Your guess is as good as mine

I am forever in awe of how relatively perfect our human bodies are. Relative in a way, because it certainly does get sick and do eventually die, its processes gets jammed and may sometimes go haywire, although seldom on its own and usually always due to us and our choices, but the human body is so perfect for so many reasons.

Take for example the heart; it constantly supplies my whole body with blood and the accompanying nutrients in it, day in and day out since my life began, never ceasing to stop even if momentarily, because once it does, everything also goes out with it. Imagine clenching your fist tightly for two seconds then release it abruptly, now do it about thirty times and tell me what you felt. Your hands did get tired and numb after only a short while didn’t it? The heart cannot afford to get tired for our sake, in fact our heart beats an average of 72 beats per minute, even more if we are exerting effort or are feeling anxious, and that translates into almost 104,000 beats in a day. And if you ever lived up to seventy years old, you can thank your heart for beating almost 2.5 trillion times during your lifetime. No machine created by man can ever beat the heart in terms of performance and longevity.

The human body is also mysterious in the ways it operates itself, prime example of which is our ability to give birth. The female’s body, when already of age, steadily creates the capacity to create life in her womb. Monthly, she gets her period, becomes fertile and produces eggs that can become a baby, provided a sperm enters and interacts with it. How does a woman menstruate? Where does the blood come from and how does the body know that it is time for it? Yes, science probably has answers for each of our questions, but still, why is it done that way. To further discuss from the given example; if a women does get pregnant, how did the sperm get inside the egg? How does it know it is an egg in the first place? And why does the monthly period during pregnancy stop occurring? Is there a hole, deep down the annals of the woman’s body, that got plugged close?

I can go on and on with my questions, and that is just for the human body. What about everything in this world, or even out of it? From whence do all things come from? Are we a product of a big explosion, that happened way, way back? But where did that explosion come from? And who made it? Where is the start of all of that? Or did somebody made all of that and also created us?

Thinking about all of that, really shows us how insignificant all of us are in the scheme of things, one tiny dot in an infinite canvass of life. We live our daily lives blissfully unaware that we are hurtling thru space to a place not yet defined, but for what?


Most Dreaded Disease

Cancer is a very frightening and debilitating kind of sickness. It usually starts small and unnoticeable but after time, it becomes bigger and consumes all the tissue in the general area it is located at. Worse, it then kind of spreads itself to other places in the body and other organs in a process called metastasis, growing in their new places and consequently choking the life from the human body.

There is really no concrete cure for cancer as yet. All that modern medicine can do is to somehow shrink the tumor to a more manageable size, or directly operate on it hoping to remove all traces of it from the body. I think in China, they are developing another mode of treatment for cancer that involves chelation therapy and also of freezing the tumor. It is their belief that once the tumor has been already frozen; it is already safe to remove without fear of leaving any traces behind that can regrow back.

There are also several other practiced treatments for cancer like treating it with a raw meat diet, through herbal medicine, sometimes via a whole body and mind cleansing, and of course through chemotherapy, which is the accepted and standard mode of treating cancer. But still there is no sure way of beating it, as the various kinds of treatment only prolongs the life of the patient and never addresses the termination of the tumor and its growth. It is only hoped that it will eventually stop because of treatment, and fortunately with some luck and a huge amount of faith, some survive.

Maggie, our current school principal, has Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and is already in the process of undergoing several sessions of chemotherapy on top of her five sessions of radiation therapy as initial treatment. She is also under neutropenic precaution as her body has an impaired capacity in fighting off infection, mainly due to the effects of the drugs that she has been taking, and depending on her body’s response to the treatment, she was also advised to temporarily stop working and stay at home during the initial part of the treatments.

Neutropenia is a state of the body wherein the amount of white blood cells has decreased to an amount that is not suitable to perform its function. White blood cells act as the body’s primary defense against disease and infection, and the absence of them makes the body more vulnerable against disease. Neutropenic precautions are performed to help a person who is in a fragile state, stay away from sickness causing things. Typical precautions include the taking of antibiotics, maintaining excellent hygiene, avoiding contact with other people who may be sick, avoiding animals and their excrements amongst other things. Just think of it like it’s the lighter side of staying inside a sterile bubble.

Maggie seems to be in good spirits in spite of her sickness, and it is good, because it is eventually up to her and her body, whether her illness will be cured or not. I’ll just make sure to always include her in my prayers, because we all know that every little bit of help counts.