Posts Tagged ‘sickness’
A close friend has been admitted to the hospital last night. All of us were caught unaware when he suddenly collapsed and banged his head on the floor. We rushed him to the hospital with lots of speculations in our mind on the reason of what happened. Some friends said it might be due to his heart problem and others said due to fatigue. After two hours, the doctor told us that our friend suffered from Hypokalemia.
What is Hypokalemia ?
It is a condition where there is a low concentration of potassium in the blood. People with this condition have vital muscle functions when there is a drop in the levels of their blood potassium. Mild weakness to paralysis can be in the range of symptoms.
While mild hypokalemia usually has no symptoms, moderate hypokalemia symptoms might include constipation, muscle weakness, cramps during exercise, thirst, fatigue, and/or leg discomfort. Since severe symptoms are dangerous, it is important to talk to your doctor if you think you may have low potassium levels. You can replace potassium lost during heavy exercise by drinking sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
Potassium-rich foods include sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, as well as tomato paste, tomato juice and tomato sauce. Beans, soybeans, lentils, yogurt and low-fat milk, tuna, halibut, rockfish, cod, bananas, peaches, prunes, apricots, cantaloupe, and spinach are also high in potassium.
As of today, our friend is recuperating and recovering fast. We all thank God for the early detection and treatment of his potassium deficiency.
I have heard a lot of friends hospitalized due to gall bladder stones. Some undergone surgery while some preferred to take alternative or natural way to wash out the stones. My friend who’s a resident physician told me that man can live without a gall bladder. So what’s the use and function of this organ in our body ?
Gallbladder is a small organ which is a part of the bile production process and it helps in digestion of food which contains fat. Bile is secreted in liver and it is transmitted to the intestine for the digestion of food.
Cough, colds and other related contagious health problems can be considered as air-borne diseases. Have you not wondered why you easily get infected with this viral disease even if you are not within a crowded area? A simple sneeze from an infected individual will pose great risk on his surroundings. Given with this kind of situation, one must be cautious enough by taking vitamins with higher ascorbic acid contents. Air pollution is inevitable but we can get rid of it in our own little way by involving in Go Green Electricity programs.
I just got my Medical Certificate of my confine last February 12 -17,2012 at Capitol University Medical City . My sickness was due to Dengue hemorrhagic Fever. I thought it was a plain and ordinary dengue fever but it was a hemorrhagic one.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is caused by a virus for which there is no known cure or vaccine, the only treatment is to treat the symptoms by the ff :
1. A transfusion of fresh blood or platelets can correct bleeding problems
2. Intravenous (IV) fluids and electrolytes are also used to correct electrolyte imbalances
3. Oxygen therapy may be needed to treat abnormally low blood oxygen
4. Rehydration with intravenous (IV) fluids is often necessary to treat dehydration
5. Supportive care in an intensive care unit/environment
I was nearly sent to ICU because my platelet count drop to 36k but because all my vital signs are okey, I was just put to rest at the hospital bed with with intravenous fluids and took a lot of water and juices. There is one thing that helped a lot with my recovery… the Chinese medicine that my mother-in-law took me. I’ll make another post about it later.