I sure missed tumblr. I haven’t been online for the past days since we had our exam week. It was very exhausting. I have to say that it was the most brain-draining exam that I’ve ever encountered. And yet, after those exams, we’re still not done. We still have a couple more laboratory exams. I really wish I’d have more free time. I miss being on tumblr. I miss reading posts and everyone here. I like the daily dose of inspiration I get from the people I follow here. You guys have been a big help to me & you’ve truly been blessings from God. You’re posts have allowed me to push on a lot of things in my life, especially spiritually. You’ve encouraged me a lot and I’ve learned through your experiences. :) I wish I could open my tumblr as often as before because I love the community that surrounds me in this site. I like it here because I really feel like I’m home. Well, you guys keep being a blessing. I’m just happy to have found all of you and I thank God for that. God bless you guys. :)
So, I experienced my very first venipuncture today! Before that, I’ll show you a little something, something.
By the way, I apologize for the picture. I do not have any other camera. Please bear with this. :)
So, I bought this one the other day. Let’s open it and see what’s inside.
That blue thing at the upper right is the tourniquet. The ones you see at the left side are the syringes. I’ll show you a bigger picture. Actually, there’s also a masking tape and a plaster which you can’t see from that view. It’s here:
The big syringe is 5 cc while the small one is 3 cc. My eyes look weird. HAHA. By the way, I also have an evacuated tube and a test tube. They’re behind the syringes and they are small so you can’t see them. :) As for the test tube, I actually don’t know if I can use it but I’ve had it before from our Analytical Chemistry. Anyway, that’s irrelevant so just look at these tubes:
Let’s now go to the second layer. At the very right corner, you may not notice it but there lies my marking pen. I know it should have been fine tip but for the time being, I’ll have to utilize that. There are also 2 plastic bottles, right? Well, the orange one is my liquid soap and the blue one is my 70% isopropyl alcohol. My liquid soap smells like melon and I love it. :)
Next to those is my soap which is not liquid. There’s really no difference other than the other one being liquid and the other one being solid. Anyway, I just have both. :) In front of the solid soap is my mask. Next to that is my head cap and then, my gloves.
I think the green thing gives the "CAUTION" effect. :)
Now, let’s proceed to the bottom. You have of course seen the tissue. Next to it is the very large container which for the time being does not contain anything. That is where I’ll place whatever I’ve used for the venipuncture. Then, you can see two containers. Actually, one is for dry cottons and the other one is for wet cottons.
I’m sorry if I didn’t flip the picture. But I think you guys get it. :)
The cottons!!! :)
Well, here are the things you haven’t seen that are actually also in my laboratory kit (That is how I call it and I shall not call it a toolbox. [: )
Here are my scissors and marking pens!! :)
Now, let’s proceed to the venipuncture story. I extracted blood from my partner first. I was really nervous. It’s my first time doing this so it’s usual to be nervous. It took us quite some time before we finally decided that we’d start. So, we did. And then, I was wearing my gloves and tied the tourniquet to my partner’s arm. After that, I started to find where I could insert the needle. When it was decided, I sterilized the area where I was going to perform the extraction. Then, I opened the container of the syringe. I locked the needle and pulled & pushed the plunger. Finally, we were going into the vein. So, I inserted the needle. Amazingly, I didn’t feel nervous when I inserted the needle. I was very relaxed and calm. I thank God for that. :) And then, I saw a very small amount of blood coming out. After a while, there was no blood coming out anymore. Immediately, we called our teacher. She then told me to pull the needle backwards and then start pulling the plunger. And there it was!!! The blood started to fill the barrel of the syringe. It was a very exciting moment in my life. I continued to pull the plunger and then our teacher said it was enough. I released the tourniquet, took my dry cotton ball with a plaster and placed it just above the place where the needle was punctured, and then I pulled out the needle and sticked the cotton ball and had my partner apply pressure to the punctured site. Then, as my classmate applied pressure, I scooped the cover of the needle and locked it. Success! I was so happy. I really thank God because I only had to do it once. Then, my partner also did it. She had quite a different experience but it was not really painful. Our teacher also helped her out. After that, we were both so happy because we were successful in our very first venipuncture. Actually, we’re supposed to throw the syringe after the extraction but I brought mine home for a souvenir of my very first experience of venipuncture! Here it is:
I’m really, really happy. :)
WARNING: VENIPUNCTURE IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. HAHAHA. We’re now so excited in practicing. I also plan to practice on my dad since his veins are very noticeable. HAHA. It’s really a happy experience. This is my happy face:
Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouths of babes. What does ‘love’ mean? A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: ‘What does ‘love’ mean?’ The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:
Rebecca - age 8
‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy - age 4
‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore;so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’
Karl - age 5
‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissy - age 6
‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Terri - age 4
‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny - age 7
‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Emily - age 8
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby - age 7
‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’
Nikka - age 6
‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’
Noelle - age 7
‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’
Tommy - age 6
‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy - age 8
‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Clare - age 6
‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
‘My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Chris - age 7
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’
Mary Ann - age 4
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’
Lauren - age 4
‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’
Karen - age 7
‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Jessica - age 8
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’
And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’ When there is nothing left, that is when you find out that love is all you need.
