Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The place in Caingin

(most pictures were taken by Jed)

God was so gracious to my family because we were able to go to this summer place for free! a close church friend of ours who owns the place lent us his beautiful place in Caingin. For three fun days, we had the beach all to ourselves! Thank you, Lord!

Dried fish being sold by the national road at Pulupandan.
An assembly of jelly fish on the sand during the low tide.
Jed doing the cartwheel... the house behind him is the place where we stayed. Jed tried to save this little fellow... but he was too late.

Winning the Prize in Faith

(Journal 5/29/07)
1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. 25 All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” .

Philippians 3:13, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.”

2 Timothy 2:3, “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. 5 Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize. 6 Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 7 Think about what I am saying. The Lord will give you understanding in all these things”.

Hebrews 11:40 says, “For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can’t receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race”.

It’s been a long journey as I run the race towards the goal of claiming the prize. One thing I have learned from this section of my life's journey is, in a race, there are many who will ran with the same goal. Yet, it’s all up to me whether to pursue and finish it to reach a place of destination, a place I call, “spiritual land of inheritance.”

For three years, I have been running in a unique kind of race, like an athlete hurdling between being a wife, mother, student and worker. Most often than not, the road has been rocky. Each lap requires tedious work, focus and discipline. It takes a lot of hard work, self-denial, and grueling preparation. Along the way are sufferings and falls but His grace has been sufficient that I am able to endure.

It all started with a dream then it built up into a desire. That desire sprouted a vision. A place of destination requires godly vision which shows us the path to take. In a vision, we see God’s direction and based on that same vision, we hear God’s instructions.

Genesis 15:1, “Afterward the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

Genesis 46:2, “During the night God spoke to him in a vision.”

Numbers 24:4, “who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open.”

Numbers 12:6, “And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to me! Even with prophets, I the Lord communicate by visions and dreams.

I also realize that I cannot arrive at my destination without complete obedience and unconditional faith. And with faith comes His provision of spiritual power, physical strength and material sustenance.
Matthew 9:29 says, "According to your faith, be it unto you".

From the devotional, "Come away, by beloved", it says:

"My promises are of no avail to you except as you apply and appropriate them by faith. In your daily walk you shall be victorious only to the degree that you trust Me. I can help you only as you ask. I will meet you at every point where you put action alongside your prayers. Only as you walk will the waters of adversity be parted before you. Overburdened as the world is with trouble and sickness, I need those who proved My sufficiency in everyday, personal experience to lead the suffering to the fountain of life. I need those who have found Me as burden bearer to help bring deliverance to the oppressed. Never begrudge time given to chronic complainers, but recognize in each encounter the opportunity to speak a word that may lead to their liberation. No case is too hard for Me. Never be taken by surprise when I use you to change a pattern. Do not judge a man by what he appears to be, but see him as what he can be if he gives himself unreservedly to Me.

Luke 7:1- 10, “When Jesus had finished saying all this, he went back to Capernaum. 2 Now the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. 3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish leaders to ask him to come and heal his slave. 4So they earnestly begged Jesus to come with them and help the man. "If anyone deserves your help, it is he," they said, 5"for he loves the Jews and even built a synagogue for us."
6So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, "Lord, don't trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. 7I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 8I know because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this or that,' they do it."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, "I tell you, I haven't seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!" 10And when the officer's friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.

That's real faith in action.

Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God. Oftentimes, we give up after a few halfhearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be found. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through, Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded at the end. Let us not give up in our efforts to seek God. Let us continue to ask Him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. He will give them to us graciously.

As Christians, we are running toward our heavenly reward. The essential disciplines of corporate prayer and support, Bible study, and worship equip us to run with vigor and stamina. We must work extremely hard and be patient. It’s never easy but we keep going despite suffering because of the thought of victory, the vision of winning, and the hope of harvest. We will see that our suffering is worthwhile when we achieve our goal of glorifying God, winning people to Christ, and one day living eternally with Him.

I may have not arrived at my place of destination as of yet but in faith, I am already a winner, though I continue to run the race, for I believe in my heart, I have arrived at my “spiritual land of inheritance.”

So be it.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


1. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

2. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.

3. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

4. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

5. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

6. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

7. The patient refused autopsy.

8. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

9. She is numb from her toes down.

10. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

11. The skin was moist and dry.

12. Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.

13. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

14. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

15. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

16. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

17. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stockbroker instead.

18. Skin: somewhat pale but present.

19. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.


