Making Money Online: June 2014 Update

When I find the time to do it, I hop onto mturk.com to make a few bucks. I leave it for a long time, not really checking my balance and once a year or so, I am able to buy something I wouldn’t regularly be able to purchase guilt-free.

For Canadian users, MTurk is not going to make you a decent living wage. It won’t pay your bills. In fact, you can only cash out into gift cards for Amazon. Still, it is a great way to do a little something for yourself. Just be wise in the HITs that you choose.

I only submitted two hits in June of 2014 and made a whopping $2.00. Extravagant! But if average $2.00 a month, come December, I’ll have $24.00 of spending cash I wouldn’t ordinarily have. That said, I usually spend more time on MTurk and average between $6 and $10.00 per month. It’s the little things :)

Sign up now (not a referral link) and start making some spending cash.  It’s probably one of the easiest ways to make money online if you are located in Canada.

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Gold River Fishing

The entire Gold River baseball tournament was overcast and rainy. This, however, is fairly expected weather in that area. Last year, the sun was out all weekend and I came home from the four-day tournament tanned. I never tan. It was great!

That said, the weekend was full of new memories made. Bad weather doesn’t have to mean a bad time. The first night, it rained outside. It rained hard. It rained inside the tent. I guess that’s what happens when you rush to set up your tent after you arrive at 9:30 AM and have a toddler to feed and have an 11:00 pm baseball game. Yes, that’s right. One of the best things I love about the Gold River Slopitch tournament is how there is no limit as to when your games might be scheduled. The last game of the first night was scheduled at 12:30 AM.

We managed… I mean, Rob managed to fix the tent’s fly for us the next morning while Keagan and I had our breakfast at the local coffee shop (Clayworks Cafe and Gallery). That coffee shop almost turned into our second home in between baseball games and our tent. Our wet, wet tent. It has great coffee and good food if you are ever in Gold River, please check it

 

Our team ended up placing in B-division and we placed fourth, I believe. There weren’t as many teams this year because Canada Day did not fall on a Monday or a Friday this year, making it a regular two-day weekend as opposed to a three-day weekend as it has ended up in the past. Last year’s 80 teams dwindled down to a mere 17 teams this year. It was still a blast, however.  out. I hope to purchase something from there next year to take home with me.

The boys and I finished our baseball marathon with some fishing and a swim in one of the beautiful lakes there, which I will leave unnamed. It is ours :)   The weather was, of course, gorgeous.

 

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Gold River

We are packing up to head out to Gold River. It was supposed to be a kid-free weekend, but the kiddos’ dad is packing up his house in preparation to move on Tuesday, so he had to cancel his visitation weekend. Fair enough! My little lady will be staying with her best friend/my little sister and my mom. My little guy will be coming camping for the baseball retreat. It will be interesting trying to entertain a 2.5-year-old while camping beside a river and playing numerous baseball games.

I had planned on being irresponsible and drinking a bunch since I get two weekends like this per year, but this will now be a super responsible weekend where I will be stressing out over the well-being of my little guy. I guess it’s par for the course of being a parent. I just wish I could cancel without bailing on my teammates since I haven’t had time to think of nor prepare toddler activities. Ack!

I’m sure the memories I gather will be ones I will laugh hysterically at later on in life, especially as I share them with my little guy’s future romantic interests. Aw yes.

I have two days to figure out some frugal toddler camping activities! I’m also looking to see what knitting projects I can bring along with me and what kind of photographs I’ll be able to take this time.

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Lyme Disease Serological Tests

I wrote a paper for my college course on Lyme serological tests. Here it is, complete with comma splices and some missing information. But I’m a student, so what do you expect? :)

 

 

The Need for New Borrelia Burgdorferi Serology Tests for Diagnosis

Introduction

In Canada, the number of Lyme Disease cases has been steadily increasing since it became a nationally reportable disease in 2009 (“ Lyme Disease Frequently Asked Questions,” 2013). The bacterial agent for Lyme Disease in North America is known as Borrelia burgdorferi and is a unique and complex bacteria. In Canada, our current serological tests are used to detect the presence of human antibodies to the bacteria. This presents a number of issues, including the inability to detect the bacteria, itself. Being unable to detect if the bacteria is present essentially renders the current serological tests useless in a number of cases, allowing many sufferers to go untreated. This paper will look at how the current serological tests work and how the B. burgdorferi bacteria is able to elude its host, potentially resulting in negative serological tests.

