Friday, September 3, 2010

My heart was broken

While walking down the street this morning to look for a new apartment, I met lola Juanita. At the age of 85, she is still working, doing some hilot for 20 pesos. She lives alone in her "barong-barong" down the bridge. Her husband died a few years ago and her children left her. I saw tears in her eyes when I inquired more about her children. I offered her a ride and gave 100 pesos for lunch, she kissed me in return. I can't forget her face full of desperations, her frail voice saying I should take care of my own mother. My heart was broken to feel her struggles. My experience this morning made me re-think about my plans in life. Indeed, twas one of the best conversations I've ever had.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Nurse's Tale

pinoy careIt’s been quite a while since my last post, I apologize because of workload. I’ve also been tied up with the day-to-day operations of my everyday life. Still, it’s shameful that I’ve neglected this site for so long.

Christmas and New Year have never been better compared to last year, since I was surrounded by my loved ones especially my college friends. If there be any gift I received this Christmas, it would be the sense of fulfillment as a nurse and a teacher.

2008 is REAL; I can now feel the strike of the “quarter-age crisis”. I don’t want to spend another five years of my life in teaching, not that I hate my calling as an educator but the reality of becoming old. I don’t want to be looking at my students’ faces five years from now and reminiscing my college years. Right now, my greatest fear is to become old.

I spent my Christmas at Home for the Aged (Tahanan ni Maria, Carmona Cavite) where I am the Clinical Instructor for 50 nursing students (lived-in caregiver OJT course). It was an eight-day stay, 15-hour duty per day (from 5:30 am-10 pm) for a total of 120 hours.

I have always enjoyed being around the elderly, and this is probably the primary reason why I now love being a “nursing home” nurse. The opportunity to really “connect” and build relationships with your patients are not something which are always found in hospital setting where patient stays for only few days. There is a real challenge which comes along with taking care of someone for few months or years compared to few days. This challenge comes from trying to meet the client’s emotional needs as well as the physical needs to provide a comfortable “home like” environment for the client. The rewards received from meeting these challenges are significant, and are probably the major reason why many nurses in long-term care stay in the profession.

I know many years from now; I will be looking back at my own career. The things which I will remember will not only be how hard I worked or what technical skills I was able to perform effectively. The memories which will really stay with me will be those someone’s face lighting up when I entered the room; the reminiscences of days gone by, told to me by someone who actually lived them; the times when I laughed and cried with my patients or their families; the batch of cookies made for me by a patient’s daughter in gratitude for my care of her mother. But above all, it is the unconditional love you’ll learn from them. These are the things which make my job worthwhile, and the reason which I look forward to going to work each day and everyday. To those nurses who think of long-term care as an unrewarding, dead-end job, I strongly urge you to think again and maybe even to give it a try… You’ll be glad you did.

Mastering RAAS and BP

This is the coolest way to master Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone-System (RAAS)and BP. The humor makes a lot of sense.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Circulatory System

A very simple, brief explanation of the normal human adult blood circulation. Better than what I've heard from my professor way back in college.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Happiness First

"The real troubles in your life are apt to be the things that never crossed your worried mind"

I want a brand new life. I want to resign from teaching. I want a more challenging career. I'm still on the process...

Well, if there is one thing I've learned during the 20 years I've spent on this planet that thing is, it's so silly not to live because of the fear of making mistakes...just because eventually you'll make those mistakes and all the years spent waiting for the perfect person you've dreamt about all your life long will make you feel like you've wasted the best part of your life. It may be because everybody makes mistakes, it may be because some asshole will come along and fool you with her pretty eyes and vile lies, it may be because that day you'll feel particularly alone and weak or it may be for a thousand of other reasons. Eventually, you'll fall somehow, and lying down there on the floor you'll cry but not for the mistake itself but for having wasted all your time for nothing, for having been so stupid to believe that if you would behave as a good boy then you'd get the deserved prize.....well, it doesn't work like this, definitely not. So that if someone will ever read this nonsense thing I am writing. You may want to take this advice from a perfect stranger. your life today, keep the future clear in your mind and never forget what you really want out of this life and always live for the present, because if we keep bragging ourselves for that future happiness we always long to have,then we will spend our entire life just preparing ourselves to be happy but we will never actually be happy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

ZYGOTE- Pulis Pangkalusugan

Twenty years ago, Enemies were defeated by a brave warrior who fought to save Earth and the rest of the universe. Now that he has gone, the universe is once again threatened by the same force that tried to capture it before -- and a new breed of heroes is needed. Who will fill the shoes of the brave warrior of old? And what new villains are in store for the heroes-to-be?

Don’t miss the adventure that will take you to the far reaches of the universe. ZYGOTE, Pulis Pangkalusugan.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I Miss My College

So I'm six months away from the end of my college career, and I all I can think about is how much i miss my lifestyle. And I don't mean the parentally funded minimal responsibility way of life that I've grown so accustomed to.

As much as I love college, I hope it's not the best time of my life. It just seems a little sad to think that life peaks at age 22, and you spend the next sixty years missing the days where you and your friends would get drunk, hook up with randoms, and videoke all night.

I miss the hospital stress

I miss the hospital alarm.

I miss my group mates.

I miss my batch mates especially those who didn't make it.

I miss sem breaks. I spent my last one in Tanay. I miss the hallowed halls of the Nursing Lounge, the Riverside of San Jose.

I miss that clean NAL floor-waxed shine, which happens only during school nursing rotations, when your dean forces you to do it while wearing your white uniforms.

I miss those guilty weekends when I kept on editing photos and videos while my classmates are busy with the review.

Now, I'm a teacher I just can't do it again with my students.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Class Picture

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Welcome to Nursing! The most exasperating career ever invented. It is also the most fulfilling. I can guarantee you intangible rewards that can rarely be matched by any other profession. I can also guarantee that as a nurse:You will never be bored.You will always be frustrated.You will be surrounded by challenges - so much to do and so little time.You will carry immense responsibility with very little authority.You will step into people's lives, and you will make a difference.Some will bless you. Some will curse you.You will see people at their worst - and at their best. You will never cease to be amazed at people's capacity for love, courage and endurance.You will see how life begins and ends.You will experiene resounding triumphs and devastating failures.You will cry a lot. You will laugh a lot.You will know what it is to be human and to be humane.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'm Back

I'm back after a short break from blogging. First off, I would like to congratulate my students. Today is your day! Just remember what a great professor once said: "Rain rain will go away! exams will be on another day! Stress is essential and so are midterms".

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It has been a while since my last post. I apologize for neglecting my blogging duties, but please stay tuned to this channel for further updates. Nothing's new here except for the increased anxiety levels. The exam results will be released by the end of August, probably August 27, because it's Monday this is according to the BON. Please help us Lord! Oh my, thats a day after my birthday.

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It's my party, I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to.
You'll do that too if it happened to you, tentententen-ten...