Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Slug eating poses parasitic risk.

Garden slug
Slugs are on my NO SUSHI list now:

In case you are tempted to chomp a raw slug or down some snail sushi, read this first.

I recently came across this article in The New York Times that details the plight of a 21 year old man from Sydney, Australia who came down with a rat lung parasite known as Angiostrongylus cantonensis.

This parasitic nematode, which can cause a fatal swelling of the brain, infects rats, dogs, horses, flying fox bats, kangaroos, slugs and humans.

So definitely add slugs to your list of animals not to eat in your next California or sashimi roll.   Man also contracts this parasite by consuming unwashed lettuce that contains tiny slugs.  So watch out for careless salad makers too!

Angiostrongylus cantonensis

I'm teaching medical parasitology now to my medical lab science students at Canisius College.  And I love it when parasites make headlines!

Healthcare disparity: women who level the playing field.

Post script on contraception and the Catholic church

As a further perspective on my recent post on contraception coverage and the Catholic employers, I share this NYT article in their Money & Policy section.

The New York Times ran this interesting article on the refusal of Catholic colleges and institutions to provide contraceptive coverage.

Fordham University

They tell the story of a Fordham law student who took constructive action to level the playing field for other students by making a healthcare initiative that can go beyond the denial of care from the Catholic college she attends.
"In November, Ms. Dunlap, 31, who was raised a Catholic and was educated at parochial schools, organized a one-day, off-campus clinic staffed by volunteer doctors who wrote prescriptions for dozens of women."
What a positive action from this young woman.  This is what we need more of.  Note that this was an off-campus clinic.  She recruited volunteers and organized this effort--no small feat.  You go Girl!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Healthcare Disparity -- what are we doing?

On Thursday, I followed a "tweetchat" on health disparities led by Jim Anderson, PA-C, ATC, EquityPA on twitter.
"EquityPA is a project of the Health Disparities Work Group of AAPA, the Committee on Diversity of WAPA, and Physician Assistants for Health Equity of the AAPA Seattle."
The tweetchat, my first, was lively and interesting.  These chats can take on a life of their own as participants share their individual experiences and points of view.  Definitely worth doing.
Follow me on Twitter
I learned about implicit bias.

The term implicit bias, also called hidden or unconscious bias, arose out of an attempt to explain the persistence of prejudice in individuals who deny prejudiced views.  In 1995, Harvard researchers postulated that certain social behaviors related to our prejudices may be outside of our conscious control.  Some deny the validity of this idea of implicit bias.

You can test your own potential implicit bias by taking one of the Implicit Association Tests (IAT) on this site.

Medical students taking action to level playing field:

A group of medical students at Yale University started an NGO in Nepal, Nyaya Health, and established a hospital in a remote region that was previously without health care.  What they were able to accomplish was and is nothing short of amazing.
Bayalpata Hospital, operated by Nyaya Health in Nepal.
They have established a hospital run by the Nepalese that is not only saving lives but addressing the social basis of some of the disparities in this region.  Women in this area of Nepal are considered less deserving of healthcare and the expense it entails to the family than their male children, husbands and relatives.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

PA School Interview #4 and Good Signs

My interview at Daemen College in Buffalo was yesterday.

Good Signs

It was snowing while I waited in the church parking lot for the arrival of the Daemen College shuttle.  While waiting I saw a "very Buffalo" sign in the church parking lot.  It read:

No skateboarding.
an additional sign below read:
No baseball.
No Lacrosse.
No hockey.

You sure won't see that sign in Baton Rouge, LA!

Daemen College

Daemen's new library - pretty awesome!
I was very favorably impressed with the PA program at Daemen.

Daemen devotes two years to the didactic portion of their program, as opposed to the one year that most schools devote to this phase.  At first, I thought this may be a drawback.  But after learning more about their curriculum and how they coordinate the study of each organ system with the comparable study of related diseases and how this affords their students multiple exposures to important topics, I now feel good about the two years in the classroom.   And knowing that they have some semester and summer breaks in their program is comforting as well.

Daemen's library

Go Wildcats!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

NEW FEATURE: Corny PA jokes

Question:  How did the PA know her patient was Canadian when she asked him his blood type?

Answer: He replied, "Eh?"

This gem is courtesy of my son.

This one should be special to Western NY PAs where the Tim Horton's take Canadian money!


