Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
After seeing Kris Aquino in her own Kristv program feasting on luscious grapes hanging by the vines at Lomboy Farm, I got enticed to experience the same. I do admit that I’m quite gullible some times. I tend to believe that what is shown is true or real, especially on Kristv! Well.. I guess, I am not alone on this viewpoint. Many seems to follow the said TV show and been misled sometime, somehow!
Allured by the mentioned TV feature and adding the fact that I do miss the beach, I pushed my family to travel the many miles to the north last weekend. Coming along with us was DD's fiance. We headed to La Union early Saturday and took pleasure in traversing the newly opened TPLEx (Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway). With DS on the wheel, we reached La Union by late noon. We checked-in at a beach resort named Cabaguan Seafront Resort. It’s a budget resort so it’s not for those who want a stylish accommodation. Nevertheless, the room is air conditioned and good enough to pass the night away. The weather was quite a bummer for it prevented me from enjoying the beach. No regrets though, coz the beach isn’t that attractive anyway!
Initially, I went in alone to look for the owner whom I had previously communicated with through text messages, Mr. Ave Lomboy. He introduced himself and found him friendly and accommodating. I was cheerfully dealt with and given a fragment of information about him and his farm. I was told (and also learned from the TV program) that we would be guided and assisted and that a tour fee of P200.00/pax will be collected. "It’s for the people in the farm", he said. We were 5, thus I shelled out P1000. (Though I should have paid for only 4 coz DH didn’t join in). My excitement heightened when they handed me 5 Eco bags (with Lomboy Farm print). It meant to me that I’d be filling those up with fresh grapes harvest I’d pick straight from the vines. (Unmindful whether the cost is cheap or not for P150/kl.) Just something for a thrilling experience.. . or so I thought! I readied myself to a long walk in a massive vineyard and huge guaple plantation. Got thrilled as we were led by a boy on a bike to the farm. But that thrill was only short lived. Our trek stopped to a small plot of what seems to be just a small backyard grape farming. There were grapes alright but not ripe enough for picking and only on a short stretch of plot. "Is this it? .. Is this the Lomboy Farm?" The big kiddos asked. Who could give us the answer? We were left hanging with our questions. There was a couple of elder ladies we wished to get answers from but they were busy selling their grape seedling plants. The residents of the neighborhood appeared to be overwhelmed by the turn of people coming in their community by big groups. Contrary to what was mentioned by the owner that we will be assisted and guided by somebody who would answer queries along the way, no one appeared! .. And by the words "assisted farm tour", who wouldn't imagine a vast vineyard and a massive guaple plantation to tour? Whew! I felt kinda deceived! What's the 1000php I paid for? "It's for the Eco bags, Ma!, They gave you Eco bags, remember?" That was DD's reply to my question, with a wide grin!
Oh well! ... Mr Lomboy took my number. He said he would inform me of future offers of the farm.
If you were me, would you care to give a damn? ... Hmmn ..your answer is as good as mine!
There's only one good thing I had, I was able to visit Agoo Church. My first time!
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Hello to all! I'm back from many
months of hiding! Hopefully I'd stay here in blogland again for good.
