Sunday, October 31, 2010
In the top photo William is in the middle between his friend and his friend's mother. She actually looked really good. His friend was not a vampire, and doesn't like vampires love stories, but to me he was a a very good looking Edward Cullin. Next photo, David is playing a game at Heathcote. I am glad he had so much fun. He is usually forced into being a teenager and doing teenager things, that finally he got to totally enjoy himself. And next photo Scott is loving on a 4 month old Corgi. Obviously, I am blogging for Halloween. :)
Have fun but don't eat too much candy!
Posted by Denise Punger MD IBCLC at 10:13 PM
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here is a post back when we began this reading program.
Posted by Denise Punger MD IBCLC at 9:42 PM
I am honored that our Treasure Coast LLL has invited me to be the speaker at the November 13, 10 am, Enrichment Meeting in Port Saint Lucie. As my days are filled with activities for older boys now, I don't get out much and don't have the chance to meet you in a casual setting, especially to meet the newest mothers. I sincerely look forward to meeting those of you I have not met before and see how the little ones I know are growing.
I'd like to know what you want me to "speak" about. If you plan on attending would you e-mail your questions or what you would like to know more about. I'd like to stick with Permission to Mother topics: birth and breastfeeding. Not very original subjects, but let me know specifically what you want to know more about. Please don't be shy. I do want you to help me focus on a useful and fun discussion.
One other thing I was wondering since I hardly get out to do this kind of thing-- I am so behind on technology, isn't their a way to record the discussion for Internet access for those who can't attend or for later viewing? Is there anyone who can take charge of this or offer tips on how to do this?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I posted Scott's discussion a few weeks ago because he did such a fantastic job on his own. I helped William with the brainstorming. I knew he would come up with some good stuff with some probing. He surprised himself at how many ways he contributes to society.
Name anything that you are already doing to contribute to society. What is it and how is it a contribution? This can be something simple or something big.
The last two Halloweens I volunteered to scare little kids at the botanical “haunted” gardens. I dressed up as a scary zombie and some parents took pictures of me. I’d do it again this year but I we were too scary for the kids.
I helped my neighbor move furniture.
At the PAL Karate (Police athletic league) we have a yearly Saint Jude’s sparring tournament to raise money and awareness for the children’s hospital.
Name three simple things that you CAN do to help with your family or your community. What are they and how can they help? Refer to the Quest portion of the lesson for ideas.
I have participated in two PAL litter pickups. I picked up trash at two different parks. This helps because the community is nice and clean and sidewalks and the pond are not filled with trash. If you’re on a boat and something falls over you can drive back and get it. This helps because picking litter in the water helps the environment a lot. I volunteered to be in a PAL karate parade. The parade inspires community to come together and I helped with the little kids. As a black belt I set an example for the little kids about peaceful conflict resolution. PAL’s is affiliated with D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistant Education) by participating in PAL’s activities it makes me a good example and it’s about keeping dopey kids off the street. I won’t do street drugs.
Name one major thing that you can do to help your community to be a better place or to make a difference in the world. This can be an invention or volunteering or organizing a group project. Be sure that this is different than anything that you have discussed in the boxes above. Refer to both the Quest and Goal portion of the lesson for ideas. How can doing this make a difference in the world?
I am going to a nursing home to share a Shabbat service for the residents and I am taking my brother and his therapy dog Max with me. Since Scott did his assignment Max graduated to therapy dog. The residents can’t get out easy or go to synagogue and they like to see young people and dogs.
Why is it important to become a good citizen? It does not matter if it means just following the laws like obeying the speed limit or becoming the president of the United States. Why should people work to do good things in society? Be specific and use concrete details to support your opinions.
In Judaism and in my Bar Mitzvah training we do a volunteer activity for repairing the world. In Hebrew it’s called, Tikkun Olam. I want to set a good example to other people. All the activities I talked about above “repair the world.” Good deeds are called mitzvah. Mitzvah can be big or small. They all add up.
Name one person that you have learned about throughout the Quest To Be The Best Game that you feel made a big difference in the world. Who is this person? What did he or she do? Why is he or she important? You may need to quickly go back through some of the past modules to refresh your memory.
King Hammurabi of Mesopotamia made a lot of rules. He set the motion for future civilization. His rules applied to everything that happened in Mesopotamia. Modern society has applicable rules and laws but punishment not as gruesome (sadly). His most famous rule “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” is very understandable.
Posted by Denise Punger MD IBCLC at 9:07 PM
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This is what I got planted:
Chard - I understand it grows like weeds around here. I like it in my smoothies and salads. Had a few seeds and a few starer plants. I mixed them into one 18 inch container.
Basil - This should be easy for me to continue growing in containers.
Chives - My favorite batch is garlic chives that Jyl gave me. It grows despite me ignoring it. (I talk about people like everyone knows everyone.) I have several varieties of chives continuously growing.
Aloe - Aloe is a vegan source of B12. I clip a small piece and add it to my smoothie.
