Sick Kids

When a child is sick, they become so vulnerable.

Your heart goes out to them, but I have to admit it makes me a little happy, too.

Recently my oldest son, Nick, age 11, threw up on a school field trip to the museum.

He felt queasy. First he tried to sleep it off behind one of the glass cases. But when he stood up, barf! On the museum floor.

He came home, went straight to bed. I’d been working in my home office.

I tucked him in. I offered him drinks, snacks.

“Dad, I just need to sleep, I’m so tired.”

Maybe it’s just me, I was assailed by horrible thoughts. What if he has appendicitis, and those were his last words.

Cut to me brushing past the news media. “I can’t talk right now. His last words were ‘Dad I’m so tired.'”

But when he woke up he was fine. That is, he puked a couple more times, into the bowl provided by yours truly, but eventually recovered. Kids get so sick; then they recover so quick. It’s alarming and amazing.

The thing is, he was so sweetly vulnerable during his convalescence. He’s been so independent. It was the first time in a long time,. I realized, he needed me like that.

I have to admit, I sort of…savored it.

Is it sick of me to have that feeling? Is that some kind of Munchhausen’s-by-proxy type thing? Do I need to get more of a life?

Personal review from the editor:

I feel our kids are growing up way to fast.our little babies that depend on us for every move that they make, all of a sudden wake up one day and don’t need us so much anymore.they wake up in the morning want to get there own breakfast,Woolf it down and out they go off to school for 6 1/2 hours then come home long enough to get homework done and outside again till it’s time to eat.if you go out side to be with them in the park and their with their friends well that’s just a big No No how embarrassing to have your mom or dad there with your friends.then it’s bed time come tuck me in, but No kiss.

(I’m much to old for that).

Well ok maybe on the cheek. I say I Love you have a good sleep.And get a returned goodnight.So I repeat I Love you then get I Love you in return. Are they really to old for kisses and saying I Love you. Hmmm..

So we as parents don’t get to see our kids needy or vulnerable unless they are hurt or sick.

On weekends they are off all day playing with the friends that they see all week at school.

So at last one day a week is mine with my kids we pick a day for family day we do everything together for the day then at night we can cuddle on the couch ad watch a movie have popcorn/Chips or whatever.

it’s a special day for me to spend time with my kids.

they don’t seem to get sick to often so I decided to take a day a week it’s my day with the kids and I enjoy it.

AROMATHERAPY – BUYING TIPS

The following tips will help in buying high quality essential oil:

    1. After determining the proper oil from a qualified health professional, visit a genuine dealer of genuine establishments .Primary importance should be for the quality of the item than the cost.
    2. Ask the vendor to provide free samples. This may help in testing or verifying the quality, at least to some extend.
    3. Never purchase from vendors at street fairs. They will cheat by selling spurious, cheap products and then disappear.
    4. Check for dust on the top of the bottles. This means oil has been there for quite sometime. It is but natural that as time passes, many oils lose their therapeutic properties, and their aroma decreases.
    5. Do not be carried away by the phrase “pure essential oil”. It is misleading. Quality of the plant, the distillation processes, bottling, storage etc play an important part to guarantee the purity of the oil. The vender may have little idea about these.
    6. Go for pure essential oils and not synthetic essential oils. According to aroma therapists, synthetic oils do not possess the same therapeutic properties as pure essential oils. Synthetic oils can cause headaches, allergic reactions etc. Synthetic oil can never match pure essential oil in quality.
    7. Check the color of the glass bottle. It should be dark amber or blue. If it is clear or colorless, it can permit light to pass through, thereby decaying the oil.
      Essential oil has chemical action with plastic. With the result, oil in plastic container gets contaminated. So avoid plastic bottles.
    8. Aluminum bottles are acceptable with inside lining.
    9. Rubber can dissolve and contaminate the oil. So refrain from buying oil with rubber eye dropper bulb on top.

Read carefully the write-ups. The label on the bottle should contain markings like “100% essential oil” or “pure essential oil”. Avoid “aromatherapy oil” fragrant oil”, “perfume oil” etc because they are not pure but mixed with other substances including chemicals.

