Monday, January 25, 2010

Remembering our 40th

Speaking of turning 40, Eddie and I hit the dreaded age almost 5 months ago.

I turned 40 first. The boys and I were in Singapore then. I've posted this on Facebook so some of you would have seen this. The boys singing me a birthday song, which was nice and very sweet :), and which was why I made them sing it again so I could record it :P



Three days later, Eddie turned 40. When the boys woke up, and were still bleary-eyed and in the clothes they slept in, I made them sing a birthday song for him, so I could quickly email it to him in Moscow. Don't ask me why Sean was licking his lips and sticking his tongue out like a monkey, I don't remember now.



Check out the differential treatment. At the end of my song, I got a hug from Sean, at the end of Eddie's, he got a "You might be fat though..." from Sean. He he he...

26 comments:

Roslyn said...

As I'm about to cross over to 'the other side of thirty', I'm beginning to be very conscious of the 40s Club.

Lilian said...

You're still a baby :)

monlim said...

You're so mean lah, haha! It's so sweet of the boys to sing to you. Well, I'm just about to join you in the 40s Club!

Lilian said...

Hey hey hey...Birthday Girl sooooooon....very very sooooon...in about 1 hour!

HAPPY 40th Birthday! Hope you have a blast :)

Tsu Lin + + said...

I still can't believe my eyes. Your Brian has slimmed down so much. He's reallly handsome!

Lilian said...

Ya, he got stretched this year...grew taller :) My sis says he looks better in photos/blog than in real life :P

mariposa said...

Hey, I turned 40 last Aug 3rd. Is yours in the same month?!!

I don't know why, but last year I noticed so many signs of ageing:- Last May I started wearing glasses for longsightedness and astigmatism (first time I EVER wore glasses in my whole life! and I have to wear it all the time, not just for reading..). Then later I noticed my memory dulling (always can't remember little things!!) and I started taking Vit E and gingko biloba for that. And in October I actually came down with shingles!! (herpes zoster; most of the cases actually start after 50; I'm too early!).

YY.

Lilian said...

Alamak YY, we're like twins separated at birth! My birthday is also in August, on the 29th. I've been telling everyone about how I've aged so much this year. Can't keep weight off, so much gray hair till I have to finally colour it for the first time ever, I've actually also started looking in pharmacy for different supplements like evening primrose, B-complex etc (but till not still didn't start on them), fall sick very often...and this is the clincher, just before my birthday, I was struck with Bell's Palsy! I'm no doctor, but I think this is also Herpes Zoster/Shingles-related? In a matter of days, I couldn't move half my face, it was the worst thing ever. Thank God this went away in 2 weeks, cos I've heard Bell's Palsy lasting 6 months or even more. As the Cantonese saying goes, Can't deny I'm old even if I wanted to.

mariposa said...

Omg, I just read some updates about Bell's Palsy and you're right, there IS relationship to shingles!

" Bell's palsy was previously considered as an idiopthic lower motor neurone nerve palsy but there has been increasing evidence to suggest that the main cause of Bell's palsy is latent herpes viruses (herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes zoster virus), which are reactivated from cranial nerve ganglia.." (from http://www.gpnotebook.co.uk/simplepage.cfm?ID=1080754178)

Shingles is also caused by reactivation of the herpes zoster (chicken-pox) virus from nerve glanglia (i.e. nerve roots)!!

Diff'ce is that Bell's Palsy is highest in 15-45yr-olds, but shingles is mostly in >50yrs. ALso Bell's Palsy is somehow more common in pregnant women than non-pregnant ones. Odd.

Also, the main problem with shingles is the bubbly rash and prolonged PAIN, while Bell's Palsy gives mainly paralysis with no or relatively less pain.

When I got the first signs of shingles (a few red dots appearing in a characteristic 'line' where the nerve travels) I immediately made an appt. Because I have to take the anti-viral within 72hr of onset, or else no use. Without antivirals, I can get several weeks to several months of intolerable pain!!

YY.

mariposa said...

Also nowadays when my 8-yr-old gets bored, nothing to do, I tell him to come pluck my white hairs... haha!

YY.

mariposa said...

