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My doctor is happy.

I am happy.

Thank God for a clean bill of health. People always say, health is wealth. I do agree. And I believe that when you are healthy, everything good follows. You can enjoy life in all its glory.

Went back to my doctor early this morning and showed him the result of my lab test. He smiled and said jokingly, “ang galing ng doctor mo ano?” I just laughed. I really hope I won’t have to visit him again for a long, long time. I’ll just come back when my prescription for my medicines are fully used up.

It’s a lovely day for shopping. Not too many shoppers around. I was all alone at the gift wrapping counter. I asked the staff assigned there if he could also wrap the small items I purchased. He agreed with a smile.

Hmm, my Christmas shopping is done.

All I need are some extra decor for the tree if Josef would help me put it up.  And yes, grocery shopping too next month for Christmas. I haven’t planned a menu yet on what to prepare by then. Let me first anticipate the joy  of having another birthday. Did I say I am turning 62, 63, 64 in almost three weeks?

Time does fly, doesn’t it? Imagine, I left the bank where I used to work when I was forty three. That is about two decades already.  Back then, my kids were only in their teens. Nissa was only starting in college and Josef was in high school. Now we have an almost seven-year old in the family.  Sometimes it is lovely to look back and think of the memories we left behind.  They are memories to treasure and keep. When you have a home to go to and a family to love, they are both blessings in our lives.

October is a lovely month, isn’t it?

A friend forwarded this to me a long time ago. I thought I’ll share it  with you.

 

 

 

 

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Finally, I was able to squeeze one afternoon buying gifts for family members. You might think it is a little bit OA buying  Christmas gifts this early, at least I am halfway through.

For every gift amounting to P500 and up, you’ll get free wrapping from the department store complete with nice ribbons.  I always save on Christmas wrapping papers every year because of this. I usually buy kitchen accessories for Nissa and Obet for when they would transfer to their new home. The house was already built but there are no divisions yet for the rooms upstairs.  I wonder when everything would be completed. Now that Nate is growing and already knows the value of money, he prefers cash gifts but I still buy something he could open on Christmas Eve which they usually spend here.  Years ago, I gave him an additional gift of a piggy bank and  he was thrilled when they opened it and Nissa counted  the money he saved. It went  straight to his savings account. Teaching kids the value of saving is one gift that you can give them which they will appreciate later on.

I had a nice chat with one of the mall’s staff at the gift wrapping section and he laughed when I said that those gifts are for Christmas. He said it is always a good time to buy early since once November comes in and most employees receive their Christmas bonuses for the year, the  mall is a hive of activity especially at their section.

Back when I was still working at the bank,  I would start  buying Christmas gifts as early as September because back then, I had a longer list. Most of them were officemates and friends. Now it is purely for the family and some close friends nearby.

I  dropped by BreadTalk and bought my favorite Spring in the City slice plus a loaf of wheat bread.  One thing I like about buying there is that, you are always entitled to a full 20% discount if you are a senior citizen. And their products are freshly baked.

There goes my Saturday afternoon. It’s time to read again I guess.  Onward to my 119th read this year.

 

 

 

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She took some photos on her birthday…for posterity I guess. Nate is quite excited to visit Legoland Malaysia in a few days. An advance birthday gift for his 7th birthday. 

At 37….

Nate is a little chubby nowadays but I love it.


 

I was surprised Nate loves Japanese food….haha!


 

Blowing her birthday candle at the office.


 

Another solo picture of the birthday girl.

She doesn’t look like she has undergone surgery at the start of the month. God is good and God is great. Radioactive therapy is scheduled when they get back from their trip abroad.

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I posted this greeting on Nissa’s wall today:

All the best for a happy and blessed birthday anak. It’s an event that we will always celebrate because when you were born, I’ve become a mother too. I wish you good health always and success in your career. Take care. I LOVE YOU!

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Last Saturday when I went home, Mom told me about our other dog Noki was under our dining room table. She is becoming so forgetful that when she opens the door to the dirty kitchen, she leaves it  open and Noki would sneak in and stay inside. His territory is the garage and the dirty kitchen, normally we don’t allow him to stay inside the house except when there is thunder  and those fireworks during every start of the year.

He quarrels with our other dog, quite jealous about him when he sees Oreo being carried by Josef or Jovy.  I was trying to get him into the kitchen and stay there but he bit me on my right thumb. I was shocked. Normally he is a gentle dog. This is the second time he did, the last time was two years ago when I tried adjusting his collar. I underwent three sessions of anti-rabies and anti-tetanu vaccinations then. Last Saturday, it was the same  anti-tetanu and was prescribed antibiotics to take for seven days.  I had my first anti-rabies injection this morning and the doctor at the Animal Bite Clinic  told me they will just give me booster shots,  one this morning and another one next Thursday. The tetanu and anti-rabies shots are free but they didn’t have the antibiotics they prescribed at their pharmacy so I bought it outside.

Such an unfortunate event, I am almost afraid now to touch him.  Oreo on the other hand is still as sweet and loyal as ever. Goodness, when I see our four cats and two doggies, I sometimes think  we have too many  pets.

 

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Down on her knees in prayers.

She asked

Then she waits.

She knows

Answers could come today

Or in the days ahead.

 

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Have you noticed? All I did the past two or three weeks was blogged about my family’s health. It’s quite unfortunate that we have come to this. When anyone in the family is not healthy and fit, I worry but I am leaving it all to God. As I’ve always said before, God is a loving God and our trials are just that. How long we can endure defends on how well we believe that everything will be okay in the end. I’ve always believed that He is the greatest Healer of all. Our crosses may sometimes be heavy but we are able to carry them through.

I called Nissa this morning while she was at the UST Hospital. She went back to her endocrinologist. She has to undergo a one time treatment of  Radioactive Iodine Therapy at least a month or two after her surgery. Since that needs a three-day isolation, she has to stay at the hospital’s isolation room when that is done. There are preparations and things that she is not yet allowed to eat. seafood and eggs are a no, no.

When mom was given same radioactive medicine years ago because of her goiter, it was  an outpatient procedure but for a month she was not allowed to even kiss us or her grandkids. I am afraid  the cost of the medication for Nissa is expensive  and the remaining insurance for this year can no longer  cover it all. She still has to verify it with the insurance company. She may opt to shoulder the remaining balance since it is a per sickness/per year basis. And since it is the same sickness that will be covered, she has to shell out cash. Unless of course she will wait for January for the insurance’s renewal.

I also visited my internist this morning and he opted for additional medications for my BP. It was erratic. I’ll have a repeat FBS and urinalysis in a week. The urinalysis is normal except that there is a 2 + protein in it. Creatinine is at a normal range.  Really, when one is getting old, there are unavoidable things that crop up. Diet is one commodity that I have to watch. I don’t have much exercise though.

These things happening at BUCOR (Bureau of Corrections) or what we call Bureau of Prisons are getting out of hand. Those corrupt officials allow the rich prisoners to buy their freedom and the director claims that he does not know it? There seems to be a conspiracy  between those rich drug lords and BUCOR.  Such a shame, almost everyone appointed by this government is a failure. Do you think this Senate hearing is another waste of people’s money? Is it another distraction while most of us are waiting for the Election Tribunal to announce their findings on Marcos’ complaint that he won the VP position?  My goodness, we all  know that VP Leni Robredo is the legit Vice-President who won fair and square againsts Bongbong Marcos.

Kawawang Pilipinas at kawawang mga mamamayan. We are being trampled on and still some of us remain indifferent.

 

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