What do you do with emails and texts that are still in your inbox or phone from recently deceased friends and family?

I have texts in my phone from Fraser and from my Mom.  I don't want to delete them because they help me feel the immediacy of their presence and also of my losing them.  This seems important not to forget.

Aaarrrgh!  Miss you Fraser!
Me, Fraser and Lex last summer

Fraser & Lex on the strip

One of my favorite pictures of Fraser & Lex
Teaching Fraser and Lex to fence was a blast!  There was never a dull moment.  I miss those times.  They were unpredictable and spontaneous.  Good times.

My Mom

Accepting and mourning my mother's death seems more complicated and more simple all at the same time.  Her life is over and mine goes on.  Simple.
Trying to understand her life in retrospect is interesting and complex.  I only intersected her life in the last 52 years.  Though that is a substantial chunk of time, there was plenty of her life that did not involve me at all.  One must respect this about a parent.  And I think this is easily forgotten when we become an adult, namely that our parent has a rich and meaningful life that has absolutely nothing to do with us.  And I am still sorting out pieces of all that in many ways.


I can now reinvent anything I wish about my childhood and my past with nearly no one who can refute a tall tale!  Wow, what freedom!  I could invent gallant, heroic William Faulkner like war stories about myself. (I love how Faulkner invented a war wound for himself.)  Oh wait, I haven't been to war.  Oh well.  I could exaggerate my fencing victories--but I have boxes medals that are more fun to go through that doing that would be.

I could write a novel that safely uses pieces of my history that I would not freely exhibit before now.  Artistic and creative freedom.  Hmmm, this sounds good.

Me and my Mom at Owen's graduation.
Yes, that is a green bindi on my forehead.
Couldn't find my blue one.

These are some good pictures of my Mom, Marge Collier, last May at Owen's graduation.  She looked good here despite being in the middle of chemo. I enjoyed helping her with her makeup.

I always tell my son that I am taller than he is.  These photos do not support that fact!  So I may have to delete them!

My son had his first beer on this night at dinner.  I won't post the picture though out of deference to his carefully guarded geeky reputation.
Glad my son graduated so I could wear my sari. And I AM taller than Owen.
Marge Collier, proud grad and me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Moebius syndrome awareness day.

Moebius syndrome is a rare neurologic disorder that affects the 6th and 7th cranial nerves causing facial paralysis and restricted lateral eye movement from birth.

Yesterday was Moebius syndrome Day.  My friend Kathleen R. Bogart is doing research on Moebius syndrome as she works on her doctorate at Tufts University in Boston.

Kathy has Moebius syndrome and is a pioneer in promoting awareness and research on this syndrome. People with Moebius syndrome have difficulty communicating facial expressions to others due to their inability to smile and use some facial muscles.

Kathy Bogart. Taken by NY Times photographer Michelle McDonald.  

So in honor of Kathy and her work, take this day to learn more about Moebius syndrome.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Interview Well When Sick.

Well, I am getting ready now for my fourth PA school interview!  Wow, what a process.  It has been a fun ride!

Armory Square in Syracuse.  Though it was not as sunny when I visited.

My last interview in Syracuse was just three weeks ago in early January.  I flew from warm Louisiana to cold, snowy Syracuse with a bad cold.  I felt miserable the entire trip and was very glad to arrive back home after the weekend excursion.
But I was even happier when I got an acceptance call from Le Moyne College a few days later!

So here I go again.

Now I am in Buffalo--where it is cold and snowy, and I am preparing for my next interview. The cold I had in Syracuse has migrated down into my chest and I have a horrible cough.  I think this could be a good sign!

Being sick for an interview can be to your advantage 

Here is how to make it work for you:

Though I would never recommend being sick, here are some pros to interviewing while sick:
  • If forces you to focus on only the matters at hand.
  • It down plays the sympathetic nervous system and so decreases the "nerve factor" (as one of my mentors pointed out).
  • It's a good excuse to keep your water bottle, chapstick, tissues and lozenges on the table at all times.
  • You may not be the spiffiest version of yourself, but you will certainly be the truest most authentic version of who you are.

The cons are obvious:

  • You are sick.
  • And if you are on medication, a celebratory glass of wine or beer after the interview may be ill advised.

