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Thursday, February 23, 2012

CDO Vacation: Enjoying Her Share

In my foodie blog, I have posted about the lunch we have at Yellow Cab courtesy of Tita Cindy. I also did mention that Bella enjoyed her share on the food that was served. 

Just take a look at her...LOL!

Eating using her left hand...
... and her right hand as well... hehehe

Munching her share of baked potato and chicken wings gave Bella a blast! When it comes to eating, you can always count on  this little girl.... as in always. Hehe

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tears of Joy

Yes, I have told you that I will be in hiatus for several days but I can't help but share all the blessings our family have received yesterday. The Lord is indeed very faithful to us for sending angels to help us out in our needs. My sister and I are almost in tears when we talked yesterday not because of burden but because of the joy we felt. We are overwhelmed by the love and support our friends from around the world have showed us and also with how the Lord works in our situation right now. 

I am so thankful because:
  • My father's hospital bills have been lessened because "an angel" have helped us and even offered to help us further when necessary. "You" know who you are and you insisted not to be mentioned and our family is so grateful for your family's  love and kindness
  • Bren's family have also sent us help. Thank you very much for showing your love and support to our family.
  • I was able to asked free medicines from Lingap, Office of the City Mayor. Indeed, "Life Is Here" in Davao. I will be back again today for another round of free medicines =).
  • Another hope came when the receiving  in-charge in Lingap Center happened to be my sis in SFC. I don't recognize her anymore because we haven't seen each other for almost 12 years,  but thank you Lord because she recognizes me and she was the first to introduced herself. She told me that I could go there everyday as long as my father is still in the hospital. Thank you, Lord because it means a big savings on my father's daily medicine.
  • Another friend volunteered to donate blood in PNRC in replacement to the one I bought  but when checked, she was told that she can't donate because her hemoglobin is just enough for her body. I am still thankful and touched with the effort and support ma'am A. 
  • Received the endorsement from the hospital's pastor for PCSO assistance. Thank you, Pastor!
  • A friend have committed to lend us a certain amount next week. Another "angel" here on earth. Thank you in advance D...
I can go on and on with the blessings we have received but I am running out of time. I need to prepare now because I have a long day ahead. I am inspired and grateful and somehow relieved knowing that a lot of family and friends are there willing to show their love in their own little ways. Their love is beyond time and distance. We will be forever grateful for all of you. And may the Lord blessed you richly and return all the favor a million times.

God is good, all the time. Thank you, Lord!

Monday, February 20, 2012

In Hiatus Due To My Father's Health

First, I would like to thank all of you for supporting all my blogs even though I haven't returned any of your visits this past few days. I would like you to know that I really appreciate all the love and support you have given me through leaving your comments not only in this blog but in all of my blogs as well.  

Maybe some of you have been wondering why I haven't returned your visits yet  especially on the memes that I have join this week. I really wanted to return all the favor but couldn't find the time to do so and I would like to apologize for that.

My father is in the hospital right now. I am the only one attending to all his needs since my siblings are not around and my mother is already of age.  I brought him to the doctor two days ago for an "ordinary check up" since he was vomiting and couldn't eat anything for two days. The doctor told us to have him admitted right that moment for further check up and medication. So at around 2PM that day  he was already at the Emergency Room.

Thinking that everything is almost normal with his health,  we let Macky stay with him overnight in the hospital to assist him. We were so confident that he will be discharged after 24 hours. I went home at around 9PM on the first night of his admission and were so shocked when at around 11PM, Macky called up to inform us that the doctor them that my father should be operated at 11AM the next day.

Bren and I was a bit hesitant with the decision thinking of getting a second opinion from other doctors the next day.  When I went to the hospital the next morning, I was told to talk to the doctor on duty since my father refused for an operation, they advised us to leave the hospital that day and look for other medical institution. When I asked the doctor about the basis of their decision to operate my father, she said that the infection in his blood is way too high than normal.

Knowing that, I know that the only right thing to do is have him operated immediately to save his life. Our major concern that very moment when I told my siblings and  the rest of the family about it, is the money needed for the operation. We are not well-off so spending a big amount on the hospital is really a problem. We are in a private hospital and it is a bit costly to have the operation there although we were given an option to transfer to a government hospital but procedures are complicated.

