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Undergoing Open Appendectomy

20 Dec

Have you ever planned anything so important then a more urgent, more important thing will come your way and you have no choice but to choose the latter?

This was what happened to me.

I was preparing for something big last Monday, December 16… But something bigger came up the weekend before that. My family were out in the mall when pain struck me. My right lower abdomen hurt tremendously! I couldn’t stand straight and I couldn’t walk. I tried loosening my pants but it was no use. I thought, “Could this be appendicitis? Please don’t let it be. It’s just dysmenorrhea.”

Hubby bought medicines for me.

Don’t ever do what I did — self medicate. I took two Kremil-S tablets, then Ponstan SF, then Buscopan.

The Buscopan relieved me from the pain and we were able to eat dinner and even watch “Frozen.”

Frozen

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Come Sunday morning, I had fever and still had that tummy ache. Hubby brought me to STH ER and I underwent some tests (cbc with platelet count and urinalysis). The doctor advised me to transfer to USTH for ultrasound. But when we got to USTH ER, the interns and doctors who checked me up and palpated my abdomen all had one diagnosis — Acute Appendicitis.

Right there and then, they admitted me and scheduled an Open Appendectomy STAT.

I was confined for 5 days and was discharged just yesterday. I had spinal anesthesia around 11pm, Sunday, was on general liquids (Monday), on soft diet (Tuesday) and full diet (Wed and Thurs).  As of this writing, I am still having a hard time walking, moving too much, sneezing, coughing and laughing.

The hardest for me is not to take care of my daughter the way I used to. I miss carrying her, giving her baths, and dancing with her. I pray that I will get better soon so I can go back to the things I normally do.

I leave to you the words of my doctor, “Whatever important thing you have to do, this is more important than that.” It was a bit hard for me to accept that but I know deep inside he was right. What if I came in late and my appendix had ruptured? It would have been more complicated to manage.

Health is wealth, really.

I also want to thank all the efforts of my better half to make me feel I am loved, taken care of and supported. He is and always will be my Superman.

Looking forward to better days ahead for me and my family. And if it’s not too much to ask, please say a little prayer for my quick recovery.

Thank you so much…and God bless you.

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Unboxing November 2013 BDJ Box

7 Nov

It is such a surprise to get the BDJ Box this early!!! Usually, BDJ Boxes arrive mid month, every month. The November box was an exception because some already received this Nov4 or even earlier.

I was so excited because for the first time, I am going to receive two boxes. 🙂 I won the BDJ Box 7-day Challenge last September. If you want to know which product I used, you can view it here.

“Blushing Beauty” is this month’s theme. With that, the BDJ Box team put together products designed to get us Bellas blushing.

November 2013 BDJ Box

Here is a sneak peek of the products:

The Cream Factory Bath Cream

ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream

Oil of Argan

Canmake Powder Cheeks in PW05

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss

Yves RocherNaturelle Eau de Toilette

Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care

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Digestics with ProbiFiber+ | Healthy 2-in-1 for my Tummy

7 Nov

For the nth time,  I used up my points to avail of two “slimming” products — Carb Trim and Digestics. It was really timely because I was getting ready for a fashion show my daughter and I auditioned for Smart Parenting and Summitmedia.

Digestics

Product Description

Digestics is the first probiotic food supplement in the market with fiber content, backed by clinical studies to confirm its safety and efficacy. Its dual-action formula not only ensures digestive balance but also promotes regular bowel movement.

Digestics comes in a pleasant-tasting powder, packed in handy single-dose aluminum foil stick sachets, which are convenient and easy to:
     • Take for all age groups – there are no tablets/capsules to swallow
     • Consume – only a small amount of powder, which can be directly poured on the tongue
     • Mix into foods and drinks – cold to room temperature
     • Open – simply tear off the top
     • Carry – in your pocket or bag

• Each sachet contains:
     – at least 1 billion live good bacteria per sachet
     – 4g of dietary fiber, equivalent to the fiber you get from 1 bowl of oatmeal or 2 slices of wheat bread
     – only 16 calories
• It’s lactose-free and sugar-free
• Safe for everyone – even children, pregnant women* and mature adults
     * It’s always best to ask a doctor before use.

Full size: 1 box = 10 sachets

Price: PHP 250

Sample Size: 2 boxes = 20 sachets

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Carbtrim Iced Tea Mix in Lemon Flavor | Be Fearless about Carb-loaded Food

7 Nov

For someone who loves to eat carbs but doesn’t want to gain more weight, Carbtrim is the best bet! I was really intrigued with this ever since I saw it in the commercial of Angelica Panganiban.

I was happy when I saw this in Sample Room! Only the lemon flavor was available but it was alright with me. Fortunately, even if I am not a VIP member, my points were able to sample both Digestics and this. In addition to this, I got two boxes of both products! Thanks to Sample Room’s generosity!

CarbTrim Iced Tea Mix (Lemon Flavor)

Product Description

CarbTrim works by preventing the alpha-amylase enzymes in our body system from breaking down carbohydrates from starchy food (e.g. rice, bread, pasta) into sugar. It reduces the glycemic Index and caloric impact from food; minimizing the conversion of starch-to-sugar-to-fat and thus help in reducing body weight, fat mass and waist and thigh circumference.

Carbtrim turns blocked carbohydrates into long-chain fiber. Since the human body does not absorb fiber, it just passes through our digestive system and comes out as waste.

