Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cesarean Section at The Medical City

I had a cesarean section at the "The Medical City" last August 15, 2014. It was a scheduled CS and I was admitted August 14. First step is that you have to go to the Admitting Section where you have to choose your room. One technique is to get a semi-private room, to have lesser charge. Usually semi-private rooms are reserved for minor OB-GYNE surgery for overnight stay like hysteroscopy. I was hesitant to get a semi-private room because rooming in of newborn is practiced at this hospital.
It was an advantage though because we stayed at the hospital for 4 days and we had the room for ourselves for 2 days.

Going back to the steps, after Admission you will have several doctors and interns interviewing you about your medical history, I had an OB, Endocrinologist, Pediatrician and they asked the same questions. Allergies, diabetes, heart conditions, smoking, alcohol etc.

That night an ECG,fetal heart monitoring and IV was performed. I was also instructed to use an antiseptic to use for my hair and body prior to the operation. It was their SOP. The following day, I was at the Delivery Room at 8am and was at the Recovery Room by 10am.

From what I remembered, I had the lumbar anesthesia and after the insertion of the anesthesia, everybody in the operating room was moving so fast. I can see what they were doing from the reflection in the light bulb but then I stopped looking and prayed.

When I heard the cry of my baby, I was relieved and cried because all is well. The 37 weeks was over, she is ok, I am ok.

I stayed at the Recovery Room for 7 hours, I was at my room at 5pm but I was ok around 3pm. I have to move my legs before they can wheeled me into my room. It was August 15 and it was the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, there were 10 scheduled CS that day. The hospital was lacking in personnel to bring their patient to their room which is understandable I guess.

My family was waiting for me, I was so groggy, I can hear them but I was too weak from the anesthesia. One personnel from NICU or from breastfeeding was trying to get some milk from me because the baby has not been feed yet. She tried to squeeze my breast so hard I felt blood going out of my vagina. Breastfeeding contracts the uterus and when the uterus contracts it bleeds.

I had breastmilk at day 3 and my breast was engorged. It was so painful. Having a cesarean section is painful and having an engorged breast makes it worse. I was sore all over. My nerves were also sore, my hand and joints are painful as a result of the heparin that I injected while pregnant.

I told myself I will never do this again. You know the sacrifice of the mother just to give birth, it is so death defying. No words can express the hardship and pain a mother goes through birth. Only a mother can empathize I guess.

 The monetary cost of the CS Section at this hospital is around 150-200 thousand pesos. We paid close to 200 thousand that is less Philhealth and community discount. Whew, that is a lot of money.
The total cost of me getting pregnant and giving birth is close to 350 thousand. From the medicines to ultrasound, Immunologist fee, thyroid blood test and the heparin.

That is money well spent I am sure.

Bringing in another human into this world is both pricey and priceless.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dear Bong Revilla - from Thinking Class of the Philippines

I am adding to my blog, the open letter addressed to Senator Bong Revilla.


Dear Senator,
Noong bata pa lang ako hanggang sa magdalaga ako ay tuwang-tuwa ako na manood ng mga pelikula mo. Idol kita sa bakbakan, bugbugan at kung paanong ang karakter mo sa mga pelikula ay ang pagtatanggol sa mga naapi at tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan. Isa kang mahusay na artista at kung tutuusin isa ka sa mga bumubuhay sa takilyang Pinoy. Saludo ako sa’yo.

Ngunit noong naging botante na ako ay nag-alinlangan na akong iboto ka, sa totoo lang hindi talaga kita binoto. Hindi kasi talaga palagay ang loob ko sa mga artista na nagiging politiko bigla. Buwan na ang nakakalipas noong napabalita na isa ka sa “Big Three” sa Pork Barrel Scandal, na hindi ko naman ikinagulat. Ano ba ang bago sa ganyang eksena hindi po ba?

Siya nga pala, isa akong Rank and File employee, matagal na rin akong regular sa trabaho kaya matagal na akong kinakaltasan ng buwis. Pangatlo ako sa limang magkakapatid, biyuda ang Nanay ko kaya mag-isa niya kaming itinaguyod mula nang mawala ang tatay ko. At dahil ako nga ay nakapagtapos na, ako na ang nagpaaral sa kapatid ko na sumunod sa akin. At dahil isa lamang akong hamak na empleyado, nagtyatyaga ako sa init at hirap sa pagco-commute makapasok lang sa trabaho. Kapag kasi umabsent ako ay maaring mabawas sa sweldo ko o kaya naman ay wala akong makukuhang incentive sa kompanya. Sayang din yun. Maliit na halaga lamang ‘yun ngunit para sa akin na isa sa tumutulong magtaguyod ng pamilya, malaking bagay na yun Ser! Minsan kahit nilalagnat ako, push parin ako sa trabaho masigurado lang na kompleto ang sahod ko sa kinsenas at katapusan. Minsan, nagtitiis na lamang ako sa kape sa umaga dahil ‘yung pangkain ko eh pangkain na ng pamilya ko sa tanghalian o hapunan. Kaya naman minsan, matutulog ako ng gutom.
Ang baha o ulan ay iniinda ko sa pagpasok kahit naninigas na ako sa lamig. Kung ‘di lang ako babae malamang isa ako sa mga nakasabit sa jeep kahit na humahagupit ang malakas na buhos ng ulan. Minsan naawa ako sa sarili ko, gutom na, pagod pa at madalas pang puyat. Pero ayos na kasi ‘yun kesa walang trabaho.

