Water Spa with Mom

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It is generous of my sister to treat our mother and I to ACE Water Spa. It was her gift to her. She actually purchased two vouchers to use. The original plan was, she will accompany our mother to the spa. But, since she’d been there already, she decided to give the other voucher for me to experience it, too. Maybe, she sensed that I needed a relaxation and a spa would be great. :)

We went to ACE water spa last Sunday. It is a must that one would wear a swimsuit with no underwear. At first, I felt uncomfortable with it but I found a lot woman in the locker room wearing 1-piece or 2-piece swimsuit. And, they do not care whether you have the curves not. Like what my sister, Patty, told us, “walang pakialaman dun”. :)

After taking a shower, we headed to the pool area. Since, my vision are worst that my mother’s, she actually acted as my guide.

Well, I really enjoyed the different massages offered in the spa. The water is lukewarm and there are different water massages designed to a specific part of your body. There is waist jet massage; buttocks massage, chest massage, head and shoulder massage (which mama enjoyed the most). There are many more kinds of massages that I don’t remember the name. What I enjoyed the most are the dry sauna, the Rainfall Acupuncture and the hydro-buoyancy massage. :)

I almost fell asleep on while I was on the Rainfall Acupuncture. The rainfall was really like needles pricking the whole body but it was really good! :) The dry sauna offered relaxation to the tired body as it absorbs the heat. Then the hydro-buoyancy massage makes you float without an effort. It was really fun! :)

I also tried the herbal sauna bath for few minutes. Mama is not allowed in that area because of her heart illness.

I thought of bringing Antoinette there, too. She will not feel cold because the water is warm. She would definitely enjoy the number of water fountains around the pool area.

There is also a buffet restaurant in the building. The spa will actually make you hungry. The buffet cost Php499 while the entrance to the water spa is Php550. A thousand peso will not hurt your packet if you want to treat yourself once in awhile. It is still good to relax after days of work. :)

I would definitely come back to ACE water spa. :)

Ciao! :)

Dengue Awareness

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Everyone may have had a great fear with Influenza A(H1N1) or what we have known as the swine flu. But, don’t you know that Dengue fever is more dangerouse than the swine flu? My daughter was confined for about 4 days last June due to Dengue fever. We may never known what could have happened to her if we were not able to bring her to the doctor immediately. Her red blood cells count fell and she was really weak. :(  Thank God she recovered right away.

My sister actually did a research on this and we made Nonet drink a papaya leaf jiuce. Yep! you read it right. My mother looked for a papaya leaf and made a jiuce out of it. Well, it worked for my baby.

I know it will be a cliche when I say prevention is better than cure. So, please read on for your awarenes.. :)

DENGUE FACTS

Q. What is dengue?
A. Dengue (pronounced den’ gee) is a disease caused by any one of four closely related viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, or DEN-4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important transmitter or vector of dengue viruses, although a 2001 outbreak in Hawaii was transmitted by Aedes albopictus. It is estimated that there are over 100 million cases of dengue worldwide each year.

Q. What is dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)?
A. DHF is a more severe form of dengue. It can be fatal if unrecognized and not properly treated. DHF is caused by infection with the same viruses that cause dengue. With good medical management, mortality due to DHF can be less than 1%.

 Q. How are dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) spread?
A. Dengue is transmitted to people by the bite of an Aedes mosquito that is infected with a dengue virus.  The mosquito becomes infected with dengue virus when it bites a person who has dengue or DHF and after about a week can transmit the virus while biting a healthy person. Dengue cannot be spread directly from person to person.

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Q. What are the symptoms of the disease?
A. The principal symptoms of dengue are high fever, severe headache, backache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, eye pain, and rash. Generally, younger children have a milder illness than older children and adults.

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is characterized by a fever that lasts from 2 to 7 days, with general signs and symptoms that could occur with many other illnesses (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache). This stage is followed by hemorrhagic manifestations, tendency to bruise easily or other types of skin hemorrhages, bleeding nose or gums, and possibly internal bleeding. The smallest blood vessels (capillaries) become excessively permeable (“leaky”), allowing the fluid component to escape from the blood vessels. This may lead to failure of the circulatory system and shock, followed by death, if circulatory failure is not corrected.

Q. What is the treatment for dengue?
A. There is no specific medication for treatment of a dengue infection. Persons who think they have dengue should use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and AVOID those containing ASPIRIN.  They should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and consult a physician.

