Helpless Father With Alzheimer’s And Dog Suffer Unimaginable Cruelty Due To Family
The Denver International Airport is a massive hub for airlines, making it a hectic place to navigate, even for the most self-assured travelers. So when airport employees discovered an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease wandering the airport, completely lost, it broke their hearts.
His name was Jerry Ellingsen and he was walking alone with his small dog, unsure of who he was or why he was in Denver.
According to his documentation, he arrived on a flight from Fort Myers, Florida. Police attempted to contact his family, but neither his wife nor daughter would answer the phone, so they were forced to call an ambulance to take him to a nearby hospital.
The authorities were able to track down the United Airlines employee that checked Jerry into the flight and happened to talk with the woman that put him on the plane.
That woman was his own daughter, Pamela Roth of Fort Myers. She allegedly told the United employee she was “done with her father,” according to WCNC. That’s why she bought him a one-way ticket to Denver, Colorado.
Initially, when Jerry had nowhere to go, he was cared for by his brother and nephew in Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, his Alzheimer’s and aggression was too much for the family members to handle, so they asked if Jerry could live with his daughter instead.
But that didn’t last long. His daughter packed his suitcases, gathered up his Yorkie, and sent him to live with his estranged wife, Jackie Ellingsen.
However, his wife wasn’t interested in helping him out. “I have no use for him. I mean a man that wants to kill me, come on. I don’t want to live with him,” Jackie told Denver police detectives. She refused to pick him up, even though she did receive a text from Pamela that said in part, “If you need to drop my dad at a homeless shelter, it’s fine. I just want him to have a roof over his head. Please.”
Neither woman had the decency to make arrangements for this man with Alzheimer’s and his canine companion. Instead, they tossed him aside like garbage.
Thankfully, the local law required hospitals to keep admitted at-risk adults who have been abandoned, so at least Jerry had somewhere to stay.
Jerry’s niece commented on the story, in complete disbelief over what had happened to her uncle. “I cannot believe they did that. I’m horrified. I’m disappointed that somebody can even be that low to do that to their father,” Kari McConnell said via WCNC.
In Colorado hospitals alone, on a single day in September, data showed that over 100 at-risk adults were abandoned and stuck in the system, just like Jerry. It’s all too common for heartless people to toss aside family members that require medical care, especially ones with neurological diseases.
It’s an expensive to care for such an individual, so instead of finding help, many of these patients end up on the street, in homeless shelters, or biding their time in hospital units. Tragically, most of the people are unable to remember who they are or why they are in the position that they are.
A father and his best friend, both living beings that need cared for and protected, were completely disregarded and treated like trash. The family members that did this need to be held responsible.
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Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…
Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession. Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?! Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.” Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly. Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.
Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.
Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.
What is reverse sneezing?
A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.
In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose. It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.
Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.
There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses. It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!
Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens. Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.
Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.
Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs. When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.
Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.
You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.
If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:
Gently massaging your dog’s throat
Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face
In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.
When you should go to the vet
As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case. You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse. If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects. Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.