Despite the financial concern, I have decided to go with my father's operation in that  hospital. The operation to be conducted is "ex-lap" wherein they need to open my father's stomach to check and clean it because the initial diagnosis of his doctor is Acute Gastritis and/or Acute Peptic Ulcer Disease. After paying the required down payment, my father was scheduled for  operation at around 3PM. The operation lasted for more that 3 hours. And thank God, it was successful.

We are happy that our father was saved but our next big concern is his medicines and other laboratory requirements. We need to shell out at least 6000 pesos everyday for his antibiotics aside from the pain  relievers and other medical needs. He was also required for a blood transfusion, good thing, I was allowed to buy 1 unit in the blood bank this morning. There are still laboratory tests that I put on hold until Monday or until  the money is available.  

I know that  the Lord will always provide and we are so blessed to have friends who made us  feel like family  willing to help us in our dire needs. Although we are still struggling with our finances right now, I am hopeful that the Lord will never leave us. The second life given to my father is blessing enough that no amount of  money could ever replace and  that thought alone gives me courage and inspiration to look on the positive side of the situation.

My father will be staying in the hospital for at least a week. Our current hospital bills for 2 days have already ballooned unimaginably but I worry not for I'm sure tomorrow is a  great day. I know the Lord will send angels to help us get through this.

That's it my dearies. Please continue supporting my blogs while I am away. I will definitely return the favor when everything is fine with my father. Please help us pray for his speedy recovery. I will surely miss all of you and I will be back hopefully soon. Hugs!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Toys On Sale

I only go to the mall when necessary. My life has totally changed when Bella came. Time spent outside the house should be as important as leaving Bella at home just like when I went to SM one day to pay for our telephone bills since it is just one ride away from our place. I have no plans of buying anything that day but these toys caught my attention when it was displayed near the mall entrance.

Colorful cubes  with animals and numbers and a rattle and teether in one...

The toys was on sale and I was so attracted to its colors and design. Thinking that Bella would probably like it, I immediately got these stuff for her. Bella was so happy when she saw what I have for her. 

Yep, that's what she always does with her new toys... Sensory evaluation...Lol!

Knowing that she would evaluate her toys by  holding, smelling and most of the time eating =) it, we would always wash or sterilize it first before giving it to her just to make sure that it is clean and hopefully lead-free.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Watching Brainy Baby With Tatay Bren

Although Bren is busy at work, he always see to it that he spends quality time with Bella. When I am busy with other things at home, he is usually the one taking care of Bella especially during early mornings when everybody in the house is still sleeping and Bella was the first one  to woke up. 

Tatay Bren would usually cuddle and play with Bella and when she is already bored and tired from playing, they would watch Brainy Baby together. Brainy baby and other baby dvd's would lull her most of the time.

Watching DVD at 4am...

I am so thankful to  Bren for being such a doting and responsible father and husband  to me and  Bella. He loves Bella so much and I can obviously see that she changed him for the better. Bella is such a blessing to our lives in the same manner that we were  also blessed having Tatay Bren around.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Playing With Kuya Yoshi's Stuff

Our CDO vacation last year was a bit longer so Bella had enough time spent playing with Kuya Yoshi. Their usual morning routine is biking  in the terrace using Yoshi's blue bicycle with sidecar then after that,   they usually continue with  their own activity  like Yoshi watching DVD while Bella substituting Kuya Yoshi on his bike and on some of his toys. Hehehe!

Happily posing for the cam...
When suddenly an airplane passed by...Pointing to the plane!

Bella is always looking for every opportunity to grab Kuya Yoshi's toys wherein most of the time  Yoshi is sweet and generous enough to share it with Bella. Thank you very much, Kuya Yoshi Pogi!

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

She Is Well and Happy

After her overnight  hospital vacation, Bella was still a bit sick due to teething. She became stable on the day Bren celebrated his  40th birthday, that was five days after she was hospitalized. Right now, she is already well and back to being healthy and happy baby. Thanks God!=)

Teeth... and more!

It is expected that babies can sometimes get sick due to the changes in their bodies especially during teething which others consider normal. But as a mother I am still nervous every time Bella is sick or not feeling well, that is the reason why I would prefer to have her treated in the hospital than do the usual home medication. For me, the health and safety of Bella must come first and it would give me peace of mind if she is in the hospital.

