“Give me a fever and I can cure the child.”
“The pervasive belief that fever is dangerous and must be suppressed disregards the scientific evidence demonstrating its beneficial role in inflammatory diseases. The immune system depends on the fever to accomplish myriad tasks when gearing up to fight infections”
It seems one of a parents most stressful times is when their child is sick and/or feverish… I was very fortunate to not have experienced that for the first 2 years of my daughters life but when I did, it had to be a night my husband was out of the country and I had no idea what to do. I just lay there all night drifting in and out of restless sleep waiting for the moment when I would wake to find my daughter had succumbed to brain damage and it would be all my fault! I dont know which state was worse – being awake and just staring at her trying to see if the brain damage – that I was sure was coming – had gotten ahold of her, or being asleep and having nightmares about my permanently damaged child. The horror! We made it though and in the morning she was not brain damaged. The relief! Her fever went up and down slightly for the next two days but it never got quite as bad as the first night and then it just passed.
As I do, I took to the old “trusty” internet to provide me with some answers as to how it is possible that my child was not brain damaged when EVERYONE knows that is what happens!!! I had to find out if there was there more to this whole fever thing. This is what I have learnt (there are links and references for further reading at the end).
I am trying to differentiate between ‘how I hope my future will be like’ and ‘where I would like to be in 10 years’ (which I just wrote about)… I know theres a difference but at the moment, sitting here sunburnt after a day at the beach, the smell of my husband and child cooking pancakes for dinner, a slight headache on the horizon but I can’t be arsed to find my headache tablets, a cup of tea going cold next to me while I try to decide if I would like a cigarette with it but at the same time can’t be arsed to get up and find my husbands cigarettes… at the moment, I can’t seem to clearly differentiate between the two.
Everytime I read another one of those ‘Breast Wars’, ‘Birth Wars’, ‘Mommy Wars’, type articles I can’t help but roll my eyes. Roll, roll, roll.
Yes, partly because I am a believer in all things natural and wonderful like breastfeeding, natural birth and mothers being at home with their kids as much as possible but also because I’m like “Whats the big friggin deal? Why are we so desperate for approval?”
hmmm… hmmm… hmmm. Its only day 7 and my perseverance has been put to the test big time. I am not embracing this challenge, I’m doing more of a handshake. I will persevere and finish this task even if it means I have to rant about myself in the most boring of ways when I could be writing about something that actually means something. Here goes:
I was not even sure what my zodiac sign was until I was a teenager, I know that doesn’t make me “cool” but whatever. As a teenager I learnt I was an aries and I have always been amazed when I meet people who can go through the list of zodiac signs (am I calling it the right thing?) and tell you the characteristics of each one. I am amazed for 2 reasons – the first is because that kind of dedication to memorizing something is fairly remarkable and the second is because I can’t believe anyone would dedicate that much of their time memorizing something that seems so arb and useless. Kind of like how I feel about these last few days of doing this blogging challenge.
I’m a huge fan of almond milk and in Thailand where we do not have easy access to farm fresh, raw milk I have really been embracing almond milk and I’ve been super pleased to see that my daughter didn’t even flinch when I secretly swapped normal milk for almond milk in her cereal and she is not keen on strange, unusual tastes.
Almond milk is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, so it can help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. The flavonoids in almond milk also help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, protecting you from a number of degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It is high in omega 3 fatty acids and has no saturated fats. Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals so its a great alternative if you are not keen on regular shop-bought milk. However, if you have a tree-nut allergy I’ve heard you should rather avoid it or at least proceed with extreme caution.
I am a huge fan of smoothies and I think everyone could improve their health by adding a smoothie to their daily routine. I have experienced the benefits and I have seen it work with other people. It really is amazing! Someone asked me the other day for my smoothie recipe so I thought I would put it down here, because I can. These days I completely forgo my multivitamin (never mind that they were darn expensive and I have not noticed a single change in how I felt when I started or stopped them). I love a good smoothie because you can actually feel the difference, it takes a week or two of doing it every day to start to see the real benefits but almost immediately you will have more energy and just feel a certain healthy-ness about you.
A smoothie takes literally about 5 minutes to make, its not a drawn out process with specific measurements and certain ingredients its a ‘whats in your fridge’ kind of recipe.
Very simply put, I am a christian – without a doubt in my mind I believe there is one God and there is only one way to him, through Jesus. Simple. This would be the perfect platform for me to ‘get it all out there’ coz even if we say we dont, we all have HUGE opinions when it comes to religion but its all been said. At this time, I do not feel that I have anything new to add that you haven’t heard already. I believe our lives should draw people to God, not our words and I also know there is a lot of stuff I need to work on myself. So if you were coming here today looking to be “converted” I’m sorry.