Serology Tests Detect IgG and IgM Antibodies

In order to understand how serological testing works for detecting Lyme Disease, the response of the immune system must first be explored. Initially, when a bacterial agent is introduced to a mammalian host, its immune system responds with specific antigens in order to try and fight off the infection. The first antibody that is released is the IgM antibody, mainly found in blood and lymphatic fluids. After initial infection, it can take weeks or months for the secondary antibody to be released, which is the IgG antibody. Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada uses a 2-tier serological test for laboratory confirmation, which detects the aforementioned antibodies. Unfortunately, the presence of B. burgdorferi in its host is not always detected by the immune system and thus antibodies might not always be present. This is in large part due to the complexity of the bacteria which allows it to switch off its surface lipoprotein intermittently in order to evade the host’s immune response.

The 2-tier serological tests proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adopted by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) uses an enzyme immunofluorescence assay (ELISA) in order to initially screen potential Lyme Disease patients (“Two-Step Laboratory Testing Process,” 2011). If that serological assay returns positive, it is followed by a western blot. Both of these serological tests must return positive for a laboratory confirmed diagnosis of Lyme Disease. The western immunoblots can be used to detect either IgM or IgG antibodies, depending on the laboratory and which test strip is used. The ELISA can also be used for detecting both the IgM and IgG antibodies, although it has less specificity. Prospective studies have found that the 2-tier system has a 100% sensitivity and a specificity of 99% in patients with later Lyme Disease (Aucott, 2013), which sounds great on paper, but this continues to dismiss that it is detecting an immune response to the bacteria rather than an actual infection. An immune response can be detected for years after an active infection, or can be altogether missed due to the bacteria possibly assuming a cyst formation or using “neutrophil calprotectin [to] induce a dormant state” (Stricker, 2007, p. 150). Some doctors and infectious disease specialists dismiss positive readings based on an assumption that the infection has come and gone already based on faintness of the reactive bands on the test strips, or assume that the disease was successfully treated at an earlier time and thus the infection should no longer be present (Chang, 2012).

The initial serological tests are recommended up to 4 weeks after possible disease onset, however, at least one retrospective study headed by A. Steere suggested that the IgM serology test periods should be extended by several weeks after the study had found patients with Lyme Disease were continuing to receive false negative serological results (Steere, 2008). This simple oversight in the current testing recommendation can easily lead to false negative results for individuals actively suffering from Lyme Disease.

To further evaluate the efficacy of the serological test, an article written by doctors and infectious disease experts John Branda, et al. took blood samples from patients with clinically confirmed Lyme Disease infections and found that the standard 2-tier tests only detected 27% of Borrelia burgdorferi infections in the acute phase of stage 1, 57% in the convalescent phase of stage 1, 40% in stage 2 Lyme Disease, and 100% in the final stage 3 (Branda, 2011, p. 543). This means that 73% of early stage 1 Lyme Disease were missed in this study and 43% of diagnosis were missed in the convalescent phase of stage 1. In stage 2, 60% were missed and it wasn’t until stage 3 that the tests were 100% accurate.

Borrelia Burgdorferi as a Bacteria

Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete bacteria most commonly transmitted to humans in North America through the bite of an ixodes scapularis, also known as a deer or blacklegged tick. Borrelia burgdorferi can cause chronic infection, persisting in an infected human despite humoral and cellular immune response. The bacteria is understood to have the ability to evade the immune response for long periods of time, however, it is not known exactly how the bacteria is capable of doing so. Numerous outer surface proteins of B. burgdorferi have been identified over the past two decades, which are likely contributing factors to its ability to evade its hosts’ immune response (Seemanapalli, 2010).

Borrelia burgdorferi is unique in its extensive amount of genetic sequences and numerous outer surface proteins. The pure abundance of its gene sequences—over 1,500—allows it to continue a fluctuation of outer surface proteins, continuing its ability to evade the hosts’ humoral response, sometimes even evading detection for extended periods of time. The outer surface protein C (OspC) is expressed upon infection of a mammalian host, which is theorized to aide the bacteria in evading humoral response. After establishing itself in the host, Borrelia burgdorferi then switches its surface lipoproteins, including the VIsE and BBF01 while also down-regulating its OspC, allowing it to further evade the mammalian’s humoral response (Seemanapalli, 2010, p. 6).

Due to its ability to evade the humoral and cellular immune response of its host, B. burgdorferi is not easily detected, especially in serological testing where detection of the immune response is required for positive readings. Despite this newer research, the blood tests which were recommended in 1995—the 2-tier serological tests—are still used for diagnosis of Borrelia burgdorferi infection before treatment can begin.

