today my life begins! CHOS!

I’m not saying that I had a swell time during my first night shift in the ward but it feels so relaxing! A breath of fresh air! Never thought that life can be this easy in the hospital, but I wouldn’t wanna jinx it. I still have 2 more duty nights to go!

Anyway, here’s what I did last night, a.k.a the duties of a night shift nurse:

  • Do UDS (Unit Dose eerrr I forgot what S means!) – charge all the patient’s meds + IV fluids + everything you need to order from the pharmacy needed for the next 24 hours!
  • Refill the chart forms – such as Doctor’s order sheet, Nurses’ notes sheet, I&O sheet etc.
  • Vital signs taking every 4 hours (12 mn and 4am) that is if your patients’ are like the chillax type of patients. Not like my patient last night who I had to monitor every 2 hours because he’s been having intermittent fever.
  • Meds – usually at 12 mn and 6am
  • change IV fluids
  • Lock all patients’ rooms – to avoid salisi gang people
  • make cottonballs – in case you run out of things to do
  • sleep – away from the cctv cam’s view
  • EAT! EAT! EAT! + lots of coffee breaks
  • Update patients’ charts and Kardex

What made this shift super nice is that there are no doctors!!! YAHOO!!! It’s not that I hate talking to doctors at all, it’s just that it feels much better to have less duties, less things to do and less orders to carry out! In short, this shift is for those who love bumming around. But mind you, it’s not as easy as it sounds because having nothing to do can drive you crazy and can make you sooooper sleepy which is BAAAAAAA BAAAAA BAAAAAD!

Anyway, right after I got off duty this morning, I had to go straight to Kapitolyo in Pasig to renew my driver’s license with my father and brother. I was 4 months late so I had to pay a penalty of P75. Plus, I was soooper sleepy and soooper haggard so I guess I’m gonna have to endure looking at my license til 2014 in my white duty uniform and asymmetrical smirk! EEEWWWWWWW! I cannot stand it!

Funny thing happened during my medical examination, the person who took my BP told me I had a BP of 90/70 but the truth is, I felt my pulse at around 80/60! I guess she did not want to cause panic in me, but seriously, I need to increase my BP to at least 100/60! Also, when she weighed me, she typed 42 kg on my record! I just weighed myself earlier in the hospital and I know for a fact that my weight would not go any less than 45 kg! I’m a freakin 47 kg kaya! CHE! Hahahaha! To cut this long rant short, I got my license renewed today! Have 3 licenses in my ID holder na! It weighs like 1 pound already! HAHA Kidding! Wish I could really use it this time though! PLEASE LET ME DRIVE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. We were at Market! Market! last Sunday and as usual, they had cars on display at the facade and this little sexy, red KIA RIO stole our hearts!!! Grabe!!! It was sooooper nice and even though I hate the small cars we have these days, this one’s like sooooper cute but still like sooooooper ma-dating! At first look, I thought it was a Mazda pero Kia pala! “Not bad!” I told myself with matching wiggle of kilay pa! Haha! Anyway, here I am again, dreaming and drooling! I really need to earn money already! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give a job na Lord! PLEASE! Thank YOOOOUUUU!!!

trust me, it looks so much nicer and more appealing and more attractive in person!!!! 🙂 **drools**

I’ve never been so in love with a car since I first fell in love with the MINI COOPER (still in love and drooling over it) from the movie the Italian Job and the AUDI car(still having an affair with it! :P) in the movie the Transporter!

the chicken rice shop

We discovered this newly opened hainanese resto and boy I’m glad we did because I can tell that this one’s much better than hainanese delights! *guilty laugh* SORRY!!! I don’t mean to compare. I’ve only tried the latter once so……:P

Anyway, the first time we went there Bri ordered the roast chicken noodles soup (not sure of the exact name) while I ordered the hainanese chicken rice meal (ANO PA BA?!?!). We also got the spring rolls (which Bri liked so much, unlike me) and the pechay dish (shall ask bri what it’s real name is). Everything tasted good especially the rice; and even though I wasn’t able to taste Bri’s noodles, I was craving for it the day after because it sure looked good especially on days like this (soooooooooper gloooomy).

minutes later……I already know what it’s called: PAK CHOY (the pechay dish hahaha! thanks babe!)

Of course we had to take a picture of the storm aftermath and here’s our rating!!

I brought 2 different clothes for that day (i forgot why), but when I saw him wearing his striped tee, I did not hesitate to wear my striped top too! HAHA! Masabi lang eh! Even though it wasn’t a coincidence at all, still we have this knack for “coincidentally” wearing terno clothes just like during our 1st, 2nd, 4th (?) dates, the cardigan date, plus this one too!

It was also during this date when he proposed to me…..CHOS!!!! ahahaha when he finally gave me my long-awaited trodat!! Yes, I knew he had one made for me and I was anticipating this day more than a couple waiting for their first born, or a drug addict drooling for his MJ or whatever drug there is! (BAD analogy, sorry! but you get what i mean! I’m sooooper exaggerating here because I was the only trainee left without a trodat in our hospital hahaha).

2nd time we ate here, we ordered from the very same waiter and sat at the very same spot so I guess everyone recognized us. It was very humiliating but I had a great time still!

This time around, we were on a tight-budget so it was good that we were craving for the same dish and got the barbecue chicken (ata?) and their sooooooooper yummy, not to mention, addicting CHICKEN RICE!

I doubt that it took us 10 minutes to eat all that. I’m guessing it was around 9.8 minutes hahahha. Kidding aside, I think it was more like around 5-7 minutes, tops!

