I just want to share one of the experiences I had when I was a health reporter.
At the height of the SARS scare in 2003, health reporters were at the forefront of relaying the latest update on the health malady.
The editors want a different perspective of the story so we were sent to visit the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, one of the DOH’s assigned government SARS centers in Metro Manila. (The other one was found in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.)
The plan was to write a news feature and a profile story from the interview with front line health workers who are directly handling suspected SARS patients.
The idea was quite scary isn’t it? We are not even covered by a medical insurance just in case me and my co-workers catch the virus during the coverage. Also, I have two little susceptible kids to worry about.
But there’s no turning back. We proceeded to RITM with only a surgical mask and alcohol as our protection.
My photographer was worried to enter the RITM premises, but I assure him we are not going to meet a patient inside as we are not allowed to do so.
The interview and hospital facility guided tour turn out well. Our story made it to the front and inside pages the following day.
We were also thankful that none of us got sick after the coverage.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS, is a viral respiratory illness transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and bodily secretions from an infected person. It manifests flu-like symptoms.
I wrote about this six years ago and haven’t made a follow up yet. But I hope Barangay officials in our area are keeping up with it now. In a related development, kudos to our hard working local officials for keeping and maintaining peace and order in our barangay.
Local officials in our barangay are doing a good job for implementing a curfew for minors. This move will lessen incidents of petty to serious crimes involving young people. They should also sponsor more sporting events to encourage young people particularly out of school youth to get into sports such as basketball and chess or music for those with musical inclination. Activities like these would keep young and older kids off the streets at night. I hope barangay officials will continue to provide worthwhile activities for out-of-school youths to make them more productive individuals.
Sometimes, raising kids can feel like an online game. At times it is easy, and everything seems to be going your way. Then, all of a sudden—BAM! You start to lose everything you’ve won. Many times as our children grow, they regress to different points. For example, when you are potty training, you may find that you are making amazing progress. Your child is going to the bathroom on the potty all day, and doing great. Then, all of a sudden, one day they start having accidents again. This feels like a losing hand that you bet it all on. Don’t get discouraged, though. This is a common problem; almost all parents have to deal with it. Just keep working on the potty training, and eventually it will stick.
Sleeping through the night and dealing with the dark are two other areas that can feel like a winning situation, then all of a sudden you find out you are losing. Most kids will sleep through the night just fine once they reach a certain age. There will generally be periods through their development, though, that they decide that they would rather wake up.
Dealing with the dark is the same thing. For the longest time, your child may be fine with the dark, and then one day they tell you that they are afraid of the dark again. This can be a frustrating situation to deal with as a parent, and you may even need to resort to something like a night light for a while. These things are all normal, and though they may be stressful, you will soon find yourself “winning” again in the struggles of parenthood. Don’t give up, and remember to tell yourself that it is just a phase. Your child will get past the hurdles.