*Just like when you go to your favorite porn site (don’t judge me), let’s clear the kids out of the room and cut right to the chase: there is NOTHING more uncomfortable for the bruthas than an itchy, sweaty sack.
So for our collective relief, I present to you: Nadkins, “male jewels refresher towelettes.”
*Oh damn. I know every woman reading this, who has gone through labor, can feel this woman’s pain.
So here you are, cramping like its nobody’s business for hours on end. Finally, you can’t take it anymore, and you allow somebody to call 911 or take you to the emergency room themselves.
That’s what happened to this mother of four. Amber Hughes went into labor at 30 weeks (according to this site its usually 40 for full term). This wasn’t really a surprise to her because doctors had warned her that, since she lost her mucus plug at 24 weeks, early labor was more than possible.
But then Hughes learned that the baby had an infection after she had gone through 36 hours of hard labor (and here I was complaining at 17!!!) and she was rushed to emergency.
So why did she not actually hear the baby doing that whole birth-cry thing as the doctors were mulling around in her open stomach? Continue reading →
*Domonique “Nikki” Smith was only 18 when she died unexpectedly in June 2015. And Tanisha Bahsam had been on a waiting list for a new heart, because she had congestive heart failure, for 18 months. So the only thing grieving mother, Vicki Olds, thought to do, was donate her daughter’s heart to Bahsam.
Smith says she actually had to convince her friend to take the gift.
“I was overwhelmed,” Basham, 41, said in a press release. And that is why she didn’t want to accept the generous donation at first.
But Olds insisted and said to her, ‘Tanisha, you’re like my sister. You’ll always have my baby with you.'”
I have a feeling it was that ‘last part’ that really did it.
Olds wanted to do something beautiful for Bahsam, and Bahsam wanted to ultimately do something beautiful for her. And what better way to accomplish this than accepting Nikki’s organ? Continue reading →
*I swear, if it ain’t one thing its another. To be on the safe side, we might have to go ‘Chi-Raq’ and not have sex at all!
Not so much as a punishment, as the women in the Spike Lee flick by the same name did; but for our own protection as people, men and women alike.
Well, that might be a bit extreme. But it gives you damn good reason NOT to give in to the old “But I can’t feel anything” argument your partner may present about using protection. Because now, a recent virus called ‘Zika’ has been put in the mix. And the risk factor has just upgraded! Continue reading →
*I must admit, one thing that keeps me in southern California is the fact that I don’t have to shovel snow. As a girl who lived in both New York and Virginia, that is a chore that still seems like yesterday and I don’t miss it NOT ONE BIT. So when I think about a person who does something as heroic as walk miles through a blizzard to get to work, my entire body trembles.
Chantelle Diabate, a 32-year-old nurse, braved the icy cold snow — all 26.8 inches of it — and winds blowing forty-miles-per-hour, because she was driven by the thought, “I love my patients.”
She was the only staff member who made it to work that day.
And today she is being hailed as a shero by everyone at the Hebrew Home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York.
Sure Diabate, the mother of a 3-year-old, had the same thoughts as her colleagues: to take the day off when she heard that public transportation had been shut down (even the buses couldn’t get through!!!).
*If you are a woman who continues to disregard the warnings about the risks involved in indulging in alcohol and drugs while pregnant, perhaps seeing the results of that behavior on a 43-year-old woman will change your mind.
Kathy Mitchell will be the first to tell you that she is not proud of the choices she made while she was pregnant with her daughter, Karli. But she is taking a brave and selfless stand today, as she brings us inside her sorrow and reveals how her now adult daughter turned out.
Karli Schrider at 43-years-old has the mental capacity of a first-grader. She lives at home with her mother and stepfather, and spends most of her days playing with the dolls, purses, and Hello Kitty accessories she has collected.
Karli has “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder,” but her mother says because she was born seemingly “normal,” and wasn’t diagnosed with the disorder until she was about 16, she continued to drink alcohol during future pregnancies.