Friday, August 25, 2006

Thalassaemia Trait

Medical report showed that i'm suffering from Thalassaemia Trait / Thalassaemia Minor. *Thank God is Minor, if Major, i would be seeing u all in heaven* ;)

What is Thalassaemia?
Thalassaemia may have originated over 50,000 years ago. In a valley south of Italy and Greece now covered by the Mediterranean Sea. The name Thalassaemia is derived from a Greek word meaning sea (*no wonder i like diving so much! Hahaha*).

Thalassaemia is an inherited disorder in which there is an abnormality in one or more of the globin genes.

Thalassaemia Major?
Thalassaemia major is a life threatening, genetically inherited, progressive anaemia common in the Mediterranean, Asian, South East Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The condition is caused by defective production of the beta chain of haemoglobin with resultant abnormal haemoglobin function.

Children with ß Thalassaemia major are healthy at birth but become pale within the first few months of life, they fail to thrive, are prone to infections and often have an enlarged spleen and liver.

ß Thalassaemia is treatable with two to three weekly red cell transfusions throughout life and the removal of excess iron which is the result of these frequent blood transfusions. The drug currently used for this iron removal is Desferal which is administered by injections. Desferal may cause local skin irritations at the injection site. It may also interfere with spinal growth and can cause hearing problems and interfere with eye sight. Those who are sensitive to this drug or are unable to comply to the injections can now be treated with Ferriprox tablets. Ferriprox is less effective in removing iron from the body than Desferal and may cause a low blood count which may result in severe infections.

Those patients who can consistently comply to the prescribed medications can live normal lives, those whose compliance is erratic will experience many endocrinological complications caused by iron overload (growth disturbance, failure of pubertal development, thyroid and parathyroid dysfunction and diabetes) and eventually early death from heart problems.

Treatment is by bone marrow transplantation from a Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) identical donor, a brother, sister or rarely from a mother or father.

Thalassaemia Minor? (Which I'm in this catagory)
People with Thalassaemia Minor, sometimes known as Trait, carry Thalassaemia but they are not ill. They are completely healthy and normal but some of them have slight anaemia. Most people with Thalassaemia Minor do not even know that they have it. It is only discovered if the person has a special blood test or if they have a child with Thalassaemia Major. It is important to know if you have Thalassaemia Minor later in life. The reason for this is that it may cause some problems if the person and their partner wants to start a family. Thalassaemia minors red blood cell are also different from normal blood cells.

People with beta thalassaemia minor have red blood cells which are smaller, paler, and have less red pigment, but this does not cause any health problems. (No wonder i always look so pale, always blackout, easily get blueblack and i can't donate blood!! Tried twice but get rejected. ;p )

Generally, their red blood cells are still able to carry oxygen around the body as efficiently as someone with the two usual Beta genes. Because these individuals are themselves healthy, they will not know that they have this unusual trait unless they have a special blood test.

If a couple BOTH have beta thalassaemia minor, EACH time they expect a child there is a 1 in 4 chance that their child could inherit a serous blood disease called beta thalassaemia major.

Actually i'm afraid of my future children. I don't want them to suffer from Thalassaemia Major! It's just too suffering!!! I can't take it.

Well, after getting the medical report from doc yesterday and after the explanation by the doc, I'm not 100% sure what it was until later at night when i have time to surf the net to find out more, i started to feel a bit uneasy and started crying when i thought about my future kids. Didn't rest properly at night though, only sleep for 3+ hours and dreamt that dl open a Thalassaemia Hospital to help kids who need blood transfusions! Hahhahaa... what a dream.

Only this morning, i have the gut to start to tell my close friends, sms-ing all my 'jie mui' (sister in Christ) and tell them about this news. Before that, i was asking myself, how to tell people that i'm a Thalassaemia carrier?...

Well, is not a big deal afterall if my kids won't get major. *Cross my finger*

"Lord, thank you for your protection all the while and thank you for the life you have given me. I pray that my dl is not a carrier himself and if it's your will for us to have children, they will be a bunch of healthy kids, Amen!"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

My updates. =)

I'm quite caught up with my current online job. Just launched a new project 2 weeks ago, so i have been sleeping very late and approximately between 3-5 hours a day only.

Brought my 5 cats for vaccination and deworming on Sunday that cost me a boom... x) But well, still consider ok because i only bring them once a year (suppose to be twice a year but vet said is ok since my cats are indoor cats).

My new car's aircond and wiper is not functioning properly. Will be bringing it for servicing tomorrow, i hope, already pass 1000km so it is time for my first service.

This week need to catch up with my diving studies, going diving next week, doing my advance in diving this year so i need to study it myself and do the reviews from the diving book to pass up to my instructor on the first day of dive.

Ohps, feeling a bit sleepy now at 3pm, i better take a nap now before continuing my work and do a bit of studies tonite, sleep late ytd again and woke up early this morning.

But i'm enjoying every moment of my life, counting my blessings daily, and learning to be contented with what i have now. Thank you, Lord, for your mercies and goodness. Amen.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

God's Provision, Our Exaltation

Finally, i'm full-time with my current new job. For the past 3 months, i was doing part-time at church to wait for new person to take my place and to sort of pass down my work to the new person.

It's really good to see how God brought me in to work full-time 5 years ago and how He bring me out now. I can say that He knows what's best for us. I can see how He bless me since the beginning and until now, He is still doing so.

Bringing me from a comfort zone (working in the church) to a place where i'm exposed to the world requires me to apply wisdom in every single steps that i take. When i was first exposed to the world, i'm not used to see so many cheaters around, so many people wearing mask when they communicate with you, and you just can't believe everyone of them. We need to be smart, another word, wise.

But whatever it is, He is there all the time. His blessings are incredible. In one moment, i'm sharing how stressful i'm about my house finances, in another moment, i'm seeing how He moved among us.

God is good, all the time. All the time, He is good.

To God be the glory...