Psychopaths

The Death of a Toddler and Psychopathic Behavior


What does the murderous father, David Stephan, Donald Trump, and Gov. Bob McDonnell have in common? They are all psychopaths! Yeah! Psychopathy is a very popular topic right now, and there are literally thousands of articles and books out there warning you about staying away from them and how to spot them and all kinds of things. So, what I thought I’d do here is examine David Stephan for signs of psychopathy.Knowing the symptoms and signs of psychopathy is all well and good, but without practical application and real world interpretation, it can go badly wrong.

You should be aware that I cannot make a definitive diagnosis for three reasons:

  1. A diagnosis of psychopathy does not officially exist.
  2. I do not have direct contact with David Stephan and have not met him. I only have news reports to collect information from.
  3. I do not hold a license that will allow for a diagnosis to be made.

The Ezekiel Stephan Neglect Case

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Ezekiel Stephan

David and Collet Stephan of Calgary, Alberta, Canada denied the necessaries of life to their 19 month-old son right up until he died in March 2012. It took two and one-half weeks for the little fella to die an agonizing painful death because he died of MENINGITIS!

Do you know what meningitis is? Do you know the symptoms? Could you diagnose your child if she had meningitis? I’m guessing not. But here are the symptoms according to WebMD:

The most common symptoms among teens and young adults are:

  • A stiff and painful neck, especially when you try to touch your chin to your chest.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Vomiting.
  • Trouble staying awake.
  • Seizures.

Children, older adults, and people with other medical problems may have different symptoms:

  • Babies may be cranky and refuse to eat. They may have a rash. They may cry when held.

  • Young children may act like they have the flu. They may cough or have trouble breathing.

  • Older adults and people with other medical problems may have only a slight headache and fever.

More meningitis fun facts to fill you with hope for humanity, also from WebMD:

There are two main kinds of meningitis:

  • Viral meningitis is fairly common. It usually doesn’t cause serious illness. In severe cases, it can cause prolonged fever and seizures.

  • Bacterial meningitis isn’t as common, but it’s very serious. It needs to be treated right away to prevent brain damage and death (Emphasis added).

So, one way they let their child die of meningitis is that they didn’t think he had meningitis, but rather the flu. Okay. Okay. That makes sense since meningitis has flu-like symptoms of coughing and fever.

What’s a parent to do? Well, we treat symptoms: reduce fever, give fluids, allow for lots of rest. And, that’s what David and Collet did. But, they are holistic medicine types. They don’t trust Western medicine so they didn’t go out and get the junior cold and flu medicine stuff down at the local grocery or pharmacy. Okay, fine. The flu is usually reasonably harmless, but it has killed lots of people in the history of human kind and small children can be especially susceptible.

David and Collet are more than your average hippy-dippy let’s all clear our chakras and use crystals to heal our energies types. David’s father started a company called Truehope Nutritional Support, and David is a vice president. So, David and Collet not only use this horseshyte, they actually believed all of the horseshyte floating to the top of the Inter Webs about how holistic medicine is better than traditional medicine as administered by MD’s because they are corrupt and everything. And, through their company, they shat a large share of the horseshyte into the webs for other people to murder their babies with. They claim their products will treat bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and autism. You know, because these are such easy disorders to treat if the corrupt medical establishment would get out of the way and allow the body to heal itself the way that nature intended.

Honestly, it is all well and good to run around treating your cold with echinacea and Vitamin C and shit since there ain’t nothing that will help unless you want to just treat the symptoms with effective medicines. Cleansing and healing visualizations are terrifically entertaining, too. And, it is fun getting together with your friends and slamming the system with cynicism, sarcasm, and snark. But, don’t make that your reality. It is all just make believe. This shyte don’t work.

This shysterism snake oil isn’t sufficient to murder your baby, though.

The Edward Goreyian Tale

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From the Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

So, way way back in February or March 2012, poor little Ezekiel gets sick and his parents assume it is the flu and treat him with a concoction of “natural remedies” that included peppers, onions, and echinacea. And probably they used prayers and meditation and crystals and good vibrations and healing energies and all kinds of other ineffective make believe shyte on this poor little toddler.

