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You might wonder how our family has been since my brother was diagnosed with rectal cancer which has metastasised in his liver.

Allow me first to thank you all for  your prayers and words of comfort. It is helping us a lot that there are friends who also hope for a longer life for my brother.

Since he left the hospital, I call them everyday. He needs that moral support that we can give even in our small way. He has let go and let God do the rest for his healing. He decided not to undergo that much dreaded operation and even chemotherapy later on. Just to give you an idea, we are four siblings in all and my eldest brother underwent surgical operation with chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with the same ailment back in 2003. I had mine in July 2009 with six cycles of chemotherapy. I had doubts that this must be hereditary. There might be something in our genes  causing the three of us to have the same ailment. I remember what my medical oncologist said though years ago that genes/heredity  comprises only 10%  when you are diagnosed with colon cancer.

I was listening to my favorite  radio program the other week when they had this one-hour segment called Kaibigan sa Kalusugan  and their topic was about cancer and initial cure. They are a group of doctors who believe in alternative medicine. I left a message in their program which was also broadcasted on their Facebook page. One of their personnel texted me and gave me the details of their clinic near our place here in Manila. I texted back that my brother is in the province and Manila is too far for travel. They have a clinic in Pampanga  (more than seventy km. from our  place in the province)  so last Monday, my brother,  sis-in-law and a cousin who temporarily drives for them went for consultation. I googled their way of treating patients with different illnesses and I was impressed. Even my brother was all praises for them. They are doctors too. I was even more in awe when I read that they are known worldwide and that the medicines they prescribe to their patients are BFAD (Bureau of Food and Drugs) approved here in the Philippines.  My brother was prescribed three medications and they have to come back on Monday and bring new laboratory tests that they have requested. They even told him to continue with his previous medications prescribed by his doctors at the hospital.

This is a leap of faith. Hoping  for a better health for my brother. I always remember that God does not give us crosses that we can’t bear. He will always be there guiding our paths. Going through such challenges is quite heavy both for my brother and the family but we remain faithful and hopeful  to God’s wisdom and mercy.  There is a place where He wants us to be and we are truly grateful for that.

May God bless us all. 

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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”- St. Augustine of Hippo

One of the highlights of today’s homily are these words:

“To understand LIFE, you have to visit three locations:
1. The Hospital
2. The Prison
3. The Cemetery

At the Hospital, you will understand that nothing is more beautiful than health. In Prison, you’ll see that freedom is the most precious thing. At the Cemetery, you will realize that life is worth nothing, the ground we walk today will be our roof tomorrow.”

When I went home to take care of my brother three weeks ago, I  set aside an hour visiting our beloved dead at the cemetery with my cousin before going to the hospital. Since I seldom take a vacation during All Saints and All Souls Days, I make it a point to light candles and offer prayers in front of their  graves every time I go home. There is always that nostalgic feeling,  remembrance of old days when my dad, my youngest brother, grandparents, aunties and uncles and some close relatives were still alive. Their graves are near each other.

In the hospital when you’re passing by the halls, you’ll see all kinds of reaction from people looking so sorrowful and staring in one direction, people texting or those who spent the night sleeping  along the corridors waiting. I haven’t tried visiting a prison yet but some years ago, I went with my high school classmates to visit a former schoolmate at the National Center for Mental Health where patients are like prisoners caged in open  (with grills of course) rooms  with several beds adjacent to each other.

It is quite depressing sometimes to be able to see hospital patients and those in the mental hospital.  And yes, health is one commodity that makes us rich in life even without those material trappings. Good health is not something you can buy.

I’d like to end up this post with these words.

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” 
― Lao Tzu

 

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I still can’t figure out how I feel at the moment – I  am so sad about what is happening to our family members. Nissa is scheduled for biopsy of her left throat on Thursday before they decide on any operation.

My brother does not want to be operated on. He’d rather adhere to alternative cure. I contacted Kaibigan sa Kalusugan this morning in their clinic in San Fernando, Pampanga, a three-hour ride by car from our place in the province. It is nearer than spending a six-hour ride to Manila. They said to bring all his laboratory results, ultrasound and CT scan.  I hope it’ll be a better choice for him.

Fr. Lovell called me up early this morning and I was so grateful for the words of comfort, spiritual advices and words of wisdom. He told me to take things one at a time so my health won’t be compromised. I also had a long chat with a friend from our Catholic page. Talking about life, health and  daily happenings in our lives, our own journeys, how we deal of those unexpected things that come  and go. It was a lovely chat. As usual my unli call hours on my phone were well spent.

Ou Shih Poo Oreo has this habit of sitting on my lap while I am reading. I took shot of him this afternoon, a close-up one.

Look at his eyes. I love that pensive look. His expression is like that when you are talking to him or he wants your attention wagging his tail at the same time.

My shoutout today: Your prayers mean a lot to our family. Thank you very much.

 

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Been to Medical City twice since I arrived last Saturday from the province. I had my urinalysis last Sunday then had a check-up with my doctor this morning. There is still a slight infection so he gave me five more days to take antibiotics.  Saturday night, I had skin allergy, took antihistamine and it was gone.

