In which the children meet Anne Shirley

We all have colds that for a few days now have left us all manner of achy and blah. It’s really frustrating having enough energy to want to do stuff but not enough to actually do it.

Movies are usually reserved for sick time, and today I decided to pick one to watch with them. I’ve been getting in an Anne mood recently thanks to Green Gables Fables (yes, it’s another YouTube adaption of classic literature, what can I say, I dig it), so I decided to start Anne of Green Gables today and introduce the kids to one of my favorite characters.

Some of the more memorable reactions:

Anne speaks of spending the night in a cherry tree. Squeaky announces emphatically that she “likes that girl.”

Anne apologizes to Mrs. Lynde. At the end of it LK turns to me confused and asks, “Did she just say she was sorry?”

Gil calls Anne “Carrots” and gets hit over the head. Pokado starts giggling uncontrollably.

Gil call Anne “Carrots” and gets hit over the head. LK gasps emotionally and cradles his head with his hands briefly before announcing he wants me to skip the scene.

Anne searches for the raspberry cordial and pulls out a bottle. LK wonders out loud, “Is that the wrong bottle?”

And then Diana gets sick. “I think that was the wrong bottle.”

 

 

A Post Long in the Making (On Systemic Yeast Infections; Part 2)

Part One gives a general overview of systemic yeast infections and a brief recounting of my experience.

Part Two offers some details on how I treated my systemic yeast infection at home without prescription medication. I’m not in a position to say this will work for everyone.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I have no official medical training. When I get sick, or when someone close to me gets sick, I’m one of those people who reads everything I can find on the illness. Articles, books, web forums, medical journals…seriously, whatever I can find. This post and any that follow on the subject are simply my thoughts based on my experience.

I would also like to note that the pages I have linked to are a fraction of the pages I have looked at. I’m offering the ones I personally found the most helpful and informative, but they are by no means the only ones on which I’m basing my facts.

I’ve bolded the more important points about the subject for the scanners. :-D

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Once I was certain candida was at the root of my health problems I started out with home remedies that had worked for me in the past including apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, garlic, and yogurt. These were the bottom-of-the-pit days and I felt depressed and frustrated and none of the home remedies seemed to be working. I was about to announce I was ready for a trip to the doctor when my mother-in-law suggested I try kefir and my sister-in-law introduced me to coconut oil.

I sat down one evening and did a bunch of reading on kefir and coconut oil. I talked to some people, gathering as much info as I could. I decided to put off the doctor’s visit for a week in favor of giving these new foods a try.

Kefir is a culture, much like yogurt but with a different set of bacteria and other flora in it. Unlike yogurt flora, which is transitory (it comes into your system, hangs out for a few days, then leaves), the organisms in kefir actively fight against bad organisms while setting up a long term colony. To read more about kefir and how it works, go here.

Recently coconut oil has been increasing exponentially in popularity. Honestly, when I first heard about it I dismissed it as another health food fad, but then I started to hear reports from people closer to me, and I began to wonder. When I actually sat down to learn about it, I was somewhat astounded to discover its history. In the specific case of candida, the fatty acids in coconut oil act as a strong antifungal. To read more about the health benefits of coconut oil and how it works, go here. Scroll down for the section on Candida.

When I started including kefir and coconut oil in my diet, I knew a lot of information but the bit where I should start out with a smaller amount and gradually work upwards was NOT one of the things I’d read. I figure I started out taking 3x the amount I should’ve, and thusly after 2 days of feeling incredible, almost unreal improvement I crashed so hard I couldn’t get out of bed. The Dearliest took to more researching and was the one to learn that yeast spores release toxins as they die. The spores were dying faster than my body could flush out the toxins, and so I got really sick.*

I gave my body two days to recover, and then the following became my daily routine:

To combat my “drinker” infection:

  • 2x a day–diluted apple cider vinegar** (ACV) rub on drinkers
  • 2x a day–yogurt or kefir rub on drinkers
  • 2x a day–coconut oil rub on drinkers

I alternated through the list, making an application about every 2 hours. There was no need to wash before nursing (although I did rinse clean in between applications). As a bonus this treatment of me was also helpful in fighting Arc’s thrush.

To combat my internal/ systemic yeast infection (the first two weeks following the Day of Crashing):

  • 1x a day–1 teaspoon ACV + 1 teaspoon honey in 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1x a day–1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2x a day–1 Tablespoon of coconut oil (on toast, in oatmeal, etc.)
  • 2x a day–1/2 cup kefir***

Every 3 days I doubled the intake of everything. As a bonus, the good stuff from the coconut oil and kefir went into my milk, which was extremely helpful in fighting Arc’s internal yeast infection.

