Choosing a Dog is Hard

My family agreed with me about getting a pet. But instead of the Teacup Pomeranian that I was raving about, they gave me a choice between a Bichon Poodle and a Yorkie Poodle. They reasoned that the tiny Pomeranian, although the cutest thing, will eventually be harder to care for, owing to its very small size. Small things, they said jokingly, tends to get easily misplaced and lost, even sat on unknowingly or kicked for that matter. I almost debated them for the sake of the Pomeranian, but I remembered what had happened between me and that kind of dog last time we came in contact, I almost stepped on one.

Browsing on the internet to find what each dog looks like, and each ones particular characteristics, I found myself eagerly clicking through websites, combing thoroughly, each bit of information, whether big or small, about the two dogs. Like a child who was promised a pet, I was going bananas in anticipation over which dogs I would choose.

Both of the dogs are wonderful but are relatively high maintenance. The two of them share the poodle as the common mix which means both will have fluffy coats that will not shed but also needs to be groomed often to avoid the matting of their hair. They are described as intelligent, friendly and are always eager to get attention. Both are hard to get housebroken due to their small bladder size, which eventually needs to be emptied frequently, sadly at any place they are currently in, when nature comes calling. Although both dogs share many similarities, they also have distinct differences between them. The Bichon Poodle is more gentle mannered than the seemingly always high strung Yorkie Poodle. The Yorkie is a little bit easier to train than the Bichon but are so very noisy, always yapping around, compared to the more sedate Bichon. With regards to their color, Bichons usually is white and the Yorkie is more on the darker shades of brown and black, oftentimes mixed.

Going through their pictures, they seem to look very much alike, and it really seems like choosing between only one breed of dog as you can’t really tell the difference just by looking at them. Anyways, I’ll know which one I will eventually like when I get a chance to see them in person. Maybe I will even take whichever is the first one that is presented to me. I love dogs very much, there is something about them being so loyal and friendly towards us humans, that it provokes us, especially me, to return the favor and love them back. The type of breed they have doesn’t matter anymore when you see their soulful eyes looking straight through you, you just feel like taking the first one you see, that is, if it’s not growling or something.

I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it, I know, I know, I know, I want you. It’s a song silly. I’m singing because I’m very happy today. Want to know why?

Take your Hips Seriously

hipI had to teach extra classes this week because one of my co-teacher was down with a torn labrum hip, not that I’m complaining about it or something, but the injury she suffered was a bit unexpected, to say the least. She was an active person, running every day and does not miss her schedules at the gym. She looks so healthy that you will even mistake her for a gym instructor or any person working, or related to, fitness activities. Imagine the shock we had when she suddenly fell into a heap while we were climbing the stairs to the second floor. She had to be helped up and carried, because one movement from her legs is enough to send her crying in pain.

A quick visit to the emergency room validated what was feared. After undergoing an impingement sign test, a test wherein her hips are flexed 90 degrees and also turned inwards, she was diagnosed as suffering from Acetabular labrum tear, labrum tear in simple English, and had to be admitted for the day as her agonizing pain is still needed to be addressed.

A labrum tear is a tear of the cartilage that encircles the hip socket. The acetabular labrum cartilage helps secure the head of the thigh bone or femur inside of the hip socket and provides strength to the joint, while the labrum is a kind of connective tissue that is wrapped around the edges of the hip socket. A tear in this area means the head of the femur will not be secured within the hip joint, thus movement coming from the area causes pain and even a limitation of mobility from the joint.

There are many causes of tearing of the cartilage in the area, the doctor said, with the most common reason being an injury or trauma suffered by the patient in and around the area of the hips. Abnormal hip movements coupled with weak muscles in the hips causes labrum tears. Other causes are the structural abnormalities in the hips that are inherent or inborn, like suffering from hip dysplasia as children makes one more at risk from labrum tears, and lastly, the execution of repetitive movements, especially those not within the normal range of motion, using the joint and its surrounding structures, also causes the condition.

