Holter Monitoring

Holter ECG

not for the faint in heart :D

My hubby called me a cyborg last Thursday night. I can’t blame him for I do looked weird with wires attached to 6 different parts of my chest and one on the tummy while I do my cooking, washing the dishes, sweeping, watering the yard, etc. This is called a Holter monitoring, simply, a 24 hour portable ECG device. It’s one of the lab tests including blood tests and 2D Echo exam that I had last week. I visited my cardiologist after 3 years; she didn’t recognize me anymore. She recommended new tests for me to see the progression of my Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Funny thing was, the day before I got this device attached to me, I told my sons that I’m going to have a new gadget. My eldest son said, ”You should download “this” game and “that” game, etc., etc. I told him that only I can use it. And he said, “ugh why mommy, ang daya!” His dad said, “He can use it after you.” And he was all smiles. Only to discover the next day that this was the gadget I was talking about. LOL :D

Funniest thing was my travel home wearing the Holter monitoring. The two lady passengers in the jeepney were eyeing me like “what’s with this girl, she came from the hospital, she might have ebola or something, with wires going on under her shirt and cotton with a tinge of blood on her arm?! I’m sorry to alarm you guys. But this is necessary for me. I could have answered and pacified all your worries but you didn’t ask. tsk tsk.

If you need to have this test, you will be asked to record in a sheet of paper that will be given to you, all your activities you had in 24 hours while you have the Holter attached to you. And if you experienced any pain or anything.

If you all wonder like my son, if it’s painful, no, it’s non-invasive. That’s also the first question I had to ask the attending staff in the lab. heehee :D But two things are, the micropores are so itchy especially after they were removed. And it’s quite a hassle moving about especially when going to the restroom or changing clothes. Good thing it’s only for 24 hours.

Enjoy your day!

What is Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Thorn In My Flesh

I Color My Own Hair At Home

Two years ago, I noticed my hair strands are turning lighter. I was so happy coz  I didn’t need to go to the salon to die my hair brown. But later on, few white strands started to show. Until time came that I can no longer hide the numerous white strands inside my crown of hair. And I said, it’s time to die my hair. I’m only 35 as of writing by the way. And if it runs in your family, you too can be having the same problem as I have. I thank Science for the invention of bubble  or foam hair color. The cost is half the price if  you would have it done in a salon. I know coz I asked two salons that I go to. hhh :D

People who saw me thought I had my hair colored in a salon. Na-ah! I colored it myself. It’s now easy to die your own hair using bubble or foam color. Sorry the photo is blurred so I will narrate the steps below. This is at the back of Lolane Z-Cool Bubble Color Foam. But it’s the same direction with other bubble color foam types.

how to use bubble hair color foam

How To Use Bubble Color Foam:

1. Pour #1 bottle (color foam) to #2 which is the developer or the one where you close with the pump.

How to color hair using bubble color foam

2. Mix the pump bottle gently by swirling 10 times. Don’t shake vigorously. Pump out the foam on your palm. (Be sure to use gloves included in the box.) If you see that the foam is still runny, turn the bottle sideways left and right gently to mix the substance thoroughly.

How to use bubble hair color foam

3. Apply foam on dry hair until all your hair is covered. I have chest-length thick hair and I use up til 3/4 of the color mixture. So a bottle could color hair longer than mine. The mixture is usable until after 45 minutes only. So if you have short hair, you can share the whole bottle with someone also with mid-length hair.

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4. Leave for 30 minutes.

5. Rinse your hair and apply the intense hair conditioner included in the pack. I suggest that you finish the contents of the pack for smoother hair. And they smell great too!

before hair color

Before hair color. The whites are just not visible in this photo but they’re there.

Schwarzkopf Freshlight Berry Ash

Schwarzkopf Freshlight Berry Ash

Lolane Bubble Color Foam in Mint

Lolane Bubble Color Foam in Mint

Lolane Bubble Foam Mint

after 1 week

 

Tired!

I hate this.

I slept at around 4:30 this morning and woke up at past 6am. And I feel so tayerd! Ahhhh….I want to sleep more but I can’t. My eyes are so awake! My body wants to rest but my brain is so alive and alert. Peeps who have insomnia, I know you know the feeling. I don’t have insomnia. But last night there’s free coffee in church. I don’t usually drink coffee especially at night but the weather was cold and I was tempted to drink coffee. And now, this. Want more zzzzzzzzsss.

Take care….

 

Eczema And Sunflower Oil

When there’s a pressing issue in my life, like when my child was bitten by a cat, or how to deal with a defiant child, or even a simple how to aid common colds, or how to color your own hair at home (up next), I usually research most likely through the internet.  It’s a readily-available dose of information right in front of your face. Aside from asking others personally of course.

Okay, so now, one of my friends has eczema. And I feel bad to see her having to go through the on/off flare-ups of the disease. So I did a research and a blogger mom shares her experience in dealing with eczema of her own child. I could sense in her story that they’ve been through a lot with preventing the flare-ups of eczema and treating it with doctor-prescribed meds which don’t work. And she’s not comfortable in giving her child a stronger med steroid. So she jumped into research-nerd mode (hmp, sounds familiar) and found natural ways of treating eczema. Now she found out about epsom salt bath and moisturizing with sunflower oil. She said it’s been getting better results after two weeks with her baby’s skin looking better than it had been before when they were still using those prescribed meds. Here’s the link to her story:

http://contradictorytendencies.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/natural-treatment-for-eczema/

Nowadays, even doctors, though not all, would recommend natural treatments for diseases. And a doctor, Peter Lio, MD, has been studying and specializing in treating eczema. We may not know why, but thankfully we know there’s a doctor who is concerned in the treatment of this disease. He mentioned about the conventional meds of course and how moisturizing plays a very important role in treating eczema. Towards the end of his talk (T47:20), he mentioned about going natural and shared about how sunflower oil helps the skin to retain moisture by increasing the formation of skin’s natural ceramides, has anti-inflammatory effects and that it also relieves itchiness of the skin. Early on in his talk, he mentioned that the major keys in treating eczema are 1. moisturize 2. antibiotic 3. anti-inflammatory and 4. antipruritics. So clearly, I understand that the 3 keys in treating eczema is already given by sunflower oil.

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It’s almost one hour of talk but if you have the time, and if you’re concerned with treating eczema, do watch his very informative speech. Some of the things, you might not fully understand but most of what he said was helpful.

Some of the research about treating eczema with sunflower oil:

Sunflower seed oil - Anti-inflammatory. Also serves as an excellent moisture barrier. - http://www.naturalnews.com/037615_eczema_natural_remedies_immunity.html

High LA concentrations have been shown to accelerate skin barrier development and repair, hydrate the skin, and, as a result, reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis and be steroid sparing. Some natural oils with the highest LA/OA ratios are safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and sea buckthorn seed oil. - http://nationaleczema.org/moisturizers-skin-diseases-insights/

Sunflowers may hold the solution to a problem which gets under the skin of millions of Australians every year. Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and the lesser-known Netherton Syndrome pose an itchy problem for many sufferers world-wide, but a group of researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are looking at ways to soothe the problem – with tiny proteins called peptides, found in sunflowers.  - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/247029.php

 

Here’s my previous post about sunflower oil, if you wanna read about it.