Reputed companies put the Latin name of the essential oil on the bottle in addition to the common name for the benefit of the customer to avoid confusion. The write-ups should indicate the country of manufacture and method of extraction. The country of origin is important because properties of the oil considerably depend on the climatic and soil conditions of the country.

When you come across the same prices for different oils, it is an indication that oils are synthetic. The raw materials used, their availability, their quantity, method of extraction, all these factors affect the cost. Obviously, the cost of each essential oil varies.

Avoid products from companies that supply to the food & beverage industries.

Essential oils diluted with vegetable oils are to be avoided straightaway.

While sniffing the oil holds the bottle about six inches from the nose. If it is too close, the pure, strong, oil will affect your brain and cause headache.
Avoid comparing different brands of oils, scents etc continuously. Give some interval because the concentration will affect the senses such that you fail to notice the differences in the oils.

Last but not the least, check for expiry date, if any.

Eat like crazy: Britney Spears says she’s sugar free

I’m not sure if I should say this (or type it even) out loud, but I officially have something pretty big deal in common with Britney Spears.

No, it’s not blond extensions. Sadly, not even a future project with JT. It’s not fishnets (OK, we do have a love of fishnets in common, but I swear I toss mine when they’re torn and try never to wear them under jean shorts) and it’s not outbursts of the barber razor/umbrella/plowing past the paparazzi kind.

It’s our diet. Britney Spears recently spoke out about going sugar-free as a part of her reassembling-her-kooky- life commitment. Or at least shaping up her much-scorned body.

Brit Brit told OK! Magazine (what is it with the Spears sisters and that magazine?), “I’m the healthiest I’ve been all my life.”

Sure, her life’s only been 26 years long but we all know the lady’s lived a lot during that time. She went on to articulate that her goal is to “get cut,” which will be…ummm, awesome to see, I guess. Especially if she isn’t stumbling or swaying the next time we get to see her flex those abs on stage (I believe in you, girl…really, I do).

The pop star reports that she’s eating 1,200 calories a day of salmon, rice and avocados, all foods that we all know have healthy fat and other nutritional goodness that we all need and help us chase kids, award show performances and our dads down for a weekly allowance out of our own paychecks (oh, was that too much?).

To be honest, I should tell you that I am not completely sugar-free at this point, although I spent about five months off of the junk last summer. It took a solid, challenging four weeks to kick the sugar out of my system and my cravings. I stopped wanting sugar because a few bites of my son’s birthday cake or a few sips of a creamy vanilla bean shake made me feel sick and regretful. I wasn’t as extreme as Britney — she’s not even eating fruit — but I did feel and look much better after months of detoxing my system from all that white (and even raw and brown and syrupy) stuff. Since then, my sugar intake is a fraction of what it used to be, which only confirms for me that we all eat much more of it than we even realize. And while I decide whether I’m ready to return to a sugar-free lifestyle again, I will certainly be looking to our favorite hot mess as my nutritional mentor.

OK, I won’t be doing that at all. But I also won’t be smoking around my child or (did I already mention this?) pairing up with Justin Timberlake. Our commonality may be based solely on a once-sugar-free me and a currently-PRed Brit, and I’m good with the buck stopping there.

What do you think of Britney’s new meal plan? Is she really getting healthy or is this a great way to divert our attention from her unhealthy past?

Does this (or any other celeb diet plan) inspire you go sugar-free (hey, you never know when YOU might run into JT)?

Are you happy or not

I think happiness is one of the highest goals to set your sights on. There’s a reason America was founded on life, liberty and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. : D

As far as my own happiness, I am a very happy person. Based on this article alone, I should be. My stress levels are low, and my relationships flourish. I watch some TV, but not very much. Maybe 2 hours a night depending on how long it takes me to fall asleep. I have irregular insomnia, so lack of sleep gets to me sometimes, but I’m working on it. As far a seeking pleasure, eh, I have a few healthy things I enjoy doing for pleasure (and one or two unhealthy things) but my heart does not maintain a spirit of want. I gave up a prestigious position and 10K a year to pick the job that made me happy. I’m still here and it’s worth every penny.