Carbtrim should be taken before or during meals. Since it’s in a beverage format, the active ingredients, Phase 2 white kidney bean extract, works by blocking immediately the carbs taken in. For best results, drink Carbtrim with every meal with moderate to heavy carbs.

Instructions: Just add the contents of 1 sachet to a glass (250ml) of cold or hot water. Contains natural tea extract, stir until dissolved and enjoy! Drink one to three times a day, preferably before meals.

Full size: 1 box = 6 sachets

Price: PHP 144 / box

Sample Size: 2 boxes (12 sachets)

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Thank God the Jampacked Week is Over

9 Sep

Last week had been one of the busiest weeks ever. It was filled with errands and to-do’s and I am so relieved now that they are over.

To start off, last August 31, hubby and I had our “reunions” with our high school friends on the same day as that of our daughter’s Linggo ng Wika Presentation. So our day started early and ended early 3am of September 1. We spent the afternoon doing our tasks separately and just meeting at home to go out again.

This September 2, I found a big round rash on my trunk and every day it spread out. Luckily, it wasn’t obvious because I only had them in my chest and back which was covered with clothing. I was seen by an Internist and he diagnosed that I have ringworm all over my skin. He changed Canesten (I used it on the onset of the first rash I’ve seen) to Triderm but still the rash is quickly spreading. As of this writing, I already went to a Dermatologist and found out that this is Tigdas Hangin. No wonder the creams I used seemed to be of no use because the cause of this is viral. I was just given oral antihistamine and a steroidal lotion. This may last for 4 weeks but if I am unlucky, this may last up to 8 weeks. 

A very shocking news rocked our family on September 3 with the death of a grandmother (my Dad’s aunt) and we tried to visit every night of the wake.

It was also this week that hubby and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.

The whole week I was busy preparing, organizing and inviting guests for my Mom’s 50th birthday party last September 6. I was the main coordinator — I made a powerpoint presentation for her AVP, called photo/videographer for the coverage, helped my Aunt make the cake tower, prepared giveaways, planned the program and of course, hosted it too. Thankfully, it was successful.

This September 7, the Christian Life Program Week 1 of the CFC NSOLL Chapter started. Hubby and I were invited and we accepted. The invitation came just in time because we feel that this is a ‘calling’ for both of us.

My grandaunt was laid to rest in Serenity only yesterday, September 8, the same date of Mama Mary’s birthday and my cousin’s 18th birthday.

Hubby and I would always kid around that we have this ‘curse’ of having one event too many on a given day, and none the next day. Ever since we got together as a couple it has been this way. We just laugh it off and try our best to attend to what’s the most important and urgent first.

Maybe now you wouldn’t wonder where I’ve been this week. Hoping for better days and weeks ahead. Hopefully too, the measles I have won’t scar and would heal sooner than I expect it would be.

What about you? How’s your September going?

REVIEW: C-Lium Fibre (Capsule)

10 Apr

For my third sample room purchase, I chose the Nivea sunblock and C-Lium Fibre capsules.

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Sample Room Product Description

C-lium is made of 100% natural psyllium that has 14 times more natural fiber than oatmeal or cereal to help eliminate the signs of aging.

• Helps lowers bad cholesterol levels

• Aids in controlling blood sugar levels

• Helps eliminate excess fats

• Helps promote good digestion

*No Approved Therapeutic Claims

Capsule:
Take 5 capsules twice a day with at least a half glass of juice or favorite beverage. Drink a glass of water immediate after.

Vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken 2-3 hours before or after intake of C-Lium Fibre. For better weight and blood sugar management, take 30 minutes before meals. Drink plenty of water all day. Regular daily intake recommended.

Full size and Price:

C-Lium Fibre Capsule Jar 400’s — P 715.00
C-Lium Fibre Capsule 500’s — P 1,100.00
C-Lium Fibre Capsule 50’s — P 110.00

Sample Size: 60 capsules for 6 day use

I wanted to try this out since I have constipation most of the time. I drink plenty of water (more than 3 liters a day actually) and still am constipated. I don’t know how or why. So I thought of trying this out…

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I did not follow the recommended dosage though. I think it was over. And since this is a supplement, it would not hurt decreasing the dose.

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For the first five days, I only take it before bedtime and have increased it now to two capsules a day.I take one capsule twice a day, 30 minutes before meals.

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Here is my sample room review:

Taking this for 5 days now. I am suffering from constipation and this has helped me immediately. At first I thought I was having a stomachache then my tummy felt bloated. That was then I thought that it is the C-Lium Fibre (capsule) working. I only take these before bedtime and when I wake the next morning I am all ready for the comfort room. I still incorporate the usual activities of eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising, though.

What I like about this:

(+) No preservatives and other chemicals, only pure 100% psyllium fiber.

(+) Affordable for only 6php per capsule.

(+) Helps maintain healthy cholesterol level for a healthy heart.

(+) Reduces the absorption of fat.

(+) Helps sustain healthy blood sugar.

(+) Maintains digestive health and regularity.

(+) Maintains healthy digestion.

(+) Works well if combined with proper diet, increased fluid intake and exercise.

(+) Improved my bowel movement and stool consistency.

 

What I wish:

(+) They alter the dosage. I felt changes with just one to two capsules a day.

 

OVERALL: I recommend this to anyone who wants to maintain overall wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.