'Tis the Season To Be Sick

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the day, I’d been achin’ and chillin’ with no appetite.  I called up my hubby and asked him to please, bring home some Oscillo as fast as can be.  After taking as directed, third time the charm, Thanksgiving morning I was raring to go.

Now, I truly felt like the flu was upon me that day and I’m ever so thankful to have heard about Oscillococcinum while attending a vaccine workshop at Belly Sprout by Dr. Lauren Feder, a homeopathic M.D. Our Thanksgiving dinner may have turned into take-out otherwise. I took the Oscillo just as instructed, at the first sign of flu symptoms, and followed up with one dose every 6 hours. By the third dose (after a good night’s rest), I was in good shape and able to cook all day.  I was worried that it may taste funky but not at all. It was quite sweet actually. What I really like is that when my son turns 2 he will be able to take the same Oscillo dose. No need to purchase the children’s type. It works for the whole family which helps the pocketbook and storage space. I love how homeopathy helps my body do what it needs to do when I couple it with rest.

A week later, So Cal was bathed in heavy winds which seem to be the culprit of my family’s “sniffles” lately. God only knows what’s flying around in the air out there. I knew I was fighting something off when my throat came up sore. As this is the first line of defense, I took immediate action by gargling with full-strength Alkalol, a natural antiseptic and mucus solvent. I then got out my trusty Neti Pot and filled it with a mixture of equal parts Alkalol and lukewarm filtered (previously boiled) water, and flushed my nasal passages. My new drink of choice became tea with honey and I donned a scarf around my neck at all times. I broke out with the generic Emergen-C to help boost my immune system.  It is effervescent which I learned from a pharmacology seminar was the fastest way oral medication would reach your bloodstream; hence, why I like many homeopathic remedies as they are dissolved in the mouth under the tongue.

What's in your medicine cabinet?

When my throat would worsen (usually at night which is an indicator to rest), I would gargle with Alkalol again and eat a teaspoon of honey and let it coat my throat. My yoga instructor uses turmeric with raw honey but, I have yet to try this and I don’t know the measurements. I stay away from citrus as it dries the throat. Being a singer, you learn many hard lessons while singing and performing, so I’ve learned what works best for me. Tea shouldn’t be too hot either, you’re just trying to soothe it, not inflame it. The same goes for soup. Chicken soup is always a winner, but I changed it up this time with some albondigas (meatball soup) with an organic chicken stock base and lots of fresh veggies.

After a couple days of contending with my throat, the rest of this bug reared its head with sinus pressure, headache and cough. I continued with the above remedies and ran to Henry’s for some back-up. There, I found that Boiron, the makers of Oscillo, had a few other remedies in their arsenal, on sale to boot. I picked up some Chestal syrup for my cough (another product my son can take when he turns 2—KA-ching!) and Sinusalia for my sinus pain. Also in my shopping cart was Ricola sugar-free cherry drops to keep in my purse for cough attacks and ginger-peppermint tea for my sinuses.

If I had the luxury of an hour of alone time (remember I’m a mother of two children under the age of 2), I would steep a pot of this ginger-peppermint tea and run a hot bath with sea salts and essential oils. I tried this when I was single, and it really helped sweat out a sinus infection.  This time around, I would just have to settle for dressing warmly and lots of tea with honey. Oh, I almost forgot another key remedy in my bag of tricks, Save The Baby. It’s an old family favorite and hard to find. It’s like Vicks rub. We apply it at night to our chest, throat and upper lip. The vapors help soothe the cough, throat, and nasal passages.  During the day, I would take a whiff of some pungent aloe gel. This can be used similarly if Save The Baby is unavailable to you.

This might seem like a lot to you, but this is my drug-free way of letting my body work its magic and avoid the doctor’s office.

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

DISCLAIMER:  I received no compensation for any of the above products/entities mentioned. I am a consumer and the above statements were based purely on own my personal experiences and are no substitute for medical care. Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor and don’t let me dissuade you from seeking medical attention if and when necessary.

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Fa La La La La

Fell off the exercise ball at the gym today. I swear is just rolled right out from under me. There was a nice loud echo through the class as my rear hit the hardwood floor.  Loud enough for the instructor to stop the class and ask if I was alright. “Yes, fine”, I say as everyone stares at me. But it hurt and I’m sure I’ll be feeling it by the time I post this. Last month I tripped during a sprinting exercise and bruised my knee pretty good. I just kept going like nothing happened, trying not to draw more attention to myself. It’s tough being accident prone.

No pilgrims present at this Thanksgiving feast.

My child’s kindergarten class had a Thanksgiving feast at school. Out of three classes, none of the teachers decided to designate any pilgrims. And so the feast consisted only of Native Americans who I’m pretty sure weren’t all that thankful to the colonists after receiving small pox in return.  Just struck me as an odd (and horribly inaccurate) history lesson. They sure looked cute in their little headbands and vests, though.