Anyways, I just thought of sharing our recent experience for the benefit of
those who’s concerned with DH’s current health and medical status. Here goes:
Weeks ago, after DH’s biking accident, he has bouts of headaches. Worried that it is the result of that previous bike crash, I went with him to see a neurologist in St Lukes. The neuro doctor took his medical history and the circumstances prior to the headaches. After which he gave his presumption that he has brain blood clot. Nothing much to worry he said, it’s easy as it would only take a size of 25 cents hole be bored on his head. But to see where the clot is, he has to be admitted and undergo CT Scan. I was very scared then, but tried not to show. His advice was followed, then CT Scan showed no blood clot. He asked for a repeat CT Scan but with dye this time. Just to see everything clearly. Again, praise God, it showed negative for brain blood clot. However, they saw something abnormal in the nasopharynx. Since it is no longer a neuro case, he referred DH to an ENT specialist. The ENT doctor advised another CT Scan, (it's the third!) this time to specifically focus on the lump/inflammation of the nasopharynx area . The latter sees it as sinus inflammation but asked for biopsy to rule out malignancy. Nevertheless, the Neuro doctor has already a different conclusion on his hand. He called me outside DH’s hospital room while DH was anxiously looking at us. At the corridor, he forthrightly informed me of his findings. “I have to let you know, … your husband’s CT Scan showed a nasopharyngeal malignancy.” Instantly, I was numbed! I was tongue tied. The words made me dizzy… my chest tightened, .. and I slumped on the floor. He opted next to call son who was also inside the room. The son might be stronger than me, he said. But I opposed. It would only make DH realize something is really wrong. And he asked me for my opinion if DH is strong enough to hear the bad news. I nod…
So where was I? Okay, a biopsy of the pharyngeal lump was performed as per request of ENT doctor. After lengthy agonizing waiting days, the result of biopsy was out. According to him, it showed a cell that can probably be seen on Tuberculosis. Good news is, "No evidence of malignancy.” Weeeh.. it's only TB! I cheered! We all cheered! However, it was only momentarily as the ENT doctor wanted another biopsy. He might have missed scooping the right specimen. It does happen sometimes, the ENT doctor explained. He’d need deeper and bigger specimen this time. What can DH do but do as he was told. A tinged of doubt for malignancy still exists. Long sleepless nights and troubled days were all for me. Am just grateful the big kiddos and the hard rock patient were holding on positively. Don't lose hope! The result isn't out yet! They claimed. Glad, I eventually did think the same and matched it with tons of prayers! Until the excruciating wait was over! Result is out. It’s confirmed! No evidence of malignancy. Yay! The ENT doctor nevertheless is not sure yet if it’s really TB or not because the other TB test findings has yet to be seen . It would take another 6 weeks to get the result, according to him. In the meantime, ENT doctor referred DH to infectious disease specialist. As the new doctor flipped on all his medical records, she questioned why DH was referred to her. For what? We repeated what the ENT doctor’s findings were, that he is attributing the found cell to TB. No, no, no! Not necessarily, was her reaction. It can be Pneumonia. Yes! I remembered his chest ray. It says there Pneumonia and not TB! (It was even witnessed by our friend, Susan while she was in the room, visiting!) Let’s wait for the other tests to be sure. You can get it now. No need to wait for 6 weeks! Whoa! And we dashed off to medical records. Lo and behold! It’s clear as the water in spring! “NEGATIVE FOR TUBERCULOSIS!”
OMG! We would have been very happy with such TB diagnosis of the ENT doctor! As it sure isn't as alarming and as dreadful as the diagnosis of malignancy from the neurologist! But here now, it’s nothing of both! Woo hoo! Saying it over and over.. All praise and glory to God almighty!
BTW, the complained headache has greatly diminished, according to the DH. The Hard Rock is back on the trail with his beloved bike!
PS: I pray that doctors be extra careful on giving out their diagnosis. I hope that they don't give out diagnosis without a substantial basis or the reliable medical results. It's just fortunate, our patient is strong willed! Although I had almost passed out!
Friday, December 27, 2013
loss can come about for many different reasons. Perhaps you were in the
military and you suffered it because of the loud noises of combat, such
as guns firing at close range and grenades or bombs going
off. Maybe you worked in a factory, and the constant exposure to a high
amount of noise, never being reduced at all while you were on shift,
caused the hearing loss. Regardless of the reason, you can be sure that
this is something that has had a profound and
dramatic impact on your life, just as it did for others who are in the
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to help with your hearing loss. To some degree, you need to concentrate on making sure that it does not get any worse. If you are a hunter, make sure that you wear hearing protection whenever you are shooting your gun. If you work in your shop, use it whenever you use power tools. This is a problem that can get worse all of your life if you do not do anything to prevent it, so taking the right steps can help you tremendously.
Another thing to do is to look into different hearing aids that you can wear. Some people need to wear them all of the time, while others just wear them when they are out in public or when they are doing something - like driving a car - for which perfect hearing is necessary. There are many types of aids that you can choose from, and your doctor can help you decide if you are not sure which ones would be best for you. As you look for the best company to buy the aids from, though, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
First off, you want them to have a great rating with the BBB. This organization is your first line of defense against companies that are scams or those who are not going to give you good products and services. They use reports given to them by people who have worked with the company in the past, so you know that the end rating is the result of a lot of research. On top of that, no company can improve their ranking by paying for it to be raised, and the BBB is not partial to any industry. These are reviews and ratings that you know you can trust fully.
