Saturday, December 22, 2007

I'm Baaacccckkkkk!




Just got home this Tuesday.




The operation took a grueling 4 hours to finish. We started at 3. It ended at 7. I stayed in the recovery room for another 4 hours. Got back to my room by 11:30pm.

I know now how my Mom felt when she had us. Love you more, Mom!


Took pictures of the spuds that the doctors' got from my uterus. Bye-bye goolies, bye trolls!




It was hard to sit, stand and walk after a C-section but I tried it, 17 hours after the op. It was hell! I managed with a little help from my loved ones.



For all you guys out there who prayed really hard for me, thanks and God bless!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

i don't wanna wait in vain any more


Ito yung naisip ko after our ordeal today. Imagine, walang room sa Asian hospital and we waited there for 5 straight hours - with all of our stuff and the only thing that they can offer us was a place in the ward. I felt really bad because we had our name listed since Monday. It was a good thing that I haven't felt any pain at all.
I have nothing against staying in the ward. The problem is, after the operation...they cannot give me an assurance that I will be transferred to a private room. I have to be on the look out for secondary infection during the post-op and staying in the ward is really not a good idea.
Tomorrow, we have to go back again and wait if there is an available room. According to the admission officer, we are 8th on her list. This means that I have to be in the hospital early. Hopefully, we could have the procedure done either on Friday or Saturday morning.
For those who prayed for me, thank you very much and please do pray for the others also. God bless you guys, always.
the flashing "no vacancy" sign was taken from: http://www.myrtles.co.nz/mv%20folder/NO_VACANCY.gif

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We, Three Queens...

Ang sabi, pag ang lalaki daw pilyo nung binata pa...ang nagiging mga anak e babae, to remind them of their "kapilyuhan". Ang tatay ko siguro puro kalokohan nung binata pa, kaya hayan...puro kami girls. mwehehehe

Ang Ate ko, siya ang pinakamalusog nung baby pa kami at magpa-hanggang ngayon. Pero nun ka, pamatay ang kinis ng balat niyan, as in flawless! Namana niya kay Lola. Pag nakita mo sila ni Dad na magkasama, di mapagkakaila na mag-tatay sila. Sabi ni Mommy, nung pinaglilihi niya si Ate, nasa kanto pa lang si Dad, nagsusuka na siya. Nasusuka sa amoy ng tatay ko. mwehehehe

Facts about my Ate:

1. 99+ ang average nya sa NCEE (nung uso pa yun)

2. double licensed yan - ECE (Mapua) at Education (DLSU)

3. magaling siya magluto (her lasagna is to die for)

4. maganda ang boses niya (parang si Tiny ng pugadbaboy..mwehehehe lab u ate!)

5. siya ang Martha Stewart ng family...pag-memekaniko at pagka-karpintero na lang ang di pa niya nama-master

6. Year of the Dragon siya pinanganak tulad ni Lolo Pogi (tatay ni Dad)

7. Ang pangalan niya ay naisip ni Mommy noon pang teenager pa siya. Hinango ata sa words na "penny lane" at "jaywalking" yung name niya e. mwehehehe


Si Bunso, ang aking "Banotnot". Siya ang baby ng family at super duper cute siya, mula noon hanggang ngayon. Bata pa lang siya, feisty na siya. Maabilidad at napaka-self reliant. Kumakain na mag-isa ng mga 2 or 3 years old pa lang siya kasi ayaw magpa-subo ng food. Maliit pa lang siya, alam na niyang "wala siyang pasiyensiya" at gusto lang niya na "mayabang" siya. mwehehehehe Sa kanilang dalawa ni Ate, siya ang madalas na mapag-kamalang ako. Opo, pati mga estudyante ko, nalito. mwehehehe Pero ayaw niyang aminin na kamukha ko siya kasi mas maganda raw siya sa akin (maldits! mwehehehe)


Fast Facts about Bunso:

1. Pinaka-popular sa magkakapatid nung nag-aaral pa kami. Wala pa yang talo pag tumakbo sa Student Council.

2. Sa buong college years niya, twice lang siya naka-miss ng pagka-dean's lister. (yun ay nung na-in-love siya)Pero naka-graduate naman na kasama sa dean's list pa rin.

3. Siya ang may pinakamadaming lugar na napuntahan sa amin. Mapa-local at international, siya talaga ang medyo nakaka-libot. May nunal sa magkabilang talampakan ata itong kapatid ko e. mwehehehe

4. Siya ang may pinakamalaking suweldo sa amin. I'm not kidding.

5. Galit siya sa pera...pero overly generous sa mga taong mahal niya. Siyempre, kasama ako dun sa inuulanan niya ng blessings.

