Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Just got back from the hospital three days ago...



It feels like I took a punch right below my chest, but the pain remains for a few hours. The pain repeat itself everyday, at about the same time. None of the medicines that I got from the clinic helped with the pain at all. It took me about two weeks before I got it in my brain that the pain that I was experiencing, was not just a common gastric attack. I knew I had to see a specialist as soon as possible.

On last Sunday evening, as I was kicking a table in the office bearing the excruciating pain, I called up Huzas.

"I can't cope with this pain anymore. I don't think the meds are helping. Could you please drive me to the hospital?"

Twenty minutes later, at about 6:00pm, I was at the hospital, trying to calm my nerves. By then, the reader showed that my blood pressure shot way up to 167/97. I always hate getting my blood pressure read anyway. That freaking tight band thing is really annoying. :(

Since it was Sunday, and the doctor had to be called in to perform inspection, the hospital laid me on a comfy bed in the waiting room, and in came the needle into my vein, dripping the saline water into my blood. The nurse gave me a quick beauty advice as she pricked the needle ever so softly into my skin.

"You're not drinking enough water, dear. Your skin is so dry!"

The sight of the needle sticking out from under my skin. Oh, how lovely.
God knows what magic potion they gave me, but it completely made the pain disappear temporarily, and I was ridiculously high on my happy clouds, laughing and giggling on one of the doctor's hair.

Spent the whole Sunday night in my ward room watching tv and basically not doing much. I wasn't allowed to eat nor drink from starting 12am, which makes me even more bored. They probably gave me something as I did not feel hungry at all the whole time.

I met Dr Gan the next morning, and he explained to me that I was to go through an endoscopy procedure at 2.30pm to find out what's going on inside my tummy.

Endoscopy wasn't hard. I went to sleep. I woke up. Done deal. But, before I was in the endoscopy lab, they made me drink a solution called Fortrans, which was a nightmare. It was the worst thing that I have ever tasted in my life. It tasted like as if the nurse took a car tire and soaked it overnight and then spooned in some sugar and a tonne of salt into it. It was horrible! To make it worse, I had to finish a whole freaking jar!

Tar water. YUCK.

Every cup that I managed to gulp down, I vomited out half of it. Ugh... Had to drink this because I had to clear up my whole gastro track. Which means that I had to drink this until I'm just pooping water, as that indicates that my whole gut has been cleared of any remaining poopy, as the nurse instructed. I actually poured half of the jar into the sink because, really... the drink sucked the life out of me. :(

Anyway, I finally got it done, and they took me to the lab. By then I was already dozing off even without the anesthetic jab, because of the nausea dose that the nurse gave me before. My gosh, the amount of medicine that went into through my hand that day...

By the time I woke up, I remember asking the nurse what time it was, she told me it's 6:30pm and took me back to my room, and I dozed off again.

Got the result the next day, when the doctor showed me that the video of his findings. Apparently my acid reflux is so bad, that most of the opening to my stomach (the lower end of my esophagus) had taken hits, burned, and blackened. The valve that was supposed to stop the acid from going up, had weakened, somehow. There's also some swelling somewhere which I can't remember. He also said that it's a good thing that he also found the swelling, because if left untreated, it could potentially develop into cancer. :(

But not to worry, as he said; six months of clean, proper diet, and medicine, and I will be good as new.

By now, I'm still experiencing the burn, but the intensity had significantly reduced, that it's bearable.

I can't drink COFFEE!! :((((

Caffein will relax my already-weakened valve furthermore, so no caffeinated anything for me. No coffee, tea, chocolate.

I also have to avoid high fat and deep fried food. Nothing spicy or tardy either. There goes the list of my favourite everything.

BUT! I definitely don't look at food the same way again. As for now, I'm too afraid to eat anything but bananas, dates, and bland, home-made baby food. Yeah, baby food...

Oh well, I'm definitely losing weight, ya know. :D



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cat Poop Dilemma

One of the downsides of having kitties in my house is that if I don't handle their poo-poo and pee-pee accordingly, my house will smell like a horse barn, which is not a good smell. In fact, it's beyond disgusting.

