Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics

Finally, today is the day!

After 2 weeks of wearing eyeglasses to work and drive, I am scheduled for the screening for a Lasik procedure.  Hopefully, after the screening, I will be fit to undergo the actual procedure.

My not perfect vision was inherited from my parents.  All my siblings wear glasses too!  My eyes have been defective since I was in highschool!  

I was wearing glasses before, but it is so hard to move.  You can’t do physical activites because your eyeglasses might fall or worse, a ball might hit my face and break my glasses!

So I resorted to wearing lenses everyday since then.  I can even put my contacts without looking in a mirror. Eyes get dried up and can’t breathe because the contacts cover them.  At night, when you are already tired and just want to go to bed, you would have to remove, clean and store them properly.  

What pushed me to have a procedure done now?  I feel like the contacts I wear gets stucked to my eyes even if I want to remove them already.  Feels like something is being ripped off my eyes.

Fortunately, my cousin referred me to Shinagawa Lasik, she had her procedure done last year.  Just like me, she’s always had contacts as well.  And now, she’s  free of them!  

Opened at 9am.  Arrived 830am.  Started my screening around 930am.
There are a few steps for the screening.

First. Usual checking of the eyes with 3 machines.

Second. Manual checking.

Third. Went into the dark room.  Checked my eyes with about 3 or 4 machines.

Fourth.  Stingy drops. 3 drops at that! First drop.  Wait 5 minutes.  Then second drop.  Wait another 5 minutes.  Third drop.  Wait for an hour.  

After an hour.  Checked my eyes again with 1 machine.  

I waited for about an hour to get my name called for the last step of the screening process.

Fortunately, Shinagawa is ready for the patients waiting.  There is WIFI, TV and a water station in the lounge.  Patients don’t get bored easily.  Oh, couch is comfy also!

This is me waiting.  Eyes blurry because of the drops.

Dr Dinglasan, Head of Lasik Department, checked my screening results and my eyes and gave me the go signal to have the procedure done.

Talked to my Consultant and paid for the procedure.  

I had lunch then it’s waiting time again. We have to shuttle our way to the Ortigas clinic because the machine here in Enteprise Makati is under maintenance.  I will be going to Ortigas later about 3pm.

Excited! Glasses and Contacts Free in a few hours!

We left Makati around 3pm and arrived at the Ortigas clinic at about 345pm.  Waited for Dr Dinglasan to arrive around 5pm.

After the Doctor arrived, we were called to start prepping for the procedure.

We washed our faces.  Then we were lead to a room where we waited again.  This time we were given our post op kits.  Then asked to wear operating gowns over our clothes and asked to change into inside slippers.  

The post op kit consisted of our goggles, antibiotics, and medicine drops.

Nurse explained the use of our post op kit which we will use for 1 week.

Goggles to wear when we are awake.  Patches for sleeping.  Drops every 3 hours with interval of 2 minutes for the steroids and the anti infective and 1 hour for the lubricant. Mefenamic for pain or discomfort.

After the procedure, there will be a post op check up tomorrow.  The next one’s after a week.  Then a month, 3 months and 6 months.  After which, it will be the doctor’s call already.

Nurse already put anaesthesia on our eyes.  I can feel the numbing already.  We are 9 here in the prep room and I am just waiting for my turn.  Then 15 minutes of procedure, give or take.  

It was a long wait again.  Felt my stomach growling but left with no choice.  This is the most important part of the day.

Finally, I was called for the procedure.  Laid down on the operating table.  Dr Dinglasan has relaxing music playing and he was even singing.  Atmosphere’s relaxed.  

The only part that was painful was the eye clamping.  The tool that makes our eyes open.  Other than that, it’s all flashing and bright lights.  Plus the total darkness.  15 minutes tops, I am done.

Eyes blurry and fresh from the procedure.  Wore my goggles.  Sent home finally, almost 12 hours in the clinic!