Q. Is there an effective treatment for dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)?
A. As with dengue, there is no specific medication for DHF. It can however be effectively treated by fluid replacement therapy if an early clinical diagnosis is made. Hospitalization is frequently required in order to adequately manage DHF.

Q. Where can outbreaks of dengue occur?
A. Outbreaks of dengue occur primarily in areas where Aedes aegypti (sometimes also Aedes albopictus) mosquitoes live. This includes most tropical urban areas of the world. Dengue viruses may be introduced into areas by travelers who become infected while visiting other areas of the tropics where dengue commonly exists.

Q. What can be done to reduce the risk of acquiring dengue?
A. There is no vaccine for preventing dengue. The best preventive measure for residents living in areas infested with Aedes aegypti is to eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs, primarily artificial containers that hold water.  Items that collect rainwater or are used to store water (for example, plastic containers, 55-gallon drums, buckets, or used automobile tires) should be covered or properly discarded. Pet and animal watering containers and vases with fresh flowers should be emptied and scoured at least once a week. This will eliminate the mosquito eggs and larvae and reduce the number of mosquitoes present in these areas.

For travelers to areas with dengue, as well as people living in areas with dengue, the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes indoors is reduced by utilization of air conditioning or windows and doors that are screened.  Proper application of mosquito repellents containing 20% to 30% DEET as the active ingredient on exposed skin and clothing decreases the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. The risk of dengue infection for international travelers appears to be small, unless an epidemic is in progress.

Q. How can we prevent epidemics of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)?
A. The emphasis for dengue prevention is on sustainable, community-based, integrated mosquito control, with limited reliance on insecticides (chemical larvicides and adulticides). Preventing epidemic disease requires a coordinated community effort to increase awareness about dengue/DHF, how to recognize it, and how to control the mosquito that transmits it. Residents are responsible for keeping their yards and
patios free of sites where mosquitoes can be produced.

I hope that I was able to share a very valuable information for you.

Ciao! :)

Nonet was sick :(

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I had been absent from work for 3 days to look after Nonet. She suffered tonsilitis with flu on the side. Her fever had always been between 38-39 degrees Celcius. My mother and I thought that it was just a simple fever that she got due to sudden change of temperature. On the third day of having high fever and losing appetite, we took her to the doctor. We found out that she had tonsilitis. :(

She was given antibiotic to take. Since, she had cough and colds at the same time, the pediatrician prescribed her some medicines for those also.

I thank God for making her well as soon as possible. God had worked in His mysterious ways again. Our office got a new health card provider. And, the health cards of the dependents of single parents are on hold. That’s why I had to pay for her check ups. I was worried then for I thought, Nonet will be confined to the hospital if she didn’t get well soon. Though I have some savings, it will not be enough for hospital fees if ever she’ll be confined.

On the fourth day of being sick,  my team lead sent me a text message and gave me the number of our health card broker. I called the number right away and I was happy to know that Nonet’s card was approved. The broker gave me the card number as well as the Medilink number.

I brought Nonet back to the hospital for she wasn’t getting better. The pediatrician prescribed a different antibiotic with a higher dosage.

With prayers and care, my mother and I gave her, Nonet is feeling better. She didn’t get a fever a day after we brought her to the hospital the second time. She is currently on her 4th day of her 7-day antibiotic medicine.

Well, I guess I have to buy HGH supplement or human growth hormone to regenerate her cells and vital organs. I heard that HGH’s also support immune system which I guess everybody needs.  :)

Ciao! :)

It’s about your health!

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A Christmas Wish

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I watched Betty La Fea in Channel 2 the other day. It stars Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz. There was a scene when Armando Solis(John Lloyd Cruz) is sharing with Betty(Bea Alonzo) the places he went to celebrate Christmas in the past years. He also told her that when he was young, he used to write his  Christmas wish on a paper. He said that his father will grant almost everything in the list, except for his number 1 wish. Betty then asked Armando what was it. But Armando just shrugged his shoulders and told Betty that it doesn’t matter anymore.

