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(WWLTV New Orleans)   Severn-year-old boy attacked by shark in LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. Doctors say he'll be okay, has asked for a "bigger boat"   (wwltv.com ) divider line
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2014-08-10 09:51:25 AM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-10 11:02:39 AM  
This just in: bodies of water connected directly to the ocean often have marine life, including sharks, in them

/Ric Romero reporting
 
2014-08-10 11:07:12 AM  
"Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.
 
2014-08-10 11:11:13 AM  

ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.


It's just a flesh wound
 
2014-08-10 11:13:23 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

It's just a flesh wound


He should have just walked it off. Kids today. Sheesh.
 
2014-08-10 11:19:27 AM  

ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.


Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.
 
2014-08-10 11:24:41 AM  

doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.


They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.
 
2014-08-10 11:41:49 AM  

Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.


I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.
 
2014-08-10 11:52:49 AM  
Small child vs. wild animal trifecta in effect. I repeat. Small child vs. wild animal trifecta in effect.
 
2014-08-10 11:55:52 AM  
Local station has been running Jaws marathon. Something for the kid to watch while he heals up.
 
2014-08-10 11:58:22 AM  
i344.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-10 11:58:35 AM  

stuffy: Local station has been running Jaws marathon. Something for the kid to watch while he heals up.


In the maternity ward my wife insisted on watching Jaws during her second day of labor.  I wish I were kidding.

I'm about to have a stress-related sleep-deprived heart attack and she's sitting there going WHAT?  It's a CLASSIC!
 
2014-08-10 12:00:17 PM  

ginandbacon: It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring


To be fair, having shark attack scars to show off for the rest of your life would be cool.
 
2014-08-10 12:04:47 PM  
Meh. "Lake" Pontchartrain is an oxymoron.  It's so connected with the Gulf that it's considered "brackish" and supports a lot of life that you won't find in freshwater lakes like Maurepas.  I'd worry more about alligators than sharks.

Here I am a couple of years ago swimming (well, recovering a geocache) in "Lake" Pontchartrain.

imgcdn.geocaching.com
 
2014-08-10 12:06:05 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: This just in: bodies of water connected directly to the ocean often have marine life, including sharks, in them

/Ric Romero reporting


And bull sharks swim up rapids almost like salmon into Lake Nicaragua!
 
2014-08-10 12:06:09 PM  

ginandbacon: Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.

I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.


Perhaps you might.

That means you aren't special. You aren't unique. The "I'd do anything for my kid." is something almost everyone on Earth shares. You are the most common kind of parent out there. So come down off that cross and have a nice hot cup of reality.

Once you realize that you are the overwhelming majority, take one more logical step and try to think why you might not get stitches for you kid. A few surgically precise shallow razor cuts on foot he'll not be walking on anyway, for example. That extra month's salary you save from not wasting money on sutures can buy a lot of food and medicine your tot might really need down the road. Not everyone, especially in Nawlins, is rich enough to waste money on elective surgery.
 
2014-08-10 12:06:14 PM  

jaytkay: ginandbacon: It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring

To be fair, having shark attack scars to show off for the rest of your life would be cool.



This is true, but on the other hand, you gotta wonder who decides not to get the kid stitched for whatever reason they came up with. What are you saving that money for, his college, your meth?
 
2014-08-10 12:06:56 PM  

MBooda: Here I am a couple of years ago swimming (well, recovering a geocache) in "Lake" Pontchartrain.


Ewwww, now I have wipe down my screen with Purell
 
2014-08-10 12:09:59 PM  

MBooda: Meh. "Lake" Pontchartrain is an oxymoron.  It's so connected with the Gulf that it's considered "brackish" and supports a lot of life that you won't find in freshwater lakes like Maurepas.  I'd worry more about alligators than sharks.

Here I am a couple of years ago swimming (well, recovering a geocache) in "Lake" Pontchartrain.

[imgcdn.geocaching.com image 450x600]


I wouldn't swim in Lake Ponchatrain if you paid me.  I can remember how funky it was 20 years ago, and while it has improved, just noooooooooo.
 
2014-08-10 12:15:49 PM  

doglover: ginandbacon: Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.

I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.

Perhaps you might.

That means you aren't special. You aren't unique. The "I'd do anything for my kid." is something almost everyone on Earth shares. You are the most common kind of parent out there. So come down off that cross and have a nice hot cup of reality.