I think majorly maintaining a spirit of humility, practicality and realism is a very important part of achieving happiness. You can only be happy when you have satisfaction. You can be satisfied without all the “needs” and wants. Jessica, based on that opinion I think your mom may be happy feeling the way she does about happiness. ; ) Maybe not worrying about being happy is all it takes for her to feel satisfied in her life, and thus, happy.

There are so many ways to pursue and produce happiness, it’s impossible to list them all.

8 ways to “give back” this holiday season

Everywhere we turn, it seems, we hear news of the economy and the impact it’s having on every American life. At this time of year with Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season right around the corner, it may be hard to find ways to celebrate the season without breaking the bank.

Here are 8 simple ideas for giving back this holiday season. Most are no-cost, some little-cost, suggestions for helping others. And we all know one of the best ways to help yourself feel better is to help someone else.

1) Donate your old cell phone to victims of domestic violence at ncadv.org.
2) Forgive someone.
3) Tutor a budding writer at 826national.org.
4) Instead of giving the party hostess a bottle of wine, donate to a local charity in her name.
5) Save energy by shutting off your computer at day’s end.
6) Help fund supplies and field trips to underfunded public schools at donorschoose.org.
7) When you hear a siren, say a little prayer for the person(s) in need.
8) Use recyclable bags to grocery shop.

Give these a try and tell us about it in the comments. Or, share your ideas for meaningful, low cost, ways to “give back”.

Want more ideas?

What Are Masturbation Maladies For You

Masturbation has been an area of social concern and censure throughout history. Religion teaches that procreation is the only legitimate purpose of sexual behavior. This is the moral of the story in the bible story about Onan, who was punished for “spilling his seed” on the ground rather than impregnating his brother’s wife.

In 1760 Samuel-August Tissot wrote about the damaging effects of “self-abuse.” He thought semen was an essential oil and stimulus that when lost in great amounts would cause insanity. His writings influenced the medical attitudes in Europe and North America for generations.

In the 1800’s the regimen prescribed to decrease the desire for single-sex included abstinence, simple foods, and exercise. Diets rich in meat were thought to cause lasciviousness. Reverend Sylvester Graham promoted the use of whole grain flours and created the graham cracker to limit masturbation. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., carried his work even further and created the cornflake to discourage the wantonness that led to masturbation.

Other means of controlling masturbation included the use of chastity belts made from leather and metal. Young girls were often prohibited from horseback riding and bike riding because the sensations mimicked masturbation.

Individuals whose religion teach that masturbation is sinful usually feel an overwhelming sense of guilt. But, masturbation has no physical disadvantages. The only concern is that men who masturbate rapidly have a high correlation to premature ejaculation.

Decades of cautionary tales and religious damnation cannot be undone easily. But, masturbation is normal and healthy and should be viewed as an option for sexual expression. For more information on the positive aspects of masturbation please read Masturbation Merriment.

Question on strengthening VMO by exercises

I’m looking for some exercises that can strengthen my VMO, and I’m hoping you can help me out. I already lift weights,vertical jump training, and it was actually during squats that I noticed I was heavily favoring my left side.

I went to the physical therapist, and had some things assigned…I’ve been doing them, and reduced the *GRIND-CRACKLE-POP* to just a *GRIND-CRACKLE*, but I still can’t bend my leg without pain (or without wrapping it, which I do so I can play ball). Its been over a month, and I’m really not seeing the kind of improvement I’m used to seeing with working out for a month. Am I not seeing the gains because of limited range of motion? Is it really going to take a long time to get the VMO strong again? Can you recommend something a little more strenuous than “side leg lifts” (for lack of a better description) or simple contraction?

