Happy 1st birthday to our Princess!


It was on the kindest nature of our preachers why I got to meet this child. I am grateful to God that she celebrated the first years of her lives with us. Thanks be unto God!

Remembering that evening when Kuya mentioned a child and her story broke my heart. That night when I was motivated to take part in the service of the abandoned children.That night when I have sent my resume to Infant Care as a volunteer care giver on my tedious hours aside from studying.

Her story started when Sis Arlene, Bro. Daniel’s wife, saw her lying along the street–grasping and extremely ailed. She was taken to the hospital. The diagnosis told she has severe pneumonia. She was treated promptly and given post care. Knowing the misery of her living, Sis Arlene suggested to deliver the child under the custody of ADDFII to prevent the child from further harm and be given proper child health and care management. Talks with the parents and DSWD were arranged and reconciled. The result turned out for the best of the child.

She was thin, black, dirty, with lot of rashes, ill-tempered baby when she first got to the institution. She misses her moms, she cries a lot before until she become accustomed to her new living. Today she is brilliant, bright, acive, big, lovely baby girl with a “tomboy” gesture and a bully look. HAHAHA. She’s one of my favorite because she loves to eat, you don’t get a hard time feeding her except for sleeping. Princess is the humor source of the other babies. She knows how to makes them laugh. That’s why I believe babies have languages that they can only understand. Princess is very sweet. Every night when she coughs due to pending pneumonia, I tugged her back to console her and cough out sputum as well, the next morning she would cling on you. She will always look for you.

The night before her birthday, the social workers were surprised upon the unexpected visits of Princess’s family—her mother, lola and 2 older siblings. They use to call her “Ashly” rather than Princess that’s why when they asked “Asan si Ashly?” we look around and utter “Sino si Ashly?” They were extremely happy to see her again in a very well condition. Princess seems to miss her family as well for there is a different glow in her eyes and smile. Her siblings were also loud and happy to see her. They kiss her on cheeks; hug her tightly, strolled and give her a gift of a pair of pink slippers and a dress. That was a teary-eyed night indeed. The longing of a loving mother for her beautiful little daughter filled the room. The family stayed at the Transient home to pass the night.

On her very special day, a kid’s party was arranged in participation of ADFII staffs, abandoned children and her family. Intermission numbers were performed by children’s together with her siblings too. Parlor games was also initiated and participated by all age groups. Inspirational message from the staffs and her parents were delivered as well. Slide shows of princess’s pictures were shown while guests are eating their foods. The party was a success and everybody is thankful that this pretty girl shared her 1st year with us.


ROGA DAY 2-06-25-13


Whenever I feel something to be grateful about I always write it, though I know everyday is a blessing and should pay thanks to God that He let me see each single day. Today I just felt blessed indeed! I am very lucky that today I’ve assisted in a 2 major abdominal surgery namely TAHBSO and appendectomy. Before arriving to hospital I made some arrangement with my tandem if I can have my duty as the circulating nurse and she will be the scrub—the one who assist the surgeon in handling instruments and stuffs like aiding in retraction. My job as the circulating will be the supervisor of the team, obtaining the vital signs pre op and before the anaesthesia. Making sure the patient is safe through placing restraints, counting instrument together with the scrub and assisting the patient all the way through.

Things have change when we’re already at the OR holding zone. Two scrubs were needed and one circulating nurse. I was assigned as scrub. Honestly, I am scared that’s why I don’t take the job as the scrub. I always have a bad experience in performing clinical skills in actual settings that’s sometimes I don’t take part hihi. I want the circulating nurse’s job because I want to have a time to talk with the patient..atleast alleviating their nerves and I just want them to express because I thought I find my purpose on those times. When you got to talk or establish rapport with your patient, she would eventually feel safe and express everything she wants to happen or to feel. That’s why when I start talking to her she told me she want to remove her appendix as well. So things get complicated HAHA! I told my clinical instructor what my patient wants and Maam told it to the doctor. Moreover, it was the patient’s birthday. She turned 48 today. None of this would be known if she don’t express. I also want to assist her during the induction of spinal anaesthesia and giving her instruction what she would feel, what is going to happen after the surgery. But it was too late, I was asked to be a scrub nurse..Waaah! Though I am not afraid to be scolded by anyone, even the doctors but I don’t want a life to suffer because of me… because of my errors. But deep inside I would loved too, crossfingers.. to do the job as scrub. This is a chance of a lifetime because I knew someday, maybe… I might not be a nurse or I would be venturing on other field other than nursing so grab it…go-get-em-tiger!

