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Katie and Chubs

May 10th, 2014

Cats are usually susceptible to manges and roundworms, especially if they stray outside our home.   Manges in cats are also referred to as feline scabies and it causes severe skin infections. However, roundworms are acquired through consuming infected worm eggs from soils, eating an infected prey animal or the most common, being nursed by their infected mom.   Typically, roundworms are round, up to four inches long, and white to pale brown in color. They stay in the intestines, soaking up much needed nutrients from the cat’s diet.

My sister, Katie has a 3 year old Siberian cat named Chubs which she constantly takes care of. She enjoys grooming Chubs every week and spends her spare time playing with him. We often tease her because she treats her like a baby. Whenever she goes home, she is always so excited to see Chubs as if she is her mom.

One night, Katie got home really exhausted that she went straight to bed without having dinner. She slept so soundly until the next day, then she got up and was so worried that she forgot to feed Chubs. She called Chubs but he did not respond. She even tried finding him on different parts of the home and even our backyard, but to no help. Tears started rolling down her eyes, crying for help as our mom comforted her. We told her that Chubs will be okay and he will come back. We helped Katie on posting and handing out posters about a missing cat in our neighborhood. Some neighbors told us they’ve seen a cat similar to the one on the picture a few days ago. That made Katie feel optimistic on finding Chubs but at the same time, she got so worried that he might get hit by a car or attacked by dogs. Days passed and Katie’s depression worsens, Chubs still wasn’t around. While we were eating dinner on a rainy night, we heard loud knocks on the door with some purring and scratching. Katie jumped out of her seat and opened the door. Our neighbor John was outside holding an umbrella and Chubs. Chubs jumped into Katie’s arms as she hugged him so tight and she was in tears. John told us that he heard loud purring in their backyard and he checked it out. He saw the cat up in his kids’ treehouse, so he got up and rescued him. Good thing, he recognized that Chubs was the cat on the misssing cat’s flyer and promptly went to our house. We were so thankful to Joe so we invited him to have dinner and hot cocoa with us, but he told us that he needs to get going.

Chubs is shivering madly as Katie heats up water to bathe him. She was feeding and bathing him when she found out how much fur Chubs lost. I told her that Chubs needs to get a checkup as soon as possible. The succeeding day, Katie went out with Chubs for a medical examination. She told the doctor what happened as she shows Chubs’s hair loss.   The doctor also found lesions under his stomach. The doctor explained that the mites cause the cat to scratch, therefore making him lose hair and develop lesions. Chubs was prescribed with a lime sulfur insecticide dip and Ivermectin to be mixed with food. He was also advised to be bathed everyday and to be dewormed as a precaution. The doctor explained that he may have also been contaminated with roundworms when he was outside for days. Roundworm in cats can be easily treated with athelminthic or deworming medications.

When Panic Attacks

June 20th, 2014

My mom had a history of panic attacks whenever she hears about accidents and death of loved ones. I don’t know how and when it started. I used to nag her to consult a doctor, but she told me it will pass. I remember when I had an accident a few years ago when I fell down a horse. I was happily riding when suddenly, my horse just gone insane. He just kept on jumping, I tried holding on to his collars and neck but I still fell down. It’s a good thing that he didn’t step on me. I heard people asking me if I’m okay. They carefully brought me into a van and transported me to the nearest hospital for a checkup. I had a few rashes and scratches, but I was fine. I just needed to rest and catch my breath, but the doctor insisted to at least get an X-Ray. He also told me that they’ve already notified my family about the accident. I was lying in bed and I heard a lady crying, calling my name. My mom rushed inside my room just calling my name over and over while crying then she stopped and begun to hyperventilate while holding her chest. I was so worried of her so I called my siblings on the phone. I told them they needed to come to the hospital right away because our mom was having a panic attack.

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After a few minutes, the doctor entered my room and told me my mom’s condition. I was right, she had a panic attack. She had an anxiety chest pain when she held her chest during the attack. My mom was advised to be confined overnight to monitor her vital signs. She had a 140/220mmHg when she had the attack. If the panic attack takes place for a week, she might need to take supplements for anxiety like anti-depressants and benzodiazepines to regulate the attacks . The doctor explained further while my siblings and I listened.

