Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Knowing I'll Be In Good Hands

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 11:27:00 PM 1 comments
Many things happen when you are at the hospital. You will meet new friends and acquaintances, develop long term friendship with those who took care of you at the hospital such as nurses, doctors and medical staffs on top of the most important thing which is getting better. I love my every experiences and stays at the hospital for they give me comfort that I will feel well and would go home healed. This week, I was fortunate enough to meet a fellow Filipino who works as a food server. he brought me foods and chat with me. We became close and very comfortable talking with each other. During one of our conversations, she mentioned about insurance quote for their boat, cars and everything they posses. She and her husband are thinking of getting these stuffs insured to be safe. I agreed with their plan. We need to think of these things so we won't worry about it.

Amazing Voice Changer

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 10:47:00 PM 0 comments
Okay, I am not really a fan of the actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I fell in love with the movie he made years back with Jamie Lee Curtis where he was a CIA. I like this kind of movie for it entertains me a lot. The story is about a CIA and his wife who works as a company secretary. The husband lied about his job; convinced the wife that he was a computer salesman. It took awhile before the husband admitted that he was a CIA instead. The lesson about it is that being honest to our spouse/s is very important no matter what! The reason how the wife became part of the team was when she got involved with a man who was a gold digger. The guys acted like he was a member of a syndicate who does illegal stuffs. Anyway, to make the long story short, when the husband confronted the wife secretly using voice changer during the interview. The husband and his friend were able to change their human voice to a machine or computerized voice, thus making his wife unaware that she was actually talking with her husband in the other side of the interview room. That was clever! I learned new things about voice pitches. You can make it either low or high pitch end voice. Isn't it amazing?

Hospital Stories

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 10:33:00 PM 0 comments
Being at the hospital for almost a week, there are plenty of experiences to tell, from my own reason why I was admitted to other patients like myself. One night while trying to get some sleep, I heard a woman next door crying. Not knowing what was going on, I thoughts of the worst possible way. I thought one of the patient had passed away and so I started praying for her/his soul and her/his family. Oh well, don't blame me because that woman was crying as if someone she loves died at that moment. It turned out that this woman was exaggerating her feelings when the nurse tried to put an IV on her arm.What a woman! Anyway, that story made me think about life insurance quotes. Okay, all of us will die whether we like i or not. We need to be prepared for that and make sure that our loved ones would not be left behind with all the expenses regarding funeral and medical bills. Thinking beforehand, we are helping them get peace knowing that everything is taken care of.

Time Flies So Fast!

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 10:20:00 PM 0 comments
My son loves to play motor racing in his nintendo DSI particularly the Mario Bros. He couldn't get enough of it to the point that he asked me if there a game for polaris atv. I was a bit surprised, but later on realized that my son had seen an atv already when we were checking polaris atv parts for a friend's atv back in our old neighborhood. I couldn't believed my son still remember those days to think that he was only three year old that time. Oh how time flies so fast! My baby is no longer a baby...but he is still my baby!

Presents for Him and Her

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 10:11:00 PM 0 comments
A month ago while shopping for hubby's Christmas present, I was torn between a wrist watch he so adore and a couple of band saw blades. Knowing he loves to work at his garage during his free time, I almost bout the saw blades. I decided to get him the watch since his birthday is coming up pretty soon, too. I would just get the saw blades next week for his birthday gift. Now, I wonder what to give with my mother in-law for her birthday which falls the day after New Year. Oh well, flowers and dinner would always do.

FaceBook Rocks!

Posted by Cecile at 12/22/2010 09:59:00 PM 0 comments
Back at the hospital a couple of days ago after, one of the the things that keep sane was the computer. Watching television is not really my cup of tea except it is a movie about Christmas. I don't care whether it is animated or classic. Anyway, Fabooking has gotten a long way. I got the chance to speak what I feel, think to my readers particularly those who important part of my life such as families, relatives and friends. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures posted by one of my friends whom her sons and husband wore angel costumes, and a parish clothing. Their Christmas presentation was amazing! It is indeed fun to see a family participated in the whole event. I wished my son and hubby were able to participate at church Christmas party where they did the firs Christmas story. Too bad I was at the hospital them and that kept them away from not doing it. But the good part is that, am home now and is feeling better and better everyday. With that, we thanked God for HIS mercy and tender love.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stress Free Your Christmas

Posted by Cecile at 12/16/2010 09:43:00 AM 0 comments
Last month, my friends and I together with our sons got the chance to shop on Black Friday. I was lazy to go out then because the weather was too cold for me to bear; but I decided to drag my son with me and shop at the mall and outlet mall as well. I was very glad I did! Now I don't have to worry to much for every thing is done, gifts were all wrapped up, cards were sent, packing our stuffs up for our trip to my in-laws after Christmas. I have given myself a break from stress which I know would be good for my health. I am a firm believer that stress can sometimes be avoided if we really wanted to. We can do something about it before it even attack us. Do't you agree with me?

Exercise is Good for Health

Posted by Cecile at 12/16/2010 09:09:00 AM 0 comments
When we were packing our things up for our move back to Texas almost two years ago, we couldn't believe how much stuffs we have accumulated despite of the fact the we already given many of our stuffs away to friends and relatives! The biggest U Haul container couldn't fit our stuffs and so we donated more stuffs to Goodwill. My husband insisted that we sold our treadmill at Craigs' list when you can sell used gym equipment. I told him "No", and he agreed with me finally. We still have the treadmill and I use it during wintertime and summertime when the weather is very cold/hot for me. Exercising daily really help me a lot and so I couldn't afford to let our only gym equipment go.

Kidney Biopsy and Episode of Rejection

Posted by Cecile at 12/16/2010 08:06:00 AM 0 comments
Oh well, here I am today siting at my hospital bed waiting for my doctor's visit. I am also praying for the good word about the biopsy rest result today. Can you image how hard the wait is? Yup, it is hard, alright. Anyway, my doctor's routing check up this Monday didn't turn out to be good. Lab work results indicated that my creatinine clearance (protein in urine) is up to 3 something which is not normal. My doctor went ahead and started a treatment (steriod) just to be on the safe side while waiting for the biopsy result to come this afternoon. Anyway, we are just glad the we agreed to be admitted, have the biopsy done and the treatment as well.

Friday, December 10, 2010

It Was Like Magic!

Posted by Cecile at 12/10/2010 11:24:00 PM 0 comments
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went to shop for Christmas lights. As we went through the Christmas lights choices at the store, we couldn't help but wonder why these kind of lights are very expensive! A box of led lights is 10 bucks! We spent $70 just for the Christmas lights. Had it not for our son who begged us to put Christmas lights outside, we would never do it. Oh well, seeing my son's excitement when his Daddy turned the lights on was worth the price. It was like lighting a candle where my son is always excited and happy to see the flame. To him, it was like a magic!

My Unfulfilled Dream

Posted by Cecile at 12/10/2010 10:59:00 PM 0 comments
With all the medical issues I am going through right now, I sometimes wonder whether there is still a cure for my sever anemia. My blood count is way too low for my age, therefore, I feel tired and weak most of the time. Even taking a shower is too much for my body to handle! My body ache and always short of breath. Too bad that the treatment I have gone through last month didn't really help me at all. I feel weaker, in fact. Being sicked most of the time lead me to do some research about anemia. I spent hours reading about severe anemia, its causes, symptoms and treatments as well. I just wished that my doctor had put me into blood transfusion instead of iron infusion for that is the only way I would gain my energy back! Anyway, talking about internet, as I browsed online, I couldn't help but look at the bridesmaid dresses. Reminds me of my unfulfilled dream back when I was still single which was to become a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding. To this day, I still dream of becoming one someday. It isn't too late yet, Is it?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Read the Review First!

