Saturday, May 30, 2020

The New Normal

     Ever since Corona virus was introduced to humanity, we've been hearing people use the words "new normal". But how has it been for everyone?  What changes did you do for yourself in order to keep with the "new normal?"  As for myself, I had to go back to wearing scrub suits every once in a while when I am in the hospital, no more wearing of lipsticks because I don't want to smear my mask just in case I need to recycle it, alcohols and sanitizers are a must have in my bag or pockets,  I also have to stick to a routine whenever I come from the hospital, foot bath and disinfecting my shoes, going directly to the shower as soon as I enter the house, washing the clothes that I wear, disinfecting things brought from outside and making sure it does not get mixed up with my other things.  Less face to face contact with patients and slowly transitioning to online consults.  But the most difficult part of this new normal is not being able to kiss and hug my kids whenever I want to, especially during the times when I was down with the flu.

     I honestly miss how life was before covid, I know that a lot of people are going through a much difficult time and I hope that things will get better for everyone.  I also know that it will take a while for people to get used to it, but I hope hope that it's something we all should be open about.  We may not necessarily like the fact that we can't shake hands when we meet new people, or we can't immediately hug our loved ones whom we have not seen for a while or that we always hide our smiles behind the mask that we wear, but its something that we must do to keep ourselves and others safe.  We may not necessarily like the "new normal", but we have to follow it because for now this is the best way for us to protect ourselves and our family.  Stay safe everyone!




Saturday, April 11, 2020

Uncertainty in the middle of a Pandemic

"Hope is like the sun, when its behind the clouds it's not gone, you just have to find it."

          The past few weeks have been tough for all of us.  Each day we wake up to a world that's quite different from  the one we were used to.  Covid19 changed the lives of so many people all over the world.  Social distancing.  Enhanced community quarantine. Curfews.  Stay at home.  This is something new for everyone and it's scary because there is an air of uncertainty about this change.  But somehow I would tell myself that to be able to move forward we must embrace the fear and uncertainty and strive to live each day the best way we know how for nothing in this world is permanent.

          Tell yourself not to dwell on thoughts that would lead to negative feelings and emotions.  Use this time to slow down and be grateful for the gift of life. Keep connected with family and friends while maintaining social distancing.  Show kindness whenever possible.  Have faith that this will all be over soon.

     May hope never leave you during this difficult and trying times.



     

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Note to Self


Dear Self,

          You have been hurt, you have been broken... but you managed to pick up the pieces and made yourself whole again.  It was never easy, you struggled to keep yourself from drowning in sadness.  You had to force yourself to smile when all you wanted to do was cry.  The hurt you were feeling was so unbearable that at one point you just wanted the pain to go away.   

          But somehow in the middle of all the anger, the sadness, the pain and the anguish you were feeling you found the courage to face life again.  You were ready to forgive, but not to forget the lessons you learned.  You were willing to trust and love again.

     You found the courage to look pain in the eye and say, “You can hurt me, but you can never stop me from being happy again.”  


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Hold on to Hope

To the person who feels that life is a constant struggle of trying to break free from the emptiness that surrounds him.

To the person who has been in the dark for a long time, and doubts if he would ever see the light again.

To the person who is at war with his own demons and is so afraid that he might be at the losing end... 

Life may seem so uncertain right now, but never lose hope. 

Learn to look beyond your pain and find meaning in all your sacrifices. 

There is always someone out there who cares for you, do not be afraid to reach out and believe that you can let the light shine back into your life again.



Friday, November 2, 2018

Walls...




Some people tend to put up their wall so high,  
that no matter how hard you try to reach out 
and climb to the other side,
it just seems impossible...

Sometimes you just have to stop trying, 
because unless they break their walls
they will never let you in
and you will end up hurting yourself in the process...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dear Doctor...


A letter to all my previous interns who’s now halfway through their residency training and I guess to all physicians and future MD’s out there struggling to make sense of all the toxicity of their everyday life:

Dear Doctor,

There would be days when everything’s not going your way
and you’d feel like giving up, but always remember your goals and dreams
and use that to fuel yourself to move forward.

Things are tough especially when you’re in your first year of residency,
or starting out in your practice... it’s like you’re being tested to see how long you’d last. 
You will fail every so often, but learn from the lessons of every past mistakes. 
Be honest, and always do the right thing. 
Once you get through your first year, things don’t get any easier,
but then you’re much tougher and wiser so there’s nothing you couldn’t really handle. 

Life is tough. There are no shortcuts to get to where you want to be.
I just hope that in the pursuit of your dreams you don’t get lost or loose yourself in the process.
Be compassionate, be empathetic and be kind always.
Hang in there and pursue that dream with passion and determination.

You will get there when you are meant to get there and not one moment sooner.
So relax, breathe and be patient.



Love,

A psychiatrist trying to make a difference in this world, one day at a time...

Friday, June 8, 2018

Grounded...

It's past 12 in the morning, and the house is unusually quiet.  While half the world is off to dreamland, I'm still awake and wondering about how things have been for the past couple of  weeks.

The stress of juggling my responsibilities at home and in my workplace, not to mention other things that needs to be done can sometimes be overwhelming.

The issues that come up at work, as well as in my personal life suffocates me that I feel like I'm drowning in a sea of disappointment but I am trying hard to swim back up for air.

I often ask myself why things are not as they used to be, and it dawned on me that sometimes life can stand still and its the people around me that's changing.  Change can be a good thing, but if people change in opposite directions, then it becomes a problem for those that are caught in the middle.

So I realize that it's better to remain grounded.  Constantly remind yourself of who you are and why you're here.  Focus on doing what is right, even if you find yourself doing it alone.

Keep yourself grounded, so you won't get caught up in the chaos that surrounds you...


Monday, April 9, 2018

The Story Behind A Smile...




Behind every smile is a story of strength...
A smile to hide the struggle and overcome the different challenges that one has to face.

When you learn to smile behind the pain, you accept that life will never be perfect,
and that once in a while you will get hurt, 
but that won't stop you from living your life to the fullest.

When you share your smile, you let people feel that no matter how hard life gets, 
they are NEVER alone.

That is why I CHOOSE to SMILE.

Because despite the hurts and disappointments that I have experienced in the past,
 life has given me more than enough reasons to smile every single day.

I smile because I am grateful.
I smile because I am at peace with myself
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