Monday, September 29, 2008

Hmm Hmm Good

I made Curry a few nights ago, (thanks to a good recipe from Ivanna) It was really good. It seemed to be a pretty healthy recipe. I think I still like Curry with coconut milk better. But it was still great and much lower in calories, which is a good thing for me. Here it is: The only variation I made on it was adding 2 potatoes chopped up in the last 20 minutes before it was done cooking, and I added chili power to spice it up a little

2 1/2 - 3 lb chicken, cut up
1 large onion, chopped
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced *I always use more because our family likes garlic (like about five or six cloves)*
1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder *I always use more (1/2 or 1 tablespoon more) because I think it tastes better with a bit added.*
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt *I use less or none because there is so much flavor anyway*
2 cups chicken stock
3 Tablespoons corn starch *I don't measure this I just put a little in stir and add some more until I think it looks good, you can really make it as thin or thick as you want.*
3 Tablespoons water *I never put this extra water in*
1 Tablespoon lemon juice *I have forgotten this before and it doesn't make a very large difference.*

Place chicken, onion, apple, carrot, celery, garlic, curry powder, ginger, salt, and chicken stock in sauce pot. Bring to boil, turn to simmer and cook 45 to 55 minutes or until chicken is tender. *Remove chicken to hot serving platter. Combine corn starch and water. Stir into sauce and cook, stirring until sauce thickens.* Stir in lemon juice. Serve with condiments over steamed rice. Condiments: chutney, raisins, peanuts, coconut, chopped green onion, banana, etc.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Bad Run In

I recently had a bad run with Rowans new primary care provider. It was the first time she has been in any medical institution. She was born at home, and was very happy and healthy from the start. And because I had decided against vaccinations, I hadn't felt the need to see a doctor. The only medical procedure she had was a newborn screening test done at our home by our mid wife a few days after birth. For her first year of life she had never been sick accept for one minor cold, nothing a little Tylenol couldn't remedy, which I have without a doubt attributed to breastfeeding.
After a year I thought I would take her in to meet her doctor for a well baby check up minus the vaccinations or course. mostly I just wanted to meet her and get to know her in case I ever did need to bring Rowan in the future for some reason. I jokingly said to my husband Nick on the way there. "I wouldn't be surprised if she was rude to us because we decided not to vaccinate". As soon as we got to the office the bad feeling started. there was a play area for the kids and the carpet had stains all over it, as I walked further in I noticed some sort of spill that had dripped down the wall that obviously had not been cleaned off and simply left there.
I filled out the new patient forms and the receptionist seemed almost shocked to hear that Rowan had never been to a doctor and did not have a vaccination card. Once inside the patients room. the girls started opening cabinets and drawers as children often do, only to find more strange spills that had just been left there.
The doctor came in after a bit and the first thing she says is - "So are you just going to make all the decisions concerning your daughter" I thought to myself well, yes I am, who elts is going to make decisions for my one year old daughter. Strange question. So I said "um yes" and she says "Well you are going to have to find a new primary care provider then"
She doesn't even need to say a thing more, I begin to understand she does not appreciate parents who think for themselves, who chose not vaccinate there children (no offense to all those who vaccinate, not to say you don't think for yourself.) She begins to go on and asks if she "has ever even been to a hospital" and I say "No" "she was born at home"and she say "so she probably hasn't even had a newborn screening" And I explain that yes she had one done at home by the mid wife. Then she begins to point out that Rowan is in the zero percentile for weight and she is "underweight" and "failing to thrive"
I am starting to feel a little angry at this point by her cold tone and accusations against all of us. And had she taken the time to ask a little bit about our family history she might know that it is very common on my side of the family to have very small children, why her older sister Cameron was just as small if not even smaller and she had all her recommended vaccines and doctor visits. My children are just small.
She starts in again saying "you probably don't want to run any tests on her either" So I begin to explain I don't have anything against the medical establishment and If I felt like she needed testing then I would be perfectly fine with that, and with that Nick rings in and Say's "so what are these tests you would have preformed on her anyhow" and the doctor says "hemoglobin and electrolyte test as well as other things" I guess because she is "failing to thrive" Nick says I really don't think she needs any tests like that done. And then I say to the doctor " I know shes small but when I look at Rowan she does not look underweight to me and I certainly don't think she is failing to thrive" "And developmentally she is right on target" "The doctor responds with "you never know from just looking at a child"
I should have just left then and there but I think I was in shock or something and still processing bits and pieces of the conversation. She takes Rowan and examines her a little bit, give her back to me and says "So what is it you want me to do for you then" All I really wanted to say the whole time is "why are you being so hostile to us lady" I explain that all I wanted to do, was come in for a well baby check, and get to know her doctor a little.
So that basically summed up our appointment, and she exited the room. Me and Nick sat there a little shocked and I said "wow can you believe that, I have never been treated so badly by a doctor" What a bad first doctors appointment, and so much for getting to know that doctor, I wont ever be stepping foot in that office again.