I'm so conscious of my deteriorating body that nowadays I'm taking a whopping SIX supplements a day, downed with a glass of low-sodium high-fiber V8:-

Vit C 500mg
Vit D 1000 ui (for winter.. getting depressed & neurotic :)
Vit E 1000 ui (for memory)
Gingko biloba (for memory; but experts now question its effectiveness..)
Omega 3,6,9 (heart & brain benefits)
Women's multivits (for iron, plus other things)

I love milk, so I don't need to take calcium, just yet..

YY.

Lilian said...

Bell's Palsy is relatively painless but lots of discomfort. At its peak, I couldn't close my eye, had to tape it shut when I wanna sleep. Was also very dry, and there's a chance of eye infection or even ulcer if I didn't cover it well. Drinking and eating was also a problem, not to mention it was really depressing and scary to look in the mirror.

I took some antiviral medicine pretty soon too, steroids too, so this probably helped me.

And here's something I almost forgot, remember I said I was ill lots. 2 weeks before this Bell's Palsy thing, I was sick, a different kind of flu, whole body aching like mad, and I'm sure it was H1N1. On the advice of a friend and cos I had to take care of the boys myself, I took Tamiflu. I've since wondered if the Tamiflu and Bell's Palsy are related :( or it's just my lousy luck.

Re white hair, cannot pluck anymore, cos just too much! Will be botak!

Lilian said...

I missed that vitamin post! Yikes, so many?? And I don't even take 1!! I buy supplements and then throw them after a few years. I have multivits which I haven't taken in months and months. I remember to take a day, then forget a month. How? Oh, and I don't drink milk! The only time in my life that I drank milk was when I was first pregnant with Brian, very conscientiously drank litres of milk though I hated it.

At this rate, I'll be a crickety old hag before long!

mariposa said...

Hubby takes even more, every morning, like eating kacham puteh! He just mixes all his vitamins in a Tupperware box, and every morning grabs a handful, takes a quick look to see that roughly everything's in there and nothing's duplicated, and pops the handful into his mouth...

YY.

Lilian said...

Aren't these pills quite huge?? How to pop a handful into the mouth?? I really dislike taking supplements, some of them smell nasty, and they're so huge, I have to down each one with so much water and make sure I don't retch in the process :(

Anonymous said...

Lilian, your boys are really so cute lah!

I'm turning 40 real soon too....

Chris

Lilian said...

Sure or not? You still look very young!

Tsu Lin + + said...

Wow.. you know what, I'm in my thirties but already I'm telling my friends I don't age well because of the sakit-sakit I get. I'm now very diligent in my multivits, EPO, fish oils, Calcium pills(I drink lactose-free milk but not daily), occasionally gingko for memory and I'm thinking maybe I need to add some other stuff into this. Ageing just isn't a very nice thing. So I can really relate to what you ladies are saying here. :P

mun said...

Your sons were really sweet to sing you the birthday song again for you to record. :)

Reading the comments here on what to expect on turning 40 really scares me. I have 1 year, 7 months, 16 days to go. Counting down now.

Lilian said...

Tsu Lin & Mun: Enjoy your 30s while you still can. Your Tai Ka Jie (Big Sister) here wishing she was still as young as you two :)

mariposa said...

Just thought of something: maybe it's time to rename your blog as 'Wrong Side of 40'.... heehee!

YY.

Lilian said...

Hehehe...why the heck did I choose this blogname in the first place lol! It was just the first thing that popped into my head,...now I wish I thought of a blogname that didn't have a time limit!

Tsu Lin + + said...

Hey, look at it this way, 40 is still the other side of 30 what. I think maybe your purpose of naming it was that 30 was the defining age (of old or young) :P

Lilian said...

When I was very small, when I thought of the year 1999 (cos always watched Space 1999), and how I'd be 30 by then! And I thought, wahhhh, so old!!! Ancient, in fact. And now I'm 40...

Anyway, I'll just take the "wrong side of thirty" as the time of my life when I started this blog and met all you wonderful ladies who've enriched my life with your sharing and caring hahaha...how's that?

Tsu Lin + + said...

Haha.. same here, when I was younger and I had to call all those 20-something "jie jie" aunties - and they vehemently tells me to call them jie jie instead of aunty : I thought "Aiya, already SO OLD still think you are young meh?".

And I've also passed that sterling age. So now I'm in the aunty club too. Boohoo.

On the other happier note, I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog which is filled with wisdom & nutty humour! My life has been enriched alot by reading your blog. LOL

Lilian said...

heehee...thanks...nutty and naughty...that's me...back when I was 10 and now that I'm 40...no change :P