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This Pandemic…


It is really sad that after more than two years of this Covid, lockdowns and people especially kids who were not allowed to go out, has a negative effect afterall. And it showed even if you were not affected by Covid.

Nissa and Obet brought Nate to the eye doctor for check-up over the weekend. His eye grade reached 300 both eyes. Being indoors has an effect according to the doctor. His eyes haven’t been trained for more than two years to far places/sites. The eyeballs have elongated so he is now nearsighted. You can count the number of times in your finger when they allowed him to go out.

Now wearing eyeglasses at the age of nine.

If I may say, Covid has changed my sense of hearing. I could not fully understand videos, songs, group discussions etc. It is slowly coming back now although I’m still finding it hard to listen in enclosed places. It’s just so noisy.

I wonder when this Covid would finally be eradicated. We still wear masks in going out. Lately, the Department of Health has reported around 3,000 people affected in the whole country.

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May I ask for more prayers from you? Thanks in advance.

Alden is now out of the hospital. There is a 13 cm. lump near his ass but the biopsy will be released in two weeks yet. The ultrasound showed enlarged prostate, small cysts in the pancreas, liver and kidney. Had he decided for a surgical operation three years ago, these could have been prevented. Now he needs another CT scan for them to see if he needs operation or not. He has been hospitalized twice these March and April and we have exhausted everything to help financially. My SSS account balance is almost nil. His wife does not work. I wonder how she and their kid would survive if worse comes to worse.

Now and again, I have always said that health is wealth. If you are healthy, it won’t be a big problem if you don’t have enough money. You can always change your lifestyle.

I wish I could go home to visit Alden but nobody could take care of mom. My older brother’s movement is still limited due to his brain operation last year. Josef and Jovy are no longer working from home. I think at 93, dementia is beginning to show in mom. She is always being forgetful.

Please, please dear friends, I NEED YOUR PRAYERS🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Thank you so much.

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GOD Is Good


Thank God for answered prayers. I AM NEGATIVE of Covid 19.

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That Was A Scare


He said, “ma’am antayin niyo na lang sila dito”. I told him our car is parked there and we’re going to Mercury Drug to buy medicine.

“Samahan ko na lang po kayo”. So he accompanied me to cross the street going to Jollibee.

I had a scare the past few days when I got sick. For four street days, I had fever not lower than 39C. After taking paracetamol round the clock every four hours, it did not change. Since Saturday and Sunday are the only free time for Josef and Jovy, we planned of visiting the hospital supposedly today. Last night though when they came home, Josef told me to prepare and we were going to the hospital. That was around 9:30 pm. It was a ten to fifteen minute drive from our place. Luckily when we reached Mission Hospital, they had no patient at the emergency room. First thing I did was to take my temperature at the digital thermometer displayed at the corner together with a bottle of alcohol. What do you know, my body temperature was normal.

Since I was having difficulty passing my urine, I asked the doctor if I could undergo urinalysis too. So I had my CBC, chest X-ray and they asked If I am willing to undergo swab test for Covid, I said yes. My blood count is okay but I have UTI. It would take four days before the release of the result of the Covid swab. They gave me prescriptions of antibiotics and something for cough. Actually to be safe, I took my temperature three times and it was normal.

When I left the emergency room, the guard told me to just wait for Josef and Jovy. They went to Jollibee across the street to buy sandwiches. It was almost 12am. So the guard accompanied me to cross the street . Such show of kindness. I was touched. I didn’t know that Josef planned all along to give him a midnight snack while they were waiting for me. He went back to the guard to give him his snack.

While we were on our way, I mentioned casually that maybe my digital thermometer might be defective. Josef suggested that I buy a new one. True enough, when we reached the house, I had normal body temperature.

That was certaily a scare, giving me sleepless nights and worried look. I had to take Melatonin so I could sleep.

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He said, “ma’am antayin niyo na lang sila dito”. I told him our car is parked there and we’re going to Mercury Drug to buy medicine.

“Samahan ko na lang po kayo”. So he accompanied me to cross the street going to Jollibee.

I had a scare the past few days when I got sick. For four street days, I had fever not lower than 39C. After taking paracetamol round the clock every four hours, it did not change. Since Saturday and Sunday are the only free time for Josef and Jovy, we planned of visiting the hospital supposedly today. Last night though when they came home, Josef told me to prepare and we were going to the hospital. That was around 9:30 pm. It was a ten to fifteen minute drive from our place. Luckily when we reached Mission Hospital, they had no patient at the emergency room. First thing I did was to take my temperature at the digital thermometer displayed at the corner together with a bottle of alcohol. What do you know, my body temperature was normal.

Since I was having difficulty passing my urine, I asked the doctor if I could undergo urinalysis too. So I had my CBC, chest X-ray and they asked If I am willing to undergo swab test for Covid, I said yes. My blood count is okay but I have UTI. It would take four days before the release of the result of the Covid swab. They gave me prescriptions of antibiotics and something for cough. Actually to be safe, I took my temperature three times and it was normal.

When I left the emergency room, the guard told me to just wait for Josef and Jovy. They went to Jollibee across the street to buy sandwiches. It was almost 12am. So the guard accompanied me to cross the street . Such show of kindness. I was touched. I didn’t know that Josef planned all along to give him a midnight snack while they were waiting for me. He went back to the guard to give him his snack.

While we were on our way, I mentioned casually that maybe my digital thermometer might be defective. Josef suggested that I buy a new one. True enough, when we reached the house, I had normal body temperature.

That was certaily a scare, giving me sleepless nights and worried look. I had to take Melatonin so I could sleep.

