Help Alphonse Get His Surgery

I’ve told you about the new born son of Mye few days ago. Well, here’s a link that will allow you to donate any amount to help baby Alphonse get his surgery done.

This campaign will receive all of the funds contributed by Mon 28 Jan 11:59PM PT. So please if you have any spare dollar to send, God Bless you in return and help Mye fight this battle for Alphonse.

Help Alphonse Get His Surgery in February 2013

20130108233557-al-1You can make a difference in this little boy’s life. The family is in dire need of raising the surgery cost before February and the clock is ticking. Help Alphonse get his surgery done on time so he can live a healthy life and be with his family.

At present, he is in the Philippines and there is no medical insurance to cover the cost of the surgery. They were advised to have it done in a public hospital but even so, the cost was estimated to be $12500 just for the surgery alone. According to the doctor, the surgery must be done at 6 weeks old (the earliest) or 3months old (the latest). If not, he will not be able to make it.

You can help this baby by contributing to this campaign. Read more about his story in his mom’s blog – http://myedeleon.com/2013/01/an-innocent-heart/

Winter Vomiting Bug

Remember my story on why we got sick? Well, sharing you this screen shot that was shared from a dear friend in UK. I guess it has spread somehow all the way here in the Middle East.

For me I think it’s just the same as the stomach flu. But never the less, a bug or not, we just all have to clean up from time to time. It’s a must anyway. Be safe and be clean.

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1st Dental Check-Up

So proud of big sister Julia. We took her to the health center last week and hooray for a successful visit to the dentist. I noticed that 2 of her molars are building up cavities. We have to come back after 4 days for her 2nd check-up. She cried buckets during the procedure, but I’m sure that she’ll be tough the 2nd time around.

Good job ate Julia! We’re so proud of you.

Living On His Own

We spoke to my brother in law the other day via Skype and we’re so happy to see that he’s coping well alone. He was able to secure a place to rent and has his own bed, closet, stove, fridge, washing machine and even a TV for his past time. He’s asking now for me if I can check out the price of an oximeter because he needs one for his work. I hope to find a good deal for this one.

We Thank You!

On behalf of my husband, we would like to thank our family and friends who prayed with us while Hubby undergoes Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The procedure including the waiting time exactly took 2 hours and 7 minutes. Yep, I was that conscious with the time.

My reason for being MIA over IG for 2 days.Thank you for praying with us. The procedure took exactly 2 hours. Konti nalang nakuha sa kanyang gallstone. Siguro kung hindi kami nag flush out 3wks ago, baka mas marami pang nakuha. Hehehe! He'll come home insha Allah tomorrow (that's today na pala kas

I had to take photos while he’s in the hospital for remembrance. His stones were so small. I think we flushed most of it 3 weeks ago. We had to do something to reduce the pain he was going through every other day. So we tried the cleansing procedure which includes fasting, 1 pint of Olive oil and half pint of squeezed lemon. I can’t bare the pain of seeing him in pain while waiting to be scheduled for this operation. We waited for 3 months for this, so we’re really thankful that it’s now finish.

Hubby’s home and is currently recuperating. We hope that he’ll get to his normal activities in a week’s time. Again, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.

How to Improve Your Concentration during Menopause

If you feel as though you are losing your mind, or wondering if it is possible to develop
Alzheimer’s in your 40s, don’t despair- it may be menopause. Inability to concentrate is one
of the many symptoms of menopause that can make you feel as though you are slowly losing
control of your faculties. Not to worry: many women experience difficulties with memory and
concentration during menopause.

Why does this occur? If you think about all of the changes that your body is experiencing, you
will begin to realize that something’s got to give, and that something may just be your ability
to concentrate. For example, your sleep may be disrupted by night sweats. You wake up tired,
feel exhausted all day, and then go to bed at night to begin the cycle again. Mood changes
associated with menopause, such as depression, anxiety and irritability, also affect your ability to concentrate, as do near-constant hot flashes. It’s actually remarkable that women can remember their own name and concentrate long enough to dress themselves properly in the morning, let alone complete any task more complicated than this!