Tips for interviewing while sick:

(Some of these will apply when not sick as well!)
  • Use it as an excuse to be SUPER organized with your personal items, clothing, toiletries etc. ESPECIALLY when traveling.  And travel light.
  • Streamline all your processes.
  • It is also a great excuse to go to bed very early the night before your interview.
  • Do not take any OTC meds that you have not taken before.  Be sure they don't make you sleepy or groggy.
  • Focus on what you know and stick with it.
  • Save your voice as much as possible while still socializing and meeting with your fellow applicants and students.
  • Carry a travel bottle of hand sanitizer to use.  You will be shaking a lot of hands.  You don't want to hand off your illness.
  • Smile through it.
  • If you choke or cough during your interview, mention briefly that you are sick--but never belabor the point.  Just proceed on bravely. 
  • And for goodness sake, if you have a GI illness--wear a Depends!
  • Keep your sense of humor.
  • During your interview day focus on others and not on how bad you feel.
  • Don't take yourself too seriously, but do take your mission of getting into PA school seriously.
  • Remember there will be plenty of time to wallow in tissues and self pity later back in your hotel room!  So chin up!

    If this interview goes well, then I will definitely write a book and patent the process of how to interview while sick and succeed!  Keep an eye out for my new title--
      "Get Sick, Interview and Get in!"

    My recipe for Ginger tea:

    This ginger tea has powers for clearing out chest congestion that out rival powerful pharmaceuticals.  Really! I learned this from a friend of my mother's years ago when I was incapacitated with pneumonia for several months despite drugs, treatment by a pulmonologist, breathing treatments and bed rest. 
    Ginger tea made the difference for me!

    Ginger tea made from freshly grated ginger
    Fresh ginger root
    honey, agave syrup or sugar
    cayenne pepper
    fresh squeezed lemon juice

    Grate fresh ginger root (a William Sonoma Japanese ginger grater will save your knuckles here) and place in a small sauce pan with approximately one cup of water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    Strain this liquid, discarding the fibrous remains of the ginger, into your cup.
    Sweeten with a couple tsp. honey, sugar or agave syrup.  Otherwise this is a quite sharp bitter concoction.
    Then add a dash (or more if you are Cajun or just adventurous) of cayenne pepper.  Do not omit this step--the capsaicin in cayenne is an important component here.
    Finally, add a squeeze of lemon juice to your tea.
    Drink this tea as hot as possible for maximum benefit.

    Note:  Get your husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend or other benign family member to make this for you if you are too sick to do it--it is even better then!

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Contraception coverage mandate and irony in Catholic church

    The Obama administration has put forward legislation that will mandate insurance coverage for contraception (in all forms) for women in the United States as outlined in this article in the New York Times.  Organizations that have not provided such in the past due to religious beliefs, such as the Catholic church, have until August of 2013 to adopt this new coverage. 

    PA Pro Now succinctly covered this issue addressing the need for healthcare parity by noting that this new law will require that the insurance carrier offer contraception benefits without a copay or deductible.

    Irony in respect for diversity and respect for women's health rights

    The Catholic church is opposed to this action as they see any birth control, other than selective abstinence, as precluding the sanctity of life and against their moral teachings.
    Oral contraceptives
    I got this.  I am for the sanctity of life.  But I am also for the right to our reproductive freedom and freedom from our employers mandates as they infringe upon these very personal choices.

    How people (and I say PEOPLE to include men as well as women here) choose to handle their ability to procreate is deeply personal. It often impacts on their current health, medical history and medical choices.  Where is there room to factor in here the mandate from your employer to not use birth control?  And then why isn't your employer (fill in name of Catholic institution) more supportive of those employees who are having families in the care of their infants and children when need time off for their birth and care?  Why do they then refer their employees to the minimal time offered by the federal government for the Family Medical Leave act?  Why aren't they more supportive of the result of avoiding birth control then for their employees?

    Draping crosses

    I have been, and still am, an employee of a large Catholic hospital and now a Catholic college.
    The hospital I worked for in Baton Rouge, employed several thousand people of diverse backgrounds and religious affiliations.  I found it interesting that in their three day orientation for new employees they stressed that their hospital, though run by the Franciscan Sisters, accepts, supports and embraces all faiths and religions in regards to their patients needs.  They offered examples of patients of the Muslim faith who requested that the crucifix (which are in every patient room) in their room be draped with a cloth.  And the hospital assisted them in draping a piece of fabric over the cross in their room.  They encouraged all of us to reach out to others from diverse religious backgrounds and to embrace, respect and understand their beliefs.