When the last drop that was put dried up, can’t open my eyes anymore.  There was a tingling feeling, not painful, it’s like something caught in your eye.

Put my patches on and I slept on it.

Woke up so early.  Removed my patch and yes, I am 20/20 again!

Feels so good!  Definitely a good investment!

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Tonsilitis – Take It Seriously

It’s my first post for the year and guess what, it is me battling Tonsilitis!

Never knew Tonsilitis could knock me out like this.  It has been almost 4 days now.  Started with chills and slight fever on Tuesday night.  No signs of inflammation of my tonsils yet so I thought maybe I was coming down with the flu.  Didn’t sleep well that night so it resulted to on and off headache.  Not to mention the body ache I felt, well uhm, for the whole body.   

All of these symptoms were at least somewhat bearable, I slept through it the whole Wednesday.  But this time though, I was having difficulty in swallowing already.  So my hubby checked my tonsils and boy, were they inflammed!  

The hardest and most painful part is just plain swallowing.  Minimized my food intake already but needed to force myself to eat as I started taking antibiotics already.  Even water’s having a hard time passing through.  Started gargling with Listerine as well but doesn’t seem to make any difference.  

Body ache and chills vanished the 2nd day.  Feverish still.  But pain in my throat is just unbearable.  Nothing like I felt before.  Makes sleeping a little hard also.  Unless it is already 4 in the morning and your eyes just shut off by itself.

Staying at home in exile makes the internet my bestfriend.  Checked out home remedies and tried the lime water with salt for drinking. 

Also tried gargling apple cider vinegar mixed with little bit of water.  You can feel the sharpness of the vinegar.  Just doing the process is so painful for my throat. Gargling makes you gag and if I gag, the pain triples.

I was hoping I could go back to work on the 3rd day, hoping that my apple cider vinegar gargle will lessen the inflammation when I woke up.  But hey, it is still the same.

Still gonna continue gargling with both Listerine and vinegar.  Still gonna take my antibiotics.  I need to tough this one out.

This Tonsilitis already took 3 days away from me from New Year’s 1st week and it’s painful for me, literally and figuratively, and it’s pretty hard for the kids as well.

You see, as I have mentioned, I have been exiled in another room away from the kids for the same number of days as we are preventing the virus / bacteria to transfer to anybody else.  

Can’t help with the chores as well, thankful that my husband and our househelp are taking care of the kids while I can’t.

So there, that sums up my journey in battling Tonsilitis.  Will keep you updated.

Update *01.06.2017

I have tried the home remedies and have taken 5 capsules of self prescribed Erythromycin.  The inflammation has worsened and the pain is going up to my right ear already.

Decided to go to E.R. to have my condition checked.  

Upon seeing my tonsils, the doctors already kept pushing the idea of me being admitted for proper treatment of my tonsilitis.  My tonsils are kissing already!  Meaning the airway has almost been blocked due to the severe inflammation of my tonsils.  Doctors don’t want me risking myself and get to the point where I will have difficulty in breathing.

I opted not to be admitted and promised the doctors that I will religiously drink my oral meds and do all their reminders.

I also had 1 dose of antibacterial med injected through IV for faster result.

Stayed a total of 4 hours in the E.R. tonight and I am grateful that my husband was there with me.  We were even laughing about my condition knowing that I can be better in a few days.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

For now, it’s hands free for me!

Update* 01.09.2017

Getting better and definitely on my way to recovery!  Nothing beats total and complete rest for 5 days!  

Have been taking my meds round the clock, once every 6 hours.  Too strong that I needed to take a nap every time.  A little head ache here and there, part of its side effects.  Tonsils still swollen but not painful anymore.  Can now swallow and eat normal food, just as long as it’s not hard and sharp.  A raspy throat is better than a painful one.

Update *01.15.2017

Finally off my antibiotics, but as advised by my pharmacist brother in law, I need to take Probiotics to cancel all “cancer-prone” particles I could have gotten in my antibiotics.