Lyme Disease Stages

Lyme Disease is divided into 3 main stages: Stage 1 includes an acute stage and a convalescent stage which occurs a few days to a few weeks after being infected. Stage 2 starts once the disease begins to spread throughout the body, infecting spinal fluid, blood, parasympathetic nervous system, the central nervous system, muscle tissue, and/or joints. The last stage, Stage 3, is when the bacteria has successfully spread throughout the body.

In stage 1, sufferers may not know they have been infected. This stage is where the typical bulls-eye rash shows in patients, however, 16% of early Lyme disease patients will not present with this rash (Aucott, 2012). Along with the potential erythema migrans rash, sufferers will likely experience flu-like symptoms during this stage of infection. The current 2-tier serological testing will only diagnose 27-56% of these patients (Branda, 2011). If the infection is caught during the first stage, antibiotic treatment will more likely be successful as the disease is still localized and has not yet begun to spread from the site of infection to the rest of the body. In stage 2, the disease begins to invade other areas of the body. As it spreads, the bacteria can cause its sufferers meningitis, paralysis of facial nerves, headaches, radicular neuropathy, cardiovascular issues of varying degrees, muscle pain, joint stiffness, joint swelling, and the flu-like symptoms of stage 1 may continue. Now that the bacteria has begun to spread, antibiotic treatments might not be as effective. Stage 3 is the last specified stage of Lyme disease. In this stage, the B. burgdorferi bacteria has successfully infiltrated the host’s body. Once the infection gets to this point, it is referred to as Late Lyme Disease and can lead to symptoms that may not be reversible.

Lyme Disease patients in Aucott’s Post-Treatment Lyme disease syndrome study found patients to have increasing symptoms after treatment once they got to stage 2 and 3 of Lyme disease. Although Aucott and his team of researchers discovered a drop in symptoms in their stage 2 & 3 Lyme disease patients during treatment, within 4 weeks the patient-reported symptoms began rising. By 6 months, the patients were reporting symptoms higher than before treatment began (Aucott, 2013, p. 80).

Conclusion

It was discussed how the early stages of Borrelia burgdorferi is difficult to detect with the currently recommended 2-tier blood tests. Statistically, the tests are 27-56% effective in stage 1 of Lyme Disease. As outlined, Borrelia burgdorferi behaves in a unique way that allows it to evade immune response, likely causing the low efficacy of the serological tests. In continuing to use the recommended 2-tier test, doctors are unwittingly allowing stage 1 Lyme Disease to progress into stage 2 and 3. Once in stages 2 or 3, the bacteria is already infiltrated into multiple body systems and treatment is less likely to keep symptoms at bay, leaving patients to suffer from prolonged symptoms and sometimes even developing “substantial disability” (Bratton, 2008).

With a potential for 100,000 new cases per year in North America (Aucott, 2013), having better serological testing is important for early treatment and prevention of numerous patients suffering needlessly for prolonged periods of time.

References

Aucott, J., Crowder, L., Kortte, K., & Rebman, A. (2013). Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome symptomatology and the impact on life functioning: is there something here?. Quality Of Life Research, 22(1), 75-84. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0126-6

Aucott, J., Seifter, A., & Rebman, A. (2012). Probable late lyme disease: a variant manifestation of untreated Borrelia burgdorferi infection.BMC Infectious Diseases12173.

Branda, J., Linskey, K., Kim, Y., Steere, A., & Ferraro, M. (2011). Two-tiered antibody testing for Lyme disease with use of 2 enzyme immunoassays, a whole-cell sonicate enzyme immunoassay followed by a VlsE C6 peptide enzyme immunoassay. Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication Of The Infectious Diseases Society Of America53(6), 541-547. doi:10.1093/cid/cir464

Bratton, R., Whiteside, J., Hovan, M., Engle, R., & Edwards, F. (2008). Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Mayo Clinic Proceedings83(5), 566-571.

Chang, Z., Cox, M., Ndukwe, N., Seriburi, V., & Wormser, G. (2012). High frequency of false positive IgM immunoblots for Borrelia burgdorferi in clinical practice.

