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More dengue-carrying mosquitoes lurk at home

CHILDREN are prone to get the dengue virus at home than when they are in school.

Citing studies done abroad, Dr. Eric Tayag, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health, said there is a higher risk of contracting dengue at home than in school.

He said that in the past, experts are pointing to schools as possible sources of dengue infection. But studies done abroad showed that houses are more at risk of harboring dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Despite this information, Tayag said schools are not spared from cleaning their premises as there are potential breeding sites sitting around like water container and flower vases.

Tayag said schools should always be alerted about their responsibility in detecting signs and symptoms of dengue among students.

The school responsibility is to inform children, teach them what to look for so they can rid of possible mosquito breeding sites at home.

School personnel should be able to check students who may have fever or not feeling well so parents will be advised and if needed see a doctor immediately.

The health official recommends use of bed net, mosquito coil, and spray to protect oneself against mosquito bite.

He said the bottom line in dengue prevention is to remind the public to eliminate the breeding sites of mosquitoes and never ignore symptoms such as fever especially in children.

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in clear and stagnant water.

Six months after my hysterectomy

My operation six months ago has given me a new lease of life. The doctor even said I have recovered well from the surgery. However, I’m starting to develop several signs and symptoms of menopause which I consider more debilitating than endometriosis and adenomysis because bone pain limit my body movement. I couldn’t walk far and couldn’t perform heavy household chores. Even a simple washing of dishes renders me too tired to do other tasks at home. I could sit in front of the computer to write about ez drummer but only for a short period of time otherwise I would have lower back pain and finger and knuckles joint pain. I have yet to see a doctor to address my health problem. I hope it’s nothing serious.

My TAHBSO story

A month ago today, I was operated on to remove my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix. The procedure is called total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo oophorectomy or TAHBSO. TAHBSO was performed because I had a serious case of endometriosis, adenomyosis and adenomyoma.

My OB-GYNE said hysterectomy is the best option that I could have to spare me the horror of prolonged and heavy menstruation which I have accepted to be a part of my life. I also had hormonal therapy for six months but even the expensive pill didn’t cure the endometriosis.

Preparation

Before the operation, I researched about hysterectomy, its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve got helpful tips from a website that caters to hysterectomy patients. It took me several weeks before I decided that it’s about time to go under the knife and change my life for the better.

I’m thankful that I had a super responsible and caring husband who was with me at the hospital and relatives who provided emotional support. I’m also thankful for friends who offered prayer before and after my operation.

Operation day

Date of operation: December 13, 2016 mumwrites.com

The operation lasted for two hours and, thankfully, I didn’t need blood transfusion. Although sedated (not unconscious) I was aware of what was happening around me during the operation. I even requested one of the medical staff inside the operating room to show me what was taken inside my tummy. I was up and about a day after the surgery. The doctors said I should get up and walk inside my room to hasten recovery. I spent five days at the hospital.

Healing well

Date taken January 12, 2017 mumwrites.com

Four weeks after the surgery, I think I’m on my way to full recovery. I don’t have a hard time recovering as I really followed the doctor’s advice. I’ve got plenty of rest but also make sure to move around the house. I’m also starting to do light household chores on my second week.  There may be irritation and occasional pain but all of it are bearable and goes away in a few minutes.

Best decision

I considered this surgery to be the best decision I ever made as far as my health is concerned. I never have to worry about heavy menses and having to worry about contracting a dreaded disease. My only concern so far is the recurring joint pain which I have to discuss with the doctor in my next visit.

Piece of advice

Endometriosis and adenomyosis have affected young women and women nearing the menopausal age. If you are suffering from the same ailment, you can always talk to a doctor to help you get well and improve your way of living. Reading medical journals and references on the net could be of help to make you understand what is endometriosis and adenomysis. But a visit to a medical professional is always the right thing to do.