We have a privacy fence in our back yard. On the other side of the fence in our neighbors yard is a giant Mulberry tree. The large branches of the tree hang over our fence and over our yard. The trunk of the tree has started to rot and the branches are now in danger of falling. One of the branches will land on our house; maybe our garage too and it will definitely
damage the fence if it falls. On New Year’s Eve day I flagged down the neighbor and showed her the tree. She said she would have someone take a look at it.
Nothing has been done with it to date. Do I just wait until it falls and turn it in to my insurance company or is there something else I should do? What would
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Our house has been lucky so far this year as we haven’t had any of the major illness going around…until now. My son was sent home from school on
Monday afternoon and he is still home. He has a fever and a cough that won’t quit. Thankfully he isn’t throwing up, in fact he has been eating twice as much
as he normally does. Many people told me I should take him to the doctor but I didn’t think it was necessary as I have been down this road before and know that it probably is a virus and there is nothing they can give him for it anyway.
Our insurance company has a 1-800 we can call anytime and we can talk to a registered nurse. Yesterday I did this just to ensure I was doing the
right thing. She confirmed that taking him to the doctor wouldn’t do any good and she told me some other things that I didn’t know.
1. No fever medicine unless the fever is 102 or higher. I disagree with this one and will not follow it. I think this rule has to be different for each kid. At a temp. of 100 my son seems okay but at 101 he is clearly in distress. I’m not waiting for 102 for fear that it will get to 103 or 104 before the medicine takes effect.
2. Give him honey for his cough. I have heard of this and will do it as he enjoys it but it doesn’t seem to do anything for his cough. She said over the counter cold remedies are not recommended.
3. Feed him warm drinks. I’m not doing this one either. He has a fever, the last thing I want to do is
give him something warm. I’m pushing ice water and frequently making him slushies to keep him hydrated.
4. Use a vaporizer but do not add Vick’s. I also thought pouring the liquid Vick’s into a vaporizer would help with a cold but she said no. It irritates the throat and does more harm than good.
So I did learn a thing or two. Hopefully the fever breaks and we can be done with this soon. I also find it amazing that I typically sleep like a rock but when I have a sick kid I can hear every breath and every cough. When my daughter is sick I always sleep on the couch with her. My son prefers to sleep in his bed and that’s okay because he gets more rest that way but it drives me crazy not being right next to him in the night.
I’m passing hand sanitizer around the bus today, rub it in good! Have a super day passengers and please tell me what I should do about my tree.