Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hysterosalpingography a.k.a HSG

Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is a radiologic procedure to investigate the shape of the uterine cavity and the shape and patency of the fallopian tubes. It entails the injection of a radio-opaque material into the cervical canal and usually fluoroscopy with image intensification. A normal result shows the filling of the uterine cavity and the bilateral filling of the fallopian tube with the injection material. To demonstrate tubal rupture spillage of the material into the peritoneal cavity needs to be observed. A synonym to hysterosalpingography is uterosalpingography.


I went for my HSG on Tuesday. It was definitely an experience I wouldn't want to remember! My gynea had mentioned that it will be a short but very painful procedure. My threshold for pain is quite high, so I thought it would be okay since I was given a very strong pain killer to be taken an hour before the procedure. BUT, what was suppose to be a 15-minute procedure, became an hour long!

The radiologist & her team were very nice, gentle, and attentive. She explained each instrument that she was going to be using. First off, the speculum. Then the balloon catheter (similar to the vacuum syringe shown above). It's a very thin rubbery catheter. She kept trying to put it in and get it into my uterus, but it kept taking a u-turn back on it's own. She tried again and again, still failed. Finally, she said she has to use the old method - using a metal cannula (it's a long metal rod as thick as a pencil, with a screw looking top). Oh my God, the pain at this point, was beginning to be unbearable. Yet, I told myself, let's get it over and done with it! They managed to get it into my uterus, but the moment the injected the dye in, the pain shot up from 5 to 10, and I still held on to it, and they immediately tried to take the x-rays while injecting the dye, but alas, the dye came out back!! It didn't go through the uterus and into the tubes! At that point, the pain was already surpassed 10. They had to re-do everything all over again. My energy level was going down the drain.

My case then was already considered an emergency case. And in the history of the hospital, I am the second patient to have encountered such complications. The doctor and nurses were feeling so pity for me. They had to SOS a gynea to come in. And the moment I saw the gynea, I felt a bit relieved. I have met her before and she's a great doctor. She is the head of the OBGYN for that hospital. She immediately got the update, and said to me, she has to remove the speculum and check to see what's blocking the catheter. She checked, and said I have a retroverted uterus. So again, starting with the speculum, she had to clip my cervix and get the nurse to hold it with one forcep, then clip my uterus and get the radiologist to hold with another forcep, and then she tried with the thin rubbery catheter, still no success. She had to use the metal cannula and after such agony, it was successfully in my uterus. The worst wasn't over! The dye! The most excruciating pain I have ever felt in the past one year doing all sorts of tests and scans etc! I was in tears as she kept injecting the dye and x-rays were taken. Oh my God! was what came out from me!

Throughout the procedure, the gynea kept telling me "I'm sorry sayang, I know it's very painful, but I have to do it in order to get this right", "I'm sorry sayang, I'm so sorry","It's usually not this painful and long"... One of the nurse even held my hands throughout the procedure and as the pain got worse, tried to keep talking to me to avoid me from passing out.

Poor husband of mine, was pacing up and down outside the radiology room. Thank God when they told me I have some complications about 15 min into it, I told the nurse, to please inform him that it's going to take longer than expected. When he saw the gynea rushing into the room, he had a feeling it's bad. And when he saw me being helped by the nurse to walk out, his facial expression showed it all. He didn't have to say a word, I knew how he felt. 

It's one procedure I do not want to repeat, ever! During the birthing process, you have the most magnificent gift after all the pain etc, to be able to hold your child. Oh, even for that, you can opt for an epidural!
Metal Cannula
Speculum

Sunday, December 25, 2011

More shoes!

Yeap yeap, I have more new shoes!
Thankewww hubby dearest!

First off, Florsheim's shoes! And guess what? It was on SALE! Yeap, Florsheim shoes are usually really pricey. You can't get a nice pair for less than RM200 (I think even this is too low a price for their standard). Hubby wanted to see shoes for himself and he was comparing between Pedro and Florsheim. The one he liked at Pedro didn't have his size. In Florsheim, nothing really caught his attention. But it caught mine instead! :p Take a look for yourself:



We even checked out Bata. If you want to go to Bata, make sure you go to their Sunway Pyramid outlet. The choices there are much more and they even have sizes up to 10 for some shoes.The below are Marie Claire's from Bata.


And my most favorite shoe shop - Pedal Works. Their outlet in Subang Parade was having a clearance sale. And guess what? Yeap, bought these two from there :) 
A shop where I never get disappointed! 


Oh, and I also gor a bargain at Aldo. Got the below for RM59! 



Btw, I didn't go crazy and buy all this in one day okay!?  :p

Friday, December 23, 2011

MAC vs Elianto

Now, some of you may think that this is not a fair comparison. Poor Elianto, will sure lose! Oh noooo, you are so wrong. Well, that is IF you faced the same problem as me. See, I am reviewing this from a layman point of view. Since I am learning, so I start from scratch.