But, for two and half weeks and against the advice of a nurse friend, their holistic medicine shaman, and holistic apothecary, who all advised them to take the child to a real medical doctor who dispenses real science-based medicine based on real science-based research as opposed to all those folks who want to believe that good thoughts and words and crystals and berries will do the job, they continued to treat poor little Ezekiel with the concoction that would boost his immune system.

After treating their beloved child because they would never EVER do anything to HARM him, unless by harm, you mean murder him by denying him the necessaries of life, they thought he was getting better. Never mind that bacterial meningitis needs to be treated within three days of the onset of symptoms or risk brain damage and death!

A small error in judgment when dealing with bacterial meningitis is something that can happen to anyone regardless of their belief in magic, god, crystals, or spirits, or any of the other fun times crap that is out there in the world. It is one thing to grift your way to fame and fortune selling this one weird trick to cure your child’s autism and another to actually believe that this witch’s brew helps and give it to your child when what they really need is for mom and dad to deal with reality and go see a fucking medical doctor!

Seriously, who asks their nurse friend about their baby’s cough and symptoms that haven’t abated after ten days or so and hears her respond with, “it may be meningitis, you should take him to a real medical doctor” (made up quote). And, then looks up meningitis on WebMD and sees this warning (emphasis added):

It is very important to see a doctor right away if you or your child has these symptoms. Only a doctor can tell whether they are caused by viral or bacterial meningitis. And bacterial meningitis can be deadly if not treated right away.

WebMD: Meningitis – Topic Overview

Of course the typical reaction would be to load the child into the vehicle and discover that he is so swollen that he can’t bend at the waist!!!1! and lay him flat on the seat, and… go to your lawyers, for fuck’s sake, to sign papers on your way to your holistic shaman’s office to get an immune system booster!!1! Then take this suffering child home and feed him this witch’s brew with an eye dropper because he is refusing all food and drink!!1! And claim that you could keep him hydrated using a fucking eye dropper!!1! Of course that is what you do. Of course that is what any rational sane loving caring parent would do, right?

Can you guess what the tincture, flower essences, herbal supplements, and healing oils grifter said to them? I think you can, “You think your kid has meningitis? Take that fucking kid to a real doctor are you fucking kidding me? Because, I’m not fucking kidding you! Take your goddamn kid to a goddamn real doctor who knows what the fuck she is doing!” Not a real quote, but the way.

So, of course, when he stopped breathing, they decided that real medicine might help.

Psychopathy the Right Way

PsychoTestWhat are the basic features of a psychopath? Well, this gets a little tricky and confusing. It would be so much easier if the good folks over at the DSM would just use the term psychopath! But, no they won’t not even use it in their new fancy-shamncy DSM-5 what doesn’t even continue using Roman numerals! For those of you who don’t know, the DSM-5 is the latest edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manuel used by the psychiatric and mental health community of North America and much of the world to diagnose mental health disorders. It lists symptoms for each of the diagnoses that it recognizes.

Just because the DSM doesn’t list psychopathy as a diagnosis, doesn’t mean the mental health community doesn’t recognize it. The DSM-5 just refers to it as antisocial personality disorder. This is all made even more confusing by things like the Psychopath Test and the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure which use the term psychopath in attempts to diagnose antisocial personality disorder since that’s the only thing hospitals and other mental health professionals can be reimbursed for treating by insurance and government healthcare.

Psychopathy is generally conceptualized as entailing persistent behavioral deviance in conjunction with deficient affect and impaired social relatedness. However, the precise definition and boundaries of the disorder, and the most appropriate methods for assessing it, remain topics of ongoing debate.
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This confusion is due in part to the history of the disorder. Once identified by Philipe Pinel, the famous 19th century French physician, people just sorta went crazy with it and expanded it to include all kinds of crazy stuff and accused everyone and their uncle of being all manie sans delire or, for you non-French speaking types (ha ha!), insanity without delirium. After the advent of modern psychology, though, Hervey Cleckley tried to reign it in a bit by publishing The Mask of Sanity (1941).

