Wednesday, August 26, 2009

You gotta watch this video clip....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

H1N1..............DRINK COCONUT WATER!

This came to me through email. In view of the current pandemic, I thought it would do a lot of good to share.
Former associate professor of ecology at Universiti Malaya has authored several books on complementary therapy called, 'Ecological Healing System'. Dr Palaniappan said his 33 years of research had shown that high acidity in the body resulted in loss of immunity, thus making people more susceptible to viral diseases like Influenza A (H1N1). Hence, to prevent acidity, it was essential to consume alkaline food and drinks that could neutralise excess acid in the body. Dr Palaniappan recommends coconut water, which is alkaline, and therefore could be used as a herbal medicine for the prevention of H1N1. For example, he said, those who felt feverish and developed a burning sensation while attending to a call of nature because of extreme acidity, could neutralise it by drinking coconut water, twice a day, for three days. He also recommended orange, lemon and pomelo which, despite containing citric acid, were very rich in potassium and therefore, would not disturb the body's immunity. According to Dr Palaniappan, excessive physical activity like running a marathon should be avoided as it produced acid due to excessive metabolic activity. Similarly, he said, keeping late nights without adequate sleep and working without proper rest could also increase the body's acidity which in turn, lowered immunity and made the body vulnerable to viral attacks. Dr Palaniappan's blog: the therapy in more detail.:o)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yikes....he contracted Dengue Fever but results showed NEGATIVE!!!!!

SATURDAY...[I will relate what happened day by day]
"What is the matter with you?", I asked. Hubby was struggling to come down the stairs. I daren't ask why is he walking like an 80 year old. "All my joints are aching." was his reply. "Huh?" "Do you have a fever?" That started our 'journey'. I checked his temperature and gave a shout. YOU HAVE HIGH FEVER! Looking at this hero of mine hobbling around makes me think that he is really in pain. I have someone I would call a bull when it comes to being sick. He has never whimper in pain or anything like that. "We have to go to the clinic now." I insisted and he followed. Our main worry was the H1N1. The wait at the clinic seemed like forever. The words that hero uttered when he came out of the clinic made my eyes welled up. Doctor said it is worst than H1N1. It could be Chikungunya. I don't know much about this sickness except that it is something linked to Dengue fever. Hero was referred to a local hospital to have a blood test done.
At the hospital hero was seen by a doctor. This was what happened. The doctor thinks that it is still too early to tell by a blood test. The results normally won't show anything wrong. Hero developed the fever only today (Saturday) but felt his joints aching last night when he was getting ready for bed. The thing is hero was bitten by mosquitoes when he visited a plant nursery on Monday last. All these were related to the doctor attending to him. No rashes according to the doctor at the hospital. I tried to point out some rashes on both ears and also on hero's torso but the doctor said it could be due to hero scratching them or the rubbing of the shirt against the skin. No blood test needed. Fine. We'll go home with the paracetamol prescribed. Believe it or not, 50 tablets were prescribed. Back home all we could do was wait and see. That was what the doctor said. If hero feels not so good then he has to go to the hospital and have his blood tested. He took the paracetamol and slept. All I could do to make him comfortable was feed him liquids and wet towels to sponge. With a fever of 103 degrees F (39.8 C) you really don't have any energy or appetite. Liquids and lots of them plus fruits was what hero had. Oh, he did manage to force down sandwiches even though everything tasted so bland. That did him some good, we would like to think now.
Hero told me he felt a little better. His joints are not aching so much. I felt a bit happier after hearing those words. It was only in the late afternoon that I realised pain. It isn't a wonder because the paracetamol not only controls the fever, it controls the pain. By then, it was a bit late to go for a blood test.
Fever was just about 100 degrees. I still think it is good to have a blood test done. Hero went to the same hospital for a blood test. Results? It came out negative. Free from Dengue Fever. Would you believe this? With the H1N1 pandemic, nothing was done to test for this? Okay, hero is free from Dengue Fever/Chikungunya. What puzzles me is he looks very, very red in the face. It was like he is having high blood pressure or something like that. The owner of the restaurant we frequent thought hero went drinking before dropping by for dinner. That comment made me 'push' hero for another blood test. This he did and this time at another hospital. This is it.....POSITIVE. Hero has contracted Dengue Fever.

Here the depressing corridor. Yeps, he got himself admitted on the doctor's advice.
TV to keep you entertained so you won't vegetate too much.

