Archive for July, 2006

weekend with mom/apartment move

we spent the weekend at my mom’s place and we were so happy — since it’s bonding moments again.

Of course, i missed how my mom cooked the viands for lunch and dinner, We went straight home there after Friday’s work and we went back to our homey yesterday afternoon.

mom ordered pizza from Pizza Hut and we enjoyed the Sausage Filled Pizza. Thanks to the palm card, another box of pizza will be given for free but we had to upgrade it to sausage filled pizza too.

we really had fun spending the weekend in my mom’s house..plus a bonus supply of our rice which came from the province. our rice dispenser is full again.

When we arrived home, we went to see the row houses which are vacant.

Unfortunately, we did not want that interior, there are pests na within the stairs….we are eyeing another unit but then we’re still waiting for them to confirm when they will be leaving.

This is another unit that we’re eyeing. hope the one occupying it will decide finally to leave.

OB findings /moving to another pad

We had another visit with my OB – Infertility doctor at Asian Hospital.

All tests had been read and finally, I will be able to know if we can have a baby or not.

The results of the series of tests are as follows :

  1. TSH ( Thyroid Stimulating Hormone )

RESULT : 0.955 Miu / L – within reference range

NORMAL VALUE : 0.465 to 4.68

NORMAL FINDINGS – GOOD RESULT

  1. URINALYSIS

All physical exam ( color / transparency ) – NORMAL

Chemical exam ( glucose / bilirubin / ketone / sp gravity / blood / ph / protein . urobilinogen / nitrite / leucocytes – NORMAL

Microscopic Exam by Flow Cytometry

Includes : RBC – 11.7 – ­ ( normal range 0 – 3.8 )

WBC – 1O.7 – ­ ( normal range 0 – 3.6 )

Epithelia cells – 20.6 ­ ( normal range 0 – 3 )

Type and bacteria – within normal range

DIAGNOSIS – UTI ( Urinary Tract Infection )

TREATMENT : was prescribed antibiotics to take 3x a day for 7 days

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9 months wedded bliss

time flew so fast….we reminisce the days we no longer live apart and it’s been 9 months since we got hitched.

My hubby has been always a good cook. he cooked for dinner last night my favorite food, KARE KARE….super sarap…a way to my heart is thru my stomach…..baliktad di ba ?

anyway, i’m proud that my hubby has the passion for cooking so i’m blessed that i can eat the food i wanted.

Happy 9th monthsary baby! He woke up this morning and kissed to greet me.

I prepared a breakfast for him…i bought yesterday one among his favorite deli — with cheeses…

shopaholic fever / blog template revision

Done with the update of doing my template blog which i really hate the most…i really didn’t end up having the one i really loved…had several revisions and yet, it just seemed to be a real headache causing work for me…

I haven’t been posting recently, not because i don’t have somethin to post but because i’m hooked on some addictus Sophie Kinsella Books.

I am currently reading the SHOPAHOLIC SERIES by Sophie Kinsella

My 1st Read – CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

This book isn’t a burden to read, usually i get easily tired with books, but Sophie Kinsella just knew how to get readers be hooked on this series. It is fully satisfying.

This book shopaholic just made me one a SOPHIE-holic. It kept me laughing all the way. I loved Sophie,

This book is about Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she’s never looked better….

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it — not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

A good read which kept me checking out other series….

the 2nd series I have read, SHOPAHOLIC TIES THE KNOT

I love Becky Bloomwood, i am impressed how she handled all the stress in wedding preps. I can relate to her since I have been once a bride.

I could relate Becky’s mad desire to spend money, and even though she came off as dumb and irresponsible and the plot was simplistic, it was an okay read.
Becky Bloomwood is a Brit living in New York with her boyfriend. Early on in the book they decide to get married. Becky’s mother, a stereotypical middle-class unsophisticated twit, jumps at the chance to plan a tacky wedding at their home in England. She plunges into it full force, while at the same time the groom’s mother, a conniving, sophisticated rich snob, is forcing the couple to have an unlimited expense wedding at the Plaza. Only Becky knows that there are two weddings being planned. She is being seduced by the glamour of the New York wedding but also knows that her parents have their heart set on planning their only daughter’s wedding. So throughout the book she is planning to decide which wedding to have and how to weasel out of the other one.