I have no experience of keeping indoor cats or whatsoever before this, so I had to learn from scratch, just like how mothers would learn how to handle their firstborns.

After searching high and low, experimenting around with different brands of cat litters, I've found the solution to getting rid of the smell completely. I swear that there is no cat poop smell at all in my house. But first, I'll share what I've tried so far in my effort to trying to get rid of the smell.

The first time I asked Num, the lovely lady who owns the pet shop that I go to, to suggest me a good brand of cat litter, she suggested me Ever Clean Cat Litter. It is manufactured by the same company that makes Clorox bleach, but don't let that scare you away just yet! A box costs about RM60 for 11.3kg.



It really works in getting rid of the smell COMPLETELY, but cleaning my litter trays were a nightmare. The sand stuck to the trays almost like cement, and cleaning was almost impossible! I had two separate trays for each cat, because I had to keep them in two different cages (I will explain below why I separated them when they were young). So...

After finishing the whole box, I never bothered to buy Ever Clean again for a while. I switched from one brand to another, hoping that I will find my match, while my house was disgustingly fumed by the smell of cat urine.

It wasn't long before I gave up on scooping their poop. I just change the whole box with fresh sand every two to three days or so, but that wasn't cost-effective, and of course, even that, didn't help getting rid of the smell. By this time, I have also tried lining the tray with baking soda powder, and leaving a tiny piece of sponge soaked with vinegar into the litter box, which didn't help at all.

I googled around a lot for a solution too. A forum suggested that the brand Arm And Hammer works wonderfully on smell issues, even when mixed with other brands of cat litter. Unfortunately, Arm and Hammer is not available in Malaysia. 

So I went back to using Ever Clean, but this time, I mix it with Purina TidyCats cat litter, and Heaven answered my prayers! :D

Costs about RM12 for a bag of 5kg.

I've tried mixing Ever Clean with a few other brands, but by far, TidyCats 24/7 performance works the best. I pour in the whole bag of TidyCats, and mix it with about two cups (500g) of Ever Clean sand into a tray which I've lined with a huge garbage bag. I scoop the tray daily, and once a week, I change the whole thing with fresh litter sand. Using the plastic bag as a base saves a lot of time when I clean the tray. No more nonsense such as baking soda powder or vinegar-soaked sponges!

It's been two months and there is no allergic reaction or whatsoever from my kitties. 

Now, here's another story. The night that I picked up both of my boys, I noticed that Pine had a habit of suckling on Charlie's... willy. -_-U

But the reason why he did so was only because he was too hungry, and he was looking for his mommy to feed him. He also did the same thing whenever he was going to sleep. At first, I thought that it was a normal thing that kitties just do, so I let them be, but on the third day, I began to realise that Charlie had zero energy. He could only walk a step or two before he would lay back onto his side. He didn't want to play either. When I picked him up, he just laid flat on my palm. It was obvious that he was not well. At that moment I figured that Charlie wasn't getting enough sleep, because Pine kept clutching on to his willy! Poor Charlie! 

I got Pine into a separate cage, so that he could break his habit, and Charlie could get his much-needed rest. It's okay for them to be placed together now though. I only keep them in the cage during night time when I go to sleep, or when I'm at work. At other times, they're allowed to run freely around the house. My housemate is also kind enough to help me to look after them. She fills their bowls, and let them out of the cage when she's around. Another reason why I have to keep them in from time to time because I have another housemate who is really scared of cats, but Charlie loves her so much... -_-U

Am I going to turn this blog into another cat-blog? o.O


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Charlie and Pine


I have kitties!

I've always LOVED cats since I was a little girl. Back at home, there were times when we've kept cats and kittens, but none of them stayed forever. My mother is not a cat person.  my father doesn't like cats at all. But whenever we had any at home, mom would be the one who would feed them, and I rarely did... -_-U

I remember that we had a few cats when I was around four or five, but no strong memory of them tho. One thing for sure, I provoked a cat once hard enough that I got a deep scratch on my left hand, and the scar is still right there; very faded.

