sunsetA Brief History of Norfolk, Virginia

The history of Norfolk got its start with the arrival of one of the earliest Englishmen to settle in the area, a man named Adam Thoroughgood. He had risen to a position of prominence and it is generally believed that two counties, North Norfolk and South Norfolk, as well as the town of Norfolk, were named by Thoroughgood, the name being in honor of his birthplace in England.

The Founding of Norfolk

The town was founded by the British in 1682 when Virginia was still a British colony. The original name of Norfolk was ‘The Towne of Norfolk County.’  Norfolk is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning ‘northern people’ as opposed to Suffolk which means ‘southern people.’ There is also a Suffolk in Virginia, which of course was also settled by the British. Norfolk and the surrounding area, known as Hampton Roads was not only the first place in what is now Virginia to be settled by the British, but was the first place in America to be settled by the British as well. Prior to Norfolk’s founding, the immediate area was already being used by the British as a port, and warehouses were being built to store merchandise.

The town originally was 50 acres in size, but given its favorable and somewhat strategic location on Chesapeake Bay it grew steadily. At the time of the American Revolution, Norfolk had over 6,000 residents. Today the number is approaching 250,000.
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Paying A Visit to the City of Norfolk

The charming Chesapeake Bay waterfront City of Norfolk, located in the heart of coastal Virginia between Newport News and the popular Virginia Beach tourist area, is intersected by two primary interstate highways, I-264 and I-64. The center of the city is also within shouting distance of Interstate 664.

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The Largest Naval Station in the World

Norfolk is home to Naval Station Norfolk, which owns the title of being the world’s largest naval station, home to 75 naval vessels and 134 naval aircraft. Naval Station Norfolk is also home to one of the famed WW II battleships, the USS Wisconsin. Naval Station Norfolk acts as the logistics hub for naval operations in the Caribbean and in the European and Central Command theaters of operations. Nearby is Nauticus, Norfolk’s sailing center from where you can set sail on Chesapeake Bay or travel up the Elizabeth River.

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I often come across people, who want to take up hedgehogs as pets, but do not have enough information and are reluctant to take the risk without knowing all the ins and outs. There are many shops in Norfolk that sell hedgehogs and also have hedgehog cages, but not everyone is comfortable making the decision to buy a pet on the spot – especially when they do not have any information. I used to have a pet hedgehog for 3 years so I decided to share my knowledge in this article, to help those who need information.

Hedgehogs as pets are great animals because they are relatively low maintenance and if you take care of their basic needs – keep them well fed and in a clean environment – they stay healthy and are full of life. One of the best things about hedgehogs is that they are not noisy at all. They are very active and move around a lot, but they do not make noise so you won’t get any complaints from your neighbours – a problem people face when they get a dog or a cat. Hedgehogs as pets are also a great option if you suffer from allergies because they do not have dander. Hedgehogs are very cute animals and they are cuddly, but you have to be wary of the fact that they can be prickly so be careful when handling them, especially for the first few weeks.

When you get hedgehogs as pets, you need to know one important thing; the cage you get for it needs to be properly ventilated and cleaned at least once a week. There are many hedgehog cages that have wire-frames and a plastic or light steel pan. This ensures that the hedgehog gets plenty of space air and light and it helps keep him healthy. However, you have to make sure that you clean the cage at least once a week since hedgehogs don’t give off a smell like mice and guinea pigs, people often forget to clean the cage.

One other thing you need to keep in mind when shopping for hedgehog cages is that these little fellows like to explore and they need plenty of space to do it. So if possible, buy a larger cage so that he can roam about and exercise in the cage. Also, there should be proper place for his water and feeding bowl so that the hedgehog can easily find it and eat when hungry. Hedgehogs need a warm, comfortable environment, so when you buy a hedgehog, make sure that you have created a comfortable environment for it. They also need some time to get acclimatized to their new environment so don’t be alarmed if your hedgehog appears fussy or scared. Just remember that hedgehogs are really afraid of you so you need to be patient and handle them with all the care in the world. In a couple of days, your hedgehog will get used to his surroundings and you will have a great pet.