The novel has the same quirkiness as Kinsella’s other Shopaholic tales — this time with a growing cast of characters, each more likable than the next. This novel also has a more serious aspect to it when Luke is thrown into emotional turmoil and Becky, for the first time, is called upon to support her husband-to-be and forget her own problems. We see the two of them come together and work through pain and all the while Kinsella keeps us laughing.

3rd book…SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN

The book is narrated be Becky Bloomwood, a financial advisor from London. Does that sound boring to you? Good, because it doesn’t really interest her either. She does a segment on a morning show in London, giving financial advice to people who call in; but her entire life is based around when she can go shopping.

The premise of the book is simple: Becky Bloomwood starts to suspect trouble when she realizes that her boyfriend, Luke Brandon, is hiding something from her. Then she finds out: his job is transfering him to Manhattan, and he has invited her to go with him.
While in Manhattan you hear bits and pieces that add to the general plot of the story (which is based around Luke Brandon, and someone plotting to sink his company), but not a whole lot.

I will forwarn you: the bulk of this book is spent listening to Becky Bloomwood’s shopping experiences. In the previous book, she managed to pay off her debt, but apparently hasn’t paid one bill since she paid off her initial debt. You can live vicariously through her as she strolls down 5th Avenue and takes in all the shops, and then snort at her attempt to hide her shopping endeavors from her boyfriend.

The best part of this story is that you really will learn how an actual shopaholic thinks. Of course the outcome is completely unrealistic, and it probably sends a bad message to anyone out there who really DOES have a problem with credit cards (because, like in the previous book, the actual resolution to this book is in the last few pages, and seems a bit fake).

This book is fun though. If you want to escape to Manhattan and live vicariously through the two weeks of glamour, then it is indeed worth the few hours you could spend reading this book. It’s written in a very witty sort of way – I have a strong feeling it’s autobiographical, but this book is great with describing scenes of situational irony and I did find myself cracking up a number of times, or thinking “I think that exact same thing! I didn’t realize that other people did too!” For example, there is a portion of the book where Becky decides to take a tour of the city, and she holds of the group by stopping and peeking into store windows. Eventually she reaches her mecca: Sax Fifth Avenue. While listening to the tour guide describe this “holy” place, she does not once realize that he is in fact describing St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

4th book …. SHOPAHOLIC and SISTER…which i haven’t finished reading

I’m not even halfway reading the book…

But this is about the honeymoon getaway of Becky and Luke…

Becky Bloomwood is married to Luke Brandon. After a ten month whirlwind honeymoon, they decide to head back home to England early and surprise family and friends. Becky ends up being the most surprised when she finds out her best friend Suze has a new close friend, and in her absense her parents have discovered Becky has a half sister, Jess.

Growing up an only child, Becky is thrilled to discover she has a sister, and is determined to make up for lost time. Unfortunately, Jess doesn’t feel the same way. Becky soon discovers how very different her and Jess are. Becky still has her shopping problem, and insists on helping Luke land new clients for his growing business. The wrong type of client lands Luke in hot water and creates a strain on their marriage.

Her parents act highly unusual to the return of their only daughter after almost a year and seem to be hiding something, her husband who had changed while they were on honeymoon becomes workaholic again, and her best friend has no time for her any longer now that she has two new children and a best friend who understands the hard work of motherhood.

Not long into the book Becky discovers the secret her parents have been trying to hide, she has a sister that her father knew nothing about until not long before. Desperate to make a connection to her long-lost sister and to find a soul mate to replace the best friend she believes she’s lost, Becky throws herself into connecting with this sister, all the while trying to help her husband with his business and keeping their finances above negative, a feat hard to do seeing as she is a shopaholic. Becky’s sister turns out to be the exact opposite, she hates shopping and is very frugal with her money and cannot stand the fact that Becky wastes so much money.

Towards the peak of the book Becky finds herself in strife with all the people that matter most to her, she and her sister fight with harsh words over their differences, her husband is furious with her interferences with his business and her secrets of finance, her best friend and she are too hurt by one another to talk to each other, and her parents are striving to work hard at their marriage. No one seems to have time for Becky so she sets off to try and correct her wrongs within herself and become a better person, thus trying to mend her broken relationship with her estranged sister.

Shopaholic books are great for me…..light read…enjoyable…best in killing boredom….

Thanks to my sister Xianne who lend me these books as part of her collection.

Looking forward to read other books of Sophie….

a sad note

kept on browsing from search engines, more and more about this diagnosis i found out as a result of my trans vaginal check up.