Last time we were here, he got me a trodat, this time, I got him something too! I wouldn’t dare compare prices with him since mine wasn’t as expensive as the one he gave me, nor would i compare the effort to have our presents for each other made since I didn’t have to leave our room to make my gift for him, but one thing’s for sure: it was made out of love *ehem* *ehem* and creativity! I always thought that personalized or personally-made (those are 2 different things! haha) gifts are the most special ones, so it doesn’t matter how much it costs or where you got them, as long as they’re given time, thought and tralalala (wala na ko maisip sorry! :P)

P.S. shall blog how i made this necklace! haha!

In fairness, it looked good with Bri’s pink top! haha! Proud potter!!

***photos taken by boyfriend***

my 2nd/3rd photobooth pic/neoprint whatever

I’m posting this as per my best friend’s request but i warned her that it had some rated SPG shots that i had to cover with smileys. I’m sorry if I had to post pictures of us like this. It’s just that, this is the only place (?) where I can feel free to talk about what I cannot on Fb or twitter. Here, where only 4 people who I know personally, can access my pinakatatagong secreeeets! hahahahaha!!!! anubayaaaan! madrama na sana eh!

this was taken last week, couldn’t remember the exact date and day though! We panicked coz the touch screen wasn’t sensitive enough (thus the kiddie like scribbled names) plus there was a timer so it was like we were in a huge time bomb about to explode!!

ooops march 21 pala yung isa! haha!

 this was taken just last monday, our 10th monthsary! this would probably be the simplest and &$^&^%(&(#**#est photobooth picture out there! You could even see the wall of the booth because as usual, we were panicking (and fighting) at the same time because I chose the wrong pics and didn’t had the chance to prettify (ooops i googled it, there is such a word hahaha) the photos!! But still, we made up and watched the Hunger Games after!

We stayed for more than the time allotted for us inside the booth since there were no people lining up after us and because we really liked the lighting inside! HAHA!!!

an e-mail sent by itay!

I have no doubt in my mind this is the finest message you will ever receive from a fellow human being. Read it, apply the information and pass it on.

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Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways 
, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

comfort food

Do you get this feeling when something’s not right? When you wake up feeling off, like you have a hunch that something bad’s gonna happen? Well today felt like that. Not exactly, but something like that.

I was looking forward to every Thursday of each week for it is our (boyfie and I’s) date day. I woke up early to fix my stuff for work and for “after work”, but I wasn’t feeling all giddy and as excited as the past date days we had.

When I was on my way to the hospital, the thought of our date not pushing through suddenly popped into my mind, but I brushed it off, still thinking that this was going to be a good day. So like the usual days, I got to the hospital on time (like a minute before 6am haha!) and I had 3 patients (an adult who already had discharge orders and 2 kiddies!). So it was safe to say that the day started off fine. I was still looking forward to what we planned after duty.

As the hours passed by, I kind of had this feeling that my partner was ignoring me. A few more hours later, I was sure that she’s mad at me for something I couldn’t figure out. So I decided to just keep myself busy and out of the nurses’ station as much as possible so I could avoid bumping in to her or being left alone with her. Plus, there was patient *03 who kept calling the station instead of using the call light just because they were panicking over the backflow of blood in the patient’s IV line. They kept calling the station for more than 10 times for the very same reason. Goodness, it was tiring and not to mention, annoying, especially since I wasn’t their nurse. Good thing this patient *09 was so sweet, I had a chance of staying in her room for a while when her mom left her alone in her room.

Somehow, I felt a little better because I really love kids and I love kidding kiddies! She told me she didn’t want to be left alone because she was afraid of ghosts, but I couldn’t stay the whole time inside her room because I had other patients to attend to. So, right before I left her in her room, I taught her how to use the “call light” so she could buzz me when she needed me, but just as I have stepped back into the nurses’s station, she buzzed. I’m glad she did because I had nothing to do yet and I was really feeling a little relieved that today wasn’t that bad at all.

I can tell that out of all the kids that I have handled, she was my favorite. We were giving each other high fives, asking each other’s nicknames before the shift ended. She was even excited for her intravenous antibiotic (which I thought was a bit painful)! Too bad she was discharged late this afternoon (not that I didn’t want her to be sent home!).

OOOooooOoOoh the perks of being a nurse!

Anyhow, still I was feeling a little paranoid so when I had the chance to talk to my partner before we went home, I grabbed the opportunity and poked and asked her if she was mad at me. It was only then that I knew that she wasn’t mad at all. She even told me that she thought that I was too busy to be bothered and I had to admit that I was keeping myself busy on purpose (even though I had not much to do, having only 2 patients in the latter part of the shift).

I had pulled a thorn (out of 2) out of my chest right that very moment! I felt so relieved because I could never stand not being on good terms with someone I work with.

2nd thorn (still intact): our date did not push through due to moderate GI probs (hehe peace B!). I was disappointed and I did not talk to him for 2 hours (as he said), but we’re good now. We’re PM-ing on FB as we speak. 😛 I just had to forget every bad thing that happened today, release all the bad vibes and be happy again! Good thing we can always count on our COMFORT FOOD in times like these. I had to buy a not-so-cheap pint sized mango ice cream, mango float, pancit canton sweet and spicy, strawberry mogu-mogu (all thanks to ministop!) and turon and kamote cue just so I could wallow in self-pity and all that jazz kaartehan! Pero kita niyo naman, Lo and behold, I’m feeling great again!!!!

We could never be always happy but we also cannot always let ourselves feel down. So I make sure that I get to find a way to turn things the other way around and pray (before and after of course 😉

March 1 is so unpredictable! Hope it won’t be the same for the rest of the month!