 I bought MAC's primer. So many people told me, that if I want my make up to last at least half a day, I should go for it. Now before purchasing, I even googled it. Some international websites condemned it to the max. But our local websites, sang praises of it. And I thought what the heck, if I don't try it myself, I will never know. So I bought it. Spent RM105 for that little bottle. Asked the sales person how to use etc. I tried it on the first time, and saw now diff to my make up. Thought being so "new" in this department, I decided I should go back to MAC and clarify. The sales person told me, it could be my moisturizer. Too heavy. Ok fine, so I tried again, and yet, I was disappointed. Then I thought, give it a break, and try again, still the same. I ended up selling it off at 50% off to a colleague. Oh and mind you, I also tried their foundation powder.

Then I came across Elianto. I had tried their BB cream before (old packaging). And it was good. Decided to try it out again, this time the sales person recommended to go for the newer one that was available. I said ok. Bought that with their mineral loose powder and ended up getting a nail polish too. To my surprise, Elianto's BB cream worked really well. After about 5 hours, my face did become a bit oily. But I just blot my face and it's fine. No major issues.

One thing's for sure, I will never step into MAC again! Waste of money!





Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Back to the daily routine!

Yeap yeap, I'm back! I was kinda surprised to learn that this blog actually has quite a number of readers. Well, why wouldn't I be? When hardly anyone comments! Anyway, thank YOU for reading and being a follower!

What has happened during the break? Frankly, nothing to shout about. When you are at home, the chores are never ending! Cooking, cleaning, washing, laundry, ironing and repeat. But I did a lot of shopping for sure! Shopping within the limits eh! I look for bargains and sales! Anything that's nice and it's 50% & above off, makes me super happy! :p


Hubby mentioned that he is proud of me now. Dressing up a little, paying attention to how I look, not being stubborn when he wants to buy me nice things. I actually have 2 proper handbags now. It has always been a no brand handbag, or so so. For my first official branded handbag, it happens to be Guess. 1 was on sale, the other wasn't. Will take some photos soon and upload. Anyway, also bought new shoes (from Pedal Works, where else!). New clothes - dresses too, mind you! Yes, yes, photos will follow soon.


I went to even steam my hair! I have never done that! But I am not happy with my hair still. Always so dull & flat! Anyone care to share any recommendation of a salon around PJ?
I am also slowly getting back to wearing contact lenses too!

Quite a bit of a transformation for me.


Oh, how can I forget - my workout/training sessions!
The first week of my break, I only did it on one day as I fell sick that week. Not because of the workout, just caught the bug. Only managed the 2nd week. It will surely take some time till I see the difference. But I know, that with patience and determination, it will happen! I have my living, walking example - my husband! Even his wedding band now is so lose! Arrghhh  heheheh  Any kind of diet doesn't work for us. It's so true what the experts say, exercise, exercise, exercise!

On another note, my TTC journey is going on good. We are very happy with the doctor that we are seeing now. He is at FMGC. He immediately told us, IVF is at the very last option. And it's not right for any doc to direct us to it without trying out other options and finding all the little details! So, it's time for re-test. But we don't mind. It's better to check everything in detail rather than jumping the gun. My HSG will be next week. A little scared, but thank God hubby is by my side.


Ahh back to work yesterday. So wish I was already a full time housewife, with a part time business and a mom! :p   Dreaming big! Hahah

Friday, December 2, 2011

On a short break!

I decided to take a short break before I begin on my new contract. Yes, I am on contract in this great MNC. Hubby and I will be going to our final "second opinion", before the journey of IUI/IVF begins for us in Jan. Frankly, I have mixed feelings. To be going through all those tests again, sigh. For all we know, the end result will be the same: Nothing is wrong.

Anyway, I will also be starting my fitness routine. Hubby has been doing it for quite a while now, and he has lost a lot of weight! Well, if it is not seen on the scale, it's definitely shown physically! He wears smaller shirt sizes now. Ahhh, now I can't be left behind with the same stagnant weight! I need to do something too! And what's the best way to do other than doing it the healthy way?

We have a personal trainer. Actually I know him since college days. He was always the "big brother" in our group. Looking out for us girls. Ensuring we are safe wherever we are, even in the college itself. And to top it off, he was and still is, a true gentleman. He speaks so humbly that it makes you wonder, there are still guys like this exist (except for my hubby dearest - who is humble and all things nice towards me only - to others, dream on! hahah)


When hubby and I began to seriously put on weight - I decided, enough is enough. So who do I call?
It has been an awesome journey for hubby. I didn't want to enrol, as I was worried about the training affecting our TTC journey. Despite knowing that the training are all customized to suit each individual. But yet, I was being paranoid.

But now, I am over with all that paranoia. What can be more important than being healthy?


For all those who are looking for a personal trainer, but also the one that doesn't come with terms & conditions, email me. There's no penalty, no general program, no late payment charges, no sessions being burnt - basically, no nonsense!

Looking forward to my first session next week  :)