So what are the generally agreed upon signs and symptoms of psychopath?

  • lack of or minimal empathy
  • callousness
  • manipulation
  • pathological lying
  • charm
  • a tendency toward boredom
  • arrogance
  • blame shifting
  • dominance
  • aggression
  • impulsivity

The DSM-5 lists the categories of symptoms of antisocial personality disorder as

  • Ego-centrism
  • Absence of pro-social internal standards leading to failure to follow laws or normative behavior
  • a lack of empathy for others or remorse for causing harm — directly or indirectly — to others
  • Absence of intimacy: relationships are characterized by exploitation
  • Manipulativeness
  • Deceitfulness
  • Callousness
  • Hostility
  • Irresponsibility
  • Impulsiveness
  • Risk-taking

Rather than wading through an explanation of all of these symptoms, let’s take a non-professional speculative wander through the newspaper clippings concerning David Stephan’s explanation of how his 19-month old son had come to die of bacterial meningitis!

David Stephan, murderous psychopath extraordinaire, probably but not definitively…

You’re probably wondering why I am not accusing Collet Stephan of being a psychopath. Is it because I’m some kind of misogynistic sexist pig-type who thinks that women aren’t capable of being psychopaths because of their feminine soft and gooey side? Well, it ain’t. Honestly, she might be a psychopath, but it is more likely that she is stuck in a traumatic sick co-dependent relationship with David. Piece of convincing evidence number one: she wept after being convicted of murdering her son by denying him he necessaries to sustain his life. David took the FaceBooks to denounce the jury and the system and to declare that all parenting will now be subject to the approval of the state regardless of whether it results in the death of your child because he is a martyr! So, there’s that. Do I detect a hint of ego-centrism and callousness? Yes, yes I do.

Let’s see what else the reporting on this case revealed about him.

He claimed to be educated about medicine because he reads blogs and WebMD, so he could provide proper medical care for his son until he stopped breathing. According to reporting by the CBCNews: Calgary who obtained the audiotapes of the police interviews with the couple:

“Do we have a formal [medical] education? No. Are we educated in it? Absolutely,” he said. “Has it worked for us in every single scenario in the past before this? Yes.”

Have you ever encountered something as serious as bacterial meningitis before? No — not that that is on the tape, but PROBABLY. Dipshit.

“And then when he was sick there, we were giving him, above and beyond that [vitamins and other supplements], the olive root extract, which is an antifungal, antiviral, it’s a very powerful one,” he told Bulford [the interviewer].

I guess just not powerful enough, dipshit.

“With how severe his symptoms were, which they were not severe, we would have never guessed…”

The child was so stiff, he couldn’t sit in his car seat and had to lie down! No, that could in no way be construed as so severe as to need something beyond immune system boosters and natural antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, even very powerful ones. Of course, not. If they had been severe, they would have been aware because they would NEVER do anything to HARM their child. Dip Fucking Shit.

Let’s chalk this fine display of judgment and reasoning to ego-centrism, a lack of pro-social internal standards, irresponsibility, and risk-taking (with someone else’s life).

How about a lack of empathy? If they thought he had the flu, could that really be construed as a lack of empathy? The doctor’s report describes a two-week period of illness in which the child refused fluids and food, and moaned instead of using his words. The physician notes that the child would groan unhappily when the mother left his room. While there was no fever, he was lethargic. So, David was empathetic because he gave the child his company’s immune boosting crap with an eye dropper. He knew the kid was sick. He was empathizing, right? Fuck no.

How could you not look at that child and think to yourself, holy crap, he’s really sick, and take him to a doctor? Oh, if you view the medical establishment as being so corrupt that you cannot trust it with your child’s life, that’s how. If you have to spin yourself stories about how you know better than a person who has had four years of medical school, a pediatric internship, and seen thousands of sick children because you grew up selling witch’s brews to cure autism and are now the vice president of the company so that you don’t allow your worry and concern for the health and well-being of your son drive you to throw over your cherished beliefs, you might not have even an ounce of fucking empathy!

