Is There a Doctor in the House?

My little Pumpkin gets sick.  A lot.  I am reassured (?) by my doctor that this is because of all the lovely germs she is exposed to at her child care centre, and not because of defective care on my part, or some obscure, rare, genetic or chronic condition.It doesn’t help much, though.  He told me that, where most infants and toddlers can expect to get one infection every six weeks, childcare babies are more likely to get one in every two weeks.  And Pumpkin is certainly living up to standard....more

Kawasaki Disease : no, its not from riding motorcycles

 So a couple of weeks ago, my 20 month old son came down with a fever.  He was irritable and not easily consoled.  We were thinking a cold, or maybe even that dreaded flu that was just hitting California.  But there were no other symptoms, no runny nose, no coughing, no congestion, nothing.  Just a fever and irritability.  The fever progressed, and got higher, and I was giving him motrin every 6 hours.  After 3 days I finally made a doctors appointment....more

Intimacy during Illness

I have a cold. Another one. When it comes to health, this year has been less than stellar. Mono, bronchitis, colds and flus have been constant companions. I am hoping 2013 is my lucky year because 2012 has certainly wreaked havoc on my system. However, I have learned that illness can increase my connection to my husband. In fact, it’s made our bond very tender…and here are three things that have made us closer....more

How to Be an Amazing Nursemaid

So, I'll come out and admit it, I am a crappy, crappy nurse. I'm just about as caring and sympathetic as a foot, though I try my darn hardest. Ask my husband. It's one of my (few, I'm sure...haha) weaknesses. You know, along with cooking, and cleaning, and parenting, well, anyway, let's just move on.I've been observing my intense failure for several sicknesses now, and I've compiled a list to help you avoid completely losing it when your loved ones are sick....more

#274 Present, Day 14 of 31

I have a cold so this will be a short post.  The first day sucks the most... then it generally gets better.**Views do not reflect any physician group, hospital, or any professional institutions or associations with which I am affiliated.  ...more

Vintage Wishes for T.W.

The only problem with BlogHer is one establishes friends all over the place. And, I do mean BlogHers live everywhere and anywhere. And, these close, warm, BlogHer friendships are based on more inter-personal communication than I've had with most people since my best friends in junior high. THAT close. It's true, the only problem I have with BlogHer is it's relatively hard to visit and socialize in person with everyone on your favorite list of Peeps....more
What a darling post and virtual vintage card.  Brilliant!  And I'm so glad TW is on the road to ...more

Suck it up, buttercup

I'm sick and all I want to do is curl up in my bed with the covers pulled over my head and drift off to sleep and not wake up until I feel like myself again. It all started a couple of days ago. I woke up on Saturday with a sore throat. I somehow trudged through the day and assumed, "Maybe it's just allergies and i'll feel better tomorrow". However, by Sunday morning my nose was completely stuffed up, my head was pounding like the worst hangover you can imagine, my body felt like it had gotten ran over by a truck, and I had an annoying whooshing sound circulating in my ears. ...more

What Am I Thinking

         Today I am starting a new life. I have diabetes, neuropathy, HBP, high colesterol and what seems like everything else under the sun. I had all but given up when I thought to I worth fighting don't get me wrong I did not come up with the answer right away. On one hand all I could think is I am tired of it all meds, exercising, monitoring food intake...all I was hearing was no no no you are doing it all boils down to I was tired of being tired....more
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Life at the HOUSE of JOES - or - When it Comes to In-laws, Sometimes Divorce is the Only Way Out - 16

It was our first night back at my cousin Cyril’s in Florence, and he and Nicoletta had gathered all the neighborhood characters at the house to celebrate our arrival. There was Nino and about five of this thirteen wolfhounds; Salvatore, who kept his herd of sheep on the property, and an elderly Romanian gypsy woman, Cignetta, whom everyone called Ziggy....more

Traveling with an Elderly or Disabled Loved One

As many schools across the country get ready for “summer break”, vacation plans begin to enter their final stages. While vacations are a period of fun and relaxation, they can be a source of stress and frustration for millions of adults. Those who have not prepared to navigate the challenges that accompany traveling with an elderly or disabled loved one may find the excursion to be a disaster. In order to give yourself the best chance at having a truly enjoyable vacation with your loved ones we recommend following these tips:...more