That's hero
checking out the drawer looking for the TV control. He is almost alright by now. Fever has come down to normal and his tastes of food back to normal. Why then get admitted? Well, the platelets count is what the doctor wanted to monitor.
Also, his rashes are another thing. They covered almost his whole body.
The rashes came out in full force. You see everything red. It looked
almost like Rubella.
The reason why I decided to post it is because of the negative results at the very beginning. Sometimes, we can't take results as it is. Just use your own discretion and seek a second opinion if you still feel unwell. My hero was lucky in a way. It was a worrying 10 days plus and I'm glad everything is fine now. If you are reading this post of mine, just remember.....a 2nd opinion is always good.

There this is one tiny insect, it is small but it can really floor you! It is the...... Aedes mosquito! Beware............. :o(

Dengue you know all about it?

I decided to check the web for symptoms of Dengue Fever. Why? I will explain the reason in my next post. For the time being, just read and know a little about dengue fever. Just in case.....


General information about symptoms of Dengue fever: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Dengue fever. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Dengue fever. Furthermore, symptoms of Dengue fever may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Dengue fever.
List of symptoms of Dengue fever: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dengue fever includes:
High fever - up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Severe headache
Retro-orbital pain - pain behind the eye
Severe joint pains
Muscle pains
Muscle aches
Swollen lymph nodes
General weakness
Children get non-typical symptoms
Symptoms of Dengue fever: Symptoms of typical uncomplicated dengue usually start with fever within 5 to 6 days after a person has been bitten by an infected mosquito.
High fever, up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Severe headache
Retro-orbital (behind the eye) pain
Severe joint and muscle pain
Nausea and vomiting
The rash may appear over most of the body 3 to 4 days after the fever begins. A second rash may appear later in the disease.
Interestingly, most children infected with dengue virus never develop typical symptoms.
A doctor or other health care worker can diagnose dengue fever by doing a blood test. The test can show whether the blood sample contains dengue virus or antibodies to the virus. In epidemics, dengue is often clinically diagnosed by typical signs and symptoms.
There is no specific treatment for dengue fever, and most people recover completely within 2 weeks. To help with recovery, health care experts recommend
Getting plenty of bed rest.
Drinking lots of fluids.
Taking medicine to reduce fever.
CDC advises people with dengue fever not to take aspirin. Acetaminophen or other over-the-counter pain-reducing medicines are safe for most people.
The best way to prevent dengue fever is to take special precautions to avoid contact with mosquitoes. Several dengue vaccines are being developed, but none is likely to be licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the next few years.
When outdoors in an area where dengue fever has been found,
Use a mosquito repellant containing DEET.
Dress in protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes.
Because Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, be sure to use precautions especially during early morning hours before daybreak and in the late afternoon before dark.
Other precautions include
Keep unscreened windows and doors closed.
Keep window and door screens repaired.
Get rid of areas where mosquitoes breed, such as standing water in flower pots or discarded tires.
Most people who develop dengue fever recover completely within two weeks. Some, however, may go through several weeks of feeling tired and/or depressed.
Others develop severe bleeding problems. This complication, dengue hemorrhagic fever, is a very serious illness which can lead to shock (very low blood pressure) and is sometimes fatal, especially in children and young adults


High fever - up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Severe headache
Retro-orbital pain - pain behind the eye
Severe joint pains
Muscle pains
Muscle aches
Swollen lymph nodes
General weakness
Children get non-typical symptoms
Severe headache
Pain behind the eyes
Severe muscle pain
Slowed heart rate
Enlarge lymph nodes
Maculopapular rash


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Local is not a durian, it is not a rambutan. What is you know???

Persimmons from Penang, Malaysia?!!! YES. I bought this from a vendor in Pulau Betong. I was intrigued by this fruit I saw at the stall. I am being very honest (should I be embarassed?) that this is one fruit I have never seen before. I asked the vendor what fruit is this? He replied, Ang Kee. Huh? I have never seen such an 'ang kee'. He said it is and grown locally. For non locals, translated 'ang' means red and 'kee' means mole. That is our local dialect for persimmon. This is so interesting. I have never seen such 'ang kee' before. This is one red persimmon. I have to get a few. I have a picture taken of the two persimmons one from China and our local one just for comparison. Our local persimmon is one real huge one, no?

Persimmon from China. Orange in colour.
Cross section of the fruit. The texture is something like sour sop but the taste is sweet. Really sweet like honey.

Take a look at the seed, it is so much bigger than the usual persimmons I buy. I mean those from China. wondering what this fruit is called in our Bahasa.:o)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Beautiful Penang....scenes from the other side of the island

** continuation from ...Away from the hustle and bustle of Penang city
We are out of the orchard and back on the road.
A mosque
A Malay house kampung (village) style.