This kid is obviously sick and in pain, and their response is give him more of the stuff that doctors don’t want you to know about that is advertised in the automatic ads that now appear around our favorite free websites along with the one weird trick to lose belly fat and the photographer who saw too much. Yeah, that’s empathy? No, it’s also risk-taking, and irresponsibility. It’s being too ego-centric to admit that you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing and talking about! It’s being an arrogant, irresponsible, hostile asshole!

More evidence of take your pick of symptoms or signs of psychopathy. Stephan David reads the following on WebMD about meningitis (emphasis added):

Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment.

Watchful waiting isn’t appropriate if you think that you or your child has meningitis, because you can’t tell what type of meningitis it may be. Call your doctor as soon as symptoms appear.

WebMd: When to Call a Doctor

And, his response was:

“Bacterial, you have a very short window to work with. And so she ruled that out.”

The father told Bulford he believed taking Ezekiel to a physician sooner would not have helped.

“She found out Monday afternoon that it was meningitis, not a whole lot they can do for that until they can discover what [type] it is, and to discover what it is, they have to do a spinal tap,” he said [apropos of fuck all nothing].

“I don’t think anyone would have caught that unless he was under 24-hour supervision of a doctor.”

CBCNews: Calgary

Again, ego-centrism, absence of pro-social behavior, absence of empathy, risk-taking, hostility, callousness, arrogance, and irresponsibility.

While his post-death reactions can be seen as a form of denial and cognitive dissonance to protect himself from the overwhelming anguish of the thought that he murdered his son, his behavior before that point can only be construed as those of a psychopath, especially considering the events of the night Ezekiel stopped breathing and they “rushed” him to a hospital. David convinced Collet to go to some church event. While she was out, the child’s conditioned worsened and after she returned, he stopped breathing. Given that he had been so swollen that he couldn’t bend at the waist that very day, this suggests that David Stephan can be very manipulative.

And consider this one last piece of evidence of David’s psychopathic tendencies: In a blog  on Huffington Post by lawyer and commentator, Karen Sellick, the reason up to six jurors are said to have cried after reading the verdict and the foreman of the jury read it in a choked voice wiping away tears and refused to order the Stephans to surrender their passports is because they got to know the Stephans as caring loving parents who did not deserve prison sentences for murdering their child by withholding effective medical treatment in lieu of a wing and a prayer and a cauldron of crap that the grandfather had dreamed up a generation ago to peddle to the public!

How could a judge and jury feel this way about these people? First, we don’t know that they felt this way for sure since Canadian law prohibits jurors from discussing what happened in their deliberations. It’s just Sellick’s speculation. And second, maybe it is because David Stephan is a charming, manipulative, deceitful psychopath!

I rest my fucking case.

 

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  1. MY FATHER & MOTHER DID THIS TO MY BROTHER . I WAS 14 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME , THE BABY WAS 7 MONTHS 1966 THEY DESTROYED HIS LIFE , FATHER WAS A PSYCHO NARCISSIST VERY VIOLENT MOTHER WAS A CO DEPENDENT ABUSED JEHOVAH WITNESSES THE BABY DIDN’T DIE BUT SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE HE HAD A HORRIBLE LIFE BECAUSE OF THEIR INSANITY I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE FRANKIE IS BUT IVE BEEN Told. HES FINALLY SAFE IN A GROUP HOME SHOULD BE ABOUT 54 NOW ,😇💔

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    • Howdy Sharon!