And since I am on the subject of Vaccines, I came across an interesting article of scary facts I thought I would share.

Vaccines are a potent cocktail of ingredients that most people take without thought or hesitation. I am thankful that my wife started the research that eventually lead us to the decision to no longer vaccinate our children. As such, I thought some would benefit from our findings and help you understand why we don’t vaccinate. Here is a list of some common ingredients found in vaccinations:

Found in: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), Biothrax (anthrax), DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), IPOL (polio), Tripedia (tetanus)

While it is safe to assume everyone knows that formaldehyde is a bad thing, I thought it necessary to back it up with a list of the dangers. Studies have shown that short term exposure to the chemical produced burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; wheezing; nausea. Research has also been done that suggests it is linked to cancer in nasal sinuses, nasopharnyx, brain and possibly leukemia. In 1987, the EPA classified it as a possible human carcinogen.

Found in: DTaP, DPT, Energix-B (hepatitis B), FluShield (influenza, flu shot), HiB Titer (influenza), Menomune (meningococcal), Rabbies vaccine, Recombivax (hepatitis B), Tripedia

Thimerosal is used as a preservative in most vaccines. The major concern with its use is the high concentration of mercury, which has been linked to mental disorders. Several alarming studies showed a significant increased odds ratio for autism, mental retardation, speech disorder, personality disorders, and thinking abnormality in children who received thimerosal-contained vaccines as opposed to those who did not. This is a huge controversy in the medical world, as other research suggests there is not a link between the two. It is also interesting to note that ethylene glycol, also known as anti-freeze, is a major component of the chemical makeup of thimerosal.

Found in: Dryvax (smallpox), Imovax (rabbies), NYVAC (smallpox), Pneumovax (streptococcus), Typhim Vi (typhoid)

Also known as carbolic acid, it is often used in weed killers and disinfectants. In some cases, it can be used to clean wounds. However, it is considered extremely toxic if digested.

Human Diploid Cells
Found in: Biavax (Rubella), Havrix (hepatitis a), Imovax, MMR, M-R-vax, ProQuad (MMR), RotaShield (rotavirus), Varivax (chicken pox)

This is more of an ethical concern than a health concern. Basically, a human diploid cell is one in which two chromosomes (one from each parent) are present. The bad news is that some pharmaceutical companies are extracting these from aborted fetuses such as the WI-38 and the MRC-5.

Other Factors
It is also alarming to note that in 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Act which set up a fund to reimburse parents who lost their children due to vaccinations and effectively shielded pharmaceutical companies from being sued. I can’t imagine the guilt of losing my child because I let someone inject them with micro-doses of viruses.

We also see a rise in super virus strands such as the ever-evolving flu virus. The U.S. Center for Disease control has noted that the flu vaccine has become increasingly ineffective. This is because the flu viral strands are adapting, becoming stronger. I personally attribute this to the mass inoculations that people often take without regard.

