Friday, February 19, 2010

Hyperprolactinemia

Dah seminggu headache ni tak hilang2. Sampai kena apply cuti untuk tido aje. Panadol? Langsung tak jalan. Walaupun aku jenis yang tak makan panadol, so effect dia sepatutnya sangat power rangers la kan. Tapi headache ni sungguh melampau sakitnye. Hmmmppppphhh!

Kenapa teruk sangat headache? Mungkin banyak sangat caffeine dalam badan. Balik Kangar asyik togok coke je. Kangar pulak super panas sekarang. Dry season dah kick in. Mak dengan bangganya tak nak pasang aircond dekat bilik baru anak-anak. Mak kata sape nak sila hulur ongkosnya~ Huh, lambat lagi la tu kan. Tido bilik mak je lah jawabnya... hehe

Mungkin jugak ni side effect penyakit terbaru aku ni. Ha... mari gemparkan seluruh dunia. Takdelah sakit kronik apa pun. Hyperprolactin. Sejenis penyakit hormone imbalance. Hormon prolactin ni semua manusia ada, dan dia akan active (untuk wanita lah) bila pregnant! Aku pregnant? Ya ampun~

Ceritanya, 6 bulan lepas pegi jumpa gynecologist sebab period cycle haywire. Tanak take things for granted lah kan, sebab ada case orang kena cyst dan jugak ovarian cancer detect dari period cycle tak tetap nih. Alang-alang jumpa gyne, buat lah fertility test. Nak jugak tahu, kalau dah kawin nanti boleh bunting pelamin ke? *hah gatalnye!* Ops, jangan pandang serong ye. Ramai yang beranggapan buat fertility test masa tengah bujang ni takde faedah. Anda salah ye. Tengok akhirnya saya tahu apa masalah saya....

Ok, from the blood test, dapat lah reading segala mak nenek hormone dalam badan. Confirm la hormone2 yang berkaitan dengan pregnancy-estrogen itu di paras normal *duh!*. Tup2, prolactin pulak menonjolkan diri. Terlebih paras yang normal. Dr pun ceritalah apa itu prolactin. Soalan dia "ada milk secretion tak?"

Aku? Terkejut tu dah la kan. Termalu pun ada. Of course la takde kan doctor. Kalau ada, tak payah saya susah-susah compare harga fresh milk antara Tesco dan Giant tiap2 minggu. hahaha. Rupanya prolactin nih akan active bila pregnant. Dia berkuasa dalam pengeluaran susu ibu ni. Ohhh padanla soalan tu. Doctor ni mengejutkan saya je.

Dr pun refer ke pakar yang sepatutnya, pakar hormone. 6 bulan jugak baru aku pegi jumpa pakar tu. Biasalah, ratu procrastinate. Balik google2, tak berapa nak faham so buat tak reti je. Tapi yang aku nampak adalah perkataan TUMOR! Hah kau. Tekejut bapak beruk dah ni. Then slowly baca balik, ohhh benda tu memang namanya pituitary tumor. Dia tidak sepatutnya active tapi dia boring gamaknya kan... Hikss..

Then tengok colleague pun kena nasib yang sama. Lagi kesian, trying to conceive punya lama tapi tak berjaya akibat cik prolactin nih la. Dia menghalang fertility tau. Tak boleh bunting pelamin la aku kalau tak treat benda ni kan.. hehe gatal lagi. *beria nye nak bunting pelamin, calon nya mana wei??!*

Anyway, setelah diberi kesedaran oleh colleague ni, aku pun pergi la jumpa pakar endocrinology kat Prince Court semalam. Asyik ulang alik Prince Court je aku kan. Sinus dah okay, ni endo pulak. Dr Faridah yang attend, sangatlah sweet and nice person. Since reading prolactin tu dah 6 bulan lepas, dah nak basi pun, so Dr nak amik reading baru. Dah expected pun. Boleh pulak vain aku main acilut dengan dr tu. Yang Dr dah cocok jarum kat lengan aku, skali vain tu lari pulak. Sakit mak ngah~

So kesimpulannya, takde apa2 perkembangan lah. Next week baru next appointment utk tau reading dia berapa. Misalan kata sudah reduce ke normal level, boleh la balik riang gumbira *dan bunting pelamin!*. Tapi andaikata reading tu masih di paras bahaya *eh taklah bahaya mana pun..saja over* kena la buat treatment seterusnya. Next step, MRI untuk locate cik tumor ni dan check size dia. Sebab dia active kan so dia membesar dengan sihatnya la dalam otak saya ni. Lepas tu, start la treatment nye. On medication je. Kalau dia degil tak reti2 nak surut, baru la pergi operation. Tapi tak mungkin kot? Jangan degil2 la cik tumor. Tak suka lah kena GA *general anesthetic* lagi...

Sekarang hanya duduk di rumah layan kepala yang berat mengalahkan batu. Effect dia jugak la migraine bagai nih. Kena pantang cokelat, caffeine dan jugak citrus-ish untuk kurangkan sakit kapla nih. Akhirnya kena jugak cerita dekat boss *dah nampak cam menagih simpati kann* sebab dah tak tertahan sakitnya dekat office tu. Terpaksa amik cuti untuk tido aje sebab migraine ni tak hilang-hilang. Nak tau lebih lanjut kisah cik prolactin? Sila google hyperprolactin =)

Malas nak tempek sini. semak je hahahaa.. Baiklah, kepada yang terkena tempias aku mengamuk semalam, mintak mahap la ye. Mungkin ada yang seronok tengok aku tengah kesakitan ni, lantak la kan. Tapi to find pleasure in other people's pain is just unacceptable to me. Wait til I laugh really hard on your pain and you'll know how I feel. I know you're just joking but joke is totally not cool for people having headaches! FYI.

