Delete

Do you ever write a post for an hour, post it, and then decide you’d like to delete it a few days later? I do that quite often. Maybe I should stop being so indecisive. I don’t even know how many memories I’ve erased to date!

I wish I read pharmaceutical inserts more often

So for the last year and a half or so, I have had above-average blood pressure.  Initially, I blamed it on stress, but the fact is, I am not stressed all the time!  I’m usually very giddy and happy.  Does being happy give high blood pressure?  Not that I’ve heard of.  I am healthy.  I avoid junk food, I quit GMO foods and aspartame, I cook my own foods almost all the time and I use only very little oil, sugar or salt in my cooking.  So what’s happening?

My chest has been hurting on and off for the last year.  It got so bad to the point where I recently went to ask the doctor to check if I had breast cancer.  Yes, I got THAT paranoid.  I have a reason to!  This hurts more than when I was going through puberty and I was “growing.”

In addition, I have been gaining weight (not much, but still), even though I consciously consume 1400 calories a day along with some form of exercise.  Sure, I do not work out 6 hours a day anymore like when I was first started university.  I don’t have that kind of time anymore, but I haven’t worked out like that years after my first year of university and my weight never really increased for years… until the last year or so.

Something strange has been happening to my body since the last year or so.

For the last while, I have been exposed to the news of pregnancy among members of family and friends.  I can’t deny that it didn’t affect my mind set in some way.  No, I do not want a child at this exact moment, but it did get me thinking… Yes, I do want a child one day, and I would hope to be pregnant before I’m 29 or 30.  I have a few years.  Currently, I am on Tricyclen Lo.  I have been for about 6 years now.  The reason I mentioned them is because for the longest time, I’ve always heard of the potential side effect of sterility due to pills, but back then I did not care to think much of it.  You don’t care so much until you are in the kind of mind state as I am right now.  I used to think that anything is better than being pregnant, and if it does happen accidentally then I would highly consider an abortion.  Clearly people do change.  Now I’m worried if I had screwed my body up by taking those pills.  I hope not.

Now that I have concerns, I started doing research on these pills, including this particular brand.  I went through a huge forum of comments from people who have taken this particular brand and majority of the people complained about weight gain, breakouts, sore breasts, etc.  Weight gain? check.  Breakouts? nope.  Sore breasts? check.  The there was a huge handful of people who commented on how it took quite a while for their natural cycles to return.  Uh oh :\  Oh and there was this one woman who almost died of a stroke due to blood clots caused by taking the pill.  She was apparently under intensive care for a while.  Eep! I then went to Google “getting off the pill.”  Most of the experiences of people getting off the pill have been positive, other than taking a while for the body to resume back to normal.  Oh, and I should note that I had quite an education sex education while doing these searches.  Haha.  I learned a lot about my own body.  Clearly I have not paid attention when they taught it in school!  One of the sites that I went to listed a few of the side effects of taking these pills, but ended with a sentence in bold telling me to “READ THE PHARMACEUTICAL INSERT OF THE PILLS YOU ARE TAKING.”  So I immediately opened a new package of the pills, took out the insert and actually read it for the first time ever.

I wish I had done this earlier because I probably would never have started these pills.  Among the listed risks related to these pills, the ones that struck me most were the following:

1) Some women who use birth control pills may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer before menopause which occurs around 50.  These women may be long term users of birth control pills (more than eight years) or women who start using birth control pills at an early age.  [This is scary because I’ve worried about stuff like breast cancer – hence I made my doctor check if I had it recently due to my pain!  More than eight years is what’s considered long term? so, if I stop now, I may be safer?]

2) Users of birth control pills have a greater risk of developing gallbladder disease requiring surgery within the first year of use.  The risk may double after four or five years of use.  [My mom had gallbladder issues and required surgery.  I was on these pills for 6 years, so… my risk may be doubled now for gallbladder issues.  Shitty.]

3) There may be tenderness of the breasts, nausea and vomiting.  Some users will experience weight gain or loss.  [Ooooh, so it WAS this stupid thing that gives me my chest pain and scared the shit out of me!  while I’m at it, I’ll blame my weight gain on it as well since I do feel it has been hard to lose weight using the same methods that used to work for me before going on the pill.]

4) Occasionally, users develop high blood pressure that may require stopping the use of birth control pills.  [WHAT??? Arghhhh! well then, I guess this does it for me.]

What does this all mean to me?  This means: I have decided that this pill creeps me out way too much now.  I have this feeling that my good days with this pill are over.  It is doing more damage to my body than it can justify for it’s benefits.  I also do not want it’s benefits to stay with me for the rest of my life if sterility is also a potential risk.  Initially I had considered stopping in the next half year… I might do it sooner because the pharmaceutical insert is sitting next to me right now with the risks that I actually experienced highlighted and reminding me how I failed to read this years beforehand.  Also because I don’t want my family doctor to see me for my next physical appointment and tell me that I need to take anti-hypertension pills.  Those things are for life!

How to Confuse an Idiot

How to disable the RFID chip in your credit cards

If you have a credit card, you could potentially be at risk.  Since about 2005, RFID enabled credit cards such as Mastercard’s Paypass and American Express’ ExpressPay was introduced.  Some credit card companies allowed customers to have the option of having a non-RFID enabled card, but many companies simply sent their customers an RFID enabled card along with a notice that their old card will cease to function in about 30 days with no option of opting out of the new cards.  Convenience was the key reason credit cards use this technology, but is it safe?  Since I am writing about how to disable RFID chips, the answer is obviously NO.  Someone could easily buy an RFID reader off eBay for about $20, plug it to a laptop and walk around stealing your credit card information.  All they need to do is walk close enough to you to read the cards in your wallet.

