Gusto Kong Ma-Buqo? :D

I love books, I love reading but I miss books, I miss reading L I work as an analyst in my day job and I do a lot of reading — manuals, annual reports, contracts, billions of emails. The reading I miss is the fun, stimulating kind where you just have to finish the book in one sitting. I miss the leisurely way I flip through a new book. Time really is a luxury if you’re a working mom. The last book I read was Ellen Degeneres’ Seriously I’m Kidding which I read on my last business trip to HK.

I have lots of other books (and magazines) on my list that I want to buy but what’s keeping me is the fact that I already have so many books and magazines. I still live with my parents and I just don’t have the room in my room anymore. Our family bookshelves are already so stuffed with so many other books that our family has acquired over so many years.

I have always toyed with the idea of a reader but I’m not sure if a dedicated reader like the Kindle would be an investment I would want to spend on.

So I tried Buqo, which I learned from our good friends over at Smart Telecom! Buqo is a mobile bookstore, newsstand and reader app, available for both Android and iOS users.

Buqo Smart

Summit and Buqo is currently offering a great easy promo where you can buy and/or subscribe to your favorite Summit titles just by using your Smart Prepaid load or by charging it to your Smart Postpaid bill. Ang dali diba? I love that you can download what you want to read in an instant and keep a library in your bag which you can bring everywhere! EVERYWHERE! It’s kind of embarrassing that I’ve only recently cleaned out a box of 5-year old magazines at home but I hoard reading materials but they just unfortunately add to the clutter. I keep a lot of books and magazines because I always would like references in the house in case I would have to do an art project or need a recipe for example.

But when I tried out Buqo, I didn’t feel so bad that I had to give some of my magazines to the junk shop and my books in permanent storage in our bodega.

I browsed through some of the titles and found these little gems that I will have to download soon:

Pugad Baboy books!!! I did not realize how many there are already (nalula naman daw ako)

Buqo Pugad Baboy

Lourd De Veyra!

Buqo Lourd De Veyra

 

Of course magazines are a must in my reading list and Buqo has a wide selection:

Buqo Summit Magazines

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And I am soooo pleasantly surprised that Buqo has lovely children’s books from Adarna and Lampara! Yay!

Buqo Adarna

Buqo Lampara Books

So, if you’re a Smart subscriber, you can just download all these books and magazines (some books are free!) using your prepaid load or it can be charged to your Smart postpaid bill. Easy-peasy, credit card free! If you’d like to know more just click on http://smart.com.ph/buqo

*Smart Communications is a sponsor of Manilamommy.com*

 

Twice Blessed

One of the goals we had while we were at the IMCU is for Noah to be well enough for him to be transferred to a regular room. It seems that a trip home was not in our cards yet and so with Jo, one of our IMCU nurses we planned for two goals:

1) For Noah’s oxygen stats to go up to 98
2) For Noah to be transferred to a regular room in time for his birthday

Nakakatatakot talaga. Noah’s breathing was really labored and he was miserable. He was always crying and pulling off his cannula. He also pulled off his Nasogastric Tube which is a looong tube that was put in his nose down to his tummy. He wasn’t up for oral feeds yet – his respiratory rate was so high that he was at the risk of aspirating if he drinks milk. It all turned around when a new set of 2nd generation medicines were given to him. His mouth and nose were also suctioned at regular intervals to ensure that his airways were not blocked. His CPAP machine pumped precious oxygen into his lungs so that he could breathe again. Jo, the IMCU nurse on duty made sure that Noah’s oxystats were increasing. She even requested for a new machine just to be sure of the accuracy.

His 2D echo also showed he had Myocarditis, a slight infection of the heart. He had fluid buildup in the walls of his heart which was caused by the infection in his lungs. The pedia cardiologist however was not worried too much. Noah’s heart was still strong and did not show any other problems. She prescribed Noah with a low dose diuretic to flush out the excess fluid.

Friday night up to Saturday showed that Noah’s oxygen levels have stabilized. His oximiter has registered 97-98 with a low of 93. This was such a huge turnaround from the last few days when the oximeter would reflect his levels to be at the 70s. Noah has also started waking and sitting up, although he was still dazed. He had glassy eyes and he wasn’t responding nor smiling. Noah wasn’t fully back yet and just seeing him with an empty stare made our hearts hurt more. We wanted our baby back :(

And he did come back, slowly but surely he fought through again.

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Slowly but surely, Noah’s stats showed that he was ready to be moved to a regular room.  “Regular Room” – those two words meant so much to us for it meant that Noah was finally on the mend. His health is the best birthday gift ever and we celebrated it in room 302.

