The Daily Quote: Sick

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Sick

by Shel Silverstein

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay,
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash, and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is—Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

Today is the first day back at my job after a five day Thanksgiving weekend. Today every one is “sick,” and I am the school Nurse. Granted, some of the children I am seeing are genuinely ill; hiding diarrhea accidents beneath jackets tied around their waists, or green-faced with nausea, or sweaty, pale, & coughing up buckets of mucus.

Mostly, though, everyone is “sick.” I like to call it “I-can’t-itis.” Sometimes it’s more aptly named, “I-have-a-report-due-today-itis,” or a severe case of “Monday.”

I see it every Monday, especially after a long weekend, & fondly recall this poem by Shel Silverstein. Here’s to hoping everyone’s better by Saturday.

Make it a great week. 🙂

The Daily Quote: Why Eating Insects Makes Sense

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I would do to feed my family should all of this shopping I’ve been doing all of my life – this store-to-table hunting & gathering & swiping of the debit card should all fall apart in an apocalyptic mess. Have you ever given thought to what you would do should a massive epidemic of disease destroy the meat industry as we know it?
” Bugs could be a solution for food shortages in the future. “
– Bill Broadbent, bugsfordinner.com
This past summer, I noticed the almost nuisance-level abundance of crickets in my yard & covering my house in the cool flower bed beneath my windows. For only a few seconds, I considered catching a few & frying them up with some cumin & garlic or chili oil just to be able to say I did it. I knew it would be harmless, as I don’t treat my lawn, & people in other countries commonly eat crickets.
That thought returned to me as I was online, searching for sources of nutrition that could help me lose weight & improve my overall nutrition & health. I have a rather sedentary job, & have had a lot of fatigue & pain due to other health conditions. All of the health shakes & meal replacement drinks that I’ve found in stores contain too much sugar and/or sodium. They cost too much. Then I’m left with plastic bottles to recycle, & to be honest – I don’t pay extra for recycling with my trash pickup.
So as I was researching online for foods with the most nutrition for my buck, I ended up looking at high-quality sources protein.
That led me to: vMealworms, including a very cool kickstarter campaign called LIVIN Farms Hive for a company that makes & sells countertop mealworm “hives.”
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Complete with recipes & online tutorials to help you make mealworms a real staple food in your household. I was fascinated. At the time this article was written, they had raised $89K of their $100K goal. There are videos of the hive, how it works, & even cooking videos. I think it looks pleasant & maintainable, & the recipes actually look delish!
My search for places to buy insect “grub” online (no pun intended), led me to a site called, Bugs for Dinner.
The information provided by this site makes an even more compelling argument as to why I should be eating insect protein. Here are a few statistics:
  • Crickets provide more protein & less fat than both beef & salmon (g/kg)
  • It only takes 1% of the water to raise & produce crickets as compared to raising cattle, etc. With water crises on the rise in places like California, we should be aware of the agricultural (specifically dairy farming) industry’s consumption of our water while people’s consumption becomes limited in times of shortage. See this article for more information.
  • Insects are high in protein, vitamins, & minerals & need no antibiotics or other drugs to raise.
  • It costs a fraction of a percentage to raise insects & you can do it – AT HOME – as compared to the expense of raising other animals for meat.
  • Crickets produce 1.5% of the methane produced by cattle & other livestock.

This site features a store, where you can buy sample packs of insect snacks such as bbq, honey mustard, or curry flavored crickets…& yes, they even come chocolate covered. There’s a fantastic information-packed blog, for those who want to learn more about folks who eat insects & why, statistics & nutritional data on sustainable insect protein, delicious recipes, & so much more. There’s even a place to inquire about becoming a bug farmer.

To say the least, I’m intrigued & willing to try adding some bugs to my diet. Here’s a great article on Smithsonian.com on 5 ways to get started.

Another great read: What happens to your body when you eat bugs.

The Daily Quote: The Monster that is Depression

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“I can sense it coming on, slowly. I can stand on my front porch & see what’s out ahead of the storm. I can watch the enormous, mile-high black clouds rolling in. There are days of near-darkness before the storm even reaches me”. – Anonymous

“It’s like watching yourself be swallowed by something, seeing its teeth & throat open up & watching yourself be eaten, from the bottom up, inch by inch by inch. I’m screaming inside for days, as I feel myself being swallowed by the monster that is Depression.” – Anonymous

“Slowly, over the course of a few days,  I become like a cardboard cutout of myself. My colors start to fade to beige-brown, & the shape becomes less & less human. This blank, flat, beige-brown piece of cardboard drags itself through my day, raking its edges ragged, soggy & dirty from dragging the ground. It is all that is left in my place. It doesn’t experience feelings. My emotions become jumbled & numb. My thoughts as well. I barely function for weeks, until finally, my normal form begins to return.” – Anonymous

There is a great article called, What Does Depression Feel Like? that accurately describes some of the real, non-clinical symptoms of people experiencing depression. Here is a list from the article:

