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Nursing Care from the Heart of the Champ Final Series

We just read the two parts of the three series shared article from one of our avid reader who’s currently based in the middle east and living the dream he once said as an inspiration that now turned into a reality. Away from the tempting world but within the arms of his loved ones. He comes from a clan of medical professionals who, like him have had memorable stay in other parts of the world. Our contributing writer is also a sports buff specializing in basketball… He plays solid defense at 1 or 2 position and skilfully attack the basket at 1 or 2 also, happily married and looking forward to put up a small clinical laboratory in his native country one day.

Third part of the three series, final

It was, Mid day, our head nurse took time to sit with us and discussed or rather counsel us with what has just transpired, we shared one by one our thoughts, emotions and we listened to what each one of us had to say. We were remarkably attached to the patient in different ways, there was good rapport built with the family, and for us nurses it’s likely to witness such an event  of losing a loved one , but this one…. was very special, I saw our unit moved and performed as one, helping each other, even with the minuet details as to the whole workload schedules that gone throughout the duration that saw some gone covering for the rest of the unit while the others were busy with the child, some ran around to get things like a simple stretcher for transport, everyone has had a fair share of contribution. We had all the same question in mind during and after the incident, is there something I could’ve done better for him at that certain moment, yes! there is and I saw that within my  pair eyes, TOTAL and UNWAVERING SUPPORT! as we were all physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially supportive to the patient and the family all throughout the process, from the time the patient was diagnosed, to carrying out the proper treatment regimen for the child, from admission till palliative care, We provided not just total patient care but genuine care, we gave not just medications but compassion, comfort, empathy and love …. these all are just some few humble traits that nurses gave without avarice, that it instill great pride and honor as we are all aware of the limitations our formal educations provided to us.  We have grown the mutual respect that seemed hard to achieve at first glance in culture rich environment. It was indeed the universal language of love and dedication as a nurse that caught all of us during the eleventh hour and no other words could describe my feelings after this experience but simply say….. ….. I am proud to say that I am a part of that unit.  Quinro “Pampi” V. Sioson, RN

There’ll be a lot of ways to nurse the sick but there’ll be no other better way from a heart of a true Champ. – Paquito

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Nursing Care from the Heart of a Champ Second of a 3 Part Series

We break through how special a dedicated nursing professional have their days and night inside the medical facilities and their inner minds.. What could’ve been a simple routine could turn everything into  something more serious that demands more of their efforts and expertise as their main goal from their job is to ensure that patients will have the most convenient care any nurse could provide during those excruciating pain of their life…. read on..,,  

Second part of three series

For weeks, we noticed something different with the patient, behavioral changes, from a noisy yet snobbish little child he became an introvert, no more interactions, he chose to be silent most of the time, agitated, irritated, also…  chemically speaking, the patient’s counts were dropping and was on a down-slide, tachycardic, vitals were unstable sometimes on the highside sometimes on the low, and we, as  nurses have this gut feeling about things, we can somehow perceive what’s gonna happen next, and this is it, he’s walking down this path and it went on for weeks. We felt that the mother was preparing herself onto this, she asked to have a room with a bed just to be beside with her child most of the time, including a crib where she can put the baby aside when she’s away or doing something, she thought of that by herself, and as caregivers, one of the nurses took this concern with the head-nurse and appealed the mother’s request, and was granted,

One morning, we were having our regular endorsement, routine rounds for vitals and assessment, we were not expecting what was about to happen, it was around 10 o’clock, the primary nurse went inside the patient’s room to check the pump because it was beeping, a sign that the antibiotics were done infusing, and to start another medication as scheduled and needed for the patient. The patient was noisy, we can hear it from the hall, it’s like he’s back to his usual self, then the mom suddenly woke up and ask the nurse to check the oxygen level, the oxygen saturation of the patient, the primary nurse silently rushed to me, she said ” It’s his time, the child”, I was in shock, frozen on my seat for the longest time I’ve ever had in my life , we told the physician, and we decided to go inside the room and have a look, there he was, laying on his side, gasping for air with his nasal canula on, looking straight at you with his eyes, struggling, although silent and calm as if he is saving his energy to fight!

I kept asking myself what can I do, no code patient, then it happened, no more physical movement, then we took the ECG machine to confirm, as we were putting the electrodes the mother kept saying, “kalas”, “mut”, it’s already done, he’s already dead… teary eyed, weary, and you can see the agony on her eyes. But the mom was a fighter, the mom is really a strong person, no bursting out of emotions, as she closed her son’s eyes, as she fixed her son’s lying position, and we told her “keep talking, he can still hear you”, then she broke out in tears as she whisper to the child’s ear, saying I-love-you and everything. Then the mom prepared to have his angel cleaned, they gave a bath, and did postmortem care and prepared for transport to the main hospital’s morgue, As they were passing through the halls of the hospital, the twin sister is in sight inside a trolley, she had a look on her brother, wrapped with white cloth, she gasp for air, trying to reach out then broke out in tears, we can feel the connection between the two and it was really a heartbreaking moment.