Closer view of Pulau Kendi

Pulau Betong beach.

Picnickers. Cheap and good form of recreation. Why not in times of the current economic situation?!
Just look at these beautiful sights.

So colourful. Fishing boats and roofs....

Estuary and mangrove swarms.
Inside a fishing village.
Fishes on a line! These are salted fish hanging on the line to dry. I love these 2 pictures.

We were heading for Georgetown when we saw this 'Pasar' (market) and thought we'd stop to have a snoop around. Every stall here are run by Malays and I think this is something like the Pasar Tani.
Picture here shows 'Yong Tou Foo' Malay style.
BBQ Honey Chicken. I find this fun and interesting. I bought a whole chicken home.

Stall selling fruits both local and imported.
Feeling thirsty? Feel free to buy the rainbow coloured drinks on sale here. Oh, they are so colourful.
Beef murtabak. Chicken murtabak. Mutton murtabak. All can be found at this stall.
Putu Piring. A local Malay delicacy that is cottony white. Texture is spongy yet cake like.
Mixture for the making of Putu Piring. Flour, grated coconut and brown sugar inside this pail.
The ever popular Satay! Notice the amount of sticks here?
How Satay is done.
You can either buy corn on the cob or corn in cups. This is how it is done.....steamed. (The lid has been removed for this picture to be taken.)
We decided to head for home after the market stint.
Teluk Bahang Dam.
Sun set at the Teluk Bahang Dam.
That's all. A good 6 hours plus journey to the other side of Penang Island. Weeee that was good!:o)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

...Away from the hustle and bustle of Penang city

We are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and going to an orchard! Our drive along the coastal road. Oh the sea...the deep blue sea. What serene views . Its been many, many years since I last visited an orchard. All I could remember of my last visit was.....rambutans stuck on a tree and lots of black ants. Being chided by my parents because I tucked my beautiful skirt into my panty to avoid the branches tearing my skirt! Those yonder is still so hilarious as I narrated the incident to hubby.
Road leading us to the orchard. Still quite a long way. A beginning to some nice scenery of greens.

Makeshift shelters by the side of the road. You can sample and buy durians, rambutans, etc here. Many will just purchase and have their fruits served fresh!
A typical Malay house in the countryside.
We just had to stop by for this....Balik Pulau's Assam Laksa. (For those who are not familiar with this dish, please read more on my food stops blog. TQ)

Part of Balik Pulau town.
A Chinese house in the country side.

Road leading to the orchard. Actually, we are already at the orchard.

Banana trees on both sides of the narrow road.
Durian trees on both sides of the road. We are at the end of these seasonal fruits season so there aren't any fruits left on the trees.
The man in the picture here, he is collecting the fruits that are wrapped in newspapers by the people who looks after the orchard. Over here in Malaysia, not all orchards are tended to by their owners. Some orchard owners 'lease' their land out and in return get a fixed amount of money yearly.
The road became too narrow and slippery for us to travel by car. We had to do a little 'treking' now. Up the hill......oh!!!!

An abandoned house. This orchard that we are in now has been leased out. There is noone staying here. The people only come by to collect the fruits.
Oh, an old rambutan tree. Still bearing fruits but not so nice ones.
Unripe mangosteens.
Another empty house.

Climbing further up the hill. Whooosh...this is tiring.
A rotten cempedak!
Phew.....we are at the top of the hill. Oh my, what breathtaking view.
A nutmeg tree.
Buah petai! Yes, those are buah petai hanging on the tree. I have never seen these on trees before. Buah petai are actually a kind of beans and they stink when you bite into them. They even make your urine stink when you pee but for those of you who loves them (I do), they are yum, yum, yummy.

Aha, these are juicy rambutans.

That 'little' island is Pulau Kendi.

Almost ripe mangosteens.
Gorgeous papayas on a tree.
You can even find chilli padi (birdseye chili) here.

Pomeloes too.

Take a look at the many nutmegs on this tree.

Now back to the car for the ride down hill. Oh look here...we have a hitch hiker!

Take a close look at this picture. The nets hung across the trees, these are to catch the durians when they drop off the trees.
The last few trees that made me go....oooh, gooo....gaaaa....ooooh.... the Buah Langsat (Lansium domesticum) trees. Isn't it awesome? The amount of fruits on the trees.

Now out of the orchard we go..............:o)
**there will be a continuation to this post.