Once, when I was about nine years old, a female, pregnant cat just appeared at our door one day asking to be fed. my mom fed her, and let her stay until she gave birth to three little fur balls. They stayed until the kittens were big enough and one day my mom gave them away. I was too young to be responsible towards the cats anyway, so...

We never had a cat again until I was about twelve. When Ella-Meow found my house, she was a big kitten. She was the cat that stayed with me the longest so far. Ella-Meow grew up in house, being from a kitten who wasn't picky with her lunch and dinner and everything in between, to a cat that insisted to eat only fish and rice. The fish had to be deboned and mixed thoroughly with rice, or she won't touch it. Try to feed her anything else than that, and she would purge it out ten minutes later.

She learned to do all of her kitty business outside of the house, but I have no idea where she did it, because I never see any evidence anywhere, and none of the neighbours ever complained! My mom fed her everyday, and my father, who doesn't really like to touch cats, occasionally played with her. I guess she won his heart.

She had her own attitude, which made me think that sometimes she forgot that she was a cat... Once, I quietly followed her into the toilet, just to find her trying to use the toilet bowl like how a human would, and when she noticed that I was watching, she yelled at me! Uhh... Sorry for peeking...

They say that if a cat loves her owner, she would go away from the house to spend her last hours. After almost seven years staying with us, one day, Ella Meow just walked out of the door and never came back. my mom prepared her food, expecting her to come home for her dinner, but she never did. We tried to look for her, but no luck. Until today, I don't know what happened to her, but I know she's in a better place up Above.

It's been about eight years since I've kept any cats with me. I never thought I would either considering that I'm now living in a flat. I have no space for a cat to run around and jump and play and learn. I don't know how to train a cat to use its litter tray. It's almost impossible. Almost...

I found Charlie and Pine about six months ago. That night, I went out for dinner at about 8.00pm and it was raining. I heard their little voice from under the stairs and saw them. At that point I thought that their mom might have gone out to find food and will return soon. By about 11.00pm, while it was still raining, I arrived home to find that the kittens were still there, stranded, starving, dirty, and cold.  One was so hungry, that he was trying to feed himself by attaching his mouth to the other's stomach. The mom never came back for them... If you touch a kitten when it is still very, very young, the mom will probably reject it. I guess that is what happened to these poor little babies. One was so hungry, that he was trying to feed himself by attaching his mouth to the other's stomach. I stayed with them for almost an hour, not knowing what to do with them. I couldn't take them home, but I know I really cannot leave them either.

I knew there was no way I could go to sleep knowing that I'm letting two innocent kittens to starve in the cold right under my floor. I took my rice-cooker's box, lined it with some cloth, went down and took them in. They stayed silently in the bathroom while I ran to the nearest 7-11 to get some food for them.

Long story short, they've survived their toughest night. I've been keeping them for half a year now, and along the way, they've grown so much bigger, they've been vaccinated, and they're actively, happily running around the house. They respond to my voice, and I didn't even have to teach them how to use their litter tray. They just knew.

Above all, they are a part of me now.

The first three months, both of them pretty much imitated each other's behaviours, but as they grow up, they began to develop their own unique personalities.

Pine is such a tough macho boy; aways own his own doing his own things and only snuggles in the mornings when he wants breakfast. Charlie is more like a... bimbo? LOL! He forgets a lot of things easily! Like, he doesn't get it if I clap my hands really loud, it means that I'm not happy that he is on my PC desk, but Pine will jump of it immediately!

They used to just doze off on my lap when they were really small with their tummies exposed up, but as they both grow up, only Charlie still likes to sleep that way, while Pine will feel intimidated the moment I try to make him lay on my lap.

Physically, Pine grows to become more muscular and short-haired, while Charlie has long fur and his body feels like a long-shaped balloon that's filled up with water.

I have tonnes of kitty pictures in my phone, but these are just some of it! :D


Charlie, a few days after being rescued. I named him Charlie because he likes to bite my finger!


Feeling much better and energetic!




"WOMAN! WE NEED MILK!"


Gulp, gulp, gulp!

I'm sexy like this, baby.