My mom has long been the pillar of strength in our family ever since I can remember. She has always been there for us through thick and thin, happiness and sadness, and almost anything in between. It is amazing to think that a small lady like herself managed to raise all five of us siblings, never complaining a bit through the years of hard work and toil, and never expecting anything in return. She is an excellent definition of what a mother is supposed to be and more.

But now that she is old, and the ravages of time had inflicted itself on her, it is already time for us, her children, to show her our thanks for all the countless times that she has slaved for us. Nothing is too much or too hard if it is for my mom, and I love my mom very much, that I would do anything under the sun for her.

She recently paid us a visit to spend the holidays with me and the family, and stayed with us for almost a month. It was happy times indeed as we get to spend many days with her company, reliving old times and also reveling in the new. We got to be updated on what she is up to nowadays and we were also kept up to speed on her various projects which kept changing according to her whims. It was nice to know that she is into crocheting and exercise, although vaguely related and on distant worlds from each other, but still we are happy that she is always keeping busy and finds all sorts of things to fill her time. Besides, these times she should spend on what she really wants as she truly deserves it.

The only thing we are worried about with regards to her well-being and her health, are her hips, which is under anterior hip precautions, because of a pre-existing condition brought about by an accident she suffered years ago. She was bumped on the side by a kid on a speeding bicycle on her way to the grocery. I have always felt guilty about her accident, because it was my cake the she was getting and it happened, of all the days, during my birthday. She had bumps and bruises all over because of her fall and had to be rushed to the hospital because of her inability to stand up on her own.

She was diagnosed with a partially torn Iliolumbar Ligament and had to be placed on hip supports for almost two months because of it. And although she is fully healed now, she still sometimes complains about hip flexor pain and rigidity on the area specially when the weather is cold, and has supplemental pain medicines for it.

Anyways, let’s leave all the worrying for later as I am about to call her again to see what she has been up to lately. She probably had given up on crocheting as she really doesn’t like detailed things, and she particularly said that it bores her to sleep doing it. Maybe I’ll invite her again to visit sometime soon, hopefully not only for a month or a year, but for good. How I wish she’d agree.

It is general knowledge that pimples usually only occur during adolescence and the teen years, and naturally taper off after that and is almost non-existent during old age. The reason behind that is that during those particular times, raging hormones and abrupt bodily changes are very prevalent, which of course are also the driving forces for these pimples and other teenage things to come out in the open and broadcast to the world that yes, I am already coming of age and stuff. That is why I am currently in a quandary, that at my age, a recent bout of pimples on my back seems to have manifested itself contrary to its purported scheduling, which according to my estimate, should have already passed decades ago.

The supposed pimples on my back are of the guerilla variety, wherein they are not really out in the open and instead they are pimples under the skin. They just stay there like painful bumps beneath the skin and they do really hurt, that even the slightest touch of anything, even my dress, would drive me a little bit crazy. Maybe it is better with the pain, as it may mean the early ripening of the bugger, and just maybe it will rear its ugly head by then so I can treat them somehow.

It gets worse when I sleep, as I need to be particularly careful not to lie on them, eventually making me invent new sleeping positions never yet discovered by modern science. It also is very hard to treat them with their choice position near the area between my shoulder blades. I’m beginning to think that they are sentient life forms knowing where to safely place themselves to avoid treatment. But I also don’t want to just scratch in there randomly, as I am won’t to do in the past, as I have already learned my lesson with regards to popping pimples.

I used to always pop pimples when I was young as they were sort of very addicting to do. Once a pimple’s head surfaces, I never wasted time in popping it with varying results. Sometimes blood oozes out and sometimes icky yellow stuff, but still I kept doing it. It all stopped one time I popped a relatively mean looking pimple, it was kind of hard and I thought it was already ripe when it actually wasn’t. What resulted was a skin tear on my left cheek so grossly looking that I didn’t go out for three weeks because of it. I still carry that scar today and you can clearly see it on my profile pic. Anyway, I eventually learned how not to deal with them because of that episode and if a pimple were to appear after that, I generally just leave them alone for fear of the consequences.

