Friday, May 21, 2010

Traveling with family.

ou and your partner are finally taking your dream vacation. The only thing is, by the time you got around to taking that dream vacation it’s no longer just you and your partner; it’s you, your partner and the kids. It’s not the end of the world. Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be drudgery, but it will require some attitude adjustments, some negotiating and a lot of planning and open communication.
You’ll be best off if, from the beginning, you accept the fact that this is not the same trip you would be having if it were just adults. Not better, not worse, just different. Expectations are premeditated disappointments; so adjust those expectations from the start and you’re more likely to enjoy the experience you’re having instead of longing for the one you’re not.
Remember when you were teaching your children about sharing? You had a bag of M&M’s, poured it out on the table and doled it out; one for you, one for me, one for you, one for me. Well, it’s time for sharing 202, this time with activities and/or sights. Explain to the kids that this is everyone’s vacation, not just theirs; therefore, everyone gets to choose activities they want to do. When it’s time for the adult activities, they don’t have to love them or for that matter, even like them, but they do have to go along with them and do it without complaining. You, of course, in return, will promise to do the same when it comes time for the activities that they want to do.
Getting kids involved in the planning from the beginning will help create “buy in” for the trip that is being created. If you’re not wedded to a particular vacation site, give them a choice of two or three places that are in the running. If they are older, have them review guidebooks to pick out places of interest they would like to visit. If they are younger, check your local library for videos on the location of choice so that they can watch it and get excited about your upcoming trip.
Assign them specific days that they are in charge of planning: what to do, how to get there, where to eat, etc. Most kids will enjoy the authority that you have placed in their hands and you’ll be the beneficiary of their creativity.
When traveling with kids you will want to do more planning than you might have done were it just you and your partner. Kids like to feel secure in their surroundings and the easiest way to offer that security is to feel secure and confident yourself. With advanced planning you can offer that to them. When you arrive in a city with reservations in place and the knowledge of how to get to that accommodation, the kids don’t have to worry about where they are going to be sleeping that night or if they’ll be lost in transit. They will soon come to trust that Mom and Dad “know what they’re doing” and that they need not fear the unknown.
Also keep in mind that while kids appear to be high energy, they burn out more quickly than adults, as they don’t feel the same drive we might have to “see the sights.” They want to move at a slower pace, see less in a given day and have more down time to play and to relax. If they’re really young, time to nap. Don’t fight their pace but instead embrace it! You may discover that traveling is a lot more relaxing and enjoyable when you’re not pushing yourselves to cover as much territory. You won’t see everything the city has to offer but chances are, even if you push yourself, you still won’t.
While there are things you surely won’t get to do while traveling with your kids, there might just be some incredible things that, had you not been traveling with your kids, you wouldn’t experience. A horse trek through the dunes in Chile or flying hundreds of feet above the rain forest on zip lines in Thailand would never have been on my list “A” list of activities. But, because of the kids’ interests, those were just a few of our activities on our year long trip around the world and what amazing adventures they turned out to be.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Visit of beautiful Islans

We left the marina at Turks and Caicos at high tide (basically because it is the only time we could leave) and set sail for the Bahamas. We were planning on an overnight trip to Conception Island, over 200 miles away. The weather was great, if not a little more wind and waves than expected. But we were going down wind and things were going along smoothly, and we were making great speed. To top it all off, we had one of the most beautiful sunsets off shore that we have ever seen. The sky was red and orange and pink everywhere you looked (the picture does not do it justice, trust me). It was a great night to sail, and we were just chugging along.

But that all changed in the morning when we were in the middle of the Crooked Island Passage, and we hit something. There was a distinct thump at the bow, a whomp as it hit the keel, and then a thwock-da-ti-thwock as it hit the prop. As with all of our off-shore troubles, I was on watch when it happened. So Jay woke up in a panic and ran upstairs to help.
Handle the situation now this is one of our biggest fears out here. There is always debris floating around the ocean, and sometimes it sits just below the water line and is invisible to the eye (so basically unavoidable). And this debris can cause severe damage to the hull with devastating results. The good news was that whatever we hit was not too hard and we weren’t taking on any water, so the hull was intact. The bad news was that whatever we hit had probably damaged the prop because our engine was making all kinds of thump-a-di-thump noises and our boat was a shimming and a shaking when we used the engine.