I know that being sick is inevitable especially for babies and because of that,  I am taking  extra precaution as well as prevention for Bella.  On top of her regular vitamins, she is now taking natural food supplements. I am really hoping and praying that she will grow up to be  a healthy and happy person. 

Thanks Tita LAINY  for the First Comment...

Monday, February 06, 2012

Hospital Vacation

I think the title of this post is the subtle way of saying that Bella was again  confined to the hospital some few days ago. What happened was really unexpected, but thank God we managed to bring her to the nearest hospital when her seizure took place. We were actually on our way home from my driving practice when it happened. Earlier that day, she showed some signs of fever but I thought it was manageable so I just gave her sponge bath and  vitamin C and it really didn't occur to me that she will have seizure that day because she was still walking and playing some few minutes ago before that incident.

This was the third time that it happened to her and  her doctor told us that this will possibly recur until she's 7 years old. I was totally freaking out but praying hard while trying to revive her by putting some ice on her head and her armpit on our way to the hospital. Our little girl was totally helpless but I can see that she's also fighting for her life because she's already half-conscious though a bit delirious. Oxygen, IV and a paracetamol suppository was immediately given at the Emergency Room. The nurse in the ER  find Bella's temperature a little strange because it was already normal before all those things were given. A chest X-ray was also ordered by her doctor before we finally settled to her room. I always chose private room whenever we are in the hospital that way I can be sure that Bella can have some privacy and  at least a feeling that she is just in her room. 

Bella is already asleep at around 8PM  but I never had a single nap checking on her the whole night. She woke up by 12MN  for her second dose of paracetamol. Although crying, she took the meds helplessly. She will not drink her milk afterwards but preferred to have NOVA as midnight snack... all to herself. =)

Munching NOVA at 12 midnight....

She was really enjoying her Nova but everything was spoiled  when somebody from the laboratory came in to get her blood sample for the CBC test. She cried harder this time and I feel like crying too but I need to be strong for her. I just thank the Lord that for the whole night,  her temperature was generally normal and by the next morning the doctor granted my request that her IV be removed for her to be more comfortable. My little Bella seems like not sick at all; playing and walking like there's no tomorrow early that morning.

The utility box as her car...
Tatay Bren pushing her car and holding her IV or else she won't go near him...

We were discharged from the hospital after 24 hours because all her laboratory results were normal and her fever was just viral  although her X-ray result showed that she has a mild pneumonia but  her doctor said that it can  be treated at home. We thought that everything about her is  already stable but that night her fever  came back and it happened repeatedly for  five days already. I am so bothered about it so I  brought her to her doctor for another check up this morning. Her doctor have prescribed dental paste and an ointment for her gums and skin lesions found near her mouth but good thing is,  this time the fever is all gone.

As of the moment, she is playful but kind of lost her appetite for food because her gums are sore due to teething. There are like 4 teeth starting to show up both on her upper and lower gums. Her medication is still on going until the next few days. I've had  sleepless  nights since Wednesday to check  on her because she seems to have fever every early evening and during dawn.

I am really praying and hoping that she well get better soon. Bren will be celebrating his 40th birthday tomorrow and Bella's good health is the best gift that he would want to have on his special day. I took a week off from my online work and also from blogging. I would like to apologize for not returning your visits and thank you very much for all your support and understanding. 

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Gifts from Ate Yellie

A few days before Bella's first birthday, she received a package from Bren's family in Maasin, Iloilo. Although the package contains  some stuff for me and Bren but most it are  for Bella  given by her 7-year old cousin, Ate Yellie. Ate Yellie is the only  daughter of Bren's only sister, Florence. Since  Bella is Yellie's only cousin, she considered Bella as her youngest sister thus giving her the right to inherit  some of her precious stuff. 

One thing that caught Bella's interest among all the things inside the box  is  the cutie Pink Boots. A lot of kiddie educational books were  also included in the package.

The note says" For Urielle's younger sister - Bella"...So sweet!
Books from Ate Yellie...

Thank you very much Ate Yellie for the books which Bella enjoyed reading and also for the cute little boots which she is so excited to wear although a bit bigger for her size but will definitely fit her in a few months time.

Thank you Tita Florence for the First Comment...

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