Sunday, 12 May 2013

Silent Sunday - 12th May 2013

To the quick witted people of Twitter - come on confess....

Do you ever wish you were funny?  Now I do have a laugh when I look in the mirror (well it's better than shedding a tear at the onslaught of my wrinkles!) but no I mean funny like witty.

I often read peoples bio's on their Twitter accounts and sigh as I laugh at their witty, humorous descriptions of themselves, I have seen loads that had me smirking like a fool and desperately trying to get my obviously not that way inclined mind to think of something as clever and witty to say about myself - and fail miserably.

Am I not funny? Well I have a sarcastic sense of humour and that is brought to the fore when I spend time with Eldest Son who's quick wit has me in stitches - he has the 'humour gene' but as soon as I have finally found something funny to spurt out the moment has passed or it no longer seems as funny as it did when it was whirling around in my oh to serious head just a few moments before.


So do these people with the quirky, witty bio's on Twitter spend ages thinking them up (come on say yes so I can feel better about myself) or do they just pour from their fingers into their PC's like water from a tap?  Have I lost my sense of humour? How do I get it back if that's the case?  I could be chasing around after it for ages if thats the case.

As I have got older I laugh less and life seems to be too serious and mundane and that needs to stop. Worry seems to have absorbed my funny bone and taken over without me even realising.  I find myself worrying about things that have never, will probably never happen and spend way too much time thinking about "What if?"

So for those lucky quick witted people of the world - come on confess your secret ability to make something funny seem effortless, oh and throw some my way please!!


Wig Wam Bam - Fun in the May Day sun

The sunshine is making an appearance - well trying to. May Day Bank Holiday was glorious so we headed out into the garden to make a WigWam in the sun.

Little Man was intrigued by the possibility of a new hiding den and was eager to help.  The Wigwam was really easy to construct and the poles and canvas covering were made from, in my opinion, good quality materials.

Firstly we unpacked the contents, laying them out carefully and slotting the poles together to make them longer, and the included instructions were concise and easy to follow which made the whole thing easy.

The shape of the Wigwam came together quickly and all the pieces fitted together well and no extra tools were needed in its construction.
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The canvas that covers the Wigwam was a lot thicker and more substantial than I thought it would be and I was very impressed by this, the poles sit inside a 'pocket' at the base of the canvas (see middle photo above) rather than a method using ties around the poles.  I think this works better for use with younger children especially from a safety point of view and held the Wigwam structure together firmly along with a velcro strip halfway up the poles. The only area that is tied using cord was at the very top where the poles meet.  This was well out of reach of my nearly 3 year old but he was supervised in the Wigwam at all times so this was not an issue for us. You can see the Technical Specifications here.

I loved the bright designs on the Wigwam canvas and they gave it a real Aztech feel. Each section of the Wigwam had its own pattern, deers, rabbits or lizards with a red pattern along the bottom incorporating a green cactus.  The Wigwam door has a a red zigzag with a bright cheerful sun on each side of the opening.

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Once the Wigwam was constructed I was surprised how much shade it provided, this is probably due to the thickness of the canvas covering, although it is not obviously UV protection against the sun itself.  The top of the Wigwam by the top poles had a well stitched opening that allowed extra air to circulate through it. Again this had its own bright design in keeping with the rest of the Wigwam patterns and designs.

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In no time at all our Garden Games Wigwam was ready to use and Little Man had a great time sitting in the new den which had enough room for his fold up garden chair in it.  He took his toys in and played happily for ages.

This Wigwam is, in my opinion, far superior to anything made from plastic and when we were heading in after playing we didn't take the whole thing down but merely collapsed the poles together at the height they were and wrapped the canvas round them.  The whole thing then, with a little persuasion, slotted back into the box with about 1/3 of it above the top of the box.  This means when we want to use it again we just pull it out of the box, open up the poles into the Wigwam shape and its ready to go again in no time at all - Wig Wam Bam!
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This is a Review.


Friday, 26 April 2013

Surely something is better than nothing?? MMR vaccine my thoughts.

For the last few weeks my stomach and mind have been churning about the MMR vaccine.  I have wrestled with my conscience, my heart, worried about my childrens health, freedom of choice and raised eyebrows from others.

I put my hands up and say I am one of those parents that choose for whatever reason to refuse the triple jab (I will not put my reasons here as I do not feel I need to justify or supply them as I don't expect the same of those that chose to vaccinate with the MMR vaccine).

Of course the current news regarding Measles in South Wales has me thinking. From what I can understand in 'Laymans Terms' is there is a school of thought that there is a current increase in confirmed Measles cases because of the low uptake of the MMR jab (so the 'herd' vaccination process was not as large as was needed to stop an outbreak)

However I, and more importantly, my children are not cows in a 'herd'.  As a parent I have to decide what is right for my children and myself and the MMR vaccine, after many books/websites read on the subject and exercising my informed choice, was not it.

Do I regret my previous decision? No but I do have questions now. I must add I did ask in the 90's when the vaccine was in the news at that time if my children could be given the same vaccinations but in a single dose. I was told no and that some Doctors were removing patients that refused the vaccine from their lists. I felt browbeaten, ignored and probably worst of all, a bad parent for daring to exercise my right to ask questions.

I have asked the same question again of my Doctor now in light of the outbreaks - again I have been told it is not possible. WHY??

The questions I am left with are:

Surely any vaccination (single format included) is better than none at all? So why can't I do this?

If there are clinics that offer single vaccinations in this Country why are Doctors not doing the same, especially in the light of the outbreak in South Wales.  Why does children health when it comes to vaccinations have to be an 'all or nothing' scenario?

The single vaccinations are around £100 per jab - do I pay or go with the 'herd' (there words not mine!) and let my children have the bloody jab - so much for freedom of informed choice!!! What about parents that can't afford them but still do not agree with the triple MMR?  What happens to them??

It goes without saying that my childrens health comes before everything but I do not feel with all my heart that I am behind the triple MMR.

I don't just feel this way about MMR and refused my children to have their baby vaccinations given at the same time as another - no jab in one leg and the other for us - it was one at each visit in one leg.  Although it is not the standard I was supported by my Nurse in this who, quite rightly, advised that it would be prolonging the vaccination process by having to leave a month in between each jab rather than doing 2 jabs in one (1 in each leg) but was happy to follow my wishes.

But at the same time that alone raises a question in my mind. Why does doing it one jab then another change things? Why the need for a month lapse between vaccinations?  Why if they are safe to give at the same time, one in each leg do I have to wait in between the same 2 jabs??  Don't get me wrong I am grateful to my Nurse for her understanding and agreement to do the jabs in a way that was comfortable to me but why the wait? I just don't get it!

So it boils down to a few things I believe;  find the money, vaccinate in single format, protect against childhood illnesses or give the bloody MMR through my Doctors and not feel totally comfortable with my choice but protect against childhood illnesses and worry about the effects of what giving a vaccine in 'bulk' will be later?

I'm sure I am not the only parent with unanswered questions.