Free Skin Care Biz

Geez. The last post I made was exactly 3 months ago. Please do understand that I am trying to make a comeback in the blogging world… It’s just that I am kind of enjoying my online business right now.

As some of you know, I started to become serious with this online biz this year. And I can say that this has been a lucky year for me because I was able to gain the trust of my clients. I love it when different good and honest feedback fill my inbox. It goes to show that my products aren’t just effective on my skin, but also to others.

The growing number of clients encouraged me to join bazaars for the month of November and December. I definitely had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things. As much as I want to blog it all here, my bazaar experience would be posted on another entry as this post is more focused on the contest that I will be facilitating in a few minutes.

Because this online biz is helping me financially (nurse’s salary here in the Philippines is hopeless), I thought of helping one lucky person to reach his/her dreams to become a small time entrepreneur. Malay natin, maging tycoon siya in the future! I would be very glad if that happens because somehow, I’ll be part of his/her journey to success, right?

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Since this is a serious matter, my mechanics would take a lot of effort from you too. I want someone who is very determined and motivated to have his/her own biz. I want someone who will work really hard for this and knows the word commitment and passion. This won’t require you to write an essay or thesis. Don’t worry. I am not that harsh. ;) So, let’s go? (Please wait for the rafflecopter app to load; it may take awhile)

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Good luck!

Emotions

Peaceful hallway

Peaceful lower wing

My shift started quietly and smoothly despite choosing 12 patients of the lower wing over 6 patients of our higher wing. I decided to choose this wing because I don’t have NGT feedings and most of the patients on that wing are ambulatory and can eat orally. NGT feedings take most of our time as nurses especially if you’re in a ward. In the higher wing, there are 4 NGT feedings there. Time consuming, I know.

I was about to do my last rounds at 4:30 am when a patient’s relative called for assistance. I went immediately to the room and saw that the patient, about 85-90 years old, is restless. I asked her what the matter is; she said that she wants to go home. The patient looks very pale and her hands were ice cold. I assumed that her blood sugar have dropped and anytime, this patient may faint. I assisted her back to her bed and checked her vital signs which yielded 80/50 mmHg and as I expected, her blood sugar dropped to 64 mg/dl (normal is 80 – 120 mg/dl). I immediately called the attention of my charge nurse and in a few minutes, our medical resident doctor came in to assess the patient.

The old woman started crying when our resident asked her a few questions. She whined continuously like a toddler and started calling our her late husband. Her daughter at her side, teary-eyed, called up her siblings to visit their mother. As ordered, I gave IV sugar which caused her to cry more when she felt the drug running through her veins. “Nurse, ang sakit. Tanggalin mo na ito!” She complained. I told her to calm down and that everything will be okay but she just replied, “Hindi naman ikaw ang nasa kalagayan ko. Di mo alam ang nararamdaman ko!” She’s right. I don’t have the right to say that everything will be okay when I have no idea what she is going through and what she feels about her life and her family.

Meanwhile, in another room, my cancer patient pulled out his NGT. This tube, which is connected to a bedside bottle, serves as a drainage of excess toxic fluids inside his stomach. We have no choice but to reinsert it again since this would alleviate his gastric upset. When the medical intern came in, she tried to re-insert it on his right nostril but he kept on coughing  which resulted to another attempt. The medical intern said, “Sir, lumunok po kayo. Wag nyo po lalabanan ha.” Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the patient shouted at her and said, “Wag mo ako pagalitan! May cancer ako! Hirap na hirap na ako! Hindi mo alam yung nararamdaman ko! May cancer ako, alam mo ba yun?!” I didn’t know what to say. The only thing I did was touch his hand to make him feel that I do understand what he is going through.

When I was still a student nurse, our instructors reiterated that nurses should have empathy. I applied that up until now. But sometimes, no matter how you try to put yourself in their shoes and make them feel that you understand them, it doesn’t really make them feel better. I can attest to that because I am also in and out of the hospital because of my endometriosis. Despite my positive outlook in life, I can’t deny that I still feel sad about having this type of illness. Sometimes, I just see myself crying when I’m suffering from excruciating pain. Fortunately, I am surrounded by people who are very supportive and understanding. It makes my life a bit easier and brighter.

