My Archives: August 2004

Monday, August 30, 2004

By Pinoys? Buy Pinoy!
07:13 PM GMT+8

There's a new priest in our parish by the name of Fr. Dennis Soriano. He delivers pretty good sermons and we have asked his permission to share these with you so his reflections on the mass readings can reach a bigger group of people. We learned yesterday that he has been a priest for 5 years and we hope that as he stays longer in the priesthood -- his sermons only get better. [more]
07:00 PM GMT+8

Friday, August 27, 2004

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? It's about a super cute pig who likes pancakes and the various activities that result from just having a pancake.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THIS BOOK? It's fun! The illustrations by Felicia Bond are cute and very attractive, to both kids and adults. The book is very creative in that some of the situations that result from the simple act of having a pancake are quite unexpected. Children will learn to be creative, to "think out of the box," and will be exposed to good, clean humor. [more]
01:55 PM GMT+8

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Each time we survive a difficult experience, our faith is strengthened. And so again, we thank all the people who said a prayer for Ali. People known to us or unknown. Close relations or friends or those who are not even acquaintances. At some point, during the two-week stay at the hospital, I commented to my sister-in-law, that maybe Ali was not well yet as we have not reached the collective quota in terms of number of hours in prayer. And so, we prayed some more... [more]
02:08 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

We stayed for 2 weeks at the Pediatric Unit (PA-3, if I remember right) of St. Luke's Medical Center. Compared to the other sections or rooms, the pediatric unit rooms are a bit smaller (lower rates too)and not as depressing. The cabinets are a happier bright yellow and blue and the bathroom tiles have animal designs. Nurses and doctors come in with Winnie the Pooh uniforms, Ernie (from Sesame Street), or Blues Clues - but they didn't make any impact with Ali. I suppose she was just really feeling so bad that she didn't notice much aside from the IV (Mommy, ra-move. Daddy, ra-move. Yaya, ra-move. Well, the IV did not get removed...) and the medicines and the taking of the BP and temperature, etc., etc. [more]
07:07 PM GMT+8

Thursday, August 19, 2004

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? The book follows the journey of a tiny seed (among faster, bigger, higher-flying seeds)up until the time that it grows into a big beautiful flower and produces tiny seeds again.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THIS BOOK? Kids will learn about the different seasons. They can get familiar with nature -- different weather conditions and the effect of these on seeds, various land and sea forms. [more]
07:34 PM GMT+8

Note: This entry is not meant to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your child's physician if your child is sick.

I never thought I'd see the day when a doctor would actually tell me to feed my kid chips and other junky stuff but I did. When Ali was hospitalized for Kawasaki, she totally lost whatever little appetite she had. For the almost three years that I've been around Ali, I have come to the conclusion that she merely eats to survive which is so unlike her mom. [more]
07:17 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Got hold of a newsletter from Caritas Manila. They now have a program called "Lumang Gamit Mo, Bagong Buhay Ko." The program seeks to make you get rid of things you have not used in the last 6 months but are just occupying space in the closet. What may not be useful to you now, can be of great help to someone else. You can call their donation hotline at 563-83-80. I'll be calling them up for details regarding what we can donate, whether they pick up donations and I'll post the information here as soon as I have it. [more]
01:35 PM GMT+8

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Note: This entry is not meant to replace professional medical advice. Please consult with your child's physician if your child has fever or is sick.

When a patient is diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease, the objective of the attending physician is to reduce the risk of cardiac complications. In Ali's case, she was given IVIG twice, one dose given on the 5th day of her fever (June 17) and another on June 25. [more]
07:18 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

While Ali was confined in the hospital for Kawasaki, she had to undergo a lot of tests. For Kawasaki in particular, she had blood tests (several times and several ccs worth), as well as 2 2D echocardiograms. [more]
07:10 PM GMT+8

Monday, August 9, 2004

Note: This entry is not meant to replace professional medical advice. Please consult with your child's physician if your child is sick or has high-grade fever.

When Ali first had a fever that weekend, I thought it was just one of those viral things although it was strange that her fever was pretty high (39-40 degrees celsius). She did not have any cough or colds but she was complaining that her neck (her throat, I guess)was itchy or painful and this was the first time she did this in all of her two years. [more]
02:28 PM GMT+8


The book is about a boy named Jack who wakes up one day and decides that he wants a big pancake for breakfast. The story then goes on to show the process that Jack and his mother have to take to get the pancake ready. [more]
02:02 PM GMT+8

Monday, August 2, 2004

Can you believe it? It's August - and more than half the year is over. Time really flies fast - does not matter if you are having fun or are in dire straits - the clock just keeps on ticking and we all just keep getting older. [more]
06:27 PM GMT+8

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