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.

Spiritual Awakening

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Posted on : 23-04-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger, Life's Musings, Spirituality

It’s good to be back.

not just in blogging.

but in truly ‘living’.

in doing the things that I should be doing…

such as becoming a dutiful homeschooling mom (formal homeschooling at www.homeschoolinginkuwait.com)

and becoming a better person everyday –

as a wife, mom, daughter, and friend…

and most of all, as a better Child of God.

 

Spiritual Awakening

When I was still in our country back home, I was (somehow) faithful, spiritual but I didn’t have a personal relationship with God until I met Him overseas – six years ago.

Our house (wherever we transfer here in KW) has been visited and blessed by bishops and priests. It’s only here overseas wherein we have felt a connection with God’s representatives in the form of priests and bishops. In my home country, it’s kinda hard to approach bishops more so ask them to dine with you.

As my faith has started to grow and strengthen everyday, I have also started to develop a personal relationship with God.

But there was something that was lacking…I didn’t know what it was – until…

…a few days back, something triggered me to really seek God and know Him more.

..that frightening news about the earthquake prediction in the Middle East…

in the latest report, this was denied by the USGS, stating that earthquakes cannot be predicted.

I felt a huge relief with the thought that there was no truth in the prediction. But I must admit that it made me panic. Along the way of my confusion during the past days (April 21 to April 22), I sought refuge in God’s Home and loving guidance. I went to the Blessed Sacrament and poured out my fears and anxieties to Him. I started to really internalize His words. I bought a Miracle Hour prayer booklet from the bookstore at the church and started using it on April 22.

Since then, a stronger personal relationship has emerged between me and my God. I have started to jot down all the Words of God during my prayer time. Linda Schubert’s Miracle Hour booklet has immensely helped me in transforming the way I pray.

Now, I can pray for less than two hours and sometimes it extends to over two hours because I am very much eager to know God and reflect on His words.

This morning, I read this status from Facebook – God Posts, “The more you love God’s Word and study it, the more you will love God’s Word and study it”, and this holds true to what I’m currently experiencing.

“To God, thank You so much for being faithful to me all the time and for not giving up on me. Thank You for always reminding me to be faithful to You, and for giving me the chance to have a stronger personal relationship with You. The void in my spiritual life has been suddenly filled up with Your Amazing Grace and Love. Thank You for protecting us, all of my family members here and in my home country, and overseas. Thank You for all the bountiful blessings and the recent award that I got. Thank You just for everything that I was, that I am…Thank You for being my Rock, and my All. AMEN!”

 

What matters most

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Posted on : 20-03-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger, Life's Musings

Time flies so fast and it passes by without notice.

It’s been almost a year since I last blogged here.

There’s this feeling of guilt that envelopes me…for not giving shapes to my thoughts in the past.

But not anymore…

Writing or blogging is my way to connect to my soul. Due to the circumstances in the past, (e.g. my business sites were hacked including my personal blogs; we’re nannyless for almost 9 months, my kids weren’t homeschooled and didn’t attend the playgroup, and more), I somehow lost the connection with myself. Now that we have a maid from heaven, I’m trying to get back my life. I’m finding time to revisit my personal blogs. My business sites are up and running again (after they were hacked and blocked by Google). Thanks God.

So far, life’s been good. Blessings are pouring in. My husband and I have become more prayerful. After feeling so helpless for the past 9 months without a maid at home, I slowly learned not to feel sorry for my shortcomings. Though there were losses in some opportunities and on how we managed our time, I felt that everything happened to strengthen me as a person with other important roles in life (wife, mom, daughter, friend).

If there’s one thing that I learned for the past 9 months and up to present, I can sum it up in one word: AWARENESS.

No matter what life throws at us, intentionally or unintentionally, we have to be aware. When our awareness level is so high, nothing can deplete us or worry us. Awareness comes in all aspect of our life. When we’re aware of how we need God, our spiritual awareness will lead us through the ups and downs of life. When God is always present in us, it’s as everything runs smoothly from the moment we wake up to the moment we retire at night. Life becomes handy as well since there’s not much baggage to carry around.

Awareness in our mental, physical, emotional aspects is likewise important. When we’re mentally, physically, and emotionally aware, we’re always prepared to deal with our day-t0-day activities and our long-term plans. There isn’t much waste on one’s time, effort, and thoughts because any thing that we’re about to do, or are doing, synchronizes with what we want to achieve. When we’re not totally aware on how we’re using our time, resources, and other capabilities, we often find ourselves sluggish, irritable, and distracted. It’s what I discovered for the past 9 months when there was just so much to do but little time and no help at all in dealing with my two kids, work, and more. I wasn’t connected with the real thing that matters most. When I looked back, I discovered that I was lacking in awareness of myself, of others who are important to me.

