Sunday, April 25, 2010

One week to go-BIM

Less than a week before the Borneo International Marathon!!I am going to K.Kinabalu with Francis and Steve.It will be a short trip for us.We will be flying in on Saturday and be back the next day. The rest of the Seremban group are not taking part due to various reasons like cost and time constraint.

This will be my 2nd visit to K.Kinabalu.The last time I was in K.Kinabalu was about 16 years ago when I was still working in East Malaysia.I was there with my friends to climb M.Kinabalu and also a short tour of the city and Sandakan.

This will also be my 2nd marathon for 2010 and I hope to do better than my previous Energizer marathon.I am confident this time as I did more running and training.The starting time is also an added advantage to me as I prefer to run in a cool weather.Hopefully I don't need to walk during this run.Recently I found out that I needed about 10.5 minutes to brisk walk for one km in a "fresh condition".I am sure it will take even a longer time if I am tired after running.So however tired,I need to at least do a slow jog and not to walk.

There is something strange about this marathon event.Although claimed as an international marathon event,there are not many activities and promotions/news on this Borneo Marathon on Internet or Face book.I was told only 100+ persons will be taking part in this year full marathon(in all men and women category).The response is lacking this year compared to previous year.Aiya...sure a small scale event.

As Steve mentioned to me earlier...just go and enjoy the run.This is what I am going to do.I will give this event a try before making my judgement.

Sure or Not??!!

KUALA LUMPUR: If you are thinking of putting on those running shoes for a jog around the park this afternoon, think again.

Eighty per cent of Malaysians are not “designed” for running due to a variety of conditions such as bone structure, said Mal­aysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA) president Dr Balwant Singh Bains

He said that he was not against running but stressed that it was important to be screened by a physiotherapist before starting an exercise regime.

“For adults, jogging is the first thing that comes to mind when a doctor recommends exercise,” he said, adding that ageing could leave weak points in our bodies.

“A physiotherapist can recommend a suitable training regime which will not affect the weak areas,” he said.

Dr Balwant also said that physiotherapists could be posted to schools to open new avenues for the profession.

“We are producing far too many physiotherapists although we had too little a few years ago.
“We currently have one physiotherapist to 1,700 people, compared to one physiotherapist to 4,000 people in the US and Canada,” he said.

He also called on the Government to reduce the number of licences given to new colleges offering physiotherapy courses.

Sometimes I wonder if such statement has any other motives.He even stated that 80% of Malaysians are affected.Is there any study done on this?How did he come to this conclusion of 80%??

I suspect he may be trying to lobby the government to implement some screening measures for school children or adults before they start running since there are too many physiotherapist in this country.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

H1N1 vaccine

PUTRAJAYA: Health authorities have recorded 10 cluster cases of Influenza-like illness (ILI) in Johor. Pahang, Selangor and Malacca between Friday and Saturday morning

Dr Ismail said as on Friday evening, 525 patients were treated for ILI in hospitals nationwide, of whom 70 were confirmed to have been infected with A(H1N1).
"Twelve patients, 10 of them in the high risk category, are warded in the Intensive Care Unit.

The above is the latest on line news on H1N1 as appeared on The Star website.Despite the increase of ILI cases,I have decided 2 days ago not to take the H1N1 vaccination.The main reason was the side effects and I can't afford to be "sick" with all those side effects.My Borneo Marathon is coming soon in 2 weeks time.I wouldn't want to miss this event after spending some money on flight tickets and accommodation.

So in the mean time I will take extra precaution when dealing with people who has flu like symptoms.If the vaccine is still available after my Borneo Marathon,I may give it a try then.
For the time being,can't fall sick and have to stay healthy!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free H1N1 Vaccine

After so many months of hoo haa,finally the public is able to get the H1N1 vaccine for free from the government hospital.The Star newspaper reported that many are unaware of the vaccine.So as usual,I was curious if the government really have the vaccine or the health minister just issuing some statement for publicity.I call up the Seremban GH and spoken to some senior doctors there.Finally managed to confirm that the H1N1 vaccine is indeed available for free to the public but the stock is very limited.First come first serve.

