Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cramming time

All work and no play is making this goddess one grouchy, lazy, fidgety, and even sometimes horny woman (whose partner is currently far *sigh*) resulting to excessive shopping just to escape it all.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


You Are Medium Maintenance

You aren't as hard to deal with as some girls -
but you are definitely NOT the most laid back chick either!

You're easy to deal with 90% of the time, but watch out for that 10%!

If the guy you are with has good intentions, then calm down a little.

But if he's really screwing up, don't waste your breath - move on :-)
Are You High Maintenance?

This is one post wherein I would like to hear from my girlfriend! Friends and family usually say that I am HIGH MAINTENANCE if not "medium" maintenance and I am pretty sure some people think so too. I do however beg to differ albeit the fact that I still tend to be materialistic at times. Enlighten me please! Am I so hard to maintain?

What Alcoholic Drink Are You?

You Are a Martini

Truly classy and refined, you drink like a lady.
You know how to hold your liquor, and you always keep your composure.
And you demand the same in a guy - especially if he can remain a gentleman while drunk.
You prefer to date successful men, who can pay for your quality drinks.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The baby who reminds me so much of me...

I miss you kiddo!

New roomie!

I have a new roomie!!!

He's a professional cartoonist, illustrator and lover of women. He's also a very happily married man with 3 children. But I digress, I really like my roomie's humorous side. He gets most votes in the Blog Explosion Battle of the Blogs (Yeah I'm one of them voters too) therefore I am telling you to go visit his blog site!

Come on guys, do yourselves a favor and check out The Cartoonist They Call The Stik.

The wheezing has ceased

For over three weeks I've been itching to write and post some things in my blog but I just can't. Why? I was diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis and here's a tribute to the darn disease that had me burning with fever and got me bed ridden for weeks!

What is chronic bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis is a long-term inflammation of the bronchi, which results in increased production of mucus, as well as other changes.

To be classified as chronic bronchitis:

  • cough and expectoration must occur most days for at least three months per year, for two years in a row.
  • other causes of symptoms, such as tuberculosis or other lung diseases, must be excluded.

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis?

The following are the most common symptoms for chronic bronchitis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • cough
  • expectoration (spitting out) of mucus (eeew)

Chronic bronchitis may cause:

  • frequent and severe respiratory infections
  • narrowing and plugging of the breathing tubes (bronchi)
  • difficult breathing
  • disability

Other symptoms may include:

  • lips and skin may appear blue (I must have looked ghastly)
  • abnormal lung signs
  • swelling of the feet (oh my! nope my feet are just wide really!)
  • heart failure (this my family watched out for everytime I cough for fear that I may have an attack)

The symptoms of chronic bronchitis may resemble other lung conditions or medical problems. Consult your physician for a diagnosis.

What are the causes of chronic bronchitis?

In acute bronchitis, bacteria or viruses may be the cause, but in chronic bronchitis there is no specific organism recognized as the cause of the disease.

Cigarette smoking is cited as the most common contributor to chronic bronchitis, followed by:

  • bacterial or viral infections
  • environmental pollution
FYI: I do not smoke anymore. Okay, so I am always in the company of smokers. Second hand smoke anyone?

Chronic bronchitis is often associated with other pulmonary diseases such as:

  • pulmonary emphysema
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • asthma
  • tuberculosis
  • sinusitis
  • upper respiratory infections

How is chronic bronchitis diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, your physician may request the following:

  • pulmonary function tests - diagnostic tests that help to measure the lungs' ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide appropriately. The tests are usually performed with special machines that the person must breathe into, and may include the following:
    • spirometry - a spirometer is a device used by your physician that assesses lung function. Spirometry, the evaluation of lung function with a spirometer, is one of the simplest, most common pulmonary function tests and may be necessary for any/all of the following reasons:
      • to determine how well the lungs receive, hold, and utilize air
      • to monitor a lung disease
      • to monitor the effectiveness of treatment
      • to determine the severity of a lung disease
      • to determine whether the lung disease is restrictive (decreased airflow) or obstructive (disruption of airflow)
    • peak flow monitoring (PFM) - a device used to measure the fastest speed in which a person can blow air out of the lungs. During an asthma or other respiratory flare up, the large airways in the lungs slowly begin to narrow. This will slow the speed of air leaving the lungs and can be measured by a PFM. This measurement is very important in evaluating how well or how poorly the disease is being controlled.
  • arterial blood gas (ABG) - a blood test that is used to evaluate the lungs' ability to provide blood with oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, and to measure the pH (acidity) of the blood.
  • pulse oximetry - an oximeter is a small machine that measures the amount of oxygen in the blood. To obtain this measurement, a small sensor (like a Band-Aid) is taped onto a finger or toe. When the machine is on, a small red light can be seen in the sensor. The sensor is painless and the red light does not get hot.
  • x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • computed tomography scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan.) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.

Treatment for chronic bronchitis:

Specific treatment for chronic bronchitis will be determined by your physician based on:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the disease
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease
  • your opinion or preference

Treatment may include:

  • oral medications
  • bronchodilators for inhaled medications
  • oxygen supplementation from portable containers
  • lung reduction surgery to remove damaged area of lung
  • lung transplantation (I hope I don't get to experience such)
We are all taking care of my health so that I may not develop COPD which is a rare disease that may mean the end of me!

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD is a term that refers to a large group of lung diseases which can interfere with normal breathing. It is estimated that nearly 35 million Americans have COPD. The two most common conditions of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. This sould lead to an immediate cardiac arrest once a patient is exposed to her allergens.

The causes of COPD are not fully understood. It is generally agreed that the most important cause of chronic bronchitis and emphysema is cigarette smoking. Causes such as air pollution and occupational exposures may play a role, especially when combined with cigarette smoking. Heredity also plays a contributing role in some patients' emphysema, and is especially important in a rare form - due to alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency.

Patients with chronic bronchitis usually have a cough and sputum production for many years before they develop shortness of breath.

Patients with emphysema usually have shortness of breath and develop a cough and sputum during a respiratory infection, or in the later stages of the illness.

I got so lazy explaining everything myself so I just used this webpage to explain everything. Weee!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Boyish or Girlish?

You Are 50% Boyish and 50% Girlish

You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.