Sa PGH, may tinatawag na Central Block. Nandoon ang Radiology Department kung saan ginagawa ang mga X-rays, Ultrasound, CT Scan at Radiotherapy. Dito ko naobserbahan ang evolution ng mga pinoy medical terms. May mga pasyente o bantay na aking nasasalubong, ang madalas magtanong ng direksyon. Mga Versions ng CT Scan:

1. "Dok saan po ba ang Siete Scan?"
2. "Doc saan po ba magpapa-CT Skull"
3. "Doc saan po ba CT Scalp"
4. "Doc saan po ang CT Scam?"


Madalas akong mapagtanungan ng direction papunta sa Cobalt Room.
"Doc saan po ba ang Cobal"
Yes, laging walang T. Marami ang gumagamit sa term na Cobal. Saan napunta ang "T". Marami din kasing nagtatanong,
"Doc, saan po ba ang papuntang X-Tray?"
Conclusion: Ang "T" ng Cobalt, ay napunta sa X-Tray.


7:00 am. Nagbigay ang kasamahan kong doktor ng Instruction sa bantay ng pasyente,
"Mister, punta po kayo sa Central Block at magpa-schedule kayo ng X-ray ng pasyente ninyo."
3:00 pm. Kadarating lang ng bantay. Nagalit na ang Doktor, "Mister, bakit namang napakatagal ninyong bumalik? Pina-schedule ko lang naman ang X-ray ah." Sumagot ang bantay, "Eh kasi po Doc, ang tagal kong naghintay sa gate, haggang sabihin ng guwardiya na sarado daw po ang Central Bank kasi Sabado ngayon." ( Nasa Roxas Blvd ang Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, at sarado nga naman yon kapag Sabado)!


Nang mag-rotate ako as intern sa Pediatrics ng PGH, mahal na mahal talaga ng mga nanay ang kanilang mga anak na may sakit. Pilit nilang tinatandaan ang mga gamot at tawag sa sakit ng kanilang anak.
Doktor: "Mrs. ano po ang mga gamot na iniinom ng anak niyo?"
Mrs 1 : "Doc phenobarbiedoll po."
Doktor: "Ah baka po phenobarbital. " (Gamot sa convulsion ang phenobarbital)


Doktor: "Mrs. ano po ba ang antibiotic na iniinom ng anak ninyo?"
Mrs 2: "Doc metromanilazole po."
Doktor: "Ah baka po metronidazole. " (Gamot sa amoeba ang metronidazole)


Ang tawag sa recovery room ng PGH ay PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit)
Doktor: "Mrs., tapos na po ang operasyong ng anak ninyo, punta na Po kayo sa PACU.
Mrs 3: "Eh Doc, saan po sa Paco? Sa may simbahan po ba o sa may palengke?


Doktor: "Mrs. ano po ba ang sinabi ng dating doktor kung ano daw ang sakit ng inyong anak?"
Mrs 4: "Eh Doc sabi po niya Tragedy of Fallot.
Doktor: "Ah baka po Tetralogy of Fallot (Isang Congenital Heart Disease ang Tetralogy of Fallot)


Biglang nagtatarang ang isang nanay at sumigaw.
Mrs: "Scissors! Scissors! Nag-sciscissors ang anak ko, Doc!"
Doktor: "Nurse, diazepam please, nag-seizure ang pasyente!"

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Doktor: "Mrs. ano daw po ba ang sakit ng anak ninyo?"
Mrs. 6 : May ketong daw po.
In-examine ng doktor ang balat ng pasyente. Wala siyang makitang senyales ng ketong. Tumawag pa siya ng isang Dermatologist para mag-examine nang husto. Wala talaga.
Doktor: "Mrs. sigurado po ba kayong ketong ang Sakit ng bata?"
Mrs : "Eh iyon po ang sabi ng doktor niya dati. Mataas daw po ang ketong sa ihi dahil may diabetes."
Doktor: "Ah ketone po yon! (Ang positive ketone sa Ihi ay senyales ng kumplikasyon ng diabetes.)

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Doktor: (Sa buntis na mrs. na nagle-labor) "Mrs.pumutok na po ba ang panubigan mo?"
Mrs:"Eh Doc, wala naman po akong narinig na pagsabog." (Hanep!)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Thank you!

To our mentors, professors, and classmates who have been an inspiration.... to our loved ones with all their support, love, and prayers..... to our friendship that will last a lifetime! Godspeed!