Treatment for the affliction consist of prescribing pain and anti-inflammatory medicine coupled with strictly enforced immobility of the area involved during the first phase of treatment. Anterior hip precautions also suggest the avoidance of putting weight to the area. The succeeding stages consist of physical therapy, especially pertaining to normal range of joint motion, and the strengthening of the muscles within the hip and leg areas. Another treatment alternative, although not recommended, said the doctor, is going through the surgical route, wherein the labrum cartilage may be removed or refastened to the bone, depending on the severity and location of the tear.

All I can say to myself was wow, realizing so many things can happen, to such nondescript part of the body, scared me a little. It made me realize how mortal we are, and also reminded me to be aware, and take better care of myself, as I really, really don’t want that to happen to me.

Tips for Raising Yorkie Poo Puppies

While walking to my car after a long day of teaching, I notice one of my student had a box and it was marked “dogs for adoption”. I went over to look at the dogs. My students’ dog just gave birth to five puppies and she didn’t know how she could take care of all of them, so she decided to find people who wanted to adopt them. The first time I lay eyes on them I feel in love, so I decide to adopt one of them. Taking care of a dog is a lot of work, so here is what I learned after adopting my Yorkie Poo.

Raising yorkie poo puppies is a very rewarding endeavor, but it isn’t always a walk in the park. Owners who are unprepared to cater to the mental and physical needs of this cross-breed may find it difficult to provide adequate care for the puppy. The yorkie poo is a very popular cross-breed between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle. Another very popular cross-breed is the Husky Pomeranian Mix. Although the resulting cross-breed puppies are not capable of being registered as a purebred dog, they do carry many well-loved traits from their purebred parents. The following sections will explain some of the nuances of raising yorkie poo puppies including valuable information regarding this mixed breed’s temperament and physical needs, as well as tips for overcoming common training roadblocks.

Understanding the Yorkie Poo’s Temperament and Personality

Yorkie poo puppies pull the brunt of their temperament and personality traits from their parents. The Yorkshire terrier breed and the poodle breed vary quite a lot in temperament but each breed also has its own set of varying traits. For instance, one poodle may display an inherent calmness and be a wonderful pet for children while another poodle might be prone to hyperactivity and aggressive possessiveness. The same can occur with the Yorkshire terrier breed. Because there are so many possible personality and temperament combinations from both breeds, it is important that a yorkie poo’s owner realize and prepare for any theoretical mixture of traits from the Yorkshire terrier and the poodle.

In order to get a better idea of the possible traits that may be displayed in a yorkie poo puppy, let’s take a peek into some of the more dominant traits of each breed. It is often claimed that the poodle is the most intelligent of all dog breeds. Regardless of whether this is the truth, this is in fact a very smart breed. They are generally sweet-natured, lively, and sometimes downright chipper. Poodles require a lot of physical activity and those who are not given enough daily exercise may become hyperactive and inadvertently destructive. Toy-sized poodles may bark excessively and become overly protective which could result in nipping and growling/guarding. This occurs most often with children. Poodles are, however, very loyal and can make a wonderful pet if socialized with children and other animals from a young age.

The Yorkshire terrier is a spunky breed with plenty of liveliness and “smarts.” This breed is known for pushing the limits to test what it can and can’t get away with. Many owners have succumbed to the Yorkshire terrier’s persistent harping and cuteness only to end up being under the thumb of this clever dog. One has to be very disciplined with this breed to deter bad behavior early on, otherwise the puppy may grow to become a very spoiled adult. The Yorkshire terrier is a loyal breed with a well-developed sense of adventure. This is an entertaining and loving companion breed that is most suitable for older children and adults; however, this type of dog can be short-tempered with children.

Physical Needs and Care Guidelines

The size of the parents will be a major influence on the puppy’s physical stature and exercise needs. The Yorkshire terrier is a small breed with some particularly small offspring being nominated into the “teacup” category. The poodle may be large or toy-sized. Small yorkie poo pups are generally satisfied with a decent 20-minute romp around the yard every day. As they grow older they may require a brisk walk or a half-hour of heightened physical activity in the house or yard. Poodles, large and small, require a significant amount of activity to prevent destructiveness and restlessness. This breed generally requires a long walk every day and bit of hands-on play time when boredom strikes.

