Before and Now


This is how we looked together when my AYA was only 3 years old. Her facial expression resembled mine but actually she's prettier than me.
This is how we looked together when my AYA was only 3 years old. Her facial expression resembled mine but actually she's prettier than me.

And this is how we are now. She's a lot more beautiful and lovely. She has grown to be a fine young lady though sometimes we have different points of view and disagree to some issues concerning school and other teenage activities.

And this is how we are now. She's a lot more beautiful and lovely. She has grown to be a fine young lady though sometimes we have different points of view and disagree to some issues concerning school and other teenage activities.

In this modern fast-paced environment, the things which were considered luxuries before are regarded as needs of today's generation. Children of this digital age are learning and adopting quicker than the elders adjusting to the present society.

The new trends like mobile phones, music players, computer and other gadgets are affecting my concern to understand the young people's mind like my AYA. I keep comparing myself from her especially when I was her age. I'm the eldest daughter and she is my firstborn so, I seem to expect too much from her but I guess it's not right to put my shoes on her. The problem is not "generation gap" but diversity of opinions and behavior. If communication remains consistent and positive then we will both accept our own individuality.

Sometimes, it's better for parents to give children the chance to prove their point than to force them to do anything beyond their means. Authority is still in our hands. We just have to open our minds to a wider horizon... a new perspective. We cannot bring them to the world we used to live in, instead try to live with them in this quite strange lifestyle.


Macular Degeneration


MyeDoamin's Macular Degeneration

My eyesight has never been that good. I remember during my primary school years, I used to occupy the front seat because I could hardly read the lessons written on the blackboard. At first, I was reluctant to have my eyes checked and I just felt uncomfortable wearing eyeglasses. I never realized that it would lead to a more serious condition.

From then on, I had no other choice but to use corrective glasses and contact lenses. I was hopeful that my vision would get better, but the worst happened and now that I'm on my early 40's, I'm even more afraid to lose my sight.

Based on my earlier diagnosis and eye exams, I have a left lazy eye and my right eye suffers from high myopia and high astigmatism. I have visited several eye specialists and they have the same findings. One ophthalmologist even told me that my eyes easily age and that the cause of this condition maybe congenital in nature. I had that scar in my retina upon birth. There is a possibility of retinal detachment if not properly treated. But for now, I think I have this so called macular degeneration.



WHAT IS MACULAR DEGENERATION?

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss in Americans over the age of 60. It is estimated that 10 million Americans will experience this age-related visual impairment during their retirement years.
Macular degeneration is a disorder of the retina, the light-sensitive inner lining of the back of the eye. The macula is a small, central portion of the retina which is necessary for sharp, "straight ahead" vision needed for reading, driving a car or recognizing faces.
There are a number of abnormalities associated with the term "age-related macular degeneration." They range from mild changes with no decrease in vision to abnormalities severe enough to result in the loss of all "straight ahead" vision.
Macular degeneration does not cause total blindness because the remaining and undamaged parts of the retina around the macula continue to provide "side" vision.
There are two main types of macular degeneration, "dry" and "wet," both are discussed in the next section.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Aging causes the cells in the retina to become less efficient. Ultimately, deposits called drusen appear under the retina and can be seen during an eye examination and on photographs of the retina . A few small drusen may cause no decrease in vision (photo 1). However, if too many large drusen develop, vision will decrease (photo 2). Vision may also be affected when there are disturbances in the layer of cells below the retina called the retinal pigment epithelium. These two types of changes are known as "dry" and "wet" macular degeneration.  Dry is the most common form and currently, there are no known treatments for dry AMD.


I am not yet seeing an ophthalmologist now but I have plans for another series of eye exams and extensive consultation.


Simply Gone


Someone came into your life 
and you thought you've found the person 
who could share a lifetime with you.
But an unexpected circumstance caused an untimely end. 
The more you tried to work things out... 
the harder the relationship to survive. 
It's better to part ways than be together miserable.


mye domain's simply gone

IDerma products - My Maintenance


IDerma products
IDerma products

Because of these products, I feel flawless again. I am moisturized from head to foot. No more itchiness and good bye dryness. I don't have to take any antihistamine drug to stop or control the severe allergic symptoms.

Thanks to I Derma Skin Clinic located at Suite 908 Medical Arts Tower, The Medical City, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City and to Dra Irma G. Tan-Nunez, my sleepless nights are over. I thought there is no treatment to this chronic condition. I tried to follow the advise of another dermatologist to use any ordinary mild soap and lotion but the relief is temporary and the symptoms just keep coming back. I also tried to drink herbal tea to detoxify hoping that I would feel better. Then I realized that the only answer to my problem is : maintenance.

So I follow the instruction religiously and I do hope the attack will be lessened or totally eradicate the symptoms.

  1. Colloidal Oatmeal Soap - use as daily soap for bathing
  2. Oatmeal Bath Oil - apply 2 times a day before drying with towel
  3. Oatmeal Moisturizing Lotion - apply 2 times a day after bathing
  4. Clobetasol with SSA (salicylic acid) - apply 2-3 times a d day over lesions

So far, my ritual is effective and my fingers are resting for the moment... no more scratching please! I just hope this will continue for a long period or if possible, leave me for good.


Forgiveness


We are but
 HUMAN...
We are bound
to commit mistakes.
We cannot avoid being hurt.
We tend to cause misery
and make others' heart bleed with pain.
We are insensitive...
we ignore and never learn
to appreciate those who truly care.
We can hardly forgive...
We are more tempted to do
the forbidden than follow rules.
We PRAY when we are in agony.
We sometimes forget to
PRAISE HIM
when we taste victory.
We never realize the value of
LIFE
until it's gone.