Posted by Cecile at 12/02/2010 09:54:00 PM 0 comments
Choosing the right diet pill for you is not an easy task. Nowadays, you can find tons of diet pills in the market today and each one of them claim that they are the best one. How can you be so sure? The only way to find out is either try them yourself or read diet pill reviews online. Good thing this kind of review is available right on the internet which makes it easier to pick the right stuff. Trying them is not the best choice for it will cost you a fortune before you'll find the right diet pill for you that is effective, and safe, if you know what I mean, lol. Yup, these pills are not cheap at all!

Everything Should Starts at Home

Posted by Cecile at 12/02/2010 05:05:00 PM 0 comments
Finally after three years, our problem with our son not eating as much as he should have was solved. We have found a best weight gain supplement that helps his appetite back. This children's multi vitamin had boost his appetite, thus making him eat a lot! Now is he finally gaining weight without those calories from ice cream and shakes his pediatrician recommended. I serve him lots of veggies, fruits and meats for a healthy balanced meal. Indeed, you are what you eat. And your kids will eat whatever you serve them. I don't believe on preparing special meal for your kids, just so they will eat. Good eating habits starts at home and parents are good example for kids to follow including the foods we eat. The result, my son eats variety of foods from Asian to Mexican foods.

Is It Allergy or Cough?

Posted by Cecile at 12/02/2010 04:53:00 PM 0 comments
Two days ago, we emailed my sister in-law asking for the gifts she wanted for Christmas. We always do this to make sure that we get what we want instead of giving gift cards. It would be nice if we can open a Christmas presents rather than shop the next day with a credit card. For some reason, she hasn't reply yet. I am so eager to learn more about her Christmas wish lists so I can finish shopping gifts for her and her boyfriend. I plan on completing my shopping so I don't need to worry about it. I can start packing for our trip to my in-laws this holiday with less stress. Hubby on the other hand is worried about him not being able to sleep after his night work. He took sleep medicines as well as cough medicines, but still sleep wouldn't visit him. I am worried for him; maybe he needs to do some research about his trouble getting sleep.

Paying Attention/Focus

Posted by Cecile at 12/02/2010 04:41:00 PM 0 comments
My friend told me once that boys are easier to handle than girls when they reach their teenage years, but for now while they are still young, they are playful, hyper active at times, and their attention span is not that long. My son who is six year old is having difficulty paying attention, and so I need to remind him constantly. I just wished that there is an effective way that will effectively work for him, just like a diet pills that work for those who wanted to shed unwanted fats! For now, patience, prayer, understanding at the only way I can continue to do to keep him from listening and doing thing he was asked to do right away. How about you? Can you share me suggestions that really work for your kids?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happier than Ever!

Posted by Cecile at 11/19/2010 02:08:00 PM 1 comments
As I always say to my friends, hubby and I are opposite in many ways. For instance, we are on the same boat when it comes to losing weight, but we do it differently. He doesn't believe on taking diet pills of any kinds. He would rather do crash diets that work instead. He also told me that it is the safest, cheapest and effective way to shed unwanted fats. I, on the other hand think that diet pill is the best and fastest way to lose weight. We might not agree on things like these, but I assure you but we still have many things in common that is why our marriage is stronger and healthier than ever and we could never be happier.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Cecile at 11/19/2010 12:46:00 PM 0 comments
It's been nine years since my husband and I got married and have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner since. I thought I would be spared this year when a friend from church invented us to share thanksgiving with them. I would still cook, but just the side dishes like cranberry sauce, dinner roll, salad and veggies. Then, will all the excitements, my father in-law called telling us that they want to come over for thanksgiving on the day after Thanksgiving. There you go, I would still be cooking and would be eating a lot than I should. I need to plan for Thanksgiving after all as well as start taking diet pills for women that work. I heard this pills is designed especially for women who are trying to lose weight just like me. Taking this kind of pill needs a physician's approval since I am on immunosuppressants drugs to make sure that it won't interfere with my other medications.

Christmas Plans

Posted by Cecile at 11/19/2010 12:15:00 PM 0 comments
It's been four year since we have our last Christmas get together with my husband's family. And I have forgotten what happened that day, but that was my son's first Christmas spent with his cousin, Cody. These boys are like peas in a pod even to this day. They are like best buddy that can't be separated. Anyway, it is my sister in-law's idea for us to get together again this coming holiday. We weren't sure about it since we planned on going to the Philippines for two reasons: One for my husband to meet my family for the first time and second, spend Christmas and New year with them after 10 years. I also have been looking for family christmas ideas that would make our Christmas most memorable as well as enjoyable. Good thing I found few ideas online. We were all set and were ready to purchase plane tickets, but when we check our savings, we found out that we don't have enough money because we spent them when we did the closing for our new house. Sad that our plan didn't materialize. We are now going for the Christmas/reunion of the Kenyon clan. Our plan for a family vacation is set on summer of next year when the school is over.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Plenty of Space

Posted by Cecile at 11/18/2010 07:46:00 PM 0 comments
My husband is a big fan of hp gadgets and electronic devices. Every time we need a replacement for our computer or even camera or camcorder, he would always look for hp brand. For instance, when we replace our hp printers, he bought an hp printer/scanner/fax, and copier combo, and that saved us a lot of money as well as plenty of space in our home office. For the first time, I felt like I am not suffocated. I can move without bumping into something when I am inside the office, and that our house looks and feel bigger now. Having a lot of clutters at home gives me stress and headache which is not good for my health.

Important Things Everyone Should Know

Posted by Cecile at 11/18/2010 07:23:00 PM 0 comments
Back when I was still on dialysis due to ESRD or end state renal disease, the social worker who was helping us with paper work for medicare benefits mentioned a little bit about Medicare part D plans. And since my husband has good health insurance policy and coverage, I didn't really pay much attention to what she was saying. All I can remember is that there is a company that can can help people file a disability appeal after they have been denied by the SSA. This is good news to those have disabilities and are in need of financial and health care related services. I wished there is something like in the country where I came from.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Busy As A Bee

Posted by Cecile at 11/17/2010 12:46:00 PM 0 comments
The month of October marks the busy days for us; and that doesn't end till January of next year. My son has many school activities to attend to on top of his karate lessons. Then, the Halloween and Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas holiday. Indeed the last three months of the years are stressful days for me at least. That is why sometimes, I turn down some birthday parties just so we can spend time as family together to bond and have fun. But last weekend I couldn't say "no" to friends who are celebrating their birthdays the same month. So I went with some friends together with our kids. We had so much fun, not to mention that we got to meet new friends. Part of the celebration was singing karaoke. Lily, one of the celebrants has a very nice home theater seating where we sat and enjoyed singing and laughing. We don't really have a home theater seating at home and that is one thing hubby and I wanted to get in the near future.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Medicine Cabinets

Posted by Cecile at 11/10/2010 05:51:00 AM 1 comments
The one thing we didn't get when we bought a new built house four months ago was a medicine cabinet in our bathroom. We were surprised that it was not included on the plan. Old houses have built in medicine cabinets, why not new ones, right? Oh well, since that is one thing we cannot live without, hubby and I decided to purchase two medicines cabinets for the bathrooms in our house. They weren't expensive, but would be nice had we bought a couple of Robern Medicine cabinet online. I really like Robern cabinets particularly the medicine cabinet for they are so nice and would compliment our furniture. Oh well, someday when it is time to replace our med. cabinets, we will make sure that we get the one we really, really like.