    I recall thinking at the time that these were laudable aspects of their mission.  But I was disheartened when those lofty ideals did not extend to honoring birth control insurance coverage for their employees.

    Personal cost of contraception

    And not all birth control is as affordable as $30-$50 per month (the approximate monthly outlay for oral contraceptives).  For those women who have a contraindication for oral contraceptives, or who wish to choose an alternate method, some of the other contraception options cost upward of $1000-$3000.  These costs are substantial and not always an option for many working women.

    Cost to the employer?

    Typically, employers are very aware of providing a safe and comfortable working environment for their employees.  And the employer, often seeks awareness of employee dissatisfaction so that they can improve their management and retain valuable employees.

    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center conducted annual surveys of all departments and employees conducted by an outside management team to record and track just this type of employee satisfaction or dissatisfaction and they worked on addressing the causes of problems.

    So, that being said, what is the cost of alienating your employees everyday they come to the workplace by disavowing this important aspect of their personal healthcare management?

    Saturday, January 21, 2012

    Accepted and Dreaming!

    Big announcement:

    I have been accepted into PA school!  

    Nerdy but cool PA pocket style

    Yes, I got the wonderful phone call last week and have been holding in my giddy excitement and releasing it in small bursts to spread it out over a longer period of time.

    Sappy but cute.


    I have been dreaming about getting text books and getting ready for PA school.  Fresh notebooks and getting out my favorite mechanical pencils and highlighters!  These are some of my favorite things!  Yes, I am a pencil nerd.

    I am also dreaming and dreaming big of what kind of specialty I may want to practice in.  I fantasize about the quintessential essence of each type of practice....


    DISCLAIMER: these are silly fantasies.  Do not jump to conclusions.

    Fantasy I:  Plastic Surgery This fantasy has me tooling around Beverly Hills, latte in hand, sun roof open on my Volvo, on my way to work in a plastic surgery clinic for the botox needy of Southern California.
    (This is a popular fantasy for me right now while I am enduring the unpleasant 19 degree cold, snow, and slush in my first winter in Buffalo.)
    My mythical SoCal destination in my plastic surgery dream

    Fantasy II:  Inner City Family Planning Clinic In this one, I am seeing and treating inner city youth perhaps in a reproductive resource type clinic.  I get to dialogue with young women about safe sex, smart choices and honoring themselves with healthy choices that include exercise, eating smart and avoiding smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.

    Fantasy III:  Pediatric Fantasy This fantasy has me seeing new mothers, helping them with their breastfeeding and solving their lactation related issues.  The fantasy part comes in to play when I see no screaming toddlers, only neonates to one year olds--happy babies.  And ALL my patients breastfeed!  (Reality dose--I am planning on IBCLC recertifying this year before PA school in the Fall.)

    Happy baby

    Fantasy IV:  Surgery  Me as a surgery (fill in specialty here) PA.  I get to wear my comfy Dansko clogs and soft scrubs all the time.  I get to work alongside some super brilliant surgeons who I respect and learn from.  And I get to the gym everyday after work and stay skinny.  (Perceived downside--possible back and neck strain from standing over operating table.) P.S. Note to self-- look into robotic surgery options.

    Fantasy V:  Primary Care  In this fantasy, I get to treat patients with diabetes and counsel them on exercise, nutrition and life style management, and they listen!  And I get to help people with smoking cessation and they are serious about it!  (Perceived downside--not sure if there is enough adrenaline flow here for me.)

    Real Dream:

    I dreamt last night that I had to attend to "get ready for PA school" sessions back to back at two different schools because I hadn't made a decision yet on which school I would attend.

    In this dream, I had to perform athletic and intellectual feats as well as manual dexterity skills before a board of PA school professors who were grading on me on chin ups (which I can't do), amount of mid-section flab and my ability to recall calculus functions (practically nil).  One group had me belly crawl up to the table in a suit!

    Then they gave me my "get ready for school kit."  This included crewel embroidery supplies, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks.
    I felt comfortable because I know how to knit AND crochet!  Knit two, purl four...

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Breast pumps as small appliances.