 

Kenedy, M., Lenhart, T., & Akins, D. (2012). The role of Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface proteins. FEMS Immunology And Medical Microbiology, 66(1), 1-19. doi:10.1111/j.1574- 695X.2012.00980.x

 

Lyme Disease Frequently Asked Questions (2013, August 15).
Retrieved from
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/lyme-fs-eng.php

 

Ogden, N., Lindsay, L., Morshed, M., Sockett, P., & Artsob, H. (2009). The emergence of Lyme disease in Canada. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal = Journal De L’association Medicale Canadienne180(12), 1221-1224. doi:10.1503/cmaj.080148

 

Seemanapalli, S. V., Qilong, X., McShan, K., & Fang Ting, L. (2010). Outer Surface Protein C Is a Dissemination-Facilitating Factor of Borrelia burgdorferi during Mammalian Infection. Plos ONE5(12), 1-8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015830

 

Steere, A., McHugh, G., Damle, N., & Sikand, V. (2008). Prospective study of serologic tests for lyme disease. Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication Of The Infectious Diseases Society Of America, 47(2), 188-195. doi:10.1086/589242

 

Stricker, R. B. (2007). Counterpoint: Long-Term Antibiotic Therapy Improves Persistent Symptoms Associated with Lyme Disease. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 45(2), 149-157. doi:10.1086/518853

Two-Step Laboratory Testing Process (2011, November 15). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistesting/LabTest/TwoStep

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Life Update

As always, I’ve been pretty darn busy. Currently, I’ve stepped down as the PAC Secretary for my daughter’s school because working casually just doesn’t afford me the luxury of planning ahead. Casual work is essentially getting a phone call a few minutes before the shifts start and being asked to come in at 7:00 AM, 3:00 pm, or 11:00 pm for 8 hour shifts… Usually. Sometimes the shifts are 5 hours long (short shift). It’s very hard to swing if you haven’t slept appropriately for the indicated shift. Especially those night shifts. And especially on night shifts where there is a one hour commute home after you’ve finished working them. Dangerous without adequate sleep.

Sometimes I will go days without getting a call and sometimes I’ll get a call and not have any daycare available, so work is at times very sparse. Very stressful. Especially when your BCHydro bill quadruples without any warning. Thanks, BC Hydro. Thanks for thinking of us little guys while your top earning executives are bringing in around million dollars per year. I’m looking at you, Thomas Bechard, the Managing Director.

If you missed that link, it’s a publicly available PDF file outlining the compensations of their executive members. Click here to view.

Okay. Mini rant out of the way! I’ve also started bridging in to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing through North Island College’s LPN to RN bridge program. In completing the two bridge-in courses, I will be able to enter their BSN program half way through the second year. If I get a seat in the program next winter (it largely depends on if other students currently in the program do not continue on with their education for whatever reason), I will be set to graduate in 2017. Coincidentally, this is the year that the new VIHA hospital will be opening for the Comox Valley. Sweet!

Working, school work, keeping a semi-active social life, and managing extracurriculars for the kids… I’m running on fumes, but enjoying it regardless. Life is good.

I just have to try and earn $3,000 within the next few months. No biggy… D:   (new tires, Rx glasses, BCHydro bill, and course fees). Odd jobs and working more shifts ought to cover it. Just a big price tag hanging over my head lately.

Onto happier thoughts! I will likely be starting work on CVFishing.com soon as the trout season looms for freshwater anglers. I also hope to start working on the practical nursing subsection of this website. Review, review, review :)

I might even get motivated to make a new knitting pattern… What should I knit? I’m thinking maybe a beer cozy since slopitch baseball season is almost upon us here on Vancouver Island.

Until next time! Cheers :)

 

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VIHA “Replacing” LPNs with Care Aides?

What is everyone’s thoughts on this? I remember preceptoring and having my practicums in a VIHA hospital and the nurses were already understaffed and overwhelmed with work load. A lot of the work entailed RCA work, however, a lot of it also entailed head-to-toe assessments that were ongoing; Urinary catheters, dressing changes, medication administration, monitoring patients for reactions to said medications, IV maintenance, hanging fluids, pulling drains (if so delegated and trained), communicating with the doctors, transcribing orders, picking up blood for transfusions… All things that care aides do not have within their scope, nor are they licensed to do so.

The biggest difference between LPNs and Care Aides is that one pays for yearly licensing and undergoes continual education in order to keep their license. LPNs take a national exam then apply for licensing through a regulated body. In BC, this regulated body is the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia.  Care aides take a course and apply for registration through a non-regulated body.

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Comox Valley Fishing and Other Updates

About a month ago, I was running during a baseball game and crunched something inside my knee when I landed with my foot… I don’t remember my knee twisting funny or anything of the sort, but I managed to tear my meniscus. For three weeks, I could not straighten my leg and could only bend it so far.