      That sounds perfectly horrible. I’m glad you were able to escape it and that Frankie has found refuge in a group home. Narcissistic abuse, as the country has learned, is some of the worst abuse human beings can mete out.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      • yes thank you Jack it has been a toll on my life on my house definitely from slammed being slammed around and half-starved and in fear every day for the first 18 years I’ve recently had two total hip replacements and my husband of 45 years I met him when I was 16 he wanted to get me away from them but I was also joining a cerebal narcissist that perfectly chose me but I learned a lot from him and he helped me greatly and those early years my 20s 30s 40s and then the jealousy started when I started making money and I didn’t want to give it to him all the time bought on my wedding day he said we will have no friends I have friends you will never drive I had my Gardener teach me how to drive we will never own home I bought my own home outright paid for it a little white Victorian with the big porches and hanging flowers and p**** willow trees and the rose of Sharon bushes every cat and bird and squirrel in the nation comes here to eat and find Refuge ..he also said we would never have children or friends but I can’t do anything about the children part but we can learn from our Narcissus.. I felt like God always had his hand on me I survived so much,stomach is totally out of whack all the time… I’m prone to tumors I’ve had six operations for tumors body is become a roadmap ,,,when I die they’ll think I was a lion tamer … have a wonderful New Year . Jack thank you⚘💛💜🎄

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        • Howdy Sharon!

          The heart chills thinking of the abuses that are inflicted on some of us. I’m glad you’ve come through it and are on your feet. You’re a lion tamer in more ways than one. The best revenge, as they say, is to live a good life.

          We’ve had a wonderful New Year and I know I live a blessed life. Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year and let me know how you’re doing from time to time.

          Huzzah!
          Jack

          PS My mother had a knee replacement and said it was the best thing she’d ever done and wondered why she hadn’t done it sooner.

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          • Thanks Jack I’m very happy you had a great New Year’s with your loved ..’Im also happy your mother did the right thing by her knees I waited over 10 years to get a total hip replacement on the left side and well you know that’s the way life goes I waited long time . The blood supply stopped in that leg and I nearly lost it to the waist . I needed emergency surgery , there’s a cable in it .Then a year later the right leg. there was no one to take care of my husband and there was no one to take care of my animals I did it all .. I retired from three jobs all in one day . MY husband found out that I needed these replacements .when I told the doctor I couldn’t , there was no one to care og everyone at home he said throw the husband in the nursing home and throw the animals at the pound and of course I couldn’t do that and he slammed the door as he walked out and never came back good doctor very empathetic but my husband told me share your job is to take care of me when I’m gone then you can get yourself done and that’s what I did I also have MS and it was impossible but God gave me some strength they said I would always need to Canes I have very fancy canes to match the flip-flops because they couldn’t wear shoes just couldn’t and then I have the wristbands and everything is all glittery in jeweled do young people love it matches up with the rest of me but please take care and yes we will keep in touch often bless your heart my dear

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            • Howdy Sharon!

              Your bejeweled canes and flip-flops sounds like making lemonade out of lemons. I’m glad you’ve found some peace and some mobility at last in your life. What a harrowing journey, you’ve had! And, it all comes out in your blog.

              Huzzah!
              Jack

              PS My mom eventually lost her leg above her knee. At least she had a good decade of mobility on that new knee before that happened.

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              • Oh Jack I’m so sorry about your mom to go all through that and then lose your leg I have a circulatory issue going on now and the right leg I had that that one done second and I’m having a vein problem towards the ankle on the right leg and gone all over I realize I’m My Own it’s got to be a vein issue coming through the skin I injured it a couple times I went to a dermatologist a specialist hurry expensive man I brought one of my patients to him 16 years ago I thought he was great people doing I had a rash I have to put ointment on it that’s not a rash so that hurts a little but I guess I am on my own to try to help it and now I have a toenail issue on the right leg too so wondering if your mom went through these things all so well Jack stay safe

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                • Howdy Sharon!

                  My mother’s heart was failing her. She had congestive heart failure, so her circulation got worse and that, by the design of the heart, affects the right leg more than the left. She had varicose veins in that leg that gave her trouble. She had problems with that knee with a bone spur developing underneath her knee cap. She had a stroke in her thirties secondary to the first generation of birth control pills that paralyzed her right side. She also had a fungal infection under her right toenail, too, that gave her hell before it got eradicated. It was always that right leg for her. Two months before she died, she had that leg removed, but she never got out of the hospital.

                  Doctors often use the diagnosis by treatment approach, treating the most common cause of the problem they’re seeing. If that doesn’t work, they move on to something else. Sounds like that is what’s happening to your ankle. I’m sorry. You should keep shopping for a doctor that will do careful evidence-driven medicine. Let me know how that turns out.

