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Tightness In Throat Anxiety And The Mel Gibson Effect



tightness in throat after eatingJust gargle with any type of a cola (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Pepsi, favorite store brands of cola). Gargle and “spit” until the cola return looks like cola with no mucus. Do this as often as necessary! Sounds gross, but it works!
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Heat the milk with one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of honey. If you would like to sweeten it further you can also sprinkle on a touch of sugar. Drink it while it is very hot but be careful not to burn your tongue or mouth. This home remedy will coat your throat making it feel better, and the heat from the warm milk will help make the swelling go down.

Try to keep your throat well lubricated by drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. This will help it from becoming dry and irritated as well as help to flush out your system of infection quicker.
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Walker makes a much better (and better tasting) remedy than Buckley’s does.
2 Jiggers of Kentucky Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey (the LCBO had the Tennessee Whiskey, so that’s what he got)
1 Jigger of CANADIAN Maple Syrup or honey (we used honey in AZ, but here in Canada we had maple syrup which we both drink out of the bottle anyway so we used that)

So what do you know — Mom and I both have it now! Fortunately mine is just the sore throat, which sort of hangs on, so I’m waging a full herbal assault on it at the moment.
Since we have a ton of different tea options, this morning I went for the Pickwick (Dutch) mixed berry black tea, which really helped my breathing. Last night I used a Republic Of Tea chamomile combo which didn’t quite produce the sleepiness I expected, but maybe just because it didn’t have enough chamomile in the ingredients.

..and I’m coughing and sneezing up a storm. I’m not too stuffed up, and I hope I don’t become stuffed up.
This sore throat is annoying enough.
But there is an upside. Walker is going to make a batch of his patented homemade cough syrup, a combonation of Kentucky Bourbon and Canadian Maple Syrup. 🙂 YUMMY!!!!!! That stuff is so good, one almost prays to get sick! 🙂

I went to the doctor on Tuesday with a sore throat and earache.
They did a strep culture and found out that I had strep throat. I have been on anitbiotics for two days now and just got over the fever and chills stage at 6pm Wednesday night. Now my question is, is there anything I can do for my throat until the antibiotics make the whole thing go away?
I can hardly swallow and that makes it very difficult to eat anything. Any advice for me right now would be wonderful. I am still quite miserable. Also how can I tell if my two year old caught it from me?

I’ve had an odd tickle in my throat for over a week now, causing me to cough when I breath in. It was like my throat was dry, without actually being dry.
Taking a drink didn’t help at all. When I coughed, it wasn’t the type to come from my throat, causing a burning or irritated throat, but tightness in throat and ears rather an odd cough from the back of the top of my throat, causing an almost closed off feeling.
In tightness in throat symptoms doctor the last two days, it’s gotten to be where my throat was starting to feel irritated from all that coughing, even though it wasn’t coming from my throat. Last night, it started feeling icky. Today, it burns, it’s irritated, and I’m coughing from my throat as well as the types of cough I already described.

See in early August I had noticed that sometimes Drake would breathe weird; he would sound like he was snoring while awake. I took him for his well child check at the doctor office and mentioned it. When his family doctor took a look she said that his weird breathing was due to very enlarged tonsils.
We got an appointment right away with a Nose, Ear and Throat Specialist.
The specialist is amazing. I love this doctor. I wish that he could be our family doctor. He seems to truly love working with children.

I’ve had a very bad sore throat for nearly a week now.
Swallowing salvia kills me, and if it wasn’t for a cough that I’ve had for almost 6 weeks non stop, I’d suspect I had strep.
Cough drops do NOTHING to relieve the pain. It’s hard to drink or eat anything because of the discomfort and sleeping? Forget it, that’s a pain to do, too. 🙁
Any suggestions how to ease the pain?

So while they are doing the tonsil surgery they are going to take a sample of Drake’s blood and test him for allergies.
My poor sweety! I feel so bad for him. I’m keeping him home from school today since his throat is still sore, he’s having a hard time talking, and really just needs to rest.
He’s such a brave and sweet little boy. I couldn’t have asked for better behavior at the doctor’s office. I’m dreading December and looking forward to it at the same time. I just want my little boy to be comfortable.

Its always time for a shot, or for them to take blood.
If your feeling good before you go in one….you may not be for long. Cause you can catch anything after you visit one!
I know…I know, I’m just feeling bad and cranky!

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Beauty Week is back at Hudson’s Bay in Toronto and it’s time to get glam



Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! Beauty Week at Hudson’s Bay is back in Toronto for another year. It’s time to stock up on all of your fall essentials and, maybe discover some new ones. 

From Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 27, you can expect a truly elevated beauty experience in-store with incredible special offers, limited-time gifts, and exciting activations. 

If you’re a diehard beauty lover, you’ll already know that Hudson’s Bay is the place to shop thanks to its extensive range of over 195 skin and makeup brands from both luxury labels and masstige brands — including Tata Harper, EstĂ©e Lauder, YSL, Nars Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, and so much more.

Throughout The Bay’s Beauty Week, visitors can take in some at-counter activations and interactive expert-led tutorials, where there will be chances to get makeup touch-ups from top-tier brands, try a spritz of the most alluring fragrances, and sample tons of new products.

This year’s Beauty Week highlight is the ‘Best in Beauty’ tote, a meticulously-curated selection of 30 deluxe samples from an array of top-tier brands like Dr. Barbara Sturm and Shiseido spanning skincare, fragrance, and makeup — all in a super sleek bag.

The tote, which is valued at over $300, is retailing for just $39 and is a fantastic way to explore new products (without breaking the bank). However, there is a limited quantity, so if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll need to be fast.

