Monthly Archives: April 2008

Win feeding bowls with Salmon Luke

We have a fantastic new competition set up for you!

This monyh we’ve teamed up with Salmon Luke to offer me-feed-me feeding bowl and cutlery sets worth £15.95 each to 5 madmums!

Aimed at children 12 months +, Salmon Luke’s new me-feed-me dinnerware is designed to encourage young children to eat independently.  The stylish me-feed-me bowl has three easy-scoop corners which guide food onto the cutlery for a perfect mouth sized helping of food, a wave shaped rim around the bowl to stop food spilling over the sides and a solid shape to keep the bowl steady on the table.  The me-feed-me cutlery is a matching spoon and fork with a distinctive grip and shape to aid hand to mouth co-ordination while making it harder for food to slip off between bowl and mouth.


Salmon Luke was established by Anthony and Kaye Broad in 2007, following a three year labour of love inspired by the lack of quality intelligent dinnerware for their two sons Samuel and Luke.  Anthony Broad says:  “As parents, we became increasingly aware of the ethical and quality consequences of the mass market products for children.  We wanted to be assured that the products we were buying for our two boys were not produced to the detriment of the environment or the exploitation of people. 

Salmon Luke is committed to providing highly innovative, quality products with minimum impact on the environment. Investing in the future of their own children, Salmon Luke decided to base the manufacture of the product in the UK to reduce its ‘product miles’, based on the concept of ‘food miles’.  Salmon Luke offsets its carbon emissions with the help of not for profit organisation downwithcarbon.org, specialising in carbon reduction projects in third world countries.

For your chance to win one of 5 me-feed-me feeding bowl and cutlery sets, visit the Salmon Luke website and find this answer to this simple question:

What are the full names of the two colours the me-feed-me sets are avaliable in?

Once you have found the answer, send me a PM.

The rules!
One guess per member by PRIVATE MESSAGE ONLY! 
I will only accept your 1st answer – any subsequent answers will not count. 
DO NOT post your answer here. You may discuss the competition, but you MUST NOT put your answer here. 
The names of all the members who guess correctly will be put into the draw, and the winner drawn out at random. 
Deadline for entering is 8.00pm on Wednesday 7th May 2007 UK time. The winner will be announced later that evening.
 
 
The correct answer has been verified in advance between Madzwalker, Salmon Luke and Flipflop. This competition is open to everyone except Madzwalker, Flipflop and employees of Salmon Luke. Please see the Madmums Competitions Policy for further info (
here)
 
Good luck everyone!

Morphine Withdrawal

I am not impressed with my body at all!

I have been on the equivalent of over 100mg and up to around 200mg of morphine a day. I have cut out my day time dose but cannot get below the equivalent of 40mg of morphine (20mg of oxycodone prolonged release) a night.

If I take any less than that I get involuntary leg spasms, shivers, hot and cold spells, its horrible. Add to that I get nervous and very restless as the day wears on. Oh and I have no appetitie so I am losing weight quite rapidly.

I phoned my GP today (as was given no advice on how to come off it) and was told it was too difficult to discuss over the phone and that I  should come in to the surgery – to continue as normal til then – I cant see anyone til Monday morning and I feel like a recovering addict at the moment – which is truly horrible!

Just thought I’d share my moans with you.

Toilet Training

Toilet Training

Toilet Training or Potty Training as it is sometimes known is often considered one of the most stressful times in parenting. It is a huge event in a child’s life and can in turn be very difficult to face.

The key to successful training seems to be about waiting until the child is ready. Just because your mum says you were trained by 18 months, and your friends little girl is fully trained by her second birthday, doesn’t necessarily mean your little angel is going to be ready at the same age.

The fact is most children are ready to train around the age of 2 but some just are not ready until gone their 3rd birthdays. This has nothing to do with development; it’s just that all children are different, try not to see it as a competition and let your child lead you. It is noted that boys often take longer to train than girls.

How to tell if your child is ready

Your child might be ready when he:

Coming soon – win prizes with Salmon Luke

We have another exciting new competition lined up for you!

We’ve teamed up with Salmon Luke to offer a fantastic prize to 5 madmums!

Aimed at children 12 months +, Salmon Luke’s new me-feed-me dinnerware is designed to encourage young children to eat independently.  The stylish me-feed-me bowl has three easy-scoop corners which guide food onto the cutlery for a perfect mouth sized helping of food, a wave shaped rim around the bowl to stop food spilling over the sides and a solid shape to keep the bowl steady on the table.  The me-feed-me cutlery is a matching spoon and fork with a distinctive grip and shape to aid hand to mouth co-ordination while making it harder for food to slip off between bowl and mouth.


