Have you had your Covid19 vaccine yet? I hope you did. Getting vaccinated the soonest possible time protects yourself and the people around you.
Covid19 vaccines will give you an extra layer of protection against the severe effects of the virus.
My family was able to register with the LGU-supported registration site online. We finally got our doses separately a few weeks later.
Hubby, myself, and our daughter are fully vaccinated now. Our son will have his second dose a few days from now. Iâ€™m glad that we were allowed to get the vaccine at the right time. Many are still waiting for their vaccine schedule in our area.
Three of us are on the priority list being in the A3 category or those with comorbidities. Health experts said Covid19 vaccines prevent possible hospitalization and emergency room visits due to severe illness.
As for the vaccine side effects, what we experienced were all the common ones. These include pain at the injection site, mild fever (for me), the feeling of weakness or fatigue, and headaches for a couple of days.
Get the available Covid19 vaccine if you are not vaccinated yet. Protect yourself, the people you care about, and those you meet outside your homes.
Even when you are vaccinated, health experts remind the public to observe the minimum health protocol. Wash your hands frequently, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in public or crowded places.
Here at home, we wear face masks when we do not feel well. We do not know what afflicts us, so we wear face masks to be safe. We do not eat together, keep our distance when talking to each other. And we sleep in separate rooms.
Five years ago, I underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy to save my life. Surgeons removed the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix to prevent certain illnesses from developing.
It was a difficult decision to make if I were still of child-bearing age. But, since I was in my late 40s and unlikely to conceive, I chose surgery as a life-saving treatment.
I have suffered from painful and prolonged menstruation for years. I have not lived my life well because of this health problem. In the latter part of 2015, my condition had gone from bad to worse. Hospital is not a good place to spend the first month of the year, but I was admitted to one to undergo dilation and curettage (D&C) and to have blood transfusion for anemia. I thought this would address my dilemma.
A doctor in a private hospital suggested abdominal hysterectomy to cure endometriosis. But it would cost a hefty sum. The family has been relying on a single source of income which means raising the amount entails more years of suffering.
Three weeks after my D&C, I was back at the hospital for profuse bleeding. We decided to go to the nearest government hospital to ensure minimal expenses for the possible operation. Explaining the possible complications of the surgery, doctors gave me a non-invasive option to address endometriosis that causes bleeding.
Doctors prescribed Visanne for six months. Finally, I was relieved of the painful monthly period. However, hormone therapy only provided temporary relief. I was bleeding once more the following month. I waited three more months before I took the plunge. By this time, we were able to raise enough funds for the operation.
An abdominal hysterectomy will address the cause of the bleeding and remove the growing mass in my uterus.
I brought all my medical documents to discuss with the OB-Gyne everything I need to know about the surgery; what to expect, the operation and hospitalization expenses, and the operation schedule.
The will to heal for my family, my faith and the support I get from my family, and prayers from a few friends who knew about the surgery have given me enough strength.
The operation took place on December 13, 2016, at the East Avenue Medical Center. The procedure went well. Thankfully, it did not require a blood transfusion. I am grateful to the doctors, anesthesiologists, and nurses who were part of the successful surgery.
Without a sign of complications like fever or pain, I started to feel well two days after the surgery. The doctors said I should get up and walk inside my room to hasten recovery. I was home after five days.
Being an obedient patient, I donâ€™t have a hard time recovering because I followed the doctorâ€™s advice. Iâ€™ve got plenty of rest at home. But I made sure to move around the house. I started doing light chores in my second week. There may be occasional irritation and pain, but all of it was bearable and subsided in a few minutes.
This surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life healthwise. I will never worry about bleeding again or fear that I may develop grave illness in the future. My only concern, at the moment, is the recurring joint pain. Iâ€™m (surgical) menopause now, so joint pains and other health issues will certainly happen.
Piece of advice
Young women and women nearing menopausal age are prone to endometriosis and adenomyosis. If you are suffering from the same condition, consult a doctor. Reading about the disease can help you better understand it. However, a visit to a medical professional is the right thing to do to avoid complications.
One scary situation we experienced this pandemic was when I needed medical help and the panic we felt when we reached the hospital full of covid patients.
It happened last year, just a few days after the government recommended a lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby areas. I was anxious because I was feverish and lethargic for five days. The first thing that came to mind was I might have Covid. I felt helpless thinking about it. What would happen to my family if it was Covid? Would I recover from it?
Fortunately, the triage doctor, upon checking the tests, advised me to go home. Thereâ€™s no need for hospital admission because I only had Urinary Tract Infection. UTI is manageable with prescribed antibiotics at home.
The lockdown continued for months. I was not able to visit our doctor for a scheduled checkup. I was and still am afraid to visit the clinic for fear of exposing myself to the virus. I was not aware of teleconsultation or medical consultation online until I had a recurrent UTI.
