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Gosh, it took me so long to get in touch with this online Pharmacy where I have ordered last month. I sent them the required prescriptions, Senior citizen’s IDs and the number of tablets/capsules which are good for one month. I sent it through Messenger but I tried contacting them this morning via phone. They have so many orders online since they placed their ads  on FB. Good thing, the pharmacist I talked to was so accommodating.

It is quite hard to go to Mercury Drug nowadays to fill up a prescription because of the long line of buyers who are mostly senior citizens. I don’t want Josef to stand in line for so long under the heat of the sun so I opted to order online, never mind if they have delivery fees and you have to wait for at least two days for them to deliver it.

This is the “new normal” so to speak. Senior citizens are now allowed to go out for basic necessities but deep inside, one is afraid to get caught outside because of this pandemic. I tried going out at the nearby “talipapa” here the other day. Just bought chicken and a kilo of pork. Good thing yesterday, Josef and Jovy bought one week supply for us because they will be staying at Jovy’s grandmother’s place starting today until Monday morning because they are on leave from work.   Haha, Oreo is excited, he is missing going around with them when they go out. He has his vaccines yesterday. They found a vet near our place.

Sometimes one gets bored just staying inside the house and puttering around  the garden. I am grateful I have my books with me to pass the time away. One doesn’t get bored reading. Right now, I am in the middle of  reading The Key To Rebecca by Ken Follett. If you love The Eye of the Needle and  The Pillars of the Earth and the two succeeding books, you’ll love this too. What’s not to love about anything historical?  I am looking forward to another book of his entitled  Jackdaws. 

And here is my observation for the day:

For them, there is a more serious and pressing matter – changing the name of NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport).  What a misplaced priority 😦

 

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I am not so inspired to write. I’d rather read but I can’t finish a chapter.  I am focused on what is happening around.  I went out for a while early this morning to buy more provisions for us here in  our village store. They sell pork, dressed chicken, vegetables, fruits and other necessities needed in the kitchen.  Today is supposed to be our marketing day  but I am afraid to go out with so many people around.

One of the sellers remarked that I am lucky I am wearing disposable gloves. That is for extra protection, I told him. I bought a box of vinyl examination gloves two weeks ago. It contain hundred pieces.  Those found positive of the virus are on the rise and there are PUMs and PUIs by the hundreds. The problem is, this government still lacks testing kits.  Even if we are on a lockdown if we lack those necessary tools  to aid our health workers, it would be useless.

Josef brought down our large and heavy book of Mythology yesterday. Then he played with his collection of  Magic cards last night. He has several sets. I got curious how it is played. There is this station in the radio that plays 60s, 70s and 80s songs all day  and all night long without commercial break.

Priceless bonding with family, getting in touch with long lost friends, eating together, they are those moments that this COVID-19 brought us. Of course the fear is still there, you can’t erase that  but I lift it all to the Lord.

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This COVID-19 does not just affect individuals but it has great effect in our economy.

This early we could see how the people are affected. We are afraid not only  for ourselves but for our loved ones. Those who are in the work force and the students in different areas face this daily threat.  Since  this government lacks testing kits, they are not sure if they are in the right path in tracking down those people who are positive carriers too.

People may not be in a panic but almost everyone I meet on the street is wearing face mask. Ako parating may face mask every time I go out since I got sick.This is not just because of the deadly Covid-19 but I am afraid of the pollution outside. My oncologist told me before that when you have undergone chemotherapy, sometimes your immunity goes haywire, it becomes low.

I am afraid of full-blown community transmission. At the moment, there are 49 cases positive of the virus. WHO even admitted that this has become pandemic. And we just had  a case of second death for a patient who has no previous  experience in going to china. It was a local transmission.

We badly need prayers for all. Let’s all pray for our safety.

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 I went out for a while to buy my maintenance medicine for another month. I was surprised  by the number of people at the drugstore, and that is not even the busiest branch of  Mercury Drug.  What is even more surprising is that there are no bottles of Alcohol left on their shelves. All they had are a few small bottles of hand sanitizer for kids and three bottles of hand sanitizer for adult.  I chose to buy the two so I’ll have something in stock, one senior citizen grabbed the remaining one.

There used to be several bottles of alcohol when I went there last month, but they are all gone. Mercury Drug provides free Alcohol  in their counter to rub your hands though. I went to a small grocery store where I bought two bottles of  70% solution ethyl alcohol (yes, combined with moisturizer). I now have five of them in our medicine cabinet.  Last Saturday, I also bought a pack of disposable hand gloves (it contains 100 pcs). Gonna use them when we go to the market and when we go  to the grocery stores. Long ago, I read somewhere that one of the dirtiest items you can ever find in  a supermarket is their push cart. Some people have this habit of having their kids ride on it while grocery-shopping which is not practical because they don’t regularly clean it. When  someone buys cold cuts and fresh food items, the drips are left on the cart.

Has it come to this?