“My job on my set, I believe, is to first just love people and gain that trust with people where they know that I really do love them and care about their well-being, so that when they are running into problems, they will hopefully, at some point, come to me and ask me, ‘What is your peace all about? What is your comfort all about? Where do you get your love? Where do you get your talents?’ And I can turn to them and say without blinking, ‘Jesus Christ’.”—Zachary Levi (Relevant Magazine Interview)
I so have the intention of reading Pride & Prejudice all over again. That may be during the sem break.
I never read, never loved reading and never thought I’d love it. That was back then when I saw books with just words and thought they were the most boring books of all time. All the more I hated the classical ones because I thought I’d never like them since they’re old and they’d never make sense to me and of course, the usual thing, they’re absolutely boring. Then, I saw the novelized version of New York Minute and tried reading it. I finished reading the whole book after a couple of hours. So, I thought, maybe it would be okay to read. Well, it was from a movie so I could just imagine every scene I read although there very small differences. I also asked my mom to allow me to buy this novel. I judged the book by its cover and then, I judged it with the description written at the back of the book. My mom allowed me to have the book Kira-kira which I thought would be nice. I read it when I was in 4th year high school and since it was an absolutely gorgeous story, I decided to read actual books. (Oh! By the way, now that I think of it, Kira-kira may have been the first book I actually read. Hmmm. But as for now, let’s stick with that.)
I actually bought other books which I don’t keep now. Since I judged the book by its cover and was very poor in vocabulary, I didn’t know what this one book was and what the title meant. Anyway, I found out what it was about and so, I asked a friend to burn it for me since my mom may be mad if she’d see me burning something I just spent money on. It’s good she that she didn’t ask me where that went. I bought another book from this book sale. It was an old book and now, I didn’t judge the book by the cover. I actually tried reading the first parts. I was so excited to how that story was going to end up and I expected so much from it. I read and read and I was near the end and noticed that the problem in the story was still not resolved. When I read the ending, I just hated it. Honestly, I hated it because you don’t know what happened to the other characters. It didn’t make sense to me in a lot of ways. Anyway, I was so disappointed. I guess I’ve been so disappointed with novels, I went for inspiring books. I bought Xtreme Faith & finished it in 2 days. I loved it. The stories were short but were indeed inspiring. I then read I think the Alchemist. My sister gave it to me and I actually gave the same thing to her. It was a very funny story. Still, since she gave it, I tried reading it. I know a lot of people like it but as for me, I think it was a very exhausting story to read. I’m not saying that it’s not good. I mean, it’s good. But I was just exhausted while reading it. It’s not that long but it took me I think weeks to finish the book. I know a lot of people love that book because just like what a friend told me, it has a lot of inspiring quotes that are of course applicable in life. Anyway, I’m usually not after that when I read novels. I’m usually just after the story and the lesson in summary or just the most memorable lessons only. I found it weird and somehow funny. I didn’t really see anything more to it, honestly. I actually think that I read it in the most shallow way that I could. I wasn’t carried away at all by the story. It’s like reading Cinderella and just knowing what happened to her and that’s it. You may now possibly hate me because of this. HAHA. Well, that’s speaking with all honesty. Now that I think of it, I think the idea of the story was to pursue what you want. I don’t remember much about it. This is the book that I wasn’t really that interested in. I was curious but I wasn’t that interested so maybe that’s why I read it that way.
