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.

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

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  :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trying to Conceive

As the year comes to an end, it also marks 1 year since our journey of TTC started.
We have done all the tests that we have been asked to do. We have been to a few different hospitals which in turn means, we have seen few different doctors.
The verdict: Nothing is seriously wrong with either of us.
The solution: 1 specialist just said to my face without hesitating: "Well, what else - IVF!"  To him, being 30 years old, we shouldn't wait any longer.

When I heard that, I was upset and angry.

That was in April.

Thereafter, we still continued to try. We went to a couple of other specialists, and to date, no good news.

It has indeed been a roller coaster ride.

At the beginning of the year, I was very emotional and hopeful.

By second half of the year, I came to a point where I just "gave up" on hoping and decided to just be happy.
I couldn't see my husband trying to put up with my depression state every month. How he tried his very best at every juncture of the day to make me smile and laugh. How he just let me cry, without trying to 'console' cuz at that time, I didn't want to hear any kind of consolation. May God bless him always. For only I know how much he has been there for me. No one can do what he did for me.

Despite being positive, and not even think about TTC, nothing materialized.

Our appointment with the reproductive specialist is in January, first week. In one of the general hospitals. I have postponed that appointment twice, as we decided that it's best we try for 1 year instead of jumping the gun. There is no way I can postpone again as the nurse has already warned me, if I do, I may not get any appointment in the first 6 months of next year.

I have no idea what to expect. Costs for IVF done in private hospitals are very pricey indeed. It can range from RM12,000 to RM20,000 for the first cycle. That is something we can't afford. So I am hoping that the cost in a general hospital would be way cheaper. But how cheap can it be?

If it''s no less than RM5,000 - I may not even want to go ahead with it.
We have lived with each other for 6 years 9 months... We are happy. Having a child will be a blessing. But to spend that much with no guarantee it will be a success the first round - I'm not willing to do so. Unless of course we strike a lottery!

I lived my life as a married woman for so many years killing that instinct of mine to be a mom. I allowed the instinct to come back into my life since we moved out from my MIL's. But hey, I am sure I can kill it again if need be. Though I know, it's going to be very difficult.

And no, if we can't have a child of our own - we'd rather not have one at all. As selfish as that may sound, but that's our decision.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Comfort Food

Hubby and I have been seriously ill for the past week. It all started last Friday night. He was down with fever, cough, flu and of course with all that, body ache and headache had to accompany him too. By Sunday, he was super bad, despite being on antibiotics and meds since Friday. Had to rush him to a nearby clinic and he was given a cold compress immediately as his fever was 39.8 and rising. The doctor told me that I have to monitor him every 2 hours. And Sunday night, I caught the bug! Until today, we are both still recovering. This has been the worst bug ever. Someone even told me "hey, maybe the next thing you know, you are pregnant!". Yeah, I wish. To top it off, my periods came a week earlier! 

Anyway, back to the topic, we all have our own comfort foods. For me, I just wanted to have khichaddi or our version of porridge. The original version is just fragrant rice, lentils and spices. But I of course had to have my twist to it. I took out my pressure cooker, put it the washed brown rice - once the whistle blew twice, I added cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, lentils, carrots, onions, ginger and green peas. Let it boil and cook for another 2 to 3 whistles. Then of course, add salt and pepper to taste. And I added a little bit of raisins. Yes, no frying anything, and no oil. Oh and btw, if you want, you can add 1 tablespoon of ghee right at the end. Best served with fresh home made yoghurt! Yummiee! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Epilator vs Shaving vs Waxing

Yeah, I've tried it all. And the winning prize goes to......

*drum roll*

The Epilator!
Yeap, the epilator gives the best results!

Now coming from someone who can't run away from having lots of hair everywhere (oh c'mon you dirty minded people!)... For my facial hair, I have no choice but to do a full face threading every two weeks at least. Yes, it hurts!

For the hair on my legs, I used to wax, once in a while, but then it started becoming too pricey to be spending money on waxing every now and then. Like I said, I have lots of hair. Then I started shaving. Every other day, if I have to. All of a sudden, last week, I recalled I had an epilator. My sister in law gave it to me many years back (well, at that time, she was yet to be my SIL, and mind you, she's been my SIL for almost 12 years now). I used it a long time ago, and decided to try it out again. And what do you know, it never failed me! No wonder I didn't discard it! No stubs, no inner hair growth, no itchiness - just smooth hairless legs! I used it last Thursday, and till today, there's still no sign of hair. Isn't that awesome?

Seriously, thank you my dear SIL, for giving me this awesome gift!

As I write this, I also remember a friend of mine, R, who uses an epilator too, and she has smooth sexy legs each time I see her. Now, how can I have forgotten about my faithful epilator!

All you need to do is spend some time as it is more time consuming than shaving or waxing. But maybe you got to do it only once a week (Or maybe even a fortnight!). Imagine, no worries of suddenly walking out wearing a skirt or a 3 quarter pants and realizing you forgot to shave! And no need to deal with itchy legs after shaving! I hate that feeling!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nasi No Lemak!

Its name is a Malay word that literally means "fatty rice" - wikipedia

As Malaysians, we can't run away from the fact that we love to eat Nasi Lemak! No matter how much we adapt a healthy lifestyle, nasi lemak is not something we will never eat. Hubby and I are no exception!

But I make my own version of nasi lemak. It's without the 'lemak' i.e. without any coconut milk. It tastes almost the same as how it would if you'd use coconut milk. Key word: almost the same.

For the first time I cooked petai. I have never eaten petai in my 30 years of existence. A friend of mine gave me some peeled ones, and I decided to make petai + anchovies sambal for the nasi lemak.

Nasi No Lemak!
Wonder why the egg looks so glistering when so little oil was used.
Must be the lighting I suppose.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A wee bit of shopping & pampering

Last weekend, I had a UTI attack (yet again!). So my weekend was quite bad. On Monday (it was a PH), I was feeling better, so hubby decided to take me out as I was running out on my facial wash. Ended up, I did a manicure pedicure and bought a couple of things too! Hubby was of course very happy that I shopped for myself!

If I do need to get a manicure pedicure, and it so happens we are in MidValley, I will make my way to MJ Nails Spa in Metrojaya. They are very friendly and professional. I have been to quite a few nail salons, but always feel not welcomed. At MJ Nails Spa, even though they can't speak really good English, they still try to have a conversation with you, and offer suggestions. It's really cozy despite being in a small space. Anyway, I just fell in love with the color!

And for the first time, I own 2 fancy belts! Hey, stop laughing! I'm taking baby steps in the shopping / dressing up department okay?!  :p

Soon, will do a review on Biotherm facial cleanser from a layman point of view.


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