Thursday, March 19, 2009

Good news...sort of...

Our youngest munchkin has had a wheat allergy since the age of 11 months, so we thought, resulting in chronic eczema every time wheat was ingested. We were told most children grow out of their allergies by the time they're 3, but this wasn't the case with younger munchkin, and in fact we've been noticing more and more things that seem to be causing allergies. With this in mind, and the worry of the development of asthma and further allergies, we decided we had waited long enough now to see if the allergies would go away by themselves, and now we would look at the desensitisation option. So today we took younger Munchkin to an allergy/immunologist and found out Munchkin DOESN'T have a wheat allergy per say (though yes wheat is having a negative effect). It could be Coeliacs or a partdermatology type eczema. That bit remains a mystery but the good news for munchkin is the doctor recommended trialling small amounts of wheat again, while being very careful to keep Munchkin's skin in very good, moisturised condition and see what happens. Munchkin got to have an icecream cone today, complete with cone, for being so brave, and you never saw a child enjoy one quite so much!

We did find out our suspicions of dust mites was correct. Munchkin tested positive to dustmites, pollen and 3 types of grass. The kiwi and pineapple is being tested next time.

So now an order has been placed for the desensitasation stuff (gets made into a lozenge to be dissolved under tongue - no injections for paeds - yay!) and we wait 6 weeks for it to arrive from France. The treatment continues for 3 years or so and hopefully within 6 months we'll start to see results.

I feel relieved to have been able to do something about this finally, especially a no pain option because when we first looked into desensitisation a few years ago the option was needles every week and not something we wanted to do to our little one. Fingers crossed now that the treatment will work out successfully and we work out what's happening with wheat.

Have to say though - that we're not too keen to change our wheat free diet. It has been good for us as a family in terms of varying our diet, especially grains.
Sometimes blessings are hidden.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Help! Rotten Egg Smell Problem!

We have a chook who is clucky and noticed the most putrid smell coming from her nest.
I went to investigate today (after taking a day or two to work up the courage) and it looks like there's a rotten egg that's broken. She and her eggs were in a wet smelly puddle.
I took all her eggs from under her and cleaned them up with a warm wet cloth the best I could, transferred her to a clean nest and cleaned her up too. I'm guessing there may be one or two more that are rotten that she's sitting on and only hope they don't break before the chicks hatch. They are due in 3 days.

Anyway the trouble is I now STINK of rotten eggs - AFTER a really really good scrub in the shower. I can't get the smell off my hands and I'm supposed to be going out this afternoon.

Is there are remedy for this? I'll try anything!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Peter Singer, Choice Theory and CHANGE!

It's been ages since I've blogged - life has been so busy...but hopefully now things will be different.

Firstly though - I went to hear Peter Singer speak at UWA the other night about his book 'The Life you can Change'. He discussed aspects of the psychology of giving, why people do or don't etc. His speech was moving and very interesting.

He talked about the fact that people don't give because they don't think the money gets there, the issue never improves (there's STILL poverty in Africa after decades of aid) they don't see other people giving and think 'Why should I when others have more money?' they feel like it's a drop in the ocean etc etc.
The facts tell a very different story. 20years ago 40% of the world were in extreme poverty, now it's only 20%. The aid is getting there - in more effective ways (which support whole villages and promote self-sustainability). And as he points out, it's not about the ones you can't save - our focus needs to be on the life we CAN save.
There were suggestions from the audience about the government giving on our behalf via taxes, but Peter Singer said whilst that was a good idea, some people were put off it because when you give through taxes your donations go to the politically motivated destinations. Australian aid predominantly goes to PNG, Indonesia and Iraq.

A lot was said, but in essence his plea was for not for some people to give a lot, but for everyone to give a little. His suggestion for an low to average income was 1% and the scale rises with income proportionally.

He has set up a website where you can pledge your support. We talked about it and decided we would pledge this and work on it this year through buying many of our goods through OxFam (they have heaps of Fairtrade Organic stuff like tea and coffee) and buying'unwrapped' goods for family and friends who would appreciate it. The kids decided they'd like us to buy a goat as a family too so that's next pay's project.

Check out the website yourself. You can buy his book from it too if you're interested in buying it.

On another note - I returned from the 4 day intensive Choice Theory course...changed.
I walked into work straight after and resigned from my HOD position. Still teaching but not as HOD. I feel liberated! I learned that sometimes what you want and what you need are two very different things. And I will be making very different choices as a result.

To anyone out there who has heard of Choice Theory and contemplated doing the Intensive Course - I say GO FOR IT. I know this has/will be life changing for me, and the flow on for my family and how I interact with others is already noticeable. What a positive experience.

Have a wonderful week. :)