Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Published on Associated Content

I have been busy with the writing side of my passion, kids.

I also have a passion for anyone trying to get their work published no matter what arena they are interested in. Writers looking for experience or a way to get writing clips may want to check out this web site . http://www.associatedcontent.com/

Here is the link to the first article I have published at this site. Granted, it did not pay much. However, I am gaining experience and exposure. I have two more articles waiting to be published, one on grief for children and one a political opinion piece. The latter piece was to help me reach outside the box and get comfortable doing writing assignments which I would not normally think of doing.

Check out my recently published content on AC:

Tips to Increase Your Chance for Success as a Published Writer

If you are interested in writing, and especially if you want to make money with your pieces, check out the website for an easy opportunity to gain writing experience and writing clips.

Follow your passions and Happy Fall.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Leukemia and Lymphoma newsletter

The new issue of the Leukemia and Lymphoma newsletter has arrived in my mailbox. If you do not subscribe, you need to check out their website for the newest information on research and trials leading to the cure of leukemia and lymphoma.

Visit www.lls.org for the best and most accurate information regarding treatment, clinical trials, and current research on this common childhood disease. There are children being cured of these diseases and this organization is behind the funding for research.

Check it out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A new Treatment for mucositis

If you or a loved one is experiencing mucositis from the results of chemotherapy, you owe it to yourself to check out this new gel. The product description gives directions for adults, but check with your physician to see if it can be applied with q-tips for teens and children over the age of 8.

Gelclair is an oral gel for mucositis. More information can be found at www.gelclair.com

The symptoms of mucositis are: (post chemotherapy)

  • early signs....redness and swelling inside the mouth
  • day 1-5 .....first signs of painful sores
  • day 6-12....spreading of the sores inside of the mouth with signs of white patches
  • day 12-16.... slow signs of healing begin ( usually before the next round of chemo is due)

What you can do:

  • practice good oral hygiene
  • eat soft, bland foods
  • drink cool liquids (avoiding too hot or too cold)
  • avoid citrus or acidic foods
  • avoid alcohol and tobacco products

Gelclair gently soothes the pain, is non-numbing, non-stinging, and non-drying. It is by prescription, so ask you health care provider if this is right for you.

Friday, October 17, 2008

visit my new site

  • Just a quick reminder that I have a website too. I have articles about grief and book reviews for kids. There is a Kids words and then some where kids can actually comment and ask questions for a more interactive response. The site is at http://www.freewebs.com/heartfeltwords4kids/

I have a business page where I list more about myself and what I have to offer as far as freelance writing goes. I will add more and more as my product list increases.

I have an email sign up for future newsletters and soon I will have free ebooks to offer those who sign up for my list too.

The best part for me is that I also can start a web store. Initially I will have journals, pillow cases with the animal theme of the site for kids in the hospital, and handmade cards. I will add products as readers let me know what they need.

I hope to have stuffed animals and other products that will go along with gift giving ideas for sick kids. Here you will soon be able to purchase an entire gift bag for a child in the hospital.

Eventually, I will have my own children's books on the site, but publishing is a long process so keep checking.

Check the site at http://www.freewebs.com/heartfeltwords4kids/

It is different than the blog and may require you to click on a page or two to find what you want to read, but I hope it is more kid friendly than the blog and will serve you just as well.

Happy reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Visit this site for a great resource for kids and a new book review

Check out the new website/blog of author Jewel Samples at www.jewelofabook.com
  • Here you will find endless resources and ideas for kids of all ages and a great book review on THE DRAGONFLY SECRET by authors Clea and John Adams.
Jewel does a nice job of interviewing these authors using good questions from kids themselves.
Jewel is the author of FLYING HUGS AND KISSES, a book dealing with a family who has suffered the loss of an infant from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Her site offers other resources for grief as well as activities for kids.
Check it out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fresh Foods....healthy and tasty

My sister sent me these pics in an email. They are an artistic masterpiece.

It is hard to tell from these pictures, but they are made out of food.

The pictures make the food look so good, that you would never imagine how difficult it is to make children eat a healthy diet. Multiply that difficulty ten-fold when a child is undergoing chemotherapy, is experiencing nausea, has mouth sores, and is a picky eater anyway.

Here are a few quick tips to help get some much needed nutrients into those little stomachs.

1. Finger foods are the best. Kids will pick at their food if it is in gigantic portions, so serving small amounts and making it easy to pick up with their fingers while they are doing other things will help them to eat more. Apple slices, chicken chunks, banana slices, raisins, grapes, and cheese sticks are good choices. These foods are not spicy and not acidic so are easier to chew and swallow if the child is suffering from mouth sores.

2. Offer Popsicles frequently for hydration. Freeze pudding or juices in ice cube trays or Popsicle molds for added calories. Milk shakes and smoothies also give calories and are easier to consume than solid foods when a child has a queasy stomach.

3. Give anti-nausea medications as ordered to help prevent vomiting. Children will be more afraid to eat if they think they will vomit every time they eat.

4. Let children make a few reasonable choices when picking out their menu. They will eat more if it is something they choose. Remember, the chemotherapy may change the way things taste. Foods that your child used to eat before the illness may not taste good to him or her after treatments have started. Be patient.

5. Offer non acidic fluids frequently to help ward off dehydration. Small sips frequently can be just as beneficial as a whole cup three times a day.

Nutrition is an important part of the healing process. If you have questions or are having a difficult time finding foods that your child will eat, consult with a dietitian or nutritionist. Your family doctor or nurse are also good sources of nutritional information.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall ....

Fall is the time of year for beautiful foliage, fields to harvest, pumpkins to gather, and runny noses and allergies.

Tips to keep in mind:

Treat allergy symptoms with over the counter medicines to relieve runny noses and itchy eyes.

Ask your family doctor to recommend the best medicines for the kids in your house.

Keep children home from school if they run a fever with these symptoms because that usually means it is a virus and can be contagious to others.

Washing hands frequently is the best known way to prevent colds and flu from spreading.

Take advantage of the fall veggies and fruits. A healthy diet including snacks will help prevent the fall and winter illnesses that often plague us this time of year.

Get fresh air and exercise. Enjoy a walk to view the changing leaves, rake a section of the yard, or work in the garden to improve your health and to just plain enjoy the beauty of the season.

Remember that fresh air and sunshine will help to relieve stress, so get out there and enjoy and be thankful.