Archive for October, 2008

Bewilderment of the eyes

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I just finished reading an old book . I found one phrase in it that is very interesting. I thought it might interest you also. According to Plato, The Republic, “ any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true to man’s eyes, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light. And he will count the one happy in his condition and state of being, all he will pity the other; or, if he have a mind to laugh at the soul which comes from below into the light, there will be more reason in this than in the laugh which greets him who returns from above out of the light into the den.

Why I go into nursing?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

There are probably many motivations are there in nurses. Most of them, I think, begin in childhood. Mine did. When I was in Elementary years, I really like to see nurses. They looked so good with their white uniform. I said to myself, “someday, I’ll be a nurse like them”. As I can remember during our elementary graduation day, each of us chose what we want to be when we grow up. Of course, I chose to be a nurse. It felt so good to wear those white uniform with a nursing cap on my head, with stethoscope hanging on my neck and a nursing bag.

When I was in High School that dreams seemed to simmer down and I didn’t know why. I took a Nursing course since I don’t have other choices. I don’t like be a teacher or accountant and etc. When I began studying nursing, I really love it though it was so hard. It brought back my desire and compassion to serve people.

It is unbelievable and amazing to know that after 8 years, I became a nurse for real. The only time I knew that when I was a child I like cleaning wounds or do something about it, was when I became a registered nurse. It was my dad who told me so. Though I could not remember anything about it, I was so glad to know it. My calling is obvious. It was fate.

The midwife

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Aside from being a nurse, I am also a midwife. I have some collections of medical novels and books.
My midwife friend told me that I should read this book entitled THE MIDWIFE by Gay Courter. Finally I found it in a small bookshop. A novel that I can relate with. This is not an ordinary book for me because I myself is a midwife. I have been looking for this book for a long time. This is a surging powerful and poignant novel of a courageous and dedicated woman, and of many people whose lives she touched, will move you to tears – tears of pain and sorrow – tears of pride and joy. I really like it.

It is a story of a young beautiful midwife who was driven by a passion to help other women bring their babies safely into the world. Every expectant mother she attended, from Russian noblewomen to prostitutes, revealed to her the perils and triumphs of her profession. She fought savage religious prejudice to gain medical training. She fought her own doubts and fears as she plunged into a forbidden love affair and an even more odds facing a Jewish immigrant and the bitter hostility of male doctors in turn-of-the country New York. She fought her burning dreams and desires. She fought and she won. A ‘must read’ book. It recreates a whole world of striving, of love, of lust, of life, death and birth.

Flowers of Algernon

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

My cousin gave me an interesting pocket book. Today I read that book and I really like a lot. It is entitled Flowers of Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It is an old book. It is convincing, suspenseful and touching. It is a tale of a daring human experiment described as “ a love triangle between two people, “ a suspenseful, gripping story, and a brilliant fantasy.” It is one of the most strikingly original and engrossing novels of our time. This novel should be on your ‘must read list.”

Reinvents the Medical thriller

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Being a nurse gives me the passion to read medical novels. I really like to read Medical novels since I can relate it. For the past few years, I have been collecting medical pocketbooks.

One the books that I like is called NATURAL CAUSES by Michael Palmer. It is about a certain doctor races to a hospital with a young woman whose normal labor has suddenly become a matter of life and death. As she struggles to save both mother and baby, she doesn’t know that two other women have already died under horrifying identical circumstances. And so it begins her own nightmare, as she learns that the prenatal herbal vitamins she prescribed are the only thing these three women have in common. Soon she is fighting to save her career, her reputation – her life. For she’s certain there must be some unknown factor linking these women, and as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will do anything even murder to keep a devastating secret.

This book is one of the most thrilling book I ever read. As Library Journal commented, “ It reinvents the medical thriller.”

Rescue 911

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The another day,  I was on duty from 2pm-10pm. The first 7 hours was so quiet no patients came in. Until at 9:45pm here comes the Rescue 911. They brought in a patient who already delivered at home and the placenta was already out. Patient had prenatal check-ups in our clinic. Baby was fine no problem except the baby was cold. The patient was also doing great. No bleeding. She was sutured because she had a 1st degree laceration. The next day she came back for mother-baby check. Two of them were doing great.

Baby in the womb

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

dsc03755 This is me doing prenatal with my cousin who is 39 weeks gestation. It is a great honor to be her midwife. It’s so special. We are so excited to see the baby. It is really a wonderful adventure to finally see the baby when she/he comes out.
A Love affair with children starts the moment they are born. For some of us, it begins even earlier. The closeness of carrying a baby in the womb makes separation seem strange.