Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I got a Pus Pocket

I went to our assigned medical clinic today here in the Netherlands and ask the lady incharge there that I needed a quick and urgent exam for my swelling bump on my back. She said "what's your appointment about?" I responded "I got a lump on my back that I needed to be checked because it's so sore and swelling". She ask for my ID and went to her computer and entered my data and then she said "arrive at 15:20 today" that's 4hours from then. Wow! I did'nt expect I got the appointment so soon because it takes at least few days from the day I ask for an appoinment, depending on the availability though. I was just surprise, it is my first time to have a same day appointment and I am happy.

This is the appearance of a pus pocket on my back
Way back 2004 I got a bump on my back...just a little bump that look like a zit. It grew bigger but not this big. Before we left for the Netherlands I have this checked with our family doctor at Fort Campbell she said "its nothing to worry about, nothing serious about it. But if you try to open it, it has a foul smell inside that skin" she really didn't explain what it is. And so I didn't bother anymore since it don't really bother me at all because it's not painful in any way. Just 2 weeks ago I felt a sudden soreness on my back, when I checked my bump it's getting bigger than it used to be and it's swelling. My shoulder blades hurt when I move and most of all it is very uncomfortable to sleep on my back right now.
I went to the clinic with my husband at the exact time the lady told me or my appointment will be cancelled. I can't afford to lose my appointment because I am getting paranoid on what's happening "back there" I got funny notions of having a cysts that will develop into a benign cancer or worst than that. A nurse assistant tend to me when I checked in, she took my vitals and everything is fine so far. She told me to wait for the doctor for a couple minutes. I waited and waited inside the exam room. I stayed there for 15mins waiting for the doctor. The door opened and there she comes. We greeted each other and after that she just took a quick look on my back, she immediately said "you got a pus pocket". What the hell is a pus pocket! She explained it to me that it is an abscess. Abscess is a pocket of pus. Pus means you have an infection. Pus is made of dead tissue, germs (bacteria), and white blood cells. The white blood cells rally around to kill the germs. Sometimes, abscesses will burst and drain, a way the body has of getting rid of the infection. She instructed me to apply warm, moist compresses. Wrapping a pustule or abscess with a warm, moist cloth for 15 minutes several times a day will gently draw pus to the surface and soften the skin so it can naturally rupture and drain without aggravating the infection or causing pain. She prescribed an antibiotic (cephalexen) for 10 days, 3 times a day. If it still don't drain and very sore she told me to come back and they will take the gunk out. I was relieved that it is not something serious, though it hurts.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Every day in our lives we wash our hands, it has been passed on from generations to generation. It is a very important routine that we do it because it is our hands that facilitates food into our mouth (with the aid of a spoon, fork or chopsticks), we want to stay away with Salmonella of course. Handwashing and other hygienic practices are taught at every level of school, advocated in the work place, and emphasized during medical training. But most of all it should start at home. I always my daughter that before and after we eat we should wash hands and I am happy that she would immediately come with me to the kitchen everytime I say "it's chow time". I also reminded her that she cannot touch anything yet until she's done eating except her food and cup, I get upset if she touches my couch with oil and juice on her hand. It is hard to clean the couch although it is a microfiber type. In addition to other strict hygiene practices when handling uncooked poultry and raw eggs, scrupulous handwashing is necessary, using hot and soapy water.
This is Bath and Body Works-Mango Mandarin I bought yesterday. It really smells good. This picture is taken at our guest bathroom downstairs. There are more available scents to choose from just visit their site they are on sale right now, 3 for $10 I got mine for $4 :(

I usually use Dial handsoap, but yesterday when I went to AAFES, I saw Bath and Body Works product I went closer to its shelves and give myself a try. I did like one; Mango Mandarin scent. I really like it so much because the scent brings me home. I just love it. So I bought one, it is quite spendy compare to Dial but it's worth the scent and is antibacterial and has microbeads which you can really feel in on your hand while washing. By the way, I got this washing technique that I found at this site . This might be helpful to acquire some new techniques. I read it and it is a good article so I am sharing it with you.

