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Help stop the spread of infections this winter

28 Jun

 I don’t know how many of you out there just cannot seem to shake the lingering cough, cold or snot! Just this morning, I had to take my Sunny Bunny to the doctor for the fourth time in three months for another set of antibiotics to add to this ongoing saga. He’s not sick! He just won’t stop snotting and coughing, simple. And yes he’s on Creche Guard and the works. On my kitchen counter is about six boxes of meds and we’re not counting the ones cooling in the fridge. It’s just plain ridiculous! In my upset, I ranted a little on Twitter and thankfully two moms responded so that I didn’t look or feel like a complete twat. My friend Rene said she uses Echinacea and then she said something I knew but never quite considered, she said that in her home, she makes a big deal about washing hands! Simple enough right?!

Well here are some handy information from the people over at Lifebouy:

Are you and your family ready for the winter season? Everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of common winter respiratory infections including flu, sore throat and cough viruses. According to health soap brand Lifebuoy, hand washing with soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections and germs in your home.

 Most of the common winter viruses are carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes. However respiratory infections leave the body feeling stressed and decrease immunity opening up the possibility of additional common viruses.  These include gastroenterological illness, which cause diarrhea and vomiting.  Certain germs can also be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts of your body like our eyes, mouths and noses.

 Lifebuoy is highlighting the fact that frequent hand washing, with warm soapy water for 30 seconds at a time can significantly reduce the spread of these common illnesses. The best times to remember to wash hands is before handling food, after using the bathroom and when in the shower/ bath.

 We can’t avoid winter, but we can prevent the spread of germs that are the real cause of infections. Here, we look at some ways you can minimise your risk of catching infections during this cold season.

 1.       Keep warm throughout

Although getting cold doesn’t actually cause a cold or flu (the viruses do), being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. You might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go but wearing layers of thin clothes may keep you warmer as this traps body heat. Also, keep in mind that we lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads, so remember to wear a hat.

 2.       Watch the weather

Cloudy and cold conditions tend to bring an increase in germs, and viruses survive longer when the weather is moist. When it’s cloudy and dull there are fewer breezes to blow the germs away.

 3.       Avoid close contact

People often huddle together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between them. Crowded trains and taxis with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers, and people gathering for parties all make catching a cold more likely.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

4.       H2O is the way to go

Doctors recommend drinking between five-eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.  Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. If you have a cold, you may become dehydrated, which makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses.

 5.       Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Dispose of used tissues. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 These simple measures can make a big difference and will help protect you, your family and those around you throughout the season. Remember to also be smart about washing hands in public places. Viruses can live on surfaces like tables and keyboards for two to eight hours. Between grimy countertops, doorknobs and sweaty machines at the gym, there is really no better defense against germs than washing your hands with soap.

With a product range to match your family’s needs, the Lifebuoy Hand Wash is available in 4 Variants (Total, Deofresh, Herbal and Care) and in two pack sizes (200ml Primary Pack & 180ml Refill Pack): Lifebuoy Total: For mothers with active kids who need all day protection.

  • ·         Lifebuoy Deofresh: For young adults with an active lifestyle who value the benefits of hygiene.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Herbal: For traditional mothers who enjoy herbal fragrance.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Care: For people with sensitive skin, who need extra care.

 For more information on how you can protect your family this winter visit www.lifebuoy.com.

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Invisible Friends

29 May

As an adult I have come to understand that while we may “feel” lonely, we are never alone. We live in a world that is unseen but as real as you and I. Before my brother, Naldo was born, my parents said that I used to have an imaginary friend and their name was “Twel”. I’m laughing just thinking about it now. My mother told me that I said Twel lived in the corner of my ceiling. For all I know, it could have been rats running a mock in our home’s ceiling but they said I used to play outside with my friend often.

I’ve spent a long time searching for the ad that apparently “proved” that I had an imaginary friend. I think it’s an old KFC advert. If I recall correctly, it starts off with a little girl sitting with her invisible friend in the garden and her dad is mowing the lawn when he moves the mower in front a patch of grass and she is livid. She’s mad because her dad just mowed her friend over and it ends with him taking her and her friend for ice-cream. When I saw this ad for the first time I got it immediately but the rest of my family was left confused until I explained the situation and they said that only someone who’s had an imaginary friend would understand that. So it was a big joke!

Needless to say, growing up, I’ve had somewhat of an active imagination to the point where I could not and still can’t watch horror movies and suspense-thrillers are pushing it. As a child, I would have such vivid dreams that I to me, they were as real as the people around us.

Back to the invisible friends, my mother thought I was seeing demons! Being somewhat inquisitive about this subject, I went onto John Paul Jackson’s Ministry website and found some really interesting stuff. He speaks a lot about the prophetic and dreams. This is what he has to say and I loved it so I had to share it with you. At least this way I know I’m not a crack-pot but knowing that we have the host of heaven surrounding us on every side is a wonderful, welcomed comfort.

Did you have invisible friends when you were a child — playmates only you could see? Concerned parents occasionally approach me about this topic. What are “invisible friends”? Are they dangerous? Is this a sign of a prophetic gift? What should parents do when their children insist these people are real? Though I am not the final authority on the topic, I do have some ideas based on Scripture and personal experience.

When it comes to their children having invisible friends, many Christian parents assume the worst. It’s a familiar spirit! It’s a spirit guide! That could very well be true, but remember: For every counterfeit, there is an original. In other words, there is a strong possibility that when children play with invisible friends, they are really seeing and interacting with angels — and often, they are aware of that.

WHAT DO ANGELS LOOK LIKE?