Puppies that are the result of a Yorkshire terrier and a toy-sized poodle will have a delicate, petite frame. Although somewhat sturdy for such a small dog, it will be important for all household members keep tabs on the puppy. Accidently stepping on a yorkie poo or allowing the animal to jump from furniture and other high-up places could result in a serious injury due to the dog’s fragile bone structure. One must also prepare for the grooming responsibilities associated with this cross-breed. Yorkie poos often have a curly or wavy coat that will need to be brushed at least once each day to prevent knotting. Regular clips will be necessary to keep the dog’s fur manageable and stylish.

Training Tips

There is no doubt that yorkie poo puppies are smart and capable of learning a broad assortment of commands and tricks. The primary roadblock that many owners run into with this mixed-breed is its tendency to resist the trainer and enforce its own authority. Plainly put, this breed is going to need some serious encouragement and incentive throughout the training process. Treats and praise are great tools to utilize, especially when teaching the puppy routine commands and tricks.

Potty training can also be difficult. To make the process a little smoother, the owner should give the dog a dependable routine on which it can rely. Start by taking the puppy out to potty about 20 to 30 minutes after each meal. One should attempt to arrange meal times and potty trips so that they occur around the same time each day. A puppy that is given a reliable and fair routine will be more likely to trust his owner. He will also be less likely to “eliminate” in the house out of uncertainty or fear that he will not be offered the chance to go outside.

Raising yorkie poo puppies isn’t easy, but in reality all dog breeds require some amount of effort on the owner’s part. Patience and a firm display of discipline and fairness will go a long way in raising a well-behaved and affectionate companion.

Stages of Bruising

As a schoolteacher, I see many bruises. Understanding where a bruise comes from is very important. Kids run around and bump into things all the time; bruising is as natural as a lunch break. There are times when I come home from school and see a bruise on my arm or leg because I bumped into something.

It is necessary to understand the timing of a bruise in my profession. After all, I am dealing with middle school children. Understanding the stages of a bruise allows me the discernment as to the severity of a possible issue. Most of the time it is nothing, an injury from playing sports at recess, or someone fell while running.

girl bruised kneeAt times, however, there is a real problem. I see a fresh blue and red mark on the arm and other faded marks on other areas. This may mean that someone or something is continually causing these marks on the child.

At times unexplained bruising occurs, and the child does not know why and how it happened. This is why it is good to know the stages of a bruise. In total, it can take up to four weeks for a bruise to disappear completely. Much depends on the person’s physical health. For me, it takes longer simply because women bruise more frequent than men do especially at my age, twenty nine plus.

A red swollen and very tender bruise will last from zero to two days. The area turns bluish-purple, and the pain starts to subside. The blue-purple can take up to five days to change. After five days, there is no pain, and the bruise starts turning greenish in color. The green can take seven days and then changes to be yellow. Yellow remains seven to ten days, and finally turns brown, lasting up to two weeks. There is no evidence of bruising after two to four weeks.

San Diego schools call for strong observation of bruising not only because of abuse in the home but also bullying between students. If I see a student with unusual levels of bruises on the same spot, or on different spots, I must bring it to their attention. In talking my students, I have to keep it simple and straight to the point. They need to know I will keep it as privet as I can. However, if it is bullying informing the parents and the principle becomes necessary.

If the bruise stays red and purple for a long time without fading, and the pain persists. This may be a sign of a serious medical problem, or internal bleeding. Paying attention to these types of bruising can save a life.

A Day in School

I am almost getting the hang of teaching middle school. They say teaching middle school is like drinking scotch. That is, at first it is hard to get it down, then you get used to it, then after that it’s the only drink you order. I may confidently say that I am currently at the “getting used to it” part.

A typical day in middle school involves diffusing tension in kids which are full of it. From stopping fights before they happen to constant bullying, there is always something that comes up. Kids here are too much trouble and majority of my time teaching is spent on planning how to channel these kid’s energies into school work, how to coax adolescents crippled by low self-esteem into participating, how to deflect every curve ball, even the directed insults, into a teachable moment. And that takes a lot of effort on my part.