Not much to lose if I follow right?  So I am taking Erceflora now.  Doesn’t taste good.  So better have some candy or anything that could cover the taste every time you take it.

My tonsils are not swollen anymore, not 100% ok though.  Still has a feeling of raspiness and when I swallow, I still feel a little bit of something.

Don’t take Tonsilitis for granted.  It’s painful and it’s a serious disease because you might not be able to breathe if your tonsils close your air passage.  If your tonsils are big, try to gargle water with salt as a precaution.

The battle is  not over but I am thankful that everything is better now.

Maybe I just needed to slow down and have REAL REST.  My body couldn’t take it anymore.

Thank you to everyone who said their prayers and to everyone who were concerned.

Love you guys!

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Family Mode: Contractubex

With kids who are always on the go, it is hard to keep them out of trouble.  Trouble may not always mean that they did something wrong, it may mean that they have encountered something bad. 

One of these bad things may be wounds that will eventually lead to scarring.  Fortunately there is Contractubex to minimize the scarring or if not, erase the scar altogether. 

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My daughter had a scar on her arm and it’s beginning to get keloidy.  So before it turns really ugly, I have started applying Contractubex to said scar at least thrice a day. 

This is how it looks now, I will continuously update this post as we go along.  So that we can check if it’s effective.

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I hope it is effective so that my daughter can get her clear skin back.

Update – 01.28.2016

How the scar looks after 1 week. Not much of a difference.
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Update on D!

July 7

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Taken just now, her dry skin starts to peel off.  Still putting Bactroban on the insect bitten wound, but for the dried and expanded parts of the skin, we are applying Physiogel.  Physiogel is what I use to moisturize the kids’ faces.  I cleared this with the Doctor and he said ok.  This will help her skin remoisturize as it’s all dried up because of the swelling. 

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What is Cellulitis?

About 2 weeks ago, my little D had an ordinary mosquito bite on her right lower leg that she kept on scratching, so the bite mark just kept on getting bigger and deeper.  We didn’t mind the bite that much as we thought it was just a regular bite.  We put cream on it and that’s it. 

No swelling, no redness, no fever, until noon of June 30.  Beside her previous bite was a tinier bite which immediately caused her fever and some swelling, or so we thought.

Within that 24 hours of the new bite being found, she continued experiencing redness, swelling in the same area, and her fever doesn’t go down.

Our pedia suggested we see a Surgeon who specializes in these cases. Immediately after seeing her leg, the Surgeon said that D must be confined at once. His diagnosis: CELLULITIS.

What is Cellulitis?

According to kidshealth.org, they define Cellulitis as:

“Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body. It often begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch. Then bacteria invade and spread, causing inflammation, pain, swelling, warmth, and redness.”

The bite that D kept on scratching was already infected and we didn’t know. If she didn’t have high fever, we would have not seen a doctor and it might have been too late.

Her laboratory results showed that her white blood cells are high. It meant that her body has bacterial infection and her body is producing white blood cells to fight said bacterial infection.

Cellulitis, if left untreated, can result to more damaging scenarios.

Treatment
D was administered 2 kinds of antibiotics to kill the bacteria that have entered her skin. The fastest way to cure Cellulitis is through admission of intravenous antibiotics especially if the case is severe. She took Clindamycin and Unasyn through IV. If doctor’s diagnosis is just Mild Cellulitis, then taking oral antibiotics would be enough.

Antibiotics must be taken in a 5 or 7 day cycle to ensure its effectivity.

Prevention
Now that D is okay and we are likely to go home tomorrow, I would like to discuss what we could do to prevent a simple mosquito bite from becoming threatening cellulitis.

1) Be aware of the insect bites your children may have. Even little bites may be harmful. As long as there is an opening where bacteria can enter, it should be properly observed and monitored until fully healed. As our doctor advised, when there is even the littlest sign of opening, it is best to put some antibacterial cream like Bactroban. This is my new bestfriend from now on.
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2) Of course, children especially active ones will always get scrapes or cuts every now and then. That is normal. Just make sure that these are immediately washed with clean water and soap. After which you could apply some antibacterial cream. Cover the wound with some bandage or gauze.

