Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Someday is Today

It's 90 degrees outside, and my teenagers just went to get ME ice cream. Somewhere, through a wrinkle in time, Lisa-from-15-years-ago is juggling a 6-year-old, a 4-year-old, and an infant at the Dairy Queen, thinking to herself, "Someday, this will get easier."


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Taking a stand

Things are getting so strange in the world of politics right now, and it seems that more and more people are afraid to speak up about who they're supporting, and why.  I get it, I do--no one wants to deal with ugliness and arguing, especially when you know that you disagree to such a degree that nothing you say is going to change the other person's viewpoint, and nothing they say is going to change yours. 

And yet, I believe we need to keep the dialogue going, even if it gets a little messy and contentious.The only thing more dangerous than bigotry is apathy.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Power of Pineapple: a.k.a. the Best Way to Reduce Pain & Swelling Associated with Wisdom Teeth Removal!

On Tuesday, my 21-year-old daughter had all 4 of her wisdom teeth removed. Many friends who've gone through the procedure themselves or have children around the same age who recently had it done all warned us about what to expect: feeling very loopy right afterwards from the anesthesia, lots of bleeding, intense pain, and by Day 2, facial swelling that makes you look like a chipmunk.

We were advised to keep up with the painkillers no matter what, even if my daughter felt fine after the surgery, because the ill effects usually take a day to kick in.  We were also told to ice her face as often as possible, but that a certain amount of swelling was to be expected regardless.

And then, there was one co-worker at my daughter's office who gave her this advice: eat pineapple and/or drink pineapple juice for at least 24 hours prior to the surgery, and your swelling will be minimal.  The rest of her co-workers thought the woman was crazy--no one had ever heard of this "trick"--but after my daughter mentioned it to me, I decided to look into it. 

Sure enough, in multiple online forums and medical sites, I found testimonials and articles about the amazing power of fresh pineapple and its anti-inflammatory effects.  Specifically, the enzyme Bromelain, which is said to greatly reduce bruising and inflammation after facial and sinus surgery.

So, my daughter decided to give it a try, and drank lots of pineapple juice in the day leading up to the surgery. When we got to the surgeon's office, I asked one of the nurses about it, and she said that she has seen it work for patients, but that it's important to ingest the pineapple and/or juice BEFORE the surgery, in order to reap the benefits.

The results were astounding. 

Within 48 hours after surgery, my daughter was back at her full-time job, feeling great.  She had very minimal bleeding, which stopped within a few minutes of having the surgery.  She had no swelling, no brusing, and very little discomfort.  We followed all of her doctor's orders (no drinking through a straw, sleep with your head elevated, ice as much as possible, eat soft foods for the first 24 hours) but I absolutely believe the pineapple is what made the difference.  My daughter is very fair-skinned, and her doctor warned us that bruising should be expected, but she had NONE.  I stayed over at her apartment to take care of her, and she kicked me out after 24 hours. She had an appetite, minimal discomfort, and was able to take care of herself.

The Power of Pineapple.  Who knew?!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sleepover visit with my daughter

Things you won't find in your daughter's 1-yr post-college apartment :

Unflavored coffee
Cow's milk, half-and-half, or creamer of any kind
Paper towels
Replacement AAA batteries for the non-functioning remote
Fine Irish whiskey before bed

Things you will find:
Scented candles on every flat surface
An unfinished bottle of wine with only one glass worth missing 
Dozens of boxes of flavored tea