                  Huzzah!
                  Jack

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                  • Thank you Jack by the way I had a calico and she was beautiful and she was lovely in every way and she never became a mommy I got her when she was just a little baby in an ice storm she fell into my arms from the cliffs packed and ice my dolly she live to be 14 she had stomach cancer believe it or not I brought in another little baby when she was Dolly was about 6 months old and that was Pinky and she made Pinkie her own little baby Pinkie came in from an ice storm 2 in November bought and Pinky live to be nearly 19 years old so Jack yeah I think that might be happening to me I have a vein problem and I went to a specialist like I think I said before and he put down trash it’s not a trash for god sakes no I’ve gone to another Insurance Company and I have to be on high blood pressure pills which is very foreign to me and I fight it and I don’t take them everyday because I think I can control it like I told him well I’ll only be on the short time I don’t need this and he says you’ll be on it for the rest of your life well I still don’t think so negative him water pills enough stomach pain pills the only thing my parents gave me was fear and varicose veins the both had the veins I wished I kept them thanks dear love sending to you

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                    • Howdy Sharon!

                      If you’ve high blood pressure, I hope you have a BP cuff at home and monitor your BP. One of the problems with taking BP medicine erratically is that it can cause your BP to spike. Dying of a stroke isn’t so bad, but permanent disability from a stroke can make your life miserable.

                      I have to say that my mom was a cat lady. She maintained a feral cat colony in her back ground much to the horror of many of her neighbors. She caught the cats and browbeat the local vet into spay and neutering them at cost. The old guy who lived behind her, whom she feuded constantly with, started trapping cats in his backyard. My mom asked him to stop, but he refused, so she put an add in the free neighborhood neighborhood — it occurred that long ago that those were still a thing — saying explaining what he was doing: “Are you missing a cat? Mr. So and so is trapping and killing cats in his backyard.” She listed his phone number and address. From the moment the issue hit the front yards that man had no peace. People shouted at him from the moment he exited his front door. He couldn’t go to the grocery store without catching it from someone. He stopped trapping cats.

                      I thought you might enjoy that anecdote.

                      Huzzah!
                      Jack

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                    • JACK I NOW HAVE THE MONITOR. MY FRIEND ANOTHER SHARON , GOT IT FOR ME FOR CHRISTMAS. I FIND IT AMUSING. TWO DAYS AGO I DID A LITTLE EXPERIMENT.
                      SOMEONE I KNOW THAT DROPS BY UNANNOUNCED USUALLY TO UPSET ME , A NARCISSIST LESSER ,WELL WHEN HE LEFT FINALLY , A TOOK MY BLOOD PRESSURE READING IT WAS HIGH 153 OVER 89 THATS FOR ME .I CALLED SHARON B AND TOLD HER A COUPLE OF FUNNY THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY MARRIAGE TO GENE WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD. WE LAUGHED UNTIL WE BOTH CRIED AND ABOUT 15 MIN LATER I TOOK IT AGAIN. IT WAS 123OVER 67 SO MAYBE LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICATION FOR ME 😸😁😊.

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                    • YES JACK I NOW HAVE THE BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR. MY FRIEND , ANOTHER SHARON GOT IT FOR ME AT CHRISTMAS. I DID A LITTLE EXPERIMENT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. SOMEONE I KNOW THAT STOPS UNANNOUNCED TO UPSET ME WAS HERE. A LESSER NARCISSIST AND LEFT ABRUPTLY SO I TOOK THE PRESSURE THING. AND MY RESULTS WERE AMAZING 158 OVER 89 WELL, THATS HIGH I CALLED SHARON B , I GOT HER LAUGHING UNTIL WE CRIED THEN 1 TOOK THE PRESSURE THING AGAIN 15 MINUTES LATER AND IT WAS 116 OVER 67 NOW THZTS MY NORMAL ## MAYBE LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICATION FOR ME BY THE WAY I ALSO HAD A T.I.A. STROKE AT R5 YEARS ⭐❤⭐❤💕⭐

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                    • Howdy Sharon!

