Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things to know about dengue


I have to say that before I had dengue, I didn't know much about it. All I know is it is kind of dangerous and you get them from mosquito! Spray away!!!

Here are the things I found out during my week of living with dengue

1. There are many symptoms and not everyone is the same. The main symptoms are: fever, body ache, headaches, low or no appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. For me, I started with headache - vomiting - fever - no appetite. 
According to the doctor, most people will have fever for days but for me, my fever only lasted 1 day. So there are many stymtoms, make sure you don't miss any. 

2. The treatment for dengue is basically nothing! Throughout my few days in the hospital, they only gave me medication for my vomiting (1 only vomited 2x) and for gastric (because I wasn't eating). Other than that, I was only on drips. If you can keep yourself hydrated from home, it is possible to recover at home. But you need to monitor your platelet and the way to do this is to have your blood taken for tests on a daily basis. Mine was done once a day. 

3. Taking 100plus won't make you better. It will keep you hydrated and it is important to stay hydrated. You don't need 100plus, you can take any drink you want actually. The reason why they always recommend 100plus is because they tastes better.

4. Papaya leaf juice is good for dengue.
This is proven apparently.
 It tastes like crap!!! It is so bitter, I swear to god but I guess it does help. I took it a few times but my platelet still kept going down though. But I'm sure it does help.

5. Sup Ketam 
I've been having sup ketam since day 1! I don't know if it is really helping but to me, just eat whatever you can eat! 

6. Normal platelet count is 150-400+ and anything below 100, most private hospitals will want to admit you. Government hospitals are different. 

7. It will take you at least a week to recover from this. Get plenty of rest. 

8. Spray your house, throw unwanted things away.. You will never know where that one damn mosquito is. 

9. Once the hospital or health authority has your record and knows you have dengue (from the doctor's report), Kementerian Kesihatan will get on your case and come to your house to fog the area. How cool is that? Fortunately for me, my apartment does fogging monthly anyway so that is like double fogging here. But please be warned that sometimes, dengue is not from your home.. It couldn't be from anywhere. In my case, I think I got it when I was alone (without my kids) and perhaps one of the days when I was out to pick up my stuff from tailor or something. Whatever it is, be careful. It can be anywhere. Make sure you spray or put insect repellent on yourself and especially your kids when you are out. Especially now when it's always raining, aedes could be anywhere. Apparently according to the doctor, it is not any aedes that will give you dengue. It is only the female aedes with that is carrying the dengue virus that can give you dengue. Some female aedes don't even carry the virus so you are safe. But you see, what are the odds right? And still I got it. Shows that there are lots and lots of them everywhere. Scary! And apparently, they're out and about biting only from 6-8am and 6-8pm. I don't know how true this is but again, what are the odds? I'm never out 6-8am. And 6-8pm is only 2 hours a day I am potentially "exposed" and yet, I still kena! 

10. Prevention is better than cure. I'm a grown up and my pain threshold is considered quite high. I can handle it. It was painful especially when I had the headache and whatnot. But imagine if it happened to my kids?? With all the blood that they need to take daily, with the pain.. All I keep saying if Alhamdulillah it didn't happen to my kids. So do what you need to do to prevent dengue!

Disclaimer: I am no expert. Do your own research on it and don't take my word for it. 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dengue

I've been sick for a week now and it's been one helluva ride. When you have kids, especially young kids like mine, being sick is not an option. It just makes it harder for everyone.

On Wednesday (last week), I had the craziest headache ever. I thought I needed to get my eyes checked because my eyesight is not great anymore despite having LASIK done 7 years ago. But the headache I experienced last week was too crazy to ignore. It was so bad that I actually threw up that night. Still, thinking it was my eyesight, I just slept on it without taking any medication. I'm one of those girls who won't eat medicine unless I have too. 

Then come Thursday, I started feeling worse and then came the fever. It was quite high and reaching 40degrees. I got all covered up and slept pretty much all day. My whole body was aching too. I lost all my appetite to eat or even to drink water. I just couldn't. I felt weak and weaker because I couldn't eat anything. My last meal was when I forced myself to eat Briani that night. I only had about 4-5 spoons of rice. 