Panic attacks are periods where a person has an overwhelming feeling of fear, doubt and anxiety which can last for a minute or even hours. It arises out of the blue, without any caution. Frequenly, there is no clear logic for the onslaught as they may even occur when you’re relaxed or asleep. The effects can vary as it may occur as a heart attack, stroke or a nervous breakdown.

Panic attacks show many signs and symptoms such as chest pains, heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, nausea and light headedness. Preventive measures include deep breathing exercises to keep the patient relax, avoiding caffeine and smoking as it induces palpitations and irregular breathing and introducing relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation.

We should always be aware if a family member has had episodes as it could save a life. I’m glad that my mom is recovering quickly without the need to take medications. Recently, I convinced her to try yoga with me to divert her attention from all her fear, doubt and anxiety. I also want to teach her how to meditate so she can further manage her attacks even when she’s alone. She was also advised to cut down her coffee intake as it induces heart palpitations.

Family Weekend

August 25th, 2014

Our family has great family ties. Even now that almost all of my brothers and sisters already have their own families, they still make time for a family get together once a month. We have a grand barbeque day on my parent’s vineyard and we even invite our workers and their families to join us because we also treat them as our family.

Last weekend, my brother brought in a couple boxes of rib eye steaks and he told us that his boss gave it to him as a bonus. It was so heavy that he had pain in right arm. I told him that he should have asked for some help and he said that he would be okay. We were all so thrilled to eat the steaks, especially our dad, who is fond of eating meat. He is also an excellent cook and he asked us if he could use his special marinade recipe on them and we agreed. He used paprika, olive oil, rosemary, cumin, salt, pepper and basil on them and he let them sit for a couple of hours before cooking them. The women were in charge of making the side dish, so we roasted veggies like broccoli, potatoes and eggplants, which we drizzled with olive oil and with some salt and pepper to taste. On the other hand, the men were in charge of grilling the marvelous steaks that our brother brought. After an hour, we have cooked all of the batches of meat and veggies and I must say that they smelled fantastic. Our meal looked scrumptious, as out dad could not wait to get a hold of them.

Our dad was the first one to get his steak and he really enjoyed them. I saw him went back to the buffet table for a number of times. I asked our mom about how much he had eaten and I was told that he already had four servings of steak. After a few hours, we were all alarmed about what happened. Our dad told us that he has numbness on left arm and we suspect the he was having a stroke. He also added that he was having nausea and some headache. Our brother, Chris quickly called 911 and he told the phone operator of the situation. He was told that it would take the paramedics to arrive in five minutes.

The paramedics got in time earlier and we were glad about it. They took his blood pressure and they told us that it is a bit elevated at 170/100mmHg. My mom and Chris accompanied our dad in the ambulance, while we got inside my sister’s van to go with them to the hospital.

Our dad seemed okay when the doctor saw him. The doctor told our dad that he needs a number of tests like a full blood work up and an MRI to see if there were brain damages because of what happened and it would take a few hours to get his results. He suggested my dad to calm down and rest until we know his real condition. He was also advised to refrain from eating red meats, oily and salty foods. Our mom told him that he could just eat fish and chicken breasts instead.

Mom is Bored

October 1st, 2014

My mom and dad used to own a winery, but they decided to give it up because of their age. They were so kind enough to pass it on to me for free, but I told them that I would try to pay them inch by inch. My parents told me that it was really for me and I declined because I know that they have worked hard for it and they should also reap the benefits of having a very successful winery business. I told my best friend Judy, that my parents are going to turn over a new leaf and they wanted me to be their successor, but I still wanted to buy it from them and I needed a business partner. She told me that she has enough money to be my partner, but she could not deal with the winery and her family simultaneously. She asked if she could be a silent partner and I told her that it is okay, although we still had lots of things to talk about the winery.

