Disturbed – until I saw a Doctor

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For the past few weeks, I can’t sleep properly, I can’t eat properly (there are days that I have no appetite to eat). In short I am disturbed and worried not because of the current macroeconomic climate and its possible effects on me but simply because of my forehead and what is possibly inside it.

Last March, as part of the employment process with my current employer I was asked to go to this multi-specialty clinic somewhere in Ayala to have my pre-employment exam done. Everything went well, except when I encountered this physician and the started asking questions about the prominent bump on the left side of my forehead. Although we had this x-rayed two to three years ago, we didn’t have a closure and it was not properly explained to me. So going back to this physician, she suggested that I see an orthopedic surgeon and there is a possibility that I need to undergo surgery to chip bits and pieces of my forehead off [Chester at this point had an image of some doctor using a chisel on his skull]. YIKES!

This made me really worried, especially that there are times that my head hurts on that exact spot and made me think “what if I have some kind of terminal illness already?” for weeks I have been thinking about this and came up with possible scenarios and what to do’s just in case I meet my greatest fear face to face. [Seriously, I thought of things such as accepting my fate, what FB status should I post, to leave all of a sudden and to visit as much places as I can, people to e-mail] 

Last Saturday, I told my mother that I want peace of mind [because I couldn’t stand it anymore] so we scrambled to find the best doctor we can get to have me checked once and for all and in a few hours I found myself at the Philippine Orthopedic Institute to see an orthopedic surgeon. I am his last patient and he ordered that I be subjected to a skull x-ray ASAP so he can evaluate. They took x-rays of my Skull, after a few minutes the results are in the surgeon evaluated it and he told me that there is nothing to be concerned about. He explained to me what it is, apparently it is a sinus cavity and I got it in-born.

Thank Goodness! I am relieved, I was able to feel better, sleep well and eat properly after that.

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21 Things to do at 21: #21 – Start Collecting & Reading Books!

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When was the last time that I read a book that is not related to academics? It has been a long time! The last book I read is that Harry Potter Book that I purchased as a High School graduation gift for myself then was sold to the book club by my mother. How about a non-fiction book? Never unless it is IT related. After that it is either: I can’t (but not won’t) buy books or I don’t have time to read a book since I have to finish this and that.

I realized that I need to read more when I joined a public speaking organization in UA&P. Our adviser, during one of the exercises in speech suggested that I should read more books (non-IT) so that my views and ideas would not be restricted to a specific field. Later on, I found myself “auditioning” for a speech competition and here I realized (and believed) that I have a LOT of work to do.

Over the years, because of the influence of new kinds of media (e.g. DVD, Internet, etc.), my attention span for text was degraded and I can’t stand reading a 10-page reading for a specific subject. So now something has to be done, so that if ever I decided to work on either a second BS degree related to Politics, Diplomacy, MSIT, MBA, or JD, my mind is set and I am ready!

So what kind of books am I looking for?

Right now I am NOT looking for IT books.

During my junior year in the university, when I was working on my final paper for Philippine Culture and Society I came across with this work of Frank Lynch about the Philippine Society and for a short time I got hooked to the book, it discusses things like the aswang, and it helped me understand our culture deeper. I want books like this + books that discuss: International Relations, Law, History (other nations – after WWII (Cold War, etc.), Diplomacy, Management.

Right now, for to start off my collection I bought this yesterday at National Bookstore:

This book is about how the United States helped rebuild Europe after WWII. I haven’t really start reading and absorbing what is in it but I think it is a great start.