But it’s not always that hard, sometimes there are light moments too. Take for example, a talk I had with a very problematic, but at the same time bright, kid in class. A kid who always takes the lead in mayhem, a kid with seemingly boundless amounts of energy that, if the energizer bunny ever becomes a kid, he will be it. One day in school he fell quiet. Instead of him bullying his classmates, the class now picked on him. He was called motor-mouth and that got me interested. And after an uncharacteristically failing score on a test in math, his favorite subject, I decided to talk with him and requested that he stay after class.

After explaining to him the details of his test and showing him where he was wrong, I asked him what was happening and if there was anything wrong with him.

bracesAnd after a few times cajoling an answer from him he finally responded with a wide grin and said “its braces pain sir”. And I immediately saw why the others called him a motor-mouth. He had a mouthful of shining metal, connecting wires and elastic bands, in short he has braces. He then continued to tell me that he recently had those braces put on him by their family dentist by the request of his mother. And that he can’t concentrate on the test because his mouth was hurting and his lips and tongue were sore. And that also didn’t review for the test because he was feeling sick the previous day.

With a smile, I told him that I believed him. My curiosity intrigued, I proceeded to interview him about his braces. He told me of the job of brushing and flossing his teeth every meal was a complete bore. And that he cannot eat caramel candies anymore because it will stick to his braces nor bite into an apple or other hard fruits without first slicing it into smaller bite sized pieces. He also told me that his favorite snack of crunchy chips and popcorn was no longer allowed as its bits and pieces gets stuck in between the metal parts of the braces. He doesn’t have this problem with other foods, such as vegetables.

I kind of pity the boy and hope can find some tooth pain relief. Suddenly, he was restricted from eating his favorite foods. And also became a target of mischief in school with his new braces.

After our talk, I told him that I understand why he got low scores in his last test. And also told him that he can take the test again if he wanted to so that his grades won’t be affected. He lit up and said with another big shining grin, “really”? I said, yes of course. And with that he said yes and then he asked if he can go now.

I don’t know, but I felt happy after talking with the kid.  These moments makes me forget how hard teaching could be. I survived another typical day in middle school.

Health Benefits of Eating Your Veggies

Vegetables are an integral part of our diet – there is no doubt about it. However, children these days eat only a minimum amount of vegetables, which is a very alarming trend. I always worry when I see children going for snacks and fatty food items at the cafeteria of the school where I teach Math. Middle school students are at a stage in their life where they need nutrition and a proper diet. Even if the school menu has fruits and vegetables on it, 90 percent of the children opt for snacks and sugar-laden drinks.

New fast food places open up every week in San Diego which means children and adults have more opportunities to eat junk food. It really worries me to see children gobbling down food that is most likely to cause obesity. I know it is hard to get children, especially teenagers, to stick to a healthy food routine, but you can always incorporate vegetables into their daily meals with a little bit of effort. For example, when we are having steak at home, I make sure that we all consume a healthy portion of sautéed vegetables with it. Similarly, adding a bowl of salad to every meal can do wonders in improving the overall diet patterns of your family.

Eating vegetables has tremendous health benefits which cannot be stressed enough. First and foremost, they reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Everyone knows that heart attack kills millions of people in America every year and it seldom comes with a warning. The fatty food items that we consume on a regular basis clog our arteries and ultimately lead to a heart attack. If you think about it, children who consume fast food on a regular basis start clogging their arteries at a very young age, increasing the chances of having a heart attack even before they reach 40. Same is the case with strokes. By adding vegetables to our diet, we can easily be safe from these fatal illnesses.

Obesity is another worrying trend that I see in children too often. I have often talked to the parents of my students about how low carb vegetables can help with this problem and bring their child’s weight within the normal range. Vegetables such as sprouts, spinach, cabbage, legumes and carrots are all low in their carbohydrate content and are excellent sources of nutrition. However, the problems is that most kids and even adults run in the opposite direction as soon as they hear the words ‘green vegetables’.  The trick is to cook them in a way that they become appetizing – use some spices or add some meat to jazz up the serving.

Eating more vegetables has numerous health benefits such as reducing risk of diabetes, kidney stones, certain types of cancers and high blood pressure. If we only included more vegetables to our diet, we wouldn’t have to take medicine for so many conditions. The reason I am more intent on getting kids to eat vegetables is that once they get into the habit, it will stick with them forever.

