Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
It was so hard to accept at first. I was so ashamed of myself. Mental anguish and self-denial had gotten into my nerves. Would you believe that a newly graduate and licensed Physician like me got low in the exam? Probably not, neither do I. But it was documented. I was upset and more so worried. My brain cells were deteriorating!!!! " What must I do? Oh God, please give me strength." When I am already in my tranquil mood and pacified, i was then able to realized all my bad habits that attributed to the deterioration of my cognitive function.
MY TOP 10 RESOLUTIONS FOR A HEALTHIER ME
- DIET - low salt, low fat, low sugar. More vegetables, fruits rich in antioxidants and high in fibers.
- DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS - at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Minimize soda and artificial fruit juices. Green tea is better than soda.
- SLEEP- limit sleep to 6-8 hours. "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise".
- REGULAR EXERCISE - at least 30 minutes a day. If too busy, stretching will do.
- READING - read at least 1 brain-challenging article a day (i.e Readers Digest)
- PRAY - take time to talk to God and read the Bible at least once a day.
- GO TO CHURCH REGULARLY - hear mass heartily and not just out of obligation
- PLAY MIND TEASERS (i.e scrabble, chess, puzzle)
- STUDY - study interesting pediatric case
- SOCIALIZE - go out with friends, party, acquaintance and go for a vacation with husband
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tired of Water? Read This!
Aug 17, 2010
Orange juice guards against heart disease. Antioxidants in OJ help protect your ticker by fighting the inflammation that can cause blood vessel damage. Consider this: People who ate fast food with a glass of orange juice had fewer artery-harming free radicals in their blood afterward than those who had their burger and fries with water, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates. Isn't that a great reason to choose juice? Just watch the sugars—one cup contains 21 grams and 122 calories.
Chamomile tea can keep you calm. People who downed chamomile extract daily for two months felt significantly less anxious, a study from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia reports. Ease into mellow mode at night with a cup of chamomile tea.
Cranberry juice may prevent gum disease and urinary tract infections. Natural compounds in the juice may ward off gum disease by preventing bacteria from adhering to the teeth below the gum line. Cranberry juice also delivers 39 percent of the daily value for vitamin C per 8 ounces, raises levels of good cholesterol and keeps your urinary tract tip-top. A berry smart sip indeed!
Chocolate milk keeps your abs flat. A glass of skim chocolate milk delivers a great combo of carbs and protein, helping you recover after a workout. Athletes who drank it post-workout had lower levels of muscle damage after four days of intense exercising than those who guzzled water or other recovery drinks, according to findings presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Seattle. That translates to less soreness and fatigue, so you can get back to the gym and those tummy-toning planks sooner. Simply stir 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or syrup that has less than 20 g sugar into your milk and sip.
Green tea may keep your weight steady. Mice that exercised and drank green tea were 22 percent less likely to gain weight than those who only exercised or only had tea, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. Polyphenols in the drink may rev your metabolism and make it easier for your body to fry fat. Plus, the tea's plentiful stash of antioxidants slashes your risk for cancer and heart disease. Try it iced in summer!
Tomato juice may lower your cancer risk! The scarlet sip is loaded with vitamins and lycopene, which protect you against cancer. Try it with spices, a celery stalk and no vodka for a cocktail any time of day!
Black tea may help fend off skin cancer. The classic brew is loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants that carry anticancer perks. Research suggests that downing a cup or more of tea a day may lower risk for squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, by 30 percent. Hot or iced, black tea is a delicious addition to your skin care regimen—and a lovely way to wake up thanks to its caffeine content—so put on the kettle each morning!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
As a Doctor, its so ordinary for us to see someone dies or a dying person in the hospital. Saving lives is one of our duties as a Doctor. None of us is so sure in one way or the other whether a person survives or eventually dies after conducting CPR. Only God knows how long we will live and or when are we going to die. As Doctors we are just stewards of the patients' lives entrusted to us. No matter how we wanted our dying patient to live long, or how much we done our best to resuscitate a patient that has just died at the tip of our nose, it is still the will of God that matters.
Every hospital that I have been to has its own mystery and terrifying ghost stories. It is hard to believe unless you encounter it yourself. A couple of months since i became a licensed Physician I was hired as a General Practitioner or a resident physician in a secondary hospital in a small town in the province of Batangas. The estimated time of travel from Manila is about three to four hours depending on the traffic within the Metropolis before it enters the South Luzon Expressway, and after it exits to the national road going to the provinces in the south.
It was my second week as a Resident Physician in that hospital when I started to feel something strange. It seemed someone was staring at me as I took a rest in the Doctor's lounge. Sometimes it was as if somebody's with me when I had my rounds at night. But I just ignored it. Maybe it was only a product of my imaginative mind. Then one night someone turned on the light and turned on the TV inside the lounge when no one was around. "Weird!." I mumbled to myself. I still shut one's eyes, I was too tired of the day's work and I didn't want to figure out things at that moment. I drifted to sleep in a short while. On the spur of the moment, I woke up at exactly 3:00 in the morning, it was as if I was having a nightmare. But I was so sure of myself, I wasn't having a bad dream. I woke up because I heard footsteps outside the Doctor's lounge. I was too curious who was walking outside that I opened the door. But I saw no one there.My heart was beating so fast, I was having tachycardia and it seemed someone was holding my neck with a cold hands, but my body was feeling hot. I didn't understand what was happening to me at that moment. I wanted to scream but I was struggling hard enough to do so. What I did was grabbed my rosary at my bag then I recited the Lord's Prayer. Then I calmed down. My heart rate went down to normal. I went to the nurse station to know if one of the nurses happened to pass by at the lounge at that time, but all the nurses were in the station sleeping even the nursing attendant was there. And according to one of the nurses, none of them walked around the lobby at 3:00 in the morning. Who's wandering around the hospital every 3:00 in the morning? That remained a mystery for a while.
