Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Child's Fever Gets Much Higher At Night?

Once again baby cakes has a cold with an accompanying fever. We've been going through the typical routine of temperature taking and series of questions I ask myself to make sure I'm taking care of her properly. You know the questions I'm talking about...the should list. Should I take her to school today, should I take her to the doctor, what should I feed her, etc.

Since my last experience with her catching a cold I found out that fevers go up at night. It's amazing to me that she's 41/2 and I just discovered that! Anyhoo, I was curious about what makes this happen and I found this interesting article by Dr. Greene, a renowned pediatrician. Here is what it reads.

our bodies are on a 24 hour clock called the Circadian Rhythm. Hormone levels rise and fall according to this daily cycle. Some hormones help us to wake up in the morning, others help us to sleep at night. These same hormones affect how we feel pain. During the day high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, keep us from feeling some of the pain and keep our fevers in check."

Click here to read Dr. Greene's full answer to the question "Why Does My Child Always Seem to Get Sick at Night"

A New Chapter

Yesterday I was told that there was no longer a need for my position at the company where I was working. As nicely as my former bosses tried to say it and as much as I can understand this business decision this doesn't change the fact that I am a woman with a family and bills to pay living check to check. So, what the heck do I do now? That was supposed to be my six month review. For the last few years, the average amount of time I've held a job has been about six months! That's right, count 'em up.

On a brighter note, now that I am a US Citizen I can go for a nice secure government job! Having the entrepreneurial spirit I have this will be a tough pill to swallow...well you know what they say "What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger." I will thoroughly enjoy some stability in my life for some time though I know that much. God willing, I still have plenty of time for my big dreams. I am not quitting just taking a breather so I can make it for the long haul...I am re-energizing.

With that said, in light of yet another change in my life, I am reconstructing Myakwamy. I hope you enjoy.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Women with Poor Sleep May Suffer Health Consequences

“This is the first empirical evidence that supports what we have observed about the role of gender and its effects upon sleep and health,” says Edward Suarez, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and the lead author of the study. “The study suggests that poor sleep – measured by the total amount of sleep, the degree of awakening during the night, and most importantly, how long it takes to get to sleep – may have more serious health consequences for women than for men.” read more

last thursday, i was working on setting up a booth for our company's first major home show. the next day, i was doing some online banking and realized that my debit card had been used for charges that i did not make! after doing a little digging, i had enough evidence to deduce with about 90% certainty that one of my coworkers had stolen my card out of my wallet. i was furious! i immediately canceled my card and went to the police station to file a report. to make a long story short, i found out today with as much certainty as possible, that it was a coworker who stole the card.

Friday, March 7, 2008

How much time do women spend blogging and socializing online?

I am very curious about how moms spend their time and how they go through each day. I am the type of person who enjoys quiet time at home, so I guess because I find myself constantly going and going between family and work that sometimes I just wonder if there are much other people like me out there (duh, of course there are!). So, I asked my Work It! Mom (WIM) community how much time they spend blogging or socializing online. I spend probably about 2 hours a night on the average doing these things and sometimes I feel a little guilty about it because there are probably more things I can be doing around the house and such. Blogging and things do help me keep my sanity on a day to day basis though, so that feeling quickly goes away! Here are some responses from the WIM comunity. http://www.workitmom.com/question-2554


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