                      My apologies for not answering earlier. For some reason several of your messages went to the span folder again. I check it periodically when it gets “full” — an admittedly arbitrary and capricious number. I guess when I feel like probably describes it better. Then, once I approve them, they pop into the comment cue and I have to scroll back until I find them. It’s not very efficient and nothing more than an explanation of how these things work.

                      Blood pressure is curious thing. It is a two-way street with our emotions. When it is high, it can shape or emotions. When we are upset, we can change our blood pressure. When my high blood pressure was discovered, I was shopping and getting very angry. For some reason, I stopped off at a medical clinic and had it taken. It was like yours, 160/80. The nurse said that was stroke level and I should see a doctor about medication. I’ve been taking it ever since.

                      However, I lost about 40 pounds since lockdown began back in February (actually Feb to June) and my blood pressure has been perfect ever since. I’m talking to my doctor about getting off of the medication.

                      My mother had a stroke when she was 36 secondary to early birth control pills. I feel like I’ve told you this before. She was on medication for the rest of her life. My sister was on BP medication for her life, too. I’m hoping I can avoid taking BP meds any more. It is good incentive to manage my weight and fitness better.

                      Huzzah!
                      Jack

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                    • I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS WRONG BUT NOW I KNOW. THANK YOU FOR GETTING IN TOUCH I MISSED HEARING FROM YOU. I’VE BEEN AT THE VETS 3 SEPARATE TIMES IN THE LAST WEEK AND HALF SOOOO ITS BEEN NUTS AROUND HERE BECAUSE THESE BABIES ARE MY LIFE. THREE MAINE COON FEMALES 8 AND HALF YEARS OLD .🌈🌠🐾🐱💞💔❤

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                    • Howdy Sharon!
                      I love the Maine coon cats! Those are the ones that hop, right? No, those are the really big fierce looking gentle giant cats. How big are they? One of the things I’ve missed about living internationally is having pets. We’ve tried in various countries, but it is expensive to travel with them. In Kenya, we had a bull mastiff, a giant of a dog, for protection and intimidation purposes. She was a pussy cat, though. Wouldn’t hurt a fly. When we left Kenya, we went to China, where she was considered a fighting breed and they would put her down if they found her, so we left her with my sister-in-law in Canada. We visited every summer until she died a couple of years ago.

                      Take care of them fur babies. It is the most unconditional love you’ll ever get.

                      Huzzah!
                      Jack

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                    • Jack my Maine Coons are beautiful Maxi girl is a big strong gray and black stripe with the M on the forehead , the curls in the ears , the Tufts under the toes ..
                      marble her sister is completely different she’s an angora tortoiseshell Maine Coon big girl that’s marble they don’t get along I’ve tried 3 times they nearly killed each other marbles a great big cat they both had a litter outside marbles babies
                      Lived weeks old they were big tooj. Just like her. .3 we’re boys pure black with four white feet and then one was a creamsicle white and orange they were all be headed in the yard in the box that I had for her with pillows and blankets it was horrible and I saw the mall at midnight the night before I told her go and sit on her babies and keep them warm it wasn’t that warm out it was April and at 7:30 in the morning I went out there and she was sitting on a chair on the porch washing ,, the babies were in the box , I picked up my favorite the creamsicle and his head fell off and I nearly died I couldn’t stop screaming .. I picked up every baby and their heads all fell off I think I died I just couldn’t stop screaming and Max Maxi was someplace else and she had her babies I found out a couple of alleys away , then she came into this yard when she heard the screaming she walked up to the Box she looked in she looked at her sister and she walked out never came in The yard again …they grew up here until they were six months old and Maxie about a month later would be out in front of my home she tapped on the door and when I opened it she dropped a little baby on the dining room floor that was in her mouth and then she left a few minutes later she banged on the door I opened it and she dropped her second little black baby on the floor I guess they were twins and then she wanted to go a few minutes later same thing the door open ,she dropped a little gray baby on the floor and she stayed I noticed outside that she was trying to bring three blond-haired little ones but two. little black boys were playing in the road they were tempting the kittens to run into traffic in the mother couldn’t hold them back all three little kittens were killed I guess that’s when mother decided this is the place to bring the babies before they’re all dead once she got them in here she had nothing to do with them she wouldn’t even look at them I found excellent homes for the three babies Shadow midnight and Giggles, Giggles looked exactly like her there’s much more to the story but I don’t want to bore you to death take care Jack oh wait a minute the third Maine coon is sweet potato she’s a midget with the heart of a lion. 😽😸😺🦁