I hope these new ones at my back will just go away on their own as I am at a loss on how to handle them. But I wish it would be sometime soon as it is very hard having them. A friend told me that hot compresses works wonders on them, maybe I’ll try that.

Guiding tours here in Norfolk for different people is not only a daytime job for me, it is a passion. Probably because I like what I do, not only because it pays me well, and although it does not hurt to be able to afford things, I am very much enjoying myself with the job.

Getting to meet different kinds of people with different backgrounds and different views of life makes my work very interesting to say the least. There are local people and also people from other states who are either here for work, or just enjoying their vacation. I sometimes also get to meet people from other countries, who are very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit this great country of ours, and I always make it a point to entertain them more thoroughly, for them to fully enjoy their visit here.

There are some genuinely interested people on every tour and you can very well see them from the pack, always asking questions and eager to see where we would go next. There are also the people who are just around passing the time, maybe they were just forced to join or some other reason they are here, feeling bored, I usually just let them be as I know they already have enough trouble on their hands. I am also lucky and thankful that I have not encountered trouble makers or hooligans on my tours, as I wouldn’t know exactly how I would handle them.

I have encountered many different things during each one of my tours, some pleasant and some not so, some so unexpected that you would not believe it ever happened, and also some things that touches the heart and makes you feel that what you do is appreciated. I remember during one tour a few years back, a young couple approached me asking if I know of any pregnancy announcement ideas they could use, this is where I got a couple of tips from www.betterpregnancies.com. I was kind of shocked about it, that of all people to ask, they asked me, their tour guide. After my initial reaction passed, we did manage to think one out and it involved a postcard-like picture of the couple with USS Kennedy as backdrop, with the caption “The three of us enjoying Norfolk”. I was happier than they were when they said they would eventually use it, and up to now we still keep in touch and have become good friends.

And then there was this baby who was suffering from newborn hiccups during the course of a tour last week. The mother was visibly agitated and was at a loss on what she is going to do with her baby, so during a brief break in the tour, I discreetly approached her and told her to put the baby on his back and gently pat between the baby’s shoulder blades and see if it relieves the hiccups. It is common knowledge for experienced mothers that hiccups is caused when the baby either swallowed too much air or is full from feeding, and that the way to relieve it, is by letting the baby burp, thereby releasing the excess air in the baby’s system. The baby slept peacefully after the procedure, and the mother got to enjoy the remainder of the tour.

I got so many more stories to tell with regards to things that happened during my tours, and all of them have become part of who I am today. I am very thankful for each and every one of them, and I know there will be many more of those to come. I truly love this job.

There is nothing much worse than an aching tooth, and nothing in this world would compare to the agony it brings to the one who is unlucky enough to have it. Unfortunately, I am that person, as my tooth has been aching badly since yesterday. I do not really remember how I got this thing, but it started after I ate hard candy yesterday.

Ever since I was a child and as far back as I can remember, I have been in love with candies. Eating candies are a passion of mine as I like the taste of anything sweet, and from all the candies I eat, I particularly am fond of hard candies, especially the big round ones that comes in different colors. In fact I have a drawer full of them at home and is my go-to place when my sweet tooth beckons.

I also inspected all of my teeth yesterday when it began to hurt, particularly on the area that I suspected is the cause of the pain. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary and they all seem to be relatively clean and free from cavities. That got me a little worried, as that would mean that the pain is coming from somewhere inside one of my teeth, which also can mean that it will be very hard to treat. Procedures for these kinds of problems, according to a close friend of mine, usually involves either the installation of fillings, root canals, and may even lead to tooth extractions.