Once you realize that you are the overwhelming majority, take one more logical step and try to think why you might not get stitches for you kid. A few surgically precise shallow razor cuts on foot he'll not be walking on anyway, for example. That extra month's salary you save from not wasting money on sutures can buy a lot of food and medicine your tot might really need down the road. Not everyone, especially in Nawlins, is rich enough to waste money on elective surgery.


So you're in favor of single payer?
 
2014-08-10 12:18:12 PM  

King Something: [i344.photobucket.com image 640x360]


Nice boat. XD
 
2014-08-10 12:20:28 PM  

doglover: ginandbacon: Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.

I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.

Perhaps you might.

That means you aren't special. You aren't unique. The "I'd do anything for my kid." is something almost everyone on Earth shares. You are the most common kind of parent out there. So come down off that cross and have a nice hot cup of reality.

Once you realize that you are the overwhelming majority, take one more logical step and try to think why you might not get stitches for you kid. A few surgically precise shallow razor cuts on foot he'll not be walking on anyway, for example. That extra month's salary you save from not wasting money on sutures can buy a lot of food and medicine your tot might really need down the road. Not everyone, especially in Nawlins, is rich enough to waste money on elective surgery.


You're always so damn biatchy on Sunday mornings. You really harsh my mellow, duder.
 
2014-08-10 12:22:46 PM  

doglover: ginandbacon: Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.

I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.

Perhaps you might.

That means you aren't special. You aren't unique. The "I'd do anything for my kid." is something almost everyone on Earth shares. You are the most common kind of parent out there. So come down off that cross and have a nice hot cup of reality.

Once you realize that you are the overwhelming majority, take one more logical step and try to think why you might not get stitches for you kid. A few surgically precise shallow razor cuts on foot he'll not be walking on anyway, for example. That extra month's salary you save from not wasting money on sutures can buy a lot of food and medicine your tot might really need down the road. Not everyone, especially in Nawlins, is rich enough to waste money on elective surgery.


Today I learned that stitches were elective surgery.

*eyeroll*
 
2014-08-10 12:25:05 PM  

ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.


doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.


deadsanta: jaytkay: ginandbacon: It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring

To be fair, having shark attack scars to show off for the rest of your life would be cool.


This is true, but on the other hand, you gotta wonder who decides not to get the kid stitched for whatever reason they came up with. What are you saving that money for, his college, your meth?


Do the people going nuts over not getting stitches realize there's such a thing as medical grade skin glue and tape right?

It's plenty good at holding skin shut,  army medics have been using the stuff for a long time.
 
2014-08-10 12:26:02 PM  
29.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-10 12:36:09 PM  

Serious Post on Serious Thread: doglover: ginandbacon: Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.

I saw no mention of insurance. It sounded like they just chose to forgo the stitches. That could lead to some pretty nasty scarring as well as an increased chance for infection. I don't care how freaked out he was, I'd make sure my kid got sewn up.

Perhaps you might.

That means you aren't special. You aren't unique. The "I'd do anything for my kid." is something almost everyone on Earth shares. You are the most common kind of parent out there. So come down off that cross and have a nice hot cup of reality.

Once you realize that you are the overwhelming majority, take one more logical step and try to think why you might not get stitches for you kid. A few surgically precise shallow razor cuts on foot he'll not be walking on anyway, for example. That extra month's salary you save from not wasting money on sutures can buy a lot of food and medicine your tot might really need down the road. Not everyone, especially in Nawlins, is rich enough to waste money on elective surgery.

So you're in favor of single payer?


I am. My biggest complaint about the PPACA is that it stopped short of single-payer. Insurance companies are parasites that feed on a lack of collective action for the common good. They rent-seek in economic sectors that should be government-held.
 
2014-08-10 12:36:18 PM  
Rigolets flows both ways, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
 
2014-08-10 12:40:26 PM  
I see people in the thread are already blaming Obamacare.
 
2014-08-10 12:40:39 PM  
Big surprise. It's a lagoon lake full of brackish water. There's been sharks and manatees spotted in the lake off and on for years now.
 
2014-08-10 12:47:56 PM  

ginandbacon: You're always so damn biatchy on Sunday mornings.


