10.28.2010

Happy Halloween!

What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path,
amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!
With what wistful look did he eye
every trembling ray of light streaming across the
waste fields from some distant window!
How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with
snow, which, like a sheeted specter, beset his very path!
How often did he shrink with curdling awe
at the sound of his own steps
on the frosty crust beneath his feet;
and dread to look over his shoulder,
lest he should behold some uncouth
being tramping close behind him!
and how often was he thrown
into complete dismay by some rushing blast,
howling among the trees,
in the idea that it was the Galloping Hessian
on one of his nightly scouring!
~Washington Irving (a quote from "The Legend of Sleep Hollow")~

Happy Halloween guys! And for those who will travel, stay safe. God Bless.

10.27.2010

just another reason to be happy today!

...is an answered request.

Yes, finally I got a copy of an ebook of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. I really wanted to read this book but when I checked at the second hand bookstore, this is not available.

Yesterday, in my desperation to have a copy, I asked my friends in Facebook if they have an eBook. At hindi ako nagkamali, somebody granted my wish. Thank you very much Mam L. You made me happy.

How about you, what made you happy today?

10.26.2010

reading, reading, reading

…and that’s keeping me busy.

I seldom go online because of some challenges that came into my life but I don’t want to write here.

Books & eBooks became my daily companion. They served as my outlet to move on. And just for a month, I was able to read 4 Sidney Sheldon’s books - Rage of Angels, The Best Laid Plans, Nothing Last Forever & The Stars Shine Down; 1 Mitch Albom book – Have a Little Faith; 1 Nicholas Sparks book – True Believer and 5 Ruth Ann Nordin eBooks.

There are still lots of books in my drawer and eBooks in my desktop. I am just so glad because my friends lend me some of those books to me. And I just downloaded those eBooks for free.

Now, what books would you like to recommend me to read?

10.20.2010

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8 Random Things I learned from staying in the hospital

Have presence of mind. During emergency cases, our initial reaction is to panic. But it is very much important to have presence of mind. We need to think clearly; otherwise the patient itself will worry a lot too.

Be strong. In my case, which is my first time to accompany a patient to be admitted at the hospital, my initial reaction is that I was very nervous – 1) because I am afraid of blood and when I think of hospital the next thing that will come out of my mind is blood 2) because I don’t feel comfortable at the hospital. The scent of medicines usually makes me feel drowsy and uneasy and 3) because I do not have cash at hand that time. But I need to be strong because I know that my daughter is really looking up to me and seeing me weak will only make her feel weak too.

Make your patient happy. It is important to keep your patient happy to make him/her forget that he/she is sick even for a while. Keeping them happy will actually help them recover more quickly.

Be attentive. Check and ask the nurse what he/she is going to inject in your patient. In fairness to the hospital where KA was confined, the nurses there always made sure that the watcher is aware of the things that they are doing to the patient. They even woke up those watchers when they fall asleep before injecting anything to the patient.

Always ask questions for clarification. If there’s something that bothers you or your patient or if the hospital staff doesn’t explain to you what’s happening and what will likely to happen next, then ask them questions for you to get clarified. Don’t be afraid and feel shy because in the end they will charge you some professional fee for the doctor and even for those nurses attending to your patient.

Demand for what is due to you. From my own experience, nurses don’t bother to give me a copy of all the laboratory test results made to my daughter. They just informed me that the platelets count is still low and on the following day my daughter need to have another CBC test .Though I do not know how to interpret those results; I know I need to keep a copy at hand. Besides, I paid for it so I demanded to have a copy of everything.

Choose a place where you & your patient will feel comfortable. It is important that you and your patient will feel comfortable. In our case, we only stayed at the pediatric ward. But I know it was a right choice – financially and emotionally speaking. The parents of some of the patients in that ward taught me some lessons. They shared their experiences as a parent and how they handle things when their kids got sick. Having them around actually comforted me and my daughter. And that even made me realized that I am indeed fortunate for having a healthy family.