I wanted to immediately go to a dentist yesterday when the pain began, but I have a little problem with it that made me eventually not go. You see I’m deathly afraid of dentists, their wicked whirring drills and their metallic syringes. I think it would take two full tour buses to drag me into a dentist clinic, and it was that way since I was young. I still remembered crying all the time when my mother had me put up with tooth fillings and stuff, but I really don’t know why I’m afraid of them. Maybe it is the thought of somebody sticking a scary looking metal syringe inside your mouth and you not seeing, but feeling, what they are doing. Maybe it was the time the doctor injected anesthesia right into the middle of my tooth that scarred me for life. Maybe it was something else, but I really, really don’t want myself anywhere near dentists.

Maybe what I am feeling is eventually gum pain and not tooth pain, and was most probably caused by me biting hard on the candy, which unfortunately resulted in my tooth being pushed hard against the gum that caused it. Maybe it will be gone on its own if I just ignored it. I can’t really think straight as my head is throbbing from the pain. It’s already on its second day now and even the Tylenol that I took for tooth pain relief never seems to have worked.

I know I really must go to a dentist if I ever wanted this pain to stop. So I need to choose between my pain and my fear, which is a very hard choice if you asked me, as it is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. If it continues to hurt until tonight, maybe tomorrow I will finally go visit a dentist and get this over with.

Being a tour guide is a very fulfilling job, but what I find hard with this job is all the walking and standing up that is always required of me. But I really have to stand up to be good in this job, as who would have liked a tour guide who is always sitting down on a chair and is just speaking to a microphone and such. Doing so makes you look impersonal and people might feel as if you do not like what you are doing, and is only obligated to do it.

I do cherish the talking part and the interaction with different kinds of people, but the stress of always being in the standing position really is getting the best of my body. This afternoon was no different and in fact it was much worse than usual. It was very hot and humid during the tour and the fluctuating air conditioners were of no help either, as they would sometimes stop working all of a sudden, necessitating another arduous stop over to fix it.

And on top of all that, I kind of felt a little pain on my side after one such stop over. I know it was some kind of liver pain as it was the only logical organ that was located where the pain is coming from, so I generalized that it really must be it that is causing the pain. I have felt this pain once before, I think it was last year that I consulted a doctor about it and was told that it was my fatty liver that is causing the pain.

According to the doctor, my condition was known as Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), which is a form of fatty liver disease that is attributed to excess alcohol consumption. Besides the excess alcohol consumption, it may also be caused by Hepatitis C, excess Iron, obesity, diet and hereditary implications. I know I am not alcoholic and also do not suffer from some of what the causes suggest, all I know is that I like to eat rich kinds of foods, particularly steaks and anything with butter in them, I think that was what the “diet” in the causes meant. The doctor then advised me to consult with a dietician with regards to the improvement of the way, and of what, I eat and that was that. I never felt the pain again, that is, up until now. It’s amazing how two greasy burgers with a large side of fries tend to relive the memories of sickness past.

Another thing I am experiencing more of lately is the pain on top of foot. It is generally localized on the base of the bone of my right big toe and I am thinking that it is a form of gout. It’s definitely not arthritis as I am too young for that, and I also think it has also something to do again with my diet. Gout, according to several publications that I have read, stems from excess uric acid in the body forming crystal like structures, which are then deposited into joints, particularly in the big toes of the foot, and that uric acid is developed in the body mainly from eating particularly rich foods. Geez, I really must change what I eat, as it is really beginning to affect my health.

Getting a tattoo nowadays is a very easy procedure. With the seeming proliferation of tattoo shops in every city and all places imaginable, one only has to search a little bit and he will eventually locate one that is suitable to whatever taste he has. Tattoos today are already becoming a common occurrence, very unlike in the past where tattoos are only the domain of gangs, criminals and other anti-social members of the populace, today it is booming industry with many followers and is swiftly becoming as main-stream as cotton candy and popcorn.

Our place here in Norfolk is no different as we have our fair share of tattoo parlors, and not quite a few of them. So if you are having that kind of itch, or just interested on knowing how tattoos are made, or just probably want to see one being made in action, then I recommend visiting one of these established tattoo parlors here in our locality of Norfolk. Who knows, you might eventually want one for yourself.