Excited For Vacation

Posted by Cecile at 11/10/2010 05:40:00 AM 0 comments
I have been living in United States for 9 years now. Have visited my family in the Philippines 2 times since...once with my son and the last time was when my grandmother died last year. I tell you, I still miss my family a lot especially my parents. On summer of next year, we are going for a vacation there with my son an hubby and everyone is excited including me! Hubby haven't met my family yet due to unavoidable circumstances, and thank goodness, finally they will meet in person at last! That would be a great vacation, I think! Much better than Branson vacations is all I can say. We would go to the beach and maybe even go to Baguio City which is the summer capital of the Philippines. I would love to go to Branson though someday for I heard that it is a great place to visit any time of the year.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Visiting friends at Church

Posted by Cecile at 11/04/2010 06:50:00 PM 0 comments
This morning, I got the chance of visiting two of our fellow members at church for the first time. These three young women and I have so much things in common. We are all stay at home Mom, each has one child and love to walk, be with our kids, and love to attend church activities. I was so happy to have met them and got to know more about them. One of these young women, Callie lived in the Philippines for 8 months and we had a chance to share her experienced there and vice versa. During our conversation we ended talking about health insurance and house expensive to purchase one, but people don't have choice but to have it make sure that we are at peace when emergency like sicknesses arises. Having health insurance is as must in every household just like car insurance and etc...Anyway, talking about insurance, I wondered how much premium my in-laws are paying each month for their rv insurance. I am sure they shopped a lot and compared rv insurance quotes before they finally chose the right insurance for the recreational vehicle.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Need to Insure Our Laptop

Posted by Cecile at 11/03/2010 06:37:00 AM 0 comments
Am I way out of the loop now that I didn't know about laptop insurance? Wow, who would have thought that laptop computer can be insured now, just like other important possessions we insured to make sure they are protected. Thinking now, I realized that laptop indeed needs to be insured for it contains many important document such as photos, bank account, passwords and other documents that can't be replaced. This made me decided to talk with my hubby about our laptop and the need to insured it. I hope he would agree with me without any complain or things like that.

New Walking Shoes for Me

Posted by Cecile at 11/03/2010 06:16:00 AM 0 comments
Every time I go to the mall, I can't help but look for new arrival shoes at the stores. I love shoes that is why hubby keeps teasing me whether am related to Imelda Marcos or I collect shoes, too. Oh well, that is exaggeration; I don't collect shoes, just need something to wear on every occasion like shoes for winter, church, and for summer/fall. I really like a pair of shoes for walking and saw one that I really like at merrell shoes or footwear. I don't care whether he would tease me again, but I am buying that walking/running shoes whether he likes it or not!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Seasonal Allergy

Posted by Cecile at 10/28/2010 11:09:00 AM 0 comments
My son suffers from seasonal allergy every year. And it occurs during summer and fall. The height of his coughing is during fall where it is windy. My husband and I worry so much about him for he couldn't sleep at night because of coughing. The allergy medicine he is taking helps a lot, but it needs to be taken everyday. We are concern he might get addicted to it. But so far, he is okay. I just wished there is a natural allergy medications available in the market, that way we are sure that there would be any side effects in the long run.

Anyway, according to what I've read online: these are the causes of fall allergies.

Weed pollen is the main cause of seasonal allergy in the late summer and early fall. Depending on the area of North America, these weeds include ragweed, sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed (Russian thistle) and cockle bur.

In some areas of the world, some trees can pollinate in the fall as well.

Here are some tips to minimize pollen exposure:
  • Keep windows closed prevent pollens from drifting into your home
  • Minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted-between 5-10 a.m.
  • Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported to be high, and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air
  • Take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn and freshly cut grass
  • Machine dry bedding and clothing. Pollen may collect in laundry if it is hung outside to dry.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Best Weight Loss Supplement

Posted by Cecile at 10/26/2010 12:13:00 PM 0 comments
Walking everyday for at least forty five minutes helps me a lot to lose weight. Thanks to my dear husband who is my walking buddy. I could have never done it without him. Eating a healthy balanced diet is another; it not only helps shed unwanted fats, but also lowers my high blood pressure and stabilizes my blood count. I am thinking that maybe if I can find the best weight loss supplement, my goal would be surely achieved! I heard many testimonies from consumers who took weight loss supplements; they dramatically lose weight and were satisfied with the effectiveness of the product.

Natural Healing Oil for My Skin Tags

Posted by Cecile at 10/26/2010 11:51:00 AM 0 comments
Have you heard about skin tag? If so, you probably know the caused of it and why certain people have it. I on the other hand didn't know about it till I notice it on my skin particularly around my neck which is kind of unsightly. Worried, I asked my physician what to do o remove it. She said, she can take it, but it will come back again or have it remove using laser...meaning I need to see a dermatologist. Oh well, I opted to have it remove by her instead. Sure enough, the skin tags came back.

Anyway, my brother has quite a few of it on the same spot like mine. Little that I know of, he has been searching the net looking for a safe and natural way to remove it without the help of a skin specialist. He found a natural healing oil that can help remove the skin tags. That was a good news for both of us! This oil is a little bit expensive, but very effective. I wonder whether the website that sell this natural healing oil also sells natural male enhancement products. Okay, just curious, lol! I think I better check the site out to see what other natural products they offer.

Woke Up with Laryngitis

Posted by Cecile at 10/26/2010 11:50:00 AM 0 comments
One morning, I woke up with laryngitis. I couldn't hardly talk. My son thought I was just very funny and was making him laugh early in the morning. After awhile, with his annoying voice told me to stop talking like that for it wasn't fun at all anymore. My poor little guy, he didn't know what was going on and so I replied saying that I wasn't being funny. He understood when I explained the reason behind my raspy voice. Anyway, I searched online the caused by I had it. And here is the answer.

What is laryngitis?

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx, that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse.

Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks.

Chronic symptoms are those that last 2 weeks or longer. Check with your doctor if your symptoms last more than 2 weeks, because your laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems.

What causes laryngitis?

Laryngitis can be caused by:

  • Colds or flu. This is the most common cause.
  • Acid reflux also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This type of laryngitis is also called reflux laryngitis.
  • Overuse of your voice, such as cheering at a sports event.
  • Irritation, such as from allergies or smoke.

Inexpensive Office Furniture

Posted by Cecile at 10/26/2010 11:36:00 AM 0 comments
Monday is our grocery day. It is also a time where hubby and I go on a date. After running errands we usually go for a lunch and a movie if the time permits us. Yesterday, we went to Walmart for groceries. While there, we decided to look for a game table we can use during Family Home Evening. Yes love to play board games and putting puzzles together as family. This is one of the many activities we do to bond and enjoy each other's company. Going back to game table, we are glad to have found one that is inexpensive and the right size for our living room. We can even use it as an office furniture when we convert the third bedroom that serves as a guest room for the time being. Buying furniture doesn't have to be expensive and fancy, I think. But can be used in any occasions. Being frugal can save us a lot of money...don't you think especially when crisis arise.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Children's Best Vitamins

Posted by Cecile at 10/20/2010 08:41:00 PM 0 comments
When our son was about four year old, we were worried so much about his health. There were days that he wouldn't eat as much as he should have been. But there were days, too that he would eat a lot and that made my husband and I happy. Because of these two reasons, his weight was always on low percentile. And so we asked his pediatrician for best vitamins that would help him boost his appetite.She just advised us to buy an over the counter multivitamins for kids. Sure enough, after a week or so, Jacob's appetite is back and he gained wight, too! Some may say that vitamins don't help increase kid's appetite, but to our son it did. Why? Because the moment we stopped giving his his vitamins, his appetite is lost. He would eat alright, but only a little.

