Friday, August 11, 2017

Watsons VIP Touch 'n Go Card

Disclaimer : This is NOT a paid advertisement.

Ok so the other day I went to Watsons to grab some stuffs and as usual, the cashier asked if I have a member card. I said no, and as expected, she asked if I'd like to be a member with only RM20 for a lifetime membership fee.

Normally, I said no. But this time, I said yes. Because why?

Because they offered me this:

Watsons Touch 'n Go Card

It's a 2-in-1 card; for Watsons and Touch 'n Go. I'm not sure when is this started to enforce but since I was actually planning to change my old Touch 'n Go card so this is like a dream come true 😁

Apart from the lifetime membership, I'd also get a booklet of lots and lots of promotion items, discount vouchers for watsons brand items and vitamins, and few other free stuffs like face towel, lip balm, etc. Yes, with only RM20.

The other perks include:-
 

Just log on to their website at www.watsons.com.my to find out more about the benefits. And don't forget to register your card at watsons and Touch 'n Go websites to enjoy these benefits.

Anddd I just learned that we can shop online at Watsons! Hahaha my bad. It offers convenient shopping experience that I love so much. Everything is at your fingertips and your stuffs will be delivered at your doorstep in no time.

So guys, what are you waiting for? Go get yours now!



Thursday, July 13, 2017

One after another

So, the other day I was diagnosed with Anemia. 

I'm still getting used to the term and the medications I have to take every day and the foods I have to monitor bla bla bla.

Then a  few days back, I received a call from the clinic pertaining to my MGTT result. Anyway, MGTT is an abbreviation for Modified Glucose Tolerance Test. You can google out about it for further info.

I underwent the test on 20th of June, during fasting month and the result came out on 7th of July. The staff nurse called me on evening that day telling me that my MGTT result had me suspected for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus or GDM. What is GDM? In short, it's kencing manis that occur during pregnancy due to hormonal change etc.

Of course I was shocked because the first test I took on February turned out good. How can I possibly have GDM? Anyway, the staff nurse asked me to undergo Blood Sugar Profile or BSP on the next day. This BSP needs me to do blood check up 4 times a day i.e at 8am (after fasting from 10pm the day before), 10am (after taking breakfast), 2pm (after lunch, lunch shouldn't be taken after 12pm) and 8pm (after dinner, dinner shouldn't be latest than 6pm). 

Anyway, the test result shows that my sugar level is low. That's pretty confusing, isn't it? Kencing manis tapi kadar gula dalam darah rendah? I'm going crazy.

But anyway, here's the info on the sugar level:-


The day after BSP, I had to go for consultation with the nurse & doctor. They told me everything about GDM, the causes, the diet, the next BSP etc. I wanted to absorb all the information but you know, being a pregnant woman with unstable emotion especially after finding out about this, my heart is reluctant to accept the fact that I have GDM. Anemia is fine, I just have to control the diet and take medications as scheduled. But GDM, with the troublesome prosedures, negative perception of myself & people around me, I feel helpless.

Anyway, the nurse also asked me if I have the symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. I was like: what the hell is that? So I made a little reading.

Hypoglycemia is defined as a low blood sugar (glucose) level. Hyperglycemia is defined as too high a blood sugar (glucose) level.
 
Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia, or an insulin reaction, can happen if you are taking insulin or oral medications. Hypoglycemia means low blood glucose. This reaction happens when there is not enough glucose in your blood.

A hypoglycemic reaction usually comes on very suddenly. It often happens at the time when insulin action is at its peak, during or after strenuous exercise or when a meal is delayed. Most people learn to recognize their own symptoms to an insulin reaction. If you begin feeling any symptoms or think your blood glucose may be too low, the best way to be sure is to check your blood level using a blood glucose test strip. If your blood glucose is less than 70 mg/dl, then you are probably having a hypoglycemic reaction.

The most common causes of hypoglycemia are:
1. too much insulin,
2. too much exercise, or
3. not enough food

Hyperglycemia: Hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose, is the condition found in individuals with diabetes, either insulin-dependent or non-insulin-dependent.

Hyperglycemia usually occurs slowly, over several hours or days. It may be caused by:
1. not taking enough insulin
2. illness (such as a cold or flu)
3. infection
4. eating too much
5. stress
6. certain medications


The symtoms.

I wish, really really wish this is just for temporary. Hopefully the next blood test turns out good. Pray for me guys.

Anyway, if you have these symptoms or is diagnosed with GDM, let's be strong together & don't give up, don't stressed out!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Anemia during pregnancy : is it normal?

Based on information gathered from multiple sources and (may be) simplified for easy understanding 😁

I am in my 32nd weeks of pregnancy and undergoing monthly check-up at the government clinic. Each check up turned out good before, with no serious problems (except for the fluctuating body weight). But during the last check up, I was shocked when my blood check tells me I have low hb (hemoglobin), which leads to anemia.

I didn't know it was serious until the staff nurse referred me to the doctor, and I was provided with multiple supplements I have never consumed before. Just in case you wonder, check-up at the government clinic, though is 'troublesome', is thorough.They'll check your sugar level in your urine, hb, blood pressure, body weight, baby movement etc. Thus the long wait, like everytime.

Back from the clinic, I started to do research about anemia. In fact, if you are provided with the pink pregnancy book, you can read the info which is provided in the book. The pink book is like your scripture, every information about pregnancy and postnatal is there.

Ok back to the topic. What is anemia?

Anemia is:-

1. a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness;

2. condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen.


 
  
What is the normal / abnormal hb?


My hb during the last check-up was 9.7 😞 so it's moderate anemia.

What causes anemia?

There are more than 400 types of anemia, which are divided into three groups:
  • Anemia caused by blood loss
  • Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production
  • Anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells 
Click HERE for the elaboration of each groups.

In short, these are the causes of anemia:


  



Symptoms of anemia?

Symptoms common to many types of anemia include the following:


Well, I have almost all the symptoms but I didn't realize it's anemia 😑

For the other symptoms that associated with specific forms of anemia, click HERE or HERE.

Combating anemia!

 Ok I'll put this in pictures form.





However, there are certain foods that prevent iron absorbtion. I didn't know this until I told the staff nurse that I eat green vegetables, meat & fish every day, so it is impossible for my hb to go that low.

Here are the reasons why:-



Foods to avoid if you have anemia:-

No matter how much cravings you have for these foods, try to avoid taking or at least, limit the consumption of soft drinks, wheat flour, fast foods, coffee, tea, alcohol, etc. 


Effects of anemia during pregnancy:-

Ok, I am not trying to scare anybody here but this is real. If the anemia is severe, it might (or might not) lead to:-

 
In summary, mild anemia during pregnancy is normal because during pregnancy, our body produces more blood to support the growth of our baby. If we're not getting enough iron or certain other nutrients, our body might not be able to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs to make this additional blood.

Watch your meal intake, and consult your doctor if the symptoms prolong or getting more serious.

Disclaimer : I am not a doctor or anything in between, the information I put here might not be accurate, so rajin-rajinlah membaca sumber lain or ask your doctor for confirmation. Thank you 😉