THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
I don't usually like to air dirty laundry in public, but I can't continue to keep quiet about this anymore. I am so tired of being told “I don't work”. I am so tired of people expecting me to drop everything because “I don't work”. I am tired of people expecting me to respond right this minute, because “I don't work”. I am just tired of the stigma of the stay at home parent and caregiver. I work 24/7 365 days a year. I don't get weekends off! I love ALL of my children more than I can ever tell you, but I am tired. I have one child with special needs. Her care takes the bulk of my day. If she wakes in the middle of the night, I sit with her. If she has a seizure, I give her meds, if she is agitated, I try to soothe her. I pretty much take naps through the night to make sure she has everything she needs. I really shouldn't have to explain myself EVER! What I do during the day is no one's business! I know I don't work outside the home, but I do much more than sit around all day long. It's hard being a mom period, it's hard to be a working mom, it's hard being a single mom, it's hard being a stay at home mom, it's all hard! So please just stop assuming that because I am home all day that I am always available to just jump up and make sure your needs are met. Luckily I have an amazing support group and do have some respite care so I can breathe here and there. I have an amazing partner who is always by my side making sure I take care of myself too and that I have all the support in the world no matter what. Being a mama of a medically fragile child is so much more than just being home, It is very isolating. You lose a lot of people you though were your friends because you can't go to things like you used to. You think I should do it differently, come show me how that works. I am exhausted and so tired of hearing "you don't work" just because I don't get paid, it doesn't mean anything. No question here really, just be kind to us medical parents, you have no clue what we are dealing with! Thank you for reading this very long rant. This also wasn't directed to anyone in particular, but if you feel it was directed towards you, you maybe part of the problem! Thank you all for being part of this journey no matter what.
Signed – Tired Mom
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Experts say that climate change is forcing some animals to adapt in unusual ways. Morgan Tingley, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California LA, says that species typically adapt in one of 3 ways: They move from one place to another when the region gets too hot, they change their breeding habits, such as seasonal timing, or they themselves change, either through evolution or natural selection. Here are some changes that have been observed in animals as a result of climate change:
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OF DRINKING COFFEE:
➠ Adds years to your life: It lowers the risk of death from a variety of common afflictions (including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancers) …an 18% decrease in mortality for those who drink 2-3cups per day.
➠ Improves test performance and alertness — just by its smell: In a study, business students writing an exam in a coffee-scented room scored markedly higher than those in an unscented room. The smell of coffee has been found to add an extra layer of confidence for test-takers, and may help employees feel more enthusiastic or productive.
➠ Burns fat: Just one cup of coffee can activate our “brown fat”. Unlike more traditional white fat, brown fat actually burns calories and promotes weight loss.
➠ It can make desserts taste even sweeter: After a single cup, sweets taste that much sweeter and bitter sensations aren’t as intense. This may explain why dark chocolate doesn’t taste as strong when paired with hot java.
➠ Can improve sport performance: Drinking coffee prior to participating in athletics has been shown to improve aerobic performance and strength.
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