Salmon Luke was established by Anthony and Kaye Broad in 2007, following a three year labour of love inspired by the lack of quality intelligent dinnerware for their two sons Samuel and Luke.  Anthony Broad says:  “As parents, we became increasingly aware of the ethical and quality consequences of the mass market products for children.  We wanted to be assured that the products we were buying for our two boys were not produced to the detriment of the environment or the exploitation of people. 

Salmon Luke is committed to providing highly innovative, quality products with minimum impact on the environment. Investing in the future of their own children, Salmon Luke decided to base the manufacture of the product in the UK to reduce its ‘product miles’, based on the concept of ‘food miles’.  Salmon Luke offsets its carbon emissions with the help of not for profit organisation downwithcarbon.org, specialising in carbon reduction projects in third world countries.

The Competition will be announced on Wednesday 23rd April 2008 at 8pm and will run for 1 week.

As always the answer to the competition question will be available on the Salmon Luke website so put yourself ahead of the pack and check them out in advance by clicking here.

Robinsons Squash

Keith bought some Robinsons Orange Squash today for Ollie to try as he keeps asking for Orange Squash, he must have either had it at my brothers or seen it on the tv.  I have never allowed any of my children to drink or eat anything with Aspartame in due to having done a study into it when I was at college several years ago.  Aspartame has also been linked closely to children with ADHD, it was never designed to be used in the quantities it has been in recent years, the long term side affects are not known or the affects on the growing brain of a child.

Robinsons Orange Squash states on the front "Robinsons Fruit Squash Orange, No Artificaial colours or flavours".  Then on the back of the bottle in smaller writing it does say it has "added sugars" but not what these added sugars are.  In the ingredients in much much smaller writing it then says it contains Aspartame.

Be careful to read the small print because even drinks that seem to be healthy at first glance on the front of the bottle certainly aren’t when you look closer.  I think Robinsons should be a lot clearer with their labelling especially as most of their drinks are targeted at younger children.

Depressed and torn apart

I know this message is long but I would appreciate so much if someone could read it and offer support, I haven’t opened up about this problem in 5 years.  Thankyou to everyone in advance.

In October 2002 I converted to Islam. Approximately 3 months later, I met and married a Muslim man (Arab) and moved from my hometown in Scotland to England to live with him. I kept this as a secret from my parents who are White, British. The reason I hid this from them was because I knew they would react badly to me converting and marrying someone from a different faith and background. (my parents are christian but non practising). 1 year later I told them after telling them I was living with a flat mate "down south". My father hit the roof, and wouldn’t speak to me for 1 month. My mother was equally upset but not as bad as my father. My mother tried to patch things up between us, and eventually succeeded in helping my father and I to talk to each other again. However, they were not happy at the fact that I was with my husband, and when our marriage went downhill (due to our own marital problems) my parents tried to convince me to come back to Scotland. I was determined not to, for the sake of being able to practise my religion freely without my paretns interfeering, and I hoped that one day I would remarry. I decided to stay in England.

1 year later, I remarried to a Pakistani man who is also my best friends cousin. We have 1 son together who is 16months old and I am expecting again with my second child who will be born in November this year. My parents or should I say my dad, tried to convice me to have an abortion with the first child, but I stuck to my guns and I had him. Knowing that I would not accept a abortion, they persuaded me to stay with them during maternity leave, which I did, because my husband had to return to Paksitan and sort out his spousal visa. They supported me and my first son for 1 year and I dont know what I would have done without my mothers support. However, after I had the first child, my dad warned me not to get pregnant again. When I told them recently that I was expecting my second child, this time my MOTHER tried to persuade me to get a abortion and my dad started calling my husband racist names. My own mother had a abortion when she was 18 and tried to committ suicide afterwards. I just couldnt believe she was asking me if I was going to keep it. She also told me not to tell anyone including my husband that I was pregnant because she wanted me to get rid of it.

After the conversation we had, she put the phone down and 1 week later I haven’t heard from my parents! They have made no contact whatsoever. I am really shocked because my mother was trying to build a relationship with my husband on the phone and things were going ok. Now I realise that they were hoping for a marriage break-up and for me to return to Scotland with my son – for good!. While I was living with them during my maternity leave (when my husband was in Pakistan) my dad tried to persuade me to live in Scotland – for my son to attend a christian school – and for my son to tell the other children that he doesnt have a father! How cruel can you get!

My parents hate my religion, hate my choice of husbands and have made my life hell for 4 years since I came to England. They try to convice me to come home, go back to my old way of living and turn my back of my children(s) father. I love my parents. However, I cant take their constant blackmail, torment any more. I have tried to have good relations with them over the years. I make a special effort to celebrate christmas with them every year – I fly to Scotland to be with them on this day. I contact my mum regularly to get her involved with being a "granny" to my son. Up until the second pregnancy, she has been helping me out alot by sending clothes and money for my son. I really appreciated their help. Now, they have cut off contact with me and my father shouts racial abuse down the phone towards my husband. I just dont know what to do. We are living with his sister because we cant financially afford a place of our own. Please can someone give me some advice, I am just torn in so many directions. I am going through the morning sickness and I am having it really bad morning, day and night, I cant cope with this stress right now.  Please help. 