Blue Horseshoe Tattoo

8204 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA, (757) 282-1615

 

Blue Horseshoe is an honest to goodness tattoo parlor that offers top class work in a homely environment. This place is very inviting and makes you feel very relaxed with their accommodating staff, and also boast of a very uniquely peaceful ambience that makes you say ooh the first time you go there. They practice very strict sterilization methods in addition to several top of the line tattoo machines that always ensure professional works every time. Blue Horseshoe Tattoo has a very large selection of design images to choose from, be it chest tattoos for men or side tattoos for girls, name it and chances are high that they have it in store. Finally the fun part, Blue Horseshoe Tattoo also offers laser tattoo removal that guarantees complete erasure of past tattoos within their estimated treatment period or your money back, now that’s a great deal.

Fuzion INK Tattoo Studio

729 Granby St, Norfolk, VA, (757) 226-9840
Fuzion’s tattoo studio is often mistaken as that of a doctor’s office, because of its very clean and sterile environment. With calming wall palette, comfortable couches, modern art installations and soothing lights, Fuzion INK Tattoo Studio is kind of a laid back yet very professional tattoo parlor. Various kinds of tattoos are made at this shop, and typically priced at the low end of the spectrum, but make no mistake about it, tattoos done here are of very high quality. Whether it is tribal, iconic, animal, human, cartoon, words or phrases, scenic or any other kind, you can always expect skillfully made tattoos at this shop. Fuzion’s also offer body piercings, if ever that is your cup of tea.

 

Other notable tattoo parlors in and around Norfolk are Ocean Mystique’s Ink Gallery and also All Out Tattoos to name a few, all of which boasts some kind of uniqueness that separates it from other tattoo parlors, which is definitely fun, but also makes it hard to really determine which is the best tattoo parlor for you. Maybe you should just trust your instincts and go to the one you think is best. I have included two shops that had the most positive feedbacks from friends that already went there, but still the final decision is yours. Good luck on having your tattoo.

I was diagnosed with moderate Neutropenia when I returned from a trip to Italy a year ago with my husband and the wound I had sustained after a fall there had become swollen, red and irritable. I always had body aches but I never paid much attention to it as I attributed this to the fact that I was nearing my 50th birthday. Also, my job – a personal tour guide in Norfolk – could sometimes be very exhausting so I thought it was the reason behind my aches and pains. However, when the wound did not heal after a few days and continued to hurt, I decided to go to the doctor. He recommended a few tests and I found out that I had Neutropenia – a condition in which the number of white blood cells in your body is too low and it affects your immune system.

At first the diagnosis was troubling, but me and my husband decided to do some research and find out ways to minimize the effects of this disease. The neutropenic precautions we found were simple and very effective and helped me lead a normal life as far as possible and avoid infection. I have been following these for a year and since they improved my standard of living so much, I decided to share it with others. After looking it up from this site, here are the basics for anyone who needs to know about Neutropenic precautions.

First of all, stay away from raw or uncooked vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy products. Make sure that whatever you consume has been completely cooked otherwise you become an easy target for infections. Drink a lot of water and juices as hydration helps in removing toxins from your body. Secondly, your clothing can make a lot of difference. Try to keep yourself completely covered and change your clothes daily so that you can keep yourself safe from germs. Moreover, if you wear a face mask when you leave the house and are in or around places that have germs, you can diminish your chances of getting infected considerably.

Try not to share your room with anyone else, as they might carry germs with them which will not affect an average person but can make some with Neutropenia very sick. Also steer clear of anyone who has flu, cough or cold. Your chances of catching this disease are much higher than anybody else.

Make sure that your hands are always clean – dirty hands spread more diseases than anyone else. Make sure you know the proper protocol of washing your hands and do it as often as required. Using hand sanitizers is also a great way of making sure that you do not get infected with viruses. Taking daily showers and maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet can also decrease your chances of catching an infection. Taking all these neutropenic precautions has helped me stay healthy all this time and I hope this article will help anyone who reads it and follows the instructions.