I have been really busy for the past few months, but when I have time to spare, I go down to my parent’s home to visit and see how are they doing. My mom and dad were always surprised that I still have time to visit them because they know how tedious running the winery business is. I told them that I would always find time for them. My dad told me that my mom has been a bit bored in their house as she was always finding things to do. My dad added that my mom has been very moody lately because she was tired of just relaxing in their home. I asked dad if he would like me to buy her a pet and he agreed. He asked me about what am I planning to buy my mom and I told her that I still do not know what to get her. I would just inquire and browse around the pet shop.

I went to the pet shop and saw many pets what would make my mom happy. I asked their sales clerk about what is the most popular pet for oldies and he told me that someone bought lionhead bunnies, similar to those at www.mylittlebunnies.net, a while ago and the buyer told him that it was for her mother’s birthday. I told him that bunnies are great, but I asked him what sets the lionhead apart from other bunny breeds. He told me that they look unique as they looked like they have scarves reminiscent of a lion’s mane. I find them so cute. He also mentioned that there are single maned and double maned breeds. He added that they are very easy to take care of, as they just need the basics like water, food and some exercise. I thanked the sales clerk and told him that I still have to decide about what to buy. I told him not to worry because I will not leave their shop without buying something.

Change is Not Always Good

November 2nd, 2014

I have a pet Dobermann Pinscher named Dom and I love him so much. He is very high-spirited, alert and intimidating, but at the same time, he is very lovable and loyal to me. As much as possible, I try to tend to him every day, but whenever I get busy with my winery business, I sometimes ask my assistants to feed and care for him.

During the past few weeks, I am not proud to say that I have neglected him because we had problems with the production of wine, as we were short of work force. I have not seen him in days. Yesterday, my assistant told me that Dom had many broken skins and lesions. He added that he has been scratching himself for the last few days. I asked him about what happened and he told me that he did not have any idea. He added that they changed his dog food brand because the pet shop ran out of stock of his old, reliable brand.

I told my assistant to cancel all my meetings and schedules because I am taking my time off this afternoon because I will bring Dom to the veterinarian. I reminded him to not to hesitate to call me if any problems arise. I went to my dog’s cage and hugged him tightly. I am really sorry what happened to him and I would never let this happen to him again.

Dom and I went to his veterinarian. Dr. Adams was surprised by my visit because I normally call him up before going to his clinic. I told him that I did not have much time, so I just walked into his clinic with my dog. I told him about Dom’s wild scratching that led him to his condition. I also shared with him that we recently changed the brand of his dog food and the doctor looked it up in the internet about its ingredients. He told me that it looks like that he has corn allergy symptoms. He added that it would take him time to be sure about it so he asked me to take necessary precautions about the allergy. He asked me to revert back to his old brand if possible.

The doctor also prescribed Dom with allergy medicine for dogs to prevent further scratching. He gave him an antihistamine in liquid form. He instructed me to mix it with his food or his drink so he would not taste the medicine as much. He added that with Dom’s weight, I should give him 50 milligrams of medicine every eight hours until his symptoms subside. He also reminded me to clean his wounds every day with povidone iodine. It is also advisable to bathe him every day to prevent infections on his wounds. I thanked the doctor for his time and useful advises. I told him that I would go to a number of pet shops later to find my dog’s old brand of dog food.

Small Things

May 7th, 2015

Have you ever experienced doing something that you have done a thousand times before, yet get in trouble doing it, like it was the first time you have done it? Well I have recently, and I am feeling a little bit stupid about the whole thing. I have done that simple thing since I was young and my father even told me how to do it, so I really had no reason not to do it correctly now, or do I.

Well believe it or not, the thing I was talking about, of all things, is with the tying of my shoelaces. Apparently I had big trouble doing it this morning and I got myself a bruised ego as well as a finger sprain to show for it. I was just tying up my shoelaces like normal, as I have done so many times before without any hitch whatsoever, and then the unthinkable happened.

I was bending over for a long time in tying them and got a little bit lightheaded from all the blood rushing to my head, so it may have got something to do with my accident. Not that I was putting the blame away from myself but it did happen. Then as I was rushing up to standing position, one of my fingers got stuck in the bow of my shoelaces and stayed there.

