Monday, September 24, 2018

FAIR WEATHER FAN


This post has a sports theme but if you substitute the word friend for fan, I think all of you will be able to relate.

Fair weather fans are those who support their team (or friend) only when things go well. Rough patches are not tolerated and criticism follows while a true fan (or friend) will hang in regardless. I am a true fan (and friend).

I have never been a fair weather anything which is fortunate this year. You see, I am a Marlins baseball fan and right now we are living in the basement with one of the worst records in baseball.  Too bad we don't have the worst record for then we would be guaranteed first round draft pick next year.   It is almost tempting to lose out in an effort for that draft pick but these guys play for pride. They are in every game.

I have to smile for a lot of you have a team still in contention for the post season.  In a way I both envy you and feel sorry for you. Each game now is so important and each loss is crushing. The stress must be awful.

I don't have that problem or pressure. I hope my guys win but don't really expect it. I just hope they have at least one good play or hit left in them and that no one gets hurt. And when they do win, it is delicious--not expected.

I will watch the post season for several  former Marlin players that we traded away this year have landed on a contender. So I will root for them and wish them well.

Will I be a Marlin fan next year??  You bet. There is always next year. Winning is great but losing is not the end of the world.

Are you a fair weather fan (or friend) or are you in for the long haul?

Monday, September 17, 2018

MANUKA


Ok, now I am on my soapbox once again touting a product I am crazy about.  Manuka honey from New Zealand.

I have been dealing with h-Pylori for a couple of years. This is a bacteria over half the people in the world harbor in their stomachs. Some may not even know they have them for they suffer no ill effects. However it was determined that those little buggers are the main cause of stomach ulcers.

Medical treatment is a two week series of several different antibiotics to kill off the varmints. The sad part is that they can come back. I was diagnosed via biopsy, treated several times and it is back again.  Due to my heart condition, I am limited in the antibiotics I can take. Some interfere with my blood thinners, others get my Afib excited.

So I sought a safer way via Dr. Google. He steered me to the Manuka Honey.  Any honey has antibiotic properties and the Manuka is loaded. So I gave it a try.

Now my stomach complaint is pain under my ribs that migrates to upper middle back on an empty stomach. Quite uncomfortable. The antibiotics in the past have knocked it right out but it would come back.

I was going to order it from the Internet or check my health food store but was surprised to see  that my Walmart carried the expensive, tiny bottles of honey. So I tried it.



I take a teaspoon of the honey twice a day on an empty stomach. Guess what, no more pain. This relief has been going on for 4 weeks. Ahhh.  I have no idea if this will be a permanent solution or not. Time will tell.

Good Morning America recently did a piece on the honey. It is being used as a wound dressing--even on infants. I would hesitate to use it for that what with ants and all:))

Anyway, you know me, when I find something that works, I have to share. Be sure to check to make sure it doesn't interfere with any medications you are taking or any conditions you have. Pretty sure it would not be a good idea for someone with diabetes.

This is my public service announcement for the month. Hope it helps you or someone you know. If nothing else, file it away in case you need it in the future.
By the way, I love the taste.

I wrote this before Florence showed up and just want to add that if you have family or friends feeling the effects of that gal, I hope they are safe and have recieved no property damage. Florence is no lady.