During these 2 weeks I was very careful with my diet. Sugars and simple carbs are a feast to yeast, so I cut out sugar except for the honey in my cranberry juice and morning tea. Oh, and fruit. I ate fruit. I limited my simple carbs (potatoes, pasta, and homemade bread are staples in my life…this was hard). I also increased my iron-rich foods, because I was deficient and quite possibly anemic. On a whim I searched for a connection between iron deficiency and yeast infections and (go figure) there is one! I can’t seem find the link for the article that I particularly liked, but here’s another one that gives a good explanation.

After 2 weeks I definitely felt like my body had the upper hand. I still had a long ways to go, but improvement was steady and consistent. Every day I could tell I was getting better!

I gradually moved to a less aggressive approach, and by the 4 week mark my routine was the following:

  • 2x a week–1 teaspoon ACV + 1 teaspoon honey in 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 2-3x a week (on days I did not have kefir)–1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1x a day–1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2-3x a week (on days I did not have yogurt)–1/2 cup kefir***

That remained the routine until I felt completely well, which was another 4 weeks or so. I continued the routine for another 2 weeks to be safe, since a yeast imbalance can still be present after all symptoms have disappeared

In addition to the above, I daily took: a prenatal supplement, two 1000mg garlic capsules (Arc didn’t like it when I ate fresh garlic), and 400IU vitamin D.

If there are any mothers who have little ones or are expecting to have little ones in the future, then you may be interested in how I treated Arc’s external yeast rash, which in the beginning covered most of his diaper area. He did go through two rounds of different prescription medications (one topically, one internally), and while they made a dent, neither one was successful in getting the yeast under control. I developed the following routine and within 3 days he became a much happier baby.

At every diaper change:

  • DO NOT USE DISPOSABLE WIPES (I need to find the link to this info again, but the way the wipes work on the skin encourages yeast growth); rinse diaper area in warm water, pat dry
  • air dry completely before putting new diaper on

And then:

  • at least 2x a day–no diaper airing time 10-15 minutes, preferably in a sunbeam
  • 2x a day–wipe down with cotton ball soaked in ACV solution**, air dry
  • 2x a day–rub plain yogurt over diaper area, air dry
  • 2x a day–rub coconut oil over diaper area

I alternated through the rub-down list, making an application about every 2 hours (often at a diaper change). The rash took a few weeks to clear up completely, but it worked.

I hope this information proves helpful. I told the Dearliest that I felt compelled to share, because I can’t imagine I’m the only one who has gone through something like this, and there was so much I didn’t know! If these posts are able to help even just one person, I consider it totally worth the effort.

If anyone has questions or queries, please feel free to email or otherwise contact me!

 

 

 

 

 

*It is possible for the toxin level to build up so much that it becomes life threatening. I did not feel like I was anywhere near that in my case, but people have died from a toxin overload so please be aware and cautious!

** 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ACV) diluted in 1 cup water; stir before each use; apply with cotton ball

***I spent the first week working up to a cup of kefir a day. I started out at 1/4 cup 1x a day (for 2 days), then went to 1/4 cup 2x a day (for 2 days), then continued to increase the amount until I was at 1/2 cup 2x a day.

 

Give me a pillow and a cup of tea…

…and I will happily rest here watching movies until the cold is gone.

In all fairness, I did invite the cold into the house, but now all the littles have sniffles and we’ve had a couple nights of not-so-much sleep. S’okay, though. The worst is over and tomorrow should be a vast improvement on all fronts.

So, some stuff happened, as stuff is wont to do.

Twiglet showed me this:

Which reminded me of this:

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I made a thing!

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I’ve been incredibly distracted lately (mostly with the video editor) and haven’t hardly touched handwork in weeks! Part of the problem is I need to pick a new pattern for the hook and I haven’t felt like doing that. Soon, though, soon.

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But after I get my garden in, because I decided this week is the week! I have lots of seeds I need to go through and organize. Having a cold actually gives me the perfect excuse to sit down and plan it out. The Dearliest acquired a small rototiller which will make much quicker work of the garden area. Last year he and LK turned all the soil by hand!

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The Dearliest and I watched The Desolation of Smaug the other night. When I first heard they were making The Hobbit into three movies I groaned because how on [Middle]earth could you do that without ruining it? I’ve actually been pretty pleased and stoked and excited…Peter Jackson did a really good job, and I’m looking forward to the final installment immensely! I wish they’d left Legolas out of it, but hey, some license was gonna happen, and they could’ve done far, far worse.