So what can be done to improve concentration? If you are finding that your concentration is
suffering, try these remedies:

Get more sleep- lack of sleep may be the largest contributor to concentration problems. Try to ensure that you are getting an adequate night’s rest. If night sweats are an issue, try putting a fan in the room. Wear night clothing that will wick moisture away from your skin and toss those silk sheets. If you are suffering from insomnia, you may want to try a natural supplement such as valerian, kava, melatonin, or chamomile; if natural remedies are ineffective, consider talking to your physician about a prescription sleep aid.

Hit the gym- exercise improves blood flow, which can certainly help if you are having difficulty concentrating. Just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise can make you feel more mentally alert. Not only will you be able to concentrate better, but you will also get the added benefit of keeping your waistline trim. In addition, the natural endorphins released by your brain when you exercise can improve your mood and decrease aches and pains as well. Although you may not feel motivated to exercise, exercise has many benefits during menopause.

Improve your diet- a poor diet may contribute to decreased ability to concentrate and “brain fog”. Make sure you eat a complete and balanced diet, including lean proteins, dairy products, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Isoflavones (natural phytoestrogens) found in soya are believed to improve many of the symptoms of menopause, including brain fog.

In fact, women in Asia who eat a diet high in soya foods have fewer menopause symptoms.
Omega-3 fats (such as those found in oily fish) are also thought to increase brain power.

Antioxidants (found in fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and cereals) prevent cell damage and are thought to be very good for improving brain function. Menopause products like Kuhl Care (http://www.kuhlcare) can also provide the exact nutrients that women need during menopause.

Use it so you don’t lose it- in order to improve memory and concentration, try activities that
encourage you to use your brain. Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, card games and any other activity that stimulates you to think and problem solve will help to keep your mind sharp and your attention focused.

The most important thing to remember about the cognitive changes associated with
menopause is that it is a temporary state- cognitive symptoms will disappear, as will all the
other symptoms that may be plaguing you. Women can and do survive menopause with their
brain function intact, and you will too!

Sources:

Perimenopause: Rocky road to menopause. Harvard Health Publications.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Perimenopause_Rocky_road_to_menopause.htm

Loss of concentration, forgetfulness and memory changes. PerimenopauseSympyoms.org.

http://www.perimenopausesymptoms.org/symptoms/menopause-memory-loss-concentration

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Five ways to combat dehydration this Ramadan

A reminder for my fellow sisters and brothers in Islam, here’s a great tip for all of us to prevent dehydration for the whole Holy month of Ramadan.

      1. Steer clear of the sun: During the day, wherever possible, stay away from the sun and excessive heat. Remain in a cool and shaded area, wear a cap or a hat and do less strenuous activities.
      2. Drink water and fluids after Iftar: Normal dehydration post-fast is easily remedied by drinking eight glasses or more of water immediately after Iftar. Try to avoid tea, coffee and sodas, as they contain high levels of caffeine and sugar, which may cause further dehydration.
      3. Drink traditional Ramadan drinks: The traditional Iftar drink Kamardeen (apricot) dramatically helps in the reduction of discomfort from stomach acid build-up, brought about by the lack of water. 
      4. Replace lost nutrients and minerals: Drink other fluids besides water, such as fruit juices, to replace lost nutrients and minerals. Getting your five portions of fruits and vegetables, particularly watery citrus fruits and strawberries, is also recommended. Fruit juices are plentiful in Vitamin A and calcium, and many are packed with fibre, iron, potassium and other minerals, as well as vitamins C, B1 and B2.
      5. Take care of your health: To combat potential sickness, due to lack of water, minerals and nutrients, don’t over-exert yourself while fasting and remember that you are allowed to break your fast if you absolutely must. You can simply make it up at a later time.

Have a safe fasting everyone. For my friends back in Qatar, enjoy the short working hours. I’m sure of course that a lot of them are still workaholic as ever, but it’s okay. For as long as you take care of your self.

Migraine Attack

Do I need new eyeglasses or what? I’ve been experiencing migraine attack for the past few days. And one thing you have to know about me when  I have a migraine is that I’m stuck in the bed. I will not get up until the it subsides, otherwise you’ll never wish to see the next scene, it means — off to the toilet and throw up. I asked Hubby if he can buy Advil for me. I tried taking Zomigraine but the effect of it doesn’t sway off easily. It felt like my head is so heavy up until the next day. So I’m taking Advil for a change. Extra Panadol doesn’t do any good for me anymore. It just takes the headache for like an hour then it’ll come back. Geesh! When will this stop.

