Virus, virus go away!: Dealing with flu season naturally

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Posted on : 27-05-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Health & Beauty, Life's Musings

For five days, hubby had a flu. I got infected, too, because I stayed with him in our room. I knew it was so stup#d of me to stay with him but I was just darned too afraid to sleep alone (other room). My imagination – sometimes I don’t like it.

For the past 5 days, I let our two little girls sleep with their yaya. They’re still sleeping beside their yaya until now, much to my heart getting broken everyday.

It makes my heart break not to be with them at night in our bedroom. Our room, I guess, needs to be disinfected so since I’m still coughing (my hubby still coughs, too), it might need a few more days before the four of us will be reunited (in our bedroom).

The thing is, no matter how much we tried to protect our kids from getting the virus, they, too, got infected. The girls have runny noses, and my eldest daughter has a slight fever at 37.5, if it’s considered a slight fever at all. I am not panicking though because I give them enough vitamin C. But what worries me is that my youngest daughter is kinda sad for not sleeping beside us. It breaks my heart to see her cry. I remember on the first night that they did not sleep beside us, I told my youngest daughter, “It breaks my heart”, when she clung to me, and to which my eldest daughter said, “I’ll help you fix it, Mom”. Oh, and she’s so cute in saying those words. It got me tongue-tied.

Today, our nanny has clogged nose, too. So everyone of us in the household is now coughing and sneezing. Glad that we don’t have fever though esp. the kids because I just couldn’t stand it when they’re burning with fever, although it’s an indication that their bodies are fighting the infection. The way I see it, they just have runny noses, and a little cough, and it’s still under control because of the green barley drink that I give them. I pray that they’ll feel much better soon. In the past, when we didn’t have green barley at home and the kids weren’t feeling well, they usually ended up with high fevers that we would bring them to the hospital. It would often break my heart to see them with IV drips in their arms /feet, and witnessed the excruciating pains when the antibiotics were given to them via the drips. Ugh. Honestly, I hate medicines. A few hours earlier, hubby insisted that I drink two tablets of panadol 250mg each. I took them, anyway, because right now I don’t have enough supply of green barley with me. I’m awaiting for the next shipment next week from my sister.

Earlier tonight, I grilled one slice of lemon and squeezed the juice and sipped it. That was so therapeutic! I vomited the phlegm afterwards. I remember it’s how my late grandmother was coping with her flu – without doctor’s help, without the need for medication. I secretly scolded myself for not preparing the grilled lemon for my hubby’s fly. I totally forgot about it. He didn’t like it, anyway, when I offered him grilled lemon juice awhile ago.

So how should one naturally cope with the flu season – other than the green barley and grilled lemon?

1) drink ginger tea

2) eat garlic

3) have enough sleep

4) take loads of vitamin C thru oranges

5) drink peppermint tea

6) daily dose of honey on your coffee, tea, or plain water, or by itself

7) gargle salt water for sore throat

8) drink green tea

9) have enough rest

10) eat more protein

There are many other home remedies that you can do/take when flu strikes. The important thing is that you boost your immune system so that you can easily recover.

Yay, for me. I’m taking the night off now but hubby just ordered pizza from Domino’s. It’s what I’ve been craving since this afternoon. I might as well satisfy my taste bud first before I hit the sack. Off to reading a good book while waiting for the delivery guy.

Dear Baby1: 92nd natural letter for my 1st baby

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T H E  92nd  L E T T E R

Nov. 23, 2011 @ 10:39p.m.

Dear Baby1,

I’m writing to share with you what had just happened a few hours ago. Your Ninang J visited you, and she was trying to get you out of your room. You told her (by signing) about feeling something by putting your hands on your forehead and covering your mouth and nose. It’s the gesture you got from mommy because it’s what I was “telling” you for over two weeks — that Mommy’s been sick so we just couldn’t play. For over a week, you and BB K were just inside the room, playing with iPad, reading with Mr. Walter, and writing.

You see Ate A, you’re such a bright child and a kind one, too. You’re so kind enough to understand why you needed to stay away from Mommy. Oh, I miss you so much, and BB K, too.

I think by tomorrow, Mommy’s gonna be OK. I hope! But I will make sure that I’m no longer coughing. I just read awhile ago that when there’s coughing accompanied with phlegm, it’s contagious. I have to be very careful. I want you both to be healthy especially during this winter time.

I went to Al Salam hospital, and got the results of the urine culture. I cried upon seeing that you’re totally clear of microorganisms! Hurrah. No more eating of hotdogs, and please do drink lots of water, my baby.

