A day in my life

Happy Tuesday!

Today is my day off, I get up from the bed before 11am. Not really what I was planning to do the night before as I plan to wake up at 8am. But I told myself, I shouldn’t be too harsh on myself because it’s my day off, I allowed myself to snooze for another 2 hours. But there’s another side of me that wants this day to be productive that’s why I was aiming to get up at 8am. Next time, I’ll try to sleep early so that I can wake up early on my day off.

I was excited to wake up because I want to prepare an English breakfast. Having the braces for 9 months now, there were many food that I was not able to eat and those are the hard textured fried and crispy chicken and pork, etc. Since it’s my day off, I plan to eat my most favourite meal of the day and take time to eat without rushing. And this is what I cooked. Personally, I love English breakfast. From time to time, I indulge myself to this. However, when I have work my breakfast is either porridge with banana, peanut butter, honey and milk with coffee, or avocado in toast with coffee.

After eating my branch (breakfast / lunch) at 12.00, I read a book about baking and I thought why did I stop learning and trying to bake. When I was reading the book, I realised the ingredients aren’t a lot and most of them I have already. There’s the sponge cake with fresh fruits that I’ve been planning to bake eversince and I found it on the book and it doesn’t look hard to make. I think I should try to bake again and take advantage of the oven in our kitchen.

I have a scheduled training in the afternoon from 15.00 to 16.00 about Clinical Fire Safety which is a yearly training conducted to refresh us employees on how we can prevent fire in the workplace and home as well and what to do in case of fire. It’s a very helpful training as it gives us clear instructions on what to do and the importance of fire doors and compartmentalizing the fire to prevent the fire to spread.

After the training in the Education Centre, I headed to Stenhouse library (the library in our hospital) and returned the book that I borrowed weeks before. The title of the book is “Less is More” by Dominique Bertolucci. This is one of my favourite books that I borrowed from the hospital’s library which is in the Mental health and Well being section. Our hospital nourishes our mental health and well being by creating a section of this in the library and by offering workshops. The book displays a quote about a principle or a way to live a simple life on the left page and gives a short description about that on the right page. One of the points I like is about decluttering and getting rid of the things that doesn’t give us joy. Following this does not only clears the space of unwanted things but it also clears our mind. I really love this book and how the author discussed that we don’t really need a lot of things in life to be happy.

After the training, I just stayed at home and washed the uniform that I will be wearing for tomorrow’s shift. I rested, printed pictures of the places and countries that I visited and compiled them in my photo album. I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity, to be contented with myself and my life and for the relationship that I have with the Lord, which is the greatest blessing I had at the start of 2019.

This is me cozying in my most favourite place in the world, my room. I can stay here for days and not get bored.

Happy Sunday!

Today is Sunday night. I came from night shift and I will be back to work tomorrow long day. It’s almost 23.00 and I don’t feel sleepy at all. The reason why I prefer day shift over night shift is that the latter changes my eating, sleeping and elimination pattern. Shifting schedules is part of my job and there’s nothing I can do about that. However on my part, what I can do is to eat healthy, exercise and have an active lifestyle.

Few thoughts…

Firstly, I booked a bank shift (OT or overtime) for tomorrow in an elderly ward. I can say that I still enjoy my job (or I am enjoying my job) because I prefer to work in a day shift weekday and I look forward to the shift and the things I will experience and learn from my work. I was actually looking earlier for available bank shifts long day in my ward because I want to work in my 2 days off. Maybe I’ll just book a shift for 1 day then rest on the 2nd day. And yes, I found a bank shift on my ward. So yeah, I am looking forward to work. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a super motivated employee. No, I’m not. There were days when I hate the circumstances that happen in my job, the times when it gets extremely busy and stressful. But oftentimes I enjoy if it’s busy because the 12.5 hour-shift goes by so fast and I feel productive and fulfilled that day. Do I love my job? Yes.

Secondly, I’ve been craving for fresh strawberries and other fruits that’s why after I woke up from sleeping after a night shift, at 14.00, I went to Kingston Market Place. First I ate lunch, I bought Chicken Tikka with rice topped with yogurt mint sauce, it’s so delicious! I finished everything! I enjoyed every bite, taking time to enjoy chewing all the flavour with the combination of roasted chicken, green rice, cabbage and the yogurt spicy sauce. My mind was wandering while eating. I thought, maybe I can make this as a business in the Philippines ’cause I don’t know any restaurant serving chicken tikka in Manila. Haha.. Just one of my wild imagination. But no, not yet, not now. Currently it’s not on my list of  priorities for the next 5 years. I know it takes a lot of guts, effort, time and heart to be able to establish a successful food business in the Philippines. After eating, I bought 2 packs of fresh strawberries, lemons, blood oranges, avocado and healthy French bread. Oh, I love buying fresh picks from the market. Then I went to Waitrose to buy ingredients because I would like to cook Tuna Pasta. I went home after then ate 1 pack of strawberries. I dipped the fresh strawberries in a small amount of salt. I love the taste of sour and salty. I prepared to attend the evening mass after.

Thirdly, I went to the mass in St. Joseph’s Church at 17.30 and this is my takeaway. Being a Christian doesn’t change the fact that situations may happen in our lives. I may lose my job, experience a death of a loved one, etc. We are not immune of the realities of life. Then the priest asked, “As a Christian, are you ready?” The answer lies in the the first reading…

“A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,

with the Lord for his hope.

