Of Morning Sickness and Gromit

Aug 10, 2019 · 6 min read
During my sister’s pregnancies, she’s had morning sickness all day and night, for all three trimesters. All the doctors said morning sickness was a sign of a healthy pregnancy as it demonstrates the amount of hCG that a woman’s body produces. This gem of a hormone tells the body to not kill the new life growing within the mother’s womb. So the sicker you are during pregnancy, the more your body will vomit. This lead her to contemplate installing an audio recorder in the bathroom and, post-delivery, construct an opera-type piece of music, the world’s first ever “Vomit Opera” titled “the Origin.”

When she needed more Zofran — now an OTC drug , which is used to reduce nausea in cancer patients — I went to the pharmacy to purchase more. After the pharmacy called the doctors office to confirm that she needed that medicine and that I was authorized by the doctors to buy more since her health insurance didn’t cover the amount of Zofran she needed, I was told I could purchase as many as I’d like. At the time I could afford only one, so I bought that and left.

This poem from Carol Lynn Peterson helped my sister through each trimester:

My day old child in my arms
with my lips against his ear
I whispered strongly “How I wish,
I wish that you could hear,

“I’ve a hundred wonderful things to say
(A tiny cough and nod)
Hurry, hurry, hurry and grow
so I can tell you about God.”

My day old baby’s mouth was still
and my words only tickled his ear,
but a kind of light passed through his eyes,
and I saw this thought appear,

“How I wish I had a voice and words,
I’ve a hundred things to say,
Before I forget, I’d tell you of God,
I left Him yesterday.”

Here’s a picture of what human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) looks like:

My sister in law, one of them, has had to increase her Estrogen intake for health reasons I’d rather not get into. Yes, this was before medical research suggested that such increases should, if possible, be avoided.

The analytic consulting company I was a cofounder of would frequently apply for consulting positions at manufacturing and laboratory QA/QC, GMP, GLP companies on the Wasatch Front to help supplement our income. One of those jobs was at a flour mill subsidiary of a giant corporation.

Similar to the validation of the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Genetic Detection System (GDS) at a nutritional supplement and cosmetic manufacturer, I as asked to help with the validation of a nitrogen detection machine that detected trace amounts of Vomitoxin.

Vomitoxin — aka “deoxynivalenol (DON), is a type B trichothecene, an epoxy-sesquiterpenoid. This mycotoxin occurs predominantly in grains such as wheat, barley, oats, rye, and corn, and less often in rice, sorghum, and triticale.”

“ Deoxynivalenol (DON) is also known as vomitoxin because of its impact on livestock through interference with animal growth and acceptance of feed. DON has been implicated in moldy corn toxicosis of swine. DON is often present with other mycotoxins and has been isolated from grains and feeds throughout the world at levels as high as 92 ppm. Because of concerns about DON, the United States FDA has instituted advisory levels of 1 ppm for wheat products for human consumption, 5 ppm for grain products for most animal feeds and 10 ppm for grain products for cattle feed. The European Community has regulations for DON levels that range from less than 0.2 ppm in processed cereal based foods for infants and young children to less than 1.75 ppm for unprocessed wheat (emphasis added by me; citation from www.vicam.com).”

If you’re truly interested in this field of science, I could find one item on Google Shopping and only three items on Amazon, after searching there 5 times with slightly modified search terms. Those are stiff odds to try and beat. :)

Fermentek has 15 products which hands down beats Vicam’s offerings.

“Fermentek offers Deoxynivalenol (DON), 3-Acetyl DON, 15 -Acetyl DON, Fusarenon X, HT-2 toxin, neosolaniol, nivalenol, diacetoxyscirpenol, 15- Acetoxyscirpenol, T2 Tetrol, T-2 toxin and T2 Triol. These mycotoxins are formulated either as standard solutions or as solid crystalline substances (fermentek.com).”

And now we move on to: GROMIT

Claymation, a sub-genre of animation, really took off after Tim Burton’s beautiful film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

“Clay animation or claymation, sometimes plasticine animation, is one of many forms of stop motion animation. Each animated piece, either character or background, is “deformable” — made of a malleable substance, usually plasticine clay. (wikipedia)”

I’ve watched this movie and read the books with my kids. They LOVE Gromit! It makes them ask if we can get a pet dog which we hesitate to do since we’d need a fenced back yard, dog food, immunizations, homing fee or adoption fee, time to take the dog for a walk — every day, etc. Don’t get me wrong — we’ll get a dog, just not right at this moment.


HOMEMAIDE helps you sell your style and buy the things that make you smile, seamlessly.

Any item you pass while you or your sister or wife or friend is pregnant (diaper cakes, baby shower gifts, pictures of the baby shower and diaper cake), any fun detour or side attraction you stop at while on a road trip, any lab equipment you need to run a validation on, any livestock whose feed you need HPLC or GC or ICP analyses of all materials within that feed (or pictures of the cousins driving the tractor or visiting the llamas you rescued during the winter when their herd was distressed) — ALL you have to do is upload a picture or paused video screenshot of that to your existing social media sites and Homemaide will send you a commission for every purchase your friends make.

AND — they don’t have to buy a $40,000 farm machine or lab equipment for you to earn a commission (but if they do, YOU will earn a commission from Homemaide on those larger purchases(!!!). If they rented the cheapest economy car with the basic package, for one day only, you’d still earn a commission off that. If they bought the item that was in your picture, video, or voice-automated update (like a rental car, Airbnb lodging, hotel stay, Lyft, Uber, Via trip) — they can purchase that (even as a e-giftcard) and ship that to a family member, relative, or friend. And after that purchase, yes, YOU will also earn a commission from that purchase.

If they bought stock in Fermentek, Viacom, Google, or Amazon — YOU would earn a commission off of that purchase. If they bought any item from the pictures you uploaded, you’d earn money. That’s the magic of Homemaide.



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