Tuesday, February 25, 2014

10 things about gout - my health concern these days

all i got was a reminder from the doctor that my uric acid level is beyond normal...and that i have to be careful/choosy with what i eat. i never thought id have something like that coz i am not a meat-eater, sadly, i wasnt spared. surfing the net, keywords i used (high level of uric acid) always lead me to articles about gout (scared me more). here's the latest i got- from http://arthritis.about.com/od/gout/a/10_gout_facts.htm ...the article says that gout is considered one of the most painful types of arthritis. along with pain, gout can cause swelling, redness, heat and stiffness in joints. there are other types of arthritis which can mimic gout symptoms, making it very important to get an accurate diagnosis so that proper treatment can begin.

1 - Gout is accurately diagnosed through the identification of characteristic crystals. (that's how i got my diagnosis - gave me the other side of the word 'crystal') 
2 - Blood uric acid levels can be misleading. (i hope teeheehee)
3 - Though the big toe is the most common joint affected by gout, ankles, heels, insteps, wrists, and knees can also be affected. (i can feel it often in my hands, between my palm and fingers and i know its not just my mind playing tricks on me)
4 - Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines. Purines are part of all human tissue and found in many foods. (thats what i learned lately, hence, i should moderate intake of purine-rich foods such as seafoods and animal internal organs- goodbye sisig!)
5 - There are certain triggers which can cause a gout attack. (alcohol is named one! chocolates, coffee and tea are still a-okay)

6 - For gout to be treated successfully, there are four goals of treatment.
•acute attacks must be stopped
•pain and inflammation must be relieved quickly
•future attacks must be prevented
•tophi, kidney stones, and renal disease must be prevented
7 - Treating an acute gout attack can involve resting the affected joint and taking prescribed medications. (that would be sad if attacks are on your hands and youre an online data-miner- oh so me)
8 - To prevent future attacks, diet and lifestyle changes, along with urate-lowering medications, can be helpful. (i have to loose some weight, obesity or weighing more than the ideal as in my case- leads to high uric acid levels)
9 - Prevalence statistics from the Arthritis Foundation indicate that 2.1 million Americans are affected by gout. (i wonder what are the stats for ph)
10 - Unless gout is properly managed it can affect the patient's life and work productivity. (waaah!)

im still learning and trying to know more about this. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Scroll Marked VII

I will laugh at the world. No living creature can laugh except humans.  Trees may bleed when they are wounded, and beasts in the field will cry in pain and hunger, yet only I have the gift of laughter and it is mine to use whenever I choose.  Henceforth I will cultivate the habit of laughter.

I will smile and my digestion will improve; 
I will chuckle and my burdens will be lightened; 
I will laugh and my life will be lengthened 
for this is the great secret of long life 
and now it is mine.

I will laugh at the world. And most of all, I will laugh at myself for humans are most comical when we take ourselves too seriously.  Never will I fall into this trap of the mind.  For though I be nature's greatest miracle am I not still a mere grain tossed about by the winds of time?  Do I truly know whence I came or whither I am bound?  Will my concern for this day not seem foolish ten years hence?  Why should I permit the petty happenings of today to disturb me?  What can take place before this sun sets which will not seem insignificant in the river of centuries?

I will laugh at the world. And how can I laugh when confronted with person or deed which offends me so as to bring forth my tears or my curses?  Four words I will train myself to say until they become a habit so strong that immediately they will appear in my mind whenever good humor threatens to depart from me.  These words, passed down from the ancients, will carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance.  These four words are:  This too shall pass.

I will laugh at the world. For all worldly things shall indeed pass. When I am heavy with heartache I shall console myself that this too shall pass; when I am puffed with success I shall warn myself that this too shall pass.  When I am strangled in poverty I shall tell myself that this too shall pass; when I am burdened with wealth I shall tell myself that this too shall pass.  Yea, verily, where is he who built the pyramid?  Is he not buried within its stone?  And will the pyramid, one day, not also be buried under sand?  If all things shall pass why should I be of concern for today?

I will laugh at the world.
                                               I will paint this day with laughter; 
I will frame this night in song.  
Never will I labor to be happy; 
rather I will remain too busy to be sad.  
I will enjoy today's happiness today.  
It is not grain to be stored in a box.  
It is not wine to be saved in a jar.  
It cannot be saved for the morrow.  
It must be sown and reaped on the same day 

and this will I do, henceforth.

I will laugh at the world. And with my laughter all things will be reduced to their proper size.  I will laugh at my failures and they will vanish in clouds of new dreams.  I will laugh at my successes and they will shrink to their true value.  I will laugh at evil and it will die untasted; I will laugh at goodness and it will thrive and abound.  Each day will be triumphant only when my smiles bring forth smiles from others and this I do in selfishness, for those on whom I frown are those who purchase not my goods.
I will laugh at the world.

Henceforth will I shed only tears of sweat, for those of sadness or remorse or frustration are of no value in the marketplace whilst each smile can be exchanged for gold and each kind word, spoken from my heart, can build a castle.

Never will I allow myself to become so important, 
so wise, so dignified, so powerful, 
that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world.  
In this matter I will always remain as a child, 
for only as a child am I given the ability 
to look up to others; and so long as I look up to another 
I will never grow too long for my cot.

I will laugh at the world. And so long as I can laugh never will I be poor.  This then, is one of nature's greatest gifts, and I will waste it no more.  Only with laughter and happiness can I truly become a success.  Only with laughter and happiness can I enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Were it not so, far better would it be to fail, for happiness is the wine that sharpens the taste of the meal.  To enjoy success I must have happiness, and laughter will be the maiden who serves me.