So here we go, I am a scrub student nurse. But before that, I prepared the sterile field first and push thea to scrub first so she could be placed beside doctor Bajao and I beside the real scrub nurse Maam Erlinda. But everything doesn’t take in accordance with what I’ve anticipated. I was place next Dr. Bajao and I am so nervous. The sterile instruments looks the same. The thought that they would be performing 2 in 1 operation is hilarious..meaning more time standing and more anticipated errors. Yes, when I was there I pretend that I am okay and at ease but within I am shaking. I handled the cottery wrongly, the suture wrongly and was scolded by Maam Erlinda. Maam Reyes was about to pinch my back. She seems more nervous than me HAHAHA…

I thought it would be hard! I am so happy about that experience.. 2 major surgeries in less than time. I think I am also efficient. People just remember the mistakes you’ve made than the correct ones. Besides, I just feel that Maam Erlinda is satisfied. Which made me utter whew! with a smile…She even talked to me casual during the operation. I want a terror professor!!!! but not a sarcastic one!! I WANT HER BACK TO CEU BEFORE I GRADUATE! I just don’t feel like being around sarcastic people because they are not genuine and often talk shits behind. 

More than enough, I am happy and blessed to have this experience of a lifetime. As I’ve told, I may not be experiencing this again.

Successful procedure indeed!

Sponges, needles, instrument final count complete. Dr Bajao, Dra Bajao, Dr. Badillo Dra. del Rosario!

—HEHE Sherry Jane Mercines, SN

Yea! thanks be to God. To God be the Glory!

ROGA DAY 1–06-24-13




First day of Duty as a 3rd year SN. WooO!

I always have the best clinical experience here at RMMH (Rogaciano Mercado Memorial Hospital). Last time I had was at the Delivery Room having Maam Erlinda del Rosario as our clinical instructor. I have learned a lot from her albeit, she speaks like a raging race car. I always love her strict, embarrassing, genuine and never sarcastic approach as a teaching strategy. That definitely works for me. Speaking of experience, I have gained a deep sense of concern for my patients. It is always a pleasure for me how I widen my realizations during the most despairing moments. Each preggy moms are scared, they are in need of reassurance. I am happy that I have fulfilled my purpose as a comforter. This day, I don’t have much chance to show. We are at OR and the procedure was TAHBSO ( Total Abdominal Hysterectomy Bilateral Saphingo OOphorectomy). When the patient arrives she was so quiet and seems thinking deeply. I just thought If I were on her shoes and I will be put on that cold and damp OR table, naked with only a gown as cover. Nurses would open my legs that I look like a frog with exposed genitals. Then later, the surgeons will splice me up open and will totally remove the certain parts like the whole uterus thing cervix, those that distinguishes me as a woman. That would be hilarious! I will be scared, I will surely feel that my being is incomplete, I will feel that I am not the same as before, that I am not anymore normal because of loss. Anticipating the experience, what will I feel when the anaestologist inject a long needle along my spine and later fall asleep. When I’m asleep? how sure that I won’t feel pain? Will I live? Am I safe in the hands of these doctors? And if I survived? What will I be from then? What should I feel? Happy? because my cancer was rule out..How about the incompleteness and loss? How will I deal with it? That may be somethings that is running on her mind. The uncertainty of the future and the feeling of pending loss, that she will never be the same again. But she should be thankful though, if the operation went successful, she should celebrate life. She was given the chance to extend her life and life is a gift. It may not be the same as before but that is an experience worth keeping. In the right state of mind, and a harnessed heart this experience would definitely make her strong.

The procedure was bloody and invasive. A lot of clamps were used at the same time, around 7 I guess..Surgeons hands were very fast and Ken, who was the assigned scrub nurse at that time was in a hurry. The procedure took a little fast than the usual TAHBSO time because the couple surgeon were very good and assists are so many including us. After the procedure, I saw that there was a catheter in place. The lady was shivering. She’s suffering from hypotension. You could see her hands tremors I thought that’s complication from the spinal anesthesia. But naah..the patient loss volumes of blood so she suffered from hypotension. After we assisted her on the stretcher for transfer. She said “salamat po” in shivering voice. It was a breath of fresh air, it touches the heart. That’s the consolation of being in the medical field, when you aid in maintaning life and restoring a life… you will feel grateful when someone thanked you in return. It means so much. It is from a grateful heart.


I just realize how God feels whenever someone thanked Him with all their heart. With repentance and mourning soul. God is never hard to please, we just have to acknowledge everything He does and be grateful. Offer Him the best and never look back to the wrongness of doing. I feel blessed in this field. I hope I may continue with His help.

To God be the Glory! 🙂