For example, take a look at the Miracle Ear BBB page. This will give you a good idea of what type of information you can see on the page. As you can find at the top, the overall rating is very good. You can find contact information, identifying information, and details about exactly what the company can do for you. This is always the first place that you should look when considering working with any new company.
When you do this, you can fight back against the hearing loss that has been changing your life in such a negative way. You can get a lot of your hearing back and function the way that you want to function in life once again. Just use the BBB page to make sure that you only get top-notch products.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I am supposed to see my doctors last week. That was after my discharged from the hospital a week before. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to follow that instruction coz I feel so weak. I still do, up to this moment, but will do my best to see them now, coz I really feel the need to.
Posted by Beng Gee at 7:23 AM
Friday, September 13, 2013
I am home now from my two day hospital confinement. I had breathing difficulty again that started Sunday afternoon. I puffed my inhaler and expected the aggression to subside. It didn’t. The following Monday morning, I contemplated on visiting the ER again. However, our part time house assistant arrived and had to wait for her to finish her work for the day before DH could drive me to NKTI (hospital) later that day. Actually, I really didn’t want to be brought to the ER. But as I was anxious that it might be another Thoracentesis case, or worse yet, another silent Heart attack, didn’t think twice any further!
Hopefully, I’ll get back to my usual high spirit and strength soon! Hopefully too, I could go blog hopping the soonest. Thank you for your precious time!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
How to live with your diagnosis
With over a million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, the grim reality is part of our everyday lives. People are living longer, habits are changing, and the disease itself has mutated to include more than 200 known variations that afflict humans. Unfortunately, it looks as though cancer rates are on the rise. There is hope, however - for you and your loved ones if a positive diagnosis is indeed made. Living with cancer is becoming more and more common, as millions of dollars of research are resulting in many successful treatments.
Funding Your Care
There is no easy route, however, for those diagnosed with the disease. Treatment options are mainly difficult, seemingly never ending in cases, and commonly very expensive. Fortunately, there is financial help for cancer patients available. For example, some life insurance policies allow the policyholder to cash out their settlement via life settlements, often called Viatical Settlements. Therefore, the policyholder becomes the beneficiary and can utilize the lump sum of cash in the fighting of their disease.
For many, the entire world of cancer is an unknown. It’s a mysterious disease even to the most educated, and the majority of us know very little about it. With over 200 different forms, it seems as though it can manifest itself in any part of our body. And while some forms of cancer receive mass levels of attention across multimedia, others are virtually unrecognized - despite similar, if not higher mortality rates.
It’s important to educate yourself about all the aspects of the disease that may affect you or your loved ones. Come to terms with the realistic chances of survival, but also teach yourself about the one-in-a-million victory stories. Give yourself an understanding about your enemy and you will learn the best way to defeat it. It takes great levels of strength to beat cancer, but it is also next to impossible without great amounts of knowledge.
Thinking optimistically will make all the difference in a patient’s chances of survival. In the words of Henry Ford, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” Strength lies in both the mind and body of a patient, and support of their loved ones gives them a proper foundation. Fighting cancer is one of the most difficult ongoing struggles that people face today. It’s important to take it seriously, and approach it with steeled nerves and a ready spirit, but it is arguably more important to bring a positive attitude to every encounter. Even when it seems as though the odds are entirely against you, remember, all it takes is one person to make a one-in-a-million story come true.
As we said above, cancer is nothing to be taken lightly. In 2007, it was responsible for roughly 13% of all human deaths worldwide and the diagnosis rate has risen every year since. Fortunately, advancements are constantly being made and there are comforting options for patients and their families. Financial help for cancer patients is available through very helpful life insurance companies. A variety of treatments are available, both for physical healing and mental well-being, and the success rate is growing with every patient. A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.
Dale Canten is a yoga instructor and health enthusiast.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Many times, I have tried to update this blog with my personal activities in the past weeks. No matter how much effort I gave though, my mind was empty and couldn’t afford to write a word. Today is slightly better (I hope), so trying now to give you some personal updates.