Weeks passed by, I still went on with my duty in that hospital. I begun to asked the history of the hospital and if others have their own stories too to tell. Then I found out that the hospital was originally the house of one of our Pediatric consultants, and was converted into a hospital few years back. The Doctor's lounge was once the room of the Pediatrician's son who died of Leukemia 10 years ago. The Medical Technologist also told me that he saw a white lady in the laboratory. The hospital cook also told me that she saw the patient who died a month ago in the lobby staring at her. They told me souls of the dead do walk aimlessly in the hospital for some reasons we didn't know.Those were some of the terrifying stories in the hospital that I had have heard about.
I tried to seek for explanation and tried to comprehend why souls still wander in the hospital and everywhere. Why do they kept on coming back to the place where they have died? Why do they tried to connect with the living? Do they wanted to scare us? Do they wanted to seek justice? Or is there something they wanted us to know or do for them? There's a lot of questions on my mind but the answers were so few. It is one of the limitations of science I daresay. One thing I was so certain of as a Christian, the wandering souls or spirits of the dead need a lot of our prayers for them to rest in peace.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It was first day of school, I felt awkward with my self. I felt I had lots of butterflies in my stomach. There were 60 students in our class and I've seen no familiar faces. They were all strangers to me. I was waiting in the lobby for my next class orientation when a guy name James approached me and formally introduced himself. He was one of the University scholars of our batch. Then two other guys joined us, Jeffrey and Eugene. Then came two ladies, Joan and Quina joined our group too. That was the start of our wonderful friendship. They became my constant companions in school. They were also my group mates in Anatomy class and my study buddies as well.
My life as a freshman medical student was kinda fun. It was easy for me to adjust to hectic schedules because of my friends. We shared our ups and downs, we made each difficult subjects a bit easier by sharing and studying together. We held on to our dreams even if it was really hard, even if it was just a matter of you will pass or fail. It was akin to the survival of the fittest. Those who can not stand with the pressures and hardships in studying medicine will eventually dropped off from class. And I was lucky I passed in all my subjects satisfactorily or should I say I deserved to pass because I worked hard for it, and of course with the guidance of Our Almighty God.
Out of distressed, I contemplated to drop off from school even if my parents did not tell me to do so. Even if we have financial difficulties my parents still wanted me to finish my studies. My parents had no idea that I already lost interest in going to school. Then I was thinking to enroll in a care giving school, since caregivers were in demand abroad at that time. To no avail, the Administrator of the care-giving school did not accept me. He told me to go back to medical school and be a good Doctor later. He told me he believed in my potential that in the near future I will become a successful Physician of my time. After our conversation, I hurried back to my dormitory with a lot of things rushing in my mind." Maybe the Administrator was right, maybe it was already written in the stars that someday I will become a Doctor." I murmured to myself. I was being enlightened and from then on, I was determined to finish my studies. I was then ready to face life's challenges again.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The diploma i was holding at that moment was simply a piece of paper but it means a lot to me. All my hardships and sacrifices with my studies, my hopes and dreams in the future were held together in that one piece of paper. Same with the sacrifices of my parents just to send me to one of the best universities here in the Philippines. Not to mention also the times when they were longing for me. I was miles away from home just to study college. I went home only every summer and during Christmas breaks.
At long last, I finished my four-year course in college. I became more confident with my self now than when I was a neophyte in the university. Being radical and fight for what is just for my self and others were only few of the things that my Alma Mater had taught me.
A week had passed since my graduation in college. I was sitting alone in our terrace trying to figure out things. " What am I going to do now after college? Should I work as a researcher or a Biology teacher?. " Those were the things that bothered me for a while. I can't imagine myself as a teacher. I'm quite shy and I hate a lot of eyes staring at me while I'm talking in front, so definitely being a teacher was never an option. My father wanted me to pursue my studies in law school. He really wanted one of his children to become a lawyer, and his prospect was me since I'm the eldest. I turned down my father's suggestion to study law. I just felt I'm not in line with it. I knew I will be having a hard time studying law since I'm a Biology graduate and my orientation was totally different from law preparatory courses.
Suddenly an idea of becoming a Doctor came into my mind. Knowing half of my classmates were too busy then with their application to medical school. "Why not join them?." I said to myself. After all, biology is a preparatory course for medicine. But I had so many apprehensions in mind. Aside from the fact that medical school is too expensive, I will surely miss half the fun of my life when I will start studying medicine. After weighing things over and over again, I finally decided to enroll in medical school. And that was the start of my journey in the winding road of success of becoming a medical Doctor.