I will be happy.
I will be successful.
I will be the greatest salesman the world has ever known.

from The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino

Sunday, February 16, 2014

life...is what we make it II

There were many times that my father was ‘absentee’ because of his work,
and then he was ‘deceased’ and it somehow didn’t matter to me anymore.
I knew that as the eldest, I have to be my mother’s assistant,
even a partner in taking care of my siblings and make sure our house is a home-
be it an extension of someone’s garage, a shanty by the ‘riles’ or
a room of a house of a relative. There were happy times, yes.
And we are truly a family, my mother and I made sure of that.
Despite the hardships, we excelled in school.
We were popular because we didn’t allow others to look down on us
and we proved that we didn’t have to be rich to be so.

As a family, we were a strange band of characters-- in the 80’s,
my mother and the three of us, in the 90’s ‘minus’ my sister
who died of leukaemia and another sister who was away from us for 10 years
but then it’s also ‘plus’ a new sister and two brothers
from my mother’s second marriage. We went through life sharing a lot- ideas,
school supplies, socks, toothpaste (even bath towels at times),
coveting one another's desserts, borrowing money, reading each other’s diaries,
inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending,
and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together…
and that common thread is my mother or the love for her.

Family (of origin) shaped my life in one way or another- who I am now
(and I have my own family), how I act, and how I keep my values,
and especially how I formed my identity. I have to form my own identity
besides the pre-wired identity that my family built because I realized that
I cannot depend on that (there were times I do not know what I want to be,
but I am quite sure of what I don’t want to be so I take it from there).

I remember five years ago, a girl called and told me that her dying father
is my father too, and that I have to give my forgiveness so that he would die in peace.
Fast forward, no one knows yet if this was true but I had another family added on my list.
Here, I was exposed to stories of how ‘this father’ was and how I came to observe
that we share a lot of commonalities and this made me wish I have met them
(he and his family) before he died. My choices and priorities now
are based on what I wanted my new family to be – less complicated, intact and
ever-present for each other. This wouldn’t be difficult (I hope)
because we’re a family of three.

But then I asked myself once:
would I be this strong-willed, patient, and passionate and
beautifully disturbed enough to try to help the least-favoured if we haven’t gone
through all those life’s struggles and complexities?
That is a question I wouldn’t risk answering by application now.

Friday, February 14, 2014

my 10 favorites in the 48 laws of power

  • Law 1 Never outshine the master.
  • Law 2 Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
  • Law 3 Conceal your intentions.
  • Law 4 Always say less than necessary.
  • Law 5 So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
  • Law 6 Court attention at all costs.
  • Law 7 Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
  • Law 8 Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
  • Law 9 Win through your actions, never through argument.
  • Law 10 Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
  • Law 11 Learn to keep people dependent on you.
  • Law 12 Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
  • Law 13 When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.
  • Law 14 Pose as a friend, work as a spy.
  • Law 15 Crush your enemy totally.
  • Law 16 Use absence to increase respect and honor.
  • Law 17 Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.
  • Law 18 Do not build fortresses to protect yourself. Isolation is dangerous.
  • Law 19 Know who you're dealing with; do not offend the wrong person.
  • Law 20 Do not commit to anyone.
  • Law 21 Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.
  • Law 22 Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.
  • Law 23 Concentrate your forces.
  • Law 24 Play the perfect courtier.
  • Law 25 Re-create yourself.
  • Law 26 Keep your hands clean.
  • Law 27 Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
  • Law 28 Enter action with boldness.
  • Law 29 Plan all the way to the end.
  • Law 30 Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
  • Law 31 Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal.
  • Law 32 Play to people's fantasies.
  • Law 33 Discover each man's thumbscrew.
  • Law 34 Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.
  • Law 35 Master the art of timing.
  • Law 36 Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.
  • Law 37 Create compelling spectacles.
  • Law 38 Think as you like but behave like others.
  • Law 39 Stir up waters to catch fish.
  • Law 40 Despise the free lunch.
  • Law 41 Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.
  • Law 42 Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
  • Law 43 Work on the hearts and minds of others.
  • Law 44 Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
  • Law 45 Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.
  • Law 46 Never appear perfect.
  • Law 47 Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.
  • Law 48 Assume formlessness.

    *WIKI: The 48 Laws of Power is a 1998 book by Robert Greene.
    The book shares thematic elements with Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince
    and has been compared to Sun-Tzu's classic treatise The Art of War.

        Tuesday, February 4, 2014

        the end's prime

        there in a night solemn and cold
        where black feathers flew off their nest
        where heavens gems gave a glow
        a figured shivered...quivered as it stood
        while trace of melancholy appeared
        in hazy shadows 'neath the moon
        "why oh why" its spirit moaned
        here the fate of the heart once agog
        stood with all its throe
        the soul hoping to find pathos
        of the everlasting...of the unknown
        the soul in its havoc flew
        then thought the sunrise and sunset
        were coeval...and... death...a prime.

        and the night grew darker
        its solemness fell deep
        the thickest leaf closed in coldness
        slowly the stars seemed to fall asleep
        the sky casted a dim - very dim glow
        tired crows seeking refuge among the branches
        of the trees that swayed with the breeze
        the figure shivered...quivered as it stood
        yet its silhouette remain unfazed
        the agony of its soul's there still
        confused pathos...shattered and torn
        the anguish of its heart stopped
        'tho its thoughts then unfathomed
        suddenly...slowly...a poet's heart...was born.