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PHILIPPINES-AQUINO/Former President Corazon Aquino, who ousted one of the 20th Century’s most corrupt dictators to become a global icon of democracy, died early this morning after a 16-month battle against colon cancer. She was 76.

Maria Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino (born Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco on January 25, 1933), widely known as Cory Aquino, is the widow of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of Ferdinand Marcos.

After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections.

After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution. She was the 11th President of the Philippines, serving from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female President of the Philippines and was Asia’s first female President.

Last year, she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and was confined to a Manila hospital for more than a month. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to other organs and she was too weak to continue her chemotherapy. And early this morning, she gave her “last deep breath” while her family was praying the rosary.

President Cory, you are a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women’s empowerment, and religious piety. The Filipino people are honored to have had a leader like you.

May you now rest in peace.

Cebu/Bohol Trip

Over the last few days, I have been struggling to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Being a QA in my new team is not that easy. I don’t have the right to complain though. There are only two choices – that is to resign or not to resign. And I chose not to.

Unfortunately, stress always strikes me. I feel like my world is constantly surrounded by stress and anxiety.

Well, stress is part of life, there is no escaping it. But stress isn’t a disease with no cure. Like toothaches, body odor, and back pain, there are solutions. Traveling is one of them.

22 days from now, my friends and I will be in Cebu and Bohol. I’ve been to Cebu but I’ve never been to Bohol.

beach babes

Cebu proves to be one of the best places to go if you love the beach because Cebu has world-class beach resorts. Bohol has some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet as well, Bohol Beach Club as the very famous [and we’re thinking about going there].

Oh, I can’t wait to hit the beach and have fun with my friends.

my new writers

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with my new writers: Ninoy (the commercial model) & Chriscie (the fashionista)

I’ve been thinking of ways to make my new work place exciting, enjoyable, and comfortable. It’s not because it looks boring, it’s just that I don’t want to see my workplace as a source of stress, anxiety, and despair [like what I’ve felt before].

For me to be productive, I need to be relaxed. And I think the place as well as the people around me is very important to obtain tranquility. Good thing I work in a company that does not restrict its employees from personalizing their work stations. Hehe!

So let me show you the first thing that I’ve added to my workplace.

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I have there pictures of my escapades together with my elementary and high school friends.

I’m planning to decorate my monitors as well [a monitor frame will do].

Transition

I don’t think I can still manage to make a blog entry when I get home, so I’m making a quick post.

Today marks the start of another challenge for me – to be the QA of Intake and Exhaust Category.

I am new to the team so I need to be familiar with this particular area of a vehicle, well,  for me to be an efficient Intake and Exhaust QA.

Ciao!

Yesterday, my friend [Cinky] texted me and asked me if I can go to her apartment to go videoke-ing. I said yes. I told her that I also need to chill out in preparation for next week’s task. I’m not Brakes’ QA anymore. I’ll be the new QA of a new category and just thinking about it makes my head spin.

So off I went to her place at 5:30 pm. Raymund and Jolly were already waiting when I got there. Tuna spaghetti, BBQ, and roasted chicken were at the table for us to munch. After dinner, we started singing and we started drinking vodka. After 1 bottle of vodka, we called it a night.

It was just a night out but I certainly had fun bonding with my friends. I’m looking forward to another Saturday night bonding with these guys.

satmadL-R: Jolly, Raymund, Cinky, Frenesi, Mydz, Hazel

I’ve been struggling for some time now trying to get pregnant. And my friends are aware of that.

Lucky are those women [like bhem] wherein conceiving can be as easy as tossing out their contraception – whether they’re working on their first baby or their fourth. But for others [like me], reaching the goal of fertilization becomes a nightly chore, a mad mating dance that revolves around ovulation kits, specific sexual positions, and more commonly, a series of fertility tests to help pinpoint possible problems.

