In January 2016, blood transfusion saved my life. If not for kind hearted relatives who were willing to donate their blood, I wouldn’t be here today.
I had a bad case of endometriosis and adenomyoma back in 2014. The bleeding and pain became unbearable in the latter part of 2015. The doctor suggested dilation and curettage (D&C) to check if the bleeding could be addressed by the procedure. I needed blood transfusion first. Luckily, my cousin’s wife and nephews were able to donate blood before the procedure took place.
My problem though didn’t end after D&C, but I’m thankful there were good people who shared their precious blood to save my life.
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus. Doctors perform dilation and curettage to diagnose and treat certain uterine conditions — such as heavy bleeding — or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion. — mayoclinic.org
We don’t need to possess an MA or an MBA diploma to gain wisdom, we only need to review some lessons in the past say from our kindergarten class that we have already forgotten.
Things that we should relearn:
• Share everything. • Play fair. • Don’t hit people. • Put things back where you found them. • Clean up your own mess. • Don’t take things that aren’t yours. • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. • Wash your hands before you eat. • Flush. • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. • Take a nap every afternoon. • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we. • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
This is not only applicable to us or our family. The golden rule holds true for people in the government – to always put things back where they found them and to keep their reputation clean.
A 44-year-old utility worker at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute got hit by a speeding motorcycle while she was crossing the street to report for work. She was a few meters away from NKTI. Concerned pedestrian rushed the bleeding woman to the emergency room. The brain injury was so extensive it left the woman brain-dead three hours after. The eldest daughter was aware of her mom’s predicament. The ER staff could no longer save the woman or prolong her life a bit. The woman worked for the institute for more than 10 years and within that period her daughter knew how her mother empathize with patients of the institute. So she agreed to give her mom’s organs to whoever was in need. The mother leaves a legacy of two lives. Two persons will live a normal life because of the woman’s kidneys.
In 2006, NKTI recognized the “heroism” of Filipinos for their magnanimous acts of saving lives. The institute started raising funds to help the donor families. These donors have helped others at the time of death.