Handwashing is the single most important procedure for preventing the spread of biological contamination. Despite this fact many laboratory personnel don't wash their hands properly. Here are some handwashing tips and procedures for your use.
1. Consider the sink, including the faucet controls, contaminated.
2. Avoid touching the sink.
3. Turn water on using a paper towel and then wet your hands and wrists.
4. Work soap into a lather.
5. Vigorously rub together all surfaces of the lathered hands for 15 seconds. Friction helps remove dirt and microorganisms. Wash around and under rings, around cuticles, and under fingernails
6. Rinse hands thoroughly under a stream of water. Running water carries away dirt and debris. Point fingers down so water and contamination won't drip toward elbows.
7. Dry hands completely with a clean dry paper towel.
8. Use a dry paper towel to turn faucet off.
9. To keep soap from becoming a breeding place for microorganisms, thoroughly clean soap dispensers before refilling with fresh soap.
10. When handwashing facilities are not available at a remote work site, use an appropriate antiseptic hand cleaner or antiseptic towelettes. As soon as possible, rewash hands with soap and running water

Fun in the Kitchen with Amber

My daughter is 25 months old now and everyday she's being a 'toddler" you know, some stuff that normal toddler do; being bratty. But in these pictures below I just loved her so much because she is having fun in the kitchen. So I grab my camera and took some snap of her. This was taken last October 2007. She is fond of role-playing now. She does what she saw me doing in the kitchen.

She is trying to check the oven if baking something.
She took my step stool which she is fond of doing. She don't have her own step stool, I am thinking of buying her one online through this website . They got tons of step stool for kids that I know she will really love.
She's having fun! It shows on her face...just love her.
She took my skilcraft dustpan and brush and trying to sweep the floor. She's a big helper now though.

Monday, January 28, 2008

White Water Rafting- Cagayan de oro City, Philippines

My friend Nimfa (my daughter's godmother) and my husband.
we had to stop and float hehehe
I was awed by one of the vegetation we passed so i took picture of it, there was more in it than what this picture say.
This is our orientation ( right in the river itself hehehe...)
That's us in the raft together with my 3 brothers, 2 guides, Nimfa and her daughter and my husband.

I was in the Philippines last November 2007 with my daughter, my husband just followed us through in December since he had some job that needs his attention. While I was there I was thinking of the best adventure we can share together while we are there for the season. I listed the activities I wanted to do with my husband and River Rafting was one of them. There was nothing more exciting than doing the rafting adventure since it is just very close to where I grew up and never tried it. And so, I book a rafting event from my brother's friend. I wanted to do the rafting on the next day. He said it's supposed to be 1 week booking prior to the event but since there were no bookings on the following day; he made us through. This rafting adventure has at least 16 rapids and runs about 3hours or more if you want to stay longer in the river for swimming and floating (which we did and it's so much fun).

I was very excited the night before the event. I will be experiencing an adventure that I eventually want to do it over and over again. Morning comes and I woke up so early to prepare while my husband our daughter was still asleep, my mother will take care of her (Amber) while we are gone. I woke up my husband and told him I am ready and it is time to go, dragged with me my 3 other brothers so they will also experience river rafting which they have been looking forward to experience one day.

When we were at the was so pristine; you can hear the casacading water splashing on the big boulders. I felt the thrill and rush to get into the raft so soon. But, before anything else each one of us were handed a life vest, helmet and paddles; we were all feeling like a pro though it's our first river rafting. We had 2 guides in our raft and they were great guides too. We had orientation first as SOP which is also very helpful because you get to know some of the basics and some commands you need to remember in case there is an emergency like falling off from the raft. After the brief orientation we immediately boarded to our assigned raft and there comes the adventure begins! First experience with the rapids was so great, I was a little bit scary and exciting. But when the water hit me...Wow! it feels so cool and refreshing and I wanted to hit more rapids then. Along our way we come to witness the striking beauty of the rocky walls with some fossils in it hundreds of years ago. We passed the locals bathing by the river, saw a cave along the river side and some havens of snake and monkeys. It was indeed an adventure gazing with nature and experiencing it. It was a memorable experience and we will do it again soon! see yah Cagayan de Oro Rafting.

If you want to experience some rapids like we can visit this website or for more information and pictures to see.