ADHD

ADHD

What is ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is not a new problem or condition but over the years it has been called many things. In the 1930’s it was a brain-injured child, in the 1950’s hyperactive child syndrome, in the 1960’s minimal brain dysfunction and in 1965 it changed again to hyperkinetic child syndrome. By 1975 it was being termed ADD and in 1987 it changed to the familiar name of ADHD.

The current clinical definition of ADHD is that the child is developmentally excessive in areas such as inattention, impulsivity and over activity.

This is the technical bit; the brain basically works in 3 parts; receiving cells, transmitters and sending cells.

The receiving cells enable the action, which is then passed onto the transmitters, which are the bridging gap between receiving and sending out information, or an action, to the body. The information or action is then sent out the message via sending cells.

In the case of ADHD there is a problem with the receiving cells -Like a chip in a plate or glass. In situations where medication might help, the medication provides more transmitters, which help the message continue on its path.

The causes of ADHD.

Many of us sit and wonder why our child has ADHD or what have we done to cause it but it is not an uncommon condition. There is a list of known causes that have been linked to people having ADHD. In 75% of cases it’s genetic (this doesn’t have to be immediate family member like a parent but it could be a distant relative like a great uncle). It’s twice as common in boys as girls. Smoking can be a factor as can alcohol use in pregnancy, Prematurity, a brain injury or pregnancy complications.

ADHD is not caused by bad parenting, diet or food additives.

Some people have noticed that children with ADHD cannot tolerate food additives which can heighten the ADHD symptoms, but it is not the cause of ADHD.

When ADHD is likely to appear

Onset of ADHD is normally before 7 years of age, although it is rarely diagnosed before a child is reaches 3 years of age. This is due to the fact that the natural tendencies of a preschool child can make it hard to differentiate between normal behaviour and traits of ADHD. Also health care professionals like it to be present for at least 6 months, and not linked to, or in response to, a particular event.

Hurrah – this week’s the week

Thursday’s the day for my Prolotherapy and I can honestly say I have never looked forward to being stabbed in the groin and back by a big needle quite so much.

I am in so much pain I just cant wait to feel normal again. It isnt just the pain – its the medication and its side effects too. I have been constipated, forgetful, itchy, nauseus, ultry sleepy or unable to sleep, spotty, and all sorts of other odd symptoms.

My right hip in particular is agony and my left is getting worse by the day. I had started to improve and was impressed with how well the oxycodone was working but now I’m going downhill again rapidly. I am waking every hour through the night and the morphine is hardly touching it. I am back on crutches almost full time and feel so restless as I cannot find a postition to get comfortable in.

I just cant wait – the injections are on thursday the 3rd so I should be back to normal before thursday the 10th. My friends and family will get spoilt once I am better as they have been amazing looking after me for the past month.

Tens Machine and Blubbing

two things…

has anyone tried tens machine with regard trying to control the pain of spd?

i am still off work with the effect of being off falling down stairs. my gp has kept me on tramadol, reluctantly gave me a months worth of co codamol 30/500 which has been devoured. i was then told to try the tens seeing as i get upset about taking tablets. i have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder so i can’t have diclofenac but have continued with the nurofen plus and now back on the solpadeine max, to help. the extra codeine in the co codamol worked, but now i’m back to where i was. i mean i was driving the other day and i got the most unbelievable pain in left hip. sometimes it’s so hard to get anyone to understand. it’s hard to describe how, or where or whn the pain comes. i am sick of being asked, why do you think you are still like this! katie is 11 months old.

work have now atarted me on a capabilty procedure, good old addenbrookes! this looks at whether i am able to continue in my post and to "manage" my sickness, as i am off every month as along with bleeding like a stuffed or is it stuck pig the inabilty to put one foot in front of another is not too much to deal with as the hormones put me in such a position i have left katie on floor crying to be picked up as i can’t move.

i have asked about physio, but in all honesty don’t know if it’s worth it. i was told by gp to get to pain clinic i have to go through a consultant but nothing happening until i do the tens.

would it sound wrong of me to say even i don’t understand my own body. i have got to the point where i am questioning what am i feeling, is it as bad as i think, i am i being pathetic, is it in my head? i have got soo much going on, which doesn’t help. it’s three years since i lost my brother and the inquest into his death has finally arrived. there will be me and nine other families facing the last moments our last ones had and why this travesty had happened. that is why it’s so late but i can’t stop crying and don’t want to go to bed and dream again. i am so scared of all this. please can someone stop the world, i want to get off.

gentle hugs to all sore peoples!