Tuesday, July 29, 2008

HEALTH: Fasting BS

-If the requested examination (like FBS) requires NPO (non per orem or nothing by mouth)-

Before collection (extraction)...
The commonly-asked question: "Did you 'fast'?"... (huh?)

FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar) is a SCREENING test for diabetes. In other words, it only suggests that other testing needs to be done.

In healthy individuals, the blood sugar level will take 2 to 5 hours to return to normal after a meal.

But why is it recommended to undergo overnight fasting for at least 8 hours?
> When having a Fasting Blood Sugar, it is important that everything is cleared from the system.
Therefore, the result of the fasting blood sugar is MOSTLY accurate, if the patient fasted for at least 8 hours before collection/extraction.

The normal values for fasting blood sugar (American Diabetes Association):
>From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.4 mmol/L)

However, reference values (in most tests) vary from one laboratory to another because laboratories employ different methods for the analysis of the analyte.

In addition to FBS, RBS (Random Blood Sugar) is also a test for measuring blood sugar level, but it does not require fasting.

MEMENTO: I must say that it is important for the patient to discuss his questions or concerns regarding his laboratory test result/s with his doctor, who is familiar with the patient's medical history and current condition, and NOT with other people.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

PETS: World's Ugliest Dog (?)

"It is ugliness, not beauty, that is only skin-deep."—William Ecenbarger

SAY HELLO TO Xoloitzcuintles

PRONUNCIATION Show-low-eats-queent-lay


BREED Mexican hairless dog.

DISTINCT CHARACTERISTIC Hairlessness, not even eyelashes. Hence, if their eyes are exposed to dust, it would look like they are crying.

HAIRLESS? They became hairless through a genetic fluke, about 3000 years ago.

AS A PET It is suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

HOW MUCH? It is more or less $2000.

>That they are calm, affectionate, and good-natured. Therefore, they get along with children.

>Since they don’t have hair, there's no shedding (or fleas). Ergo, you don’t have to dust off your clothes, carpets, et cetera. Moreover, they do not necessarily need a groomer (perhaps for cutting the toenails).

>Xolos are also excellent watchdogs.

>Plus, they are warm in bed.

So still ugly, huh? I must say that UGLINESS is, indeed, only skin deep.

References: Reader's Digest, October 2006 issue, Xolo Breeder

Photos from: Xolos

Friday, July 18, 2008

SPORTS: I got Bull's Eye

Darts, a traditional pub game, got its name from Dartford, United Kingdom, where the first recorded dart game was held. This is a game where darts (or pins as I call it) are being thrown at the dartboard.

And talking of dartboard, do you know that its old name is "butt?" Because it is believed that the bottoms of wine barrels were the original dartboards. Interesting, isn’t it?

Well, I first learned about darts when my uncle, one afternoon, brought home a dartboard. And every morning after that, I could hear a "thug…thug…thug" in our garage. It's fascinating to see him throwing pins at the dartboard, trying to hit the green, red, white and black colors, and scoring it.

I really thought that that game was an easy one: just throw the darts (or pins) and then "score" it. However, when I actually tried it, damn that was difficult!

My first throw did not even hit the board. It just flew inches or a foot away from me. Second pin: it hit the board, but milliseconds after, it dropped. Third pin: it hit the board, but it was on the No Score Area.

And because of that, I challenged myself to learn and master this game. So every morning, I tried to practice and practice: Focusing before throwing the darts and making a target. But mind you, it was NOT that easy! Even professional players slipped.

Killer(s) is my favorite game. It is being played by owning a number, building up lives, and killing or removing your opponent's lives he/she has built up.

To own as many numbers and to build as many lives as you can are the key points to win the game.
During our intramurals in high school, I played darts. I was so confident that I would be the champion of this game. When the game started, my opponent, I would say, had a lucky charm.

She wasn’t really hitting a target. She was just throwing the darts, WITHOUT a target, and oh my! It always hit, let's say, either on the treble area or on the double area, or sometimes both. Much to my chagrin, I lost. I only got the third place…among four players [sigh].

I wanted revenge. So when I got into college, I played darts, again, during intramurals. On my first year, I got the second place. And when I was on my second year and third year, I was the champion. FINALLY!

I wouldn’t say that I'm really good at this game but I can hit a cherry or a bull's eye, say like, 2 out of 3. So wanna bet?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Dawn

A great way to write...

A great way to read...

So join me as I stay here and as I try to comprehend the enigma of a certain thing (Logisch nicht wahr, nicht ist?)

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