She can bend if she wants to

A couple of months old, The Girlie used to have a habit of sucking her toes.

I thought the ability would eventually pass. And it may - but it hasn't yet.

The Girlie can still suck her toes at will. Yesterday, for example: I put her to bed because she was grizzly and tired, but she was convinced that she wasn't yet ready for sleep. Out of defiance she curled herself up in bed, stuck her toe in her mouth and started sucking on it, grumpily looking at me as if to say, "Hah, you may put me to bed, but you can't make me stop this!"

The girl sure has got... determination.

...and lots of other characteristics that go with determination.

Yeah, that about sums it up.

Greenhouse at the moment

It's pretty cool to look at the greenhouse now...

...because six weeks ago it looked like this:


Kilmock Bush walk

Kilmock Bush is an awesome 2.3 km loop to be done with kids, dogs or just a late evening sunset walk - the choice is yours.

It's listed as number 15 on Invercargill's walking track map,, and I highly recommend it. Really.

I don't want to any more

I'm getting tired of doing health research. I really am.

Maybe it's temporary - to be honest, it probably is - but I am tired nevertheless. As much as it's cool to know things, and understand things, I'm getting to a point where, as a new thing pops up, I think, "Not again..."

Over ten years ago when I discovered I had autoimmune hypothyroidism, I had to learn about what thyroids do, and what happens as a result of their function. Then The Kid was born and I learned about children's development. With The Girlie, I had gestational diabetes and learned about insulin, ketones. At the same time my epilepsy was finally confirmed and I started to learn about that, too.

Now I'm at a point where I understand that all of this stuff... it's related. Just as a human body is a very complex system of interconnected hormones, changing one thing affects others.

Polycystic ovaries are connected to insulin resistance. Autoimmunity of hypothyroidism is, too. Depending on thyroid's work production of oestrogen and progesterone is affected - and as a result of those, epilepsy. (In my case, catamenial.) To keep down insulin resistance a ketogenic diet is suggested but as a result of that, cholesterol levels are high - except, cholesterol levels are also connected to hormones which are affected by carb consumption, and...

Basically, it's not possible to just look at one thing and not take into account what it does to others. The system is so complex and, in my case, likely genetic to a degree. As much as I applaud biodiversity and the process of evolution which results in our society being made up of such a diverse range of individuals, I also find it a pain in the hole that if I walk into an office of some health nurse, they look at my cholesterol levels and go, "Oh my god, don't drink full-fat milk! Eat margarine! Eat wholemeal bread!" But if that same food advice gets passed on to some dietician who specialises in diabetes management then they are going to say, "No, actually, healthy fats are good - they slow down glucose levels. Minimise pasta and bread. Drink full-fat milk, but supplement it with lots of vegetables!" A gynecologist may understand what my progesterone is up to and say that a certain birth control is advisable, but a neurologist also needs to understand how that birth control affects my seizures.

Basically, I'm in the middle of that... truckload of medical information, and as much as I appreciate knowing things, sometimes I'm at a point where I look at it and think, "No, I don't want to. I do no longer want to research how cholesterol levels are tied into insulin resistance and how that, in return, is linked into progesterone which can sometimes be turned into oestrogen and..."

Basically: I think you get the idea.