Let’s Talk About Your Medicine

It’s so important for individuals to fully understand the risks and benefits of theirs and their loved one’s medications.

Before everything else, I just want to give a personal shout out and kudos to Ms Judy Cohen, Outreach Coordinator with The American Recall Center, which is focused in, from her own words, educating individuals on recall updates within the medical community. This November, They’re focused on bringing awareness to a topic that is not often talked about: medication safety. In doing this,we hope to encourage conversations both online and at family celebrations this Thanksgiving.

Ms Judy, thank you for considering me as one of the influential bloggers to help spread awareness online. I actually just made myself extra aware of this topic by writing this post.

I may not need to take medicine every day, but I chose to. Apparently I chose this set of chemicals grouped under an alphabetized vitamin “generic descriptor” title, such as “Vitamin E”. These are, and any other vitamins, required less often to maintain the health of a human body.

This is a self-made decision, and luckily I didn’t need any doctor’s prescriptions since this is an over-the-counter medicine. Though, of course, I made sure that I’m on a safe track by reading legitimate online journals and articles for days.

A little review! According to the universal student pre-loved website Wikipedia, A vitamin is an organic compound and a nutrient that an organism (like us, human) requires in LIMITED AMOUNTS. Apparently I wasn’t listening very well in biology class, back in my high school days. So, I was just done reading some stuff online for this and finally gave myself a good review, it made sense:  an organic chemical compound is called a vitamin when the organism cannot produce compound in sufficient quantities, and must be obtained through the diet.

Diet? There are good and bad ones, of course. You’ll a get a perfect one ONLY if you make a conscious effort to plan your meals and choose every single food on your plate. Honestly I’ve tried that – calculating calories and weighing sugar and fats over healthy veggies, but it is really stressful – not my stuff. Kudos to all the dietitians out there, one really needs enough college units regarding this to make sure every intake of food for your body is what we call “healthy”. However, I still give myself a pat on the back each time I will survive a very healthy meal, because that means I am sacrificing my love for junk foods. I am no good in medical required quantities but my sister is a registered nurse and I occasionally hear her reprimand (in a loving way, of course) my father who has diabetes whenever he will put two cups of rice in his plate.

Why do you take this medicine?

Because of this constant voice in my head that tells me I need to be on top of my personal goals now that I’m on my 22nd year of my nice life. I wanted to be healthy and prevention is always better than cure. I had always hated my skin since high school because of genes persistent acne, and now that <em>they</em> finally stopped bugging my life, I have somehow learned the art and science of taking care of my face by at having least a good set of skin regimen, monthly visit to the dermatologist and a daily dose of Vitamin E.

Yes, I take vitamin

E and that is what I’m going to talk about in the next couple of paragraphs.

This is not an advertisement post, but I do take Myra 400 E. It’s been months now, and so far, it’s good enough to keep me buying this product.

I’m in the Philippines, and we Filipinas naturally have morena skin – meaning a fair shade in between white and brown. This means I cannot get a blonde-white complexion unless I regularly take glutathione injections or pills or big doses of vitamin c or soap with for a good year, which is saddening because social statistics shows that we, in general, prefer this skin type. But you know what? I can’t change mine but I can give it a fair and a healthy glow by taking in Vitamin E. I’m a grown woman and I would appreciate myself more with that.

How do you remember to take your medicines?

I have to! I take 400mg of this daily, while 1500mg of vitamin E is the maximum intake  (according to one the medical journals that I’ve read and also I bet on Myra’s official site) for 24 hours. I am not allowed to take any other supplement that has a good dose of vitamin e on it because that is just not right for a balanced human system. I don’t have a pill box but I put this in my top drawer wherein I put my earrings, so whenever I go home from work, change my clothes and take off my accessories, I would definitely be reminded to take these good orange and lovely capsules.

What side effects have you experienced?

Aside from the psychological side effect that I’m now-more-conscious to observe my skin? Ironically, my lips gets very dry. I have figured that this is not because of the lipstick that I’m using because this Vitamin E the only thing that I’ve added in my diet. Anyways I have heard that oil supplements (Shark’s Oil pills) can make a great change in moisturizing hair, nails and skin, but that is a totally different story.

Where do you go for medical support?

For my general inquiries (eg medical certificates) and seasonal illnesses (eg random allergies or Tonsilitis), I go to our local doctor’s office. But for this dietary supplement, I read online journals and real-life conversation threads and reviews on blogs by people who take this same medicine / vitamin. Starting a change and by taking in daily a capsule is a bit scary because our bodies may react differently by giving us allergies / weight change – either gain or loss, or it may contradict with other important drugs that we are already taking. It is quite a trial-and-error process, so before I took this, I needed and gathered enough personal testimonies and some intensive research to justify a positive result. I’m glad that it is, somehow, working effectively for my skin.