Can’t help but cried for we are just an instrument with limited participation. . – Paquito

Nursing Care from the Heart of a Champ

It’s Labor Day and as  some major roads are turned into an impromptu stage for strikes and massive congregation of union leaders and supporters who’ve always seeking fair treatment and wage increase relative to rising cost of daily living both in urban and rural areas of the country….  on the contrary, this is the day where employees, workers and those involved in any other type of work lay down their tools, data sheets, halt to conduct meetings to simultaneously observe the official holiday. Like any other normal profession that we normally dealt with, we just took notice of them whenever we visit a medical facility for a check up, laboratory and confinement including visits to our dear brothers and sisters who are in need of medical, natal, critical and ancillary care no other professionals could best provide but Nurses. A young man from the Southeast Asia went to the Middle East to practice the profession amid the threat, language barrier and cultural difference that initially posed hindrance to perfectly perform the duties tied to the contract… just for only a little while, as we enjoy every passing day of our stay. We’ve learn to embrace these same hindrances with one solid reason in mind which is, to care with passion and love.

First part of  the three series

I stand before you as a professional who represents my unit, my hospital in the Middle East, and most importantly the nurse’s community, I’m here to take you on a journey in the footsteps of every nurses, in dealing with patients in pediatric oncology and BMT sections every seconds, minute and hours of each passing day.
Currently in our care is a child, of 3 years of age diagnosed with HLH including his twin sister….  Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a hematologic disease, characterized with pancytopenia, hepatospleenomegaly, fever and jaundice. CBT (cord blood transplant) was done for the patients, it was successful for his the twin sister but unfortunately twice failed for the little patient, carefully thought of and decided to be a no code patient. But the medical team didn’t stop there,  the lead medical team search and proceeded for a better plan, and for the third time to have another transplant, waiting for the patient’s count to be up and reeling towards the patients fitting compliance for the needed procedure, as it will be an excruciating time for the patient and his family.
I’ve known the patient since I was working in the Out Patient Department, an almost fixed patron of the blood bank, whenever he’s visiting, there’s opt to be a transfusion whether it’s platelets, packed RBC or even both. the disease progresses as time passed, until admitted.

Few months back I was transferred to the inpatient duties  and as far as i can remember there … they were, in one of the rooms. Physical manifestation of slow deterioration can be seen, sudden bleeding, jaundice, abdominal enlargement. Months passed, same routine everyday, patient spiking fever, boluses ordered, transfusions every now and then, antibiotics lined up like a pile of people waiting for a blockbuster movie, honestly, I this has been one of the most difficult and to our colleagues term, the most toxic we ever handle for a child patient , with multiple tasks to be carried out within the day, his mother is nagging about things, about medications, even the tiniest or minute detailed little thing in relation to her child, that gotten the most out of us for that day. Like a tired juggler we all finally felt the pressure from the highest expectations any other mother’s patient have had and to hear her say the sincerest thank you somehow put out all our hardship and pain that took toll on us for the day… it made us stronger and inspired for the gratitude expressed. Pride and enthusiasm lit fire in my heart as we continue to provide the utmost care for this child. …

—– expect the second part of the three series after 24-48 hours period.

Sunshine brings hope every after stormy skies. – Paquito

It’s not Impossible but I’m possible ! 

Many times we are witness to incredible comebacks, from film reels to real life. Unbelievable is the first word that comes first in our mind and the word we uttered while frozen to where we were sitting at that moment in time.

Whenever we are to face a daunting task, we can’t help but exasperatedly think it’s impossible and that is we don’t even yet lifted a finger to try and go on about it. All are wired to run that process before we can muster enough motivation to embrace the next to impossible possibilities and take the necessary action with such grace and vindication.

JUST YOUR TYPE

Trying our best is the only path we got in order to be the next big possible thing you wanted to be. Spend time to practice more than required and grow in the mastery of skill and talent we are all capable of , in this world nothing is unbelievable as long as you firmly believe that ” I’m possible !”

Everyone is a great potential to be the possibility for others. – Paquito

Paquito Quote for the Day 34

Without faith we are lost along the waters of unknown current, direction and distance to travel on. Without faith we will be like the indefinite floating piece of rock or debris along the universe traveling in an eerie and places unbeknownst to any man. In faith we knew we have direction, amount of needed energy to take upon each day ahead of us.

Have you had doubt yourself ?, please don’t for the same doub’t will put you in trouble. – Paquito

Reflections of Our Time

Does a million social media followers can be considered as believers? This is a timely question that we may need to reflect especially today’s Holy Thursday and Friday till the Easter. Person of public stature boast a significant number of followers who’s interest to everything the subject person has are followed thoroughly using the social media. It’s like a pyramid sort of cascading shared info or updates through virtual representation.

Are those people following us do also believe in what we’ve been doing? In how do we see things and appreciate our surroundings? Do they subscribe to the same idea we believe into? Do they seriously take time to contemplate on every post we do before they click the LIKE Button ?