His Hernia Needs to be Removed

Posted by Cecile at 10/20/2010 08:36:00 PM 0 comments
My husband has finally decided to undergo surgery for his hernia. Thank goodness! I was worried that it might get worst if he doesn't do anything about it. After nagging and stuffs, he one day see a doctor. He was convinced that it needs to be removed. He chose to have the surgery done outpatient, that way he can go home and recuperate at home under my care. Worried? No! We couldn't wait for it to be over though, lol.

What is Hernia? Wikipedia answered it with this:

A hernia is the protrusion[1] of an organ or the fascia of an organ through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it. A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes into the mediastinum through the esophageal opening in the diaphragm.

By far the most common herniae develop in the abdomen, when a weakness in the abdominal wall evolves into a localized hole, or "defect", through which adipose tissue, or abdominal organs covered with peritoneum, may protrude. Another common hernia involves the spinal discs and causes sciatica.

Herniae may or may not present either with pain at the site, a visible or palpable lump, or in some cases by more vague symptoms resulting from pressure on an organ which has become "stuck" in the hernia, sometimes leading to organ dysfunction. Fatty tissue usually enters a hernia first, but it may be followed by or accompanied by an organ.

Most of the time, herniae develop when pressure in the compartment of the residing organ is increased, and the boundary is weak or weakened.

Exercise, the Safest Fat Burner!

Posted by Cecile at 10/20/2010 08:27:00 PM 0 comments
This morning after we walked our son to school, hubby and I did our morning routine which is walk in the park and around the big pond for our daily exercise. On our way, a friend of ours who doesn't want to walk when the weather is cold joined us. The thing that I don't understand about her is that, she lived in Canada for years and still has not gotten used to the cold weather there. And when I go to her house, her AC is not on and I am sweating like crazy! Why? The funny thing is that, they wear something light because they themselves are sweating profusely. Oh well, I guess there are some people who live a little weird, lol. Anyway, I agree when someone said that the safe fat burner is walking or exercising. I bet you guys would also agree on me. Losing those unwanted fats is easier when done with diet and coupled with exercise.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tens Units

Posted by Cecile at 10/10/2010 07:12:00 PM 1 comments
Have you heard of the words TENS units? Well, they are not mathematical terms. TEN is the acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. This portable gadget is designed to stimulate the certain parts of the body to block pain signals using electrical impulses. These electrical impulses are mild ones but enough to block pain signals from the brain.

TENS units can only be used under the direct supervision of doctors, physical therapists or occupational therapists. This portable gadget has patches that act as muscle stimulators. They are attached to the surface of the skin or at the area where the pain is being experienced. Most of the time, TENS units are used by patients suffering from arthritis, join pain and fibromyalgia.

When I searched online for TENS units, I found one brand that is known to be the best and this LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator. This particular brand is available at most medical supplies shops one of which is LGMedSupply Online.

So, if you need some muscle stimulators to attend to your joint pains, ask your doctor if you could use a TENS unit to relieve pain today! You can also visit LGMedSupply online for more info; or for any inquiry you may have check the online customer blog for they will answer them promptly.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shydub's First Blog Giveaway

Posted by Cecile at 10/06/2010 12:07:00 PM 1 comments

Tsang or Sheila of Simple Happy Life is happy to announce that her blog, Oh! GoSh Goodies is having a first giveaway ever sponsored by CSN Stores. Perhaps most of you already familiar or heard rather about CSN Stores. CSN Stores began in 2002 and has grown rapidly into a Top 3 online U.S. retailer of home and office goods with 400+ employees. CSN Store website is the coolest online place for shopping. With over 200 online stores listed on their website, you absolutely find everything and anything you need from dining sets, vanity, home decors, furniture, baby stuff and even bar stools. They offers largest selection of products for home, work, and play at unbeatable prices and with top notch customer service. CSN Stores is the perfect place to shop for Furniture, Home Decor, Kitchenwares, Modern Furniture, Arts and Paintings, Baby & Kids, Shoes, Baggage, & Luggage, Health & Fitness, Pet, Office, and School supplies. Guaranteed great service and customer satisfaction. Plus free shipping and hassle free returns. Follow CSN Stores at Facebook and Twitter to get updates of their latest products and promotions.

Now for the fun part. One lucky winner will win a $35 worth of Gift Certificate from CSN Stores that you can use to buy awesome stuff at CSN Stores. You use it to buy Proctor-Silex 6.5 Qt Roaster Oven for $34.99 which is very useful in the kitchen. And since Thanksgiving is approaching Im sure you will need one of this for your turkey. This is open to US and Canadian residents only.

Here's how to join:

Mandatory: Visit the CSN Stores and tell us what you would purchase if you win the certificate. Leave a comment in this post.

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3. Enter the Giveaway going on in Shopping List & Product Review. Leave a comment telling me that you entered her giveaway.

Bloggers that don't live in US or Canada are also welcome to join the giveaway. If you win I will give $25 cash as special prizevia paypal instead of the Gift Certificate.

This contest starts today Oct. 5 and will end on October 31, 2010 at 9:00 am EST. Winner will be chosen at and contacted via email. Please be sure to leave an email address in your comment. Good luck and Enjoy!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shop for Insurance Online

Posted by Cecile at 10/04/2010 02:16:00 PM 0 comments
My husband and I find shopping online can save us time , energy and money. as well as gas. So since then, we shop for whatever we want like electronic gadgets, video games, dvd's, clothing, accessories, shoes and even vitamins for our son. Lately, we have been shopping like crazy at amazon; oh man we love this shopping site! They have everything we could ever imagine. Hubby even shop accessories for our water dispenser for a lower price. Isn't internet great or what!? Shopping for insurance at makes shopping online even better. Someday, I am pretty sure that we wouldn't waste plenty of times shopping for insurance for this can be done right on the tip of our finger!

He is Skeptical

Posted by Cecile at 10/04/2010 02:00:00 PM 0 comments
Finally I found fat burners I can take that is natural, safe and effective. It wasn't cheap, but hey, as long as it is safe, I wouldn't mind paying more. As I always say, hubby is very skeptical about diet pills and fat burners, but if it is a natural one, then maybe he would try it. And so I bought it for us to try. Who knows it maybe effective. This would be our first time to try fat burners, hope it won't disappoint us. I know we still need to continue exercising everyday as well as eating a healthy and balance diet.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Take the Pink Ribbon Challenge

Posted by Cecile at 10/04/2010 01:51:00 PM 0 comments

pink ribbon
October is breast cancer awareness month. As a health care worker, I see and dealt a lot of patients even friends going through the battle of breast cancer. This month I would like to join the pink ribbon challenge. Just click the pink ribbon to help one woman save life by getting free mammogram. If you may join with me and pass the pink ribbon challenge. These links are ONLY for "Pink Ribbon Challenge" participants, any links not related to the Pink Ribbon Challenge will be deleted. Grab the code at Things We Share and post it in your blog entry. Please post only the Pink Ribbon Challenge actual post link here and help The Breast Cancer Site and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. by spreading the Pink Ribbon Challenge.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Automotive And Auto repair Shop

Posted by Cecile at 9/28/2010 02:48:00 PM 2 comments
This morning before going to our dentist's appointment, hubby and I stopped by at a nearby automotive and repair shop to have oil change in our car. It only took half an hour to change the oil, cleaning and inspection. They guy told us that they did check engine light, air filter, timing brake fluid, brake pad as well as rotating the tires. As we were waiting for it to be done, A Ford F-150 was parked in the parking lot. I can't help think of my husband who's wishes is to get his own ford f-150 someday. Since we just bought a Toyota - Sienna van last year, he will need to wait till one of our car is ready for replacement, maybe a couple of years or more.