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Hubby’s Health

We’re on a diet for the past few weeks. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before over here that 3 years ago, Hubby went to a Laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) Surgery for GERD.  Here’s a quick insight regarding this illness.

What is gastroesophageal reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscular ring connecting the esophagus with the stomach). The sphincter normally prevents food from moving out of the stomach and back up into the esophagus.

When a person has GERD, the sphincter muscle becomes weak or fails to close tightly, causing food and stomach acids to flow back (reflux) into the esophagus. The lining of the esophagus can become inflamed or irritated from these acids, which can cause a burning chest pain and sometimes a sour taste or cough.

GERD can sometimes be managed by:
    • Taking medications to reduce acid in the stomach
    • Decreasing the size of meals
    • Losing weight, if overweight
    • Quitting smoking
    • Avoiding certain acidic foods that irritate the esophageal lining
    • Not lying down for two to three hours after eating
    • Elevating the head of the bed six inches

The below photo was how Hubby’s stomach look like after his operation.

 
We thought that it will not make any more problems in the future. But just a few weeks ago, Hubby was complaining for like every other week about the pain that he’s feeling exactly in the middle of his stomach. I was worried already that his acidity level went up again. And so I was right. One morning, I found him vomiting in the washroom and telling us that he can no longer endure the pain. BIL took him to the nearest hospital. He’s now on a strict diet. As per doctor’s advice to eat as minimal as possible in each meal. He can eat 3 or 4x a day for as long as the meal will not be too much.

Here’s what we prepared for him last week. A bowl of Quaker White Oats and a Greek salad. No oily foods, no citrus, no milk and no caffeine for him. He’s taking a medicine that will last for 14 days. Alhamdulillah Thank God he don’t have any stomach pain from the start of his medication.


Anyway, that’s it for Hubby’s health. Hoping for the best. Insha Allah.

Actos Cancer Lawyers

Do you know that taking Actos can increased the risk of having bladder cancer? I came across some reviews about people looking for actos lawyers. There’s a law firm accepting cases like these since they believe that these types of cases are special, and it needs special attention. Actos is a medication that treats Diabetes. Some believe that taking it will increase the risk of bladder cancer as well. If you have taken this drug and feels differently after taking it, you might want to consult a medical expert on it. And no worries about finding lawyers to act as your guidance on the case since you can contact them Watts Guerra Craft LLP today.

Searching for a Lawyer?

My sister in law is a Lawyer. But she’s currently handling criminal cases in the court. As she was reading some articles about other some related issues over the internet, she found out that in the States, there’s a legal office which is entirely for resolving child’s injuries. Austin personal injury attorney is what you’ll be needing if you are in fight against illnesses such as the known Topamax. It’s a good thing she mentioned this to me since a friend of my Uncle is looking for one. They are lucky to found these expert lawyers. They handle even the most complex and products liability claims.

If you’re within their vicinity, here’s their address:
O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949

Eager to Loose Weight

A friend’s wedding a month away from now. Right now she’s trimming down and is very eager to loose weight. In fact, we have a common friend who advised her to take phenphedrine, it’s a secret to long term weight loss. I on the other hand is eager to gain weight. I’m currently breastfeeding our youngest one and I’m in pledge to continue it for a year. Well, I wish her good luck on their wedding day. And of course, to continue loosing weight.

I Love You Mommy!

…and I’ll always will for the rest of my life.

It’s my mother’s birthday next month. I’m thinking on what to gave her. Bag, shoes, new blouse probably, or simply love? It may sound mushy but it’s true. My mom has all the things she needs in life. It may not be material, but I believe that at her age right now, she had what she has always wanted, that’s for us (her children) to be contented with what we have with our own family and to be successful with all our decisions in life. I miss mom. I’m a person who can’t express myself verbally, but I know that she knows that she means so much to me. And I owe my life from her. Looking back when I still working back home, I could’ve gave my parents the best gift ever – that’s for them to have insurance. Both my parents are now senior citizen. Anyway, it’s still not late. I still can give them something to make them happy.