Archive for October, 2008


A Prayer for the Dead














God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.



Starbucks Tawam

Right in the middle of our hospital lobby is a Starbucks Coffee shop.



Three-month-old Iñigo

Our baby is three months old! How time flies! He is getting bigger and bigger, and smarter and smarter.

Thanks to my wife’s religious sending of pictures and videos, I am able to see his developments even though I am so far away from him. Thanks to digital cameras. Thanks to the internet.

Check out my boy’s blog site  for more stories and pictures.

See you soon, son!


Ma’asalama, Ate Marian!

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ate marian

I attended Ate Marian’s ma’asalama party (farewell party) held at the Green Mubazarrah grounds last 23rd of October. It was a picnic-type party with barbeque on the side. The weather was just excellent for this outdoor gathering which was attended by most of my colleagues in the surgery unit. It was a great time to relax and be out of our white uniforms and scrubs, and unwind from the busy surgical workplace.


I admire Ate Marian’s decision to resign from her work. She decided to leave the nursing profession because she wanted to concentrate on her family, and try to enjoy life while she is still younger. She is only on her late 40s, while I see a lot of nurses her age still work until about late 50s.


I think that retiring from work when one is still in great shape and healthy is the best way to enjoy the remaining years of a person’s life. Of course, this would depend on how much a person has saved for his retirement. It could then be deducted that the younger you start saving for retirement, the earlier is the chance that you retire from work early.


I don’t see myself working as a nurse on my late 50s. And I don’t want to work, work and work for the rest of my life. That is why I want to work hard now while I am still young and strong. And then enjoy the remaining years with my family while I am still up and about – while I can still go mountain hiking with my son, and run around with grand children.


I guess one of my greatest fears is to grow old, weak and bankrupt. It would then be a very unhappy geriatric life. Whoah! Am I starting to feel the pangs of midlife crisis? I think, it’s too early…


Thanks, Ate Marian. We could have worked together for a very short period of time, but you have already given me one of the most important life lessons I should remember.


Happy Blogiversary!

I did not realize it. I have been blogging for more than a year now! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! My first post was dated 3rd of October 2007, and so I should have celebrated my first year anniversary in the blogging world a couple of weeks back. But nevertheless, here’s my anniversary post to celebrate my blog’s birthday.


I never thought I’d ever develop an interest in blogging. When one posts his writing, he actually opens himself to the world. There’s a tendency for people not to like what you write, and you may get criticisms. But I had very good feedbacks and comments during my first few months of writing, and that I believe made me encourage to continue blogging. Since then, my site has generated readers (and new friends!).


In the last twelve months that I was blogging, my site has been a witness to the changes that were happening to my life. My wife had an operation. My first baby was born. I taught in nursing school. I moved to the UAE to continue my nursing profession. I wrote not only my ups, but my downs as well. People reading my posts have started to know more about me and my family. My life has become an open book to the world.


Thanks to everyone who stops by on this page and leaves a comment. It would be no fun without you, guys! I hope that you learn and gain something with what I write. I apologize for not being able to post more often. My shifting schedule makes it very difficult to post often, but I do wanted to write about a lot of things. I hope that I will be able to post more in the coming year.


Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday to my blog!


Having Fun with My Pics!

I have always dreamed of being in one of those billboards in EDSA one day. But I thought that to be up there, you need to be a celebrity. Well, not anymore! Thanks to PhotoFunia!

Photofunia is an online tool that allows you to be more creative with your pictures, and gives you the audience impact you need. You become a star in your own right! Photofunia made my old boring pictures become more interesting again!



26 hours awake this time :)

Breakfast at Deira City Center

Breakfast at Deira City Center

Yup, another one of those times when I want to abuse my body!



I just woke up from a 7-hour sleep. Yesterday was another long 26 hours.


Oct 17 400pm.  Woke up to get ready to work. Ate early dinner.


700pm. Started working. It was another heavy night. There were 8 road-traffic accident patients received in ER and three of them went to our unit.


0700am.  Catched the 7am service bus going to Dubai


0900am. Arrived in Dubai. Ate breakfast with Miller and Roger, plus some new friends at Deira City Center.


