the week of living dangerously

Top 10 Horrible Accidents to Avoid

“When it’s your time, it’s your time.” NOT. Most accidents, including freak, are avoidable. Here’s a compilation from by a mower. Every year in the U.S., about 95 people die by mower when it flips over on a hill and crushes the driver. Don’t mow sideways on a slope; mow up and down....more

The Fragility of Life -April 17

I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.My daughter almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood  in a matter of seconds after an emergency C-section.Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people, descended on her in the recovery room, whipped off all sheets and even her nightgown which upset her husband. He had to be dragged out and told why she was treated like a piece of meat, naked with doors left wide open to the public corridor....more

Scary Emergency Situations: Getting to a Hospital on Time

Holidays always mean lots of traveling to visit friends and family. Most of the time everything goes well and nobody gets hurt. But sometimes it does. You could develop a mysterious rash after eating a seemingly delicious shrimp. Or, God forbid, end up in an accident. All of us have our own scary holiday stories. Luckily, we are usually in a place where we can easily access high quality healthcare, nearby....more

10+ Ways to Prepare for Bad Weather

  Power outages can be unexpected and very annoying. Here are some ways to prep ahead of time. Some are common sense, but good to keep in mind....more
Oh my goodness. We are so grateful to be living in sunny Los Angeles right now!more

An Attitude Adjustment at the ER

I cannot be the only one....who has realized that spending the early morning (into the afternoon, late, late into the afternoon) in the emergency room can bring forth some realizations.  Thankfully this visit was at my expense, not my five year old son's, but when that ER doctor starts listing the multitude of test you will undergo while you are their patient, one really starts to second guess that decision to head into the Hospital parking lot. ...more

The Emergency NYE Banana

Hubby sometimes gets really bad migraines (especially when he eats gluten, which has been difficult to avoid during this trip, but we're working at it). He got one yesterday evening, which was New Year's Eve. To get some quiet from us, he left our hotel room and went downstairs to a Starbucks to drink lots of coffee, which seems to help. That left me and the Little Man alone to figure out dinner....more

Every Parent's Worst Nightmare - part 2

It is a week exactly from when this all happened. It is also 8 days after I last saw Isla’s pediatrician. We had a well check today to make sure that she is thriving and putting on weight. She is not yet back up to birth weight, but she did put on 8 ounces in 8 days – 1 ounce per day is what doctor’s are looking for. She should be back at birth weight by early next week, 3 weeks after birth…not bad at all for a wee peanut....more

Disaster Plans for Grandparents  Disaster Plans for Grandparents...more

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Editor's note: It looks like the so-called "Frankenstorm" -- aka Hurricane Sandy will make landfall on the East Coast, possibly early next week. Are you prepared? Take today to stay safe, with these guidelines Karen shared with BlogHer last year, and tell us how you're doing in the comments. -- Julie...more
We're getting there. Gathering supplies today, as we have a busy weekend, and just watching the ...more