Monday, May 28, 2007

Just Google it

Ugh... this cold is ghastly!!! I'm dripping like a leaky tap all day. I think I need to disinfect my entire desk space once this is over.

I had a little scare the other day, I blew my nose one morning (quite hard) and when I removed the tissue, the whole tissue was stained with blood... eeeewwww, grooooss! I started to panic a little, because I was wondering if the blood was from my air passage or lungs or something major like that.

So what was the first thing I did? (after wiping my bloody nose of course) I opened a new Explorer window and went to Google.com, typed in "cold blow nose bleed" and pressed Enter.

I found a reassuring answer to calm my worst fears...

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/first_aid/nosebleeds.html
"The most common cause of anterior nosebleeds is dry air. A dry climate or heated indoor air irritates and dries out nasal membranes, causing crusts that may itch and then bleed when picked. Colds and other viruses may also irritate the lining of the nose. Bleeding may occur after repeated blowing. When you combine a cold with dry winter air, you have the perfect formula for nosebleeds"

The Internet is really a useful for getting an answer to ANY question. I can't understand why some people don't seem to realise this. I sometines get some MSN messages from friends asking me all sorts of questions. And the first thing I do is to jump on Google or Wikipedia and forward the answer to them. And they are so amazed and think I'm such a genuis. Haha... as if!

Here's another example...

One morning (a few weeks ago) I woke up, went to the toilet to do my usual business (a number two). And as I was cleaning myself up, I realised to my utter and complete shock that my poo was a slimy green colour!!! (sorry to gross you guys out lar, but these are true honest stories). I stood up and looked in the toilet bowl, and there was my poo - not looking like its usual self at all. It was GREEN!!! Something like THIS COLOUR. Eeeewwww!!! What's happening to me???

Unfortunately I didn't have time to ponder over this very long because I had to rush to get ready to work. So I hurried to get ready and catch my bus to work. But once I arrived at the office, I opened an Exlorer window on the computer and Googled "green stool".

http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/otherdiseases/a/greenstool.htm
"There can be many reasons why stool appears to be green. The first and most obvious reason is eating green foods. Green, leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll which could be coloring the stool green. Foods with dark purple coloring like Kool-Aid, popsicles, and gelatin (Jell-O) can also result in rainbow-colored stools. Iron supplements or even foods that are rich in iron can also give stool a green tinge"

Ahah! It must have been the bitter gourd stew I had last night for dinner. Apparently hubby encountered the same thing too.. but unlike me, he wasn't alarmed at all.

Phew! So I wasn't turning into an alien.

What would we do without the Internet?

1 comment:

  1. Internet has indeed changed the way we communicate, doing business, even doctor operating a patient without the need to be physically there... Amazing !

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