I guess, these two patients lack the support system. I don’t know. Maybe yes, maybe not. There might be some point in their lives that they feel no one understands what they are going through, that no one really cares about them. We have a few geriatric patients whose relatives don’t even bother to visit them. Whenever I ask their maids, they would always reply, “Busy kase sa business nila…” I don’t get it.  I know that they need to work hard to pay for the hospital bills and medicines but a daily visit, even for an hour, would make a difference. Sigh. These are indeed sad stories in the hospital. I wish that these people would realize that life is short and that we should tell our loved ones how much they are loved and cared for.

If you have a family member who is in the hospital, do you mind if I ask you to visit them and cheer them up? I would really appreciate it.

Career Change

For the past few days, I have been contemplating about resigning at work and transferring to another company with a different kind of routine. As much as I want to stay at N5, our tiring job and the fact that we have to follow unnecessary, unreasonable and non-justifiable new rules motivate me more to look for another workplace. Since I have a pending application in Canada, I can’t just work abroad. It’s stressful and might cause a lot of hassle. So I opted to apply to a different company where I can gain and earn more. As of now, I am still waiting for the company’s response. I hope that they would call me ASAP. I am actually getting impatient but I keep telling myself to chill and just wait for the right moment to come.

I applied as a medical encoder. The thing is, I do not have a formal training on ICD and the like. We only had a week of training in the hospital that is why I am familiar with ICD. I have been seeing a lot of job postings about medical encoders. If you want to apply directly, they would require you to get a certificate of your code training. But if you do not have any experience, you’ll end up applying to recruitment firms which say that they offer free training and that they do not require any related experience. My fear is that I might end up working as a call center agent.  I have nothing against CSRs; it’s just that it’s not my thing to answer and make calls. Anyway, let’s wait what will happen. The reason why I got interested in applying as a medical encoder is that they earn more like those of the CSRs (of course, I wouldn’t apply if they don’t!). And also, it’s still related to my profession and I am very, very keen to details when it comes to reading charts.

Another job that I applied for is a flight nurse. The job sounds exciting and action packed. Hahaha! I can be part of a paramedic team on the airplane or helicopter. I love it. I love adventures. I also think I am fit for this job since I am used to handling emergency cases. I am really praying hard that they would call me back. I’m pretty sure I will enjoy this job.

I’m praying for some good news in the next few days. :) Till my next blog post! Salut!

Pull Out!

A week ago, we had a power interruption in one of our hospital’s buildings. Unfortunately, our ward is located in that building. As a result, all of our patients were transferred to different wards. And because of this, we were also pulled out to those nursing units. One of the things that I do not like when we have low census of patients is being pulled out to another ward. I don’t have problems in socializing with other nurses but sometimes, I can’t help but feel out of place. We always say that it’s better to be toxic in your own area rather than get bored in an unfamiliar place. It’s more fun when you work with your closest colleagues whom you treat as a family.

So anyway, just want to share with you one of our photos before we were disseminated to other areas. Haha!

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But first, let us take an ussie.

 

The photo above was taken the day before my minor surgery. Thank God I was assigned to an area with the lightest workload. :)

As of yesterday, our unit already started admitting patients. Here’s a billboard-ish pic of us that says, “Welcome to N5! Happy and ready to serve!”

 

The nth comeback

As I have tweeted earlier, today is one of those days that I want to go back to blogging. But every time I hit the POST button, I tend to be inconsistent because of work load. In the past few months, I have been busy with my online shop as well as my application abroad.

Yes! I have finally decided to apply abroad. I applied as an immigrant somewhere in North America. The last time I fixed such thing was 7 years ago when I tried my luck to be a nurse in California. Too bad, it was’t for me. I guess, God has other plans. And maybe this is what he has been planning, right? Yes, I am claiming it.

Right now, I am currently on sick leave. I underwent incision and drainage at my right gluteal muscle. I know right, that’s kind of embarrassing. Until now, I still cannot understand how in the world I got an abscess on that part without noticing. I just thought it was muscle pain/spasm.

While on a sick leave, I am trying to learn a new language, French. I need to learn this for my application. It is required that we know how to speak and understand French. I am still contemplating whether I will enroll in Ateneo or UP. Alliance is another choice but the thought of going to Makati discourages me. I don’t like the hassle of commuting from Quezon City/Manila to Makati.

Yesterday, I watched Amelie, a romantic-comedy French movie about a girl who changed lives of the people around her. Of course, I had to download subtitle. Then this afternoon, I watched The Other Woman, a comedy film about a guy who cheats on his wife and other girls. It’s funny that the “girls” of that guy were able to get along with each other in order to get back at that cheater. I am not sure if that happens in real life.

That is all for now. I hope that I would be able to blog again if I have updates.

Salut!