ZzzZZzzzZZZ

Sometimes they prefer sleeping on mommy's shoulder

Soft kitty, warm kitty... OK let's agree that we all have had enough of that song!

On the way to their first vaccination.

New bed! Also, they've grown bigger!

Aren't we just yummy??
Twerk it!
 I have no idea what the hell were they doing...

They've come a long, long way since the day they were rescued.

jn
I wuv you, mommy.



And I love you too. :)





















Monday, October 14, 2013

Choc-Cheese-Toasted Sandwich

This is a SINFUL snack. Made solely to entertain your taste buds, and it will take approximately two hours of jogging at 6km/hr to burn it off your belly/hip/butt, so try this at home at your own risk!

What you need:

2 slices of sandwich breads (160kcal)
1 slice of cheddar cheese (290kcal)
20g of eating chocolate (300kcal). You may add more chocolate if you wish. I just used Cadbury Dairy Milk Choc.


Method:

1. Heat up the frying pan with medium-low heat, and start toasting the bread; but remember to toast only one side of each of the bread. These will be on the inside of your sandwich later. Take them off the pan and onto a plate.


2. On the toasted side of the bread, and put the cheese on it. Then break the chocolate into tiny pieces and spread them evenly on the cheese. Pile on the second slice of the toast. Now you have a sandwich.



3.Toss the sandwich back into the pan, and keep toasting until you get both sides of your breads to be as brown as you want them to be. While the sandwich is being toasted, the cheese and choc on the inside will melt and stick the two pieces of bread together, giving it a wonderful texture, flavour, and consistency.


4. Serve!


The outside of the sandwich is crunchy, and on the inside, its gooey, sweet, and of course, cheesy. Nice to be eaten when its still warm. For extra flavour and sin, you can toast the bread with some butter. But thats also maybe another half an hour on the treadmill.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just What Malaysians Need!

Just What Malaysians Need!

#1. Drive 50km/h on the right lane and insists on staying on the same lane eventhough all five cars that have drove pass you on your left are honking and cursing at you.

#2. Putting up a helluva drama at McDonald's outlets all over Malaysia because they ran out of minion dolls.

#3. More construction sites for high-rise houses, shoplots, offices, etc. Each time a new building rises, its just uglier than the one made before it!

#4. Higher toll prices. Dey when are you guys going to stop collecting la?!

#5. People who squat on public toilet seats and leave their shoe prints on them.

#6. Laughing exaggeratedly while watching an English movie in the cinema with the intention to make it clear to others that you understood the dialogues. I kid you not that this do happen very more often than you think.

Once, I ended up yelling "Can you please not distract me?! Thanks!" at the couple which were sitting next to me because she and her stupid boyfriend were laughing so hard when nobody else is; over the stupidest pun lines. We were watching Riddick! Tell me if there really is a scene worth laughing your ass off in that movie!

#7. Yelling at random strangers who are just having fun because you are a sad and angry person.

#8. Tudung-short-sleeves-tight-skinny-jeans combo (especially when you are fat).

#9.Fuel-price hike!

#10. "Preferably chinese-speaking candidates" written in job advertisements. Really?! Geez.. I think I should make a whole separate post on this topic.

#11.Broken bridges, collapsed stadium and supermarket buildings...

This is as close as I could get

#12. Orange peeler. Who the hell needs an orange peeler?! What's wrong with peeling it with your fingers? It takes the same amount of time to peel an orange with this stupid peeler, or using fingers! This is not only not needed by Malaysian, but also not needed by the rest of the world's population.

It is just a filthy excuse to spend RM3.90 on two little
 plastic pieces that will end up staying in your kitchen's drawer forever.
#13. LED lights underneath the rear car plate numbers that blinks retardedly every time the car brakes. I don't know which soul came up with this idea.

Ultimately, I can't understand why would anyone even put this on their car...

#14. If both of you are just going to sit there and stare at your own phones, then why bother going out together anyway?

hewhewhew sneaky me...