If you do not want to be a victim of credit card theft via RFID and your credit card company refuses to issue you cards without the PayPass or ExpressPay option, you have a few options:

Option 1: Break your RFID chip using blunt force.

Reflect light off the surface of your card to locate the RFID chip.  There should be a small rectangular indent where the chip is located.  Once you found the chip, hammer that chip using a ball-peen hammer OR place a square-head screwdriver over the chip and hammer the screwdriver.  The impact will break the chip rendering it useless to readers.

Option 2: Remove your RFID chip via surgery.

Locate your RFID chip and cut it out using your choice of sharp objects.  Shawn chose to use an exacto-knife.  Be careful not to accidentally remove your fingers while you are at it!

If you have one of those credit cards that come with a security pin chip, then you are out of luck for disabling the chip without breaking your card.  For those cards, the RFID chip hides behind the security pin chip.

For the sake of satisfying our curiosity, we sacrificed a perfectly good card.

Unless you are able to cut the back of the card and remove RFID chip without touching the security pin chip, this method WILL break your card, so do so at your own discretion.

Option 3: Short circuit the RFID chip via radiation.

I’ve read on the internet that some people were able to short circuit the RFID chip by microwaving their credit card for one to two seconds.  I have a feeling that the microwave would be able to break your card’s magnetic strip and security pin chip as well, so do this one at your own discretion.

There are also RFID chips inside passports, but I think you might get in trouble for tampering with those…

How Obscene!

Catfish Lasagna

Okay, just to let you all know, this “lasagna” does not contain pasta.  Now you might argue that I cannot call it lasagna because it really isn’t lasagna… well, I’ve had an eggplant lasagna at some hippie vegan restaurant in Toronto and they used slices of eggplant instead of pasta, so there! if they can do it, so can I 🙂

Catfish Lasagna

Ingredients (serves 3):

– 6 large catfish fillets (I used Cajun marinade, but it’ll taste just as good even if you use nothing but salt & pepper)

– 1 can of (real) crab meat

– 1 bunch of enoki mushrooms, chopped

– 1 tsp of masago (aka. flying fish roe.  OPTIONAL)

– 2 tsp Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1) Mix the last 4 ingredients together.

2) On a lightly oiled baking casserol/pan/whatever you like to use, place half of the catfish fillets down.

3) Cover each fillet with crab-mixture evenly.

4) Place remainder of fillets on top of the crab-mixture, making a “sandwich” with the crab meat in between the fillets.

5) Bake at 375 F for 25-35 mins, or until fish flakes easily.

The crab meat goes very well with catfish.  If you like seafood, you should try this recipe.

I’m a sick girl

As some of you may have guessed, I spent the last while on hiatus from my blog to learn to like my phone.  I hate to say this, but the damn iPhone is so far so good.  I really cannot find any complaints except for the on screen keyboard where I believe my fingers are way too fat for.  I find typing with my single right index finger easier than any other method, much like how people tend to type with one finger when they first learn to use a keyboard, but we’ll see with extended use if I can get better at this typing business.

Damn Apple sure does know how to get money from you.  $1 at a time that is!  Stupid apps.  Stupid convenience of saving your credit card number into the system.  Argh, I don’t want to think about how many $1’s I’ve spent already clicking apps away on the iTunes store on stupid things.  I guess I’ll get to see how stupid I am on my next credit card statement.  I hate you Apple!  Even though Shawn DID make an app as well for the iTunes store, which by the way I just realized today that it was not available in the Canada store.  I wonder if Shawn is aware of that.  In case you are interested, Shawn’s app is a puzzle game for the iPhone called Chain 3.

Anyways, I found these videos while surfing on Buzzfeed a few days ago.  I think they’re the funniest thing ever!  Okay, either you’ll giggle everytime you watch it, like me.  Or you’ll think I’m a sick sick girl…

Exploding Hamster
Exploding Kitten

I approve! I think all cute things should explode!  🙂

Oh, I also just downloaded an app called Pocket God.  Thats right, you guessed it! it’s a game where I get to exercise my skills and rights as god to insignificant little people who apparently live in my phone.  I get to poke them, and flick them, and throw them into a volcano whenever I want.  I also get to control the weather and explode them with lightning if I want.  Since I have just gotten this app, I really suck in being god.  All I learned to do was flick them into volcanoes or feed them to the sharks.  I haven’t figured out how to make them do other things at my will yet… gimme more time.  This god thing is not an easy job you know!

You know what else I got?  I also got me this really cool app which many of you may have heard of already: Midomi.  It’s that magical program that can figure out whatever song is playing on the radio.  All you have to do is have your phone listen to a bit of the song playing from the radio, and within seconds, it will be able to tell you what song is playing!  Tres incroyable! It is not limited to only English songs either!  I had it listen to some Cantonese songs I had chillin’ in my laptop and it was even able to tell me what song it was in Chinese!  It is even supposed to be able to work with you humming or singing a song out into the phone.  I tried doing that too.  I was humming a Lady Gaga song, but the program wasn’t able to figure it out even though I was doing my best humming that I could!  Well, I guess even great things have to have their own limitations too!  I forgive the program for not deciphering my humming.  It’s okay.  There there.