Besides anxiety, which causes restlessness and sleepless nights, the pandemic also leads to a rising incidence of obesity. Ironically, obesity is one of the risk factors for getting Covid. Being at home for the longest time and inactivity made me gain weight. At five feet and one inch, I weigh 162 pounds. According to the weight and exercise calculator, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is 30.61. It means Iâ€™m suffering from obesity.
Moderate Fatty Liver
Our doctor, through teleconsultation, advised me to have a blood test. It turned out, I have high levels of creatinine, uric acid, SPGT, and SGOT, in my blood sample. My cholesterol and blood sugar levels are within the normal range, though. The doctor said the high SGPT could be due to Moderate Hepatic Steatosis, or moderate fatty liver, as shown in my abdominal ultrasound. The weight gain sadly takes its toll on my liver.
Another factor that made me gain weight is eating processed foods, particularly canned goods included in the relief package. It could also be the reason I have high uric acid and recurrent UTI.
The good news is that moderate fatty liver is reversible. The doctor said it needs a good amount of self-discipline to achieve. He recommends proper food intake and exercise.
Losing weight was not new to me. I have addressed the same health issue in 2012. It was a successful journey, I lost a few pounds at first, but I slowly gained them back after several months.
Lifestyle modification would be different this time because of my age. Losing weight is difficult when you reach your 50s. Metabolism slows down as you age.
The ideal weight for my height is between 101 and 125 pounds or 45 to 56 kilograms. It’s unrealistic to reach that number. What is workable is reducing at least 5 pounds off my weight is a good start.
A nutritionist recommends the inverted food pyramid as a gauge to lifestyle change. It means I have to eat in moderation by cutting down on salty, sweet, and oily or fatty foods. Instead of sugary beverages, drink plenty of water to burn calories and flush toxins from the body.
Also, the nutritionist recommends brisk walking every day for at least 30 minutes. I have started walking indoors, and I’m slowly getting the hang of it.
A big part of being healthy is getting enough rest and sleep every day. The nutritionist suggests seven hours of sleep every day if I intend to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I also intend to do yoga and learn proper meditation to lessen my anxiety. We need to keep our minds and body healthy to keep ourselves safe from COVID-19.
It does not mean that just because you have diabetes, you will not have any access to great tasting food. Do you know that having the right healthy meal plan may even help reverse diabetes? Having diabetes does not mean that it is the end of the world. Rather, it is an opportunity for you to just pay attention to your meals so that you can improve your condition.
The very first tip that you will hear when you have diabetes is that you have to lose weight but aside from exercising, the type of food that you are going to eat will create a huge difference on how successful your weight loss is going to be. Here are some tips that you have to remember so that you can eat healthy food with ease:
1. Choose high fiber meals.
Fiber is needed by the body in order to prevent you from feeling hungry. It can also lessen the cravings that you may have for unhealthy food. At the same time, they can effectively provide just the right amount of sugar and carbohydrates needed by the body as they are digested slowly. Most people think that they do not need carbohydrates but without carbohydrates, people will not have enough energy.
2. Avoid Processed Food
There may be a lot of processed food that you are fond of. For instance, you may like packaged cereals and baked goods. Processed food products are usually packed with a lot of sugar that you would not need to have.
3. Add Leafy Greens to Your Diet
It may be a bit hard for you to start including vegetables to your diet if you have never liked eating them but adding some leafy greens will help you become healthier and at the same time, you can also start feeling full without feeling guilty.
Remember that diabetes food may not be too different from the food that healthy people usually eat. You can change your lifestyle through the food that you consume and you will surely feel the difference.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS is a viral respiratory illness transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and bodily secretions from an infected person. It manifests flu-like symptoms.
At the height of the SARS scare in 2003, DOH (Department of Health) beat people have no other recourse but to cover and write about the latest update on the health malady.
I want a different perspective of the story so I designate myself to visit the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, one of the DOH’s assigned government SARS centers in Metro Manila. The other one was found in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
I have planned to come up with a news feature and a profile story from the interview with front line health workers who are directly handling suspected SARS patients.
The idea is quite scary isn’t it? What was I thinking then? We are not even covered by a medical insurance just in case me and my co-workers catch the virus during the coverage. I don’t even have the slightest idea of the existing life insurance rates. Also, I have two little susceptible kids to worry about.
But there’s no turning back. With only surgical masks and alcohol as our protection we proceeded to RITM.
My photographer was all worried to enter the RITM premises, but I assure him we are not going to meet a patient inside as we are not allowed to do so.
The interview and hospital facility guided tour turn out well. I felt good about myself as only few print reporters at the time including those from TV were able to visit the SARS referral center.
I did it all for the love of my job and goal to get a first hand account. After all the worries, I get to see my story published the following day.
Fortunately, none of us get sick after the coverage. Thank God.