This is all for now.

iloveyou,

mommy

Urinary tract infection in kids

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My barely 3-year old got urinary tract infection (UTI) two weeks ago. My husband and I were so devastated.

I recalled as to the cause of her UTI and three factors could have accounted for it:

  1. Sometimes she controlled peeing because she’s being potty-trained.
  2. The turkey sausage she ate at the resto
  3. Her dirty/soiled diaper at night
  4. Less intake of water

Of the three possible causes, I think the no. 1 factor was the turkey sausage that she ate at a resto inside the Avenues Mall, plus less intake of water.

I still vividly remember the day I brought my toddler to the mall. She ate a lot during that day. She even vomited because she was overfeeding. She was so hungry that she was almost able to consume a lot of the turkey sausage and the mashed potato. The next morning, she ate at home – hotdog – because she asked for it. She could not forget the turkey sausage (which she called hotdog) so she asked for it at home for two more meals. The next morning, there was nothing unusual with her. But towards the end of the night, my youngest baby was grumpy; she was crying for no reason at all. That’s when my 1st born was awakened by her little sister. My husband then carried our first born, and asked her if she wanted to stay in the living room as daddy finished his work in his laptop. That night, our toddler was running a fever of 38.5 degrees Celsius. I panicked. Before we got her temperature, she was crying because she was having a hard time passing urine. That was the time we decided to bring her to the Emergency Room.  Before bringing her to the hospital, I gave her 60ml dosage of green barley.

When we reached the hospital, the doctor prescribed a suppository for her fever. Since it wasn’t known yet that it was UTI, she wasn’t given medicine yet for her urine problem. After sometime of waiting at the hospital bed in the ER, my baby peed a lot. It was all because of green barley! It took us several attempts to get urine sample into the pediatric urine container. While waiting for the results of the urine culture, she was given a medicine but was stopped when she was tested for UTI because the medicine was not compatible with the microorganisms. She was having loose stools with her previous medicine for a week! Results of the urine culture showed that she got UTI. She was given a new medication by her fave baby doctor H – suprax. Along with Suprax, we continued on administering high dosage of green barley. After 10 days, my baby was seen by her baby doctor. She was clear of any infection by just looking at her physically. A followup urine culture was made three days ago. I just got the results today. Thank God, she’s now clear of any microorganisms in her urine! Praise God. I shed a tear after waiting for the other doctor to read the lab results.

UTI cannot just be diagnosed easily in just one look at the child even though the child exhibits symptoms like fever, difficulty to pass urine, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Our toddlers wouldn’t even tell us that s/he is undergoing difficulty in urinating. When we are potty training our children, it’s important to let them know that it’s OK to make a mess on the floor, it’s OK to pee there if they couldn’t reach the bathroom or their potty stool just so they wouldn’t control their pee. Oftentimes, controlling urine to pass is one of the causes of the UTI. When my baby’s first lab urine culture was presented to us, we were told that her nitrate content then was so high. That’s when I realized that it must have been due to the hotdog that she ate. Hotdogs are known for containing a high amount of nitrate that’s why pregnant women are prohibited from eating eat. I also remember that my younger brother then (when he was still a kid) got UTI because of too much hotdog in his diet.

What made my husband and I panic about UTI in our 1st born was that should our toddler wasn’t able to pee then, a catheter would be used to aid her in urinating. We could not imagine then the pain, the trauma. If not for the initial aid in the form of green barley, it could have been difficult for my baby to pee. We’re also thankful because here in Kuwait, we have a very skilled baby doctor. Our toddler loves him much, and vice versa.

Our baby’s baby doctor said that UTI is common in kids. In adults, there is a burning pain down there when afflicted with UTI. But with kids, the symptoms are less specific. Sometimes, the only symptom is fever, which may be a symptom of other infection like bacterial or viral in the respiratory tract system. The key here is to note about the color and the odor of the urine of your child. As with the case of our baby’s urine, it had foul-smelling odor, and yellowish, too.

The urinary tract has four components: kidney, urethra, bladder, and ureters. Sometimes, it’s hard to detect about where the bacterial infection is really located in the urinary tract. The commonly affected areas with UTI are the urethra and bladder. When the infection goes up to the kidney, it’s something serious.

What’s important to note is that UTIs are TREATABLE, but if left untreated, UTIs in kids can lead to permanent kidney damage.

