“Everything I thought I knew, shows me I know nothing.”
(A thought that has come to me a lot lately! The more I think I know, the more I realize I don’t!)
Hello to you. It’s Friday evening as I write to you. I am feeling anxious tonight for some reason and can’t seem to completely shake it. It seems the more I try to walk into matters of the “light”, the more shadows seem to try to creep in around me. Little things here and there like phantom breezes that make a candle’s light flicker. I know a lot of it has to do with the life Kyle and I are leading at the moment – night shifts. Thankfully that will be over soon! Part of it is just what I’m seeing transpire across our planet from so many different directions all at once. It makes me think of this poem I wrote back in the 1980’s called The Stand.
The morning shadows twist and slither
From out of a darkening pit
They crawl from here to hither
Gaping holes form into flesh
Innocent blood spattered between gnashing teeth;
It is still fresh.
The naivte of dawn is banished to sin
As the creatures crawl from hell
The terror is about to begin.
Heard calling from the burning sun
Is the Mighty One who bellows
“The Battles only just begun.”
To the burning soil he sends flashing white.
The serpents and the angels prepare for battle
High into the atmosphere, they take flight.
Beneath the shadows sit those high in command
As the serpents and the Angels
Make their stand.
The battle is never ended, never won.
The serpent’s still in deepest hell
The Angel’s still within the burning sun.
This came to me about my poem as I reread it tonight and think on current events in our world:
Perpetual war under the guise of making peace is still going on in the world of the seen and unseen. War will never amount to peace. War only amounts to more war and lots of pieces. Pieces of bodies, pieces of the earth, pieces of souls shattered and scattered into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. This is how it all passes on from one generation to another. With every bite of food, with every drink, with every breath, we literally ingest these Wars into our bodies.
There is no peace to come from War….only lots of pieces. Depending on what we are using for War will depend on the amount of pieces and how far and for how long they will scatter. Even after the visible pieces have settled, the invisible shrapnel, tears to the soul, will travel through one generation after the next like it always does. Even with all we think we know, we still know nothing! Fear, Arrogance, Pride, Resentment, Revenge, Greed, Lust, Envy still leading the ancient march that leads the human race further back into the dark ages from which we had nearly escaped.
I wonder will it be this generation that finally stops the “cycle” or will it just knowingly and willingly perpetuate it still further generations on. Will we continue to waste ourselves and this planet on this same destructive cycles or will we at last explore a new possibilities? Choose the course less often taken…the pathway of lasting Peace!
I haven’t lost all hope in us just yet! I am seeing in myself that the harder the darkness pushes, the more lights arise with me to meet it!
VNV NATION “Nova” (lyrics) 2011
Kyle is feeling a little better tonight. Thank you from both of us to all who have been sending prayers and or positive intentions his way! It helps! We did the warm water and salt gargle tonight and that helped somewhat. We found out there can be many reasons for the uvula to swell up. I’m sharing this link we used in case you might need it now or for future reference:
Having a swollen uvula can be a difficult but it serves as an important factor when screening bacteria and other microorganism that is about to enter the digestive and respiratory tract. Anatomically, the uvula is located at the back of the tongue. When a person opens their mouth, there appears to be a hanging grape in the at the back of the tongue. Many people may think of this as tonsils but it’s not. It acts like a filter that screens the microorganism that enters the mouth.
The term uvula means “large grape”. This is derived from the Latin word “uvu” which means grape. Aside from filtering bacteria and other organisms, this is also an important part of the sound articulation when a person speaks. And most singers would associate their vibrato or the wavy up and down sound to the uvula. Medically, a swollen uvula is also called as uvulitis. The suffix “-itis” is usually associated with inflammation or swelling in medical terms.
Swollen Uvula Causes
Uvulitis is not a life-threatening disease and it should go away in a few days. Usually, doctors would point out that the case of a swollen uvula can be one of the many things:
Viral or bacterial infection. This is the most common cause of swollen uvula. This is an indicative that a harmful microorganism was about to enter either in the lungs of digestive tract.
Excessive smoking can also be a factor as well as excessive alcohol consumption
Common colds and exposure to extremely hot or cold environment.
Apthous ulcer or canker sores. This can also be called as the mouth sore and when the area of the sore is near the uvula, uvulitis can happen.
Swollen uvula Symptoms
There are various swollen uvula symptoms but these are usually subjective ones. The patient is the one who mostly feels the uneasiness or some pain.
Having a dry mouth. Even though the affected persons drinks a lot of water, there is still a feeling or dryness in the mouth because of the inflammation
Sore throat. The pain may seem similar when the person experiences tonsillitis
Dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing
Tonsils may also be swollen
Hoarseness of voice. There are voice changes since the uvula is also used for sound articulation
Discharges from the throat usually pus
Patient will also feel like vomiting. This is because the gag reflex is stimulated.
Desire to cough even if there is no sputum or phlegm
Throat irritation. The patient may feel that there are feathers in their throat. Thus, they want to scratch if off.
Swollen Uvula Remedies
There are effective home remedies that can be done with swollen uvula. This is not a life-threatening condition and within 24 hours it can be remedied at home.
Home remedies include:
Drinking lots of water is one of the best remedies to treat uvulitis. Since the swollen uvula can be due to dehydration then it’s best to hydrate. An amount of 10-12 glasses per day will help reduce the inflammation.
Turmeric can come in handy. By mixing ½ teaspoon of turmeric into a glass with water and put some ice. Wait for about 5 minutes and patients can drink it. This is also a good solution to treat common colds.
Honeys are very helpful in the recovery. According to studies, consuming honey every day can be a good thing for faster uvula recovery.
Chewing about 2-3 garlic cloves per day can greatly reduce the swelling of the uvula. And when the patient also has hypertension. Garlic cloves are useful to help decrease blood pressure.
Adding a pinch of salt into the lukewarm water is also another typical remedy for sore throat.
Doctors would also suggest trying a tea made with basil leaves.
Ice creams and cold water can also be taken but the patient should not have colds when taking these.
Swollen Uvula Treatment
Although a swollen uvula can be treated at home, there are instances wherein the need for seeking professional help should be done. Especially in severe swelling and the condition lasts for more than 24-48 hours, the patient should see a doctor. But it is not just a general practitioner that they should see. They should make an appointment with Otolaryngology specialists. These are doctors who treats ears, nose and throat problems. They would typically be given treatments like throat sprays and pain killers. Sometimes, antibiotics would also be prescribed when there is infection.
But in cases of recurrent and frequent swollen uvula, the physicians will require Adrenalin shots. The patient will have to inject themselves whenever uvulitis happens. A medical device called the EpiPen is usually prescribed.
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