Be Informed
My whole point is that I want you to make informed decisions. I would question every thing the doctor prescribes so that you can make an educated decision about what you allow in your body and your childrens’ bodies.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Just take the picture already

I hate it when people take forever to take your picture. I can actually feel my smile going bad. My lips start feeling funny and twitchy, and I start getting all self conscious. I feel like I have chandler syndrome or something. The funny thing is, I notice that Cameron does the same thing. Of course I still think she is cute as can be!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A series of unfortunate events

Cameron got her first haircut yesterday. It looks about the same actually, just a little shorter. I guess you could say it was more of a trim, but they cut a good 2 inches off, enough for me to actually save a small lock. And while we are on the subject of firsts, Cameron made her first Emergency Room visit from a self inflicted wound yesterday evening. It was pretty horrible, She required 6 staples in her head. And to make it worse I am partly responsible for the series of unfortunate events.
So the story goes: I had agreed to play a game with Cameron where she stands on the arm of the couch and I push her over onto our luv sac (our huge bean bag like chair) This has been a frequent game in our house. Basically the luv sac had been pulled away from the wall exposing a corner and one round I was distracted and didn't give her a very good push and she didn't quite make it all the way onto the luv sac and fell over the side of the luv sac backwards and slammed the back of her head right on the corner of the wall splitting it wide open. There was lots of blood and tears, and then an immediate trip to the ER. I felt horrible for Camerons pain and being partly responsible to. And of course she made it known that "mommy pushed her" I'm just glad she also let it be known that we were playing a game. my poor little Cameron. So heres to hoping my babies never ever hurt themselves ever again. yeah right. And now I can truly say I understand how our parents must have felt.

Monday, September 1, 2008

18 days to short

So here's whats been happening. We recently enjoyed 18 days of mid deployment leave with Nick. Which was wonderful!! The only complaint I had during that time was saying goodbye again, and maybe our air conditioning unit breaking again while Nick was here, but I didn't even have to worry one bit about it. Nick made all the calls to have that fixed ASAP. What a nice change not to have to worry about things of that nature. There is almost to much to write about the last 18 days. So I will just leave you with pictures and highlights.

We visited with Grandma, Grandpa, and Milena first for a few days before Nick arrived in California. As always, Grandpa is more than willing to give in to the requests of cute little 3 year old no matter how difficult the task. After all what are Grandpa's for?

Nick arrived one day earlier than we expected, Right in time for Rowan's first birthday. Happy first Birthday Rowan! We had birthday brownies instead of cake.

One morning we had breakfast out in moss landing with Nicks dad. We just though that boat outside was cool looking. There was a newer little market and coffee house within walking distance, that had a pirate statue out front that Cameron and Grandpa enjoyed looking at. But once Cameron Saw the heavily bearded man inside the Coffee house she also enjoyed looking at that "Pirate" to. Grandpa thought to tell the "Pirate" what Cameron thought of him and it turned out he actually belonged to some sort of pirates association. Go figure.

We were also able to attend the sons of California poker run his club put on this year. And Nick was also pleased to be able to ride there on his buddies chopper with a little persuasion of course.

Rowan wasted no time showering her Daddy with lots of Love. She said "da da" for the first time and quickly grew attached to him. She would squeal with delight whenever her "da da" walked into the room.

After about a week in California we headed back to Texas to spend the rest of our time together doing nothing but whatever we felt like doing. hear is a rocky mountain going though Arizona we though looked very scenic.

Daddy and his girls, pure cuteness

Picture day! I finally have a picture of me and the girls.

Play-doh fun. Mommy's and Daddy's usually give into the requests of little 3 year old to.

We pretty much just enjoyed lazy days around the house, playing with the girls and watching movies. Cameron was happy to continue learning all there is to know about star wars with her papa on many occasions.

While Nick was packing back up the day before he was to leave, Rowan just couldn't stay out of his back pack. She was actually trying to zip herself right in, I guess if Daddy had to leave again she wanted to go right along with him. Believe it or not, Cameron actually fit in his back pack to.

And then we had to say goodbye again. But at least we are two thirds of the way done. The end is almost in sight now. We love you Nick and already miss you tons!!