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Today Nissa was again admitted to the UST Hospital for her one time shot of radioactive therapy.  For the past two weeks her endocrinologist stopped her medication prior to her admittance but will resume after her isolation for three straight days. We can’t go there and visit her this time because of the radiation. The past days, her high TSH left her feeling weak, with ” fatigue, brain fog, muscle cramps, numbness, muscle and bone pain and bouts of uncontrollable crying and mood swings”. High TSH levels can mean your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. I think it is necessary to make the treatment effective. The cost of that one-time treatment is quite expensive. She took a photo  of her room which is a little bigger than the one she had  before. There is another bed for a caretaker but no one in the family is allowed to stay there because of the effect of the radiation.

She sent me this photo earlier, a shot of her room at the hospital. We talked through messenger.

She is required to drink twelve liters of water during her stay.  They told her to eat sour fruits too.  Hospital food is sometimes too bland but this looks okay for dinner.

May I please request for your prayers for the successful treatment of my daughter? Thank you so much 🙂

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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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It’s the start of the second BER month of the year.

And it’s the Holy Rosary month.

Did I say it’s 85 days to go before December 25th?

Ah, let me celebrate my birth month first before thinking of Christmas. The truth is that I want  to start buying Christmas gifts for the family. I want to avoid the mad rush before the event.

Time flies.

September is gone and October is rushing its wings. Before you know it, another year is over.

Been to my doctor this morning and it’s a good thing the result of my FBS  is still within the normal range (that is for so many months now).  No more blood extraction next visit, my doctor said. As I was the first patient  he saw, he could still afford to make jokes. He told me in jest to dye my hair so I’ll look younger. I told him I wanted it all white but I know it would take more years before it turns that color.

I was sad to learn that mom’s internist at the hospital near our place died of leukemia. He was my doctor’s mentor from way back. Maybe that is why, another younger doctor has take over when mom had her check-up a few month back.  He’s been dad’s doctor too many years ago.

Life is short.

Time is when you feel the aches and pains of growing old. The knee sometimes hurts and you find it hard to walk long distance. I would have wanted to do more of those morning exercise….walking.  A good exercise is always best.

Read.

Read before your eyes fail you. Visit places you’ve dreamed of visiting but you can through books. Readers live a thousand lives before they die so they always say. And reading brings us unknown friends.

Smile.

Dream.

Laugh.

Love life.

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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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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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Nissa finally got the result of the final biopsy when she visited her surgical oncologist this afternoon.

It’s stage one thyroid cancer. She will have to undergo one session of radiotherapy and has to go back to her endocrinologist for further assessment.

Feeling sad about this but I know she will get well completely.  She will report back to work on  Monday.

God is good and God is great!

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The last few days were spent sharing with Nissa and some of our friends over the phone. It was so nice to get in touch with friends again and lovely to know they were praying for Nissa’s quick recovery. I got to see her sis-in law and brother-in-law at the hospital. Haven’t seen them since Nate’s kinder graduation last March.

Talking about anything under the sun from our pet dogs to our health and getting old. Yes, growing and getting old is one of our favorite topics. Sometimes you can’t help but think about it when you feel those aches and pains that suddenly manifest themselves and they catch you unaware. Last Thursday, I had a long trip (close to three hours going home from the hospital because of traffic. I almost could not walk when I alighted from the jeepney because of muscle pains. My legs were aching like crazy. Add that to the weight of my travelling bag 😦

I saw again that ice cream vendor at the university campus on my way home. He is the same man I used to see when Nissa was still studying there. Talk about the rituals of our lives. He seems comfortable selling ice cream inside the campus. There are lots of fast food chains and a couple of high-end restaurants inside the campus fronting the UST hospital, they cater mostly to students. You won’t need to go outside the perimeter of the university to alleviate your hunger pangs.

One of Nissa’s doctors asked me if I am her mom. I told him in passing that I am a survivor for ten years now under the care of Dr. Samuel Ang, a  surgical oncologist recommended by my OB GYN. He said that Dr. Ang is also practising in UST and that his son, a doctor too  was his schoolmate.  Oh to meet people who are caring enough to know a little about you….what a blessing.

Haha, Nissa and I talked about our doctors one night at the hospital and we were laughing when she said that most of them are so handsome in their white medical attire. So agree 🙂

Meeting friends all over again, meeting new ones, we are doubly blessed.

 

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