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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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My head is full at the moment thinking of events in our lives.

Getting lost here. I thought today is Friday. Had to take a look twice at my cellphone….crazy.

My head is full at the moment thinking of events happening in our lives. Sad to say, my mom’s older sister died the other day. She was 99. My brothers and I are in a quandary whether to tell mom or not. She might not be able to understand that Covid is preventing us to go there because we are on a lockdown. 65 up are not allowed to go out. Mom’s sense of hearing is practically nil. My eldest brother suggested that we just tell her after the burial.

We could not even visit Alden. My aunt and Alden’s family are in the same barangay in our province.

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Yesterday, we got worried about Cookie. Her bowel movement was frequent so at around 8:30 pm last night, Josef and Jovy had to bring her to the vet. She has Parvo, a contagious virus affecting dogs. She was given several medications and seven days injections which cost sky-high. She probably got it when they usually go out for a walk inside our village.

Oreo stayed with me last night and he’s now asleep at the foot of the bed. When Jovy and Josef came home from the vet clinic today, they sanitized everything inside the house. Jovy did the fogging and floor cleaning while Josef disinfected the garden. After a while, a veterinarian and his two companions arrived. Noki has three shots, anti-rabies (which we do every year) immunity and deworming. Nika and Niki had immunity, deworming and anti-rabies vaccine too. They could not catch Lassie, the elusive one so they were not able to vaccinate her. Oreo had his 8 in one vaccine months ago while Cookie had her 5 in one at the same time. I guess Parvo vaccine is not included in the latter.

As I have said before, our fur babies are family members so if one of them gets sick, we worry. I hope Cookie will get well soon. I asked the vet why some dogs seem to be always afraid of human and he said, they might have been maltreated in the early years of their lives.

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WordPress reminded me again that I am supposed to write a blog today.

This Covid 19 Delta variant is quite scary. Although I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer, I am worried about this. Josef and Jovy haven’t been scheduled yet at JP Morgan. Nissa will have her second dose of Moderna on Monday. My son-in-law will have his first dose on August 13.

Research say that once you had the virus, your body builds an immunity for up to eight months and when you are vaccinated, your antibodies will work up to six months. What if in six to eight months, Covid is still active? These mutations like the Delta variant are formed the more people are infected. And once you have experienced Covid like I did, you’ll be wary of it.

We will be on enhanced comunity quarantine (ECQ) again from August 6 to August 20. Even everyday Catholic masses were suspended starting today until August 20 but you can attend online. Delta variant is now here in our country. I guess no matter how many CQs this government declares if some protocols are not met, Covid 19 is here to stay. No contact tracing, lack of vaccines and they blame the people when the number arises. Know what I think,they really don’t have concrete plans to address this pandemic.

I went grocery shopping yesterday, basic commodities that we need in the next three weeks. I also ordered food online that we could stock in the ref. Going out is limited during this lockdown.

When will this Covid 19 ends? We are still so far away from that herd immunity that they are talking about.

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It is an uneventful week except waiting for my second dose of Pfizer vaccine which was done this morning. The wait was even longer than the first dose but it was very organized. You go through another interview (consent by the patient), taking of blood pressure and pulse ( they’ll write on you papers if you could be vaccinated) then the vaccination area. You have to wait for another 20 to 30 minutes for them to take your blood pressure reading before you could leave. The nurse confirmed that it was Pfizer by showing the vial. Nice 🙂

Taking photos at the vaccination area is not allowed but I took a shot of the auditorium. Good thing even if it was a three-hour wait, the place is so convenient because it is so wide. There were ushers who took charge of the movement of the people.

The other day, March 13, I celebrated my 12th year in remission. Thank God for second chances at life.

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No, Covid is not my favorite subject. In fact I am trying to avoid discussing how we were during the three weeks that we were on strict quarantine. It had a big impact though in our lives.

It seems like my life has drastically changed. I still feel its debris because every now and then, I have slight fever every day. There are times when I wake up but I don’t feel rested at all. I am taking Melatonin every night now to help me sleep but it seems it has no effect. There are times when I wake up and still feel so weak.

I read an article that it is not just fourteen days. Post-covid symptoms suddenly arise. My sense of hearing has become weaker. Ordinary conversations are high-pitched to my ears and noisy. There were times when I would hear those angry and strange voices.

I watch videos to pass the time when I can’t sleep (mostly about doggies) but I put off the sounds. I can’t stand too long to take a bath so I sit on a stool. I have a friend who almost lost his life because of pneumonia and his sense of hearing and his eyes were affected.

The effects of Covid manifest themselves one by one when it is gone. I have low immunity because I am a cancer survivor so I take vitamin D, sodium ascorbate with Zinc and my usual maintenance medicines. I alternate drinking green tea lemon,ginger juice and honey citron tea every morning.

It is hard to adjust but I have to. Thanks to a loving God who give us second chances at life.

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