Alangkah syoknya kalau ada orang tolong urutkan kepala eh....

*cheers*

Thursday, February 11, 2010

So Long…

..this blog was left without updates. Time really flies I would say. It’s been a month but I felt like it was only yesterday when I last posted my story here. *akhir zaman kot?*

Anyway, some heads up for this blog. I’ve completed 1 of my never-ending wishlist. I finally decided to own the Panasonic Lumix LX3, which is a compact digicam with awesome features and output like a DSLR. It took me quite a while to have a verdict. I always wanted to have my own DSLR, after been using it twice (the D40 and D90 – taklah, pinjam kawan punya je). But being lazy-fussy me, the thought of bringing the bulky box wherever I go is just not gonna happen. I will end up camwhoring with other people's camera I think.

The nature of my work also doesn’t permit me to carry that beautiful gadget around. I need to have my compact ready whenever I have inspection or during drilling operations, which means I often go to the rig, yard, warehouses, vessels, etc. where human needs to have full PPE-Personal Protective Equipment like hard hat, safety boots, coverall and safety glasses. So how can I have a full PPE for my DSLR then? *lol*

So I settled with that LX3. I have yet to explore the functionality of the camera. I’m always on the auto mode *pemalas sebenarnya*. I’m also not that artsy fartsy and I don’t really take good pictures *buta creativity*. So why waste my money on the expensive DSLR? *ayat penyedap hati sebab diri sangat tidak creative*.


Ok. Enough about camera. Next on the wishlist was to have my very own online boutique. I’ve had this dream of running my own boutique since I knew fashion. I love shopping and clothes are just simply the best goods to spend my money on. I started exploring my little entrepreneurship few years back *tak ingat actually bila mula ada spirit menjual*. When I was completing my degree, I helped my dad to sell few printers to my friends. Of course, all the money went straight into my bank account :p *rugi business papa-sorry*.

Then in my final year of study, I was hit by the reality when me and roomie (Fahimeh-I know you read my blog once in a while babe ;p) finally realized that we were about to leave the university and worst part of course, the scholarship! The lavish lifestyle that we used to have would disappear in few months time and none of us have any savings!

Just a little update on what we used to get back then: monthly scholarship of RM500, book allowance RM800 per year which I never used to buy books *pinjam buku library and make a copy je*, stationeries allowance RM150 per year, computer allowance RM3500 *mak guna beli sofa, and I got my computer FOC from papa*, and many more. On top of that, I had my monthly allowance from papa of RM300, my phone bills were paid by my mother and I have a car which I did not need to pay for the monthly installment. Spoiled? Yes I was.

The thought of not having RM800 per month really scared me to death. We agreed to have an extra income before we finish studying. We ended up selling burgers from door to door for the whole semester! *ye, saya adalah penjual burger suatu masa dahulu*. No, we didn’t cook it ourselves *boleh kena keracunan makanan pembeli-pembeli nanti*. We had an agreement with the abang burger who used to have a stall nearby our university. We got RM0.30 for each burger sold. *30 sen memang banyak la time tu. Sehari dapat la rm9 untuk makan extra sumptuous* We enjoyed the moment despite the tiring work. *Yelah, jalan naik turun tangga from door to door* “adik nak beli burger tak?”

That’s how I started doing business I guess. Though the profit is ciputly small, but I was happy of having it on my own. When I started working, I had the chance to travel to other countries. I first went to Vietnam back in 2008 for a meeting. The 2 days trip almost made me broke in an instant. The stuffs sold there were damn cheap and the quality was unquestionably good. I then bought few pairs of telekung and started to sell it to my colleagues. I made few hundred bucks out of it which was already good to me coz I can buy something else without worrying too much of over budgeting my peanut salary.

I then went there again last year with the intention of having a vacation *a paid one. Terima kasih*. But I was introduced to Tina and few other Vietnamese sellers at the Ben Thanh Market. They sell various types of kain ela – chiffon, English cotton, Japanese cotton, Vietnam Silk, etc. I bought quite a few pairs of chiffon and English cotton. Telekung was not in the list but I ended up bringing back 10 pairs of them. The response was very good that I finished selling everything in less than a week! I received good feedback from them, and some were not that good which I totally ignored. *nak murah and banyak choice, makcik boleh pergi sendiri. Sesungguhnya saya tidak langsung menghalang makcik*.

I then started planning on having my online boutique. I started taking orders for the telekung and planned for a trip to Vietnam again early this year. That was last month and explained the MIA of me from updating this blog. The 3 days trip was 100% filled with shopping. I bought lots of Vietnamese silk, chiffon, telekung, Vietnamese kids traditional clothes and many many more.

I launched *cewah mcm gempak pulak bunyi* my online store last month too. The response was not that overwhelming compared to the response from the makcik-makcik in the office. I guess online shopping needs more extravagant stuffs and of course, promotion! I was really tied up with my schedule. In January alone, I travelled more than 3 times and that simply distract me from promoting my online shop. But nevertheless, I managed to sell 80% of what I have in my store in 2 weeks. Thanks to my friends who helped me to promote my blog and of course to the buyers! Also those who supports me from far. It’s not really an easy job. It was really tiring, physically, mentally, emotionally. I may end up not having an online shop in the future. *mengalah kah?*

Tidak. I plan to have my very own shop in the future. I have a plan of renting a small shop lot for me to run my business. I get tired with 8-5 work and I think my interest in my work is slowly deteriorating. Then again, it’s just a plan. A plan that I wish I can materialize before I hit the big three 0. Pray for me people!

Oh don’t forget to visit www.niacabin.blogspot.com coz I have few items left which might catch your interest! Spread the words…………….. =)

*cheers*