Thursday, September 3, 2015

Welcome Miracle Baby A, the IVF Journey

My best friend since college A have always prayed and wished for a child of their own for 14 years. She and his husband had gone a lot of treatment, either scientifically or other alternative medicine, hoping to get pregnant butsadly none had happened.

Then she learned about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure.  She and her husband saved enough fund to go to Metro Manila and try it 4 years ago. But sadly, in spite of everything the procedure failed and they went home with heavy hearts and empty pockets.

But life must go on for both of them. They decided to just focus more on their business. Then she met a friend that has gone through IVF as well that made her want to try the procedure one more time. She was so determined and readied herself and as well as their fund, considering how much the procedure will cost.

Then on August last year, they went not to Metro Manila this time, but to Cebu City to avail the procedure again.

In vitro fertilization or fertilisation (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro("in glass"). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova(egg or eggs) from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilised egg (zygote) is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then implanted in the same or another woman's uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.
In my friend’s case, there were 4 ova harvested from her and were fertilized with his husband’s sperms. Two of the fertilized eggs were then implanted back to her while the two were stored for the future. How happy the couple were when the test result came out the A was pregnant with a twin. But unfortunately, one had lost his battle after 8 weeks, but still very happy that one had survived and was born at 37 weeks gestation. Beautiful and healthy baby boy born via caesarean section and weighing 6.0 pounds.  (I was jumping with joy, when I received the news!)
The Miracle Baby Boy
Undergoing an IVF procedure is no joke, one should be on complete bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy period until the delivery. A very vulnerable pregnancy where one should follow all the doctor’s instructions in which my friend complied without fail.

The IVF procedure, medications and the delivery/operation were really expensive, plus their daily expenses while staying in Cebu City for a year, hah! I can’t imagine how much they have spent. But money is not an issue because they really have prepared for it. They worked harder with full support from the family and relatives. Actually, she is planning to undergo the same procedure with her remaining ova stored in the laboratory.

Last week when I went for a vacation in my hometown, I was able to meet, seen and touched the million pesos miracle baby. I can feel the fulfillment of my dear friend; her husband and the rest of the family are feeling right now. 

Seeing the child with his overly loaded with happiness mom, I realized that miracle does happen. She asked and prayed with faith to the Lord and also did their part thru science, then it was given to her.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Columbus Paver Patios to Love

One stylish Columbus Paver Patios in the yard is on my wishlist, when building my own home soon. There is nothing more comforting that having our own patio in the yard that the whole family can relax and enjoy or a functional one where parties with friends and colleagues can be held.

Backyard patios made with pavers are the most popular and easy to install. With pavers, it can let us explore the world of creativity by designing simple to complex patterns using  various shapes and colors of either brick, stone or concrete pavers. Determining which paver to use on our projects is very important considering of course the budget because these pavers come with a hefty to slight prices.

Stone pavers are usually expensive because these are made over a thousand years by nature. And to get them it has to be quarried and dug out from the ground. Thus, is you want an attractive and luxurious patio, you can always choose stone pavers. Brick pavers use clay as raw material. It offers uniformity and timeless elegance. Concrete pavers on the other hand, are less expensive because these are made from cement and aggregate materials, formed into different shapes, compressed and air cured. Unlike other types of pavers, concrete pavers come with more design choices (and continuously improving designs over the years) and very easy to install.  While concrete pavers are less expensive, it also has shorter life span, it will only last a decade or two while bricks and stone last for generations.

But installing these pavers all by ourselves is not an easy job, we’ll need professionals to help us make our front and backyard patios the way we want it. Paver patios, whether simple or complex, is best dealt when you hire a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals and employees. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

International Coastal Cleanup and Mangrove Tree Planting 2015

Every year, as part of the corporate environmental enhancement program, employees are enjoined to a day of caring our environment by coastal cleanup, mangrove tree planting or tree planting in the uphill or mountain areas. Because we one big corporation, activities like this are done by department, functional group or area.

International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled on September 19, 2015. But as early as August 7, 2015, our group went out to the coastal area and picked up bags of trash and at the same time planted mangrove trees. This year, the group has decided to revisit the area where we did the mangrove tree planting in 2013 in Barangay, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. 

We were happy to see that the mangrove trees we have planted 2 years ago are already growing, and continually battle the tides to survive. Unfortunately, some were not lucky enough, and were washed out by the waves. So this year, we aim to refill the empty areas, by planting 1000 seedlings of mangrove trees.

Of course, we cannot start planting without listening to the instructions by the barangay officials. They taught us the proper way of planting the seedlings and the need to tie them in the provided bamboo sticks so that it will not be washed out by the tides.

And I am proud to say, I planted 20 mangrove seedlings. I hope Iwas able to tie them well with the bamboo sticks and see them growing healthily when we return next year or the year after. By the way, I also picked a lot of trash too. J

Next month, we are scheduled to conduct or Arbor Day at the mountain areas of the City. I am excited as to what seedlings we are going to plant. You’ll know too next month. I am sure to share the experience of caring our Mother Earth with you.

Let Us Help Save Out Mother Earth.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oh My Durian... An Eating Adventure along the Street

These 3 ladies that I am with this noon break, really love to eat durian, in fact, they always eat out when the durians are abundant, while I seldom join them. And this month, is the start when durian is oozing in Davao City. That means durian is already at its average selling price here in Cagayan de Oro.  We are looking forward for a price drop in the next few days.

The sun was up and shining so brightly, one of the officemate Mam A just had her birthday. F & D wanted to treat her for a dessert, and I decided to tag along. At 12 noon the sun harshly kissed our skin, yet we went out, got on a jeepney and asked the driver to drop us 200 meters after, where a multicab is stationed with his carrier full of durian from Davao City. 

We chose an average size of durian, weighed at 1.8kg and asked the vendor to open it for us. Used plastic sando bag as glove to keep our hands durian odor free. We all know how smelly durian is and will really take a while for the smell to disappear.  The 1.8 (including the shell) is not enough for our big appetite, thus, another 1.8kg durian was opened. Hah! Imagine us devouring a total of 1.6kg of durian of course minus the shell (approximately 2kg) at the street side with matching dust and smoke coming from the passing vehicles. Well, that’s part of the excitement of eating the stinky yet very delicious tropical fruit.

After a while, we hurriedly got back to the office because what I thought we’ll be having a great weather today turned out wrong. The sky started to darken and a few minutes later, just in time for us to reach the office, it started to rain again. Heavy rain that poured in the city for days now and not in the area where it is badly needed like in Marawi to increase the water elevation of Lake Lanao. Hah!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Suki Mom Choose Mercury Drugstore

Like most mothers, the kids’ needs are the priority; hence, the first thing I do every time I receive my semi-monthly pay is to buy milk formula for my kids.

When we become parent, wife and homemaker comparing prices of commodities becomes part of our life. We usually visit from one supermarket/grocery to another to get to know the prices they offer. I do that especially for items that are important and bought frequently like milk formula. Milk formula for my kids is the top priority in our list, so every time I get my semi-monthly pay I see to it to buy them first before we really run off the budget.

As I’ve mentioned, I have compared prices of milk, especially the ones my kids are consuming like Enfagrow A+ 3, Enfagrow A+ 4 and Lactum 3+ and among the establishment I’ve been,I finally chose Mercury Drug. 

Based on my comparisons Mercury Drug offers the least price on milk formulas. Aside from that, additional perks are given exclusively to Mercury Suki Card holder. Like getting extra “suki” points when you buy selected products from Meadjohnson (Enfagrow A+ 4 and Lactum 3+).