Treating UTI Naturally With Home Remedies

Days just after daughters no.1 and no. 2 got well, next in line to get shot in the stomach was me. And of all the ailments, I was down with UTI. Unbelievable. The last time I had UTI was probably more than 2 decades ago.   What a terrible month November has been for us.

It all started yesterday morning. I woke up feeling like I had not slept the entire night ~ malaise and totally lacking in energy. I went for my usual morning workout session for 40 minutes and struggled to even brisk walk. Then at about 11 a.m. after I got up from my catnap, I had the first few symptoms of a UTI with pain when I pee-ed and a terrible heavy pressure on my lower ab. I dismissed it as mid-cycle pain, which I sometimes get.  But it only got worse. I had this urge to pee every 5 minutes and with blood in my pee. I was petrified! Never had I experienced blood in my pee before. I was certain that it was UTI.

Even with this irritating pain and heavy pressure on my lower ab, I forced myself to get about with my chauffeuring chore – brought Drama Queen to tuition, fetched mil to the hair salon then fetched DQ back, bought lunch and went out again to fetch mil home. By evening, after picking up DQ from school, I told her that I am in no way fit to drive her to the dance studio and then fetch her back at 9pm. So she skipped dance class.

I started with my first sachet of Ural at 11 a.m., followed by Waterfall D-Mannose every two hourly.  Cass drinks D-Mannose as a prophylactic to prevent UTI.  Thankfully I have many bottles on standby. By noon, the pain got worse. The blood in the pee made it look as if I was doomed to die of some last stage disease. I was SO SO tempted to call the hubs to come home pronto to bring me to the hospital to get my pee cultured and pop some antibiotics to end the misery and pain.  I wasn’t sure if my home remedies would work as the blood in the pee made it look chronic. BUT I knew the effects and consequences of taking antibiotics. I’d seen how Cass got resistant to all antibiotics each time she had UTI when she was a baby, pre-surgery.

I soldiered on and kept drinking Waterfall D-Mannose every 2-hourly. I also drank Ural in between with lots of Izumio hydrogenated water. I must have drank about 4 packets of Izumio yesterday. I also applied Oregano and Thieves essential oils on my bladder region and spine throughout the day.  I was running to the loo to pee every 10-15 minutes with agony each time. The pain and discomfort were nightmare!

By 8 p.m., the blood in the pee stopped and the pain lessened. Thank God I managed to sleep pretty well, though I got up to pee every two hourly and to drink D-Mannose.  By morning, I was well enough to go to Cass’ school to settle some stuff for 2019.   I continued with Waterfall D-Mannose, Ural and Izumio  with topical application of Oregano and Thieves EO today.

As of typing this post, there is very little to no pain when I pee. But I’ve got a headache and body pain the whole day.  I shall continue to take Waterfall D-Mannose as a preventive measure for the next one month. From my experience with Cass’ UTI attacks, some stubborn bacteria would be hiding behind the walls of the bladder when medication is administered and not completely flushed out. Six weeks later, these bacteria would grow strong enough to multiply and Cass would get mini UTI attacks.  These attacks can go on for a year and treated with my home remedies each time.  Thus, she still takes Waterfall D-Mannose on a daily basis on a prophylactic dose.

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Black Or White School Shoes?

Many parents are confused with what color of shoes to buy for their children when school starts on 2 January 2019.  If you are one of them, the black shoes new ruling for public school children will only be fully enforced in 2021, to give all relevant parties plenty of time to be prepared. So don’t panic yet.  For now, schools allow students to choose between white or black. If you are not sure, it’s a good idea to ask your child’s teacher.  I’ve just reconfirmed with Cass’ teacher last week and she confirmed that both white and black are acceptable.  I needed to know as I wanted to shop for the girls’ school shoes before the school holidays start. I am not going to do anymore last minute shopping this time.  Believe it or not, I only shopped for our girls’ school shoes on the eve of the eve of the first day of school this year. 🤭

This time I am already done with shopping for our girls’ school shoes for year 2019!  It’s black for Cass and Sherilyn and white for Alycia.  As Alycia is in a private school, the color of school shoes remains as white.

I got the girls Pallas again as they like Pallas school shoes. I also got them Pallas shoes two years ago.  The prices are affordable, designs are nice and best of all, I can shop for the shoes online!  This aunty here is an online shopping queen. I get addicted to online shopping.  It’s a sweat-free experience to buy stuff online, most of the time.

Why do I choose black school shoes for Cass and Sherilyn?

Based on past experience, black shoes proved to last longer. Alycia was a school prefect for 4 years while in primary school and had to wear black shoes and black socks. Her shoes lasted much longer than her sisters’ white shoes. When she was in Primary 6, her pair of black shoes lasted her for the entire year!

Black school shoes are more dirt-resistant, thus need not have to be washed weekly, unlike white shoes which get dirty just only after a day in school.  Alycia who’s a clean freak (like her mom😆 ) and nice as ninepence used to wipe her black school shoes with wet wipes every other day. Socks are washed daily though.

As students are made to sit cross-legged on dusty school floors, the shoes get black really quickly.  Our weekly scrubbing of the shoes with detergent  speeds up the wear and tear of the shoes considerably.  I need to buy new shoes for our girls every 4 months.

To me both white and black are fine as long as they are clean and are not overly worn out with tears and holes.  Just make sure that when your child wears black school shoes, the shoes are cleaned, either with wet wipes / wet cloth or washed regularly.

Whether it’s black or white, you have 2 years to take your pick before it’s all black. You can have a pair of black shoes and a pair of white shoes as spare.  Sherilyn prefers white shoes but I got her a pair of black shoes as spare, as well as to get her used to wearing black shoes. She can wear black shoes this week and white shoes next week. This can break the monotony of having same color shoes the whole year round😉  But come end of 2020, all public school children will have to ditch their white shoes for black.

My girls like Pallas shoes as they are comfy and stylish. The rubber insoles have better rebound that are great for prolonged hours of active use in school.

I chose Pallas black school shoes model 407-196ABK at RM45.99 as this model has broader fitting, more space and more comfortable. The design is pretty stylish (very much like sneakers), has a broad cutting and thus, more airy. The outer soles and outer front part of the shoes are thick and sturdy as well.

Not only do my girls like Pallas’ range of school shoes, they love the range of sneakers as well. Pallas sneakers are stylo, very affordable and comfy.  I got Alycia and Cass these Pallas sneakers too:

To learn more about Pallas shoes and how to order, check out their Facebook and Instagram sites here:

FB : https://www.facebook.com/PallasMalaysia/

IG : https://instagram.com/pallasmalaysia

Black or white shoes?  What’s your pick and what’s your child’s preference?

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