I never did get to full standing position, not even half of it. The moment I felt something pop in my hand I stopped moving entirely and my body was left at a precarious angle as against my legs. Good thing I was beside my bed when all of that happened as I fell sideways, partly from the pain that came and partly from the dizziness that was there from the start.

It was like some sort of slapstick move in some comedy movie that happened to me, more like the cartoons that I watched when I was a kid and very far from what is generally expected from me at this age. I didn’t move for some time as I was unbelievably thinking about what has transpired just then.

Did I really do that? Apparently yes but certainly not on purpose. Heck, even my grandfather, hand and finger arthritis, advanced age and all, will tie his shoelaces perfectly, and without any trouble, but not me. Maybe I like to infuse drama in everything I do so this really had to happen.

Oh my, I have got to focus on things a little bit better, especially on the small things that I seem to have taken for granted. I know that big things start from little things, up until the point that it has grown so big that you can’t handle them anymore. I hope it will not come to that.

I got up eventually, still holding my injured hand. I placed some ice on it and took some pain pills to dull the pain a little. Did what I was supposed to do and came close to knocking my forehead on the door. This really must not be my day.

Skin Problems

November 28th, 2014

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that occur among us. There are three major factors that contribute to the formation of acne, which are overproduction of sebum, build up of bacteria and irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of the skin. It is regularly seen on the scalp, face and back. Back and scalp acne are not the most noticeable problem unless you have very short hair. Facial acne is most visible especially those big nodular acne. Some people tend to get embarrassed which results to having issues with self-esteem.

There are many types of acne such as blackheads and whiteheads, papules and pustules and the last, nodules and cysts. Blackheads are the open types and whiteheads are the closed types. Closed types are harder to treat than the open counterparts. They can also be called comedo for singular and comedones for plural. Papules and pustules are small bumps that appear on your skin and have a rough texture. Typically, they appear on the face, but may appear on other parts of the body as well. A nodule is a bit similar to a papule, but it is much bigger in width and depth.

The common factors that trigger breakout of acne vulgaris’ are hormones, certain medications, diet and heredity. During puberty, girls and boys have hormones called androgen that increases during the period, causing the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Medications like lithium and corticosteroids are also known to cause acne. Studies show that certain foods like bread, rice, chips, milk and cheese, which all have high carbohydrate content also triggers it. Heredity also plays a role but don’t fret because you can avail of several acne treatments in the market.

All forms of acne vulgaris have treatment solutions to treat nodules. It has effective components such as benzoyl peroxide and topical retinoid. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most usual and best acne treatment solutions found in products that prevent and treat acne. This ingredient works by killing off bacteria found inside the clogged pores. When used in combination with other acne treating products, it can be an effective solution for nodules. Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives used for many ailments of the skin.  They are the most important topical treatment for acne because they prevent pimples by utilizing our natural defenses against acne in multiple ways. They come in ointment and cream forms and are available in pharmacies around the country.

Prevention is always better than cure. You can prevent new acne breakouts by washing your skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day on acne prone areas. It does not only cleanse your skin, but it also washes off dead and dry skin. Always take a shower after exercising or doing strenuous work as oil and dirt may trap dirt on your skin which can also lead to breakouts. Use an over-the-counter product that has benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which can create a barrier between your skin and the bacteria. And lastly, don’t stay under the sun for too long because the sun’s ultraviolet rays may increase inflammation and redness. Wear a sunblock and protective clothing if it can’t be avoided.

Baby Alert

April 5th, 2015

If there is one thing in this world that by itself would put all people in any vicinity into a panic, when something is wrong with him or her, would be nothing else but a sick baby. Yes, they surely can do such a thing. When a baby is in trouble then you can expect civility to take a back seat and calm and composure to be thrown out the window entirely. That’s always the sort of attention that babies do command every time apparently.

We got firsthand experience of exactly that thing just recently when my sister’s month and a half old baby had newborn diarrhea at our house last week. Well let’s just say everything in our house was not the way it should be during those times, and it was truly hard on everyone, especially my sister, who took the brunt of all the crying and fussiness that the baby could offer. Well she’s the mother so I guess it’s her responsibility anyways.