A Shelter is a Great Place for Adopting a Dog

During my walkabout tours, I find that many people love their dogs.  On one tour, this gentleman, Bob, brought his dog, a husky pomeranian mix, along the entire trip.  He would carry his dog on the arms most of the time.  These dogs are so cute and lovable.  He works for a shelter and here is what I learned from having lunch with him a couple of weeks back.

There’s a true story about adopting a dog that says a lot about knowing if you’re choosing the right animal. A man who was interested in acquiring a dog for a pet visited a shelter. There were several dogs he liked, including one medium sized one that seemed a bit shy and appeared to be a bit on the old side, but was still a nice looking dog. He was about to look further when the shelter worker suggested he take the dog for a walk, as a sort of a ‘test drive’.

He took the dog for a 5-minute walk. Nothing out of the ordinary happened except as he turned to go back to the kennel the dog, who had been walking nicely at his side, moved closer and began to press slightly against his leg. The dog continued to press slightly against the man all the way back the kennel. It must have been the dog’s way of saying he would make a faithful and loyal companion. In any event the man took the dog home with him.

If you visit a shelter, which is a wonderful place to find a pet, a worker may suggest you take an animal you’re interested in for a walk, or you could always ask. Most dog lovers recommend that approach. It can be hard to judge an animals temperament if it has been in a cage for some time. Dogs that are locked away often become shy or frustrated. A few become aggressive, largely because they are afraid. A good first tip in adopting a dog is to take time to get to know the animal. A short walk can help to do this.

 

Adopting From a Shelter Often Results in a Win-Win Situation

A good tip, alluded to but not specifically mentioned up to this point, is to visit a shelter or rescue if you’re looking for a dog. While a shelter may be overloaded at times, those who work there aren’t usually in the habit of getting rid of an animal at any cost. They invariably want to find good homes for their animals, and it’s not unusual for them to turn down someone who they feel may not provide an animal such a home. Some of the dogs you will see in a shelter may be in cages, but they usually receive the best possible treatment in terms of food and shelter, and even exercise, plus most of them usually get a medical check-up, followed by treatment if necessary.

 

Looks Count, But Not Always for All That Much

Another tip – don’t go by looks alone when selecting your next pet. Looks are fine if you are looking for a specific breed, but aside from that it’s usually size, temperament, and energy that counts. The noted dog trainer Cesar Millan places a great deal of emphasis on selecting a pet whose energy level matches your own. Above all, you don’t want to take home an animal you can’t control, or one that makes taking for a walk a supreme challenge. Neither do you want an animal you have to carry home after the two of you have already walked a mile.

It’s not only about walks. All dogs need some exercise, but some need a lot of exercise and they need exercise just about every day. A medium or large dog that is full of energy isn’t suitable for apartment living unless you intend to go running or jogging every day. A medium to large fenced in yard will suffice for most pets.

 

Consider the Type of Category if It is Possible to do So

You can’t always tell what type of dog a mutt will be, but dogs fall into four general categories. There are working dogs, sporting dogs, non-sporting dogs, herding dogs, toy dogs, hounds, and terriers. The latter simply refused to be categorized since they prefer to do their own thing, which is chasing down rodents and vermin. Try to select a type that either fits in with your own lifestyle, or you’ll be comfortable with. Doing a little research on different types and breeds ahead of time can be a great help in making a good selection.

 

Don’t Let Sad Eyes Be the Deciding Factor

One final tip about adopting a dog from a shelter is to leave your emotions at home. One of the hardest things about bringing a dog home from a shelter can be that of leaving all of the other dogs behind. It’s natural to want to adopt more than one of them, or all of them. Stick to a single dog unless there happens to be a matching pair you know you have room for and can handle. If there are two dogs who have grown up together you may be doing them both a favor if you are able to take them both. What you don’t want to do is let you emotions take over and select a dog or dogs you feel most sorry for. It won’t necessarily be the best choice.

right bruised kneeHow To Heal A Bruise

Unexplained bruising can cause a lot of pain for many people that experience the condition. Since I am a senior personal tour guide, I know that bruising can occur.