The Bible says that we won’t always be able to tell the difference between humans and angels:

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
— Hebrews 13:2

It would be very difficult for us to “unwittingly” entertain angels if they looked like angels. We would know exactly what they were if they were glowing or had six-foot wingspans. Instead, based on this Scripture, we can assume that sometimes, angels look just like you and me. They may appear to us as painters, mathematicians or doctors; they may look African, Irish or Hispanic. They may even look like children.

The night Diane and I brought Micah home from the hospital, I was visited by two angels: a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. I didn’t immediately understand they were angels, because they were unlike any angels I had seen before. They began to tell me different things about Micah, and I asked them, “How do you know that?”

“Because we’re angels sent from the throne of God,” they replied.

“You’re not angels,” I said. “I know what angels are like. They’re bigger than you. They’re adult-sized. Some of them are really huge, and some of them are really muscular, and some of them are really fast, and you’re not any of that. You’re just a 7-year-old little girl and a 10-year-old little boy.”

“You haven’t seen everything,” they answered.

“What do you mean?”

“Well, you don’t know that many of us choose to take the form of a child when we are assigned to that child. Your children talk to us, because we take a form that doesn’t threaten them but allows them to become what God created them to become. We’re here to help them, not to prove we’re anything. Here’s another one of us now!”

A little boy approached, and the girl said, “Tell him what’s going on.”

“I was there,” the second boy told me. “I saw them up in the throne room, and I saw God giving them the assignment to watch over your son Micah. What they tell you, you need to do, because I saw God giving them the command.”

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?

As time progresses, I think we will discover again and again that we “haven’t seen everything” yet. In the meantime, if your children are playing with invisible friends, talk to them about it. Find out how they feel when they’re playing with them. Do they feel happy? Peaceful? Scared? If your children show any hesitancy, rephrase your questions and ask again. In most cases, their answers will reveal to you exactly who sent these invisible playmates.

Remember that in biblical times, it was common knowledge that angels sometimes take the visage of the people they protect; why else would the Christians meeting in Mary’s house have thought it was Peter’s angel at the door (Acts 12:12–15)? I remember being a child and talking to angels who looked like my friends, but I knew they were angels. They told me what they were, but I also just knew. Your children will likely “just know” as well.

Be open to the possibility that God is communicating to your children via people, objects or animals (remember Balaam’s donkey) only they can see. If you raise your children in the way God has set before them, they will see and know things that are humanly impossible for them to see and know. They will be able to interact with Heaven, as God intended all of us to do. They will have eyes to see.

Happy Days

15 Nov

We’ve decided to send our little Sunny Bunny to pre-school at the beginning of next year. Yesterday, we (Sam and I) met Lester at the school where he teaches because that’s where Sam’s going to school. We went to hand in the school forms and had a nice little tour of the place.

Needless to say, we weren’t there long and Sunny Bunny was saying “shlide” for slide and “shwing” for swing- he was so eager to get out and play. No sooner had his feet hit the ground, two little boys came to take him by the hand and lead him to the play area. When I looked again, they were kicking the ball with him.

You’d swear blind that it was his first day at school! Heaven forbid! Not just yet please. And if anyone would shed a tear or two on the first day, I can tell you that it’s going to be me!

Our visit didn’t last longer than half an hour but there was plenty of snot and tranne (tears) when it was time to leave. My dear son had such a ball that he was “invited” back in two weeks to spend a few days at the school before it closes.

Can’t believe that my baby’s going to school! Sigh

Birth Order Of Childern

25 Aug

Lately I have thought about how I’ll manage IF or WHEN I have another child – it’s a huge debate in my house at the moment until this came along in an email and I just couldn’t help myself.

This is definitely worth sharing or the good chuckle you will have – for those of you with more than one child, I’ll bet you can identify.

Clothing:

1st baby: you begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as you ob/gyn confirms your pregnancy

2nd baby: you wear regular clothes for as long as possible

3rd baby: your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes

Preparing for birth:

1st baby: you practice your breathing religiously

2nd baby: you don’t bother because you remember the last time, breathing didn’t do a thing!

3rd baby: ask for an epidural in your 8th month

The Layette:

1st baby: you pre-wash newborn clothes, color co-ordinate them and fold them neatly in the baby’s cupboard

2nd baby: you check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains

3rd baby: boys wear pink, can’t they?

Worries:

1st baby: at the first sign of distress, a whimper, a frown, you pick the baby up

2nd baby: you pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn

3rd baby: you teach the three-year old how to rewind the mechanical swing

Pacifier:

1st baby: if the pacifier fell on the floor, you put it away until you go home and wash it AND boil it

2nd baby: when it falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle

3rd baby: you wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back it

Diapering:

1st baby: you change it every hour, whether they need it or not

2nd baby: you change it every 2-3 hours, if needed

3rd baby: you try to change it before others start to complain about the smell or you see it hanging to their knees

Activities:

1st baby: you take your baby to the baby gymnastics, baby swing, baby zoo, baby movies and baby story hour

2nd baby: you take your baby to baby gymnastics

3rd baby: you take your baby to the dry cleaners and the supermarket

Going Out:

1st baby: the first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times….

2nd baby: just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached

3rd baby: you leave instructions to call only if the sitter sees blood

At Home:

1st baby: you spend a good part of every day just  gazing at the baby

2nd baby: you spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking or hitting the baby

3rd baby: you spend a bit of every day hiding from the children

Swallowing Coins:

1st baby: you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays

2nd baby: you carefully watch for the coin to pass

3rd baby: you deduct it from its allowance

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