I believe we all understand that medication safety really is important!

Thank you for reading! Take good care!

dear diary

Saturday 2:05 AM

I still keep a couple of hard copy of my thoughts –  my old but nevertheless trusted diaries back at home tucked and hidden inside my unappealing crumpled  box. This is especially for the sleepless nights when I should be dreaming after a weary day at work. For a number of reasons that keep me up (PMS, vitamins with Beta-blockers, high dose of caffeiince throughout the day, a workout 2 hours before my bed time .-whatever) It’s just so hard for me to fall asleep.

Where am I again? Oh yeah. Diaries are for my stream of consciousness. Whenever I feel like my thoughts deserve to be inked on paper or something. This is not for anyone but my future self. Because right now I enjoy reading entries I made five years ago. Stupid fantasies that make me realize how much I matured today. But I am still learning, bit by bit but certainly.

I still keep a couple of notebooks and scrap papers with uncanny doodles and notes on them because not everything in my life should have a hash tag on Twitter, a Like on Facebook or a certain number of views in my blog (ooh ironic because I’m gonna post this in a bit).

For the past months, I keep on saying that everything will be okay. I don’t expect everything to be perfect and I know that nothing will be at their best state. But for now, I must say that things are definitely better. A lot better. Although I know that like all things (good or bad) this too shall pass, I want to get a grip on this. I’m at peace and I’m pleased.  In fact I’m on my second cup  (2/4)  of cappuccino here on my ultra comfortable desk chair while I’m writing this. Yup as shallow as it may sound, one of the best things in life is not having to haste on to submitting your reports. And yes, finally I can approve that coffee saves the  shift day when you only have four hours of sleep.  Life’s good. Cheers.

Anyways, some of the good reads this week:

* Discuss people, to understand them more.

*If I hadn’t trusted my instincts,I would have missed out on something amazing.

* Suicide is not a sign a person is weak,  it’s a sign the battle with depression as lost.

* I had a every nasty habit for the majority of my life: I kept far too close the people that were nothing but toxic for me.

(this is terrible but I can’t quote the authors because I have lost track of where I got them) oops.

How I spent my birthday

My weekend isn’t enough to celebrate with everyone I love, but nevertheless it went through as a very awesome one! I am really thankful for having such loving family and friends .. and boyfriend. :)

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group chat at office

My work shift ends at 5am, but since we had a lunch reservation at 11:30am, I stayed at the office until then. It was really tiring but of course, consider the fact that it is actually my birthday and that this is the only chance that I got amidst a tight schedule, I went for it. :)

Lunch at Vikings is one of the sure ways to start a wonderful day, your happy belly and taste buds will thank you. :) My family and I also celebrated my birthday here last year and I’m glad that for the second time, it didn’t disappoint me. :) We asked for a reservation via Facebook a day or two before my birthday and their response was immediate. Also on the exact hour of our reservation deadline they called us to ask if we were still coming. Of course! We were 15 minutes late though. hahaha. I also want to point out that their receptionists were very accommodating and I really felt their happy birthday greeting for me was a warm one. My only concern was the lines for the buffet corners were pretty long, the heavy white plate on my  hand was such a burden.

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I don’t remember how many plates I had, but everything’s superb. My favorites are the frozen yogurt, Twinings teas and Mango Surprise cake. :)

I went home at around 3pm. Such a responsible girl to come home late considering that I have a shift at 8pm nad therefore needs to sleep. Good luck to me! My favorite little cousin was there and I spent the next two hours playing with him. Sleep is for the weak. Anyways this stuff on my room literally surprised me. Sweet sisters. :)

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The notes are so sweet. And the “you’re hot” balloon is cool. :)IMG_20140926_163044

They knew I love gummy bears! My super tired smile before I sleep. hehe

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another shift after this and it’s morning again!! Another birthday celebration, this time with my family and friends.

For a group of 20 plus people, It is so so so hard to call in for a reservation. So we opt for Tramway Buffet Garden. Apparently, the restaurant was disappointing in general. The ambiance wasn’t as good as it was when my sisters and I were here about two years ago.  I also felt that the staff weren’t really accommodating and that they were just doing their job for the sake of doing their job. I won’t elaborate, I just brushed off the thought because my concern that night is to enjoy. At least I know that I won’t be coming back to here.

I honestly don’t know why the photos are really blurry. Here are some.

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Yipee! The food was just okay, but the actual dinner with my family was great. :)

And now for with my friends at 8pm.