Then, it’s Betty’s turn to share her past Christmas celebration. Betty had wonderful Christmas with her family. Then, she asked Armando if he can spend his Christmas with her and her family. Then, Armando hugged him tight. He told Betty that it was his number 1 wish, “to spend Christmas with a family.” Something that his father cannot fulfill.

john lloyd cruz and bea alonzo

I really like their love team. I have admired John Lloyd Cruz as an actor and he really looks good in the big screen. He’s a very good actor. He can play each role given to him as if he’s really that “person.” I remember one time, when he played the role of man who has cerebral palsy. That in spite of it, that person became successful. That’s about John Lloyd. :)

Well, everyone of us has our own Christmas wish. As for me, I just wish that my daughter will have good health and many blessings for me my family. :)

What is your dream job?

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If I were to ask about my dream job, it would be being a “Cashier” in a department store or a supermarket! It is true. I used to play a cashier when I was young. My younger sister would act as the customer with her basket of goodies. We made our own play moneys then. We cut out bond papers and write the amount on it. We used bottle covers as coins. Then I would borrow my mother’s calculator and I would be the cashier.

cash register

It really makes me laugh every time I remember those days :) . My younger sister’s dream job was to be a “tinapa/daing” vendor :) . She had this dream because of our friend vendor who counts the money from the tinapa(steamed fish) and daing she was able to sell. When my sister saw her counting all the money, she’s really amazed and told my mother that she wanted to be a vendor when she grew up. Well, she was only 5 then and I was 8.  :)

To this day, I would really want to experience being a cashier just for the sake of fulfilling my so- called ”dream job”. But then, maybe a little help from weight loss product will help me to trim down a bit. As we know, cashiers, sales ladies and the like have slim bodies! :)

Thank God for another project

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Ney and I are on our regular “texting” session last night. He’s very happy to inform me that he got a road-widening project to lead which will be somewhere in Buenavista in Quezon province. That’s great news indeed and I thank God for it.

I just hope and pray that they will be free from mesothelioma. Since ney and his workers will be exposed to cement wallboard, asphalt floor tile and other asbestos containing materials which are health hazardous.

Well, I am pretty sure that ney’s team would be very careful specially with regard to their workers health.

Good Things you Should Know

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I was blog hopping yesterday and I found these good things from one of my friends blogs, and I can’t help but to share it with you also. Some good things that we should know :) !

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any

6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too

11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite – Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H
14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet -Jello !

16. Athletes feet – cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper

21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !

26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

36. Dirty grout – Listerine
37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.

42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.

They are:
Monday = Blue
Tuesday = Green
Thursday = Red

Friday = White (Like to have the font in white but you’ll not be able to see it)
Saturday = Yellow

So if today was Thursday, you would want a red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new ev eryday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Don’t forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. PowerAde won’t work. Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed. :)

So you are in PAIN?

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What is Pain?

the body’s warning system, alerting you that something is wrong. It is an unpleasant experience associated with actual or potential damage to a person’s body.

Toothache

When in Pain:

  •  When the pain is prolonged and becomes severe, painkillers provide relief
  • If the pain is caused by exposed root surfaces, use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • A hot saltwater mouthwash used to thoroughly rinse the area may ease the pain and prevent infections.

How to Prevent:

  • Avoid cavities by reducing intake of sugary foods and drinks. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth using a dental floss
  • Do not smoke, as this may worsen some dental conditions.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to diagnose problems early.

Dysmenorrhea

When in Pain:

  • Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen
  • Do light circular massage with your fingers around your lower abdomen
  • Try over-the-counter anti inflammatory medicine
  • Keep your legs elevated while lying down

How to Prevent:

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
  • Follow a diet, rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, but low in salts, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga

Migraine

When in Pain:

  • Put a cold compress over your forehead and on the back of your neck
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration (especially if you have vomited).
  • Over-the-counter pain medications, are helpful, especially when your migraine is wild.

How to Prevent:

  • Avoid triggers such as certain types of food (chocolate, nuts, dairy products, MSG-rich foods, alcohol, caffeine).
  • Exercise regularly as it reduces tension and help prevent migraine attacks.
  • Quit smoking, it triggers headache or make them worse
  • Spend at least 30 minutes a day doing something you find relaxing.

Save Your Baby from Mental Retardation

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When I gave birth about 3 years ago, I was advised by the resident pediatrician that my baby has to undergo new born screening. It cost around a thousand then. I am not familiar with what newborn screening is. But if it is for my baby’s good health, then we had her undergo newborn screening. And Antoinette was about 3 days old.