The only way to confirm our conclusion was to have a look. So Jay secured his harness to the boat, put on his snorkel gear, and popped his head under the water off the back swim platform. What did he find? A giant tangled mess of an old fishing net wrapped around the prop- blerg! We wanted to jump in with dive gear and free the prop right away, but felt that it would be too dangerous of a maneuver out here in the open sea.
Even without the sails up, we were still travelling 2-3 knots because the wind and waves were pushing us along. So we tried to get it off with our boat hook and gaff, but to no avail. Bear in mind that Jay is precariously balanced over the swim platform while doing all this, and we are still travelling along at a decent clip and the waves are bouncing the boat all around. So what happens next? The life vest automatically inflates and nearly strangles Jay and effectively pins him under the dinghy (at this point, we found the whole thing rather hilarious, more of a comedy of errors than dangerous). So I helped him get off the swim platform, free from the life vest, and back into the cockpit safe and sound.
Needless to say, we had to change our plans. Now that we fouled the prop we were only traveling at about 4-5 knots. At this speed, there was no way we could make landfall at Conception Island before sunset. And with all the reefs and shallow patches surrounding the island, you can’t just pull in at night. You have to be able to read the water to safely maneuver your.
boat into the anchorage. So what was plan B? We brought out all of our charts and calculated our options. Luckily, if we changed course and our boat speed did not drop below 4 knots, we could make it to Rum Cay before dark. So we pushed on. Morale was low, but Jay had to remind me that things never really go to plan out here (and they really don’t). We always end up with plan B, or C, or sometimes even D. The only time to panic is when you run out of options. And face it; stopping at Rum Cay was a good option.

So we sailed on and were able to pull into Rum Cay later that afternoon. Jay quickly jumped overboard once we had the anchor down to free our prop. He hacked away at it with a knife and got the tangled mess off- yeah! And we celebrated with a rum and coke. After an early dinner, we zonked out, totally exhausted from our trip up from the Turks and Caicos. But we had made it, the Rum Runners were back in the Bahamas!
Well, sort of. We still had to check in.

to customs and immigration. Contrary to popular belief, there are no government officials on Rum Cay. So we had to continue our trek to Georgetown. But not without a quick stop at Conception Island first (will write more on that later). All in all we had a great trip back to the Exumas, and I am happy to report that it was uneventful the rest of the way. We are now anchored at Monument Beach in Georgetown, in the exact spot that we were at over two years earlier. This place is special to us in a way, because this is where we made the big decision to leave the Bahamas and sail down to the Caribbean (and doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago). In some ways, we can’t believe that we are back. And we almost forgot how beautiful it really is here in the Bahamas… almost

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The seret Island

’m not sure there’s a setting more idyllic than a secluded tropical island, the kind where you feel your cares melt away as you lie on the perfect powdery beach, palm trees swaying gently overhead, azure waves lapping lightly on the shore as a soft breeze tickles your toes. The only place that might come close is a quiet and temperate island, where the forests and quaint towns run down to the sea, and you lean back in an old-fashioned rocking chair to watch the sun set in a riot of purple over the deep blue water.

With winter still in full swing, we could all use some outdoor eye candy right now, and Bing Travel is here to oblige with a new slide show presenting 17 island escapes spread across the world. Some hail from tropical climes, while others are farther from the equator, but all are secluded, serene and beautiful — ideal places to leave the everyday world behind.

My own secret island is Orcas Island, a hilly green retreat north of Puget Sound that doesn’t even have a stoplight. But I’ve always wanted to visit the tiny, quiet islands scattered throughout the Pacific, from the Marshall Islands to French Polynesia.

What are your favorite secluded islands — whether you’ve actually been there or you’re just dreaming about them? Tell your fellow travelers your secret in the comments section.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Because sleep apnea can influence be a distressing and fatal disorder, undergoing treatments is necessary. Sleep apnea treatments are designed to meet two goals. One is to relieve symptoms and two is to normalize respiratory patterns.

Treatments rely on the severity of the disorder. However, the effectiveness of the treatments is partially keen about the regularity of follow-ups and constant and open communication between the doctor and patient.

For your steering, following are the treatments for sleep apnea.

1. Lifestyle changes. Conjointly called behavioral therapy, lifestyle changes are aimed at treating delicate cases of sleep apnea by adjusting habits, activities, and lifestyle. As an example, losing weight can significantly alleviate sleep apnea since obesity or being overweight will contribute to the narrowing of the airway. It’s additionally necessary to avoid alcohol, sedatives, and different medicines which will any relax throat muscles and could cause sleepiness.

Tobacco ought to additionally be avoided. Moreover, sleeping on the back instead of on the side is additionally found to help people with sleep apnea. Sleeping on the rear is alleged to relax the tongue and palate a lot of and so block the airway. The employment of saline nasal sprays is also helpful in keeping the nasal passages open.

