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Monday, February 27, 2017

Is Your Child Taking Any of These Laxatives? │Vitamin D Proven More Effective Against Flu (and Colds) Than the Vaccine

Was I in bed last evening by 10:55 p.m.? I actually forget, but I think that was the time. My wife Jack never did show up from Vancouver. However, she had not said that she would ─ I was just anticipating that she might.

My bedding continues to become most clammy, yet I am never aware that I am perspiring. But is it happening because I am over-warm in bed; or do I still become feverish as my body works at finally overcoming the infection in my left cheek.

The duct of my parotid gland had become obstructed at the start of the month, and within 10 days the area had swollen so badly that it resembled having a very large orange embedded in my cheek?

The blockage had resulted in an infection and an abscess had formed. But I never sought medical attention until February 10.

And so here I am, still receiving medical care.

Today I had an 11:00 a.m. appointment as a check-up with my ENT specialist Dr. Mark Miller.

I think that it was around 7:21 a.m. when I opted to get up for the day. I knew that I was probably alone in the house ─ my younger brother Mark, as well as both of my step-sons, all would have gone to work.

I ventured downstairs to make an instant coffee, and awaited the boiling of the water while I relaxed in the living room, gazing out the picture window to the rather grey morning.

And then I came back upstairs to finally finish and publish the post I started back on February 3 at my Latin Impressions website: Coffee Mug II. It took longer than I expected this morning, and I began to become rather distressed ─ I was concerned that I would not have time to freshen myself up ere heading off on the five-block hike to my medical appointment.

A glance outside proved both upsetting and surprising ─ it was snowing, and we had about an inch of the stuff on the ground!

I have had all I want of snow this Winter ─ seeing this new fall roused my ire.

Fortunately, I have since come to realize that the day is just too mild to sustain this sort of weather. It will either become rain; or else it will just naturally melt once the snow stops.

Anyway, I made my appointment in good time, and Dr. Miller allayed one of my fears. Only yesterday had I had occasion to actually explore my left cheek ─ last night I needed to discard the old dressing pads covering the wound, for they were saturated with the clear lymph fluid that has been steadily dripping from the ribbon dressing stuffed into the infection cavity.

With my cheek bared ─ all except for a fairly small 'X' band-aid or something covering the actual infection opening ─  I was able to feel about on my cheek with my fingers. And I was struck by how extremely hard sections of it are ─ it is almost as if parts of my cheek have begun to ossify.

That was almost a shock to discover.

But when Dr. Miller looked things over, he said that the tissues had softened up compared to his last check of my cheek on Thursday.

He said that it would take awhile, but it will all normalize.

And I am not to see him again until March 10 at 10:00 a.m.

I like this doctor.

Since I have not taken any photos for several days, after my appointment I decided to take a few while I was outside of the building wherein are his offices.

This is the view directly across the King George Boulevard here in Whalley:


This is the sign outside of the building I was in:


The view towards the building's front door:


And two selfies ─ one while I am wearing my hood, and the other without it:



Upon getting home, I decided to cook up some frozen regular ground beef for my day's first meal. I slow-cooked it, so it took some while.

I wanted to get in some exercising in the backyard shed, but I had my cell phone charging, and I was afraid to go out to the shed without it in case my wife Jack phoned.

By the time the phone was fully charged, my meal was ready, and it was well after 1:00 p.m. I was just too hungry to delay eating any longer ─ the exercise would have to wait.

My wife Jack did call me, just ahead of 2:00 p.m. I had eaten by then. She was wondering on snow conditions hereabouts. I guess I allayed her concerns, and she said that she would see me "soon." She sounded sleepy, though ─ I do not think that she had been out of bed for too long. Thus, I do not think she will show up until late in the afternoon.

Tomorrow morning I have an appointment at 8:15 a.m. to have my wound cleansed and re-dressed by a nurse named Jodie, or however her name is spelled. I am expecting that Jack will be spending the night tonight, so she will likely insist on giving me a ride. The Home Health offices I will have to get to are nearly two miles distant, over beside the Gateway SkyTrain Station..

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I have never quite understood why laxatives have such huge sales. It has always seemed to me that if food is going in at the top end, then what's left of it is surely coming out later at the other end.

There is one type of laxative currently making the news that people need to think carefully about before taking ─ and this especially applies to parents who may be giving it to their children. Its label directs that it is not intended for anyone under the age of 17; nor should it be taken for more than a week.

One of the best-known names for this product is MiraLAX, but according to Wikipedia, other brand names are "SoftLax, Purelax, Laxido, Glycoprep, Movicol, Cololyt and Osmolax, and many others."

I have never heard of any of this garbage, but if you are familiar with any of it ─ and have even given it to a child ─ please read the following reports:

ABC7news.com

HSIonline.com

That second report offers some tips on easing or correcting constipation in children.

What I fail to fathom is that ─ if the label of this laxative actually states that it is not designed for anyone under the age of 17, and that it is not to be taken for longer than a week ─ what self-respecting parent will go ahead and put their kid on the stuff anyway?

I can understand the outrage that kids are being harmed by the product...but the makers of the laxative are not hiding the fact that it isn't for kids.

I don't get it.

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A new study has eviscerated the effectiveness of the flu vaccine when it was compared to simply increasing vitamin D intake:

ScienceDaily.com

HSIonline.com

Articles.Mercola.com

Remember, this virus protection extends to colds, too!

In my present condition, fighting off that infection that took hold in my cheek due to the obstruction of my left parotid gland's duct, I have been taking 5,000 I.U.s of vitamin D3 twice a day.

I only eat twice a day, so I take the vitamin D3 with each of those meals.

Once I am fully recovered, I will cut back to 2,000 I.U.s twice a day.

As yet, I have not seen vitamin K2 amongst the supplements in the supermarket nor the pharmacy where I do my supplement shopping. Otherwise, I would also keep myself stocked with it, too.

By the way, there is one more article I would like to direct you to concerning flu prevention:

DrMicozzi.com

I have read about the ability of sunlight's blue rays to activate our T cells, rousing them to deal with threats like invading microbes and viruses.

You can read about the study that bore this out at the study's source, GUMC.Georgetown.edu: Sunlight Offers Surprise Benefit - It Energizes Infection Fighting T Cells.

So even though you may be able to bask in glorious sunshine during the Winter, but know that you are not having any vitamin D produced via that means, those blue rays are still there and able to activate your body's T cells to best effect.

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It is now 4:01 p.m. as I type these words, and I am still home alone.

Not only has the snow ceased, with considerable melt taking place, but it is also remarkably sunny. My upset of this morning over the new falling of snow that was then taking place really was unfounded.
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