I ordered a simple cake from TazzyCakes again and bought balloons at the hospital gift shop. My mom, dad, my youngest brother, David, his yaya and our parents driver all came and celebrated Noah’s 2nd birthday. David came with a mask. He wanted to play with Noah but we told him he couldn’t yet.

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Yay Noah!!

We heard a knock on the door and in came the Pediatric Unit, in full force. They sang the birthday song to Noah, gave him a balloon, a box of fruits and a thoughtful poster.

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Cat of TazzyCakes made another yummy cake. The filling this time was banana chocolate chip :)

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We got discharged last Wednesday. Noah was diagnosed with Brochopneumonia, Myocarditis and Acute Respiratory Failure.  He was given Tergecef for his oral antibiotics. Noah lost a lot of weight but what matters most is that we got him home. We got him back and most importantly he was smiling again.

Noah’s 2nd birthday is such a strong reminder of how such a brave fighter this little boy is. It was also a reminder of how blessed he truly is. He received so many prayers, good wishes and of course lots of loving and expert care from the kind nurses and doctors at the hospital. We had lots of angels on our side who guided him back to health.

And I THANK YOU! Saying thank you to so many kind souls is an opportunity for me, on behalf of my family to count so many as part of our blessing. We are battle-weary but certainly not bowed and we are humbled by the outpouring of love for our little boy.

As for me, I’ve had enough “excitement” for the rest of the year. It certainly is good to be back here at the office, typing away this post in between breaks. Boring is so underrated, don’t you think?

Kyrie Eleison

Noah update: I’m writing this at the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) of St Luke’s. Noah had to be transferred because his breathing is still labored, his oxygen saturation levels were still in the low 90s, he was just sleeping all throughout the day and his lungs still showed that he had phlegm even if he was already on antibiotics.

His doc wanted him to be hooked up to a pulse oximeter machine to monitor his oxygen saturation. Normally a person at rest would have an O2 saturation of 96 and above. Noah’s was at around 92-93. This machine is inside the IMCU and so we had to move.

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In addition, the doc also wanted Noah to be hooked up to a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine and it basically increases air pressure into Noah’s airways so that he would get more oxygen into his body.

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Noah also had a nasal gastric tube put in but HE RIPPED IT  OUT. For such a sick kid he’s so strong when it comes to fighting off his nurses. Eh na-c-cute-cutean sa kanya mga nurse nya, so lalo syang naiinis. Hay nako bugoy talaga.

Noah had to repeat all his lab tests plus some new ones. His doc also ordered a 2D echo just to make sure his heart is alright.

As soon as I learned of our move, I felt that horrible pit in my stomach again. I went to the admissions office to process the transfer and I was weeping while waiting for my number to be called. Everything happened fast and Noah was whisked to the IMCU within one hour of the order. Nakakaloka. I haven’t showered nor had lunch and I was running on adrenalin. Noah meanwhile just slept — which was also not so good. He was sleeping for 2 days straight and the doctors did not like that he was in such a stupor.

I had lunch at around 4pm. I just ordered Palabok and Iced tea and I was alone in the restaurant at the lobby of St. Luke’s. While I was trying to eat my lunch, I heard this song being played in the resto:

The Lord really has awesome ways of telling me that everything will be ok, that Noah will be just fine. I wasn’t expecting Mister Mister to be the messenger but hey I’ll take it. A good 80’s pop song is just as good as a chorus of angels. It came when I needed it most. I held on to the song and repeated the chorus in my head:

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night

Kyrie Eleison is Greek for Lord have Mercy.  Lord have Mercy indeed.

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Love you Noah!

Help for Baby Zane

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Mye De Leon is a talented digital artist who I knew online for a campaign she started for her youngest child and only boy Alphonse. Alphonse was born with Down syndrome and also had Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF). Simply put ToF is caused by a combination of four heart defects which cause oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix. Children with ToF are usually called "blue babies" because of the circulation of the oxygen- poor blood in their bodies. Mye raised the funds she needed through the … [Continue reading]

3rd time’s…the charm?

Noah StLukes Sept 2014

3 times before turning two years old. Noah has been confined 3 times and his birthday is this Sunday na. The reason for all confinements are all the same: Pneumonia. His first time was a few months after he was discharged from the NICU. We went to the ER on Dec. 1 because Noah kept throwing up and his coughing got worse. The ER doctors heard something and saw a bit of fluid in his lungs so off we went to be admitted. The second one was just the same, a cough that got worse, a baby who … [Continue reading]