Cherry Tomato - I have never had luck with patio tomatoes. This is my biggest experiment. I am doing exactly what the nursery lady said to do (her name is Denise, too). Do you like my trellis? It is closet shelving from our remodel. My mother gave me this idea. This plant is growing fast. Cross your fingers!
Dill - for cucumbers! And matza balls!
Ginger - I have not harvested any. I have established plants from L's and the farmer's market.
Rosemary - You can't kill rosemary. I just wish I knew more to do with it.
Peppermint and chocolate mint- the mints go well with chocolate bliss and I cut the greens and toss in with some salads.
Bay Leaf - I have a very small plant. Irma's grew huge. It's nice to have a fresh bay leaf.
Thyme - I don't seem to use this much, but still I am glad to have it for when I need it.
Pepper - John picked banana pepper. We got starter plants from the nursery.
Arugula - from seed and was ready to harvest in 2 weeks. I like that it is so close to my front door.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
We found the perfect therapist, Libby, at Lawnwood, for David. She's motivating him with the indoor swing. For example, if he could hold a long sound /ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss/ he got to swing for a long time. Another time if he could continue to think of words that begin with the /k/ sound she kept him swinging, but as soon as he paused the swing stopped. He also had to say the word correctly.
She also was using erasable crayons on the mirror (cool idea for teaching) to list all the words he said. I want a swing in my house. For me. :) Looks like fun.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By all means if you are breastfeeding and have a problem, a mammogram and ultrasound are compatible with breastfeeding. You don't have to wean. You don't have to pump and dump. If you have a good supply you may want to consider nursing just prior to the mammogram so you don't squirt. But if you do squirt, no big deal, really.
Now, I confess, I have not gotten into the pink ribbon campaign or other breast cancer awareness campaigns because I am not sure what we are suppose to be aware of?
1. Get your mammogram? Is that what the pink ribbon means? The current recommendation is baseline at 40 and every other year till 50, than once a year. Somewhere in 70's it becomes optional. (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong or you disagree.) (1/2 my patients want annuals in their 40's, 1/2 delay or space apart)
2. Is the pink ribbon a reminder to donate to breast cancer research or cure?
3. Does it stand for something else or a combination of reminders.
I am not comfortable wearing something I am not quite sure what I know it stands for. Especially if there is a chance I might disagree with it.
Second confession, I have not had a mammogram or breast ultrasound, or any other alternative diagnostics. I missed my baseline, 42, and 44 yo mmgs. Wow! I would have had three by now. And more if they called me back for additional views which is a very common request by Radiologists who over-read. And more if I had a doctor that ordered them annually without discussion.
In my last post, Jenny encouragingly commented that women who breastfeed for a long time (such as yourself) have about a 0% chance of ever getting breast cancer =). Her comment sparked me on to write this post.
Early in my professional breastfeeding career along term breastfeeding expert, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it is hard for me to forget that. After reading the book, The China Study, I found a compelling argument that one of the increase risks for breast cancer (or any cancer is animal protein). The author actually feels we are in much better control of cancer than one would think we are by manipulating our diets to a plant-based diet. It's been a long time since I read the book, but this is what sticks with me. I continue to think of all the daily toxic and chronic exposures we pile up on our selves and never have any detox. That is why most of us should have cancer screening tests. I am consuming a a high raw plant based diet, not exclusively plants, but very AWARE of high antioxident, anti-cancer types of foods. Because of my diet, I'd like to think I have reduced what little risk I had to even more minimal. I also think about how devastating breast cancer would be and it is no joke. I find peace knowing that my breasts have been used to their fullest capacity over the past 14 years.
That brings me to the next point. Like everything else, I individualize my recommendations for others. Some people may need an earlier baseline, some may be like me and want to delay the baseline (there is also risk to unnecessary exposure). Some may need annual mmgs in their 40's. Family history is an important consideration in the litigious community. Our 40th birthday milestone makes many of us aware of the damage we have done to our bodies and past damage may not always be able to be undone. The greastest benenfit of screening mmgs is probably in our 50's.
In my personal breast cancer awareness outreach the suggestions I have: lactate longer for your benefit, provide milk for your daughter for her risk reduction, eat more plants, less animal products, more wholefood, avoid nicotine and second hand smoke, and consider the other toxins in your life. Since I don't follow breast cancer awareness groups that close, let me know if there is a group who promotes the power of lactation and detoxification in their breastfeeding awareness campaign.
I've been meaning to write this out for a while and now my thoughts are flowing with more thoughts. I feel about an inch deep in a very broad topic. There is plenty I haven't touched on. Is this topic of interest to my readers and is it worth writing more on?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Arts and craft skills don't come easy in my house. I am sure that I've posted before on a teacher who blamed our homeschooling for the older boys not being able to color, cut, glue, etc...
I am not good at it, so she's right, I don't spend much time coloring or with crafts. We have plenty of other skills so no big loss.