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Some plants that we sometimes ignore are under our very noses. Our good neighbor gave me a packet of Turmeric powder which was sent by her daughter from the US. I sometimes use it in fried rice, a cup of tea or recipes that require a little of it. I love using garlic  and fresh ginger especially in cooking Adobo (a unique dish here in our country).

These kitchen condiments are natural antibiotics. I am not sure about colloidal silver though. Not too familiar with it.

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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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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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I took a rest the whole of yesterday. I was not feeling so good. My throat hurts until now and last night was a struggle to sleep well. I woke up before 12am, then was able to sleep again before 4am.  I have to brew some ginger slices  which I drank as substitute for water.

I am so afraid when I get sick because over the years my immunity has gone down. If I have colds, it would take me weeks to get well. And to think flu is rampant nowadays because of the cold weather. Early this morning, I went out to buy pandesal for breakfast and I had to wear a face mask.  Just a precaution.

I found this very inspiring  and uplifting book entitled The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. I could wholeheartedly relate, a case of been there, done that.  Mia was nicknamed Rabbit by her family and friends. She is a young mother battling cancer. The story mostly happened in a hospice where she was transferred  during her final days. She reflects on her life’s journey as she waits for the final hour that she’ll meet her Maker. She is an atheist though while her family members are Catholics.  The support of her family members, her friends and her twelve-year old daughter makes the story even more poignant. Anger, hope, despair  and denial, the love between a mother and a young daughter, the relationship of parents to their kids, the love between siblings. I guess this book is not for the weak-hearted for you will surely cry while reading it.  But there are instances where you would also laugh and could easily relate to what they are all going through.

Anna McPartlin was born in Dublin, Ireland.  Her inspirations are her friends and family. I wish I could find her three other books.  I love the way she write.

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It’s one those rare luxuries that I get to indulge in. The last time I went to a spa facility was about three years ago with Josef and Jovy somewhere in Quezon City.

They discovered  this spa place while they were walking  Oreo in our neighborhood.  The rates are quite reasonable so off we went there after dinner.  It’s just a few meters away from the house.

Whole body massage, just great. Loosening muscles and tendons that allow good blood circulation. An hour of this makes you sleepy considering the air-conditioned room and the soft music playing.And yes, I had a good sleep last night, waking up just in time to attend the 6 am mass.

We brought Oreo along and he played with the owner of the facility. He just kept quiet when he was able to kiss the cheeks of Ate.  He gets to walk with the two every night when they come home from work. It is impractical to bring him outside during the day because of the so many cars and motorcycles that pass by our place.

There is this newly opened gym in the next street from ours and Josef said they are offering reduced rates for a start.  Sometimes I wonder, it is hard enough for me to lift those dumbbells which Nissa left here when she got married. There is even this Orbitrek machine that we bought several years ago and is now relegated near our dirty kitchen, unused. I know, I know, we need to exercise. I guess gardening and doing those household chores are exercise enough. Don’t ask me, I am getting old. Sometimes even my left knee gives me a little pain and it is hard to walk.

Maybe one of these days, I’ll go back to the spa saloon  just for a back massage which is cheaper.

 

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I am venturing into another memoir, It’s Not Yet Dark. The author is practically unheard of, at least in my reading journey.  Simon Fitzmaurice, an Irish film-maker, was given four years to live.

I researched what MND (motor neurone disease) is and  it is another term for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ). It is an uncommon condition that affects the nerves and brain. It progressively damages parts of the nervous system.

The first time I heard of this disease was when I read the inspiring book Tuesdays With Morrie. Morrie was afflicted with the same ailment and a former student of his documented it.  I watched the movie adaptation too.

I promised myself I would read other memoirs  for my reading challenge this year. I’ve only just started  and it is definitely engrossing. What does it mean to be at your lowest of low and those moments when your health is compromised? Short of saying, “I’ve been there, done that”, you always cling to the hope that you will get well in the end. Despite everything, you cling to your faith that everything would be okay, that you will live a normal life again. It’s hard to get sick, and it is even harder to maintain that composure amidst hospital and doctor visits, laboratories, drugs and low self-esteem.

It’s Not Yet Dark!  It’s my 13th read for this year. I got a feeling it would be another unforgettable read. I have just finished a historical novel set in Tuscany. I love anything that has Tuscany in it…haha!

Here’s one quote that I love about It’s Not Yet Dark.

“Our lives are not the legacy we leave behind, or the value of the work that we do. Our lives happen in between the deeds and ideas that define us.”

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