6. Musically gifted yan. Maganda ang boses at marunong siyang mag-gitara at mag-piano. Nung high school siya, naging lead guitarist pa yan ng kanilang all-girls na band.

7. Year of the monkey siya...that explains kung bakit siya mabalbon. mwehehehehe (i lab u, banotnot)

Siguro, kung may super duper close na magkakapatid, kami na yun. Lagi kaming magkakasama noon at hanggang ngayon kahit busy lahat sa trabaho. Love na love ko itong mga kapatid kong ito. Patay ang ka-kawawa sa kanila kasi di lang okray ang makukuha sa akin (mabubuhay si Gabriela Silang). Natutuwa ako kasi, alam ko na kahit na anong mangyari, we will always love each other and watch each other's back. That's what sisters are for, di ba? Sila ang aking mga buhay na guardian angels.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Rainy days never say goodbye...

We went to the doctor today and informed her that our healthcard agreed to shoulder all my hospital bills (HAAALLLELUIIAAA!) except her professional fee. The next thing that happened was quite fast, my reaction was more than 30 minutes delayed.(mwehehehe) I was scheduled for a myomectomy and cystectomy on Thursday morning (7 am). I will be admitted on Wednesday, then bye-bye trolls and goolies on Thursday!

All of a sudden, I started imagining all these crazy stuff... mostly needles and scalpels. These made my knees wobble again.

At least, I have a valid reason to feel blue.

The good thing though is, I will be home on the 17th, in time for G's birthday on the 18th.
I just realized that I will be out for at least 5 to 6 days, so I will be preparing something for you guys to read while I'm out fighting the goolies and trolls in my uterus. Do pray for me and for the others who will also undergo operations this week. Thanks and God bless!

So honey, let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink…


Si G ang una at huling lalaking minahal at mamahalin ko…yun ang totoo – peksman, cross my heart and hope to die (of old age). He is my “perfect guy”.

O, walang magta-taas ng kilay! Bakit? Imposible bang makahanap ng iyong “perfect guy”? Hindi ah. Ganito yan, mare…depende yan sa kung ano ba ang “perfect” para sa iyo. Para sa akin si G, siya yung aking “perfect guy”.

Ang totoo niyan, di ko naman alam na siya pala ang makakatuluyan ko. Inis nga ako diyan kasi araw-araw ba naman ako binibigyan ng substitution. Pero, in fairness naman, noon ko pa napansin na siya lang ang bukod tanging lalaki na kayang mag-carry ng white hair at beard. Pogi siya…may balbas o wala, kahit na manipis ang hair niya at naa-aninaw mo na ang kanyang anit. Mwehehehe I love you, Be!

To make the long story short, di siya natuloy sa pagb-brother. Oo mare, magb-brother siya dapat pero di natuloy at di yun dahil sa akin ha! O, ibaba ang kilay ulit. Nanligaw siya a day after niya magbitiw at yun, the rest, they say is “history”.

Ang perfect guy ko e may “imperfect” moments din. Nakakainis din naman siya minsan, pero di naman lagi. Kung tutuusin, 2 lang bagay ang kinaiinisan ko sa kanya: 1) mabagal siyang kumilos (lalo na sa umaga) 2) lagi siyang late. Mwehehehehe I love you, Bebe ulit!

Pero kung may lalaking nagbigay sa akin ng sobra-sobrang pasensiya at pagmamahal…siya na yun. Siya yung nag-iisa. At kung may parallel universe tayo na ala – “The Golden Compass”, I know I will still end up with G. I cannot imagine life without this guy.

Sweetheart, I love you very, very much – to the moon and back.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

When I was small and Christmas trees were tall…

Malamig na ang simoy ng hangin, ramdam mo na talaga na ang pasko ay andiyan na sa tabi-tabi (In English - "Christmas is just around the corner"). Nakakasabik. Sana mabuo naming ulit ang simbang-gabi. Siyempre pa, may puto bumbong na naman at makukulit na nagca-caroling. Haay.

Unang Christmas namin ni G sa aming munting apartment. Two years din kami sa Mama at Papa niya tumira. We only moved out nung February 18 kasi it’s really about time. Nakaka-excite actually. Pray ko lang na hindi ako sa ospital mag-pasko.

Nag-usap na kami ni G, we agreed na pag Christmas, sa kanila kami at sa New Year, sa amin naman (birthday ni Mommy kasi). Pero lahat ng eve (Christmas at New Year’s eve) dito kami sa aming munting tahanan.