Friday was bad as I became weaker. I threw up again all the food I ate the night before. I felt weaker and weaker. By this time, hubs felt like we should really get to the hospital as I was in so much pain. My headache was killing me and my whole body was aching too. Fortunately, my fever went away but my appetite was so bad, I couldn't even drink any water. I was dehydrated big time. We went to the hospital (Tawakal) as it was the closest hospital to my house. 2 minutes drive. The doctor didn't say much. He asked if I wanted to get tested for dengue. Yup, HE asked ME. Shouldn't it be the other way round? I knew it was too early to get tested and he agreed. He gave me some panadol, salt water and vitamin c. It was such a waste of money because all didn't help. I was still in pain and it didn't help me in any way. I couldn't drink the salt water. I tried and almost threw up again. I have no more fever but my headache was so bad I feel like my head is going to explode or something! 

Saturday was the same. I couldn't eat and drink. It was so bad and I became so weak. 

Sunday morning, hubs dragged me to the hospital again. This time, we saw a better doctor. I didn't get her name but she immediately knew what was wrong with me and ordered for a blood test to be done. And what do you know? I am positive dengue!!!! I felt like she just told me I have cancer or something. I cried my eyes out because it was so shocking. I knew I was going to be admitted as my platelet was below 100. It was 97 and anything below 100 means they will need to admit me. I kept thinking about my kids. What are they going to do without me and how they will manage without me. Hubs took charge and controlled everything as I was taken to the room. 

I didn't expect to be admitted. Had I knew, I would have gone to PrinceCourt or Pantai, a hospital I am more comfortable with. 

I was given drips as I was majorly dehydrated big time. It was 5litres of water daily!! 

Monday morning, they came to take my blood test at 6am! When the doctor came, she told me that my platelet has gone down from 97 to 72. Bummer! But I feel ok. My headache is gone and I don't have fever. Still... I have to wait and wait...
Being in the hospital sucks! I was missing my kids a lot! They came to visit after school and played a little but they they leave. It was so hard. I'm not sure if it is harder on me or them. The first night away was tough as both kids wanted me. I couldn't be there for them. 

Tuesday morning and it's the same thing. Took my blood for test again and came back with the same result. My platelet is down from 72-60. What is going on?? I feel fine! The doctor said she has not seen many dengue cases where there's no fever. She looks at me and I look fine but yet, my platelet keeps dropping. I was told to rest. But can you really rest in the hospital?? I don't think so. They come and disturb you every few hours for every little damn thing. It was so annoying!!!

I did nothing but watch tv and sleep all day. This machine is so sensitive too. Each time I want to pee (like every 10 minutes, I swear!) the machine will beep! 

It was so difficult to move around too. I was getting so bored and literally begged the doctor to let me go home. She said if my blood rest doesn't go down too drastically on Wednesday then she can let me go, provided I drink and eat well and get plenty of rest at home. I promised!

Wednesday morning, they took my blood again and oh my, I feel sorry looking at my arms. It is so bruised!

Blood results came back and still, my platelet is down from 60-42. I'm really worried but I didn't want to show the doctor that because I wanted to go home so badly. Below 50 is a bit risky for her to let me go, especially since they stopped me from going home when it was 97! 

I pray to God for it to be ok and hurray, she finally said ok. 

Went back home Wednesday noon. My kids was so happy to have their mummy back home. My appetite is still bad so I decided to make bergedil! Don't ask me why but I just felt like having it!

So I did! And it was good! 

Thursday morning, I went back to Tawakal to see that doctor. Took my blood again and alhamdulillah, I am on the road to recovery. My platelet has gone up slightly. It is 52 today. 

According to the doctor, it will slowly go up now. I'm so glad!

I've been sick for way too long! 1 week is a long time to be sick especially since I never ever ever get sick. 

Good to be home. And goodbye dengue!
Monday, October 27, 2014

Beautiful me

Women will really do anything to be beautiful don't you think?

I've spent so much money in trying to achieve that "beauty" and it's still not working. Truth is, I am already as beautiful as I can get and no amount of money can make me more beautiful, except maybe plastic surgery but yet, I keep trying and trying, wasting and wasting more money. Ah well!

At one point, when everyone was going googoogaga over Premium Beautiful corsets I was itching to buy. I was so close to buying but I didn't because it suddenly occurred to me, the seller (who is one of the top people) isn't even slim! I didn't buy but I was so close!!!