We were also kind of expecting that reaction from the baby as he had been feeding quite a lot lately. Experience tells us that the baby is in the middle of newborn growth spurts and that he needs all the nourishment he can get, to be able to go through that phase of his growth, hence he breastfeeds almost non-stop.

Maybe it’s instincts that keep telling the baby to feed more so he does and where does all that excess milk he keeps on gulping up go? Nowhere else but out of his system and all at one time, hence his diarrhea. We have gone through that phase a lot of times in the past and we know it to be normal. We are a relatively large family so you can say that we had lots of practice beforehand.

Of course that did not stop the event from rattling all of us as a sick baby creates havoc wherever he is. All of the things we are working on had to stop and we had to focus all our attention on him, as that is just how things are when it comes to babies really.

We were also guarding against other things that might happen to him during these fragile times like being dehydrated because of all the fluids that is leaving his body, or perhaps the effects of all that crying that he has been doing all that time, and other simple things that may grow into bigger things if left unattended.

We just took the down time in stride and just used it to rest and bond amongst ourselves as we had been really busy these past couple of months. My very own vineyard is about to be fully functional and we all have been looking forward to its grand opening in two weeks time. That is my baby for the time being and I’m going to take good care of it like it was really a baby, up until the time I finally get a real one.

Natural Remedies

December 22nd, 2014

My family and I spent last summer in Key West, Florida because we were invited by our relatives who lived nearby.  I missed walking down the beach with the sand on my toes and spending time with my family at the beach.  I love reading and tanning under the sun as the waves gently touch the shores.  I’ve brought my high SPF lotion for protection as I don’t want any problems encountered this time.
Five years ago, I have completely forgotten to use sunscreen lotion so I had a second degree sunburn, more about this condition can be found at www.harmfulrays.net.  I didn’t know I was burnt until I got home and had a shower.  It was so painful, especially when I tried changing clothes.  It was really an eyesore because I have burnt back and arms.  We didn’t have a burn ointment at home so my Aunt Judy handed me vinegar for the sunburn.   I asked her if she was kidding, but she told me she wasn’t.  I applied it on the affected area, it was so stingy but I withstood it.  The next day it was less painful when I applied it and I think it was healing my burns.  Days flew by and I was still applying vinegar on my sunburnt skin. My aunt said it has strong anti-biotic properties.  She also gave me aloe vera to soothe my burns because the gel has anti-inflammatory properties and it has also no known side effects.


My aunt is very knowledgeable about these things.  She has many reading materials about natural remedies.  She also has a big garden containing herbs, spices, vegetables, medicinal and ornamental plants.  She taught me very interesting things about using plants to as medicines.  Contrary to beliefs, medicinal plants can cure just like chemically modified ones.  It is also healthier because it’s natural and of course, it’s free.  The advantage of using herbal medicines is that it’s easy to grow.  You just plant them in a good place, see them bloom and  they don’t need too much attention.  They just need water, sunlight and oxygen like the usual plants.
She taught me varied ways on how to use herbal medicines.  For burns, cuts, frost bites, rashes and wounds,  you can use aloe vera. Use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder to make a paste out of it.  Apply the paste on the affected area 2-3 times a day until it heals.   You can also use mashed poultice for burns, rashes and wounds.  Just apply it on the affected area and let it be absorbed by the skin.  They are used to lessen inflammation, enhance blood  circulation and accelerate the healing process of cuts, scrapes and burns.  For her vitamin supplements, she first dries the roots, leaves and flowers of Echinacea which is an immunity enhancer.  She grinds the dried roots, leaves and flowers and places them into a black capsule that she bought from the pharmacy.  She reminded me that it should be weighed so as not to overdose because the capsule should only have a space for a 500 milligram dried herbs.
My aunt inspired me to make my own herb garden in our home.  It’s going to need a lot of work, but I know it’s going to be worth it.  I’m planning to start with basil, aloe vera, rosemary and lemongrass and  I’ll go from there.  I hope I can also inspire people just like how my aunt inspired me.