He is like a tree by the waterside

that thrusts its roots to the stream:

when the heat comes it feels no alarm,

its foliage stays green;

it has no worries in a year of drought,

and never ceases to bear fruit.”

I have one more realisation. I was inspired of the love story of Moira dela-Torre and her now husband, Jayson. I now know what I want in a relationship. I want a God-centered relationship in the future with a man that God has prepared for me. A relationship that honors God. And with that, I will wait. A man who loves God more than anything or anyone.

My Valentine’s Day

Hello guys! Happy Valentine’s day!

Today is my day off. It’s the day of the lovers but since I am single, I did not celebrate this day with someone. I stayed in the flat, in my room with the company of myself. I’m trying to rest my body because I still have my bad cough. Going outside in a cold weather may not be beneficial to get rid of this cough that’s why I decided to stay at home. And I did enjoy my company. I didn’t feel sad or lonely. Maybe a bit, but it was fine. I’d rather spend this day alone than to go out or find a date just to say that I celebrated Valentine’s day with someone else.

The truth is, I want to wait for the right man. If marriage is the path that God wants for me, then I will surrender to His will and wait for the man that He has prepared for me. This waiting may indicate that I would have to spend Valentine’s day alone, then so be it. I am willing to wait. Staying in my flat on Valentine’s day alone may not have an impact in my life at present but I know in the long run, I will benefit from this and that I will reap what I sow.

I don’t mind getting married on my mid 30s or late 30s, for as long as it is the right time and that I will be marrying the right person. I know if it’s God’s timing, I will be in the right disposition in life in a way that I can give my full time and attention to my future family.  When I get married, family with be my number one priority next to enriching my relationship to God. Because without God, all are nothing. Family over work, over friends, over travels, over leisure and all the luxuries in life. Family commitment is important. I do not want to shy away from my real goal just because I am here in London.

Quick update from me.

I have this bad cough for 4 weeks now. The thing is, whenever I have a cough even when I was still in the Philippines, it takes a month or more before it will be completely gone and the same thing happens here in London. It’s just not a nice feeling to have crackly cough and cough when I’m in the training or at work. I wanted to have a doctor checked this but I am unable to get an appointment to my GP (General Practitioner) as the appointment is always full everyday. So when I went to our ward to attend my Tracheostomy training, I have told my ward manager about my cough and that I couldn’t get an appointment with my GP. She told me that I could ask the Respiratory Registrar in our ward to examine me ’cause she has a clinic and if ever I need medications, she can give me a prescription. So she called the Registrar, her name is Iris (she’s so lovely, soft spoken and very kind, I know her because I’ve been working with her in the ward). We went inside the Sister’s office so she can auscultate my chest and breath sounds. She said that my lungs are clear and it could probably be a viral infection. According to her, she can prescribe an inhaler for me, or if I want, I can monitor my cough (because she really wants me to cough it out and not to suppress the cough) and if it gets worse, I will need to see her in the clinic next week. It gave me a reassurance that there’s nothing to worry about and that my cough will clear up eventually. ‘Cause I wouldn’t want this cough to develop into chest infection or pneumonia if I didn’t have myself checked by a doctor.

Apart from that, another thing that I look forward to is studying again for a Respiratory course. I applied for another course which is Chronic Respiratory Disease Management in London South Bank University, Havering campus. The senior nurse in our ward, Ate Lottie, was accepted on this course and she asked me if I also want to apply so we can take the course together. I told her, yes, I would love to attend trainings and courses related to our ward because there’s still a lot of things that I need to learn. First, I asked for permission from our ward manager, Katherine.  She replied on my message saying that she had asked our Matron, Diane and they would both support my application. Katherine is the kindest and she always supports us whenever we want to enroll in a course that can benefit us in our work.

On February 12, I participated in the Common Medical and Surgical Emergencies with the FY1 doctors and 3 nurses and we did simulation of some emergency situations. The FY1 doctors were so nice, as well as the A&E consultant and ITU consultant, and the instructor, Gareth who facilitated the training. When you’re wrong, they don’t say you’re wrong, they offer alternatives and what could have done better.

February 13, I went to the Moving and Handling training in the morning which is an update on our knowledge on how we can maximize the use of the different Moving and Handling equipment like sliding sheets, hoist and sara steady. Ruben was our instructor and he discussed scenarios on how we can properly use equipment to move the patients without compromising our back or our safety and the patient’s safety. In the afternoon, I attended the Tracheostomy training of Jonathan. I’ve handled a lot tracheostomy patients in our ward and after the training, I’ve got clearer understanding about tracheostomy, laryngectomy and how to care for these patients. And also not to forget, I also took the Preceptorship Training on February 4 because I am the Preceptor of a newly qualified nurse in ward. So basically, I will be supporting this colleague of mine on how to be able to transition to the new role and adapt in the ward.

So yeah, I’ve been absorbing a lot of information lately but I embrace it because I am able to discover new things about myself, my faith and my profession. It hasn’t been easy but everytime I become unmotivated, I ask for forgiveness from God, I forgive myself (I try not to be too harsh on myself), keeping in mind that every challenges is a learning opportunity.

I am owning this season of my life, single and waiting and enjoying and learning a lot until such time when life enters a new chapter. When? I do not know. I leave everything in God’s perfect time.