@thewestislandsystem @anne
So I may be completely off in defining it as awareness but I think at the very least it encompasses awareness in some way. At what point did we become aware? Where did that awareness come from? If things like working memory and other brain functions affect awareness, how can a person in a coma without brain waves wake up and report being aware of conversations and things going on around them. Those are the big question marks for me.

@thewestislandsystem @anne
Yes I totally get that. So, I have always associated consciousness with โ€œawarenessโ€ or the ability to be aware. When we are asleep or dreaming it is referred to as a subconscious or semiconscious state which implies impaired awareness but not the complete absence of awareness. And then we get into tricky situations like when a personโ€™s heart stops or they have no measured brain waves. There have been people in those situations who report awareness still.

@Usernamesaredifficult I have shared that episode with people so many times. So beautiful ๐Ÿ’•

chronic illness 

The part about not knowing the future is the hardest. It makes it hard to plan. Also fighting with the disability income organizations. Tons of doctors appts. Trial medicines that so far donโ€™t work and nothing that takes his pain away without worse side effects. I watch him and have incredible respect for any of you walking through chronic illness! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

chronic illness 

I donโ€™t have a chronic illness but my husband does and I walk through that as a caregiver. It is hard to see him getting worse. He has a brain tumor in the hypoglossal canal and in addition the doctor believes MS which may or may not have been triggered by the tumor. Heโ€™s had 5-7 strokes in the last two years according to brain scans and there is evidence also of seizures from EEGs. He spends each day in bed but gets out occasionally which then lands him in pain for days.

@ElizabethM Part 3
8. Every day for an entire week: bath time each night with Fairytale shampoo, conditioner and spray. Check hair for bugs and comb through with lice comb. (Sterilize with boiling water between uses)
9. About a week to eleven days later repeat treatment and check weekly for any returning bugs or eggs.
10. Celebrate because you will have wiped them out!

You got this!!!! ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ’ช

@ElizabethM Part Two
4. Section hair like you do with hair dye and comb through each section starting at the nape of the neck with the lice comb. Remove all bugs AND eggs and put in a ziplock bag.
5. Recheck to make sure you got them all.
6. Wash all bedding (you don't have to do this every night just the first and then again a week later and then again a week later (I got lucky since we were out of town).

@ElizabethM Part One:
it's going to be okay! My kids got lice once when we were out of town. Here is what we did and it got rid of them perfectly:
1. I shaved my boy's heads which I know isn't always possible but my sons like shaved heads anyway so easy peasy there.
2. I bought several packages of plastic throw away combs from walmart, a good lice comb and lice treatment, also "Fairytale Lice Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray.
3. Wash hair with treatment.

@WolfDreamer @Megra3 I got hooked on Switched at Birth too because my husband wrote a song that was played on one of the episodes. I watched that episode and then went back and watched all the others ๐Ÿ˜„

@tylerjones92 welcome Tyler! 9w1 here too! Glad to have you in this community! ๐Ÿ’•

@Laura_I @andyvandergriff @Ricci @mike Since it is a Spectrum, they look at behavior and try to plot where one might be on the spectrum by behavior and how much daily life is affected. That is why Iโ€™m excited about developments in neuroscience and brain scans, etc. @Caseyjayne

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