Saturday, September 24

Migraine Management Tips From Daddie

Last week, I wrote about the migraine attack I had & immediately after reading it, my father sent me a useful email with tips on how to manage migraines. It's unorthodox so be ready for some simple but surprising reactions to these...

During Migraine Pain:

taken from yogajournal.com
  1. To relieve the pain, use right finger to block right nostril and breathe normally through left nose until clear.
  2. Search for a pressure point by pressing around the line separating the upper and lower arm near to the elbow. Either arm will do. It hurts the most when pressed. Massage/press it until pain subsides.

Migraine Prevention:
It's more complicated than it looks. Want instructions? =)
  1. Holding a Qi Gong Ma Pu stance for at least 30mins every day. Also good for every day health/exercise substitute.
  2. Stay away from direct aircon or fan blowing on your body especially the head.
    The most common cause of migraine is direct blow of aircon, fan or window breeze during sleep. 
Thanks, dad!
Now you've helped me as well as the world find relief from migraines!

Do try these out & see if they work!

Sunday, September 18

Stabbed In The Head

Hi there! It's English Week this week but I'll write about it next weekend.
Very excited about English Language Night this Thursday. Will definitely share the pics!
Anyway, I want to talk about the 2 migraine attacks I had this weekend.

taken from newportsaf.com
I'm healthy. I watch what I eat. I exercise both mentally & physically. I vent my stress.
I rarely have headaches or migraines. I can't remember the last time I had one that didn't result from a night of binge drinking.
Furthermore, I just cant imagine why it had to happen on one of the most relaxing nights of my year!
At that time I was lazing around watching "How I Met Your Mother" in my boxers while chewing on meat Kong-Piang (Stuffed Fried FooChow Bagels) & sipping on a mug of Meadow Fresh milk with nothing on my mind but an unwavering determination to do nothing.

Suddenly, it came. Without warning.
I wasn't aware of it at first but soon I started to feel nauseated & dizzy.
The pain was concentrated above my right eyebrow.It was not a throbbing pain. It was constant & boy was it intense.
I couldn't concentrate on anything.

To make things worse, white smoke was pouring into my dim apartment like milk mixed into a cup of black Nescafe.
It was thick. It was overpowering. You could touch the clouds & feel it clogging your lungs.
This happens once in a while because my neighbours are vegetable gardeners & their way of waste disposal is via incineration. More often than desired, the wind carries the smog into my apartment instead of theirs.

I couldn't stay in the living room because of the billowing smoke.
I couldn't do any reading or video watching because of the migraine.
So I decided it was probably best to go to bed... at 7.30pm on a Friday night. Nice~~
I found that lying on the painful side of the head does alleviate the pain a tad bit & helped me drift into a painful sleep full of nightmares of girls loving & then leaving me.

The next morning, I got a migraine attack again while watching "How I Met Your Mother" topless in my boxers after my breakfast of crackers, 3 sunny side up eggs & a mug of Nescafe.
This one was less severe than the one before.

Somehow I came up with a hill-billy idea of applying a cold can of coke to the afflicted area and...
IT WORKED!!
It was legendary!
Successfully finished Season 6 migraine free!

taken from fanpop.com
Guys!, guys! Check out this video of this Asian dude in his boxers who we gave a migraine to!
Then, I did some Wikireading on migraines.
Apparently the causes are unknown but it can be triggered by stress, hunger, fatigue or poor indoor light/air quality.
The pain is caused by the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain.
After the blood vessels dilate, some fluid leaks out of the walls of the blood vessels.
The leakage is recognised by pain receptors & thus: heart beat = fluids leak = pain.
Alarmingly, frequent migraines may cause brain damage. YIKES!

It's times like these I wish I had a woman to care for me.
Or a man. I'm not picky.

Saturday, September 10

Pertandingan Video Merdeka: Seruan Merdeka Anak Desa (SMK Katibas)

Here it is! What you've all been waiting for!
My long delayed sharing of the video my students and I made for the Pertandingan Mencipta Video Merdeka 2011 as promised here.
It was already ready to share last week & I wanted to put it on YouTube but I did not have an Internet connection stable enough or fast enough to upload a 250MB file onto the Internet without disconnecting or taking FOREVER!
So last night, I stayed over in a friend's house in Song & left the computer uploading overnight to bring the production right to your computer screen.

The concept of this video is simplicity at the far end of complexity.
The purpose of the video is to give viewers a short & sweet glimpse of what life is like for a majority of young people in the interiors of Sarawak who live mostly from hand to mouth.

Basically, the story is centred around a boy called Moses. He is a mommy's boy and what many would call a good boy. His father works far away so he is forced at a young age to help his mom be a provider for the family.
With access to ICT, he reads about the 3 major races & how they worked together in the struggle for national independence. Unsatisfied with just reading about them, he longs for a relationship with people from every ethnicity because, to him, that is the true spirit of 1Malaysia.
In the end, he shows that he is willing to go the extra mile to achieve his ambitions. He wants to make his parents proud by studying hard to get a scholarship for his studies and achieving the true spirit of 1Malaysia.

View the video with an open mind & a desire to get to know a hidden away people of our nation.
If you are able, extend a helping hand by supporting their products at the market, donating used items whenever there is a disaster at the longhouse and looking at this young culture with kindness & love.

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