 

The Joys of Coloring

Back when I was young, I used to love coloring. In fact I even colored regular books and newspaper comic pages when I ran out of coloring books to use. Come to think of it, I didn’t remember getting scolded when I did that. Even when I wrote on the walls of our house, my mother just smiled an approving smile. Maybe she knows something I don’t. What was supposed to be reprimand, became words of encouragement, telling me how beautiful my drawings are and how vibrant the colors of my rainbows, that stretched seemingly unending across our bedroom walls. I was a good girl back then, how do I know that? Because my mother always told me so, and who in this earth would you rather trust than you mother. Maybe it was because of those coloring books. How I miss those days.

coloring kidLooking back, it dawned on me that those same crayons and coloring books reflected innocently what I was going to be today. Coloring books with black and white images yearning for me to play with them, to put color into their otherwise dreary state, shouted at me that they want to live. Countless amounts of time thinking what would be a good color for the hills, for the moon, for the rivers and the sea, for everything under the sun.

Putting color into those coloring books taught me many things. Among the most notable I can remember are the following:

First, it taught me coordination. From what I thought in my imagination, my brain directing my hands, my fingers holding the crayon the right way and my eyes seeing where to put them, each of these takes a lot of work for a child who is still learning. Doing them all at the same time teaches coordination.

Secondly, it taught me obedience and focus. Putting color inside the boundaries and not straying beyond the lines takes focus. It is hard for a child with shaky stroke to adhere with it the first time, but keeping focus and practicing soon rewards him. The subtle teaching of following what is right teaches obedience. The bonus of a beautiful and pleasing colored image teaches the child that it pays to color only the areas within the boundaries of lines and not outside of it. Same as with everything in life, you are rewarded, in one form or another, if you do what is right.

Last but not least, it taught me self-expression and creativity. What the final image will be in a coloring book isn’t defined.  It was up to me what it will eventually be. The outlined image is not the same after you color it. A once morose landscape in black in white becomes a wonderful place after you color it. Make it burst into life with brilliant hues. Or make it even bleaker with brooding shades. It exercises a child’s mind to imagine the desired look and feel that the choice of colors will bring to the picture thereby eventually triggering one’s creative potential.

Coloring books as adults also has their own benefits. For one thing, it can definitely sustain sharper minds. We can also use it as a form of meditation or to relieve the stresses of everyday life. Even the absence of a coloring book today poses no problem to us crayon devotees. One click of a mouse prints for you individual coloring pages of your choosing. I particularly like the My Little Pony coloring pages because ponies are little girls’ best friends, and I am still a little girl at heart.  And also the Disney’s Frozen coloring pages because the movie reminds me of great times I had in the snow when I was a kid. Besides, when does anyone loses love for Disney characters? So what are you waiting for? Grab a crayon and color something today.

What Causes Liver Failure?

I got interested in learning about liver failure when one of my students complained about liver pain and had to be rushed to a medical center immediately. Doctors reported the boy to have suffered liver failure. Long story short, the young lad underwent weeks of medical care and is now fully recovered. He was suffering from acute liver failure caused by hepatitis B.

My search for the causes of liver failure didn’t end there. My curiosity aroused, I sought to find more answers. To my surprise, there are a number of things that can cause this health problem.

However, before getting into the causes of liver failure, perhaps its best to discuss what liver failure is. This is a condition whereby the liver cells are completely damaged such that the whole organ cannot function normally. There are two types of liver failure. The first type is chronic liver failure which occurs gradually and can go undetected for sometime. The second type is acute liver failure which occurs rapidly sometimes within hours.

Now onto the known causes of liver failure.

Viral infections

Hepatitis is one of the main causes of liver failure. Viral hepatitis A, B and C are the common viruses known to cause acute liver failure. However, if detected early, the viral infection can be managed and, the liver can even restore itself as was the case with my student.

Excessive alcohol consumption

Alcohol accounts for over 30% of liver related diseases. Excess and long term consumption of alcohol can eventually lead to liver failure. There are three alcohol related conditions that can lead to liver failure.