Any wound can be infected if not properly treated, and we may not see it on the outer skin as the bacteria thrives inside the skin.

Let this be a lesson to all of us. And let’s not forget that this is applicable to both children and adults.

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Hospitalized by Insect Bites

To my fellow mommies, please be aware of the insect bites your children may have.  As much as possible, don’t disregard these as something ordinary.   I learned this the very hard way.  Those simple bites turned into Cellulitis which I will be discussing on a separate post.

June 30
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I was already in the office when Hubby called and told me that our youngest is having a fever.  Since hubby and mother in law were out, I monitored her through phone calls with her yaya.  At first, my daughter was still her usual self, we talked on the phone.  It was a mystery to us why she was having a fever, she doesn’t have colds or cough.  We thought, maybe she has “pilay” and for her toddler age of 2.5, that would be normal.  Later that day, she’s so tired she’s just lying on the bed and if a child with fever isn’t up and about, then that’s something scary.

When hubby came home, daughter still has fever, her lower leg swollen unlike anything we have seen before and then they noticed a bite on the swollen part.  The bite’s super tiny, but its damage was pretty huge.  D has a previous bite that she kept on scratching, so it doesn’t dry up but we were pretty sure the swelling didn’t come from that, or so we thought.

I got home and I immediately sent pictures of her leg to her pedia.  He told us to let her take Ceporex for antibiotic and to put some Bactroban cream.  Whole night we were restless because of her condition.

July 1
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Still with fever and swollen leg even with her antibiotics, we decided to take her to her pedia. Her pedia suggested we see his Surgeon friend. And so we did, we were so scared because the Surgeon told us at once to confine D because of her condition, which he diagnosed as Cellulitis. He told us that it was the best thing to do. He even showed us some pictures of the worst cases he handled. It was so scary. He strongly suggested confinement and IV treatment in the hospital.

We coordinated with our pedia and he said confinement was the best thing. So we went straight to the hospital and admitted D.

This was the 1st time a child of ours would be hospitalized. Seeing my precious little D fighting with all her strength as we pin her down for insertion of dextrose was just heartbreaking. She was crying and shouting and screaming and I was crying inside too. But I can’t show it to her. I needed to be extra brave so she can be brave too.

Finally, she stopped crying. However, since she needed to take Antibiotics for her condition, they have to make some Allergy tests a few minutes later. This meant 2 injections again. It was very painful for a mother to see her daughter in pain. At such a young age, she experienced all these. My heart was breaking.

Nightime went by easily. Hubby took the 1st night duty in the hospital since I haven’t had much sleep yet.

July 2
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Next morning, D was still traumatized, everytime our door opens and someone she doesn’t know comes in, she gets terrified. You can really see in her eyes how terrified she was. I felt helpless, I can’t do much but to comfort her and just hold her hand.

As with her condition, the first to go away was her fever. Since the infection was already being treated, the swelling slightly lessened. The redness was still present though.

July 3
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Thanks to the Minions, D was distracted. Since it was the 3rd day already from her traumatic experience with the needles, she was now happier and feeling a lot better. She is now friends with the nurses and the doctors. She learned how to use only her right hand and disregard her left hand.

By this time, she was back to her usual self, jumping around even with her dextrose on. Playing with her toys. And gaining back a little appetite.

Her leg has eased up on the swelling, some parts are totally back to normal, while some badly hit by bacteria parts are still not responding to the antibiotics.

July 4
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We thought we could go home by lunch today. But as the doctors advised us to just stay and complete the 5 day cycle of antibiotic through IV, we were left with no choice but to stay until Monday.