How to prevent UTI in Kids:

  1. Frequent diaper change in infants and toddlers
  2. Wash diaper area but be very careful with using soaps as they sometimes are the cause of UTI
  3. When wiping, wipe from front to behind, and not the other way around
  4. Kids should try not to control their urine as bacteria will grow in the urine in the bladder
  5. Don’t overeat hotdogs
  6. Drink lots of water
  7. Monitor the passing of urine of your infants and toddlers
  8. Wear cotton underwear
  9. Follow medication prescribed by doctor to fully eliminate further growth of microorganisms
  10. Drink green barley, highly effective for treating UTI both in kids and adults

Updated: What’s in a work-from-home mom’s bag?

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I have been actively blogging lately. It’s because I have coughs and colds and my two girls aren’t with me. To avoid missing them so badly, I blog.

Here’s an update of what’s inside the bag of a work-at-home mom (work from home mom). I first blogged about this topic a few months back. Read it here.

There will be lots of new things in my bag.

Apple MacBook Pro

my 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro

I got a new Apple MacBook Pro just last Nov. 10. Thanks to the business I share with my sis. Thanks to hubby, too. We bought it at blink; a good deal, actually, so we immediately grabbed it. 😉

This is actually my fourth laptop. My third one was Dell Express. It crashed. As soon as it’s OK, I’m going to give it to my toddler. She has this notebook, but, I guess it’s not friendly.

Here’s the cloth that I use to clean my Apple MBP.

cloth to clean my Apple MBP

This is my Ipad2. I use it when I don’t have much stuffs to do in my work. I like it because it’s handy, the battery lasts longer than my iPhone, and I can connect with my clients anytime by using my WIFI router.

iPad2

My mobile phones! (one is for my Kuwait simcard, the other one is for my Smart roaming). Did you notice the handset? My hubby teased me saying I upgraded my mobile phone to iPhone, but downgraded it to a normal/traditional phone. LOL. You see my iPhone is so busy both for personal and professional use. I need to protect myself from radiation, at least by a degree of percentage. It claims it protects by 99 percent. Sometimes, I bring it out publicly, haha, but I don’t use it that much in public.

iPhone, roaming phone, and handset

This is my Kindle, one of childbirth gifts from my hubby (during my 2nd childbirth).

Kindle

The cables/chargers for my gadgets. I love this Mili, an extra battery charger for my iPhone.

cables for my gadgets, and mili extra battery charger for my iPhone

My gold notebook — to jot down important thoughts. This is my stylus pen for my iPhone and notebook.

gold notebook and stylus pen for my iPhone/iPad and notebook

I don’t wear make up. From time to time though, I just use lip gloss (particularly during winter time) and add an eyeliner. I took a pic of this mascara even though I don’t use it that much.

my kikay side

Ooops. I had this trip to the Avenues Mall the other day, and used the voucher I got to purchase some stuffs for myself. I love the natural effect of the blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. But after using the blush on, I had this pimple on my cheek! I’m not really into beauty stuffs. LOL. Anyway, I also have this habit of putting nail polish every now and then. I don’t clean my fingernails though as I don’t generally grow them long. My fingernails are short, and somehow clean, perhaps, but when I’m in the mood, I paint with a nail polish. It perks my thoughts up. It brings out my creative juice. LOL. I also use from time to time this hand sanitizer.

new addition to my beauty stuffs: blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. I don't use them. I just put them in my bag; to be used for cases when I look sleepy or haggard. LOL

I always bring with me a bottle of green barley (for emergency cases like when I feel dizzy, vomiting, or when my energy level is low). Do read my post about how beneficial green barley is. Or here’s the Web site to visit so you’d know its amazing benefits.

As you can see though, there have been lots of changes in the content of my work from home mom’s bag than my previous WAHM’s bag. There are other stuffs in my new bag. I uploaded the pics in my flickr account but for some reason I could not see them. I will be posting the pics tomorrow; it’s already past 2a.m.

Be back.

Childbirth in Kuwait the second time around

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This happened five months ago.

I still have a vivid memory of what took place last June, 2011.

PRE-LABOR AT HOME

I started my pre-labor at around 2a.m. of June 9. It meant having cramps and contractions. I was sort of panicky that morning. It wasn’t because of the pain. Far from that. It was the fear of giving birth again at night time in a public hospital. That time, my mind was already prepared with giving birth at the public hospital, at the same hospital where I gave birth to my 1st born. For what reason? Simple. I already knew the place. I was hoping that the same nurse who assisted me on my first childbirth in 2009 would be there again to assist me. Unluckily, she wasn’t there.

GREEN BARLEY HELPED ME DURING THE LABOR PROCESS

During the pre-labor at home, I consumed 1 bottle of green barley. It helped me a lot. While on the way to the hospital, I consumed one bottle again. At 11:30a.m. in the morning, I asked my hubby to go to the hospital. Just after 30minutes upon arrival, and a few times of pushing, my 2nd baby came out – normally. How was the process?