Fixed Drug Eruption


My husband and I thought that it's only a birth mark but every time he has fever, the same spot gets reddish in color and gets even worst as the fever progress. When I visited my dermatologist, I asked her about this condition and she examined KIKO and was certain that fixed drug eruption (FDE) is the culprit.

Affected area with Fixed Drug eruption

What is this FDE?

A fixed drug eruption (FDE) is an adverse cutaneous reaction to an ingested drug, characterized by the formation of a solitary, but at times multiple, plaque, bulla, or erosion; if the patient is rechallenged with the offending drug, the FDE occurs repeatedly at the identical skin site (i.e., fixed) within hours of ingestion.

Causes of Fixed Drug Eruption
Clearly some sort of allergy is involved but exactly how an FDE arises and in particular why just certain areas of skin are affected, has not been worked out.

Symptoms of Fixed Drug Eruption
Fresh lesions are well defined, round or oval patches of redness and swelling of the skin, sometimes surmounted by a blister. This then fades to a purplish or brown colour.Local or general symptoms accompanying an FDE are mild or absent.

Diagnosis
Made on clinical grounds. Readministration of the drug confirms diagnosis but should be avoided.

Treatment of Lesion(s)
Identify and with­hold the offending drug. A newly erupted lesion of FDE presents as an inflammatory plaque, with or without erosion. Noneroded lesions can be treated with a potent topical glucocorticoid ointment or intralesional triamcinolone. Eroded cutaneous lesions can be treated with bacitracin or Silvadene ointment and a dressing until the site is reepithelialized. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (dermal melanin) may persist at the site of an FDE for months or years and does not respond to hydroquinone therapy.
We are not yet sure of what medicines may have caused Kiko's FDE. It's either the paracetamol or antibiotic but for the meantime, Dra. Nunez gave him a betamethasone cream to be applied on the affected area.


Skin Asthma - My Chronic Companion

"Sa dinami-dami naman ng pwede kong mamana sa aking mga ninuno... bkit ito pa?"

Nothing more I can do except to live with it the rest of my life. My severe asthma attacks started when I was pregnant with my youngest. I used to have Urticaria or hives when I was single but when I got married, it evolved into another form of allergy called Atopic dermatitis.

It is a very common, often chronic (long-lasting) skin disease that affects a large percentage of the world's population. It is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy. Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies, and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.

The word "dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin. "Atopic" refers to diseases that are hereditary, tend to run in families, and often occur together. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling. Dry skin is a very common complaint and an underlying cause of some of the typical rash symptoms.

Although atopic dermatitis can occur in any age, most often it affects infants and young children. In some instances, it may persist into adulthood or actually first show up later in life. A large number of patients tend to have a long-term course with various ups and downs. In most cases, there are periods of time when the disease is worse, called exacerbations or flares, which are followed by periods when the skin improves or clears up entirely, called remissions. Many children with atopic dermatitis enter into a permanent remission of the disease when they get older, although their skin may remain somewhat dry and easily irritated.

Multiple factors can trigger or worsen atopic dermatitis, including dry skin, seasonal allergies, exposure to harsh soaps and detergents, new skin products or creams, and cold weather. Environmental factors can activate symptoms of atopic dermatitis at any time in the lives of individuals who have inherited the atopic disease trait.

The CAUSES are still unknown, but the disease seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. There seems to be a basic hypersensitivity and an increased tendency toward itching. Evidence suggests that the disease is associated with other so-called atopic disorders such as hayfever (seasonal allergies) and asthma, which many people with atopic dermatitis also have. In addition, many children who outgrow the symptoms of atopic dermatitis go on to develop hay fever or asthma. Although one disorder does not necessarily cause another, they may be related, thereby giving researchers clues to understanding atopic dermatitis.

While emotional factors and stress may in some cases exacerbate or initiate the condition, they do not seem to be a primary or underlying cause for the disorder. In the past, there was some thought that perhaps atopic dermatitis was entirely caused by an emotional disorder.

I have read several articles about this illness but the TREATMENT may vary depending on the type of allergy and what allergen greatly affect each condition.

OVERVIEW:

• Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema.
• The skin sensitivity of this disease may be inherited and genetically determined.
• The patient's skin may be "super sensitive" to many irritants.
• Dry scaly patches develop in a characteristic distribution.
• Itching varies but may be intense and scratching hard to resist.
• Scratching can cause skin thickening and darkening and lead to further complications, including bacterial infection.
• Extremely dry skin can break down and ooze or weep.
• If the itch can be controlled, the rash (which is aggravated by vigorous scratching) may be more readily contained.
• Treatment of atopic dermatitis is centered around rehydrating the skin with rich moisturizers like Vaseline and cautious use of topical steroids to reduce inflammation and itching.
• Oral antihistamines are often necessary to break the "itch-scratch" cycle.
• Since secondary infections can aggravate the rash, topical or oral antibiotics may also be occasionally indicated.


Price Tag

We say that everything in this world has a price. Well, I may agree to that but the most cherished possessions are not being sold over the counter or online markets. It's not about the money. It's about value. Material things are temporary in nature.

One of the wealthiest man in the planet just died. An astounding human being, a futurist and a creative genius in the person of STEVE JOBS, has finally reached the end of his journey after almost six decades of existence. He has left a remarkable legacy that will forever be integrated with our lives. His innovative products are valued according to their quality and specifications while his life is much more than an Apple logo.




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