Wednesday, October 28, 2009

help prevent H1N1

I'm posting this because I don't want to do a mass email that ends up a hoax or something, but I thought this sounded like practical advice.

Good Advice about H1N1

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre,Malad (W). The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know.

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications) .

2.. "Hands-off-the- face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling
with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral
population. *

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits).. *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

I suggest you pass this on to your entire e-list. You never
know who might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Week

Last week Morgan wrote a play about a Chinese princess and put on the performance in the basement. Ana and Ethan put together a break dance routine for the opening act. Both were very well done and super creative.

Yeah for Ana. She was nice to her reading teacher all week so I didn't have to stay for reading class on Friday! She got a cookie in her lunch for that!

Ms. Lee's second grade class raised the most money the other week for the Shropshire Foundation so they got to have a rock band party on Friday! The band played some rock songs and did a great job, very loud I could hear it clear down to the 2nd grade class rooms. Then they let the kids play on all of the instruments. I think all of the kids LOVED that.

A couple weeks ago Tanya said she'd like to play volley ball with the YW on Saturday. She was excited until Saturday came and it took us 30 minutes to get her out the door. But once they started playing she liked it and was excited to go this Saturday. Yeah something she likes to do! Too bad there is only one more week of games.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

cross country

Grant and his running buddy. Tanya really wanted to run so we signed her up for cross country at the Jr. High School, she went once and said she didn't like it. So we thought if Grant did it she might want to continue trying (she is always asking us if she can just go run). Well, Grant ended up running on the cross country team and we couldn't get Tanya to stay and try again.

His first two mile he ran in 18 min and 56 seconds. In the past eight weeks his time has come down to 14 min and 53 seconds. I think that is really awesome! I've been so impressed. They won their meet last Thursday, Grant came in 9th out of 19 kids, and 6th on his team. Last week he was 5th on the team, they only take the top 5 fastest runners times. Very exciting and he says he enjoys it. I think he is hoping that it will be good training for basket ball tryouts. Growing this summer also helped, he's a lot lighter on his feet this year.

So it looks like they'll have a few more meets since they won Thursday. Great Job!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Little Red Ant

All the 5th grade classes were split up today to pick and perform one of the Indian stories they have been learning this term. Morgan and Victor were both in Little Red Ant. They did a great job. Morgan was the Little red ant and Victor was fire and an arrow. They did a great job. The kids recorded their performances and will cut and paste the scenes to make them into short movies. They all did an awesome job! Victor even got some of his lines down without reading from the script, Morgan had all of hers memorized except for the last one. They had to do a couple takes to get that one down. Good job guys!

Mom giving directions to the star and she not agreeing with my idea..

After they filmed them, each group performed them on the stage at the park. Funny to see them run through it from start to finish in one place.

Opps, it's called The Strongest One, not the Little Red Ant. It is about a little red ant who goes out to find out who/what is the strongest thing in the world. She learns everyone has strengths.

Halloween chain

Ethan made a chain last week to count down the days until Halloween. Since then Ana and Ethan have been making black and purple chains to hang around the house. They are upstairs and downstairs and on every bedroom door. This one is the longest (it connects through both pictures). My kind of Halloween decor, I'm not too big on all the scary stuff!

daddy daughter

Last Thursday Morgan had a daddy daughter pumpkin carving date for Activity Days. They won most creative with their alien pumpkin. I guess they had a spoon sticking out of it's mouth that added to the creativity. It was fun for them to get an hour together.
Tuesday after all the rain there were a couple rainbows in the sky. The kids took my camera out trying to capture them, but none of the pictures worked. They did get this picture which I thought was pretty cool.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mormon Review

Troy wrote a review of one of his favorite singers, Sara Groves. Please give it a read at:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tomato Soup

So we had a lot of tomatoes in the garden this year, so I decided to make tomato soup. Thanks to Jennifer's mother-in-law and her 10 quart tomato soup recipe! By the time I finished chopping everything up the 12 quart pot was almost completely full! So cook, grind and cook again and I ended up with almost 8 quarts of soup. So 6 quarts are in the freezer for future dinners and tonight we are having.... tomato soup.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

singing for school fundraiser

Every year the kids charter school does a humanitarian type fundraiser. The first two years went to building a sister school in Africa. This year it is a group that takes instruments to orphanages and teaches children how to sing and play simple instruments. They asked the kids to perform for their families to earn the money to donate. So for family home evening last night the kids all performed different songs they have learned in school or in lessons. I now have to stop at the bank and get lots of dollars for them to take they did so many songs.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Conference weekend

Last Saturday Troy and I were able to listen to General Conference and Sunday we let the kids do crossword puzzles and matching games while Sunday morning session was on, then they were turned loose for the rest of the day. They also had to help tie a quilt. Victor was a wiz on the quilt and did a great job, it was a tad to stressful for Tanya. Grant and Morgan did their share and Ana and Ethan raced to finish it up. I couldn't believe how much of the quilt those little fingers were able to do. I was constantly threading needles trying to keep up with those two and didn't hear much of the morning session, but it was worth it to see Ana focus on anything for longer than 10 minutes and not bite, hit or pinch anyone in that time. I may have to keep a quilt on all of the time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Half Time

Here are our little half time dancers. Morgan and Ana got to practice with the Chantelles this past week and then perform at half time at the WX football game last night. It was very chilly, but they were all smiles and did a great job!

Here are Ethan, Tanya and Victor supporting their sisters in the cold (against their will) at the game last night.

Not a great video clip because I was trying to climb the bleachers to get a better view of the girls. Ana is in her pink and brown coat and Morgan is to her right.