For the benefit of all the first time moms and expectant moms who don’t know what newborn screening is, I have these research done for you. :)

What is newborn screening?

Newborn screening is a simple procedure to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic retardation or even death if left untreated.

Why is it important to have newborn screening?

Most babies with metabolic disorders look normal at birth. One will never know that the baby has the disorder until the signs and symptoms are manifested. By this time, irreversible consequences are already present.

When is newborn screening done?

Newborn screening is ideally done on the 48th-72nd hours of life. However, it may also be done 24 hours from birth. Some disorders are not detected if the test is done earlier than 24 hours.

How is newborn screening done?

Newborn screening is a simple procedure. Using the heel prick method (it may sound simple but my baby was really hurt when she underwent newborn screening ?) a few drops of blood are taken from the baby’s heel and blotted on a special absorbent filter card. The blood is dried for 4 hours and sent to the Newborn Screening Center.

A negative screen means that the newborn screening result is normal. While a positive result means that the new born baby must be brought back to his/her health practitioner for further testing.

Why newborn screen your baby?

 What are these disorders to be checked in Newborn screening?

1) Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH)

CH results from lack or absence of thyroid hormone, which is essential to growth of the brain and the body. If the disorder is not detected and hormone replacement is not initiated within four (4) weeks, the baby’s physical growth will be stunted. He/she may suffer from mental retardation.

2) Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

CAH is an endocrine disorder disorder that causes severe salt loss, dehydration and abnormally high levels of male sex hormones in both boys and girls. If not detected and treated early, babies may die within 7-14 days.

3) Galactosemia (GAL)

GAL is a condition in which the body is unable to process galactose, the sugar present in milk. Accumulation of excessive galactose in the body can cause many problems, including liver damage, brain damage and cataracts.

4) Phenylketonuria (PKU)

PKU is a rare condition in which the baby cannot properly use one of the building blocks of protein called phenylalanine. Excessive accumulation of phenylalanine in the blood causes brain damage.

5) Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (G6PD Def)

G6PD deficiency is a condition in which the body lacks the enzyme called G6PD. Babies with this deficiency may have hemolytic anemia resulting from exposure to certain drugs, foods and chemicals.

Crowning Glory

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Yesterday in the office before our shift starts, my friend Essa had her usual “hair ironing session”. I asked her if I could have my hair done as well. Then as I comb my hair to set it ready for the hair iron, I noticed the ample of hair that fell down. I get a bit scared for I might have a bad hair fall and eventually lose my crowning glory.

For us women, our hair plays a lot of factor in our over all personality. The way we dress our hair and the way it shines add a lot in our confidence and often times shows the feelings that we have. What if one day, we lost it? Yes I know that there are a lot of artificial hair and wigs that you can get and buy from your favorite beauty store. Yet our technology has developed a good way of restoration of hair. Some transplant surgeon will make our crowning glory back to life.

So, women and men as well, have nothing to worry about losing their hair. :)

Needing A New Eye Glasses..

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I have been using an eye glasses for more than 5 years. And the one I am using right now is over a year old already. The Optometrist told me once I had our Annual physical examination that I need to get a new eye glasses for my eyes require a higher “grade” for vision. But if I can still see things pretty clear using my existing eye glasses then I can keep it. I am not a fan of contact lenses. So I stick to my eye glasses no matter what. It has been my eyes for the last 5 years.

Then, I realized that it’s quite old. Its color has faded and maybe it’s time for me to consider its “retirement”. I would like my new eyeglasses to be fashionable yet affordable. It should be something that would fit my personality for a very reasonable price. And so, I found this $ 8 Zenni Optical Rx Eyeglasses. Hmmm, this is quite interesting. For $8 only, you can get a fashionable complete prescription Eyeglasses!

Being a practical consumer, I checked out their website, www.ZenniOptical.com and I found that they’re offering a good buy eyeglasses and they have ample of styles and design you can choose from. Not only that, all their products including the $ 8 Eyeglasses have the following:

  • High quality stylish frame
  • Thin and Light 1.57 index lens
  • Anti Scratch Coating
  • Full UV Protection
  • Lens edge polishing and beveling
  • Quality Hard Eyeglass case
  • Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Full Guarantee

Such a good buy, right? Well, I think I can afford that $8 Eyeglasses. And my choice is the Frame#: 3391 Two Tone Plastic Full-Rim Frame with Incised Pattern on Temples.

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