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                    • JACK RIGHT NOW I’M TYPING . I’M USING AN ANDROID TABLET .IT’S VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE I HAD A STROKE AT 35 YEARS OLD AND COULD NOT SPEAK SOOOO THE LEFT EYE HAS NOT RECOVERED THAT WELL . I LOVE TO READ WE HAD a LIBERTY AT HOME OF OVER 1000,OOO BOOKS BUT READING ONLY TAKES PLACE WHEN LEFT EYE IS COVERED .SO PLEASE BARE WITH ME 🎶💕🎶💕💄

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                    • Howdy Sharon!

                      I know that losing eyesight is a hardship and makes life more difficult, but I’ve always been a big fan of pirates — my online name has been Calico Jack, a lackluster pirate at the end of the Golden Age of Piracy, but with a cool name and the only documented women on a pirate crew — so I’m picturing you with an eye patch which makes me a just a wee bit envious. It is just a pirate thing, though. No one would really want to lose sight in either eye if they could help it, but #silverlining, at least for me.

                      You’ve had quite a life, though. How fortunate to have such an extensive library. I credit reading for helping me survive my tumultuous childhood and early adulthood. My life would be so much poorer without it. Unfortunately, my eyesight seems to be getting worse. I’ll need to get glasses sometime this year. Luckily, I have a Kindle and can adjust the size of the letters, so I can still read books if not actual paper ones. Living internationally it gets hard to move books about, so it is nice to have so many in the cloud as they say.

                      Huzzah!
                      Jack

                      PS I hope I have answered all of your delightful comments. If not, please forgive me and draw any points you’ve made to my attention. I’ll have to watch my spam queue more closely.

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              • Oh Jack I’m so sorry about your mom to go all through that and then lose your leg I have a circulatory issue going on now and the right leg I had that one done second and I’m having a vein problem towards the ankle on the right leg and gone all over for answers,I realize I’m My Own it’s got to be a vein issue coming through the skin ..I injured it a couple times I went to a dermatologist a specialist very expensive man I brought one of my patients to him 16 years ago I thought he was great .. He said I had a rash I have to put ointment on it that’s not a rash so that hurts a little but I guess I am on my own to try to help it and now I have a toenail issue on the right foot also so wondering if your mom went through these things. well Jack stay safe 🎷💙🎵💚🎶💛.

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  2. Thanks for writing this. I can’t say I “enjoyed” it due to the horribleness of the events but you’ve done a great job of outlining the reasons this piece of shit is probably a psychopath. The only statement I take issue with is your speculation that Collet Stephan is probably not a psychopath because she cried in court when the verdict was read. It’s possible that she felt/feels remorse but it’s also possible she cried because she knew she was going to be punished for her willful neglect. In the words of Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, “You’re not really sorry, you’re sorry you got caught.” She was clearly in a co-dependent relationship, but that doesn’t negate the probability that she was a willing participant in what happened to her son. Again, thanks for writing this.

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    • Thanks Lazarus. I appreciate the comment. I agree, there is little evidence one way or the other for Collet Stephan being a psychopath. And, she definitely is guilty of murdering her son and responsible for his death. I could’ve also added that as far as I know it some what rare for psychopaths to be involved with one another other than using them for their own needs. It is hard to tell given what we know. Him. I’m fairly confident about.

      The sickness of the relationship is betrayed by its continuance. Many or most marriages dissolve when a child dies. This one has continued for four years and they’ve reproduced again!

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