When we reached the hospital, I was told to sit down. My sister who came all the way from the Philippines did the processing of my papers since my husband wasn’t allowed inside the maternity hospital. I told the nurse that I was already bleeding so they prioritized me. I was then brought to the labor room, but I asked first if I could see my husband and sister. I was nervous, mind you. Delivering a second baby doesn’t feel it’s the second time. It’s always like the first time.

When I reached the labor room, I was checked by the nurse. My bottom was inserted with something to make me poop everything that I ate during the night/day. For two times, I went to the bathroom to poop — loosely. It was like my tummy was revolting, not the painful way though that time. It was quite a relief from thinking about the contraction. The nurse checked on me again about my dilation. This was when I told the nurse that I felt like pooping again! She IEd me. I was dilated at 8cm. She told me not to go the bathroom anymore for fear that I might give birth there. Scary. I told her, but I need to poop! She said that pooping might be my baby wanted to come out then because I was already dilated at 8cm. I heeded her advice not to walk towards the bathroom. After a few seconds, the doctor came in. I knew her. She was my attending doctor during my first childbirth in 2009. She was referred to me by a new friend then. This time around, I was quite relieved that she’d be there on my second childbirth. During my first childbirth, she wasn’t around. She just checked on me the following morning.

I WAS INDUCED WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE

That doctor IEd me, and I felt that there was something that was inserted down there! I didn’t know what it was. Just after a few seconds that the attending nurse told me I was at 8cm, this doctor (lady doctor) told me I was at 5cm. Who to believe then? I believed my nurse. Why? Because I was dilating too fast. When we reached the hospital at 11:45, I was already at 4c.m. When I reached the labor room, I was at 5c.m. A few minutes after that, I was told I was at 8c.m. How come that the doctor told me I was at 5c.m. just after a few seconds that the attending nurse IEd me?

After a few minutes, I was screaming out loud. I didn’t scream during my first childbirth. During my first childbirth, I was listening at the cries of the mothers giving birth in the other labor rooms. I hummed with praising songs during my first childbirth. It was painful yeah, but the pain was under control by my mind. But this time around, I could hear the loud cries of the mothers, and even my loud cries. It was like the screams of animals. I was screaming like hell, too. I was aware that I was screaming out loud because I could not take the pain! I was OK at home, and before the doctor checked on me, before she inserted something on my vagina. I was not OK after she had checked on me. I could not do mind over matter anymore. It didn’t help. All I could tell the nurse was to have someone hold my other hand. In other words, there was something that was done to me but I wasn’t aware of. How did I know?

After a few times of pushing, my new baby girl came out. (She heeded my plea that she should come out when we’re already at the hospital so Mommy wouldn’t panic. She did come out right after we reached the labor room! But there was a twist at this story. I knew I was dilating too fast. I knew my body then, but I was violated.) I looked at her, and she was such a cute girl with small eyes. I asked that she should be near me after she was cleaned. After sometime, she was with me at the labor/recovery room. I had a vivid memory with her. I cuddled her even though I was still bleeding. I just made sure it was controlled bleeding. My baby was very hungry then. She sucked her thumb! I removed her three fingers from her mouth! Yeah, three fingers fitted her little mouth. She was sucking her fingers heavily. For three times and for around 30 minutes, we played a game sort of tug of war: she sucked, I removed her hands, and it continued until such time that I was already laughing and could not remove her hands anymore from her mouth. I still didn’t have milk that time. After a few minutes, a kabayan went inside my room. We chatted. I asked, “why’s it that everyone was crying like a pig?” Her answer: “because you’re all given an inducer”. What the! So that was why I wasn’t able to control the pain; that was why I was crying out loud even though previously I was taking control of my labor; that was why this time around, no amount of mind over matter could do the trick! SHINOHADA, really!

IN OTHER WORDS, WE, THE MOTHERS AT THAT TIME, WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE CHARGE OF OUR OWN CHILDBIRTH!

Don’t get me wrong. Inducing childbirth is something that is helpful to some mothers, especially those who needed the help to let out a baby, a big baby, in that case, and especially if the labor is taking sooooo long. But for others, like me, who was then dilating toooooo fast, I did not need the inducer! It was a Thursday, and the attending doctor was in a hurry, I was told. RUBBISH. After my second childbirth, I vowed not to give birth again.