Some people, especially if they have trouble walking, may fall or hit something. They might not even realize that they have done so. Since this can happen a lot, they may find that they have a bruise that they didn’t realize they received. When they are out on vacations, they may be in more of hurry to see as many things as they can, and they might inadvertently bump into something that they didn’t plan to. This can happen to people that are older or younger, and they need to make sure that they take their time when they are out and about.

When it does occur, many people become scared about what to do. They shouldn’t worry too much because they should make sure that they massage the affected area lightly. Once they do this, the blood will start to circulate throughout the area again. They should make sure that there is not immense pain when they do this. If there is, there may be a broken bone. If there is, they will need to get to the doctor’s office or an emergency room as soon as they can.

They can also put some soft lotion on the bruise as they are massaging it to make the skin smooth around the affected area. If they are worried about how it looks to others, they can put on some foundation to cover up the bruise.

If the bruise is on the legs, they should make sure that they stay elevated so they are above the heart. This will allow the blood to drain from the bruised area and will help it to heal faster.

A bruised area should also be treated gently without much activity. As it heals, a person will be able to move about as they normally do. When it is healing, they should try to take it easy so that it doesn’t become agitated.

Many people like to wrap a bruised area on their body to keep it warm. The warmth will help it to feel better. When they first bruise it, putting ice on it can help to keep the swelling down. They may also want to keep an ice pack on it for a couple of days until they see it fading.

breastfeedingWhen you are a young mother who has had her first child, there is a lot you need to learn and this process has to occur slowly over a period of time. Most mothers learn by experience but it is always nice to have someone who has done all this before and can give you useful tips on problems such as foods to avoid while breastfeeding and how to stop breastfeeding. There is no doubt about the fact that breastfeeding is the best option for anyone who wants to provide nutrition to her baby, but after 2 years of breastfeeding, you need to wean the baby. If you do not know how to stop breastfeeding, this can create quite a problem and the baby might refuse to take any other form of milk completely. The key is to make sure that you introduce a bottle and formula milk early on so that the baby is used to both breast milk and formula milk. The simplest thing to do is to simply start increasing the amount of formula or bottle milk and decrease breastfeeding gradually. If you stop breastfeeding your baby abruptly, it can make him irritable and cranky and he will refuse not only bottle milk but solid food as well. If you are not sure how to stop breastfeeding, you can always ask your friends or relatives who have done this before and will have more experience and know-how than you do. It is best to ask for help as trying to do everything on your own might not turn out to be advantageous.

 

Another thing a breastfeeding mother needs to know is what foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Many people say that you can eat whatever you want and it will not have any effects on your baby. This cannot be farther from the truth. What you eat will be transferred to your baby and will have its effects. For instance, if you eat gassy food, it will make your baby gassy and so on. So, among foods to avoid while breastfeeding, anything that causes gas and bloating is at the top of the list. Similarly, breastfeeding mothers should avoid food that gets them constipated as the baby will also get constipated in turn. Try to eat food items that make you feel good and relaxed as the same vibe will be carried to your baby. There is no list where you can find out about foods to avoid while breastfeeding, so you have to carefully examine how you react to different food items and then create your own list to make sure that you and the baby do not have any problems adapting to the food you eat.

 

The important thing to remember, as I keep telling my friends, is that breastfeeding and anything else related to motherhood is a continuous learning process. You should not feel guilty about anything and if you find something too difficult, always ask for help. You do not have to take everybody’s suggestions and act on them – but you can get all the advice you want and act on the tips that sound good to you.

 

boxes of stuffI found myself covered in a thick cake of dust and sweating profusely, digging into a cornucopia of paper, stacked boxes, and thingamajigs. I was dog tired. That was my predicament last week, when I was rummaging through stacks of magazines and newspapers in our storage room, boxes upon boxes of them. There was a recent drive by the leaders in the community for cleaner living amongst us villagers. It was discussed and suggested in the meeting, that it will be good for us, if we are to follow the guidelines for recycling. So with the greater aim of helping save the environment, there I was, ever the good citizen, looking for items that will go towards recycling. It took me a whole afternoon of drudgery doing the thing, but I finished with a smile on my face.