I’ve had several Transvaginal Ultrasounds done. I’ve had 5 or 6 cycles of clomiphene citrate already and recently, I’ve had my HSSG performed. I wasn’t able to provide you enough information about HSSG in my post two days ago because I just can’t find enough information about it. I’m going to give you some facts about HSG instead. HSG is somewhat similar to HSSG.

What is HSG?

HSG is an X-ray of the uterus and tubes performed in a radiology suite in order to diagnose a blockage of one or both tubes that may prevent the union of the sperm and egg [fertilization]. A special iodine-containing dye is injected through your cervix. It flows into the uterine cavity and through the tubes. If the tubes are unblocked, the dye will spill out of the tubes into the pelvis.

X-ray pictures will be taken during the procedure to give a permanent record of the condition of the tubes and the uterine cavity. The actual progress of the dye flowing through the tubes can be followed on a fluoroscopy TV monitor. X-ray pictures are available in a few minutes and can be examined by the radiologist, the gynecologist, and the patient. It is optimally performed within the first 12 days after the beginning of a normal menstrual period.

This procedure also gives a picture outline of the uterine cavity and may help in detecting abnormalities of the uterus that may cause infertility, repeated miscarriages, or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Occasionally, this procedure is ordered to diagnose causes of pelvic pain which originate inside the uterus. HSG is sometimes done a few months after the tubal surgery in order to give information about tubal patency.

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To undergo an HSG, the patient first lies flat on an X-ray table. A vaginal speculum is then inserted (much like the speculum insertion during a Pap smear). The cervix is grasped with a holding instrument, and a small probe is inserted into the cervical canal. After injection of the liquid dye, the uterus may respond by having cramp-like contractions. Such cramps sometimes cause spasms in the tube.

Most patients do well when taking an 800 mg Motrin (ibuprofen) tablet 1 hour prior to the procedure. If you cannot take Motrin, or have excessive anxiety, your physician may prescribe other medications such as narcotics and/or sedatives [my OB prescribed Buscopan and Ponstan SF]. It is important that you do not drive a car during the 12 hours following the use of narcotics or anxiolytics. It is also important that a responsible adult accompany you to provide transportation and observation following the procedure, no matter which medications you have taken prior to the procedure.

What are the Complications and Side Effects of a Hysterosalpingogram?

A small percentage of patients may develop infection of the lining of the uterus, tubes or pelvis following this procedure. This is more common when the tubes have been damaged previously by infection or other causes. Infection in the tubes could lead to infertility, but the risk of infection is low (commonly estimated at 1%). If your HSG shows blockage of the tubes, you may be issued an antibiotic prescription to help prevent subsequent infection.

Allergic reactions are possible after injection of the iodine-based dye. During the procedure, a small amount of X-ray irradiation will be directed into the pelvic area and ovaries. The possibility of injury to an unfertilized or recently fertilized egg exists. Although the risk of causing a miscarriage or a malformed infant is not documented, the precise risk is unknown.

The potential risks of this procedure must be balanced against the information to be gained in evaluating the cause of the infertility.

What are the Alternatives to Hysterosalpingography?

The information gained from an HSG can also be obtained by laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Information about the uterine cavity may also be gained by a saline contrast ultrasound.

Should I use Contraception during the Cycle I have my HSG?

The risks of abnormalities or problems related to the HSG are exceedingly rare. There is some evidence in the medical literature that conceptions rates may be greater in the cycles immediately following an HSG. You should consult your physician if you feel you may be pregnant.

After Having a Hysterosalpingogram:

1. There will be slight vaginal bleeding and/or discharge for a few days after the procedure. If bleeding increases or persists more than a few days, call your physician.
2. There may be moderate pain or cramping for several hours after the procedure. If the pain increases or persists overnight, call your physician.
3. Fever (temperature> 100.5 degrees F) with persistent pain may indicate the possibility of early infection. These symptoms should be reported to your physician or to the Emergency Room immediately.
4. Douching, vaginal intercourse, or use of tampons should be delayed until 48 hours after the procedure.
5. If you have any problems after the procedure, you should tell your physician.

Source: California IVF