I blame everyone. Not just everyone else, but myself also. That's egalitarian, that is.
 
2014-08-10 12:49:10 PM  

GardenWeasel: Today I learned that stitches were elective surgery.


They are.

I have like three feet of scars that prove it.
 
2014-08-10 12:52:02 PM  

doglover: I have like three feet of scars


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-10 12:54:59 PM  

doglover: ginandbacon: You're always so damn biatchy on Sunday mornings.

I blame everyone. Not just everyone else, but myself also. That's egalitarian, that is.


LOL well, I can't argue with that.
 
2014-08-10 12:55:05 PM  

jaytkay: doglover: I have like three feet of scars

[img.fark.net image 338x450]


Why does that provoke erections?
 
2014-08-10 12:58:39 PM  
The lake is an average depth of 12-20ft deep. It has small sharks that tend to stay out of most folks way. There's also an occasional dolphin too.

Also, don't be a dope and swim in some areas of it. There are dropoffs and if you're not experienced you can get mired in silt.It's hard to swim up to the surface when you're buried in muck. Every now and then someone will drown because they think that because they can almost touch the bottom they're safe.
 
2014-08-10 01:15:28 PM  
Did the shark ask the kid to suck his you know what? Then we might have a pedoshark on the loose.
 
2014-08-10 01:17:58 PM  
Might have been a thresher shark.  A lot of them got displaced after the BP oil blowout and are known for swimming up river and into lakes.  Also a bull shark would have torn off the leg and kept eating.  A seven year old wouldn't be expected to "fully recover."
 
2014-08-10 01:23:11 PM  
That kid's name is Trent Trentacosta and now he has shark bite scars.  Coolest. kid. ever.
 
2014-08-10 01:25:19 PM  
Don't make that boat too big.

IIRC, Lake Pontchartrain is about ten feet deep despite its surface elevation being higher than New Orleans. What you need is a barge or some other low-draft flat-bottomed boat, and don't bother with a glass-bottom.

Sharks mostly attack humans by mistake, so I am blaming the muddy waters. Not THE Muddy Waters, of course.  He's more of a NOLA type guy than a Lake Pontchartrain type guy. I bet you he's never even seen a shark outside of a restaurant.
 
2014-08-10 01:30:37 PM  
Isn't that "lake" just a giant bowl of people soup?
 
2014-08-10 01:46:18 PM  
I hear lake Ponchartrain, all I can think of is this song: Poco - Heart of the Night.
 
2014-08-10 01:53:10 PM  

SueDisco: That kid's name is Trent Trentacosta and now he has shark bite scars.  Coolest. kid. ever.


He will be the most badass game show host in history.

Well, besides Chuck Barris, if that was even his real name.
 
2014-08-10 02:05:54 PM  

Nabb1: doglover: ginandbacon: "Some of the cuts were deep and wide enough that they would have been aided by stitches, but the family elected not to go that route."

That, right there, is the only part of this story that has me freaked out.

Why?

Do you not understand how the insurance game makes American healthcare prohibitively expensive or how optional ER medical procedures are used to line pockets?

If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to. That could easily be another $1500 they don't have to pay.

They went to the doctor. The family opted not to have him go through getting sutures because he was already freaked out from the bite. It was in the article. I don't think we need to turn this into another thread on that topic.


Every tab is the politics tab.
 
2014-08-10 02:21:43 PM  
 
2014-08-10 02:23:49 PM  

doglover: If I needed stitches, but wasn't going to bleed out without them, I'd say no to.


If you think stitches are what keeps someone from bleeding out, do us all a favor and never try to help someone who is bleeding profusely.
 
2014-08-10 02:24:49 PM  
You know what's been around longer than mankind? Sharks that can swim in fresh water.

They're called bull sharks.
 
2014-08-10 02:25:04 PM  
time to deploy a squad of Alligators to deal with the shark.
 
2014-08-10 02:35:25 PM  

grimlock1972: time to deploy a squad of Alligators to deal with the shark.


But the alligators are even worse than the sharks.  And we've prepared for that.  We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on alligator meat.
 
2014-08-10 02:44:23 PM  
Was the kid in the pond fishing for bluegills or tommy cods?
 
2014-08-10 02:44:48 PM  
www.chm.bris.ac.uk

Better than stitches.
 
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