Anyway, since that place is also auto shop, it would be very convenient for us to have our cars be repaired there when something breaks or needs a replacement. We would probably get great discount since we would become one of their loyal customers. It would be nice if we live in California, particularly in San Diego for we can go to San Diego auto repair in case we need a reliable repair shop we can trust our vehicles with.

We Love Our New House

Posted by Cecile at 9/28/2010 12:59:00 PM 0 comments
When we bought a 62 year old house, my husband and I did thorough renovation in the interior of the house, thus spending a huge amount of money. We didn't realize it would cost us that much to fix it. Have we known it beforehand, we would have bought a newly built house then. The renovation includes: kitchen (floor, cabinets, paint, new appliances), new wood floor. new paints in bedrooms, bathrooms,hallways, and dining and living rooms. With all the hard work we put into it, we became emotionally attached to it making it hard for us to leave when it was time for us to move out.

When we were in the process of buying a new house, we got the chance to go to the showroom and pick whatever we want to put into it including the light fixtures, and the kitchen cabinets and of course the garden tub in the master bath. I chose to upgrade the shower head into a double shower head instead of the standard one they normally put in there. Then when it was time to decorate the house, I put a finishing touches like floral bath towels and a shower-stool for me since I am not tall enough to reach the shower head. So far, hubby and I like our new house and so as the community where we live. We are really close to church, school, shopping area, dentist, and friends.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Seasonal Allergy Attacks My Son

Posted by Cecile at 9/27/2010 10:01:00 PM 0 comments
The much awaited season of the year after summer has finally arrived. The weather started to cool off and we are very excited to go outside play, work in the garden, walk around the lake and parks, go camping, and enjoy the fall season where colorful leaves fall off the tree and on to the ground. Everyone loves fall except the allergy that comes from pollen. My son every year suffers from allergy and there's nothing we can do about it, but give him allergy medicine for kids. My son coughs a lot and is having difficulty sleeping, while I suffer from laryngitis :-(; I still have horse voice and it's been over a week now since I woke up without voice. My husband on the other hand is still doing fine; no signs of allergy yet. Thank son's tonsil is not swollen yet from couching. I am crossing my fingers that it won't bother him again or else we have no choice but to remove it as his Pediatrician recommends :-).

Friday, September 17, 2010

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 10:35:00 PM 2 comments
There is no better place to spend a family vacation than in Outer banks North Carolina. Imagine yourself relaxing in one of SeaHawk vacation rentals with all the great amenities you want such as a view of the ocean, a lovely outdoor pool area with volleyball, two master suites, and lower level game room/sports bar. I am pretty sure you will love the special features they offer like the gameroom/sports bar with pool table, gas grill, private pool and hot tub and a high chair and playpen for you baby. I would like to someday go back here for I miss strolling on the beach with my family, swimming, and viewing the beautiful ocean. So, if you are looking for a place to stay while there, Carolina designs will help you. They represent only the finest beach homes for rent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Our Outer Banks vacation rentals are located in Corolla, Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Southern Shores. So what are you waiting for? Find rental house you and your family will enjoy anytime of the year by visiting their site.

Fast Weight Loss Program

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 10:14:00 PM 0 comments
Everyone I know who wants or needs to loss weight are in search for a fast weight loss program, and that includes me and my husband. Hubby and I tried almost every thing possible to lose weight, but to no avail. And that makes me there really fast way to shed those extra fats? If there is, where is it? How come we never heard of such thing before? I guessed this is one of the things that need some research. Good thing there is a way to find it and that is right in to my fingertips. Okay, I better start doing some research now or maybe tomorrow. It is getting late, I need to hit the hay pretty soon.

Caring for Oily Skin

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 10:10:00 PM 0 comments
You Know the Type: Your face tends to get shiny two hours after washing it. "The natural tendency is to over-scrub to get rid of the oil, but ironically that just makes it worse," says New York City dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD. "You actually need to wash gently." Follow with an alcohol toner and use blotting paper throughout the day. Also, avoid products that don't one of these phrases on the label: "oil free," "water based," or "noncomedogenic."

The Fab Factor: You can bring out your natural dewiness with a light dusting of matte powder foundation, says Hollywood makeup artist Kerry Herta. The good news? Despite its bad rep, "oily skin definitely ages more slowly than other types," notes West Palm Beach dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD. "It's less susceptible to damage and you tend to have fewer wrinkles. So if you're having a tough go when you're young, know that it will work for you after age 50."

Moisturizing Night Cream

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 09:59:00 PM 0 comments
Before, I used to think that when you've got an oily skin, you don't have to use moisturizing night cream before going to bed. But I was wrong. I realized that my skin still looks dry. And so, I did some research online and found that I still need to use moisturizing cream both in the morning and at night. Knowing how expensive these skin care products are, I asked my friend who works at Neiman Marcus to get some free samples of lotions, lip balm and moisturizing night cream for me. The next day, she brought some for me free of charge, not to mention that they are the Clinique's and Khiels brand. I tell you, though these products are expensive, they really work well. Good thing Ate Delia works there otherwise I will end up buying store brand skin care products...which I don't mind since that's the only brand I can afford, lol!

Shopping at Costco

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 09:44:00 PM 0 comments
If you want to save some bucks when you shop, I suggest go to Costco for you will find their merchandise cheaper than those at retails stores. Hubby and I shop there once a month for some groceries and even clothes. The recliner we have purchased there two months ago where less expensive than the one we saw at the furniture store. Last week, we went there to get baby wipes, men's vitamin, a pair of blouse and Capri short for me, and some meat and veggies. We spent a total of $400, and with that, foods for our food storage are also included. Not bad for that amount of money; we have foods to be consumed when emergency or crisis arise. Anyway, what I am saying is that, buying in bulk saves you a lot!

Few Simple Things to Speed up Metabolism

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 09:31:00 PM 0 comments
I used to be skinny before I even get married. I wore small size of clothing. I was also a very active woman who doesn't sit and watch TV a lot as well as sit in front of computer for long hours. I was always busy running errands, walked a lot, too and of course was a busy woman who works at home. I started gaining weight one week before my wedding day. My ex-boyfriend, now my husband ate out a lot; not to mention that we both like to eat, cook, and try new foods. and restaurants. No wonder why on the day of my wedding, my wedding gown was a little bit tight. Since then, I have trouble losing weight. Anyway, I learned from the experts about the habits that slow metabolism, their answers to some questions I had was very surprising (at least to me) and felt guilty of a few no-no’s myself. I have developed few habits that slows my metabolism, thus making it hard for me to shed those fats I have accumulated for years.Thanks goodness, these habits are also totally fixable. Now, I need to seriously follow healthy balanced diet and keep myself moving, and pay more attention to the following tricks that would aide me with the weight loss process:

1. Scrimping on shut-eye

Catching sleep may help you stay slim, reveals research presented at the annual American Thoracic Society meeting in San Diego. In the study of more than 68,000 women, those who slept seven hours weighed 5.5 pounds less than women who slept five hours or less. Pulling frequent all-nighters may slow your metabolism, impairing your body’s ability to utilize food and nutrients as energy so they get stored as fat instead, scientists say.

2. Stressing out

When you’re on edge, you’re likely to sleep less and eat more, which can affect your thyroid, a gland that produces hormones which regulate metabolism, body temperature, heart rate and more. If your thyroid’s not producing enough of those hormones, it can slow your metabolism and other body functions, leading to weight gain, depression and fatigue. Take time for yourself daily to keep both your thyroid and metabolism humming at optimal levels.

