Friday, January 14, 2011

Coconut the healer?

Hey, coming to Kuala Terengganu for work isn't bad at all. Well, despite the work loads, stressfulness, and tiredness...actually the natural medicine of my sickness is also available here in Terengganu. Kuala Terengganu is located at the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia...just by the beach... so, you can get a pure fresh coconut drinks by the beach.


I'm NOT saying that coconut water is the cure of Bell's palsy.

Remember in my previous post, I mentioned about having a slow recovery process? Even with the steroid and anti-viral prescribed by the doctor seems less effective for me... The side-effects of the steroid (prednisolone) makes me suffer even more :'(

After a few drinks of coconut water, seems like I can feel the healing process improve...quite obvious. I can feel a little movement/pulsation of my nerves at the area of my left eye and upper cheek. However, this could be just a coincidence since I've only had a few drinks only.

Then only I remember, coconut water has a lot of benefits. (gosh! why didn't I remember this earlier??) I googled about coconut water and here's what I get:

It contains organic compounds possessing healthy growth-promoting properties that have been known to:
  • Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.
  • Naturally replenish your body’s fluids after exercising as it is an organic isotonic beverage.
  • Increase your metabolism.
  • Promote weight loss.
  • Improve your immune system.
  • Detoxify and fight viruses.
  • Cleanse your digestive tract.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu.
  • Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.
  • Treat kidney and urethral stones.
  • Boost poor circulation.


Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Check them out below!
  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites. * Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins,
  • minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic
  • fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  •   Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  •   Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  •   Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  •   Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  •   Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  •   Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  •   Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate
  • enlargement).
  •   Reduces epileptic seizures.
  •   Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  •   Dissolves kidney stones.
  •   Helps prevent liver disease.
  •   Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  •   Supports thyroid function.
  •   Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  •   Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  •   Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  •   Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  •   Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  •   Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  •   Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  •   Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  •   Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  •   Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  •   Helps control dandruff.

Just what i needed to reduce the pain of bell's palsy and side-effects of the steroids.

Again...not cure...but, there's no harm in trying...isn't it? :)

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Confessions of a Bell's palsy sufferer

It has been 20 days already since I got this sickness...

I am making a slow healing progress... normally, a young person like me would heal in 10 days. I don't know why, but of course I am worried with my slow progress. It must be due to my unbalanced food consumption or lack of nutritious food intake. Yep, it's kinda hard to control what I'm eating since I'm out-stationed. Ya, lor..everything I want to try..and most of the foods are .

However, I am getting better. My cheek muscle has shown some improvement. Only that I have to do some facial exercise on my own more frequently. Certain cases of Bell's palsy require physio therapy treatment. I guess in my case, I don't need one since I don't get any recommendation from the doctor.

My steroid intake has been gradually reduced by doctor. From 12 tablets of prednisolone every morning for the first 10days of treatment and now reduced to 6 tablet only(yippie)... haa..It's almost 3weeks and I'm still learning how to eat medicine (Hey, I'm getting better) err..I mean just the smaller one :p.

Some difficulties I have faced throughout my sickness. Physically:
  • Unable to eat and drink properly
  • Drooling when washing teeth
  • Eye gets dry and tired easily
  • Eye exposed to external elements (I hurt my own eye many times already; especially during bath)
  • jaw get tired easily (cannot eat/chew much)
  • unusual blury vision on left eye
  • headache on left side
  • sense of taste reduced
Also emotionally:
  • Extreme self-confidence drop
  • depression
  • become emotionally sensitive (especially a cry-baby like me :p)
I said to myself - enough with Bell's palsy... I don't want another sickness... Just as most people said, you won't appreciate your life until something bad happen to yourself. My situation might not worse than other sickness that some other people has/had/having right now, but this only has made me realize the importance of health and appreciate my life and also those people around me.

I'm still young...and there's a lot of things I wanna do... I don't want to grow old with medicine. I might not know where comes the virus that had infected my cranical nerves.  But hey, that's the importance of cleanliness. Be careful of what you do, touch or share with others okay?

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Don't you miss me smile...?

Connie Talbot - 03. Smile

I do....
I do miss my own normal smile...


My last smiling photo before I was diagnose with Bell's palsy.
Packing to go back to hometown for Christmas Holiday

During Bell's Palsy

 Photos after coming back from Christmas Eve Mass. The day of the 1st occurrence.

Christmas Day. The day I realized my weird smile
My Day #1 treatment begin...noticed I cannot close my left eye completely

This is what I have to become before sleep at night...Miss Pirate * to meet JackSparrow :p*

Extreme drop of self-esteem...

Sad-face on my engagement day ;(

with some pieces of beliefs and positive thoughts that is still within me...

wanting to SMILE again....

worry-not, dear friends...

JoEtheL is learning to SMILE again

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JoEtheL's Engagement NOTD

I wanted my nails to look pretty but I don't want my nails to stands out more than my engagement ring. So I choose to do a simple french manicure with silver linings.

As usual...the photos:

French manicure..silver linings

with heart shape sticker from one of my nail sticker collections

closer view

Apologies friends, I forgot to take photos of my swatches for this post entry. However, I used:
1. CP Trendies Base Coat
2. CP Trendies Top Coat
3. CP Trendies #87
4. Nuo Ying 3D Design Nail Accessory - 2 Heart Shape Sticker
5. French Manicure helper sticker

That's all..much love..


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JoEtheL's Engagement FOTD

In-spite of my unhealthiness, my engagement preparation is all self-done. It's not a big deal actually, I just don't feel comfortable with other people handle my half-paralyze face (especially my left-eye) besides my masseur.

So, here we go:

During the day

I use:

Evening refreshness

 At Night
(Sorry for the oily face, I only manage to take photos after party) left eye cannot close completely

pardon my uneven eye ;p
I use:

my simple magic wands

That's all folks

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