After a few hours, at around 4p.m., I was wheeled, together with my new baby, from the labor room to the ward. At the entrance, I saw my sister and husband. I smiled at them. They were amazed at my courage. They said, I didn’t look like I just gave birth. They just told me that they just heard a few moments then someone who was wailing. Yes, not crying, but wailing. Hubby told my sister, “my wife’s strong; she won’t be crying like that.” I proved him wrong. I told him, despite how calm I look now, I wailed like the wailing of the woman that you just heard. Everyone wailed like that. They just couldn’t believe it. Then I told my hubby how this kabayan told me that the attending doctor induced us. He told me, “yeah, I remember how this friend of ours said that this doctor is known for “helping” moms to give birth “easily”. My goodness. I wished I wasn’t induced. I wished I was asked first if I wanted to be induced! I wished I was treated like a person-in-charge-of-her-body.

If the doctor didn’t induced me, this was the scenario. I would know when to push. Push ONLY when there’s PAIN, said my previous attending nurse during my 1st childbirth. Breath properly. Just think positively. These were the advice of my mother, and the online childbirth classes I attended to while pregnant.

I KNOW MY BODY. IT’S MY BODY. I KNOW WHEN TO PUSH, AND WHEN NOT TO PUSH. But the right to push properly at the right time was ROBBED off me because I was induced without my knowing.

MY NEWBORN GOT JAUNDICE! I SAID NO TO PHOTOTHERAPY; I RELIED ON GREEN BARLEY!

I gave birth at 12:15p.m. I could have jumped out of joy because my plea to God that my second childbirth should happen during the day and not at night happened! I thought I would be sent home, with my baby, after some few hours. But contrary to what I was thinking then, we were held at the hospital. The reason? My baby had jaundice! Oh my God. How come my baby had jaundice? I was told she would be put on phototherapy. Glad my sister was with me at the hospital to take good care of my baby. I had green barley then at that time that my baby was diagnosed with green barley. I didn’t administer it right away. I waited for the phototherapy; bad decision. I was almost not sleeping. Why? My baby was too strong at birth. She was trying to remove the mask on her eyes! On the second day, my boredom was heavily growing and taking a toll on me. My baby, too, was chilling because she had no clothes then under the phototherapy. I told the attending baby doctor that I wanted my baby out of medical assistance. My hubby and I were asked to sign a waiver. They checked again my baby’s condition. Her levels of birilubin wasn’t increasing. Why? Because secretly, I administered green barley. We were discharged the next day; my baby had still jaundice. I knew she’d be healed of her jaundice at home with green barley. Thank goodness, after a few drops of green barley, and after a few days, she’s cleared of jaundice. Thanks to green barley.

GREEN BARLEY FOR MY BABY’S LOW HEMOGLOBIN LEVEL

We were discharged with the condition that we’d bring our baby back to the hospital after two weeks. We brought our baby. She’s clear then of jaundice, but another problem came up. Her hemoglobin level was too low, and she was barely a month old, just 18 days, and it was unusual, we were told. Mild anemia was ruled out. Blood samples were extracted and tested. There was mild anemia. I was told to continue breastfeeding. But shinohada, no matter how much I tried very hard to breastfeed, my breastmilk just dried up for no reason at all. It was PRESSURE that I was feeling all the time and so my breastmilk dried up easily. Anyway, so I wasn’t able to breastfeed my newborn then. We weren’t given any medicine to improve her hemoglobin levels. This time again, I relied on my ever powerful, ever reliable and magical GREEN BARLEY. After a week, my newborn then was tested again for her hemoglobin level. This time around, we didn’t go to the public hospital where she was first checked up (because we were asked to). We went to our baby doctor at Al Salam, Doc H, and series of tests were done to rule out anemia and another test that I forgot the name. And oh, blessings, my baby’s hemoglobin level was normal! Thanks to green barley!

The bottom line of my post: Know your body. Know when to push, and when not to push. When giving birth at a public or private hospital, talk to the attending physician when she’s about to IE you to check if she’d be inserting s0mething or not. I was violated because all I knew then was that it was just an Internal Examination of my dilation. In my 1st childbirth, everything that the attending nurse was inserting on my IV, I was asking her. I was also asked by the attending physician then (different from my attending physician for my second childbirth) if I wanted to have an epidural, etc. I SAID NO. I gave birth then unmedicated. It was painful, yeah, but I was in control. For my second childbirth, I was induced without my knowing, even though I was dilating too fast. I wished it was never like that. I could not erase it from my memory. I could only say thanks to God for the new life, for my life, and for giving me that courage to give birth again.

P.S. If you want to know more about green barley, comment here or send me a mail at dutdot[at]gmail[dot]com or visit this Web site.