3. Skipping breakfast

Missing a morning meal is the worst thing you can do. It slows metabolism and depletes your body of the fuel it needs to function optimally. Remember, what you eat matters as much as the fact that you eat something. Try to start each day with a breakfast that contains at least 5 grams of protein, which activates the production of norepinephrine, a neurochemical that increase heart rate and alertness. The nutrient also digests slowly, so blood sugar and energy levels stay stable. Try an omelet made with 4 egg whites, 1/2 cup chopped broccoli, 1/4 cup chopped onion and 1 oz lowfat shredded cheese; it delivers an impressive 22 g protein per serving.

4. Staying seated

Get out of that chair! Staying on your feet revs metabolism and doubles your calorie burn during workdays, a study in Diabetes reports. Sitting for a few hours switches off enzymes that capture fat in the bloodstream, but standing up and getting active reignites them. Surrender your seat when possible (e.g., during phone calls) to start reaping benefits.

5. Eating junk food

Junk food might stimulate a gene that encourages your body to store excess fat, causing you to gain weight over time, a study in The FASEB Journal reveals. (In the study, mice without the troublemaking gene had 45 percent lower body fat after eating a high-fat and high-sugar diet for 16 weeks compared to critters with the gene who ate the same diet.) Quell a sweet craving with berries or an orange: They’re high in vitamin C, a nutrient that can help you sizzle up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, suggests research from Arizona State University at Mesa.

6. Falling into a workout rut

Weight loss can stall along the way partly because you get smaller. As you shrink, there is less of you to provide energy for, so you actually start to need fewer calories. These plateaus can last weeks, so rather than get frustrated, try new work outs or ways to eat healthy to keep your metabolism going strong and your body burning even more calories than before.

7. Dodging the weight room

Although cardio sessions turn up the heat and burn big-time calories (which is why I run, bike or swim most mornings and still enjoy dessert!), lifting weights helps you build calorie-burning lean muscle, says Jeffrey Garber, M.D., author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Overcoming Thyroid Problems (McGraw-Hill). And with more lean muscle, you extend the burn to when you’re just sitting at your desk or in the car. Add weight- bearing exercises like planks, lunges, squats and tricep dips to your workouts three times a week, and you’ll see toning results like you’ve never experienced before!

Source: Yahoo Health

Shopping for Weight Loss Supplements

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 09:24:00 PM 0 comments
I often shop online for clothes, shoes, DVD's, gifts, books, vitamins, iron supplements, but never tried buying weight loss supplements. I have been reading a lot of good news about this kind of supplements and how great and effective they are. And that made me think of trying some to see if it will really work for me and my husband. Since there are many weight loss supplements available in the market today, it would hard for me to find the best weight loss supplements he and I can use. I don't have any clue as to how to spot the best one, but search online. I am sure that would really help solve the problem. I don't want to spend money for the thing that doesn't work. Would you? That is why I need to be careful, right?

We Bonded Well

Posted by Cecile at 9/17/2010 09:11:00 PM 0 comments
When I gave birth to my son 6 years ago, I really wanted to breast feed him, but for some reason, I couldn't produce any milk. Hubby even bought a breast pump I can use thinking that it might help, but it didn't. My Obstetrician gave me some advice to increase breast milk production, but to no avail. After much work to produce milk for my baby, I finally gave up. We ended giving him formula milk. At first I was worried that I wouldn't be able to bond well with him, but I was wrong. We became very close and he grew up faster and healthier. Now, he is a smart, healthy little boy who hardly get sick at all. We are so blessed that so far he haven't been to the hospital since he was discharged a NICU 6 years ago. We gave credit to God who is our constant guide and protector.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Acne Treatment System

Posted by Cecile at 9/16/2010 12:35:00 PM 1 comments
In about 5 minutes, I need to get up to pick my son up at school. I feel lazy for it is very hot outside. I know it would only takes less than 5 minutes to get to school, but with the soaring heat it would feel like I was in the sun for half an hour...sigh. Oh well, I need sun anyway for it is good for my skin. I need Vitamin D! Seeing my son happy after school puts a smile on my face. It makes me happy for I miss him so much. Every time he gets out of the door, he would always say, how much he missed me. Anyway, blogging keeps me sane during those times when he is at school and hubby is asleep. I still have plenty of things to write about like the acne treatment system a process on how to get rid of acne effectively. Sometimes it confuses me when I see many products for acne; how are we gonna know if all of them are effective unless we try them all. The question is; are you willing to spend a lot of money just to make sure which once is right for you and of course the one that is safe and effective.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Great House, Great Price!

Posted by Cecile at 9/15/2010 10:15:00 PM 0 comments
Before we finally decided to buy a new house for the first time, we went looking for a house near my husband's work. The real estate agent who worked with us showed many houses, but only found one that we both liked so much to the point that we made an offer the very same day. The house was a two story one, newly renovated and everything were replaced including appliances, floors, sidings, and fence. We like the stair rods they put on the stair. Our offer didn't get accepted for the seller thought that our offer was very low. It turned out in the end that what we've offered was higher than the appraised price. Oh man, what was the seller was thinking when he said "our offer is too low?" Oh well, we didn't make another offer again as he requested after that. He kept the house to her/himself. He didn't know he actually made us a favor. Now we are living in a newly renovated house with all the things we like, not to mention the great community we belong. We love our new place/house, and got it for a lower price compared to the other one.

My Annual Medical Exams

Posted by Cecile at 9/15/2010 09:08:00 PM 0 comments
Yesterday was the longest day I have ever had. I woke up early, prepared my son for school, dropped him off and then headed to my annual medical exams at 7am. The traffic was heavy for no reason at all, and so we got to the hospital and registered (was 15 minutes late). As soon as I signed up forms and have my blood work done, we went to the 2nd floor where my mammogram, and bone density tests were. An hours later, I proceeded to my other test which was the stress test. I got there at 11am; I didn't realized it would take 6 hours for the test to be completely done. I was so pissed off. The an hour and a half procedure end up to six hours. What a day! I was starving and and very thirsty for I wasn't supposed to eat from midnight till the tests were finished. I get to eat my first meal of the day at 6 in the evening. How did it happen? I have been to a stress test before but didn't remember that it took longer as it was yesterday. I pity the 1 year old baby boy who was there before us and finished he test the same time I finished mine. What a mess in the department. They need to fix this problem or many patients will gonna complain. I am glad it is all over; thank goodness these tests happen only once a year.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Concerns on Working Outside Home

Posted by Cecile at 9/11/2010 08:01:00 PM 0 comments
Now that my son is attending school, I plan to keep myself busy by working outside home. My son goes to school in the morning and that schedule would be the best time for me to work. I just couldn't make up my mind which job to apply for. In the city where we live now, I noticed that there are plenty of jobs I qualified for. The only concern I have is that will they hire me to work in the morning and till 3pm? Some might not even like if I request for days off on weekends for I need to watch my son on those days since hubby works during weekends we don't want to work on Sunday for religious reason. We need to feed our soul on Sunday by going to church and attending Sunday school classes. I pray that at least one of those companies would let me not work on weekends. Sunday also is family time for us. If that would be the problem, then I'd better stay at home working on the computer part - time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Eat These 7 Foods to Fight Stress

Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 04:12:00 PM 0 comments
They said: you should eat when you’re stressed—it’s our bodies’ natural reaction to want to store calories to face whatever challenge is causing the stress in the first place. The key, however, is to eat what your body wants—the foods that actually counteract the effects of stress, and make you stronger (and leaner) when the tough times pass. So next time anxiety runs high, be sure to grab one of these seven stress-fighting foods.