Ngayon pa lang, nag-iisip na ako ng aking iluluto. Sana lang talaga makaluto ako kasi magpapa-opera muna ako, di ba? Ganado pa naman akong i-try itong mga recipes na nakuha ko sa mga magazines at free booklets na pinamimigay sa supermarket. What was my basis for picking which food to cook? Basta dapat yung masarap pero di magastos kasi nga, on-leave ang lola niyo. Ito yung sana ay mailuto ko at ma-contribute ko sa aming Christmas and New Year pot luck.

Christmas:
Warm Bacon Potato Salad without Mayonnaise
Beef Pot Pie Lasagne
Mocha Magnifico

Lahat ng recipes ay nanggaling sa “Recipes for Entertaining Food Magazine Cookbook” ni Chef Bambi Sy Gobio except yung Mocha Magnifico. Yun, galing sa free booklet ng Nestle All Purpose Cream na ang title ay “Icebox Treats.”

For New Year naman:
1. Dauphine potatoes or Garlic Mashed Potatoes
2. Roast Baby Back Ribs with Fruit Sauce
3. Mango ala mode

Lahat ng recipes naman para sa New Year ay nanggaling sa magazine na ‘Flavors – a Taste of Fine Living”, volume 2 no.17.

Pictures palang sa magazine, nakakagutom na. Sana magaya ko at para ma-picture-an. I’ll feature them in this blog if I get to cook any of them (operation po kasi).
Nakakagutom naman. Ang sarap talaga pag Pasko at bagong taon. Sama-sama lahat...
P.S. Alam niyo bang itong Christmas tree na ito (opposite side) ay kasing-tanda ko? Yup, 29 years old na yan at maganda pa rin. Siya yung Christmas tree sa likod namin (1st photo). Pamana sa akin ni Mommy. Salamat sa maagang pamasko, Mom. Loveyah! mwah!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

and behold, no child but trolls in her uterus

It all started with a dysmenorrhea that worsened.
I always had one during my period but after I got married (and the weight gain, perhaps?), it became worst...to the point that I have to miss work whenever I have it, plus the pain made me nauseous (I threw up constantly). Well, this prompted us to seek medical help. In the ultrasound, we learned that I have at least 5 myomas or fibroids (TROLLS!) and I also have a bi-lobed chocolate cyst (the little GOOLIES) in my left ovary.
I can't help but look it up, so I did.. From my research, I learned that fibroids are benign tumors (they rarely become cancerous) and they often exist in women of late 20s to 40s. For some, it does not cause pain (lucky them) so they just leave it as it is, because they shrink anyway during menopausal stage. But for those who suffer pain due to their growth, it has to really go so they actually remove it through surgery (myomectomy). There are times when they just try to stunt their growth through embolism but the fibroids stay in the uterus. They also say that fibroids actually cause infertility because implantation does not happen and cannot happen because they distort the uterus. Sometimes, fibroids even prevent fertilization because they block the passage of the sperms to the fallopian tube (it explains why we don't have a baby yet).
There's no question about it...the trolls and goolies will just have to go. Easier said than done..I know. I'm scared actually. Imagine undergoing a C-section when I have not had a kid yet. And did I mention that this will be my very first operation? Oh the horrors!!!
G called me up to tell me that our health card agreed to cover the hospital expenses except for the doctors' professional fees. Okay, fair enough. But my knees wobbled after I put down the phone. This is it...the moment of truth. Is it possible for me to have a kid after the operation? Will I survive the operation? Will I forget some of my Bio lessons after this? So many questions raising in my brain? Oh my poor neurons...my poor nerves. I'm really scared. But I have to be brave, for my sake and everyone else's. So all I can say is "Bring it on, but softly if you please".

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

everything but plain

A Few Info about the Writer:
1. I am a teacher by profession. I've been teaching since 1998 and had not stopped since....until now.

2. I am currently married and I intend to stay this way with G hopefully until we celebrate our Diamond Wedding Anniversary which is 4 months, 11 days and 72 years from now.

3. I am a certified bookworm....show me the book and I'll read it to the last page. But there are books that I never grew tired of reading, and that includes the Bible and a Bank pass book.

4. I believe in the saying that "Anyone Can Cook"(Ratatouille). And that is another passion of mine...cooking. I am not sure if I am a good cook but I want to believe that I have tried to be a good one.

5. I love food. The smell, the sight...the texture. But I don't have an adventurous palate.

6. Writing, I dare say, is my first love. I consider it a most therapeutic activity that I have really loved ever since I got hold of a pen.

7. I love my husband, family and friends to the core. They are God's love made visible.