I have a friend who went to the supermarket yesterday to buy only a few items. She was so surprised when there was a line-up of cars at the parking lot and so many shoppers were buying loads and boxes of groceries as if there is no tomorrow. They’re in a panic that this corona  virus might bring further damage to the country.  She only intended to buy three items and ended up with three bags  full of groceries.  Only  those who have enough in their pockets will be able to because an individual with a lowly job could not even afford to buy grocery items in bulk. Nakakalungkot.   I am saddened by this turn of events.  People are growing crazy, so much more if you have a government whose priority does not include the health and well-being of its citizens.

I read  the report of a journalist friend saying that private hospitals don’t have their own test kits.  Department of Health admitted in a Senate hearing a few days ago that they only have 2,000 test kits and the number of cases is increasing.  The budget for the department was slashed by 10B and went to the coffers of the president. They substantially increased the budget of the Office of the  President by the billions. Even The Department of Education was not spared.

This contact tracing that they are doing and not reporting the true numbers of positive cases here is just alarming.  The local residents who were found positive with COVID-19 might have infected others too without their knowledge.

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Yesterday, we just had a confirmed case positive of NCov19  here in our town, the fifth one according to Dept. of Health (DOH). I wonder  if they are telling the truth or hiding something so as not to create panic or offend their big boss who said a few weeks ago that “this too will pass”. There is something not right.

Even if the place is quite far from us, I am still wary of public places where there are so many people. Reports say that the patient has no history of travel but regularly visited the mosque at Greenhills, San Juan City. He is now confined at RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine).

Our town mayor, Mayor Atty. Kit Nieto has posted this message on his Facebook page a few minutes ago:

“I am constrained to suspend classes in all levels both public and private from today (assuming there are) until Tuesday to provide ample opportunity for the general services office to distribute additional masks on top of the 50,000 pieces we have already distributed a couple of weeks ago.. all cainta students will be provided face masks and protective sanitizers and vitamin c to mitigate the probabilities of the virus spreading.. more directives to come.. all trike drivers. And puj drivers are likewise directed to wear masks while plying their routes.. GSO Lyndon Camacho Batanes procure what is necessary should the resources be inadequate”.

With his health team, he visited those places close to the patient to distribute face masks, disinfectant and vitamin C  and letters telling them of the latest news by DOH.  Good thing our town mayor is proactive. It might be hard to contain this virus when it spreads but at least the people are aware of what to do. Salute Mayor Nieto 🙂

 It’s now code RED for DOH, his wife was also tested positive.

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Just Wondering


I wonder, are they telling us the true numbers affected by this 2019-nCoV? How many actually died in Wuhan? I recently saw several videos  and they look so scary. Everyday, there is a reported rise in the number of those affected (worldwide)  and the number of deaths grow too.

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TODAY IS WORLD CANCER DAY. May I please request for your prayers for all cancer patients and survivors? I would deeply appreciate it. Let us pray for those who died of cancer, who are suffering from cancer, and for those in remission like I am. THANK YOU so much.

Cancer sucks. It’s an enemy that lies within.

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Alarming


This  is quite alarming.

First novel coronavirus death outside China is from the Philippines.  He was the partner of the first confirmed case of coronavirus here. They were both admitted at San Lazaro Hospital.

What now Department of Health? What now Sec. Duque? Are you happy now that you still allowed those Chinese planes  to land here despite banning them from other nations?

The World Health Organization in the Philippines said this is not a locally-acquired case. So they brought it with them from China.

And we always say, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

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I went out for a while this morning to have a hair trim and to send money to my brother in the province. Wow, almost everyone I met were wearing face masks. Some had washable cloth masks on, most were wearing surgical masks and a few with N95 masks.  I wore one too of course. Are we being paranoid here? I hope not. It just came to a point that everyone is aware that our government won’t take care of us. They can’t even provide face masks for free.  Where other nations have banned flights from China earlier in the week, ours was always “too late the hero”.

Earlier reports said that they are observing more than thirty one patients (that was as of yesterday) for possible infection caused by the coronavirus.

As usual their troll army is at work again. A writer friend had this shoutout on his wall: Name a country that in the face of a very dangerous health crisis deployed trolls instead of doctors.  There was also this site called Meme Buster which has screenshots of the same messages from different people making up stories that are not true. There was even one supposedly an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)  lauding and  praising China for having a nice work and high salary. I repeat,  Filipinos here in our country are not racist but they make us feel like we are inhumane and have no concern for our neighbors. It’s just that unlike those countries also affected by the coronavirus, we can’t rely on our government to take care of us.  Some commenters said that if China is that rich, then why do illegal Chinese come to the Philippines to establish those offshore gaming which is illegal in their own country? And there are those who are avid followers of the president branding Filipinos to be Anti-China or Anti-Chinese for simply being concerned with national health security in our country.  So much for this, perhaps you are all getting tired reading my rants.

I had a nice chat with a friend whom I haven’t seen for quite sometime. We touched on so many subjects and I told her she could come over for overnight stay during summer when there are no classes. She is a teacher in our province. What a lovely feeling getting in touch with old friends.

 

 

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A short conversation between Nate and Nissa.

Nate: Mom, can Daddy already hug you and kiss you?
Me: Yes, nak.
Nate: I wish I was Dad.

Aww.. I think he really misses me.

It’ll probably take a few more days before he can hug and kiss her.

 

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