Not too sure if i've mentioned this before but i dream a lot.
Now i don't mean the aspirations and ambitions kind of dreaming but the kind that you get when you sleep and believe you me, i dream sooooooooo often.
in fact, i would go so far as to say that every single time i sleep (even if it's just a nap or i happen to doze off like on the plane or something) i am bound to dream about something or other.
Can't remember the last time i slept without ever having a single dream!
Is it just me?
Is my brain playing tricks on me and going into overdrive when it should be using the time to recuperate and rest instead??
Is it a manifestation of some unsettled and unresolved 'issues' within my subconscious that's crying out for attention?
Is it some sign or gift of foretelling what things may come?
i honestly don't know.
All i know is that i've been having this 'problem' ever since i was a teen or younger and it hasn't let up.
Maybe its getting worse cos' these days i seem to be having a whole bunch of dreams all wrapped in one during those few hours of sleep that i get.
Sure, it's interesting i guess but i do wake up the next day feeling kind of worned out because of all the 'activity' in my dreams. You know, some of them can be pretty physical (i know what you're thinking.. i don't mean that!)... like running and swimming and even flying!
Sometimes i revisit 'old dreams'.
Sometimes i dream about something.. suddenly get up.. and when i get back to sleep my previous dream continues from where it left off.
What's going on with me?
Previously i used to think that most if not all of my dreams had some kind of significance attached to them. Either they were a way of 'warning' me of what's impending or a clue as to what i'm thinking and feeling deep inside that i may not want to come to terms with.
And perhaps sometimes they are.
But now, more and more, as i notice that my dreams are becoming pretty absurd and illogical i'm thinking maybe there is no basis for them at all... maybe they don't mean anything.
i know of people who take their dreams pretty seriously and perhaps even read too much into them. Maybe it's because they don't dream too often and so when they do get that occasional dream they feel almost certainly that it has to carry some important message or sign with it.
But how about the people like me (if there really are people like me) who dream all the time?
It can't be that every single dream has a hidden meaning right? And what if those dreams contradict each other? What if there's more than one... which one carries more importance?
My previous post sparked an interesting comment from an anonymous person (not that i'm surprised) which i thought would be interesting to highlight.
Here it is:
Anonymous said -
"I bet you must be asking..'God.. why am i here for??'every single day in Labuan.if God says 'with a purpose my son'would then your days/weeks/months/years be 'freaking...' still??what would God's response be then?"
To which i replied -
"To anonymous:Point taken (in fact, it's been noted ever since i came to know Christ quite a while back - cos' i've had my share of 'pits' and 'prisons' and 'Potiphar's house'). Yet,knowing God and trusting Him doesn't necessarily mean we don't 'feel' the way we do and ask the questions we feel. Remember David. Remember even Jesus. But what matters and means more is that despite the questions and feelings ... we still choose to trust and follow Him. You may think that better is the man who never asks questions, i say better is the man who asks and yet obeys."
My previous post sparked an issue which i thought was worth a bit more investigation and here's what i came up with:
The McClintock Effect
or sometimes known as 'Menstrual Synchrony' (also sometimes known as the 'Dormitory Effect')
So yes, as the name suggests (and i've sort of got wind of such a phenomenon prior to this) is the hypothesis that the menstrual cycles of women living together for example in prisons, convents, dormitories and the like tend to become synchronized over time.
This 'phenomenon' which sometimes has been referred to as the 'social regulation of ovulation' has been postulated to have a pheromone basis by a psychologist named Martha McClintock.
Having said all that however, apparently there have been deficiencies in the theory and study as propagated by McClintock and generally speaking the scientific community has sort of discounted the 'phenomenon' as invalid.
*most of the information is what i made sense out of an article in Wikipedia.. like i said i just did a 'bit' of investigating ;) *
Don't people have an inkling anymore of what can be vaguely considered as normal and what definitely raises an eyebrow (at the very least)!
i mean of course not everyone is expected to know exactly what's wrong or right with themselves or someone else, most if not all of the time, but surely there are instances when you just know something must be wrong.... RIGHT???
yesterday, i had a young girl whom i saw in the accident and emergency department after being referred by my dear wife after she saw the patient in the clinic.
When i saw her, she was pale as a ghost!
and after talking to her just a minute or so longer, it came to my attention that for the past 5 months or so she had been having her period for 2-3 weeks straight each month! The most recent being for the ENTIRE month of December right into January! Everyday requiring 2-3 pads which were fully soaked with blood clots!!
Let me repeat myself.
She had been having her period for EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR MORE THAN 1 MONTH!!!
Now, i could deal with the whole fact that she wasn't so sure herself whether it was normal or something to be worried about cos' young girls often have very irregular and abnormal patterns with regards to their menstruation (still it should have raised suspicion).
What i couldn't deal with was that her mother (who obviously have been having her periods for far longer than her daughter and should by now have an idea of what's normal) when made aware of the condition of her daughter and her prolonged and heavy menses, actually didn't think much of it (i.e. to her mom.. it was nothing to be worried about.. i.e. it's NORMAL).
Hello? Anybody home?
Okay fine, i'm a doctor and i know definitely it's ABNORMAL but hey, wouldn't you be worried at least slightly when you're bleeding from an orifice for 2 whole weeks???
Her haemoglobin level was only 6g/dl which was less than half the normal.
i tell you the recent Christmas holidays was nothing short of fantastic for my wife and i. And this time round, it was as ‘packed’ as it could get.
We didn’t make any concrete plans or anything in advance but our family, friends and loved ones were all equally eager as we were to spend time together and as such plans were made for us ;) So ya, our breakfast-es, lunch-es and dinner-es and even ‘in betweens’ were fully booked most times and if not we spent the time just resting at home =)
Fruitful indeed =)
And of course, needless to say, we squeezed in as much shopping as we wanted ;)
Ahhh… soooo looking forward to Chinese New Year ;) hehe