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Honestly, I don’t know what their orders were. I remember chicken, Crispy Pata and another pork dish. Plus the cocktail tower. :)

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The Crispy Pata platter that I almost devoured alone.

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Yellow cab pizza/pasta/chicken + KTV  at Metrowalk+ fooooooood + best friends + Mahal + 3am + overnight at Christian’s house = GREAT TIME.

I am still missing some of my best friends, I hope I can catch up with them soon.  So, this is how I spent my awesome birthday. Thank you guys. Thank you God.:)

agony of waiting

I just wanna share that I LOL hard on this 9gag post. from 9gag

Dear diary.

I am probably one of the most impatient human creatures ever lived on earth. I HATE waiting even just for a literal minute. But now, I am figuring out how to do this: calming my anxious and frustrated self over the long agony of waiting for the results of my exam and job offer.

 DLSU Graduate Studies should have posted the results for their successful candidates five days ago but perhaps due to undesirable circumstances, the list isn’t ready yet.  I just can’t do anything but wait and HOPE. I already emailed and called admissions office but the lines were always busy.

 Also, Mahal and I are still waiting for a call/ text/ email from Teletech for our job offer/ (I believe we were listed under the same account!) because we were informed that the classes will start on either the first or second week of September, so since this is technically the first week, I assume it will start next week and I thus I should be expecting a call any minute now.

This is just so hard for me because I can’t really decide if I’m going to pursue my Masters this term (IF I get accepted) or I will write a letter to the office and request if I may start next term, which is on January. This is my top priority as of this moment and thus I can’t accept any job offer yet until I know my schedule for the university.

Third complexity is that I really need to know first if they credited my application for scholarship because if they didn’t, I really need to double work my ass of this Ber months.

I don’t know what got it in my head but out of frustration, I sent resumes online to companies and just hours after, I received texts asking my confirmation for interviews. NOW WHAT TO DO? I am still waiting for the results. Waaaa. I just made things more difficult to comprehend.

With all of these difficulties, God is with me. He will always be. Prayers are just amazing, because peace of mind comes instantly. Knowing that I did my very best,  God will do the rest.

XOXO. Kc. :)

so for the mean time, WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY?

1. A nice serving of shawarma, Jamaican Pattie, a warm bowl of butter popcorn, Jollibee Chicken joy and spaghetti, Greenwich lasagna, kwek kwek, Family Mart twirl-all-you-can sundae cone, Kanto Freestyle breakfast, barley juice, chocolate-covered polvoron, banana.  

2. 9gag, Thought Catalog, The Simpsons Tapped out, PVZ2 updates. 

3. Choir rehearsals.

4. Waking up every morning and NOT feeling bloated. 

5. 100 squats, 100 jumping jacks and 100 bicycle crunches a day is a success for me.

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6. Dinner out with best friends and walk-a-thons with boyfriend, just talking about the simple joys of our everyday lives. 

7. How could I forget? Prayers and church services. 

8. My little cousin’s recorded voice. :)

9. Department stores, clearance sales, visiting Tomato / Forever 21 (ONLY when they’re on sale. hahaha)

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10. Family lunch out.

Thank you for reading my sentiments tonight. :) :*

Hopefully I’m not one of these.

REBLOG! I find these clever analogies hilarious. You know, for conversations in public.

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screenshot from yahoo

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 Pinoys sure are a creative bunch when it comes to wordplay.

Here’s a list of acronyms we use when signing dedications in slumbooks.

Here’s a list of Filipino words that don’t have English translations.

And here is a collection of 8 food terms that are used to describe beauty or the lack of it.

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Intended just for fun, let’s not be rude and joke any of these around people. :)

HASHTAG justbestfriendthings

Dear Diary,

I’m just superbly happy that my friends and I didn’t change in terms of our bonding moments. Of course, we’re all grown-ups now with different sets of problems and priorities, but I find it really amazing that we can still manage to find a couple of hours twice a month or so so that we can catch up on our lives. For the past 8 years, these people have been the source of my unexplained contentment in friendship.

I remember when I was in high school, I was the most socially awkward person, ever. No Facebook or whatever. I never wished to have any cellphone even when I was already at my Junior year because I (really) don’t need it. Then my birthday came and I received one! Turned out, they all gave a little of their allowances so that they can buy me one, because they want me to “have a life” outside our circle. hahaha. Ah, I love them so much. :)

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PS I miss Lalaine. We haven’t talked in years, literally. :(

PSS It’s also a good thing to have the most understanding boyfriend in the world, someone you wouldn’t worry about bugging you the whole night out while you’re with your friends, because he knows how to give enough space. :)