Half a medium papaya carries nearly 75 percent more vitamin C than an orange, and provides potent protection against stress. Researchers at the University of Alabama found 200 milligrams of vitamin C—about as much as you’ll find in one large papaya—twice a day nearly stopped the flow of stress hormones in rats.
Peppermint Tea
The mere scent of peppermint helps you focus and boosts performance, according to researchers. Another study discovered that peppermint tea makes drivers more alert and less anxious.
Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with stress-busting potential thanks to high levels of magnesium. Only about 30 percent of us meet our daily magnesium requirements, placing the rest of us at a higher risk for stress symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, tension, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness and high blood pressure.
The healthy fats buried in the avocado’s flesh make it an ideal choice when you’re craving something rich and creamy. The reasons? Monounsaturated (healthy) fatty acids, and potassium--both of which help combat high blood pressure. Avocado fat is 66 percent monounsaturated.
Not only does omega-3 fat protect against heart disease and cognitive decline, but according to a study from Diabetes & Metabolism, the wonder fat is also responsible for maintaining healthy levels of cortisol.
The almond's first stress-buster is the aforementioned monounsaturated fats, but at risk of belaboring that point, let’s look at another almond-centered, mind-calming nutrient: vitamin E. In one study, Belgium researchers treated pigs with a variety of nutrients just before sticking them in a transportation simulator (basically a vibrating crate).
A biochemical effect of stress is a depleted stock of serotonin, the hormone that makes you feel cool, calm, and in control. One reliable strategy for boosting serotonin back to healthy levels is to increase your intake of carbohydrates.

Safety and Security

Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 04:03:00 PM 0 comments
When we talk about safety and security of our loved ones, we mean our/their temporal and physical well being. We make sure that we give them what they need. Having health insurance gives us assurance that when sickness or unavoidable accident happens, we are at peace knowing that our loved ones will receive the help they needed because there is a health insurance who can help them bear medical expenses as well as hospital and doctor bills. Another insurance that can be beneficial is the life insurance. Here we can even secure our loved ones finances in case something happened to us. They don't have to worry on the funeral expenses and stuffs related to that. The great thing about life insurance is that our kid's education can be secured, too. So even though we are gone, they are good to go. These are few of the things that can't be avoided; therefore, it is better to be prepared than sorry.


Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 04:00:00 PM 0 comments

Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and a variety of physical symptoms that include headache and a fast heartbeat.

It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.

Stress can be a very difficult feeling to overcome, if not treated correctly. Stress is an overload of complicated information that a person tries to register and accept.

Here are some different life events that are identified as stressful. They are rated on the "Holmes-Raye" scale, which scores them according to the stress they cause (the higher the number, the greater the stress).

* Death of a spouse - 100 points

* Divorce - 73 points

* Marriage - 50 points

* Pregnancy - 40 points

* Buying a house - 31 points

* Christmas - 12 points

Symptoms of stress:

# Changes in body functions and physical health

# Changes in emotions and feelings

# Changes in behavior

# Changes in thoughts

Fashionable and Affordable Sunglasses

Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 03:44:00 PM 0 comments
When I think about good health, it also means good eyesight. So, I not only watch my food intake, but also take care of my eyes. Being a diabetic person requires a lot of changes on the foods I eat. I can only eat small amount of foods rich in carbohydrates, and sugar. And when my blood sugar is really up, it can also affect my vision in the long run. So I limit my carbohydrates and sugar intake. Another thing I can take care of my eyes is to wear sunglasses and rest my eyes by limiting my time spend in front of computer.

Speaking of sunglasses, hubby and I have collected many sunglasses over years. Don't get me wrong but these sunglasses are inexpensive and therefore they break easily. I have been telling my husband that we need to stop buying cheap sunglasses for we are not rally saving money at all. I told him that we need to get each one a pair that will last a long time. Something expensive but durable. I think I know where to buy one. I saw this
julbo sunglasses (picture attached) online and fell in love with it. It looks fashionable, durable and affordable compare to other brand name sunglasses.

24 Hour Urine Collection

Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 03:37:00 PM 0 comments
Once a year I am required to do an annual check up for kidney functions. Last month, I finally submitted a 24 hour urine collection, a lab work, sonogram and an x-ray. This month would be a mammogram, cardio, and a visit with my doctor. These are necessary to ensure that my transplanted kidneys are still working well. They want to make sure that I am not spilling a protein as well to check for the creatinine clearance.

This what wikipedia says about the 24 hours urine collection:

Renal function, in nephrology, is an indication of the state of the kidney and its role in renal physiology. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) describes the flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney. Creatinine clearance rate (CCr or CrCl) is the volume of blood plasma[1] Both GFR and CCr may be accurately calculated by comparative measurements of substances in the blood and urine, or estimated by formulas using just a blood test result (eGFR and eCCr). that is cleared of creatinine per unit time and is a useful measure for approximating the GFR. Creatinine clearance exceeds GFR due to creatinine secretion which can be blocked by cimetidine. Alternatively, over estimation by older serum creatinine methods resulted in an under-estimation of creatinine clearance which provided a less biased estimate of GFR.

The results of these tests are important in assessing the excretory function of the kidneys. For example, grading of chronic renal insufficiency and dosage of drugs that are primarily excreted via urine are based on GFR (or creatinine clearance).

It is commonly believed to be the amount of liquid filtered out of the blood that gets processed by the kidneys. Physiologically, these quantities (volumetric blood flow and mass removal) are only related loosely.

He Loves Music

Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 03:31:00 PM 0 comments
Back when I was still single, I used to listen to the music. I love the music of Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Air Supply, Eagles, Beatles and the Carpenters. I remember myself singing a karaoke a lot with my friends. We would go to our other friend's house for some yummy foods and karaoke time. Oh how, I miss those days. Now, I hardly listen to music anymore. I don't even know the latest songs and artists. I am so out of the loop when it comes to music now. I would rather sing children songs with my son. I love church hymns, too. Hubby on the other hand is in to music; he even recorded many songs in his ipod. Lately, he has been spending a lot of time in front of his computer looking for new ipods. Yes, he wants to upgrade his old ipod to a new one. I don't know what's gotten into him. I even saw bills from iTunes when he gets some of his fave songs. Oh well, at least he is not addicted to something bad like smoking, or drinking. I think I know now what to give him for our coming anniversary.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pets are Good for Our health

Posted by Cecile at 9/04/2010 02:29:00 AM 2 comments
I grew up with quite few pets in our home. We have rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and cats. I think I have had enough of them that for now I don't want any single pet at home. Maybe someday we will get one since my husband and son want a cat. Anyway, I heard that pets can help you feel better and even help improve your health. So here why I said so:

Pets are cute and cuddly, but what are their real benefits? Here are just a few of the ways pets can help you out:

~~ Pets improve your mood. Stroking, cuddling, and just being around a pet that gives unconditional love helps many people become happier. In fact, more than 65 percent of nursing homes have an animal program because they have been shown to lift spirits.

~~ Pets lower your blood pressure. A study was done comparing stockbrokers who suffered from hypertension. One group was put on a medication, and a second group was put on medication and given a dog or a cat. At the end of six months, the second group had significantly lower blood pressure.

~~ Pets promote exercise. Well, dogs do, anyway. A dog is a jogging partner that will never cancel on you. Studies have shown that dog owners go on more frequent and longer walks than non-dog-owners.

~~ Pets protect against allergies.This may come as a surprise to many people, but children raised in families with pets are far less likely to have allergies and as they get older.

