Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's Been Happening in Our Family

I thought I should probably do a blog post, because I have received some concerned emails & comments.

Abiola, thanks so much for your kind email. I read it at one of the worst times during my absence from my blog. I still have a ton of emails to read... see the picture? That's a screenshot of my phone.

I stopped blogging recently, because of a few reasons. I thought I'd give y'all an update about my crazy life.

What's been happening in our family?

1. Keyboard and Mouse

I spilled coffee on my keyboard... and mouse, while I was writing a guest post about Autism Wandering. I cleaned my keyboard, but had to replace my mouse. Took me a week just to get around to buying a new one.

2. My Grandma was in the Hospital

My grandma who is immobile, suffered from severe burns on her face, neck, shoulder, ears about a month ago. It was really bad, if she would have lived alone... she would have burned to death. Thankfully, my mom lives with her and was home at the time.

She had to have a skin graft done. She ended up in the ICU at the hospital for a while, because she has COPD and was having respiratory issues. She is currently in a nursing home for rehabilitation therapy.

3. I thought my Dad was going to die.

My dad has been battling a condition that affects his intestines, they had become infected and had a large abscess. This past Winter, he had surgery that removed part of his intestines... but he was supposed to have another surgery to remove more. Medical Insurance issues delayed his surgery.

He has been in severe pain since his last surgery and finally went to the emergency room. Turns out, they had to do the surgery as soon as possible. There are always risks associated with surgery, of course. After my dad's surgery, he was put into a sedated coma because they couldn't stabilize his breathing, he couldn't breath on his own. He started to have heart failure. He was under sedation for about a week. I thought my dad was going to die....

He is better now, in a nursing home for rehabilitation therapy. He is in a lot of pain, and his intestines aren't put back together. He has a colostomy bag that he will have for the next 6-12 months. At that time, he should go back to have his intestines put back together, basically. As of right now, he is refusing to go back.  

4. My mom totalled her car in an accident. 

This happened when my dad was in the hospital in a coma. My mom drives my sister to & from work each day. My sister's car has been sitting there unable to drive, because someone had drilled into her gas tank and slashed her tires.

I had to step in and help with getting my sister to & from work, and help with getting my mom the places she had to go. Thing is... I live in the West Side of our city, they all live on the East Side. My sister's work is about 30 minutes from my house... Anyways, my sister's car was fixed yesterday and my mom will be borrowing it.

5. Insulation. 

My house was recently insulated. Apparently, my whole first level of my home had NO insulation. So... that's why my house was always so cold and drafty in the Winter. I had to empty out my master closets. Insulating a house is a messy job, the insulators managed to coat my entire bedroom in insulation, as well as all throughout my house.

Now, I have been cleaning EVERYTHING. Insulation makes anyone itchy, because of the fiberglass in it. I'm allergic to insulation, so I've been a walking allergic reaction. Hives, swelling, etc. Just horrible. Thank God for Benadryl...

6. Marcus has been home, gone, home, gone...

In the mix of everything else horrible, Marcus was working out of town. He came home for about 2 days, then he'd leave again for work.

He's currently working in Alaska for a while. This is a photo he sent to me... So beautiful...

7. Fourth of July

Fourth of July came and went. Had a cook-out with a few people. Skipped fireworks downtown because I didn't think Cade would do well with all that commotion. Went to a friend's house for smaller fireworks.

Cade did okay through the whole 'firework thing' until the "Grand Finale". He covered his ears and hid behind a trashcan because it was too much. I'm really glad I didn't take the boys downtown...

8. Appointments, Appointments, Appointments...

In addition to the usual therapy appointments, I had a behavioral specialist and a psychologist come to my home. This was rather disappointing. This was their advice, "You are doing everything right. As far as public... we suggest not taking him out. We wouldn't take a child like Cade out in public."

WHAT? That's the worst advice I have ever been given in regards to my son. Thanks for nothing... To be honest, it was like they killed our HOPE.

Behaviorally, Cade has been regressing and becoming more aggressive. I assumed that there was another approach or tactic or SOMETHING... ANYTHING.... that I could change or do that would help him. For them to tell me that I was doing everything right should feel like a compliment, but it doesn't. It feels like a slap in the face that things aren't going to get better.

As far as them suggesting I not take Cade out in public, what is wrong with them? He is a HUMAN, and I will NOT keep my son confined to our home because society doesn't understand him. Everyone else can continue to judge us and make their rude remarks... I don't care, doesn't bother me....

9. Cade is allergic to Mosquitoes. 

Again, thank God for benadryl...

10. Cas outgrew his food allergies! He can now have milk and soy.

11. I finally painted my nails... 

It's been MONTHS since I painted them. Not the greatest paint job. Really horrible... lol Oh well...