2. Treatments for co-existing medical conditions. Sleep apnea could either be the cause or result of other medical conditions. Taking the treatments for such diseases or disorders can facilitate alleviate sleep apnea.

3. Devices. Respiratory and oral devices are utilized in treating sleep apnea of various severities. Examples are continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) and mouthpiece. Counseled for people with moderate and severe apnea, CPAP may be a mask-like device connected to a machine. CPAP is worn over the nose whereas sleeping and delivers pressurized air to forestall the airway from narrowing.

Mouthpiece, on the other hand, is meant specifically by a dentist or orthodontist. It’s a custom-fit dental device that resembles the common athletic mouth guard. It prevents sleep apnea by adjusting the lower jaw and tongue, therefore keeping the airway open. Different devices include bi-level positive air pressure (BiPAP) and adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV).

4. Surgeries. The main purpose of surgeries is to stay the airway wide and open, thereby allowing the free flowing of air. Surgeries are normally done on individuals with severe sleep apnea, however which surgical procedure to perform relies on its cause. There are surgeries that take away excess tissues from the throat and lip that block the airway. Others, meanwhile, shrink tissues in the mouth and throat.

In some surgeries, enlarged tonsils and adenoids are removed. And some others involve reconstruction of the lower jaw. Surgeries are known to confer long-term and even permanent advantages, however since surgeries will be generally risky, it is best to think about different sleep apnea treatments first before undergoing any surgery.

The success of sleep apnea treatments still lies on the person’s commitment, since some mentioned treatments may be quite difficult to sustain. Take, for instance, the approach to life changes. Expectedly, it won’t be as simple for a few folks to lose weight or kick alcohol as it’s for some.

But, knowing that altering or adjusting some habits or activities will improve the course of their day and even their life should be enough of a motivation. In the top, it’s still about healthy living. It’s about taking steps toward eliminating the hazards of sleep apnea.


The very initial anti snoring device, the cunning tennis-ball-in-a-sock, which ensured folks sleep on their sides and not their backs has been united by some three hundred more devices contrived within the years since then. Different devices nonetheless, initiate uncomfortable stimuli each time a person snores. The difficulty is {that the} airway is irregular, since traditional respiratory needs a steady flow of air.

Some folks do not look on snoring as a big issue, however it really will be. People that suffer from snoring normally have disrupted sleep that divests them of getting normal and comfy sleep and when matters gets aggravated, the snorer can normally have long-term health issues including obstructive sleep apnea. In any event, this usually ends up in embarrassment and often impacts a personal’s sleep.

What is obstructive sleep apnea? It’s when snoring is usually halted by a total blockage to external respiration. Every episode averages 10 seconds in length, and since they will happen at least seven times per hour, anywhere between 30 and three hundred episodes will occur each night. Such instances will cut back the quantity of oxygen within the blood, that causes the center to pump harder. A forced light-weight sleep keeps the muscular tissue in a very tensed up state that helps produce a daily flow of air in the lungs however then ends in strained rest. If an individual is not sleeping well or endures sleep disorders that keep them from sleeping, it may lead to many other medical issues.

Snoring normally pertains to the tissues involved in respiration however there are 2 reasons why the airway is restricted, that is itself, a smart contributor to problem snoring. This may be due to enlarged tonsils, extended taste bud (and thick mouth), and an irregularity within the tissues at the back of the throat that can all cause obstructions in the airway. Something that to a fault, relaxes the muscular tissue of the throat can cause snoring. Alcohol is a relaxant that may produce that effect. Therefore, normal consumption of alcohol shut to bedtime will cause disruptive snoring.

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. The sooner your physician is mindful of the problem, the earlier treatment will begin. Interruption of the regular air flow through your throat might additionally be because of natural reasons. What we oftentimes call the bridge of the nose, that is the underlying part or the nasal septum, will be crooked contributing to nasal over-crowding and snoring. One among the most capable cures for snoring may be a surgical treatment in which a permanent treatment is employed. Several individuals don’t understand that snoring will become a heavy condition. As with any medical situation obtaining an early diagnosis is advantageous for effective treatment. If you go undiagnosed and untreated, your condition can in all probability become worse.


This year, style is all about you. Whether you love the Preppy look, or Hollywood starlet is your thing, you won’t be completely dressed without your fashion sunglasses.

There’s a big difference between fashion sunglasses and designer sunglasses, so your budget doesn’t need to take a hit! Some of the coolest styles and colors can be found in your local mass retailers or drug stores for under . At prices like this, you can afford to make all sorts of statements!

