Sunrise: A Year After Haiyan

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It’s been a year after Haiyan/Yolanda – the deadliest typhoon on record to have hit the Philippines. I’ve been seeing a lot of commemorative events in the news today, all the pictures and videos brings back the memories to me.

Last year, November 22, 2013. Our team – Victory Caravan, together with Operation Blessing, and CBN Asia went to Volunteer in giving relief goods and to render Medical Missions and Trauma Counseling for the survivors of the typhoon.

It was an extraordinary experience.

I cannot explain the scenery when we got there. Catastrophic and devastated aren’t enough words to describe them. Bent coconut trees, debris, cadaver on the streets, and homeless people. All we can do is pray and render the services that we can.

While hearing different stories earlier, I was reminded of Janina’s song dedicated to the typhoon victims, entitled “Sunrise”  (see lyrics below)

I love the part which says

Take a chance and see your battle’s won
Keep moving on, keep moving on, keep moving on

 

It may be difficult but be assured of this: we are victorious in Jesus Christ! The battle is already won.

The clouds may be blocking out the sun
Hold on tight, the good days will come

Today, the neighbourhood is little more than a chaotic shantytown. Nearly 90% of the 7,000-odd residents have come back, according to local barangay councillors, and nearly all of them have rebuilt their homes in the same location as their former dwellings – Praise God!

See the Incredible photos show a changed Philippines one year after Super Typhoon Haiyan – by Mashable

Remembrance of Victim

It doesn’t matter who is buried where, as long they are remembered.

A Year After We Volunteer

What progress has been made a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda? By God’s grace, a lot of help coming in. Few weeks ago, President Aquino approved a $3.74-bn six-year master plan to rebuild housing, social services and public infrastructure.

Yolanda Operation Blessing

I wish I can go back there and visit these kiddos 

 

Anyway, sharing you the lyrics of the song and hope you’ll find light in whatever situation you’re into right now. 🙂

Sunrise by Janina Vela Punzalan

 COMPOSED BY: Janina Vela and Sofia Paderes

MUSIC ARRANGED BY: Jaco Benin
VIDEO BY: Parkway Productions
Special thanks to Archie Castillo

LYRICS:
I know you feel like there’s no hope in sight
Don’t worry now
Everything’s gonna be alright

Don’t give up and soon your fears are gone
Keep moving on, keep moving on

Sometimes when you feel
Like nothing is real
Just remember to look to the Light

Darkness may be consuming your night
But soon will come your sunrise

The clouds may be blocking out the sun
Hold on tight, the good days will come

Take a chance and see your battle’s won
Keep moving on, keep moving on, keep moving on

Sometimes when you feel
Like nothing is real
Just remember to look to the Light

Darkness may be consuming your night
But soon will come your sunrise
Soon will come your sunrise

I know that the road’s rough right now
And it’s tough right now
And I know you can’t stand up anymore

You can feel it inside
That spark, that light
It keeps you holding on

Sometimes when you feel
Like nothing is real
Just remember to look to the Light

Darkness may be consuming your night
But soon will come your sunrise

Sometimes when you feel
Like nothing is real
Just remember to look to the Light

Darkness may be consuming your night
But soon will come your sunrise
Soon will come your sunrise
Soon will come your sunrise
Soon will come your sunrise

Photo creds: Mr. Chito Vecina

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Nurse Talk: Why I Gave Up The Job I Love

Nurse Cap

“No pulse, no breathing, pupils are dilated”

Signs of irreversible termination of all living functions. The end of life – death.

The first time I (as nurse) lose a patient was  extremely difficult. In fact, I can still recall the circumstances surrounding my first patient’s death.

I heard those lines again while watching MMK (Maala-ala mo kaya) on a Saturday evening with my family. It’s about the  “Nurse Rapper” who raps for her dying cancer patient. Her name is Fatima Palma, one of the Staff Nurse at EAMC (East Avenue Medical Center)

I don’t usually watch a television when I’m home, or, most of the time, I am not at home.  So upon watching this MMK’s episode, at first, I am not interested. It just happened that we’re watching it while eating dinner, and even after meal, I am hooked with every scene. For a simple reason – I can relate.

 

Why Nursing?

First year college, we’re always asked, “Why did you choose Nursing” as part of our introduction. Unlike any other prevalent reasons why – to go to a different country – to give their family a financial breathing ground. But most of them, their parents chose the course for them.(Ugh! Nursing schools should adopt the culture of screening their students to avoid producing nurses who don’t want to be nurses anyway.)

As for me, it really is my dream to become a nurse – or a doctor. I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. Plus the benefit of rendering health care to my own family – especially my Mom.

 

Almost Giving-up

I am well-motivated. All of the people around me including my family and friends, supports me. From moral to financial support – name it. I never thought of quitting in anything (even in Pharmacology that brings me tears in one summer class, and Thesis. Gaaaah!)

Acads was never a problem, by God’s grace. I didn’t fail any of my subjects and/or any exams required for graduation.

Completed the hours of duty. Enjoyed all of them! (all areas, all shifts). Priceless experience! Although I had a hard time in compiling all the cases I had for Board Exam application.

Anyway, to make a long story short, my journey continues after grad. Review, Board Exam, Intravenous Training, Red Cross, and other stuff needed before applying in a hospital.

It took lots of time, money, effort and yes, energy.

But it’s all worth it when I started working (as in working in a real world). Earning real money and not for good grades.

Everything seems perfect and I can say that I can really feel the fulfillment every time my patient is healed and may go home.

The hospital I am working is a bit far from our home. So 8 hours of duty plus an hour of endorsement (before and after shift), plus rounds, an hour or two for transportation. That’ll give you almost 12 hours. (socialization not included)

Shifting schedule started to become uncomfortable to me as it took my “Sunday” time in the ministry and attending church. I started to re-evaluate my priority so as my heart’s desire. I really wanted to help people in my job, but I also wanted to miniter and to be ministered as well.

A time of intense difficulty in my career as a Nurse came. I had a problem with my co-worker that led to improper endorsement of medicine (I will not go into details, but this can be a reason if things got worse – to lose my license). It took away my joy. I lose my purpose why I was there. Discontentment follows.

After experiencing a 3-month delay in salary, and “alone” duty on pediatric ward handling 6 patients. I cried. Feel like giving up. But seeing the kids in the ward encouraged me to love the profession all the more. To just care. The TLC (tender loving care).

To help without asking anything in return.

Regardless how you feel. Painstaking.

That’s why they say,

Nursing is more than just a career – it’s a calling

Calling is a deep desire to devote oneself to serving people according to the high values of the task or profession.

Why I Gave Up The Job I Love

I realize it’s not the profession I’m tired of, but rather my nursing shift, some people, and  perhaps, the area of practice.

And obviously, there’s really something wrong with the system, compensation and the hiring process. (The number of nurses and the number of patient being served)

It’s not enough to sugar coat the nursing career in the Philippines. Passion and compassion is not enough – let’s face it! Not enough motivation. Nurses are so busy and totally disillusioned trying to hold their heads above water and survive until the end of the shift.

I gave up the job I love, the job (I think) I am extremely good at… who knows if I shall return. If I do, I imagine it will only be if enormous improvements are made in the support and resources available to nurses.

I regret nothing becoming a Nurse

I am not encouraging  Nurses to quit, rather, love wherever they are right now.

Going back to MMK episode…

Fatima is a brave young woman willing to fight for what is right no matter how hard it was. Kudos for her wholehearted service. If you weren’t able to watch it, watch it here.  I hope that after that episode, our government will do something about the rotting Health Care Delivery System here in the Philippines.

 

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