Then there was this other corset by Cosry, I was again itching to buy. I know in my heart that it won't work but because I was so crazy to try and I'm such a sucker for "testimonials", I ended up buying it. And what do you know.. It was uncomfortable!!!! It was not even seamless so wearing it underneath any of my clothes would be so ugly with all the lines showing everywhere. And they expect you to wear it 8 hours a day? I couldn't simply because it wasn't seamless! 

Finally I went Hollywood and bought a Spanx! It was much more comfortable and seamless. And it's not even that expensive! That was money well spent!! 

Instagram and all these celebrities promoting beauty products is so bad I think. Some of them get paid over RM3000 per posting (FACT) to promote an item. So obviously when you get paid that much, you must really say amazing stuff about the products right? And we consumers, followers and crazy people will just simple go n buy! Heeheh 
Disclaimer: not all celebs get paid that much. 

Anyway, my latest "experiment" is this.

What's this? It's not just any drink. It's actually ribena + strawberries + toujour's collagen! Tadaaaaa!!!!

Everyone is into collagen right now so I thought, let's just join the crowd. The taste and smell really makes me urkk hence I added ribena. Then I could still take the collagen so I wanted to add something sour and since I had strawberries in the fridge, I added that too. And thank god it worked. 

So it's only been 1 week now since I started and I don't know if I'm seeing things but my skin looks better and brighter. I can't see myself drinking this daily forever because I really hate the smell but let's hope I can finish off at least 1 tub of this so I don't waste my money!

Wish me luck 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is OK

You know what? Sometimes I think people put too much pressure on us mothers. I mean, motherhood is tough as it is, do we really need additional pressure to make us feel less of a mother? I seriously don't need it! 

I remember growing up, it was difficult for my mum to bring us up alone, without any help from my dad but she did it. It was tough but she did the best she could. It was difficult but at least back then, there's not much pressure. Today, if you don't breastfeed, you get the "look", if you leave your kids with the maid, you get the "look".. It's like.. Come on! Don't we deserve a break?? 

Here's the thing, 
1. It is ok if you choose to bottle feed, formula feed or breast feed your baby. It is all OK! As long as your baby is not starving, it is OK! Doesn't mean you breastfeed your baby for 24 months you are a good mum. Relax .....

2. It is Ok if you let the maid take care of your kids while you enjoy your long shower, or talk on the phone with your best friend or go shopping ... As long as someone is there to take care of your child, and he/she is not abandoned or alone, they will be fine! Relax....

3. It is OK if your child doesn't know how to read or write yet. They will pick it up. After all, what are school for if it is not to teach kids to do all that? It is not ALL your responsibility. Relax....

4. It is OK if your child eats junk food. It is still food and it's not poison. (Some will argue that junk food is like poison, those people can go away and fly kite!) some kids are fussy eaters, us mothers struggle sometimes to get them to just eat something, anything...! So please don't stress us out even more!

5. It is ok to spend money on yourself instead of on your child. It is the husband's job to provide for the child anyway. By spending your money on yourself and only you, doesn't make you selfish. I believe that if you don't pamper yourself, who will?

6. It is ok to spank/shout at your kids when they don't behave. It doesn't make you a monster. You are only human with emotions. Physically abusing them is wrong but don't feel bad when you need to discipline your child more than just by "talking". I get it! 

7. It is OK if you feel like sleeping alone instead of cuddling with the kids. Doesn't make you a bad mother and doesn't mean you love them less. Sometimes we just want space and peace and quiet!

8. It is OK if you are not in the mood to take them swimming, or do painting. Sometimes you just want to do what YOU want to do instead of doing what others expect you to do. Doesn't make you selfish. Relax... 

9. It is OK to let the kids cry. They all do. No matter how good or bad a mother you are, they will still cry. So let them cry!

10. It is OK if they're angry. It's not your fault that they are. They need to learn to be angry, sad, happy and all those stuff anyway. Let them experience it...

So much pressure nowadays. People need to take a chill pill and relax.. How kiasu were our parents before? More kiasu than us now? I don't think so. But we turned out ok didn't we? 