Tired of the plain old black glasses you’ve been wearing since your tween was in day care? Try a pair in bright red with art deco ear pieces. Now add some red lipstick, perhaps a set of stylish clip on sunglasses, and your tween might even want to start hanging out with her hot mom! Too spicy for you? Choose a slim pair in tan with gold speckles on the side. Even these can take you to work each day, no matter what you do for a living!

Have you ever bought three of the same skirts or Tshirts because you love the style? You can do the same thing with fashion sunglasses. If you find a pair you love, see if they come in different colors and get one for every outfit you own.

Sunglasses of yesteryear just weren’t made to last. Typically made of all plastic, a few little bumps could turn them into a pile of junk. Even the lenses were so soft that a scrape with a finger nail could do serious damage. On top of that, there was no proactive coating or UV protection.

Today the fashion sunglass industry has a new philosophy. All sunglasses should protect the wearer against UV rays, and now almost all sunglass do come with at least UV protection if not refractive lenses. An interesting note of comparison here is that the expensive designer sunglasses and eyeglasses lines don’t normally come with UV protection! Yes, you can spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of designer glasses and get…. Nothing!

Still trying to find to fit well? Don’t give up. Cheap doesn’t need to be uncomfortable. Even though these glasses can’t be measured to fit you personally, manufacturers will usually make each style in a few different sizes. Keep trying them on. You’ll find the perfect pair!


Eczema is an inflammatory, chronic, noncontagious disease of the skin caused by allergy and hypersensitivity. The term is loosely used to incorporate several skin conditions a lot of properly included under dermatitis. Eczema is characterised by a number of cutaneous lesions, like macules, papules, pustules, vesicles, scales, and crusts.

Macules are nonelevated skin spots. Papules are hard, circular, and elevated. Pustules are papular like lesions that contain pus, and vesicles are little skin blisters that contain fluid. Eczematous lesions are usually in the course of an exudation of serous fluid and by intense itching. One-third to 1-[*fr1] of all cutaneous conditions are eczematous.

There’s no known cure for eczema, but new treatments are serving to individuals to manage, and even prevent flares, higher than ever before. Treatment is handiest when individuals with eczema work closely with a physician, preferably a dermatologist, who will customize a treatment approach based mostly on the person’s age, symptoms, and overall health. With the right treatment, most flares can be brought under management in but 3 weeks.

In more severe cases of eczema, where different treatments have failed, systemic steroids may be used. Instead of applying the steroidal medication to the top of the skin, it’s injected into the body, or taken in pill form. These medications ought to solely be used for a short time.

Aspect effects can embrace skin damage, weakened bones, high blood sugar and/or blood pressure, infections, and cataracts. It’s conjointly dangerous to prevent systemic corticosteroids abruptly, and patients must work closely with a doctor when changing doses or stopping treatment.

Antibiotics will be prescribed by a doctor to treat secondary infections related to eczema. Medications used to fight infection will come in ointment or pill type and are taken for a collection period of time.

Sedating antihistamines, that are best to take at bedtime, will facilitate ease severe itching associated with eczema, and help restless sleepers and “scratchers” to sleep. The sedating antihistamines are a lot of effective at relieving itching than the newer, non-sedating antihistamines, however these medication cause drowsiness, and will affect an adult’s ability to figure and assume, and childrens’ ability to learn if taken during the day.

Phototherapy uses ultraviolet A or B lightweight waves, and is reserved for kids over twelve and adults. It is very abundant sort of a tanning bed, and, like tanning beds, will cause skin cancer if used an excessive amount of, for too long. Doctors use the minimum exposure necessary to ease itching and scale back inflammation.

In severe cases of eczema that do not answer any alternative treatment, an immunosuppressive drug, like cyclosporine, might be used for a short time though the security and effectiveness of cyclosporin in children has not been clearly established by clinical trials. These medication block the assembly of some of the body’s immune cells and curb the result of others. They can provide relief from terribly serious eczema flares, however this improvement while on the drug usually will not continue when the drug course is over. Facet effects include hypertension and kidney issues, nausea, tingling or numbness, headaches, and a attainable increase in cancer risk.

Keeping the skin happy and healthy is the first rule of fine eczema care. This includes avoiding flare triggers, and sticking to a skin care routine that keeps the skin moisturized, and minimizes itchiness. Still, flares do happen. If inflammation can not be reduced with sensible lifestyle and skin care habits alone, there are a large choice of both over-the-counter and prescription medications offered to manage the flares.