool down... and then you LEAVE.  You don't f$#King arrest someone for this crap.  Save arrests for SERIOUS OFFENSES.




... it's just the coffee talking again.




9.19.2019

On The Road Again - Branson, Missouri and touring a cave - Talking Rocks Cavern with a Five-Year-Old

Talking Rocks Cavern - a stupid name for an awesome cave/cavern

It's been quiet here on CoffeeTalking because I've been on the road again.  Almost a week now and my latest stop is in Branson, Missouri.  Now, I've been here a number of times, as family lives in this area, but usually I'm busy with... visiting family.  And I don't do much sightseeing.  But this week I really wanted to get out and do something on Wednesday.  Hiking or a cave or something.  So, I turned to the internet to look for hiking trails and in the middle of researching trails, stumbled upon some reviews for a cavern tour called Talking Rocks Cavern.  

It just so happened one of the little family members didn't have preschool on Wednesday, so I made plans for a special day together.  Just him and me.

I thought the cost of the tour was a bit pricey - espcially for a not-all-that-big cavern in the middle of Missouri (compared to say, some of the larger caves and longer cave tours in other parts of the country).  But I did find coupons on their site for $2 off both adult and kids tickets.  With my $4 savings in hand we ran errands that morning and showed up at the cavern around 10:05 am.

I bought our tickets... and completely forgot about the coupon I had!  So, we paid full price and even though losing out on $4 off the total entrance price of $36 for the two of us would normally make me mentally kick myself, it ends up I think it was worth it.

We loved it.

Starting the tour!

The history of the cavern is part of the tour so I don't want to say too much about it but it's interesting, so I wanted to touch on it a bit.

The best way to do that is to take a smidgen of the cave information from their website.  If they feel this is a good overview without ruining the history part of the tour, then I guess I do too!


"Talking Rocks Cavern was first named “Fairy Cave” by the early cave developer, Truman Powell, after he first explored the cave. His comment was that it looked like “a subterranean fairy land”. The caves name was changed to Talking Rocks Cavern in 1969 when Silver Dollar City purchased the cave. They chose to change the name based on a quote from Waldo Powell, son of Truman Powell. Waldo would spend a lot of time looking at the rocks and mineral deposits in the cave, and noted that the physical evidence in the cave would tell him a story about how it formed…thus, it was inspiration for the new name “Talking Rocks Cavern.”

The hour long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we refer to as “edutainment.” By this, I mean that we focus on education, as well as entertainment. It is educational in nature, as you will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information while on your tour. The tour is also entertaining. Our cave guides are ready to answer questions that you may have, and can find answers to those questions that they may not already know.

Above ground activities are numerous! Play a round of Cave Country Mini-Golf on our mostly shaded miniature golf course. Purchase a bag of sluice, pan for gemstones, and take home all of the gems that you find!  Hike the nature trail to the lookout tower, conquer the indoor and outdoor SpeleoBox crawl mazes, and enjoy a break at one of the shaded picnic areas. Bring the kids (and grandkids!) and let them explore the expanded Kid’s Play Area."

We had people on our little tour of every age group and every body type. No one had any issues on the tour except one person who ignored the tour operators warning to watch your head walking through a passage way and he bumped his noggin.  His own fault though for not looking.  No one else had any issues.








I absolutely LOVE that this particular cave and tour are not so 'legal based safety scrubbed' that you might as well walk through a fake concrete man-made safe and dry cave at an amusement park.  This cave still has much of the original concrete and rails put in by the original family that owned and opened the cave in 1921. 

It's a living cave, which means it's still growing!  And caves grow by water.
Water is wet.
Wet is sometimes slippery.  Wet is sometimes... wet.  Wet is sometimes dripping on your head.  Wet makes you watch your step.  Wet makes things humid and... damp.

But stop complaining and enjoy nature!!!!!



My photos were not made for a website nor for any reason other than snapping a few on my cell phone as we toured.  As I mentioned, I had a 5 year old with me, so we enjoyed the moment, watched our steps and took pictures on my phone as I felt like it.

The thing about photos like this, is that they cannot truly capture the detail.  The beauty.  Or the size!  Some of these were massive but unless you look for a head, a body or people in the photo to judge by, you will probably under estimate the size. 


We had a just-turned-five-year-old on the tour as well as elderly visitors - so all ages.
No problem!
Now, I did choose to leave the 3 year old and the baby at home and not bring them. The 3 year old would not have understood or cared about anything being taught or looked at.  He would have been more content to play on the playground outside the entrance or on the built in play 'cave' for kids in the gift shop.  His five year old brother LOVED it and talked about some of the history facts the rest of the day (and night).  Especially "the rabbit" which you'll understand once you go on the tour!  :)














This is a great example of how you can't tell the height without something in the photo to judge it by.  This is the main "candlestick" stalagmite pillar and it's almost 90 feet tall!








Open Daily 9:30 - 5:00
The cave stays around 63 degrees year round so grab a long sleeve t-shirt
423 Fairy Cave Ln.
Branson West, MO 65737
www.talkingrockscavern.com


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