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My tea is gone. Why is the tea always gone?

Day’s End; Day’s Beginning

The other morning Pokado and I were cleaning the kitchen. Timber took upon it himself to supervise in a rather monarchical pose.

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He’s a cute doggie. And very proud of his mammoth leg.

That evening we had a break in rain storms, which made for a gorgeous sunset!

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Though the scene completely changed when I tried to capture the canyon.

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Two weeks into wildflower season, and here’s a sampling of what the mountain is offering so far (as picked by LK, Pokado, and Squeaky):

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I love this time of year. :-)

Maybe I Can?

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I’m keeping up with Emma Approved, and Harriet Smith’s music club in particular. I will start by saying I’m still not sure what I’m thinking or doing. I don’t like being in spotlights or showing my face online much, and yet…I feel excited to be a part of this! The shy introvert is having a moment of extroversion! It feels weird.

After the first cover I realized I wanted to be able to do a couple things with the music in the form of multiple audio and video tracks. Windows Live Movie Maker didn’t have this capability, so I set out looking for free software that did. I honestly didn’t think I was going to find it, but then I discovered the VSDC Free Video Editor. (As a note, if you decide to check it out, make sure to decline all the extra offers that pop up during the installation process.)

It took me several hours of trial and error to figure it out (the software is completely free, but the paid version gets you access to help and tech support from the developers). There are several very useful tutorials on YouTube which made things much easier.

I’m still figuring it out (and still have to find the editor’s volume controls), and I have to learn how to add text and stuff to videos, but the long and short of it is that I made another cover!

 

The original:

 

It’s hard only working on an editing project like this for one hour a day (during the wee ones’ nap/ quiet time). Fortunately I had a couple nights where they went to bed early (and stayed in bed!!) and so I was able to spend a little more time on the project.

And then the wonderful Dearliest took them all for a long walk one afternoon so I could have a quiet house for a while to make recordings! That was a little strange, I have to admit. Normally I practice in the mornings with the little people about, which means noise! dancing! singing along!

The music club is on Pinterest too, which I think is super awesome.

 

Somebody had a 1st birthday! (Also, cake.)

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And we threw him a party complete with the two essentials.

Cake!

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And tissue paper!

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He was a tired little man, but he surely enjoyed working the crowd. It’s been a long time since we had all of the local family up on the mountain. 24 people including us! It gets larger every year. :-D **

For this reason I made two cakes. I see no point in stretching one cake to 24 people. Even less of a point in having no leftovers. What’s a birthday cake without leftovers??

I kept it super simple this time.

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I’m not even going to share pics of the other one because the frosting was misbehaving and I gave up decorating halfway through. (Note to self: try a different recipe next time.)

 

 

 

**The most recent addition–whom I cannot resist internet-naming Darcy–cuddling with Pokado. She held him for nearly half an hour and didn’t really want to give him up.:

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Sitting for just a moment.

I had all kinds of bloggery planned for today, but the laundry and grumpy kids had different ideas. So! Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up:

  • Arc turned 1 year old! And there was a party. And stuff.
  • I haven’t forgotten about the post re: treating a systemic yeast infection. It’s coming soon.
  • A new knitting project!
  • Another music project! And my dive into VSDC editing software.

For now I can offer a couple humorous anecdotes from recent days.

1) LK rode with the Dearliest into town, whereupon they stopped at the family’s house to pick up SuperC. LK noticed a truck there he didn’t know and asked whose it was. “That’s N’s,” he was told. (N, it should be noted, is Aunt A’s beau. They are very happy.) “Oh,” he returned,”Is he one of my uncles?” “No,” came the reply, “Not an uncle, at least not yet.” “Oh.” There was a pause, “Is he in training?”

It is now a LK classic.*

2) One of my baby headbands has been getting a lot of traffic on Etsy over the last week, and I couldn’t figure out why until today a kind person sent me a message. They wanted to know if the headband really was $750? *MEGA-FACEPALM* Apparently I missed a decimal in there, and my eyesight is bad enough that I didn’t catch it the several times I checked the listing. It was good for a laugh, and as the Dearliest pointed out, publicity is publicity.

 

 

*It should be noted that LK was thinking of the self-defense training that a couple of the uncles have been getting from the Dearliest. I was somewhat relieved to learn this, otherwise the comment from a 5 year old would be beyond scary.