#15. Shaking your phone to find random strangers on WeChat while you are in a surau. Like, really. Where is your respect? I know its a WeChat shake because I know what it sounds like.
I was a bit pissed off when I snapped this pic. This is when this girl was recording her audio message to be sent over WeChat
This is when she was listening to the audio message sent to her. For the love of God, you are in a surau, where you should be as quiet as possible to respect other jemaahs who are performing their prayer. Its so inappropriate on every level there are.
#16. Random strangers snapping your pictures while you were in public places without you even knowing it. kthxbye


I might add more to the list in the future!! :D

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's Wrong?

What is so wrong if I walk into a computer store and ask, "Do you sell keyboards for Acer Aspire One series?"

Yeah, I broke mine somewhere around last week. It's just me; no matter how many times I make a silly mistake, somehow my brain just can't frikking learn to not do it again the next time. I was watching a movie, and while I was at it, I had a big bottle of nail polish remover right next to the netbook... Wellll.. I don't think I need to say what happened next. 

In less than two minutes, I unplugged all power supplies, and disassemble the top part of the netbook. Nail polish remover dries up pretty quickly, but I had to make sure that it didn't sip to any other vital parts of the netbook; and luckily it didn't. Otherwise I'll forever live in the tormenting thoughts of how my two seconds of stupidity ruined my precious device... T_T

this is just how far I opened it, because the liquid didn't go any deeper

The acetone in the remover kind of detached some of the keys from the board, but nothing my false lashes glue can't hold together! :D Improvising guru

Acetone all dried up, screws screwed back in their places, and I tried to turn it on again. All worked well, up until when I tried to type in my Windows password...

No matter how many times I tried to type it in, it says that I'm typing in the wrong password. T_________T
I was convinced that I have probably ruined the ribbon thing that connects the keyboard to the system while I was frantically detaching it before.

I'm a master at confidently opening my electronic devices with my Made-in-China-six-pieces precision screwdriver set, always accompanied by the knowledge of not knowing if I can successfully, precisely, reassemble them back to normal. So this was also the case with my dear netbook.

So, while waiting to get my hand on a new set of keyboard, I'm using a friend's laptop, which runs on Linux (I get allergies at the mention of the word Linux), but I'll have to tolerate.

SO, today, after work, I went to a computer hardware shop and asked, "Do you sell keyboards for Acer Aspire One series?"

The answer that I got?

A confused look on the shop owner's face, followed by, "You can't just buy the keyboard, you'd have to take your machine here so that we can do it for you,"

Yeah, put that stupid face on and play dumb with me so that you can charge  RM300 for something that costs RM50. I know your trick, mf.

Yes, I maybe clumsy, I'm definitely not a geek, and I may not know how to disassemble the whole unit to bits then put it all back together into one functioning piece, but there's no tutorial that doesn't exist on Youtube, duh! Even a 10-year-old can learn how to change the keyboard of a laptop from Youtube.



I learned it through experience. Years ago, when I was running on an Asus K40AB, I broke my screen. I know it was just the the screen that was broken because when I attached the laptop to another screen, it worked fine. Sent in my laptop for repair, and the idiot who "fixed" it changed the whole motherboard itself into something garbage-can worth and charged me RM400. I don't know how to explain it in a technical language because I'm not a geek. But I know what I'm saying is based on facts; not based on my female-hormones-charged-instinct. :( But it was too late by the time that I learned the fact that I was, in fact, ripped-off.

So this guy at the computer shop I went to this evening, kept insisting, "You have to bring your netbook here, it needs to be sent to our computer workshop to get it done,"

Uhh.. Yeahh.. "What? It's just a broken keyboard. I can fix it myself because I know how to change my keyboard. I don't need your workshop. Thanks," and I left.

Mister, I know you must be really smart. Being an immigrant who worked hard to make your way in the country and to the point to own your own establishment in this country where our own citizen are complaining on how life is hard, lands are expensive, inflation is going crazy, etc; you just have to have good brains to go with it. But why try to cheat me over a simple stupid keyboard?

Or was it me that looked too dumb?

Anyway, when I came back home, I turned on my netbook again, and somehow the keys are working again. But I shall replace my keyboard anyway because it feels funny to type on the keys which I re-attached with my false-lashes glue. -_-u

Do you notice that some of the keys are bent downwards?