After taking some medicines and oral rehydration solution (ORS), plus good rest and sleep, my condition has improved. Now I will remember more often the adage: do NOT overeat in a buffet table. Maybe in some prestigious restaurants and hotels (say attending a big seminar or conference), it is safe to over-eat
Meanwhile, here’s an article from Jarius Bondoc, on the dangers of over-eating and over-partying as explained by a cardiologist friend, Dr. Anthony “Tony” Leachon. Tony has retired as medical director of Pfizer Philippines and is now a “one peso a year” consultant to the DOH and WHO on NCDs.
Finally, I’ve had the 3rd and 4th opportunity to donate blood to some friends recently, but my offer was rejected. Late last month, a friend posted in facebook that his cousin needed a blood type O donor. The patient has leukemia, had bone marrow transplant a few months ago, then had pneumonia a few days when he posted it in facebook. I volunteered to donate my blood, I’ve donated twice in the past, see Tips in Blood Donation, Part 1 and Part 2. It’s time to remove the old blood in my body and allow new blood cells to grow.
I drove from Makati to St. Lukes hospital in Quezon City that night. Having donated blood twice, I thought I know all the “NOs” in blood donation already, like donor should have no hypertension, non-smoking, no maintenance drugs, no alcohol the previous day, no tattoo, no tooth extraction the past few weeks, etc. After submitting the blood donation form at the extraction room, a staff noticed that my lower lip was swollen and had spots of blood in my hand. I had sore mouth (“singaw”) then, it dried but when the wound is cracked, blood would come out. The staff wanted 100 percent safe blood donors for this very delicate patient and fearing that my blood would be infected, they rejected my offer. I understand their concern, so I headed for the exit.
The next chance to help a friend was early this month. I was checking my facebook when a friend whom I have not seen for the past 6 years or so, Joei Villarama, posted that she needed 3 blood donors for her operation the next day. She was confined at Makati Medical Center, which is just 4-5 minutes walk from our office building. I replied that I will come to donate my blood.
Problem though is that I have a few bottles of beer in my body the past 14 hours or so. My father in law in Iloilo was in town, and we had some nice chats the previous night. I was not sure if the prohibited period of alcohol in the body is 12 or 24 hours prior to blood donation, I went to MMC blood extraction room and asked about it. They said at least 24 hours of alcohol free body and blood, meaning my offer to donate is rejected once again, sigh. Nonetheless, I just visited Joei who was at the 5th floor of the hospital. She was a few weeks pregnant for her second child and something has to be removed from her tummy. What a way to see and talked to an old friend, in a hospital bed.
So, two additional lessons or tips for potential blood donors:
1. Do not underestimate “minor” injuries like mouth sore, they can be ground for rejection.
2. Do not over-drink (argh!) because you don’t know if you will give blood to a good friend (or family member) the next day.
For parents, guardians and matured adults, tell your kids and friends, do NOT have permanent tattoo in any part of their body. They may be perfectly healthy, non-smoking, non-drinking, etc/ but if any family member or good friend will be needing an immediate blood donor someday, tattooed people are prohibited from giving their blood.
Sidenote: Joei’s OB then is a friend, the wife of old friend Sam, Dr. Nabie Aherrera. Nabie was surprised to see me in the room. I told her that when Pilipinas Forum had a grand get together in their house 10 years ago, Joei was among those who came. Small world eh.
Lifestyle Diseases 6: Personal Care against NCDs, October 14, 2011
Lifestyle Diseases 7: Drinking and Healthcare, October 18, 2011
Lifestyle Diseases 8: WHO and the NCDs, December 08, 2011