Anyway, the next book was The Heavenly Man. This is a favorite since I read it while I was going through something. This is one of the books that moved me and spoke to me. I thank God I found this book. It took me a long time to read this because I didn’t read it continuously but I seem to have remembered a lot from it. I actually wrote quite a long review for it. It’s an amazing book and I’m again amazed of what God did to this man. It was just absolutely amazing for me, everything that God did. I saw the impossible becoming possible only because of God. He’s just absolutely awesome.
Then, I got books on my birthday. Apparently, I didn’t read everything. I didn’t finish this one novel again because somewhere in the middle, I was disappointed again. But the book that my cousin gave which was Stories for a Teen’s heart was absolutely lovely. There were stories that just moved me heart. And they were teens so it felt like I could relate to them. It’s really nice.
How did I end up with Pride & Prejudice? Well, I think I saw nook on the internet and was curious about it. I signed up in Barnes & Noble and then downloaded their eReader. Well, they provide 3 free ebooks and that’s where I saw Pride & Prejudice. I think I heard it on Suite Life in Disney Channel. Since, I’ve been so curious and I’ve seen Becoming Jane which at that time, I didn’t know what the title of that was and I didn’t know it was about Jane Austen, I decided to read it. I guess after reading quite a few books, I was now starting to love reading. As expected, I couldn’t understand it. Anyway, I was ready to give up but I was still curious so I kept on reading. Finally, somewhere in the story I got what was happening. The next thing I knew, I was falling in love with the characters of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth because they were the odd pair. At first, I didn’t even know who the story was really about though I got some hints. Then, I just realized that the title relates more to Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy so I think that’s when I knew. And sooner, it’s as though everyone else disappears and it’s just all about the two of them. So, I just loved the story. It’s really nice. It’s just absolutely lovely. So that’s why I’m reading it again. I have seen the movie. I still love how it was in the book though. By the way, the movie was not disappointing. There were some changes but it was good. I think they gave justice to the book.
I have read another book. Do Hard Things. But after that, I haven’t been reading lately. Actually before that book, I was reading Emma still by Jane Austen, but since I only have the ebook and my eyes hurt, I decided to stop and buy myself a hard copy. Sadly, I haven’t saved up for books lately. I also don’t have time to read books other than my textbooks right now. Oh! I forgot. I actually read one book which we bought way back but never read because reading was out of my vocabulary & I said I’d never read since it would never work for me. Now, I’m eating all those words. HAHA. It’s an old book we bought from this sale. Anyway, it’s very thin & it’s really short but I just read it when I’m trying to procrastinate for a while.
Well, anyway. I wasn’t thinking of posting something this long. I was just going to say that I’d be reading Pride and Prejudice one of these days. But, I came out with a lot more. HAHA. :) Well, enjoy reading how I actually learned to enjoy and love reading.
I met 2 twelve-year-old children last night who had so much passion for God. Right that moment, God reminded me of Matthew 18:3-4: “And said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” And it just came to me what it is in children that He sees: their innocence & purity, their willingness to learn, the way they hold on to their faith, the eagerness they have to do what they know they want to do and have to do, & the sincerity of their love. These may be just some of the things but these are definitely things I’d love to see in me. I finally get what it is to come to Him as a child. God really works in amazing ways. Those children, a boy and a girl, have their own 12 disciples, some younger, some older and some of the same age, and they train them on how to preach God’s salvation and they help each other in growing spiritually and being passionate about God and people, most specially, the lost ones. Aside from those 24 (they each both have their own), they also have other cell groups (like a Bible Study group) that they handle. And now, the ones they have trained are also doing the same thing. It reminds me again that God can use anyone, regardless of gender, age, history or whatever as long as you’re willing to be used by Him and for Him. God can really use ordinary people for extraordinary things. Last night, I was really touched deep in my heart. And after giving their testimonies and experiences, the boy, who was the last to share did an altar call and prayed for us. It was amazing. The Lord just really touched my heart at that moment. Seeing a child with so much passion and seriousness with God and His ministry touched my heart and I just said I wanted to be like that. I was just amazed and I keep on being amazed even now. God is amazing. He’s just so awesome. It was also a very humbling experience. I thank God for meeting those 2 children. They’ve been a real blessing in my life. Lord, I’m amazed by you.