Stubbornly, I went to work for three night shifts and one half day shift before I came to terms with the fact that something was seriously wrong with my knee. It was painful, swollen, and I did not have normal range of motion. I finally went in to see a surgeon and the next day, I was booked and undergoing arthroscopic surgery. I am not very happy about having a meniscectomy, but I ended up having one. I don’t know the details of it, because my surgeon did not speak with me after word… I cried when I was told I had a piece of my fairly important meniscus cut out. I had previously researched PRP and PRM therapy and wanted to opt for that rather than surgical removal. Part of me just wanted it over with, so I didn’t speak up for that… I digress. I was secretly hoping it was a tear that could be sutured while he was in my knee for the exploratory arthroscopy, but the simple arthroscopy turned into a meniscectomy and I was warned of that being a possibility, so I can’t be upset with anyone but myself.

My surgery was 10 days ago. I’m walking mostly normal, I can almost straighten my leg fully and my extension is about 100 degrees right now, 90 degrees comfortably.

Onto better things! I started a new website that I will be pouring myself into. A new hobby of mine is fishing, though I found it really hard to start fishing without knowing all the legalities, ethics, and so forth. It’s really hard to learn without having a guide and not many people can afford to charter a guide when all you want to do is cast out a line and just reel it in… Which is illegal without certain licenses. Hence the dilema! Hop on over to my new website to check out how you can launch yourself into this relaxing and at times exciting hobby:

Comox Valley Fishing, CVFishing.com

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Christmas Gifts for Nurses

It’s hard to buy for some people, so I’ve compiled a list of items those nurses in your life might appreciate, whether they are male or female.

Number 1: A Foot Bath!

Oh yes. Us nurses are on our feet for hours straight with no breaks and no time to sit down. Even with the best of shoes, this can make our feet ache so bad that it feels like our bones are disconnecting from each other.

You visit one of those superstores or warehouse stores and see all of the foot baths. They’re pretty cheap and they claim to warm the water, but the truth is… They suck. They suck so hard. I’ve used at least 5 foot baths bought in-stores. Even in speciality health stores and they all just suck. The water gets cold fast and the “pedicure” portion doesn’t move, though on some unites it vibrates which is a great way to accomplish nothing.

best foot bath for nurses

The God of Gods. Best Foot Bath Ever.

May I present to you the Helen of Troy foot baths? Warming the water until it’s almost too hot. Vibration and bubbles for the ultimate relaxation of your feet. The pedicure centre of the foot bath even spins around so you can give yourself a pedicure without having to reach down and use your hands.

The controls are also water-proof so you can use them with your feet. Foot baths can’t get any better than this. Unless your significant other has placed the warm water into the bath for you and empties it as well. That makes everything ten times more awesome.

Since this is a professional product, you can use products inside of it, such as special salts and fragrances. There may be other foot baths out there like this one, but I have yet to find it. This is the best one I have found, by far! Do not buy a Conair. Those ones are terrible. 

 

Number 2: Hand Lotion

No, seriously. Do you understand how much we wash our hands? It’s terrible… Especially when the budget calls for cheaper hand soap. Oh man. I know my hands break out in some pretty gnarly rashes from cheap soap, and when you’re washing your hands literally hundreds of times over an 8-12 hour shift… That hurts. A nurse needs a good hand lotion that will hydrate as well as protect their skin.

My first recommendation is BeautiControl‘s Extreme Hand Repair Cream, which sells for $15.00 per 3.4 oz tube. You can easily get one from a local BeautiControl consultant (visit the BeautiControl website and use the “Find a Consultant” link. Consultants generally are more than happy to help you fill a single order. BeautiControl is a “Home Party” company.

That’s just my recommendation. Hand creams are awesome in general.

 

Number 3: SleepTracker Watch (For Shift Workers)

SleepTracker Watch

Wake up refreshed

A little pricey, but so worth it. The SleepTracker Watch monitors your sleep and will wake you up within a half hour of your set time. So if you are waking up at 6:00 am, it will monitor your sleeping patterns and then wake you up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:00 am, depending on when you are most awake.

As you may know, we sleep in cycles. These cycles are easily monitored by this watch as it monitors your heart rate, movement, and so forth in order to determine when you are in a deep sleep and when you are in a very light sleep. It wakes you during your light sleep moments, which allows you to wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed!

This particular watch (which is a newer version of the one I own) tracks all of the sleep data and allows you to download it onto your computer so that you can recognize trends in your sleep.