That's what we've been up to.... A LOT. *sigh*

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Carer's Week is June 9-June 15 (Caregiver Appreciation)

Carer's Week is June 9-15, 2014. 

This week was created to show appreciation for caregivers. 

As you already know, that's what I am considered. A caregiver or carer. :) Carer's Week is in the UK, but I wanted to share it because Caregivers are worldwide.

Thing is, I'd be a caregiver with or without appreciation. I don't do it for me. Everything I've been through as a caregiver... I have never thought of myself, only him. He has told me so many times that I'd be better off without him, because of all he's fought to overcome. But, he has never been a burden. It is very to difficult to be a burden on someone who genuinely only wants the best for you.

So- Here's to the caregivers around the world... putting others before themselves! *Cheers*

More info about Carer's Week:

MS SOCIETY - UK launches Carer's Week


Do you ever show appreciation for those that help support you or your family? I'd love to hear about your 'Appreciation' ideas, even if it isn't 'Caregiver Appreciation'. Maybe it is teacher appreciation or Pastor Appreciation... Whatever the case may be, I'd love to see your ideas!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

How to Exercise Safely During Summer? 8 Tips you Must Follow

Exercising in summer can be a little tricky. It gets too stifling indoors and outdoors, the heat is almost unbearable. Too add to this, you also tend to feel exhausted soon and sometimes, you might experience spells of dizziness or extreme tiredness. How does one continue to workout without succumbing to heat exhaustion and other heat-related complications? Well, all you need to do is introduce a few changes in your workout routine. Here are a couple of tips that’ll help you stay safe when exercising in the scorching summer months.

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Dress right: 

When working out in summer, wearing the right attire becomes imperative. Wear minimal clothing so that sweat evaporates easily and your body cools down. Opt for light-coloured, light-weight, breathable fabrics. A cotton/polyester blend is ideal for this season.

Protect your skin: 

When exercising outdoors, protect your skin against harmful UV rays by slathering on generous amounts of sunscreen. Slip on your sunglasses and a hat or cap for extra protection. While selecting sunscreen, opt for an oil-free, water-proof one.

Stay hydrated: 

This is crucial to your physical well-being when exercising in summer. Your body looses a lot of water and so you need to frequently consume liquids to keep your body hydrated and maintain the salt-water balance. Consume water before, during and after workouts. While working out, take a drink after every 20 minutes. You could also opt for a sports drink with electrolytes. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

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Alter your timings: 

Avoid exercising outdoors when the sun is at its hottest best. Exercise early in the morning or later in the evening. Avoid exercising between 10 am and 3 pm as this is the hottest part of the day. If you cannot alter your timings, alter your workout place. You can hit the gym instead of heading outdoors, or you can choose a shady, tree-lined  place outdoors to workout. Exercising along the beach shore too is a good idea.

Acclimatize to the heat:

When you begin exercising in the summer months, take it easy. Don’t spend long hours exercising outdoors as your body hasn’t yet been accustomed to undergoing strenuous physical activity in the intense heat. Keep your durations short in the beginning and gradually increase the time limit as your body develops a tolerance to the heat and humidity.

Avoid extreme temperature changes:

Don’t subject your body to erratic temperature changes like entering an air-conditioned room immediately after exercising in the sun or taking a cold shower as soon as you finish working out. Allow your body to cool down a bit before you expose it to a temperature change.

Listen to your body:

Pay attention to the signs your body gives you when you’re exercising in the heat. If you feel dizzy, nauseous or faint, stop your workout immediately. During summer, you need to be more attentive to these symptoms as they might signal heat exhaustion, a heat stroke or other heat-related complications. If you experience these symptoms, pause your workout, head indoors and consume lots of water. Seek medical attention if the symptoms persist.

Don’t push yourself:

We all like to push ourselves to do more and achieve more. However, during the summer months, go easy on your body. Don’t overexert yourself or push your body to exercise harder as your body tends to tire sooner in summer. Instead on doing a single intensive set, split your exercises into smaller sets and increase the number of repetitions. Also, you can substitute intensive exercises with fun activities like swimming or cycling.

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For more tips on how to stay fit and healthy during summer, check out these two articles:
Well, that’s it from my end. Hope you found these tips useful and I hope they help you safely continue your fitness regimens even in the sultry summer months.

About the Author:

Hi guys! I’m Cherylann Mollan, an avid reader and an occasional blogger. I’m interested in a range of things, from fashion and skin care to the latest dishes, drinks and desserts. I love reading and watching movies too. My diverse interests and random experiments often leave me thoughts I wish to express and questions I wish to ask. What better way to give vent to your thoughts than writing! For more of my musings, check out my blog: Thinking Out Loud.
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