    So it looks like we finally have some legislation in place to require employers to provide a clean, private place for working mothers to express their breast milk per the new healthcare regime as reported in The Huffington Post.  OK, great.   But now what?

    One handed manual pumps are often not efficient enough for working mothers.

    Yes, now what?

    Now we need to keep chipping away at our public acceptance of breastfeeding in general and of the use of breast pumps by mothers who need to express their milk.  And indeed this is truly the brunt of the work that needs to be done if the United States is catch up to stride with the rest of Europe, UK, South America and so on.

    Breast pumps are small appliances....

    Breast pumps are noisy and can be inconvenient at times, but so are many other modern day devices and appliances in our society...think cars, blenders, toaster ovens, treadmills, ipods.  But breast pumps are as necessary for working mothers who provide their breast milk to their infants while they return to the workforce as cars and buses are to the commuters who use them to get to the workplace. 

    Model wearing a hands free pumping bra

    Breast pumps are us....

    And until you have to use one, you probably don't think much about breast pumps.  Understandable.  As one who used to make my living providing breast pumps and support to new mothers, I can tell you they are a much misunderstood and maligned appliance in our world of small appliances.   (I even contemplated, briefly at one time, naming my business "Breast pumps are Us."  It was a brief moment of insanity, we all have them!  It probably would have induced a letter from the "boys in New Jersey" as we used to term the lawyers who work for Toys R Us.  And actually our friends at Toys R Us sell breast pumps too--they just don't provide support or instruction on how to use them or care for them.  But that's a whole different conversation.)

    Medela Symphony Breast Pump

    I hear and understand all the objections and belly aching about mandating employers (keep in mind it is only those employing greater than 50 workers) to provide a secluded, clean place for women to pump their milk.  It takes up space in a small, cramped workplace, etc. And, yes, it will factor into the cost of doing business.  Yes, and look how the mandates from the Americans with Disabilities Act have impacted our workplace environment.  They require unrestricted wheelchair access to bathroom, wheelchair ramps and so on.  Yes, they had to force employers to build these things at their own expense. and yes the costs get rolled into the cost of their product or service.  So we need to do the same for new mothers.  We need to respect their need and right to express their milk during the work day.

    Stand up and be counted--ASK

    Does your employer provide this to its employees?  Ask.  Ask even if you don't need the service, ask even if you are a male and do not have breasts!  Ask, stand up and be counted as one who supports and believes that this is a respectable right for working mothers and their infants.

    Bring us one step closer to being a country who accepts and embraces breastfeeding as a positive process that is healthy, beneficial and supported!

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Fence Buffalo!

    I have been inspired by Squash Haven at Yale to start a similar program in Buffalo, NY that teaches inner city youth the sport of fencing.
    Let's call it FENCE BUFFALO!

    This could be similar to the youth fencing program I started in Baton Rouge at the AC Lewis YMCA.
    This group of young fencers started at the YMCA in the fall of 2008.  I handed the program off to another instructor when I left Baton Rouge in 2011.  It's a wonderful feeling to expose youngsters to a lifetime sport such as fencing that they may not have otherwise been able to experience.  The kids had a blast!

    Me and the kids - AC Lewis YMCA Youth Fencing Program in Baton Rouge, LA
    Fencing at the Rose Condon Memorial Tournament in Shreveport, LA
    Me teaching the kids at the YMCA class in Baton Rouge.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    New semester, new year.

    I am back in Buffalo.  The streets are full of slush and dirty snow.  I missed seeing the snow when it was clean and pretty.
    LSU lake in foggy conditions last week.

    But we are ready to start a new semester at Canisius College.

    The weather here in Buffalo is making me home sick for Louisiana and Baton Rouge.  This picture of the LSU lakes taken last week in the fog is so typical of that area and Baton Rouge.  I think I will take some chicken and sausage gumbo out of the freezer for dinner tonight.

    Pelicans "putting in" on LSU lake.

    Buffalo weather

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    On the road again....

    It never hurts to hum a little Willie Nelson tune to yourself sometimes.  We will be on the road again tomorrow headed back to Buffalo.  I wonder how much snow will be up there waiting for us.

    This is the beginning of a new page, a new Spring semester at Canisius College for me.  It is a re-entrance into my new life in Buffalo that I started in August and stepped out of in November to come to Louisiana to be with my mother in her final days.

