Who ends up with the blood samples you routinely give for tests? What else are they being used for? Why don’t you know?
I am in the middle of reading Michael Palmer’s book, The Fifth Vial. I read three of his books before, accidental finds while looking for more Robin Cook’s books. Like the latter, Michael Palmer was also a doctor and Robin Cook was two years ahead of him at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. That is according to his biography. He asked his younger sister and I quote:
“If Robin can write a book and has the same education as I do,” why can’t I write a book?”
He died last October 2013 with nineteen books to his name. I was lucky enough to find The Fifth Vial, a story about a disgraced medical student, a scientist and a private eye. Put them together and you have The Fifth Vial. Just like Robin Cook, Palmer wrote medical thrillers. I have enjoyed reading Robin Cook’s books since I read my first book of him. I have collected his works over the years. I remember this started when I read about the famous Lea Salonga’s short bio that she wanted to be a doctor and that she read Robin Cook. I was intrigued so I looked for his books at Booksale. When I found one, the others followed. By the way, going back to The Fifth Vial, it is my 80th read so far since I started with Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge last January. Seventy more books to go before I finish the challenge. I am ahead of schedule though by about thirty-three books. Reading is getting lovelier and more interesting.
The medical field is such a rich source of those medical malpractices, new discoveries on medicines and such stories that appear so true in real life. When I got sick almost eight years ago, I researched and read so much about the effects of chemotherapy, how cancer could be treated the natural way. I was afraid though so I chose to have chemotherapy every three weeks and took oral chemo drugs too. Some doctors would really suggest for you to try new medicines like you are a guinea pig or a white mouse According to my oncologist, there are as many as two hundred chemotherapy drugs in the market. It costs an arm and a leg to have one small bottle of Oxaliplatin. The oral drug is just the same. The first time I saw the drip encased in a black cloth, I almost freaked out. The nurse explained to me that the drug should not be exposed to the light. You know that thinking that you are taking poison in your immune system. I wonder if having a low immunity is still the effect of taking those chemotherapy drugs.
Oh yes, why not Michael Palmer? Why not The Fifth Vial? I am sure you will also enjoy reading this as I do.
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It seems like it was only yesterday and yet it is Sunday again. Time travels so fast.
I miss reading the Sunday papers, I used to subscribe when dad was alive. Early Sunday mornings would always be a cup of instant coffee and Philippine Star. I don’t subscribe anymore since I always don’t get to read it anyway. Besides, when you eat an early breakfast at Jollibee, the morning paper comes free. For so many Sundays now, we always attend the 6:30 am masses in town. There are always online sites for national dailies if one wants to be updated with the headlines which almost always deals with extra-judicial killings. It’s not really good to be reading those news reports that only make you feel that the present government is doing nothing. I pity my country, in nine months since their president occupied Malacanang, it’s one big ride downwards.
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day in the Catholic Church. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. I will always remember my former boss at the bank, she was the one who initiated that we pray the 3 O’clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy every day. I’ve come to memorize the prayer. This hour of Great Mercy promises tremendous grace in our lives.
So yesterday was a family celebration of Mom’s birthday. It’s one of those day worth-remembering again not so much of the food (though we have plenty of it) but more of the camaraderie and the laughter when our baby Nate is around. I think he will always be the life of a party. I have some food magazines here and Nate pointed at one of the covers and told his dad that he wanted something similar to eat soon. It’s a colorful array of veggies and meat on the side. We laughed while he pointed at the photo. Sometimes kids are taken by colors although they are the first to figure out that a certain taste is not to their liking. I am glad that Nate eat his vegetables more than her daddy does 🙂
Have I told you that I finally changed my Aldiko e-reader to Moonreader? Moonreader seems the better option for my e-books, it is easier to navigate and to follow. Since I started reading e-books a few years ago, it has always been Aldiko but I guess it is no longer that user-friendly on my tab. I wonder sometimes that despite an outer device with a 10 gb to boot, I still get the message, the space it not enough to upgrade apps. The only apps I installed earlier when I didn’t have my computer before was the BPI and WordPress. The tab comes with all those pre-installed apps that you cannot delete but are upgraded from time to time Facebook included. never mind, I only ever use it for reading and for paying household bills online. I want to buy a camera first before changing my tab. One of these days, maybe.
Posted in family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, I love weekends | Tagged Faith, family life, I love Sundays, journeys, thoughts and ramblings | 6 Comments »
I just received this message from WordPress a few minutes ago with this logo:
“Congratulations on writing 100 posts on Gardens and Empty Spaces!”
Haha, it’s my 100th blog post on my other blog Gardens and Empty Spaces. I have long neglected this blog because for the last six months I haven’t taken pictures of my garden until today. I have to use my tab to take photos. I am glad that for every milestone in blogging, WordPress has always a reminder so we won’t forget.
Come visit me there if you have time. Would love to update it at least once a month.
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I’ve read somewhere about those seven signs when you are seriously broke. Seriously, I don’t think there are just those seven signs for you to realize that you really don’t have enough to tide you over until the next pay-day or until your next pension.
My goodness, there must be something wrong with people who try to live beyond their means. Nowadays, gadgets are always updated almost every six months and there are people who just can’t help themselves, they need to buy the newest and latest model of cellphones, tabs, lap tap or what have you maxing out their credit card limits in the process.
Since I started working at the bank back in 1978, I also started keeping a small notebook of my daily expenses religiously updating it at the end of the day. Why, even a twenty-five cents worth of candies was written there. I kept a tab of my monthly budget and summarized it yearly when my two kids were still at university. I had several envelopes marked for marketing, for groceries, miscellaneous, Nissa’s and Josef’s allowances and for small indulgences now and then. That only stopped a few years after my optional retirement from the bank where I worked for more than twenty-one years. Since then, I’ve been conscious of how and where to spend wisely.Sometimes though, I am an impulsive buyer too. There are those things that we just want but don’t really need. Economists always tell us, save first before you spend. That seldom happens though. By the time the 15th or the end of the month is near, you are using your credit card to buy things.
I learned a lot while I was working at Bank of PI. You learn to save money the right way, you learn to invest in some funds the right way. They will teach you how. You will learn to curtail a little of those unnecessary expenses. You will learn to handle money. Money per se is not evil, it’s how we handle it. There are people who think money is their God, the more they have, the happier they are. You are rich when you have enough but you are richer when you have peace of mind, you can get up in the morning without worrying, when you could admire simple things that give you happiness.
Is living beyond your means an ideal set-up? I don’t think so. It would probably gives you more problems than you presently have.
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