Go Ask Your Father: Bloating, Drugs, Jumping, Diabetes #atozchallenge

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is for Ask. Because anyone with kids, who has been around kids, or even just heard of kids knows that they ask a lot of questions. Hence, every Friday I answer them right here on my little bloggity blog. While I inject a bit of humor and few extras into my blog answers, the boys get a slightly more watered down version, yet just as informative, answer. Ever since they discovered I started answering their questions, they’ve become aware of their questioning. So it’s had an educational experience I didn’t expect. Naturally, we’ve covered topics in every category of life. From things falling out of the sky to police cars. From Bavaria to tentacles. It’s been a learning experience for all of us at times. I’m not too proud to say “I don’t know, let’s look that one up” (this doesn’t stop me trying to give totally bogus answers, though).

1. What’s bloating?

It’s when our bodies retain water and swell up. Like Guppie’s (their grandfather) ankles if he’s been standing for too long. It could be either from water retention or from a build up of gasses. So if you’re not peeing or farting you’ll eventually become bloated. Like Shrek says, “Better out than in!” Or those washed up whales we occasionally hear about. Gasses build up inside them from the bacteria breaking down their muscle and tissue. If they aren’t dealt with they could explode. Like this one.

2. What are drugs?

drugsinhandBetter living through chemistry! Drugs can allow us to live better lives or they can destroy our lives. We take drugs for things like fevers and cold relief, headaches, high blood pressure, and even for chemotherapy. There are so many different drugs for so many different ailments that it would be impossible to list them all here. When taken properly drugs can improve our lives and make us healthy. However, some people don’t take them properly because they think drugs will make them feel good. But then they always need more. They become addicted. And no. Drugs aren’t the reason for Nanny’s pain. She needs those.

3. How do they jump that high?

We were watching basketball highlights last night during supper and most of the highlights were slam dunks. Something the boys have never (nor ever will) see my vertically challenged self do. They jump high enough to dunk because they have the hight and the leg power to reach a hoop 10 feet off the ground. However, these players aren’t the real jumpers. The high jumpers get their whole body up there! The record men’s high jump was set in ’93 by Javier Sotomayor from Cuba at 8 1/4 feet! The women’s record stands at 6′ 10 1/4″ set in 1987 by Stefka Kostadinova from Bulgaria.

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4. What’s the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2?

Diabetes is when your body can’t control the amount of sugar in your blood. Our neighbor’s 10 year old son was just diagnosed with type 1 shortly before Christmas. His older sister is diabetic, too. Nanny is type 2. While our neighbor’s son and daughter need insulin shots, Nanny’s diabetes is controlled through her diet. Type 1 occurs suddenly while type 2 is gradual. Type 1 usually occurs in people under 20 while type 2 typically occurs in people older than 40. Type 2 often occurs in those who are overweight while type 1 can occur at any weight. Type 1 can be more severe causing drastic highs and lows (often very dangerous) in blood sugar levels.

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24 thoughts on “Go Ask Your Father: Bloating, Drugs, Jumping, Diabetes #atozchallenge

  1. I would have had to look several of those up to give James as good an explanation as you gave! Luckily, at 2 1/2 I don’t think he’ll be asking me what bloating is yet, or type 1 and 2 Diabetes. Great start for the A to Z Challenge!

    My post is up too: A is for Amigurumi! Come have a look when you get a chance 🙂 http://blog.jhwinter.com

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    • I’ll admit to having to look up the difference between the diabetes. There are more differences but it get into cell biology and a lot of big science words. I kept it relatively simple. Thanks for the kind words! You have a great start, too!

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  2. I like the unexpected benefit to your Friday questions. My hubs would be all about making up answers too : ) Good luck with the Challenge! I’m in too, and look forward to the focus it seems to bring to my blog this time of year.

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    • I’ve kinda cheated in the fact that the Challenge doesn’t change the focus of my blog but is created around the theme my blog already has. Like the day Bang said it was windy because of the “big fans” (windmills). I just let him think that 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thanks for the giggle. I used to be a teacher and henceforth became an expert at answering questions (or should I say a brilliant teller of untruths?.)). If I was completely blank, that would be the homework 🙂 Great post. Looking foward to reading more humourous tales 🙂

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    • You’re welcome for the giggle. That’s what we do best around here. Laugh with us or laugh at, so long as you’re laughing we’re happy 🙂 As a fellow teacher, I hear ya about those questions. If I didn’t know the answer, I’d have the kid who asked it look it and then report to the class on what the answer was. The questions are never ending (which is a good thing)

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  4. I’d be mystified about the jumping question. We don’t do sports. My children are destined to be picked on for not knowing what a quarterback is; we live in a huge college football town, or so I’ve been told.

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    • I was big into sports growing up. More so in high school, but I did play soccer and baseball as a kid. We’re sorta into sports, just not huge into them. I imagine that one day we will be, though. As you can see in the jumping question I didn’t go into any more detail than having the height and leg power. I’ve seen 5’8″ guys dunk before, but it’s rare to that much power to vault a short guy all the way up there. Though high jumpers get their whole body over 6′. The highest being 8 and 1/4 feet!

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    • LOL We hear those questions more frequently than the ones I post here. Can I eat? Can I stay up late? Can you get me such and such? But I have a running list of actual questions so I’m in good supply and they just keep coming!

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  5. I’m amazed that they already start asking about the types of diabetes… and drugs. Good answers to the drugs. You know what’s scary in Thailand? Adults are giving candies that look exactly like pills and kids are popping them, well…like candies! Reason is mainly kids should not be afraid to take meds. Scary shit. And we have to keep reminding the kids not to take anything that resembles pills! They sell them over the counter too. :/

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  6. Kids ask, and it’s great to be be able to answer them.. my son specialised in awkward asking, I often wished I was not his mother at those public times! Great post…

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