Sometimes vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) rehabilitation can be confusing because there is so much debate on what does or does not isolate the muscle. The VMO is a medial stabilizer of the patella, so therefore it competes with the much larger vastus lateralis and IT band, which are lateral stabilizers of the patella. The patella links the lower limb with the upper limb, so dysfunction may be caused from either direction. Over pronation of the foot (flat feet) may cause the knee to internally rotate. Anterior tilting of the pelvis causes the femur bone to rotate inward also, causing the same problem. Both situations cause overload to the gluteus medius and VMO. These muscles become overworked and eventually hyper contract and basically shut down. The IT band and vastus lateralis will then pull the patella laterally, altering the movement of the patella in the groove in the knee called the trochlea. With this in mind, the major goal in rehabilitating the knee should not only focus on the VMO, but the glute medius and proper muscle balance in the hip and foot as well. Sometimes orthotics can help tremendously, but remember that this will not correct the muscle imbalances. Check out my muscle imbalance article serious in the archive section. Correcting muscle imbalances will be the first step to improve your situation. Quick fixes will not keep you healthy in the long run.

Some Information About Nursing Schools And Their Programs

Caring for people as a profession is not given much serious thought to by our society. Nevertheless there a few special people like physicians, surgeons and nurses who dedicate themselves and their lives to the care and health of others. Becoming a accredited nurse is fairly easy for someone who is serious about it and plenty of information can be obtained from a number of sources about nursing schools, the certificates and the degrees that they offer.

In the first place you have to come to a decision as to what kind of nurse you intend to be before beginning your search for an apt nursing school. There are many choices: a nursing mid-wife, a forensic nurse, a psychiatric nurse or a legal consultant nurse at the basic level. There are also options for going in for higher studies and get even a doctoral degree in nursing. There is an abundance of schools, colleges and universities that offer the kind of education that you wish to acquire, both campus based and online. If you do not have sufficient financial resources to fund your education there are a number of scholarships, work-study programs, grants an loans to help you out. Once you have qualified yourself, the Internet will provide you with all the information you need abut getting a job.

Once you have completed your nursing education, the job opportunities are many and you can even opt to go abroad for a job. If you have the travel bug biting you, then a nursing career is an apt one because there is a shortage of nurses, not only in this country but in q large number of countries in the world. There are a lot of agencies where you can register and apply for jobs abroad. Working abroad not only broadens your knowledge of the different cultures of the world but also the different health care systems that is practiced and country specific diseases.

Most educational institutions offering nursing as a part of their curriculum, offer different levels of accreditation from entry level courses to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. You have the choice of going from Licensed Vocational Nurse to a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science; from a Licensed Practical Nurse to an Associate in Nursing Science or a Registered Nurse to a Master’s degree in Nursing Science. There are also other programs like Certified Nursing Attendant etc. at the entry level. These qualifications can be earned not only by attending regular campus schools, colleges or universities but also online. These online schools provide you with all the material needed for studying at home and also provide practical nursing training in affiliated hospitals.

So, if nursing is your passion and you also have an urge for traveling, get started and become a nurse and give your all to the care of the sick and the elderly and probably satisfy your urge to travel also.

We’re Still Here

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything but that’s mainly to do with our enchantment by Matt Smith’s portrayl of the Doctor.

Yes, you heard us right.

We love Matt Smith as the Doctor. He’s the best Doctor since Tom Baker. Really, we’re honest.

Of course that’s not to say we don’t think that Doctor Who has a lot of work to do to get to the standard that we’re hoping for, oh no.

Matt Smith may be a phenomenon and we’re going to tell you exactly why, sadly we’re going to tell you exactly why we think the show is still dreadful.

Stay tuned for that, it’s coming soon. We promise.

Some comments here:

As one of the most devout haters of Russell T Davies and his era of a “mockney”, wishy washy doctor, man-whoring his way through the universe, can i say that i whole heartedly agree. Personally, Matt Smith has come into a tie with Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton as my favourite doctor. im just dumbstruck, I’m having fun again. What’s going on? Love the Tardis, Doctor, Assistant (especially as she has no family baggage to weigh down the series in transient motherly issues), EVEN the new Daleks (YES I DO!). While, i agree that there is still much to work on, i will say this: LONG MAY NO 11 REIGN!

Well, we’ve two episodes left.