Source: LDS Living Magazine

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Son Suffers School Anxiety

Posted by Cecile at 8/27/2010 02:13:00 PM 0 comments
At last the first week of school is over. It was a stressful week for me and my son. With the move to a new house, accompanied a new school, new teacher and new classmates for my son. For a six year old, this is an adjustment that is hard for him to bear. And so he was so scared to go to school and every morning was a struggle. He cried, clinged, made me promise to picked him up after school, sleepless night and tummy ached. I was so worried for him. I am glad that he did better today that yesterday. He said he had fun and is liking the school now. Anyway, as a mother who is worry sicked for his child who is suffering from anxiety, I did a lot of research on school anxiety and what we can do to help our son overcome it. In one article, I found peace knowing that this thing happens and is very normal. Within two weeks, he would be able to be back to his old self again. I also read about malignant Mesothelioma which is very common for those people who work at the construction sites, roads, and companies that manufacture or use asbestos. It is very sad to know that most of the affected workers are poor and couldn't afford to pay for hospital bills and even other medical expenses. I hope that the government will do something about this problem.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Iron Man Costume for my Son

Posted by Cecile at 8/18/2010 06:35:00 PM 0 comments
After our trip to Toyota service center yesterday for oil change, we went to Costco nearby before going home. We didn't want to go back there again so we used up the credit we have there and bought ourselves a new digital camera. I know, we just bought a new one a year ago, but I dropped and broke it during Jacob's "field day" at school. I hate that because of accident that day, it cost us our new camera. I hope this new camera would last longer than one year or more before it needs a replacement. While at Costco, I also checked out their kids clothes section to see if they already have kids costumes I can look for my son's Halloween costumes this year. They do have some, but unfortunately, they don't have an Iron Man costume for my son. My poor little guy was very disappointed :-(; and was sad. I told him that we will look for one somewhere and assured him that we will find it and have it for Halloween. Then, he smiled and said 'okay, Mommy.'

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bitter Gourd for Anemia

Posted by Cecile at 8/13/2010 05:55:00 PM 0 comments
Do you know that the tropical vegetable called bitter melon/gourd is good for anemia and blood sugar control? Yup, and I have been eating it at least once a day. At Asian store you can even find bitter gourd tea if you are tired of the meat itself. The leaves of bitter gourd can be put to your sauteed mung bean and it is good, too. This is one common medicinal food for diabetics.

According to Wikipedia:

In the Philippines, where it is known as ampalayĆ”, bitter melon is used in many dishes. It may be stir-fried with ground beef and oyster sauce, or with eggs and diced tomato. A very popular dish from the Ilocos region in the north of Luzon island is pinakbet, which consists mainly of bitter melons, eggplant, okra, string beans, tomatoes, lima beans, and other various regional vegetables altogether stewed with a little bagoong- based stock. The young shoots and leaves of the bitter melon may also be eaten as greens; these are locally called dahon ng ampalayĆ” (lit. "leaf of bitter melon").

Bitter melon contains a lectin that has insulin-like activity. The insulin-like bioactivity of this lectin is due to its linking together 2 insulin receptors. This lectin lowers blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and, similar to insulin's effects in the brain, suppressing appetite. This lectin is likely a major contributor to the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon and why it may be a way of managing adult-onset diabetes. Lectin binding is non-protein specific, and this is likely why bitter melon has been credited with immunostimulatory activity—by linking receptors that modulate the immune system, thereby stimulating said receptors.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Having Fun with Friends

Posted by Cecile at 8/10/2010 04:05:00 PM 1 comments
Yesterday, we got the chance to see the movie : Despicable Me with a friend and her son :-); Jake and Charles had a blast! It was a funny movie and we adults liked it, too. Jacob has been bugging me to see this movie for like two weeks and finally, yesterday his hard work paid :-). After the movie, we went to a friend's house and have a long chatted while eating some of the pulled pork sandwich while hubby watched movie on the TV and the boys were playing. We all have a great day. Marivic works at school and she would be back at work next week. Good thing we had a chance to get together and have fun. Anyway, we like her and her family because we get along so well...and have so much things in common and so as our boys. Next year if God permits, we plan on going to Disney World after the schools ends. That is going to be a big expenses so we need to save now if we are to go there. We haven't mention this plan with the boys yet...otherwise they would start bugging us :-). Before we ended the day, we went to get my prescription medicine at Walgreens and then went grocery shopping afterward. I also bought myself and Jake custom water bottles we can use when we go walking or riding our bikes in the morning for an exercise. Whew, it is so hot outside and we need to drink plenty of water to keep ourselves hydrated. Taking about water, I started collecting urine for my lab test to morrow. I hope the tests would turned out to be alright so I don't need to worry about it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

He is Excited to Join the Team

Posted by Cecile at 7/28/2010 07:31:00 PM 2 comments
Tomorrow is the last day of Jake's swim lesson this summer. We are happy that he learned basic skills on swimming. What we are most grateful about is that his fear of water was overcome and now he can float by himself without any help from us. He loves to play under the water and glides his arms and legs while he floats. Anyway, his friend, Tyson will be joining a soccer training this fall. His father asked us whether he will join, too. We didn't think about it till last week. I want him to be on the team just so he would have more time to socialize and meet new friends and at the same time boost his self esteem. But hubby said that he would think about it. While we haven't decided yet, it would be very nice to buy Jake personalized soccer balls. I bet he would like that since he already is excited though we haven't decided yet :-). I hope hubby would let our son play.

Housewarming Party

Posted by Cecile at 7/28/2010 07:22:00 PM 0 comments
Since we've moved into our new house, my friends keep asking me when would the housewarming be. I didn't tell them the exact date till we kind of feel like we are settled in already. Hubby talked about it and decided to do the housewarming party on our son's six birthday this month. Jake's birthday is next week (Tuesday), but will move it on Saturday since most of our friends will be available that day. Jacob is very excited about his friends coming over to play with him....while Matt and I are going to be busy with the preparation. We've never done housewarming before and were kind of nervous at the same time. Hope to make it a success.

Anyway, when I looked at Wikipedia for the housewarming party meaning, this is what I got.

A housewarming party is a party held on the occasion of moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, and sometimes for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home. Housewarming parties are generally informal; usually there are no planned activities besides a possible tour.

It is considered proper etiquette to invite guests at least a few days, and up to 3 weeks, in advance.

Gifts are customary but not necessary. They usually consist of something for the new house (such as a potted plant, a vase, or a picture frame) or something to be enjoyed during the party (such as a bottle of wine, a bouquet of flowers, or a gift basket of foodstuffs). Bluebirds were once given as they were believed to bless the new house with happiness and good luck, but in modern day it is more customary to provide bluebird-themed paraphernalia such as china.

* A housewarming party may be thrown upon completion of renovation or remodel.
* A housewarming party may be presented as an "open house" where people are free to come and go during a fixed window of time on a given day.
* A housewarming may involve a potluck meal.
* Some people invite all of their new neighbors to their housewarming. This allows the hosts to meet their new community.
* In some communities, neighbors may bring the housewarming party to the new residents to welcome them.
* While people try to host a housewarming party within the first 3 months, a lot of people wait until they are completely settled in. The time frame is flexible, and a party can qualify as a housewarming anytime after the move-in date.

Secure Place in God's Kingdom

Posted by Cecile at 7/28/2010 06:55:00 PM 0 comments
As our son's grow up, hubby and I can't help but think of his future. We wanted to give him better education and future on top of keeping him close to God. My husband and I are both convert of LDS (Latter Day Saints) church and neither our parents are members. On the other hand, our son was born on the covenant....which means his parents are married and sealed in the house of the Lord for time and eternity. Therefore, he would be raised in the gospel of Jesus Christ....and if he is obedient; he would have a secure place in the kingdom of God someday. That is our belief...our faith. Talking about insurance for ipads, I never heard that such insurance exists until ipads became popular. That made me think about...what else can be insurable next? What else can be secured?

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