Paborito kong araw ang payday. Ngunit alam mo Sir, kapag naglilista ako ng mga bills eh ubos na agad ang sweldo ko. At mas masaklap, ang laki-laki ng tax ko. Hindi kalakihan ang sweldo ko, at ang buwis na kinakaltas sa akin ay sobra ng nakakapanlumo para sa estado ko. Wala naman akong magagawa dahil obligasyon ko ‘yan sa gobyerno.

Ang masaklap lang kasi, hindi ko nakikita kung saan napupunta ang binabayad ko. Wala akong nakikitang pagbabago dahil napupunta ‘yun sa bulsa mo at ng mga politikong walang konsesniyang magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Ninakawan mo ako, kasama na ang mga kapwa ko empleyado na ngaususmikap magtrabaho para magkaroon ng disenteng buhay. Ninakawan mo ang mga taong nagluklok sa’yo sa pwesto. Ninakawan mo ang mga kabataan na hindi pa man nagkakaroon ng pagkakataong mamili ng leader eh may mga utang na. Ninakawan mo kami–kaming mga Pilipino na umaasa sa pagbabago.

Noong sumuko ka sa Sandigan Bayan ay hindi ako napabilib sa ‘yo. Hindi rin ako fan ng musical speech mo sa Senado. Mas lalong nakaiirita ‘yung attitude mo, na para bang ikaw pa ang kawawa at inosente. APPEAL TO PITY lang ang peg? Pagkatapos mong lumangoy sa pera at pandayin ang mga wallet namin, ikaw pa ang may ganang umarte na kawawa at idadamay mo pa ang Diyos? Tsk. Malaking opensa yan sa Kanya maging sa pananampalataya ng iba. Pwede bang maging accountable ka sa mga ginawa mo? Harapin mo ang kaso mo ng may dignidad, hindi ‘yung nagpapa-awa ka sa madla.
Noong nasa selda ka na, mga simpleng pagkain na lang ang nakahain sa’yo. Wala na ang magarang hapag gaya ng nakasanayan mo. Pero maserte ka parin dahil kompleto ang pagkain mo sa isang araw, liban pa sa selda mong malapit nang mag-transform sa isang hotel room. VIP na VIP! Samantalang may mga Pilipinong tatlong beses lang kumain sa isang linggo, walang matirhan at mamatay na sa lamig at init sa kalsada. Higit pa rito na maging air cooler ay ipapakiusap ng pamilya mo dahil sumasakit ang ulo mo? Walang wala pa yan sa sakit ng ulo naming mga niloko at ninakawan mo. Walang wala pa yan sa sakit ng ulo namin kung paano namin pagkakasyahin ang sweldo naming nakaltasan na ng buwis na siyang pinapasok mo sa bulsa mo. HIndi mo alam ang magic na ginagawa namin maka-survive lang sa buhay.

Ang mga ipis, lamok at kung ano pang mga insekto sa selda mo?
Natural lang yan. Huwag ka sanang mag-expect ng espesyal na treatment dahil may mga kababayan tayo na sa sobrang hirap eh kulang na lang kainin nila ang mga insektong yan. Huwag ka din aangal ng “Wag niyo kong babuyin” dahil ikaw–kayo sampu ng mga politiko ang lumapastangan at nanlamang sa mga kapwa niyo Pilipino. Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ikaw pa ang may nerve na magsabi ng mga ganyang salita, samantalang ikaw na nga ang nagkasala.

Sana kung ang karakter mo sa pelikula ay siya din sa tunay na buhay. Hindi mo man mabugbog ang mga kawatan, sana hindi ka tumulad sa kanila. Hindi mo man mailigtas o maipagtanggol ang lahat ng naapi, sana ginawa mo sa abot ng kakayanan mo ang maging isang mahusay na pinuno at mambabatas.
Gaya ng kanta ni Gloc-9, sana sinubukan mong tumayo para makita mo ang mga kababayan mong nagluklok sayo sa pwesto. Sana nakita mo ang paghihikahos ng mga Pilipinong ninakawan mo ng walang kagatol-gatol. Siguro kung nakita mo ang hirap, gutom at sakripisyo ng mga ordinaryong tao malamang nakonsensiya ka rin siguro kahit papaano.
Bago ko hanapin ang hustisya, nais kong malaman, nasaan ang iyong konsensiya?

PS: Please, huwag mo nang tangakaing lumaban sa 2016 Elections. Maawa ka sa amin. Maaaring nagproprotesta ang mga fans mo at naniniwala sila sa ‘yo hanggang ngayon. Bilang ganti sa kanilang kabaitan sa ‘yo, huwag mo na silang linlangin o hikayatin pang iboto ka susunod na eleksiyon.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Psychometrician Review Center in the Philippines

There are several review centers for Psychometrician in the Philippines since it was announced that the board exam will be on October. However, nothing beats the review center that announced their services first.