Yesterday’s jumping around continued until today so the dextrose was disconnected from D’s vein. She had to go through another insertion with her right hand. I can’t bear to look at her go through it again, so I just let hubby take her to the room to reinsert her dextrose. As expected, she was crying when she got back to the room. And, she’s back to being terrified with the nurses.

Her leg has a big improvement today. The swelling is gone. The wound is drying up. I just have to be on the lookout for her scratching 24/7.

July 5
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D’s leg is clearing up. Swelling is gone, a little redness here and there. The parts of the skin that expanded are now drying up. The wound is definitely dry.

Intravenous Antibiotics are still ongoing. Cycle needs to be completed.

She is happier now. Not that scared with the nurses anymore. When they come in and check on her, she will tell me “they are just checking mommy”. I always tell her that they will just check her and they will not do anything to her. So she got it from there. The antibiotics and dextrose are all just water she needs and she’s okay with that.

July 6
Finally, this day has come. But unlike patients who get to go home by noon, we were extended until almost 5pm in the hospital. There was a shot of Clindamycin she needed to take at 4pm, to complete the cycle.

When her dextrose aka STRAW was taken away, she was so happy and excited to roam around the room and go up and down the chair. She felt so free!

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She even danced and sang the Nae Nae.

When we got home, this was how her leg looked.
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The parts terribly damaged by the bacteria has thoroughly dried and is peeling off to give way to new skin.

We really are on our way to recovery.

Thank you for the prayers and the concern! D loves you all!

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Sick and hating it!

Yesterday, my head ached so much! I thought it was just one of those mini headaches caused by lack of sleep! I just popped a paracetamol ibuprofen to make it go away! Little did I know that when I get home, I will be down with fever and a super headache once again!

I thought sleeping will make me feel better, it did not! Worst thing was, I wasn’t able to sleep with my daughter for the first time! Might get fever too according to my hubby! 🙁

Today, I woke up a little better. No more fever, but there’s still headache, and my body aches like crazy! I do hope that resting and paracetamol can do the job! I can’t afford to get any sicker!

I can’t play with my daughter, I can’t go to work! I can’t do a lot of things!

So there, I am still sick and hating it!

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What is Kawasaki Disease?

When Dr Alex, Daphne’s pediatrician, told me that Kawasaki is the opposite of Dengue and that to treat it would need confinement, that alone scared the hell out of me!

In Dengue, the blood platelets decrease.  In Kawasaki, the blood platelets shoot up!

So upon getting home, I immediately looked up Kawasaki on the net.  Turns out it’s a disease which was named after a Japanese doctor who discovered it, Dr Tomisaku Kawasaki!

Kawasaki disease usually affects children below 5 years of age. Experts still don’t know what causes the disease. But it’s a disease which involves the mouth, the tongue, the hands, the feet and the skin. If left untreated, it may cause severe heart problems to a child.

Fortunately, when recognized and treated early, children diagnosed with this disease can fully recover in a matter of days.

I read from KidsHealth that the symptoms of the Kawasaki Disease come in several phases.  The first phase which lasts for 3 – 5 days usually involves the following:

  • fever that comes and go, as high as 39 degrees celsius or 104 degrees fahrenheit
  • redness in the eyes
  • swollen palms of the hands and soles of the feet
  • very red rashes on hands and feet
  • strawberry tongue / tongue with goosebumps like dots
  • red, dry and cracked lips
  • sore throat
All these symptoms Daphne had, that’s why I was so scared! I can’t wait to see the results of her CBC that night!
Of course, with all these symptoms the child has, the child would be extremely uncomfortable.  He wouldn’t even want to eat.
The second phase would begin within 2 weeks of when the fever first started.  And the symptoms would be more severe:
  • fever is still persistent
  • peeling of the hands and feet
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  •  abdominal or joint pain
Experts advise to call the doctor when experiencing these symptoms.  But I suggest that even on first phase, you go see the doctor to prevent any damage.
Because once the heart is affected, it would be a long journey of treatments and medications.

Please read my next post – Treating Kawasaki Disease – to learn how to treat KD!

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