Septated Uterus —- how sad it is, that I’m one among who has it…I’m actually at the lowest part of my lows in life, because this isn’t an extraordinary case….

I admit, i don’t want a baby yet for now but since my hubby wanted to have 1, i have been cooperating for a month to do our very own…baby to be named :

Xeane Ysab Zchecka – baby girl
Xean Yves Zach – baby boy

But all of this just seemed not to be possible….I had to check with my OB since the results will just be forwarded to her since we still have series of tests to be done this coming Saturday to check all of the work up she will do for me.

I googled Septated Uterus and here’s what i have found out…

A septate uterus is a developmental anomaly: the uterus forms from two separate ducts, the Muellerian ducts, into two separate horns that lie side-by-side. The side-walls between the horns dissolve, forming a single uterine cavity. Failure of the wall to full resorb is a uterine septum.

A septum is usually without symptoms, except it contributes to miscarriage ( this frightens me so much! ) because the tissue has little or no blood supply (the developing placenta taps into the maternal blood circulation as its source of nutrition. A septum is not a cause of infertility.

An hCG level doubles every 2-3 days. AFter 4 days, there should be at least a doubling in value. A lesser rise is very guarded. A gestational sac and yolk sac without a fetal pole is most consistent with a blighted ovum.

Septate uterus is a uterus that is divided into two cavities by an anteroposterior septum. Septate uterus is an anomalous or difficult childbirth or labour.

the appearance in trans vaginal film print out


Septate uterus can occur as a consequence of problems with the blocked uterus or birth canal or with the fetus. However the definition is inaccurate, it occurs in about 1% of vaginal births. It is frequently hard to predict septate uterus but there are well known recognized factors. In spite of proper obstetric management, fetal injury or even fetal death can be a complication of this obstetric emergency.

general check up w/ infertility doctor

I’m sick since Saturday, having this bad cold and cough. so i had to consult doctor and was on leave yesterday.

Since I never had my monthly period for the month of june, which is not new to me anymore, and had been 1 among my problems ever since, i can’t drink antibiotics, coz we suspected pregnancy…though it appeared nega in the MEDIC pregnancy kit which we tried 3 weeks back.

I went to Asian Hospital yesterday for my Pulmo check up, I told the Pulmonologist that i can’t just take meds coz i might be pregnant…She endorsed me to the OB to have it checked.

It’s my second time to visit OB but my first time for a general and tedious check up and I’m quite nervous. I had visited OB 1 time due to my amenorrhea ( absence of monthly period ), but suggested me to just take provera. so it was just like an ordinary visit to a physician.

I met Dra Cecilia Cruz-Reyes, OB Gyne and Infertility Doctor of Asian Hospital….and found her so nice so my fears have all gone. She was a very young doctor around 30-35 range of age, and very accommodating. She will explain everything just for me to understand the medical terminologies. I don’t even want to tell her I’m a nurse so she will not assume that I know everything, I want to be treated just like the usual patient.

She had physically inspected my breasts, abdomen and the private part….At first, I was too shy to spread my legs, ( maybe this is the initial reaction of someone having such physical inspection for the first time….never had pap smear even before, for i know, i only had 1 sexual partner in my life and that’s my husband….She put on her gloves and did digital inspection to check my uterus if in place and she declared that upon physical inspection, it seemed to be on a different position — she had introduced the vaginal speculum and chose the smallest one since it was my first time…..the introduction of the equipment was just ok, feeling cold on the inside when it’s inserted….she had to get a discharge for the pap smear test……she found everything to be ok and declared infection free upon physical inspection and Internal Examination.

For further checking, she suspected and anticipated that there might be problem on the inner part so she suggested Trans Vaginal Exam.

She wanted to found out the cause of my missed monthly periods for this is 1 among the causes of not having a baby….my ovulation is not good and it should be corrected.

Had to undergo several more test :

Trans Vaginal
Pap Smear
TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone
Fasting Insulin
Urinalysis
and a lot more, which i can’t remember anymore

The result of Trans Vaginal was quite bad….

There’s a tendency that Implantation is hard to take place unless corrected.

Here’s the reading of the Trans Vaginal result :

SEPTATED UTERUS AND BILATERAL POLYCYSTIC OVARIES — findings which made me cry and worry so much.

I just hope after all the tests and findings, it’s not a big problem to have a baby for us.

My hubby is really wanting to have one…..

so sad!!!