It’s been two weeks that our new maid has been helping us at home, and life, in general. We’ve been helping her emotionally, mentally, and physically, too. Another thing that I learned in life is that everything is energy. Every person, thing that we meet, or get is because of the energy that we have and the kind of energy that we put into.

For two days now, I’ve been going out with the purpose of doing my work away from home. However, much as I’ve wanted to make the most of my time outside, I’ve noticed that my heart hasn’t been attuned with the demands and wishes of my mind.

I do things that aren’t a priority or necessary.

My thoughts wander from here to there.

There’s just so much clutter in my mind.

My hands are itching to blog, make a plan, and more.

But one thing does arise from all these cobwebs around me, AWARENESS.

And from there, I’m starting anew.

I welcome myself back at this blog – dutdot (not just a dot on the Web).

 

Dutdot.com is 3 years old! Belated happy birthday!

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Posted on : 29-01-2012 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Mompreneurs

Hello.

I’ve been heavily swamped with lots of work and preparations for our upcoming international and local flights this end of month. I’ve totally forgotten my blog’s 3rd year birthday! Ugh.

So this year 2012 marks my 3rd year of blogging at dutdot.com. I’ve been an absentee blogger lately because of personal and professional commitments. But I can say that I’m grateful that this blog has surpassed the 3-year itch! Hurrah to 300 more years of blogging.

I can’t blog for more today since I’m busily preparing for our travel to my home country two days from now. I’ll update soon.

New year’s resolution: “Formal” Homeschooling 2012

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I have been informally homeschooling my two daughters from 3rd trimester on my tummy up to now — my first born at 2.9yo and my youngest at barely seven months. The problem, however, with not having a curriculum to follow is that anything goes, anytime, and anywhere. Although I didn’t call it “homeschooling”, I think the kind of developmental milestones that I am seeing on my daughters (esp. my 1st born) will fall into the category of homeschooling. My toddler sings, dances, watches movies, talks in English, sometimes Spanish, and Arabic, plays with her toys, solves puzzles, plays the piano, and guitar, watches youtube, plays with the iPad, iPhone apps, and now, the laptop (although occasionally).

For over a year now, I’ve been looking for the pre-school or nursery to enroll my 1st born. She’s now 2.9, and has been “pretending” to read. She recognizes the letters, the alphabets, and knows some phonics, but when it comes to teaching her how to read, she does it on her own. She doesn’t want to be taught! She’s so independent (a trait that I can also see in my 6months old), you know, almost in all aspects of her life. The only thing that she doesn’t know at this stage of her life is to bath herself, but she knows how to brush her teeth, wash her hands and face, change her clothes, remove her soiled diaper (she still uses diaper especially when she sleeps), prepare her milk (I saw that when she prepared her milk, and I got too excited and maybe she got too nervous that she threw the milk from the bottle). She also knows the word “exercise”, and what it means, and she does find time to exercise by following Leslie Sansone’s DVDs. Recently, I bought her a VCD containing Jazz steps for kids. She’s not much into it yet, but I think she’ll love it, too, soon.

I thought that by enrolling my 1st born to a nursery or playschool will make her learn more. But I think that I’ll just continue and upgrade what she’s learning at home (from me, if her mood is right), and mostly from herself, and other DVDs/VCDs. Why? I don’t think it would be a good idea to let her start formal education outside home. We’re living overseas, and majority of the playgroups, nurseries that I found (online) were far from where we are residing. I really don’t want to stress out my child in commuting everyday or every other day.

So for 2012, I resolve to “really” focus on her “homeschooling”. I’ll create a curriculum (Overseas Homeschooling Curriculum) for her that we’ll follow for a year, and let’s see about the developments. I’ll also check if there’s an online homeschooling curriculum that my toddler can follow.

Why the sudden focus on formally homeschooling my toddler and baby (not much formal homeschooling though since the youngest is just 6months old)?

I’m a firm believer of lifelong learning, and early learning. But this quote has enlightened me more than ever.

Now is the only early childhood you will ever be able to share with your child.  These are golden years. It might be worthwhile to once again thoughtfully consider how you really want to spend your time.  What could you put off until later in order to maximize and preserve these few precious years with your child?  Your sacrifice today will mean a stronger academic and emotional future tomorrow.  Your love, time and attention mean so much.  In a child’s world, there is simply no substitute for you!

~ Jane Claire Lambert

After all, it’s just a matter of proper allocation of time. Now, it’s time to put into good use the 8 triple rule I read long ago but haven’t practiced yet: 8-8-8 (8 hours for my work & personal development); 8 hours for my sleep and home obligations); 8 hours for my family (recreation, bonding, homeschooling, catching up).

How about you moms? How do you divide your time? What’s your take about homeschooling?