Wondering exactly what Beauty Week’s free gifts with purchases entail? If you spend over $95 at LancĂŽme, you will receive a six-piece set valued at $130. Or, you can get an EstĂ©e Lauder gift valued at $170 with purchases over $80. (And that’s just to name a few.)

If you’re a Hudson’s Bay Rewards member, you’ll also get $20 in Hudson’s Bay rewards when you spend over $100 on beauty.

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The Canadian Armed Forces are hiring for several non-combat military jobs



The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have several non-combat jobs, some of which do not require a college degree or past work experience.

Life in the forces has several benefits, such as paid education plans (college, university and graduate-level programs), 20 paid vacation days, health and dental coverage for you and your family, maternity and paternal leave, and pension plans. You can learn more about the benefits in detail here.

And to make it easier to gauge if you qualify, the listings also include related civilian jobs to see if it’s your ideal role.

Financial services administrator

Related civilian jobs: Financial records entry clerk, financial manager, accounting technician, bookkeeper, budget officer, cashier clerk, business planner technician, and verification manager.

Description: You’ll help budget resources for all military activities besides providing financial assistance.

Education: You need to have completed Grade 10.

Duties: As a financial services administrator, you’ll be responsible for bookkeeping and managing budgets. You’ll also provide support in accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Work environment: Those in this role work at CAF bases, on ships or overseas. You might also be expected to help special operation units, recruiting offices, schools, and medical organizations.

Postal clerk

Related civilian jobs: Mail clerk, mail sorter.

Description: You’ll provide postal services to members and their families at bases and establishments.

Education: Grade 10. No previous work experience or related career skills are required.

Duties: As the postal clerk, you’ll handle mail duties.

Work environment: Besides a postal office, you may work on a ship or a mobile postal van. You might be expected to serve with Royal Canadian Navy, the Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and abroad.

Dental technician

Related civilian jobs: Dental assistant, dental hygienist.

Description: You’ll be helping dental officers provide dental services to CAF members, their families, and dependents.

Education: Level II dental assisting diploma from an accredited college or a National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) certificate.

Duties: Those in this role will be responsible for various responsibilities, including disinfection and sterilization of dental equipment, applying rubber dams, placing cavity liners, and controlling bleeding. In addition, you’ll assist in laboratory procedures like creating casts, custom trays, and mouthguards.

Work environment: This role will require you to work in a military dental clinic, a Mobile Dental Clinic, an Air Transportable Dental System, or onboard a ship. You might be expected to work on a base in Canada or other operations in other parts of the world.

Human resources administrator

Related civilian jobs: Records administrator, data entry supervisor, receptionist, office manager, executive assistant, payroll clerk, and information management technician.

Description: Provide administrative and general human resources support.

Education: Grade 10. No previous work experience or related career skills are required.

Duties: In addition to human resources administration and services, you’ll be handling pay and allowances, managing automated pay systems, and maintaining personnel records.

Work environment: HR administrators work at all CAF bases in Canada. They also work on ships and overseas to support the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, or Royal Canadian Air Force operations.

Medical assistant

Related civilian jobs: Emergency medical responder, ambulance and first aid attendant, registered nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, and hospital orderly.

Description: Successful candidates will help treat the sick and injured in CAF units. You’ll be assisting and supporting nursing and medical officers.

Education: Minimum of Grade 11 biology, Grade 10 physics or chemistry, and Grade 10 math.

Duties: You’ll provide initial care and essential life support treatments in trauma cases. You’ll help with health assessments (hearing and vision tests, perform basic lab procedures, etc.) and initiate and manage medical records and reports. You’ll also be expected to provide support and first aid during training exercises.

Work environment: Medical assistants may serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force or the Canadian Army as part of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. Those in this role are exposed to the same risks as the forces they support.

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Porter’s new loyalty program promises to match Air Canada’s Aeroplan status



Porter Airlines is once again stirring the pot among Canadian airline rivals, now going after Air Canada’s Aeroplan members by offering to match their loyalty status to an equivalent of their own.

The beloved airline, which recently ranked as having the best cabin service in North America, challenged the competition for the second time this year, after previously deploying a similar tactic against WestJet in the spring. 

Earlier in April, Porter presented customers with a limited-time offer to match the loyalty status of WestJet’s patrons with VIPorter levels.

Now, they’re offering Aeroplan members to seamlessly transition to an equivalent VIPorter Avid Traveller status based on their existing membership tier.

Members can then take advantage of an array of travel perks that come with flying Porter, including seat selection, baggage, and flight changes.

For those currently holding an Aeroplan membership, there are two ways to acquire the Avid Traveller status for the rest of 2023:

Status-Based Match:
  • Aeroplan 25K members = VIPorter Venture
  • Aeroplan 35K members = VIPorter Ascent
  • Aeroplan 50K, 75K, and Super Elite = VIPorter First
Flight Segments-Based Match:
  • 5 flight segments = VIPorter Passport
  • 8 segments = VIPorter Venture
  • 17 segments = VIPorter Ascent
  • 28 or more segments = VIPorter First

Members will have to first submit their applications on Porter’s website. Registration will remain open until September 6, 2023.

In order to maintain their membership level through 2024, customers will have until the end of 2023 to reach the following reduced qualifying spend (QS) targets:

  • Passport = $500 in QS
  • Venture = $750 in QS
  • Ascent = $1500 in QS
  • First = $2500 in QS

Over the past year, Porter has launched an aggressive expansion strategy, including everything from introducing longer flights on newly-purchased jet planes flying out of Toronto Pearson, free WiFi, and a new all-inclusive economy experience.

With Canadians losing both Swoop and Sunwing as WestJet incorporates both into their mainline business, Porter’s direct competition is welcome to keep prices competitive.

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