The recent outbreak of dengue is all over the news. To date there have been several thousand recorded cases and this number could rise since the rainy season is far from over.
I know for a fact that this is true. When Adi was confined for suspected dengue, the hospital was popping at the seams with similar cases as well as confirmed dengue cases. I overheard from one of the nurses that they were even going to transform several V.I.P. suites into dengue wards to accommodate all the patients they would be treating.
Lucky for us, Adi was negative for the dreaded disease. It was a case of pneumonia.
But since we all got a pretty good scare, as soon as we got home I started anti-dengueing the house.
First things first. Cleaning. We made sure that the house was clean, inside and out. Especially outside where the mosquitoes tend to congregate. I had several boxes of disposables thrown away just to be sure.
Then I whipped out a long time nemesis of mosquitoes….good ‘ole katol….in floral scent at that.
On any given day we light up at least 4 coils and spread them all over the house. Then we turn on the fan to circulate the fragrant smoke. Never mind that we normally end up like we had just indulged in some Romeo cigars. At least our house has been mosquito free since then.
But to be honest, I love the smell of Katol…on a mild scale. Reminds me of my Lola for some reason.
How do you keep dengue at bay?
As a kid I was often reprimanded for not sleeping enough. I always got it from my Lolo who used to say “Hindi ka tatangkad kasi ayaw mong matulog!” (“You won’t grow tall because you won’t sleep!”). And I still stood steadfast in my refusal to sleep because I figured, heck, I come from a family of tall people so I’ll probably grow tall anyway. Plus I would eat Star margarine by the spoonful and that pretty much assured stature as a future long-legged member of this race. Luckily for me, lack of sleep aside, my genetic makeup kicked in full force and I grew to be 5’7 tall. In hindsight, though, I now wonder if I would have grown taller had I gotten enough sleep. Hmmmm…..
Anyway, at the recently concluded Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Discoveries event, this was the main focus. How sleep affects growth. According to scientific researchers, the most amount of growth hormones are released during sleep. As explained by Dr. Luis Rivera the Vice President of the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine, it is essential that growing children get the right amount of sleep to ensure proper growth and development. He further stressed that the optimal amount of growth hormone is secreted during the deep sleep phase. He said that during sleep, our body releases 3 times more growth hormones. Therefore it is essential, especially for growing children, to get the proper amount of sleep. Read more
My sister came to me with some information on salicylic acid and about how she banished her own warts. My family, unfortunately, are prone to warts. Not the big ones you see on the noses of witches and ogres. Tiny ones that erupt on our faces especially after pregnancy. And we’ve had to make appointments with our dermatologists every 2 or so years to have our warts zapped away. So when I heard from my sister that she was able to kill a couple of warts by using salicylic acid, it sounded really promising. I’ll let her zap away some more warts before I give this a try.