Filing a direct claim from philhealth gives you a much bigger claim. On using your Philhealth benefit, you can choose whether you want the hospital to deduct it from your bill or for you to file it directly to the Philhealth office. I learned that you can actually avail a much bigger claim when you do a direct filing rather than allowing the hospital to deduct it from your bill and for them to claim refund from Philhealth. But of course, it takes time before you can claim your money from Philhealth. Usually, it takes 1 ½ to 2 months before they release your check.

10.08.2010

happy weekend!

Yes, it's Friday once again and tomorrow is another rest day. Thanks God for everything.

Guys, this is a very nice reminder for all of us:

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happy weekend everyone!

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MEDICAL SCRUB UNIFORMS

In my more than 3 decades of existence, I never ever dreamt of working in a hospital. And don’t ever dream of being in the medical field. I am afraid seeing fresh blood as well as people who passed away. I was once offered a scholarship to take midwifery but I immediately said NO. Luckily, nobody force me to pursue it. My heart is really not into it but I do admire the courage and the dedication of those persons working in the hospital especially the doctors and the nurses who devoted their life in serving people in need.

Anyway, as much as I hate going to the hospital, there are some circumstances that can’t be avoided. One thing for sure, I am going to face everything and forget all those fears when it concerns with my loveones.

Hospital after all is the place made to house us when we are sick and not made to scare us. In fairness, a lot of hospital staffs are so friendly and very much professional while dealing with their patient. Aside from that, another thing that I observe everytime I am inside the hospital is the nursing uniforms scrub that the nurses are wearing. It is pleasing to the eyes to see them in their scrubs medical uniforms. It even made them look prettier, friendlier, and smarter. It even gave them the image that they are the persons that need to be respected as well as idolized.

Nowadays, a lot of good hospital uniforms with different styles, design and patterns available in scrub store that you can even buy them online. And that’s very cool, right? So, for all the nurses and hospital staff out here, what are you waiting for? Go and search for some new uniforms that will suit your taste.

10.04.2010

Happy Monday



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Hey, it’s Monday once again. I just hope that you guys had a wonderful weekend and have enough energy for today and for the rest of the week.

Anyway, I am just dropping by to say hello to everyone. I still don’t have enough time and inspiration to write some updates for you to read. Life still gets busy. And though I feel like I have a thousand things on my mind, I still don’t know how to write it into a more readable one.

10.01.2010

September 2010: inspirational quotes!

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the
small ones.
~Phillips Brooks ~

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great
opportunity is where you are.
~John Burroughs ~

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~Lao Tzu~

Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.
~Wayne Dyer~

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
~Mother Teresa~

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul
remains unawakened.
~Anatole France~

More bliss can be got from
serving others than from merely serving oneself.
~Sri Sathya Sai Baba~

Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete
rest.
~Ashleigh Brilliant ~

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
~Colleen Wilcox~

There are no failures- just experiences
and your reactions to them.
~Tom Krause~

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
~Buddha~

Love begins by taking care of
the closest ones - the ones at home.
~Mother Teresa~

What a lovely
surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
~Ellen Burstyn~

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I
succeed.
~Michael Jordan~

If you want others to be happy, practice
compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~Dalai Lama~

When the idea came up, [Newman's Own] I said, "Are you crazy? Stick my
face on the label of salad dressing?" And then, of course, we got the whole idea
of exploitation and how circular it is. Why not, really, go to the fullest
length, and the silliest length, in exploiting yourself and turn the proceeds
back to the community?
~Paul Newman~

The ones who are hardest to
love are usually the ones who need it the most.
~Dan Millman~

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
~Ryunosuke Satoro~

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
~Chinese Proverb~

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your
stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.
~Robert Brault~

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done
for others and the world remains and is immortal.
~Albert Pike~

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and
power and magic in it... Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's
thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others.
~Mahatma Gandhi~

Any form of exercise, if
pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance.
~Mao Tse-Tung~

Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You
know what he hates? Naps! End of list.
~Dennis Leary~