Winter is not my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of the cold season in Nairobi when we were younger. I would wake up at night with a congested chest and a whiz, walk to my parents room and knock for an inhaler. My mum always had one handy (ventolin to be precise) that worked like magic. After struggling for the better part of the night 2 puffs would work the magic and I would quietly go back to sleep… happy!
Last month at the onset of winter, due to weather changes my wife and I got the flu which we promptly passed on to our little one 😦 This turned out to be a serous bout of flu for her- From coughing to blocked nose to running nose to fever … the works. Surprisingly though she was still up and about and eating well in spite of all the symptoms. We gave her CALPOL which took care of the fever and we had nasal drops for the congestion which did not always work. She had difficulties breathing because she could not breath through the nose and as a result she also struggled to breast feed.
The mucus accumulation in her chest made her cough as though to spit it out but she did not know how to get it out. So she would swallow it right back in. Usually while feeding her she vomited and it came out with a heavy supply of mucus which was a relief for her because soon after that she would eat without a hustle. Of-course this was not pleasant if it happened right at the end of a feed- that meant you start all over again as you cannot let her go to sleep hungry.
on the 2nd or 3rd evening while we were putting her down to sleep I heard the sound of a whiz from her chest. My wife heard it too and we were both terrified; for different reasons … my wife for fear that the cold and flu symptoms were getting worse and I for fear that she could have the asthma genes that my grandma, my mama and I have battled with. My heart sunk and I almost teared but I had to man up for my galz. My wife suggested that we take her to hospital. I did not object … Tip: Always trust your wife’s instincts. So we dressed her warm and headed to the nearest Medi-clinic.
At the Medi-Clinic the doctor checked her chest and listened to her breathing and decided to nebulize her. A Nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases (Wikipedia). Watching my baby with the Nebulizer mask over her faces tore my heart to pieces. I was so sad and prayed that God would not allow our daughter to suffer the same chest complications my mum and I have suffered for a long time. As I held her and as my wife and I praying over her she quietly slept as her chest opened up and her breathing became easier. She lay there peaceful and quiet … and in deep sleep.
Next we had to take her for X-rays to determine if there was any infection in the lungs. Obviously this woke her up as we undressed her and held her down amidst screams and kicks. We thank God there was no infection in the lungs. The doctors gave us medication for her and thereafter allowed us to head back home. We were shaken but happy that she was alright. Thank you God for healing her and keeping her safe. You are Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals!
nb: My mum and I have since stopped eating eggs and using animal milk. And as result we have no complications for as long as we can remember. I do not even have ventolin (Inhalers) at home for just incase. God healed me.
Remember that yummy sticky stuff that you picked out of your nose and into your mouth and everybody went like “EEEEEEEEEEEEWWW!!!” … or you waited until it dried up so that you can pull out boogers bit by bit? and everybody went like “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWW!!!”
This may sound extremely sick. But I heard before from…Actually,…Numerous people that picking your nose and eating it is healthy. It helps build up antibodies to sickness’s anybody ever heard that sort of thing?
Professor Dr. Friedrich, a lung specialist in Austria, says picking your nose and eating it is healthy for two reasons:
1) “With the finger you can get to places you just can’t reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner.”
2) “Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. The nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria is collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.”
When I met this little gal I thought she was adorable. She sang songs and told endless stories that I didn’t understand but they were stories anyway. She had a million and 1 questions one of them being how many teeth I got. She then counted hers and proceeded to announce proudly, “I got 6 … and thats alot!”
Then she asked me to take pictures of her … and she posed (director in the making)
Then I thought about her future. What is it going to be like? Will she be someones go-to gal. You know the kind that has a positive attitude and sense of humor that we all wish we had a little more of — and doesn’t take anything too seriously. Will she be the kind you go to when you need belly-aching laughter and don’t feel like hashing out your emotions?
Will she be The Responsible One: The friend who is always the voice of reason-put-together and logical. Will she be kind of like the good angel on your shoulder, who says, “That’s not very practical.” Will she be the kind that you call when you need to make the bigger decisions in life-relationships, jobs and the things that really matter?
I pray that above all she will be a God-fearing woman full of joy and happiness surrounded by people who will always make her feel special and tell her that she is pretty. May the favour of God abide with her always!
IN the pictures: Rebbeca and her friend sister Jemimah!
Its funny how much confidence you have when your daddy is around. This kid was making faces at me and am pretty sure he/she muttered a few nasty words under her breath. I didn’t mind though, coz I immediately whipped out my camera and pointed at her … and she made a face at me!! 🙂
Am sure her father carries a little picture of her smiling in his wallet (where his money used to be) 🙂 … and she goes around making faces at people !
I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 2nd of 4 posts:
Naked and Unashamed
At creation, Adam and Eve “were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Before their sin, Like little kids, they made no connection between nudity and sexuality. However, because of their transgression they became aware of their own nakedness. Their sin and sense of shame caused them to think differently about their bodies.
Wilderness Beach, Western Cape
“Aaaawww…cute! Such innocence…..makes me want mine back” kbaab
“sweeeeeeet kids! at wilderness beach..” Wangeci Gathua
Roger Gachago, Jackie Pepeno and Jean Githaiga like this.
 Higher Learning
If you ever studied at the University of Cape Town, Jammie steps were your everyday exercise. 100 or so steps everyday to get to class in pursuit of a higher education (And all the health freaks said “Oo yeaaah!!”) Seeing all these students … future architects, engineers, artists, politicians, fraudsters, hackers etc … carrying bag-loads of books going up makes for a scene pregnant with potential (and all the latest trends in fashion). Everyone wants to study here, and esp lots of Kenyans do their Masters and PHDs here …
Any journey starts with a small step in the right direction…For those in UCT, the library couldn’t have been placed at a better position. Keep stepping!!! da gud doc.
 Someday when am 90 (part 2)
… then again sometimes you don’t want to grow old. You want to be the boy in the lake
 The Cobra at sunset
Ratanga Junction: More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from kiddie rides to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers. One of the most challenging of the rides is The Cobra, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted (like me) … but I can take pictures of it
At creation, Adam and Eve “were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Before their sin, Like little kids, they made no connection between nudity and sexuality. However, because of their transgression they “became aware of their own nakedness. Their sin and sense of shame caused them to think differently about their bodies.
Make what you may of this … enjoy the photo 🙂 We enjoyed waiting to take this photo sitting by the beach watching the waves and enjoying the vastness of the ocean 🙂 on a lazy afternoon.