You see, I found a box of my grandchildren’s stuff, buried among the boxes of paper and other items in the room. It was new compared to the other stuffs there, as it was just last year that it was used, during the time they paid us a visit to spend their vacation. Toys, puzzles, crayons, books, paper airplanes that we made and other kiddy things, but the ones that I took a long time looking on was the coloring pages. Sloppily done with colors past their borders, a grinning red colored sun, the purple rain that soaked a running pink dog, everything was off, but all were done with love.

We printed them one afternoon as they caught me fiddling with my computer. It was a lazy afternoon and there was nothing better to do, so I gave in to their whims. My Little Pony coloring pages were the favorite of my youngest grandchild, she liked horses, and dinosaurs were for the boy a year ahead of her. I couldn’t stop but remember how they liked to color them, even forgetting their afternoon cartoons for a chance to color something, even a table or a wall, come to think of it. And especially when each one of them would say, “i love you gramps”, as I give them a fresh batch of printed coloring pages.

After finishing the work I’ve started, and eventually cleaning the area and myself, I went to the internet hoping to catch if any of my grandchildren were online. I’m going to tell them what I found in the basement and basically just to catch a glimpse or even hear them a little. But sadly, after an hour of waiting, no grandchildren were sight. Maybe they are out playing or are in school. I’ll just try again later or tomorrow after I deliver these stuffs to the recycling center.  In the meanwhile, maybe I’m just going to print some of these new pages that I saw like the “Disney’s Frozen” coloring pages, I think they’re going to love them. So that next time they come and visit, I’ll be prepared.  How I miss those adorable kids. And how I wish they would come and visit again soon.

A few months ago, one of my neighbors visited me, looking visibly upset. When I asked Leslie what the problem was she told me she had just come back from a visit to her doctor. Lately, she had been experiencing some breathing problems and was hoping they would go away on their own. After months of facing the same problem, she finally caved in and booked an appointment with her doctor. The news he had given her today was worrying – she had fluid in lungs which was making it difficult for her breathe. There are many diseases which are associated with fluid in lungs and can be benign or life threatening such as cancer. The doctor had ordered some tests which would tell what had caused the fluid to accumulate in the lungs and then they would chalk out a treatment plan. After she left, I thought or researching fluid in lungs on the internet and found out some very useful information. Fluid is always present in a sac-like cavity between the outer side of the lungs and the rib cage which allows the lungs to move easily when a person breathes. However, certain diseases cause more fluid to accumulate in the lungs and thus cause problems. These include: Pneumonia, liver disease, congestive heart failure, Pulmonary Embolism and inflammation of lungs. All these factors can be responsible for fluid in lungs and the condition can prove fatal if not cured early on.

 

Some of the common symptoms of fluid in lungs include chest pain, cough, fever and problematic and heavy breathing. Since all these symptoms are relatively mild and common with many other diseases, people often do not take them seriously and let the disease fester unchecked. If you value your health, you should never avoid going for a medical check-up and even schedule one every year to make sure you are healthy and fit.

 

When Leslie came back from the doctor she was somewhat relieved to find out that it was inflammation from Pneumonia. However, her dilemma was that she had to take antihistamines but she did not want to take medication. Luckily I was able to provide a solution – my father hated taking medicine so he knew almost all alternative natural products which could be taken instead of medicines. I called him up and he told me there were three top food items which contained natural antihistamine and can be consumed easily. The first one is Vitamin C which contains high amounts of natural antihistamine that cure allergies. Vitamin C is naturally found in citrus fruits, but you can also use a supplement. Food items such as citrus fruits, parsley, broccoli, apples, onions, tomatoes and garlic contain Flavonoids which have natural antihistamine. Lastly, fish contains high amounts of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, so if you need a dose of natural antihistamine in your body, you can consume a fatty fish like salmon or tuna at least 3 times a week.
Leslie is following a diet that contains all three sources of natural antihistamines and the results that she has achieved so far are amazing.