*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 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.
*Most of us have some work to do after the holiday eating frenzy. Spring will be here before we know it, and for some of us, if we don’t act with some urgency, the warm weather will bring the reality that last year’s clothes just don’t fit like they used to. Even more importantly, many of us know that we could make far healthier choices for ourselves and those who love us.
Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, fitness trainer Shaun T is hosting the new My Diet Is Better Than Yours, airing Thursdays at 8pm on ABC throughout the month of January. The program is one of this year’s mid-season replacements, and it’s one of the best health and fitness-related shows I’ve ever seen. The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, which are airing in two-hour blocks throughout the month. Continue reading →
*Imagine being a mom and you’ve just come home from work and your precious little 3-year-old is running towards you; arms outstretched, eyes gleaming. She sees no one else. She is focused on you! Right now, reaching you is her one goal in life and NOTHING is going to get in her way because all she wants to do is …
Give mommy a hug.
And as much as mommy loves the hugs from her babies, she doesn’t really look forward to them.
Because they hurt.
Why, you may ask, would something so loving as a hug be painful? If you suffer from the condition called Diastasis Recti, which can occur after childbirth, you know the pain is real. And many of the actions we take for granted in our daily lives, are actions someone suffering from the condition has to position themselves for, beforehand.