SPARK PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW CENTER








SPARK Review Center

Suite 22C, Level 22, Tower One Ayala, Makati City
Office Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
Telephone: (02) 368-5636
Mobile: +63942-81-SPARK
Email: support@sparkreviewcenter.com
Facebook: fb.com/SparkReviewCenter
For ongoing promo you can visit this page: PROMO.

NCS Learning and Training Institute




They have Sunday review starting JUne 15, 2014, the review is headed by Dr. Anne Vargas, Dr Vargas was my professor in Psychology at the University of Santo Tomas. 
I got this information from their website. Their website is hard to navigate since the details that you need are in a marquee that you have to wait for it to appear before you can click it. 
So contacting the center is the best way to get that information.

Contact Us

  • 973, Aurora Blvd. cor Dapdap Street., Cubao, Quezon City, 1109
    (02) 484-8720
    (02) 913-1307

Psychology Review

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
Psychology Review and Psychometrician REview is now offered by NCS Review Center.  A comprehensive and intensive review to those who would like to be one of the first licensed psychologists and psychometricians of the Philippines.  Its review shall be comprehensive and detailed to make sure that each reviewee shall be prepared in the first ever psychology licensure examination this 2014.  Our reviewers are among the expert in the field of psychology and very much well trained professionals to make sure that all subjects of examinations are covered to ensure that each reviewee shall be given enough information and knowledge as well as confidence in taking the examination. Our reviewers is headed by Dra. Anne Vargas. Be ahead enroll now.  Limited slots only.   









you can't get a lot of information from their website because it is full of images and there are no links to information about the review about the Psychometrician board exam. So again, the best way to get the information is by sending a query in a form in their website. They have a follow us on Facebook, twitter etc. but it is not clickable.
But you can get a lot of information from their Facebook page

at this link : TRIAD



This is the address:
Address: 811 J. Nakpil Taft Avenue Manila

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tim Ho Wan at Megamall



We tried to eat at the famous Tim Ho Wan at Megamall and we were fortunate not to wait for a long line and we got a table right away. We tried some of the popular dishes, Pork buns, Carrot Cake, Pork roll, Vermicelli with sweet sesame sauce.

i do not know what is the hype with the food. Yes, I admit it was served hot and fresh. The pork buns were maybe above average but not something that you will crave for and it is not something that you will remember that you want to keep on eating it or keep on wanting more.

The vermicelli that we ordered costs 140 pesos and the vermicelli with pork or shrimp costs around 160 (pork) and 190 (shrimp) better order the ones with the filling than be left with only a vermicelli and sweet sauce.

The pork rolls (siomai) is ok, I have tasted it somewhere similar yet less expensive.
The fried carrot cake, is a little oily and I do not know what is the ingredients of that, labanos? hehehehe. We ordered it just to try it but better put your money on the pork buns next time.

Our bill totals 790.00 for the four orders (we ordered two pork buns) and I think you can also get the same taste when you eat in a hotel eating the same food.

I do not know this is my honest review of the food. well, there may be something extraordinary with the food but I find it not really as awesome as they claim. It is not something "wow" maybe i just do not like dimsum so much.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Covelandia Du Labrador

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We went here May 24 to May 26, 2014 and based from the review from different sites, Covelandia gave us a satisfactory experience not really something bad like what  they used to write. Yes, the water maybe a little unclear because a lot of people are swimming but I think it is manageable or acceptable. The management may need to look into the water pool sanitation but I saw the staff cleaned the water from floating objects.
The room that we used costs 3,500 and for the price I think it is worth it since four people can stay there  waived the entrance fee of 150.
The food is also good and the price comparable to other restaurants. They have big servings. Mango shake is my favorite with the price of 60 pesos per glass, it is worth every glass.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Baby Girl Names

There are so many names to choose for a baby girl, every parent want a unique name for their babies because they will grow and die with their names. Majority of the Filipino names are from the first letter of their parents's name. Some are a combination of their names: Shirley (mother) Aurelio (father) the baby becomes Shirel. The trend nowadays are having two names and most are foreign sounding.

These are some of MY options:

Eloise Vivienne
Kenna Sofia
Daniella Eloise
Beatrix Sofia
Beatrix Eloise
Mari Arendelle
Lana Celestia
Celestia Anne - not a good choice associated with Anne Heche
Lana Eloise

Individually I like Eloise and Sofia. I like Eloise because I want to use part of my mother's name Lourdes. So there is a "LOU" in her name. I like Sophia because it is one of the top names but there are
a lot of girls named Sophia or Sofia. Beatrix means "She who brings happiness". Now the last name is Montalbo, this last name's meaning is Mountain.  I would like to choose Arendelle from the Disney Frozen because my little girl Kiara is addicted with Frozen and is also addicted with My Little Pony. There is a Princess Celestia character in My Little Pony.

Oh I want a nice sounding name for my new baby! Help.