There you go! 
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Food

You can find absolutely anything from the internet huh? I recently found something very interesting. Kelate Flying Breakfast! Whoa! What's that? It's basically breakfast flown in from Kelantan! 

I jumped with joy when I saw it and couldn't wait to try. When I told other half about my latest discovery, he wasn't all that impressed. He must be thinking oh what now?!!!


We decided to place an order and on Sunday morning, off we went to collect our breakfast. My husband kept making fun of how special this breakfast is going to be! 

I placed my order via whatsapp to the number given. They have a few pick up points around Klang valley and I whatsapp'ed the number closest to us which is the number for Ampang/wangsa maju area. It was easy and straightforward but they replied me in Kelantan! It was quite funny to read. 

Sampai = sapa 
Abang = Abe
Try = Tera 

You get the drift? It was hilarious! 

Anyway, we found the place and picked up the food and ate at my Mil's house. It was actually quite tasty. I guess we will be ordering again.

RM5.50 for a pack of nasi berlauk is quite expensive according to my husband as he said it is actually only about RM2 in Kelantan.. Ah well! We are in KL anyway so we pay KL price. Plus, they were all air flown so of course you need to consider that cost too.
Anyway it was pretty good and yummy. 

Then for dinner, we decided to have fatty crab. We haven't been there in a while. 
The thing about fatty crab is that the place is always so packed. Not a good place to bring kids (toddlers) and especially not my kids. They wouldn't be able to sit still!

We called and tapau'ed our favourite stuff from there. 


Chili crab is the bomb and to die for. I can have this everyday if it wasn't because of colestrol! 


Their chicken wings are yummy too! Once I made fried chicken and I swear it tasted similar to this one. Only that one time. I tried to make it again and couldn't get it right ever since! 

So there you go! 

Alhamdulillah 

Burp!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Big Breakfast

Today's brunch date was at Frisky Goat in TTDI. It is located near the Public Bank. Parking was a big problem and I had to double park by the main road. 

I ordered the big breakfast & a cup of hot latte. It was yummy.

I should organize more brunch dates while kids are in school. You can't see it from the photo but there's at least 2 sunny side up eggs underneath all the salad and all that. The sausage was huge too. Like a size of 2 normal sausages in 1! 

The place was packed and apparently the pastries are all good too.

If you are nearby, do give it a go! 

Pst: not a sponsored post! 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little things

I only have 3 hours a day when I am not with my kids. That 3 hours are so precious because it is the only time I can have a long bath without interruptions, I can watch tv without kids screaming wanting to watch Tom & Jerry instead, I can call my BFF and talk on the phone without rushing the call and most importantly, 3 hours to run errands and do my kupu kupu stuff. 

Good thing is my BFF is also free in the mornings because her kids are also in school. We normally would just chit chat and catch up with each other. It's the best part of my day actually. But today, she was out and I had nothing planned so I decided to do what I've been planning to do for ages but haven't done it yet - which was to look for a torso/mannequin 

I found 2 shops that should sell them. 1 was in Lorong Haji Taib and another one is near Kenanga Mall. 

Off I went to check out Lorong Haji Taib.
The place looks pretty scary because there's so many things going on there. Mainly people loading stuff from the lorry. Fruits and god knows what else. There was no parking and I didn't want to walk too far to get to the shop. I was scared!

I even saw a hooker while I was driving around looking for parking. I found the shop and quickly just park illegally. 

Found what I wanted and was really pleased. They only had display set there and it was dirty and didn't look nice so I asked for a new piece. 

Took them forever to look for it. I was worried about parking. After about 20minutes of waiting, they told me they don't have a new set and they would give me a discount for the display unit. It was not a good enough deal so I left feeling really disappointed.

Off I went to Kenanga area and found the shop I was looking for. Again, no parking and I had to go round and round and round. Time was ticking and I ended up parking illegally too. Seems like everyone else was double parking too. I ran to the store and immediately saw what I wanted! 

Hurray!! 10 minutes later, I left the store with what I wanted and feeling so great!

Mission accomplished!!!

Rushed home and cooked lunch for the kiddos! They didn't even know I was gone! 

I'm so excited!!! 

If you are looking for mannequin or any display fixtures, do visit this shop! 

It's the little things like this that makes me happy.