April works full time in higher education balancing her time between her special needs son, handsome husband, elderly mother, and new baby coming in May 2014. She has a background in theatre, film, and television but somehow stumbled into the educational field. She loves spending time with her family, dreaming of the beach and organizing her house.

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The Great Onion Debate

Natural medicine is currently all the rage and for me it’s something that I have been looking into as a compliment to regular medicine.  So, I am inclined to check out different methods and suggestions for getting and staying well with fruits, vegetables or herbs.  My son has been ill off and on this fall and infecting the whole family with it.  A friend of ours mentioned that we should use an onion by his bed.  They apparently have done this for years and their children always feel better aftwards.  When they lived abroad, it was the thing to do in the village they lived in.  Several other friends tried it and they now swear by it.

It didn’t work for me when I tried it, but when we put it in my son’s room he slept better.  His coughs were less violent while he slept and he slept deeper.  But, we didn’t get the gunk on the onion and we didn’t get a black onion like some people swore would happen.  When I posted on facebook that I wasn’t sure if the onion trick worked, it seems I opened a can of worms.  People who have never met each other started getting more and more upset that either the onion trick was an old wives’ tale or it was a proven fact.  Who knew an onion could create such crazy dialogue?

I think we all have tried things that friends and family members suggested when we were ill just because we were so desperate for something to work.  We were desperate because his surgery is scheduled for this Friday.  We figured we had nothing to lose if it didn’t work besides warding off vampires and anyone else who wanted to drop by.  (The smell was so intense and I added fresh garlic for the extra kick.)

As a parent I wouldn’t have done anything to hurt my child, but an onion was harmless in my mind.  Apparently I am a misinformed parent in that respect.  By the time I finished reading the two rebuttals, I was already over the whole thing and ready to move on with my life! As much as I respected each of their views, I really did not want so much drama over an onion.

After visiting the doctor, we discovered he had an ear infection and the onion wouldn’t have worked in the way it was supposed to because it wasn’t viral!  It’s interesting how something small like an onion can grow to something entirely overblown.  Facebook has definitely changed how people interact with each other even with basic ideas. Now I don’t know if the onion trick truly is an old wives’ tale and I honestly don’t care as long as it gives my son some relief from the coughing.  It should be interesting if in the future I ever discuss another vegetable like a carrot or a cucumber!

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