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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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I cannot remember now when I had my left eye operated on due to cataract. Since I had my medical insurance and Philhealth, I only paid for the lens.

Our mayor said we now have our own eye specialist, an opthalmologist at our hospital in our town. We can have eye-checkup for free. Since I need to have the right eye checked if it is ready for cataract operation, I went to the doctor this morning. My left eye needs laser and my right is ripe for cataract operation.

They ordered a new machine and Dr. Singson told me that they will just call in a few days. I texted our town mayor and told him about it. He said it will arrive in thirty days.

Hoping it is all for free. I thought I left one of my eyeglasses at the clinic since I could not find it at home. I went back to the hospital but the doctor has left and my eyeglass was not there. Kept praying to St. Anthony on my way home. Gosh, I finally found it mixed with the box of my medicines.

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I had the opportunity to play with Oreo and Cookie yesterday afternoon. They stayed in my room for a while. As always, Oreo was so noisy barking at the dogs outside. Cookie was so “malambing” and she liked being cuddled. Took some photos of course. Look at the two of them.

Cookie is now so big at one year and eight months. We had three aircon installers yesterday so they had to stay in my room. Josef and Jovy had their old aircon replaced by 1HP split type inverter aircon which was a gift from Jovy’s dad. He also sent money for Max’s hospitalization. It’s the seventh day now that he is sick and he is still at the pet hospital. He does not eat well yet so he has to be supervised by the vet.

I am so worried about my brother. He barely eats and doesn’t have a restful sleep. I again asked Nissa if we could visit him one weekend. We could not bring mom though because for sure if she is there, nobody could take care of her. My sis-in-law is focused on Alden. My mom doesn’t understand our situation. Although we want her to see Alden too, it would be very hard for all of us if she would be left behind there. I do hope one weekend we could visit my brother.

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You’ll catch me whining again. I am just sad about the result of my brother Alden’s biopsy. He messaged me last night and it is Adenocarcinoma, colorectal cancer.

I asked Nissa and Obet if we could go home one weekend and visit him.

Please, please, could you include him again in your prayers. Thank you so much.

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The other day I stayed at the garden for about three hours. It was a breezy afternoon, perfect time to uproot weeds and prune some of my plants. It rained the whole day though yesterday. I was supposed to attend the caucus of our running candidate for mayor, Atty. Nieto but it was cold outside so I didn’t. VP LENI’s rally though here in Rizal was a success. Despite the rain, around 43 thousand gathered in Antipolo City. Cainta is part of Rizal.

Going back to gardening, I found three snails in different parts of the garden. I was in a quandary whether to crush them or just remove them in the garden. Are snails good for the garden? I don’t know but I just threw them at the vacant lot behind the house. One is an empty shell.

This brought me back to another question, is everything alive needs to be protected? Maybe even such insignificant creatures have their use too. I think of life and all its angst. I think of the family and how we are surviving despite every curveball that happens to us. I am still hopeful that God would prolong our lives so I could again see my brothers and other family members well and happy. I haven’t seen my youngest brother whose family lives in Tulsa since dad died. We just communicate through Viber and Messenger. The last time I saw my niece and two nephews were during their teenage years. My niece, the oldest is now a nurse, the second one who finished Architecture belongs to the Hall of Fame in their university. The youngest is taking up Astronomy.

I started collecting Henri Nouwen’s quotes lately. He is one of my favorite authors, a Dutch Catholic priest, writer and theologian. I have some of his books that I read now and then. I do send inspirational quotes and mass links to Alden almost every day.

Here is something worth-sharing from Henri Nouwen.

Profound questions aren’t they?

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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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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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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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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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If the reports of the Department of Health are true, we are now at the lower risk of Covid-19 averaging 500-600 positive cases for the past 4 or 5 days. One thing though, they still could not locate the passengers of an airline who came from Africa. I guess contact tracing is still nil. I wonder if they do administer tests upon arrival at the airport. Sure they have closed our borders to some countries because of fear of the Omicron. Sounds like Voltes 5 back in the 80s.

DOH says about 34M Filipinos are now fully vaccinated. And some frontliners are having their booster shots. I am still in a quandary if I need to have that booster shot come December 15, just six months after the effectivity of the vaccine. My question is, will everyone be vaccinated again after these six months? It would be a non-stop endevour as long as Covid-19 is still in our midst.

Some people are afraid if the government will declare lockdown again if someone is found positive of Omicron.

I ventured out again yesterday without Jovy and Josef, riding in a UV Express to go to the Ortigas Center to fix my problem with my change of PIN at Union Bank and to have my account updated at PNB. Killing two birds with one stone, that’s what.

I am planning to attend the 12th Sacerdotal Anniversary of a priest friend at EDSA Shrine on December 9. That would propably be the last trip on my own this month.

Oh, and it’s barely seventeen days to go before the much awaited event – CHRISTMAS ❤🌲🥂☃️🎄

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