Remember how I said I hated the new theme tune? It grows on you, it really does. I don’t mind it so much, although it does still feel as if it’s missing a note at the beginning of the OO-EE-OO (more of a WEE-OO now, really). But I digress.

Most of the episodes have been half-decent ones. The only one I can say I haven’t liked at all was Vincent and the Doctor, an episode dedicated to the manual gratification of a dead artist. Pardon my French.

I loved the Dream Lord. There lied a darker side to the Doctor we haven’t seen in a long, long time. It sort of reminded me of the Valeyard, which was cool. And I couldn’t help but grin when I recognised a few hints towards the “classic” series that New-Who fans just don’t appreciate.

The “best of humanity” stuff was a bit of a throwback to Tennant’s constant “Humans”. And they could have come up with a better excuse for the Doctor to stop the buxom fish from space than, you didn’t remember Isabella’s name. Remember when we used to save different planets? No, neither can I.

I was also disappointed with the end of Flesh and Stone, where we see the Weeping Angels move. That was a very cool way to break the fourth wall, and you’ve gone and ruined it now. Also, the Angels are supposed to be fast (faster than you can believe). Why are they moving so slowly? Ah well. There’s continuity for you.

Um, Skittles brand Daleks, too-clever-by-fifteen-sixteenths assistants, and giant flying eyeballs. It’s not the Doctor Who I remember from days gone by, but it’s still pretty great.

You know the feeling when you’ve been eating chicken breast for the past few months, and then you go out and eat what seems to be the best roast ever, but only because you’ve forgotten what good roast tastes like? That’s the feeling I’ve got.

But, I’ve learned two new things through this season of Doctor Who. First, we hit bottom already, and we’re slowing learning to walk again. Second bowties are cool.

So why do I get such a bad feeling about the resolution to the series?

An Overview of Jump Higher Programs

There is a plethora of jump higher programs on internet. You will see improvement with most of them, but some are significantly better than others. This page will focus on reviews for the most popular jump higher programs out there.

There is an old quote that goes something like, “If you’re going to do something, do it right or not at all.” This is a perfect example. When looking at all of the jump higher programs, you want to find the one that will be the most beneficial to you.

This page will rate the top five jump higher programs. So let’s start with the highest rated program first:

1. The Jump Manual

The only jump higher program that targets every facet of vertical explosion. Effectively training every aspect of vertical jump is the only way to maximize your vertical jump explosion. The Jump Manual is an “all in one” vertical jump training software that provides you everything you need in order to achieve your maximum vertical jump and quickness.

2. Double Your Vertical Leap – v3.0

The world’s top selling vertical jump enhancement system is back and it’s better than ever with version 3.0.

3. VertFreak101 Become A Freak V2

About the author: Adam qualified for the Olympic Trials in the event, but was unable to compete due to injury, but instead of mope, Adam turned his time to dunking basketballs, as basketball was always his first love. During this time Adam also began writing his “Become a Freak” Vertical Training Guide. Within 2 years Adam was considered one of the best dunkers in the world, performing in front of audiences in the 1000s, as well as becoming a YouTube sensation. He entered and won the 2009 Powerade Dunk Domination Contest which landed him his own Powerade commercial.

Adam’s list of accomplishments speaks for itself. If you want a good jump higher program, he has it.

4. Vertical Jump Training System – Vertical Explosion Training Program

My name is Kurt Howard and I have helped over 1,900 athletes finally start training their vertical jump the RIGHT WAY and getting the results they have so desperately wanted.

My vertical jump training system has been seen on such sites as ESPN.com, NBA.com, CBSSports.com, NYTimes.com and MensHealth.co.uk…just to name a few.

I do not mention all of this to brag, but instead to show you that my system for training and increasing vertical jump height is proven and effective. I have helped athletes all across the world from the US to Australia.

5. Vertical Jump Development Bible

The definitive how to manual on vertical jump improvement. Performance Coach Kelly Baggett shows you exactly how he increased his own vertical leap by 20 inches and how you can increase yours too. Over 20 scientifically ground programs.