Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dialysis Essentials

I've been going to a center for dialysis for 3 years now. I started with 2x a week, now at 3x a week. I gained weight, now at 59 kilos. My lab results are still bad. I think it's because I tend to eat like a normal person, forgetting that I'm a dialysis patient. Ugh.

Anyway, whenever I go in, I need a lot of things with me for a comfortable session. Here is my list of essentials:

My iPhone,earphones,Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Luckily, the center has free wifi. I listen to music, go online, and watch movies on them. Makes 4 hours bearable. 

Katinko ointment and Five Cranes menthol stick. I can't live without these! Since I get itchy during dialysis, I put on Katinko almost everywhere. It's cooling properties help with the itching. I use Five Cranes on my forehead, neck, and on top of my lips. It helps calm my senses. 

Candies, food, and water. I tend to be hypoglycemic so I need a little sugar to keep that in check. 

A pillow and small blanket. These are available at the center but I like bringing my own for hygienic purposes. 

Alcohol, comb, tissue, cologne, pads, rosary, wallet are staples in my bag.

How about you?  What do you bring during your session?


I have been updating my blog, Exploring Possibilities, for almost a week now since I found out that some of my links were not working already.  I update the directories (which took forever!), and I am currently looking for the centers/schools Facebook pages and add them to the directory.  I found out that a lot of centers already have pages and they post some very helpful stuff in them as well. Anyway, links are in my left-hand sidebar.

I am having difficulty with the directory, or maybe it's blogger's fault, because when I publish an error always comes up.  I wanted to add colors to the posting so the readers can distinguish names, but I think it's causing problems.  I edit and copy-paste from MS Word to blogger, so I think that's the reason also.

I've been getting positive feedback regarding the directory and I feel so great about it all.  It's good to know that I can be of help to other people.  Thanks to the NCDA, primarily of course, where I got the list and to everyone who sends me email requests to change or include their centers on the list.

I know I don't have much time writing posts that are of significance anymore, what with my tri-weekly dialysis sessions, but through Facebook, I can still share some useful stuff that I read from other Facebook pages.  I just wish that Facebook has a share to blogger function already!  So, anyway, you can like my Facebook page to get useful tips and info about autism and other related disorders.  Links are again on my left-hand sidebar.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hay Day

Out of all the game apps on the iphone, I can say that I like Hay Day the most. It's a farming game, much like Farmville, etc. maybe because of its interface, but I find it nice and a little addictive. Nothing spoils from the cookery. Orders are produced and sold via boat or bulletin orders. You can also fish for the fish meat. There's a marketplace where users can buy and sell produce and other materials. Users can help others in their farms by clicking on signs. All-in-all it's a nice game that can teach children discipline and hard work. I wish it becomes available on android too. Anyway, I'm level 41 now. Pics below:

Imbento Saturday

Since yesterday was a holiday, my kids have school today. I made them snackboxes, of course. 

This one is Anea's. I was not able to cook rice due to lack of time so I told her she could just buy from the canteen if she wants to eat rice, but I added chicken nuggets, if ever, for viand. Apples for her fruit, and boiled egg for added protein. 

Dale and Anton's snackboxes: 

Cheese sandwich, boiled egg, hotdogs, apples. Half only coz I'm sure they won't be able to finish if whole. 

I wake up at 4am so I can fix this. What more of I do what others do like add decors or shape their food or somethig?! Can't do that really.  I also do not like adding food coloring to my kids' food, like I saw with others. I just think that the natural color of food is more appetizing. :)

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Im-Bento Thursday

Well I didn't wake up early today so I have limited time. Luckily, Tony requested for just a sandwich for his snacks.

Used ham, cheese, egg and mayo for his and Anea's sandwiches. Anea texted me now though to use different bread next time coz she didn't like the crust of the one I used. 

For Dale, it's chocolate pancakes made with lotsa love. :) He told me yesterday that he became popular in the class again because of his snackboxes. Unfortunately, his classmates ate most of his snacks daw. :(

Anyway, since Anea got jealous over her brothers' snackboxes, I made two for her as well. This one is for lunch: heart shaped rice and egg rolls with ham. 

This one is for snacks: sandwich, gello, pineapple, and gummy bears. 

I don't know how long I'm going to do this, but I am actually enjoying it. I just need some silicone cup dividers, picks, and sauce bottles and no more buying of bento stuff. My kids are no longer kids na naman... In a few years they will not ask for snacks na. Just enjoying the time now...

My friends and family have been telling me how good a mom I am for doing this. I just told them i just have time coz I stay at home.  Unlike them who gets to work because they are healthy! :))