PS

I haven’ forgotten your birthday PETE. Belated Happy Birthday🌻🌿🥂🎂

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It’s almost a week now since my last post here. I have to submit to SSS several copies of mom’s photo holding a current newspaper before they were satisfied. Finally yesterday, I received an e-mail that they processed the renewal of Mom’s pension. She is a survivor pensioner so we have to renew it every year just to let them know that she is alive and kicking. She complains about being nervous when she wakes up and this morning she said that her one eye could not see. Otherwise, she is still healthy for her age of 92 going 93 by April. She complains that she could not go out. It’s been three years since she arrived back here. Alden could not fetch her because he is sick. My other brother who lives close by cannot drive yet because he had brain operation a few months ago. I am the only one who could take care of her.

I joined the 2022 Goodreads Reading challenge and committed myself to read 150 books this year. I am done with four. I am never in a hurry though. I choose those new authors and discover what they have to offer. Last year I was able to finish 144 books, an eclectic mix of historical, contemporary, memoirs, one YA book and a couple or three love stories. Here are the books I have rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

A Winter Beneath The Stars – Jo Thomas

Evergreen – Belva Plain

Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers

What The Wind Knows Amy Harmon

Knight in Shining Suit – Jerilee Kaye

Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela ( a memoir)

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

The Orphans Of Race Point – Paltry Francis

These are just some of the few titles I enjoyed reading last year.

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For the fourth time since this pandemic I have to go out again yesterday to get an additional form for mom’s renewal of her Social Security survivor’s pension since it is nearing January 16 which is the date of Dad’s birth.

I was able to contact SSS Cainta branch manager via e-mail. According to him, their branch is already closed since November last year. I have to go to another branch to get the non-remarriage/no co-habitation form, an additional requirement. Mom could no longer write her name so I bought a stampad ink months ago for her thumb marks.

I e-mailed everything, such gargantuan requirements. SSS just want to make sure that the pensioner is still alive.

Speaking of booster shots, I am in a quandary whether to get one. According to a friend whose son lives in Saudi Arabia, they are on their second booster there. Would this be endless meantime that it is in experimental stage? We had about more than 5,000 positive cases yesterday and according to our health department, there are already 7 cases of the Omicron variant. Sometimes, their reports are no longer believable.

Right now, I am on my third book. I joined the 2022 Godreads Reading Challenge. Yeay for 150 books.

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A friend who used to be an officemate also used to visit my wall at Facebook and occasionally comment on my posts here although she is not a blogger.

These last few days, I missed her words and the inspiring comments that she usually write. I had a sudden inkling to visit her wall, there was nothing there for the last four months. I tried some friends of hers who have the same surname as she has. Probably her kids? We have some common friends at Bank of PI on Facebook but I’ve never read nor heard about Minnah.

What a sad ending when I read that she passed on last July 19. We used to talk about her having dialysis twice a week before. I told her about my dad’s plight having dialysis before he died. In our hospitals here, it is not free. I wonder if that has changed now. My dad died fourteen years ago after six months of treatment. Minnah said, it was hard to put up money for her dialysis twice a week.

When Dad died, I promised myself that I would never submit to that treatment if (God forbids)I would be in that same predicament. Imagine, they drain out your blood and put it back clean, same procedure after two or three days. All the nutrients your body absorbed in those days in between come to naught.

My dad passed away because of end stage renal disease. I have chronic UTI since I gave birth to Nissa. I haven’t been to my doctor since this pandemic started.

They always say health is wealth and I agree.

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For the nth time, I am requesting for prayers from you my online friends.

Two years ago, I went home with Nissa and Josef to visit my younger brother Alden at the hospital. I stayed there for a week. He has colon cancer like my older brother and I had before years ago. He didn’t undergo operation but opted for alternative treatment.

For a few months now, there is always blood in his stool. His latest blood chem is not good. He needs to undergo blood transfusion ASAP. The thing is, his doctor was transferred to another hospital yesterday which is quite far from our place. I wonder if they were able to meet the new doctor today.

I know that it would no longer take us long to be with him, all I am asking is to prolong his life a little so we could be together again. I could not go home since no one could take care of mom who is slowly showing dementia. Life is so stressful.

My older brother who lives in the next subdivision has just undergone brain operation three months ago and he is not yet well enough to take care of mom.

Prayers, always prayers. Life is short.

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I don’t know what is happening. Everyday on my newsfeed on Facebook, I see death all around. Today, it was the former secretary of DSWD (Department of Social Wefare and Development). The other day, a professor from UST died, a few days ago, a student and a nurse died too. I wonder if all of these were caused by Covid because sometimes, the news does not mention it.

I was listening to Fr. Aly’s homily this morning. He told the parishioners about the importance of these Covid vaccines. Not everyone is sure that the pandemic won’t catch up even if we are fully jabbed. I remember my exchange of thoughts with my friend from Canada who told me the news of Fr.Eli’s death a week ago. She said that if the former was vaccinated, it could have triggered his death. He was operated on a few years ago and had a pacemaker. Then she sent those articles that vaccines are not safe. I got confused so I asked if she and her husband were vaccinated. She said at the end of our conversation that it is not polite to ask that question. She told me it is a private choice. More confused.

Going back to Fr. Aly’s homily, he said that one doesn’t know if she/he would be affected. A strong immunity is very important. I agree. Mostly, those hospitalized haven’t been vaccinated yet. There are people who are found positive of Covid even if they are fully vaccinated. Where do we go from here? How long will we have to endure before this pandemic is out of our lives for good?

Morbid you say? I guess it’s not.

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