mosquito relief!

Mosquitos. Mosquitos. Mosquitos.

That’s one thing Noah should’ve gotten rid of when he had the chance. In southeast Louisiana, mosquitos plague everywhere. You are safe nowhere. The fact that we are surrounded by swamps should give you an indication to how bad the mosquito population is. The cities fumigate in the streets and even by air, but there’s no escaping. To make matters worse, my kids and myself are allergic to them. One mosquito bite causes our skin to become swollen (bigger than a half dollar), hot to the touch, and very irritated.

I’ve tried many products to try to help with this.

  • hydrocortisone
  • after bite
  • hand sanitizer
  • rubbing alcohol

None of these work for my kids. This will last about a week. I don’t like giving my kids Benadryl orally when this occurs because it’s so frequent here my kids would be Benadrylholics. Insect repellent isn’t 100% foolproof as a couple of those suckers always seem to get through that barrier.

I went to target yesterday and went to the pharmacy section. My son was bitten the day before by 4 mosquitos and they were very inflamed. I was just browsing to see if I could find anything new when one of the pharmacists asked if I needed help and I began to tell him my dilemma. He told me his son is the same way and he uses the Benadryl stick. Before I could ask him what he was talking about, he grabbed one of the packages and told me about it. I decided, what the heck? I bought it and have since seen a dramatic reduction in the swelling. It has only been 24 hours and I can see such a huge difference.

It’s very simple to use. It comes in a pen-like shape. You just unscrew the cap and dab it onto the affected area. Less is more. It will come out like liquid but you don’t want to overdo it.

I am very happy with the results and that I bought 2. I have one for my purse and one to keep at home. I never thought I would find a solution that would have quick results like this. I recommend this to all parents and people who have this same issue.

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morality & psychoanalysis – c.s. lewis excerpt

“The bad psychological material is not a sin but a disease. It does not need to be repented of, but to be cured. And by the way, that is very important. Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. When a neurotic who has a pathological horror of cats forces himself to pick up a cat for some good reason, it is quite possible that in God’s eyes he has shown more courage than a healthy man may have shown in winning the V.C. When a man who has been perverted from his youth and taught that cruelty is the right thing, does some tiny little kindness, or refrains from some cruelty he might have committed, and thereby, perhaps, risks being sneered at by his companions, he may, in God’s eyes, be doing more than you and I would do if we gave up life itself for a friend.

It is as well to put this the other way round. Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and a good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends. Can we be quite certain how we should have behaved if we had been saddled with the psychological outfit, and then with the bad upbringing, and then with the power, say, of Himmler? That is why Christians are told not to judge. We see only the results which a man’s choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but on what he has done with it. Most of the man’s psychological makeup is probably due to his body: when his body dies all that will fall off him, and the real central man, the thing that chose, that made the best or the worst out of this material, will stand naked. All sorts of nice things which we thought our own, but which were really due to a good digestion, will fall off some of us: all sorts of nasty things which were due to complexes or bad health will fall off others. We shall then, for the first time, see every one as he really was. There will be surprises.”

daily rant: soccer dads

One thing that disturbs me while going to one of my little brother’s soccer game is having to hear these parents that insist on everyone hearing their advice for their kid that’s playing. This is not only embarrassing for the kid but annoying as well to everyone in the vicinity. Ninety percent of these parents have never played soccer, yet seem to think they’re so knowledgable in what must be done.

I’ve realized that fathers are much worse in this area than mothers. I wonder if the frustration of lacking successes plays a big part in this. I’ve seen many parents go to the games, watch their kids play, support them from afar, and that’s it. But there’s also that dad that has to yell at their kid while they’re playing. They break the kid’s concentration and make them insecure. I’ve even witnessed some kids cringe at hearing their dad’s voice.

If you are that educated and have the skills for that sport, why are you not coaching?

All that yelling takes away the ability of anyone around them to enjoy the game. I am a parent and I have had my kid play soccer and I cannot see myself doing that. My husband is not like that either. I cannot see us yelling at our kid during their game, not only taking the authority away from the coach, but also making my kid feel bad while they’re supposed to be enjoying the game.

I can only come to the conclusion that parents like this are:

1. Living their dreams through their kids
2. The lack of successful things going on in their lives frustrate them and this seems like a good outlet
3. They love the attention
Or
4. They get a kick out of degrading their kids in public

Either way, this is highly aggravating. Unless you are their, shut your trap.

Rant has ended.

Mere Christianity Excerpt -C.S. Lewis

“A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat ‘Do as you would be done by’ till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward—driven on from social matters to religious matters. For the longest way round is the shortest way home.”

Mere Christianity Excerpt -C.S. Lewis

A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble — because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out.

Mere Christianity Excerpt – C.S. Lewis

The point is not that God will refuse you admission to his external world if you have not got certain qualities of character: the point is that if people have not got at lease the beginnings of those qualities inside them, then no possible external conditions could make a ‘Heaven’ for them — that is, could make them happy with the deep, strong, unshakable kind of happiness God intends for us.

C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity