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2 Months without cigs

Two months have passed since a ciggy touched my lips. I must have been ready to quit smoking this time. Cutting down to 1 or 2 a day the month before certainly helped to break the ‘I must light up at every trigger’ pattern. I feel liberated, cigs were like a demanding lover who sulked when not given attention. A ... Read More »

Symptoms and treatment of Gastritis

Last week I felt decidedly short-changed, almost a month after quitting smoking.  Instead of being the picture of radiant health I was more ill than I ever remember being.  It started with a tummy pain between my navel and breast bone.  I thought that I would get better, but I didn’t.  Our 10th wedding anniversary was far from romantic.  I ... Read More »

Real Kids Sunglasses from OV Optics – Not too cool for school

I’ll be honest, I have never given much thought to protecting my children’s eyes from UV light.  We have bought sunglasses for them, because glare can be a bit uncomfortable on the beach or hiking, and they look cute.  Last Saturday at the SA Mom Blogs meet-up, a highlight was the presentation by Tanya (an optometrist) and Zule (a photographer) ... Read More »

Perimenopause and Pregnancy can have unnerving similarities

This post is specifically for women in the situation which I have been in recently.  I spent so much time googling, trying to figure out what my body was up to, so if you have been led here by a search engine, I hope to be of help.  The past 3 months have been pretty stressful.  Four months later I ... Read More »

Hypochondria in a 7 year old

Just over two weeks ago, Fjord was part of a conversation about ruptured appendix.  He heard that a person had his appendix removed because it ruptured.  Over night he became a severe hypochondriac.  Every day he talked about appendixes exploding and poison going into his body.  He imagined tummy pains and was convinced that this had happened to him, more ... Read More »

Tea Tree oil fixed my sore throat

For the last few days I had a really nasty sore throat, it started with a swollen gland and progressed to real pain.  I asked Cliff to look at my throat with a torch and he said that it looked like my tonsils were swollen and inflamed.  I don’t go to doctors unless I feel that something serious is on ... Read More »

Mothering fail, I fed my children toxic rotten ham

This post is written for anyone who is searching the web in a panic about the results of consuming rotten, turned cold meat such as ham.  After my children ate putrid ham I was told that symptoms would display within 6 – 8 hours, fortunately my children survived my flawed parenting unscathed.  Incidentally the meat was used before the sell ... Read More »

Signs of concussion

I really should know not to leap out of bed, I sometimes have low blood pressure and have fainted before.  Last time I keeled over backwards and cut my head open on the tiled floor resulting in 24 hours in hospital for observation.  Yesterday morning I did it again, I jumped out of bed too fast at 6 am, passed ... Read More »