You realize the importance of family as days pass by and each of you is living his/her life apart. It used to be when we only get to see each other when my  brother fetches or accompanies mom when she goes home or when she wants to stay with us here in the city. In between, we just have occasional calls and texts to say hello.

The past week is one of the longest times I stayed with my brother and his family. It was a novelty for me listening to his stories about work, their mission in visiting far flung areas to give donations from the municipality where he used to work,  his daily routine at the municipal hall conducting meetings and such. He said it was stressful but a somehow fulfilling job. He and some of his office mates have co-terminus stay with the previous mayor who appointed them so when local election was held last May, they were all dismissed by the present one. Sad really because he got sick when he no longer has a job to speak of.

We spoke of some relatives whose attitude towards their own flesh  and blood leave something to be desired. I guess that is quite inevitable specially when they have experienced living abroad and their lives have improved somehow. In Tagalog, we call it a little “mayabang”. But such is life I said.

We spoke of his plan to make an additional room at the house one of these days. The house is old and there are many things that need fixing too. Even our garden there has become wild with overgrown trees and ornamentals that need trimming.

I believe in the goodness of our Saviour but sometimes I think of the “what ifs” and my mind wanders. This morning, while my brother and sister-in-law were accompanied by a nurse in an ambulance going to the provincial hospital for his CT scan, I  offered rosary prayers for his health. If and when he gets well, I hope he recovers for good.

GOD works miracles. HE  is the GREATEST HEALER of all.

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Hello friends. I’m back….finally. Seems like I’ve forgotten how to blog. Everything seems new to my eyes.

I spent a week with my brother who is still at the hospital until now. He is scheduled for a CT scan procedure tomorrow morning. I read the result of of his ultrasound but the lingo is foreign to my ears. They found cysts in his liver. Hoping and praying everything would be okay and the nodules are not malignant. It is still a long journey for him getting well and all. He has become too thin for my liking and he looks older than his real age. Besides,  his blood sugar is a bit not on the normal level. So glad though that he has a little appetite now compared to the first two weeks of his illness.

To think that I am older than him by almost five years. I gave him a brown scapular. He was teary-eyed when I placed it on his neck.

With a niece, Josef, Nissa, another niece and a cousin. Taken when we arrived at the hospital. Nissa, Josef and I went straight there when we arrived. They stayed overnight.

I remember my own ordeal ten years ago. IVs has been non-stop, his arms are full of needle marks, antibiotics and other medications are injected into the IV.

Once again I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my brother.  May you all be blessed.

 

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It took me just a few minutes to see my internist so he could interpret the results of my laboratory tests. His expression is always “panis”  and  I laughed when he said it this morning. He was so happy to see that my glucose result is pretty normal. However, I have UTI again. He said women are more prone to UTI than men. I agree. Been having UTI now and then since I gave birth to Nissa. At least now, I don’t have to undergo urine culture to see where I am sensitive or resistant to antibiotics. The medicine that I am sensitive to is way cheaper than my previous medications before the urine culture.

I am so glad that my blood sugar is still normal from the last time I had it checked last year. I heaved a sigh of relief that it is controlled. What a blessing.

Health is wealth. I often hear these words from fellow health warriors who are undergoing different ailments. A friend just messaged me to pray for his brother who is presently confined at the UST Hospital. He is scheduled to undergo endoscopy to stop the bleeding in his stomach.  I remember one particular morning when I had the same procedure several years ago, a most unpleasant one.

Please help me pray for those who are presently sick, confined in the hospitals or in their own homes. May they find comfort and strength. May they find peace and quiet. May they get well soon.

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You might say, it’s one of those days.

Yes, it is.

This morning I went back to the Medical  City to have those laboratory tests done.   Last week, my doctor told me to have a uric acid test done since I was complaining about my aching knees. He included fasting blood sugar (FBS) as routine check  since I have maintenance medicines for my sugar. Although it was normal the previous testing, my doctor wanted to be sure it still is.

I asked the medical technologist early this morning what the Vitamin D deficiency  test was for, he told me that there are occasional instances where they request such. I must admit I am a bit paranoid when it comes to my health. In Tagalog, they call it “praning”.  So that was done too. Unfortunately, it would take a few days before I get the results so I have to go back again sometime next week, at the same time see my doctor.

Mr. Google is so helpful. I searched the effect of a high BUN.  I looked up why I need that Vitamin D deficiency test. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis more than twenty years  ago, before I had my hysterectomy.  The big problem is, I  don’t drink milk and Mom told me I never had it  even when I was a baby. I was breastfed all along. Until now, I don’t like the taste and smell of milk. I don’t like some ice cream flavors, I don’t like milky candies. Maybe that is why, my bones are weak and brittle.

Actually, I hate going and visiting a doctor. I have so many  maintenance medicines that I’m afraid my kidneys would fail because of it. But when you’re getting old, your health slowly deteriorates too.

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