Now come the important vaccinate or not to vaccinate.Human beings are funny creature,when they can't get an item,they make a fuss out of it.Now the item is available,they will make thousand of excuses not to get it.Well this is what happening to me.Ha...ha...ha!!

The staff in charge asked me to go over for the vaccination.Immediately I told her I have to think over it tonight.Suddenly I feel frighten and worry after reading of the side effects of the vaccine.The medical consultant whom I spoke to reassured me the side effects are minimal and major side effects are rare.Many medical staff from the Seremban GH have been vaccinated and so far everything is still OK.

The side effects:

Very common (may occur with more than 1 in 10 doses):

Pain at the injection site
Redness or swelling at the injection site
Aching muscles, joint pain

Common (may occur with up to 1 in 10 doses):

Reactions at the injection site such as bruising, itching and warmth
Swollen lymph nodes
Feeling sick, diarrhea

Uncommon (may occur with up to 1 in 100 doses):

Generally feeling unwell
Unusual weakness
Vomiting, stomach pain, uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or belching after eating
Inability to sleep
Tingling or numbness of the hands or feet
Shortness of breath
Pain in the chest
Itching, rash
Pain in the back or neck, stiffness in the muscles, muscle spasms, pain in extremity such as leg or hand

Rare (may occur with up to 1 in 1000 doses):

Allergic reactions leading to a dangerous decrease of blood pressure, which, if untreated, may lead to shock. Doctors are aware of this possibility and have emergency treatment available for use in such cases
Severe stabbing or throbbing pain along one or more nerves
Low blood platelet count which can result in bleeding or bruising
Swelling beneath the skin, giving rise to welts usually around eyes and lips but also on hands and feet

Very Rare (may occur with up to 1 in 10,000 doses):

Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels which can cause skin rashes, joint pain and kidney problems)
Neurological disorders such as encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the central nervous system), neuritis (inflammation of nerves) and a type of paralysis known a Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Guillian Barre Syndrome!! father got this many years ago and was in ICU for almost a month.The disease paralysed him.He can't breathe and had to be ventilated.See how serious of the side effect of this vaccine!! I going for the vaccination tomorrow??

I will go to have a look but will talk to a few of my medical colleagues before getting the jab.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beijing International Marathon 2010

This is the race where the Seremban group is looking forward to especially Yee.Now that the organiser has set the date,it is time for those interested to take some actions and to commit themselves especially the monetary part.Flight tickets,hotel rooms,tour etc etc etc.

Welcome to the 30th Beijing International Marathon Race 24 October, 2010.

Beijing International Marathon (BIM), organized by the China Athletics Association and approved by IAAF and AIMS, is the highest-level marathon race in China. It was first staged in 1981 and has been held in October annually ever since. It has become an influential and traditional international race, ranking top 10 marathons in the world. The best record of last year's race for men and women marathon was 2:08'20" and 2:34'44" respectively, were achieved by Kenya player and Chinese player.

The 30th Beijing International Marathon will be held on the fourth Sunday of October, 2010. Autumn in Beijing is the golden season of the year, and also the golden season of tourism. Today, with its magnificent Tian'anmen Square, its network of clover leaves and its skyline of high-rises, Beijing has taken on a new look, blending classical grace with modernity. Our slogan for the marathon this year is: Sports for All, Challenge Ourselves.

On the race day, millions of enthusiastic spectators will line the streets to cheer on the thousands of runners. Over 100 million people nationwide will watch the TV live coverage. The convergence of high-class athletes and a wide spectrum of part-time runners with the spectators and tourists who will pack the streets to give the Beijing Marathon its unique flair and appeal.

Beijing is the host city of the 2008 Olympics, whose theme is "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics, People's Olympics". The Olympics to be held in Beijing will surely bring great changes to the city, promote Olympics in China and strengthen friendship among the peoples of the world. Visit Beijing and you will feel the ever-changing atmosphere of the city.

The link to their website:

I wonder if this statement "On the race day, millions of enthusiastic spectators will line the streets to cheer on the thousands of runners".....really true???

Come on...millions lining the streets?I don't believe it.Maybe I need to experience or see it myself to believe it.

But too bad,I am not going to Beijing.The reasons are:

1)The cut off time is 5 hours.

2)Date going to clash with my children end of the year school examinations.