Nobody can tell but the very person alone. Whether through clicking the button to like means the same as believing in what they see, read and understand can be likened  to the clouds we see and believed that we could scooped with, using tin can once were up near it. Believers are not the same as followers as it is either due to superficial adoration that they follows you in the social media or just wanted to be in the loop thinking your million followers might rub unto them. Be the most simple but admirable one as nobody got time to ask you if you believe the way they believe of things around you.

Reflect, repent and resurrect your faith to the Almighty. Have a safe Holy Week. – Paquito

Endurance in Willingness is the Key

Good morning my dear readers and fellow bloggers, it’s summertime once again here in the Philippines and everyone’s mind is preoccupied with white sands, blue salty waters and great sunrise and sunset. But for some who have no luxury of lengthy time to get away from work are satisfied with summer games. Yes you hear it right, summer games are the best time to hit open tennis courts, football field, oval tracks and caged courts. Sports buff from all ages are a pretty sight to see especially those past their prime of 60’s hitting the fields in their comfy bikes and joggers suit.

Though its not enough for others to do it with their motto of “the mind is willing but the body is not”  isn’t it our willingness that truly matters when it comes onto an activity requiring physicality and constant endurance? Chinese sexagenarians are a staple in every open halls doing their old rituals and forms of meditations, yoga and martial arts movement which is to stay fit not only mental but emotional and physical as well.

And for everybody to enjoy the summer, they must put in the same amount of enthusiasm in willingness to do things within their limited and acceptable level of satisfaction and prolong their participation and keep improving the mental and physical toughness we all wanted.

The itch to do it remains intact till the last sweat of willingness drops. – Paquito

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Working Tired or Tired of Working 

A friend asked me what keeps other people highly motivated going to work despite numerous odds and hard to resist feeling of doing other itineraries aside but work. And I responded this way, not only you feel that way...  the fact of unwanted feeling to go through it sensibly says that you are  normal person with an ordinary way of feeling the predicament just like many others and there the separation of an ordinary with the extra ordinary.

Why do you come to work must give you the very  best definition of how you make a decent living out of the competitive corporate world and that makes a little difference and statement to your troubled mind as to what should keep you well motivated to have the same tenacity, better intensity and huge desire to see the work place door open on a daily basis.

The best example I can share right now is no other than the work history of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is able to keep his desire for twenty-one consecutive years… yes partner, for 21 consecutive years in just one organization. Talking about loyalty or trust of confidence between an employee and employer is something many professionals or workers have failed about. The motivation to win and the desire to lead both marquee and average player within the system he truly believes in for the length of his tenure must’ve not yet filled to the brim that he keeps on evolving as showed in many of the team’s game… winning and losing seems an ordinary part of the deal that most of the team’s organization have envied of.

Realistically speaking, our whining and undesirable attitude towards our work that we considered as the bread and butter thing or sort of must never be a part of your system if you want to succeed as a person, as a pro, or as an average employee… that all extra-ordinary always start as an ordinary.. bear that in mind. All greatest start at the lowest. Now ask yourself again, need i think of something to motivate myself or being in this group of aggressive people is a motivation enough to keep me going and participating at my very best ability in order to make things work better today and best tomorrow and excellent next week.

Learn to think with nothing but the best and how Coach Po were able to keep on going stronger for 21 consecutive years of workinghighly motivated. And he neither work tired or tired of working.

It’s all in the mind… good thing is, you got control of your mind. – Paquito

Paquito Answer for the Day 27

Never let yourself convince with unfounded facts as this will lead you in darkness. Instead, search for the real truth and this will give you a light to walk through.  So true but so hard must be your first thoughts might be, as there are as many deceiving facts up against the truthful ones with a tiny difference of recurring evidence.

Will you still indulge even if the piece of difference is too little but simply big to locked in. ? – Paquito

Highway 54 

A lot of experts have expressed their disbelief over the numerous schemes in order to address its perennial traffic problem. Lane barriers, Bus Only lane, Motorcycle Lane and the hundred heads of traffic enforcers, constable and higher ups occasional appearance to help manage the traffic  were seemed insufficient to instill time and motion efficiency as needed by the motorist on a five day work week span.

Is there really a permanent solution?  Casting doubts to something that still needs to be seen is what hounding the problem, throwing options after one another only confused the helpless motorist as to which is which to follow in terms of ordinance and enforcement.

Let us help our government in cultivating the best and most reasonable and acceptable traffic scheme by sharing your ideas or  a pinch of salt advise that you think is doable with the given challenges such as volume of vehicles traversing EDSA, odd/even scheme, number coding, u-turn slots, speed limit if applicable and many more. Please send yours using the Services and Consultancy link by clicking and accomplishing the space provided and dont forget to mention your name… who knows you are the genius of the modern road.

54 Unique but Applicable Solution to help ease and moderate the traffic at EDSA

  1. Close all the U-turn slots and revert to the original Left-Turn / Right Turn mode of traffic and efficiently utilize the traffic lights
  2. ….

Let us unite and help ourselves in promoting a better EDSA traffic. – Paquito