    And now it is time to go back, just when I feel settled in here in this big house.  But life is an adventure.  And I have many big adventures ahead of me.

    We are going back with one extra cat.  The cream and white male kitten seems to be good light-hearted company for Odette.  He looks upon her as a grumpy Aunt.

    Odette on her doggie bed.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    LaChic back to Buffchic

    I am getting ready to morph back into Buffchic from LaChic (Louisiana chic) as we prepare to drive back to Buffalo and start teaching classes next week.

    Random crazy buffalo trivia:

    There is actually a small herd of buffalo in Marksville, LA.  They reside with a herd of Texas longhorn cattle.
    Random silly buffalo picture
    Okay here is a riddle for all you English majors out there.  Can you parse this sentence?
    And for you non English majors, can you interpret the meaning behind this sentence?

    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. 

    Hint: you can always look it up on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

    Random silly buffalo picture

    Bienvenue en Louisiana.  Laissez les bon temps roulez.
    Going back to Buff

    I admit to being somewhat sad to leave the beauty of Louisiana right now.  I enjoy the winters here, the birds, the land and this big house.  But it is back to the Buffalo walk up apartment for this buffchic.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012


     Lex and me in "Lex's Salle"
    I visited Baton Rouge yesterday.
    It seemed the billboards on I10 showing Coach Les Miles fist pumping with the Raising Canes chicken mascot Raising Cane II should have been shrouded in black.  There was definitely a pall over the town of Baton Rouge.  Some said half the population was still in New Orleans with the covers over their heads after the disastrous BCS Bowl game loss to Alabama Monday night.

    Morganza spillway in Louisiana
    I saw two bald eagles near their nest at the Morganza spillway while on my way to Baton Rouge.  They are spectacular birds.  Their nest is in one of the trees next to the spillway.  It always seems like a good omen when I see them when I drive over the spillway.  Too bad the LSU football team didn't pass that way on their way to New Orleans.  Who knows maybe Nick Sabin would have been the loser Monday night.

    I visited with my friend Fraser's widow, Amy, and their son Lex--one of my fencing students.  (See my post from November.) Lex and I enjoyed a rousing sabre bout.  Final score 11-10 Lex!
    Lex and me getting ready to fence some sabre. 
    Putting on Fraser's jacket:
    (I don't have my fencing gear with me in Louisiana, so I donned Fraser's jacket and gear to fence with Lex. Fraser at 6 foot 5 was a tad larger than me!  He had big shoes to fill.)
        I hadn't seen Amy and her children since Fraser's death in November.  It was good to see the whole family in place in their home.  It felt good to know they had spent Christmas at the beach romping with dolphins and that they were getting back to a routine, accepting their loss and coping.

    Fraser chose not to die at home because he didn't want his kids to associate their home with his death.  He slipped into a coma right after LSU's victory over Alabama in regular season.  (Fraser was one of the LSU football teams physicians.) He died in the hospital with Amy holding him and his cowboy boots on.  So Fraser!  Thank goodness he didn't have to witness the Monday night BCS Bowl loss to Alabama.  Amy and I are glad his last memory is of the LSU victory over Bama.

    Fencing sabre with Lex
    I can better accept my friend's death now and perhaps my mother's death in November as well.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Nightmare game

    Dreadful Nightmare

    OK, I had a horrible dream last night that LSU was trampled by Alabama in the BCS Bowl.  And in this dream, it was a dream right, Les Miles played Jefferson the entire game despite his inadequacies and poor decision making.  The offensive line collapsed frequently, LSU was credited with many penalties and was basically inept in every way.  It was a horrible nightmare.  I am so glad it is Tuesday. 

    My Tiger heart is broken today.
    Coach, really?

    Les Miles seemed fuzzy headed and dull.  It was as if someone had told him (and possibly the entire team) right before the game that his dog died, his girlfriend/wife cheated on him and he just failed his Chemistry final.  And that if he fouled up this one game, there was a chance that the lords that rule would reverse these dreadful occurrences for him.

    LSU Tiger pride.

    Gosh, Coach, don't make too many  summer plans in Baton Rouge this year!  You and the wife might be pulling up stakes soon if it is left up to the fans in Baton Rouge.

    Just a dream

    Thank goodness this was all a horrible dream.  My number one Tigers are still near and dear to my heart!