 

Number 4: A Basket Tailored to Night Shift Workers

Sometimes it’s less about the price and more about the thought that goes behind the gift. Being a night shift worker, no matter how long you do it, can be a total drag. The quality of sleep is generally poor, you sleep your social life away, and at times the shifts can truly drag on. Then again, for every quiet shift you are gifted in life, there are two or more busy-as-all-heck shifts :)

Some things that you can include in a tailored basket:

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Feeling Down Because of the Weather?

Here in the Valley, the weather changed so fast that there wasn’t even the slightest chance for us to acclimatize to it. One day, it was a blistering 30+ degrees (Celsius), the next we were barely breaking 10. From not a cloud in the sky to rain everywhere.

And I love it.

I love it because I focus on the positives of this change in weather. Close your eyes for a moment and think of all your favourite memories surrounding this particular season. We’ve entered autumn, though technically the Autumn Equinox for 2013 isn’t until September 22nd. The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing colour, and the rain is abundant here on the Island.

Think positive and I’ll share my favourite things about this season:

  • Soups and Stews. The smell of a house as it marinates in slowly simmering soup or stew. Not to mention how cheap it is!
  • Cozy sweaters, scarves, socks… Time to snuggle up into warm clothes. Lounging around the house is sweat pants. Can I get a “heck yeah!”?
  • Snuggling up to your loved one for extra body heat. Last night, I damn near burned my back on the heat emitting from my guy.
  • Fires. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, ’tis the season to fire it up on those cool evenings. I love sitting by the fire and listening to it crackle. Feeling the heat coming off of it. The smells it creates. It envelopes all your senses… And you should let it. It’s the small things we need to remember how to enjoy.
  • Pumpkins. Pumpkin pies, little kidlets dressed as pumpkins for Halloween, pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins… Which brings me to…
  • Halloween. Oh heck yes!
  • Halloween Candy. On November the 1st. $$$
  • The smell of pavement after a good rainfall. Reminds me of my childhood :)
I could write a longer list easily, but I’ll leave you with that.
Try to remember that it’s the small things in life that we need to appreciate. Time is not our ruler. Birds do not have watches. Dogs have no schedule. Cats do not worry if they are late for bed. They don’t get sad if they are five minutes later to their destination because they took a moment to check out the smells along the way.
Step outside. Close your eyes. Feel the temperature against your cheeks. Breathe in the smells of the season. Listen to the rain as it falls. Relax. This moment is your life. Live it!  
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I received my Bzz Kit!

As luck would have it, I had just finished applying an organic honey and redmond clay mask to my face (just mixed the two ingredients together), and an attractive young man knocks at my door to hand me my bzz kit!

Included in the Bzz kit is…

Toothpaste: Crest Pro-health
The package states that with regular use, Crest Pro-Health provides benefits including fighting cavities, fighting plaque, fighting gingivitis, and building protection against sensitivity.

I’d like to take a moment and admit something. I did my first shoe slam on Monday. You see, my ladies slo-pitch team awards shoe slams to people that hit infield pop flies, strikes out, fouls out, and so forth. A shoe slam is when you pour your drink into your cleat and then slam it out of said cleat. Just my luck that the drink was a degree away from being ice, so I had to stop mid-way and let my teeth rest. It’ll be interesting to see if this tooth paste helps with my um… My shoe slamming abilities. Taking a break during a shoe slam isn’t too fun.

Back to the tooth paste… It also claims to give you fresh breath with “profresh” for hours. Coolio!

Onto the toothbrush: Oral B Pro-Health (soft) 
The package claims benefits including removal of hard-to-reach plaque, reducing gingivitis, cleaning along the gumlines, stain removal via polishing action, removal of odour causing germs on the tongue (has a tongue scraping pattern on the back of its head), stimulates gums (Important for re-vascularizing the gums to promote gum health), and is gentle on the enamel and gums.

Features include the CrossAction Bristles, Tongue and Cheek Cleaner, Soft Gum Simulators, PowerTip Bristles, and Indicator Bristles (to let you know when you should change the brush).

Lastly, the kit included three sample sized mouth rinses:
Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection
This mouth wash is alcohol-free and its flavour is “Refreshing clean mint.” The directions are to use after brushing and flossing your teeth then rinsing with water. After that, rinse with the mouth wash for 30 seconds, and avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after use.

The company, Proctor & Gamble have a host of sub-companies listed on the WikiPedia entry. I had no idea they owned both Crest and Oral B amongst many other personal care products.

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