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Aging Parents

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In June, I wrote about a family cancer diagnosis with my step-mother. She’s in her third week of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My dad accompanies her to her appointments faithfully every day; some lasting nine hours.

However, a few days ago, she called to tell me my father’s right lung collapsed.  Surreal! I am told he woke up feeling like an elephant was sitting on his chest. He was whisked away to the ER, underwent exploratory surgery and now is in ICU recovering.

Needless to say, I’ve been in heavy prayer for their healing, strength and endurance during a very difficult season. Also, I pray for wisdom to guide me through this new season of my life of aging parents. Would you join me in prayer for my folks? Thank you!

Do you have aging parents? If so, what carried you through illness? I’d love to hear about it.

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Guest Blog by Naveen Bansal

This week I’d like to share a guest blog with Naveen Bansal from Bengaluru, Karnataka. He is a team member of Tiny Step, a pregnancy, baby and toddler resource agency in India. He will share his thoughts on nutrition with us. Please welcome Naveen!

Blessings, Rebecca

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8 foods to boost immunity in kids

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Growing up, your kids will fall sick often. Minor ailments like the flu will often riddle your child. If the child’s immunity is not up to par he or she will often take weeks to recover. This keeps them from school and from play. Consistently falling sick during childhood doesn’t give way to an enriched adolescence or adulthood even. What most people don’t understand is immunity is one thing that can be alleviated, something that can be boosted. The best and most efficient way to accomplish this is via eating the right kind of food. Here are 8 wonder foods to give your child’s immunity a hike:

1.Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers abound in Vitamin C, a forerunner for good immunity. 2 times more than what’s present in lemons or oranges. What’s more? Bell peppers are an excellent source of beta-carotene, known to enrich skin and aid vision.

2.Citrus Fruits

As already mentioned, your kids need to stock on vitamin C! Lemons, Oranges, Kiwis, whatever you may find, whatever they may like. Vitamin C is pivotal in battling infections and can really give your kid’s immunity a kick.

3.Ginger

Ginger is a thing of magic. It is known to halt the advent of a cold! It is also something that should

be included in your child’s meals once he or she is sick to help with a rapid recovery.

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4.Tumeric

From the exotic world of spices comes Tumeric with its outlandish healing properties. It targets fever and keeps it at bay. Consuming it in some form may even prevent fever. Rubbing a Tumeric and water paste on a wound also results in its quick healing.

5.Spinach

Popeye was not a sucker, kids. Spinach is a storehouse of both vitamin C and beta-carotene along with plenty of antioxidants. Just remember to cook it as less as possible to keep its properties intact.

6.Broccoli

Yes the little tree-like, horrible tasting vegetables. They are quite unputdownable when you realize they have not only Vitamin C, but A and E too. A for eyesight, E for skin and C for immunity; Maybe, their simply repulsive feel on the tongue could be overlooked just this once?

7.Yogurt

Yes, yummy yogurt can help benefit your babies. Eating yogurt with live cultures is the one to choose, though. Yogurt has vitamin D, essential to the teeth and bones, and also incidentally, plays a vital role in immunity elevating.

8.Almonds

A handful to save your child’s life. It works miracles with memory and being rich in vitamin E, with immunity too.

Take immunity seriously and reduce the instances and prolonged periods of sickness that is thrown your child’s way. Eating healthy is half the battle won!

Happy Parenting!

Unconditional Love

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I watched the nurse serve my then twenty-two-month-old son a purple solution. His body slowly slumped in her arms, and she whisked him to the Operating Room. Fear crept in my head as I waited patiently. I understood hernia surgeries to be common place, however, hospital statistics did nothing to calm my nerves. This is my precious boy; my firstborn.

My husband put his arm around me, “Austin will be fine. He’s in good hands.”

I squeezed him, “I know. I just love our boy so much, and it pains me to see our toddler undergo surgery. I wish I could take his place.”

While I paced, I reflected on my understanding of love. After all, I married my best friend just three short years earlier. I enjoy watching our wedding video. It never fails, a lump forms in my throat each time I see Randy wipe a single tear off my cheek during our nuptials.  Yet, this time, the love I felt differed. I ached.

It began two months prior, Randy called me into Austin’s bedroom. “Come here Hon, there’s a bump popping out his stomach when he pushes. Look!”

I gasped, “What’s that?”

“I’m not sure. Pack his bag. We’re taking him to the ER!”

I kept calm as to not scare our little guy, dressed him and rushed to the hospital. Upon our arrival, the staff immediately wheeled him into an examination room.  The doctor asked us some routine questions, and pressed on his bulge. He explained, “Austin has a hernia. It’s typical for children his age. I’ll have my nurse schedule a simple surgical procedure repair the hole. The wait is approximately three months out. Don’t worry. We perform over 400 surgeries per year.” What, his intestines are popping out and of his muscle lining and we have to wait three months!  He continued, “If the hernia doesn’t retract for some reason, then return for emergency surgery.”

I looked at Randy, “Why doesn’t the parenting handbook cover these issues for first time parents?”

He chuckled and pulled me close, “We’ll learn together.”

Ninety days passed, and his surgery day arrived.

Approximately an hour later, Austin’s surgeon entered the waiting room, “The operation was a success, and Austin is fine.”

Inexplicable joy filled me. I exhaled, “Thank you doctor. When can I see him?”

His nurse escorted me to my son’s recovery room. I glanced at my baby rattling the crib rails with all his might, and jumping up and down. His red, sweaty face screamed, “Mommy! I want my Mommy!”  I felt as if someone had opened my chest cavity, and ripped my heart out. I believe Austin waking up in an unfamiliar environment with strange people, tubes taped to him, and the absence of his parents frightened him.

I gathered him in my arms, and held him tight. I sunk into a rocking chair, kissed him, and whispered, “It’s okay Austin. Mommy is here.” He buried his little head between my neck and shoulder, and fell asleep. At that moment, I knew unconditional love. It’s a sacrificial compassion for someone other than me, and it’s even sweeter when reciprocated. As I recount this incident, I’m reminded that Austin’s surgery hurt me more than it did him. I don’t understand why so many boys and girls must undergo hernias, but I’ve certainly developed more awareness and empathy for sick children.

Coincidentally, that same summer my father’s was diagnosed with a similar hernia; only it took my dad six months to heal due to his surgery being more evasive.

On our ride home, I watched Austin slumber, and I realized the bond between a mother and her child is very strong. It’s truly unconditional love! I believe it’s one of life’s beautiful mysteries.

Have you ever experienced Aha moment of unconditional love? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

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