  • Things just seem “off” or “wrong.”
  • You don’t feel hopeful or happy about anything in your life.
  • You’re crying a lot for no apparent reason, either at nothing, or something that normally would be insignificant.
  • You feel like you’re moving (and thinking) in slow motion.
  • Getting up in the morning requires a lot of effort.
  • Carrying on a normal conversation is a struggle. You can’t seem to express yourself.
  • You’re having trouble making simple decisions.
  • Your friends and family really irritate you.
  • You’re not sure if you still love your spouse/significant other.
  • Smiling feels stiff and awkward. It’s like your smiling muscles are frozen.
  • It seems like there’s a glass wall between you and the rest of the world.
  • You’re forgetful, and it’s very difficult to concentrate on anything.
  • You’re anxious and worried a lot.
  • Everything seems hopeless.
  • You feel like you can’t do anything right.
  • You have recurring thoughts of death and/or suicidal impulses. Suicide seems like a welcome relief.
  • You have a feeling of impending doom – you think something bad is going to happen, although you may not be sure what, and/or…
  • You have a very specific fear that torments you constantly.
  • In your perception of the world around you, it’s always cloudy. Even on sunny days, it seems cloudy and gray.
  • You feel as though you’re drowning or suffocating.
  • You’re agitated, jumpy and and anxious much of the time.
  • Your senses seem dulled; food tastes bland and uninteresting, music doesn’t seem to affect you, you don’t bother smelling flowers anymore.
  • Incessantly and uncontrollably into your mind comes the memory of every failure, every bad or uncomfortable experience, interview or date, like a torrent of negativity.

If you are living with Depression, you know that not all people have the same symptoms, but you can relate to one thing for sure; you don’t want to suffer at the mercy of a disease or be labeled & judged because of a diagnosis. You are who you are. Depression is not who you are; it affects your ability to be who you are. It affects your ability to cope with normal daily situations & responsibilities. It affects your ability to love & be loved.

Depression is both mental and physical. It can be caused by physical & emotional trauma. It can also be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Therapy and/or medication can help. Not all people suffering with Depression become suicidal. Some people experience chronic physical symptoms like fatigue, weakness, widespread pain, & headaches, as well as changes in mood & anxiety.

What is Depression?

What Causes Depression?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

 

 

The Daily Quote: Snort, Sniffle, Sneeze…No Antibiotics, Please!

It’s that time again – cold & flu season!

As a school nurse, I treat a variety of illnesses & injuries on a daily basis. My door has been a turnstile of ick, sick, & yuck lately. Seasonal allergies, indoor allergies, & cold & flu viruses are rearing their ugly heads…all at once!

My students (and teachers) are miserable. And to tell you the truth…so am I. Sneezing. Sniffling. Runny noses, sinus pressure & headaches, ear aches, coughing, mucus, wheezing, rumbly tummies, chills & fevers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea…the list goes on.

One important fact remains…

Any and/or ALL of these symptoms can be caused by viruses. Why is that so important?

Because antibiotics do NOT work on viruses.

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Examples of illnesses caused by viruses are:

  • Influenza (the flu)
  • Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
  • RSV
  • Croup
  • Chickenpox
  • Most rashes
  • Many coughs

Antibiotics do not kill viruses. Treating these illnesses with antibiotics is ineffective & leads to antibiotic resistance. Some viruses, like the flu, pneumonia, & chickenpox can be prevented by getting vaccines.

Some illnesses that do require antibiotic treatment include:

  • Strep throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Many ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sinus infections

How do we treat viruses, if we can’t kill them with antibiotics???

We treat the symptoms while the virus runs its course.

  • Rest – your body may need extra sleep and/or naps while it is fighting an infection.
  • Hydrate – drink plenty of fluids (non-sugary/non-caffeinated).
  • Treat fever, pain, and/or inflammation – Medications like Ibuprofen can treat all 3 of these symptoms. Read packaging & instructions carefully, as some over the counter medications contain more than one medicine.
  • Treat cough & mucus – a different cough medicine should be used for productive cough, to help clear mucus from the airways. A cool-mist humidifier will also help keep mucus thin & soothe irritated nasal passages & throat.

Click here for different types of cough medications & when to use what

  • Treat nausea/vomiting/diarrhea – Replenish electrolytes with Pedialyte or a similar electrolyte solution. Drink water & other clear liquids. Eat light until your stomach feels right. 
  • For the flu, your doctor may recommend you start taking Tamiflu as a treatment, to possibly lessen symptoms & shorten the course of the virus.
  • Non-medicinal treatments – There are a variety of ways to alleviate symptoms that involve no medication at all.
    • Warm compresses – for ear pain, stiff neck, head ache, & body aches
    • Warm soak – for body aches
    • Salt water gargle – for sore throat
    • Ginger root tea (honey optional) – for sore throat, cold, flu, & inflammation
    • Turmeric milk tea – calming, creamy, warm drink, thought to be effective in treating cold & flu symptoms. Turmeric & the flu.

 

Here’s a cute video released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) just for fun:

The Daily Quote: You’re not a body. You have a body. You are a soul.

You’re not a body. You have a body. You are a soul.
by : My Private Jannah
Just a reminder
  • Your nose is the right shape.
  • Your skin is the right shade.
  • Your lips, hands and feet are the right size.
  • Your height is perfect and so is your natural hair color/texture.
  • Your voice and laugh are just right.

Whatever you dislike about your physical self is actually in your mind.

  • Fashion didn’t create you.
  • Western standards of beauty didn’t create you.
  • Your culture’s idea of physical attractiveness didn’t create you.

Allah created you and He doesn’t make mistakes. Let that sink in for a moment.

Acknowledge your body as what it is:

a present from your Creator that allows your soul to journey from one realm to another.

Practice gratefulness by taking good care of this gift that was entrusted to you.

  • Be as kind and merciful to it you as would be with an honorable guest.
  • Respect it.
  • Love it.
  • Compliment it.

Feed it with the right amount of healthy food and be active to keep it fit, strong and energized.

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Moisturize your skin.
  • Take care of your teeth, hair and nails.
  • Exercise your brain.

You’re not a body. You have a body. You are a soul.

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Source: You’re not a body. You have a body. You are a soul. by : My Private Jannah