So I was at a fast food place one day, watching the kids play in one of those indoor playgrounds that resemble a big hamster cage. While at first it seemed like a fun idea,  it annoyed me that the openings are so small that adults cannot go in and retrieve a child when it’s time to leave and you can’t actually see where the children are until they appear in one of the little bubble windows. Then I saw a toddler go in wearing nothing but a diaper and it occurred to me that if that diaper leaks in there or someone gets sick, no adult is going in to clean it. Like ever. And then I glimpsed a girl who seemed to be bleeding and crying but I couldn’t quite tell through the blurry plastic window. I informed the mom who was so engrossed in her cell phone conversation that she didn’t bother to check it out. Found out later that another child actually hit her and that is why she was bleeding. So now I have to be concerned about:

  1. extremely unsanitary conditions in there
  2. not being able to yank my boy out when it’s time to go
  3. bully’s preying on him

I think I’ll just stick to unenclosed outdoor structures from now on. That is a definitely a plus of living in SoCal. My child envies his cousins back east for their basements full of toys. He doesn’t realize it is a substitute for playing outside during the colder months and many rainy days. I remember well the hours my friends and I spent rollerskating in my parent’s basement. My brother and sister’s rock band practiced down there. Yes, a basement has its privileges, I guess. But I still prefer the sunshine.

I love the Christmas season but it seems to be getting longer every year. I do not want to see decorations two weeks before Thanksgiving and I certainly don’t want to look at Christmas trees at retail stores in October. Let’s give Halloween and Thanksgiving their due!

Rocky can’t decide what he wants for Christmas so he is going to tell Santa to surprise him. I said what if he brings you underwear? “No, Mom,” he argues. “Santa only brings toys.” I have no clue what the hottest toy for a 5 year old boy is but I guess I don’t have to spend any time hunting it down since it’s not on his radar. Whew!

Does anyone else do their shopping in the following matter? One for so and so and one for me. Oooh, I like that and I found a great deal on it – half off! One for a relative and another one for me equals the original price so that’s fair. Like buy one get one free. With so many items on the Christmas bill, no one will notice it is padded with stuff for me, right? After all, Hubby is a last minute shopper so he only gets what’s left …

Hop on over to the Unmom for more random thoughts today.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Now is the time of year for giving thanks, and we here at Gen X Moms Blog want to do that right now. We have so very much to be thankful for this year.

We have amazing husbands who support us 110%. We truly are all blessed to have such amazing partners in this journey we call life. Without each of you, we would be completely different, and worse, people. Thank you for being there for us.

We have amazing readers who follow us on our journeys through parenthood.  Even though we launched less than a year ago, this blog has exceeded our dreams, particularly in the friendships that have deepened, our awesome and amazing readers (yes, we know that’s redundant, but you guys are really incredible!), the enthusiasm and reception we’ve gotten for our little idea here, and how much fun it’s been to collaborate and share with you all. So thank you for reading and helping make Gen X Moms Blog an exciting place to be! 

You have always allowed us to be honest and to bare our souls to you.  Thank you for this, and thank you for allowing each of us to do that again now. Please feel free to comment with your own list of thanks. 

THE PHOTO ADDICT

I am thankful for my family. I feel so blessed to have a family where we all get along, enjoy each other’s company, and are all relatively close to be able to celebrate the important days together.

I am thankful for my parents. Not only did they do an amazing job raising me, they instilled values and taught me how important it is to work for what you have. They still teach me and help me on a daily basis.

I am thankful for my husband. He is my rock, my stability and my best friend.  Without him life would be very boring.

THE SCRIVENER

I am thankful for my family and friends. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive and loving group. I really do have the best husband in the universe. He’s such a great dad (sometimes a better parent than me!), and I can always count on him for anything. And of course, my beautiful Mouse, who just gets more fun every month.

I am also so thankful for a roof over our heads, food in our tummies, and joy in our hearts. It’s so easy to take those things for granted, but so important to remember to be thankful for them.

THE COMPOSER

I’m thankful to be living in a community which has diverse resources for women/mothers, like pregnancy awareness events celebrating the divinity in all of us, mommy & me playdates so the munchkins can befriend other children and moms can confide in each other, and bottle holders so my breasts can have a rest a couple times a day.

I’m thankful for my successful VBAC this summer with the help of my doula Romy and midwife Geeta.  I’m blessed to have a loving and supportive husband who walked with me down this alternative path.

I’m grateful that my son Puppet was a super trooper throughout the 4 days of labor and was born vigorous and sweet.

Lastly, I’m thankful that I found a good threader, so I can look like a lady and not a wildebeest.

THE LEGAL EAGLE

I am thankful for healthy children who are full of energy, vitality, and wonder. They keep me young and on my toes on a daily basis. Life with you two is never dull!

I am thankful for the opportunity to purchase our first home this year. It is an exciting adventure, and it is all ours!

I am thankful that my high school sweetheart hasn’t tired of me, yet. Yes, Dear Hubby, you truly are the best thing that has ever happened to me.

I am thankful for smart phones.  I can sync school calendars, appointments, and meetings, all right in the palm of my hand. I can also entertain my kiddos with music and videos when we’re stuck in a long line at the store. That is truly priceless!

THE LIBRARIAN

I am thankful for my family’s good health. As I get older, I realize how precious this can be.

I am thankful for my relatives, most of who manage to get along at least some of the time.

 I am thankful for friends who care (or pretend to care) about the trivial things in my life as well as the bigger picture things. Like the ones who click the “like” button whenever I post something new on Facebook so that I don’t feel lame that no one is reading it. Kelli, you rock!

 After hearing the Legal Eagle’s sob story about a plasma TV that died way before its time, I am thankful that my major appliances, my car, my TV, and my computer have not broken down (so far) this year.

Rocky says he is thankful for everyone who loves him. I second that.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!