Hot Summer Heat

Hot SunThis past weekend was absolutely unbearable. With my son’s birthday parties (yes two for one child), I was not able to get over to the recreation center to take a dip and cool off. Fortunately, the morning was actually rather pleasant though.

On Saturday we took our son to Jump Yard, which is an indoor playhouse for kids. They have a lot of large inflatable toys that the kids can jump around in. This was my son’s party with friends. The air conditioning was so nice in that building! I was amazed at how well it kept the building cool with all of the kids playing. Continue reading


Ear Infections From the Pond

Have you ever been to the doctor’s office for a problem with your ears? Unfortunately, I’ve seen the doctor many times for reoccurring ear infections and it simply was not fun. As one that swam a lot in a pond, I was prone to these ear infections. Commonly called swimmers ear, or as medically termed otitis externa, swimming in a dirty pond allowed a lot of bacteria to enter my ear canal. Because of all these ear infections, my I decided to by an otoscope.

Welch Allyn Otoscope KitAn otoscope is the medical instrument that doctors use to look inside your ear. The device consists of a magnifying glass and light so that the middle and outer ear may be closely examined. On the section of the otoscope that enters the ear, known as the distal, a disposable cover (specula) is used so that infections can’t spread from ear to ear. I got our otoscope here, but I’m sure you can find one at your local store if you would like to buy one. Continue reading