The Choice I Made

Aug. 4, 2011– My first major operation from the last 22 years ago, back when i was in grade 1.

After a year and a half of waiting and hoping for my ovarian cyst and endometriosis to be removed through oral medication, i finally got to decide to go on with the procedure my doctors have been telling me ever since.

Endometriosis is common for menstruating women up to the menopausal age. In my case i could not imagine why it has to come in between my married life where my hubby and i are expecting a baby very soon. Life is full of Surprises anyway so i learned to accept it.

But  if i may also say “Life is really all about choices”.  And that choice was right there in front of me when my doctor warned me all about my condition. But i come into thinking maybe we just have to take time, relax and just wait for it to heal.

That was the choice i made. Unluckily it never did.  Then in the middle of this year i felt a cramping pain on my lower back everyday single day.  I was alarmed and had it checked through an ultrasound. And thats it! The result made me opt to the next choice.

Decided to schedule my operation on Aug. 4, 2011. So i had 1 month to make myself ready physically, mentally and most of all spiritually.   With the help of my husband, parents, in- laws, brothers, friends and most importantly my God,   i was all so packed and ready for the big day of my life.

Everything went very successful and after the operation i woke up with a big smile and the sense of fulfillment with the choice that i made.  I can now see clearly where that choice might lead me and my married life.

What Should You Eat?

The best nutrition advice on what to eat is relatively straightforward: Eat a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; choose healthy fats, like olive and canola oil; and eat red meat and unhealthy fats, like saturated and trans fats, sparingly. Drink water and other healthy beverages, and limit sugary drinks and salt. Most important of all is keeping calories in check, so you can avoid weight gain, which makes exercise a key partner to a healthy diet.

  • carbohydrates – Choose good carbs, not no carbs. Whole grains are your best bet.
  • protein – Pay attention to the protein package. Fish, poultry, nuts, and beans are the best choices.
  • fats – Choose healthy fats, limit saturated fat, and avoid trans fat. Plant oils, nuts, and fish are the healthiest sources.
  • fiber – Choose a fiber-filled diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
  • vegetables/fruits – Eat more vegetables and fruits. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.
  • calcium – Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source.
  • healthier drinks – Water is best to quench your thirst. Skip the sugary drinks, and go easy on the milk and juice.
  • lower salt & sodium – Eating less salt is good for everyone’s health. Choose more fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
  • alcohol – Moderate drinking can be healthy—but not for everyone. You must weigh the benefits and risks.
  • vitamins – A daily multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy. Some extra vitamin D may add an extra health boost.

Love Hurts: Hickey Paralyzes Woman

When I read this, naturally it caught me by surprised. Why wouldn’t it as what happened to a 44-year-old Maori woman in New Zealand suddenly had a minor stroke after her partner gave her a hickey. This appears to be the only documented case of a hickey related stroke, but in general, getting hurt in the heat of passion is not that uncommon, doctors say.

Love hurts, love scars, love wounds and mars. These song lyrics were all too true for her. Doctors were puzzled by her symptoms until they realized that there had been a clot in an artery on the right side of her neck beneath where she still showed the bruising of a hickey.

“Because it was a love bite, there would be a lot of suction. Because of the physical trauma, it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel” causing a clot, Dr. Teddy Wu, who treated the patient, told the New Zealand press. The clot apparently resulted in a stroke.

So do not take anything for granted. Be careful on what you do even if it is sex. Too much may result in something else.

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