The first is the fatty liver disease which is characterized by the gradual build up of fat on liver cells. This is a reversible condition whose treatment is the avoidance of alcohol. The second condition is alcoholic hepatitis. It can lead to either acute or chronic liver failure. This condition is usually characterized by swelling and abdominal pain. If mild, the condition is reversible. The third condition is cirrhosis. This is a non reversible condition and, is characterized by hardening of the soft liver cells.

Drug and herb reactions

At times, the liver might not be able to effectively break down chemicals found in prescription drugs and herbs into harmless compounds. This leads to a buildup of such chemicals within the organ leading to conditions such as drug induced hepatitis. The end result can be liver damage and liver failure.

Hereditary conditions

During my research, I was surprised to find that even hereditary diseases can lead to liver failure. There are three main hereditary diseases which are associated with liver failure. The first is Wilson’s disease which suppresses the liver’s ability to get rid of copper. The result is copper poisoning of the liver which can lead to liver failure. The second disease is Hereditary Hemachromatosis. Like Wilson’s disease, this condition suppresses the liver’s ability to get rid of iron. The third disease likely to cause liver failure is alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency which suppresses protein breakdown within liver cells.

 

What you need to know about skin tears

Ouch! That’s got to hurt. I’m talking about skin tears. An often painful, but generally preventable health issue, skin tears are distressing injuries that usually occur due to friction, shearing or blunt trauma to the skin. It may also appear when fragile skin is damaged against a hard or sharp object. They are seen by many as minor injuries. Nevertheless, they can become rather important and complicated wounds that oftentimes lead to infection. They may also compromise the body’s blood vessels which can increase malaise and mortality especially among the elderly and persons with pre-existing conditions.

Those more susceptible to skin tears are infants and more frequently in the elderly. Skin can become more fragile with age with even the simplest bumps and knocks can cause notable tissue damage. A skin tear may appear on any part of the body. They commonly emerge on the extremities, particularly on both the upper and the lower limbs, and are prevalent at the back portion of hands just above the wrist. Skin tears on infants with undeveloped skin are partially blamed on the use of adherent tapes, like those in diapers, on gadget trauma and it also always coexist with diaper rash.

Questions to ask to determine if you are at risk of Skin Tears:

  • How old are you and what is your gender?
  • Do you have a history of skin tears?
  • Is your skin dry and delicate?
  • Do you use medications which cause the skin to thin out like steroids?
  • Are you prone to skin bruising and discoloration?

If ever the tear is extensive or associated with a full injury, very significant bleeding or the presence of hematomas, a surgical option may be needed. The main goals of managing skin tears are to sustain the skin flap and safeguard the surrounding tissue, to prevent the stretching of the skin around the wound and lastly, to minimize the uncertainty of infection and further aggravation of the injury.  The fundamental rule of moist wound healing is advocated in the following guidelines:

  • ·         First Control the bleeding

Steps to take include the cleaning of the wound and applying pressure and elevating the area affected. The use of water or warm saline to flush and clean the wound and the removal of any residual hematoma and foreign debris is also recommended. Finish off by gently patting and drying the wound and also the surrounding skin to minimize the worsening of the injury.

  • ·         Approximation of the skin flap

If the skin flap is loose and moveable, gently ease it back into place using a cotton tip. If the flap is difficult to align or is already hardened, try using a moistened cotton swab and rehydrate the wound for about 15 minutes before easing it back into place.

  • ·         Application of the dressing

Allow sufficient breathing room between each strip to enable drainage and to also avoid strain over flexure sites. The use of hypo allergenic paper and silicone tapes are encouraged. Tissue glue may also be used to stabilize the flap.

  • Evaluation and Assessment of the wound

Monitoring for escalation in the wound and observation for signs of infection is vital. Utmost care should be taken in the cleaning of the wound as pain can hinder the healing process and upset the quality of life. If pain is present, analgesic options may be considered.

We are aware of the effects that ageing has on the skin. Prevention of skin tears is important as we are all at risk. Simple things as the wearing of long sleeves, pants and socks for the elderly, while also keeping adequate nutrition and hydration do wonders in the prevention of skin tears. Keeping skin well lubricated by the application of moisturizers also minimizes our risk. Skin tears are very annoying if ever you had one. Now we don’t want that to happen, don’t we?

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.