0930am Took the cab going to Gitex Shopper and Electronics Expo. This is a once-a-year electronics sale held at the Airport Expo Dubai.

Got our tickets for Gitex Expo Dubai

Got our tickets for Gitex Expo Dubai



1000am.  Arrived at Gitex. This is a once-a-year electronics sale held at the Airport Expo Dubai. The sale included celphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets. Lots of people!


0140pm. Took the cab going back to the bus stop at the back of Deira City Center.


0215pm. Just in time to catch the bus going to Al Ain.


0400pm. Arrived home. Checked emails. Ate Dinner.


0600pm. Zzzzz.


30 Hours Awake!


Have you been awake for 30 hours straight? Well, I just had my longest 30 hours. Here’s a recall of the last 30 hours before I finally slept last night…


09 Oct 0430pm. Woke up to prepare for my night shift. Started cooking dinner. Checked emails.


0630pm. Left the house to come to work. I usually walk my way to the hospital.


0645pm. Arrived in the unit.

0700pm. Received endorsement from the outgoing shift.

0730pm. Started a gruelling 12-hour shift. I had six patients:


1.  A diabetic patient who just had a right knee arthroscopy who complained of pain several times. I had to check his blood sugar twice during the shift.

2.  An old man with Bilateral Hydronephrosis with left and right nephrostomy tube. He was on a lot of pain also.

3.  A post left catheter nephrostomy insertion, also in pain.

4.  A comatose man on tracheostomy. Suctioned secretions. Turned to sides. Fed per PEG. Washed on bed early in the morning.

5.  A left lung sarcoma patient with amputated left leg. He has two chest tubes attached to suction. He complained of pain although he was already on Patient-controlled Analgesia (PCA). He also complained of inability to pass urine post foley’s cath removal during the day shift. I inserted another foley’s which needed a lot of convincing before it was done. I pushed him by the bed to the xray department in the morning.

6. A patient with an external fixator whose urinal gets full whenever I checked him out. He was on some IV antibiotics.


I had a very heavy non-stop night shift. I planned to take a 30-minute nap during my break, but I was not able to do that. I had my dinner break at 2am.


10 Oct 0700am. Endorsed to the next shift.


0730am. Left the hospital. Went to the nearby gift shop to buy some gift wrappers, only to find out the shop was still closed. Started walking to go home, till a nice guy with a car saw me and gave me a lift.


0800am. Home sweet home. Prepared breakfast. Grabbed TV remote to catch the morning show. Opened my laptop to answer emails.


0900am. Prepared to attend a baby dedication (same like christening, but this one’s for the Baptists). Can’t wrap the gift I previously bought from a mall. Decided to just place it in a nice plastic bag. Took a bath.


0945am. Picked up by the couple whose son will be dedicated.

1000am. Arrived at Palm Resort. There was a program for the 4th Anniversary of Lighthouse Baptist Mission in Al Ain and the dedication was included in the program. Was feeling so sleepy in between and my eyes was starting to give up.

 0230pm. Lunch at last. Food was nice. Met new friends.


0400pm. Picture taking. My contact lens were starting to dry up.


0500pm. Went home. Opened TV again. Checked emails again.


0600pm. Prepared to leave again for a scheduled 7pm dinner party. Took a quick shower. Changed to a another dress.


0645pm. Catched the bus going to town.


0725pm. Arrived at China Wall Chinese Restaurant for the dedication reception. Met new friends again. Was feeling high already, as if I took a drug! Nice food also! Ate a lot!


0900pm. Picture-taking beside the Dancing Fountain at the Park Square.


0930pm. Home at last. Cleaned self. Prepared to see a buddy who called me earlier to see him.


1000pm.  Night cap with Remyr and Miller at Miller’s flat. Remyr prepared some melon shake.


1015pm.  Went back to my own flat. Checked emails again.


1030pm.  Crashed on bed!


Whew! I could not imagine I was awake for 30 hours. I woke up this morning after an eight-hour sleep, but I was still feeling so sleepy. After I had breakfast and made some email updates, I crashed again on bed and slept for another 6 hours.


What happened was basically an abuse of one’s body. It was just that I couldn’t break previous commitments. I had fun with my new acquaintances though.


 The good news is, I have started recharging while writing this 🙂


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