Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Road to Recovery

My Dad is out of the hospital and staying with us until he recovers from surgery.

He's been with us since Friday.

And life became a little more hectic in our household.

It's for the best.

I can monitor his blood pressure, make sure he takes his pills on time and he eats well.

My main concern is that he gets his rest and he's comfortable.

Mr. O and the boys don't mind that Papa is here.

Life without Mom has been hard on him.

Dad tried to live alone but I don't think it's working out.

He needs to be with his family.

And for now, he will remain here until he regains his strength.

Until then, Dad will decide what the next step would be.

My brother and I wish that he would consider moving out of his apartment and living with one of us permanently.

It's our duty and responsibility to make certain he has the quality of life that he deserves.

We want him to be healthy, active and happy in his twilight years.

Dad is getting a glimpse of what life could be like for him.

He doesn't have to worry about rent, meals and bills.

And he wouldn't be alone.

Sounds enticing, huh?

You bet.

Dad agreed to stay for awhile.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Nervous Weekend

Last Friday, my father had routine surgery to remove his kidney stones but somehow there were complications.

He was taken to Intensive Care Unit in the middle of the night because his blood pressure was dropping so fast.

Once again, we drove all the way to my childhood neighbourhood; to the hospital where my eldest son was born and where we said goodbye to my mom two years ago.

The car ride was sombre and quiet.

It seemed we were lost in our own thoughts.

We visited Dad in the ICU.

His breathing was laboured, and his hands were cold.

It's hard to see someone you love hooked up with tubes and machines.

The good news is that his blood pressure was improving and he was moved out of ICU. The bad news is that he's still in the hospital and undergoing tests.

Dad wants to go home.

Unfortunately, he'll stay at the hospital for the rest of the week.

And I feel so guilty that I cannot visit him daily.

I hope and pray that everything will be fine and he has a speedy recovery.



Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Essentials


A few weeks ago, I wrote how I'd share more about beauty and fashion on my blog. Here's my first post! 


Summer essentials:




It Cosmetics CC Cream/SPF 50+ (medium shade) - I wear this when I'm out all day long.

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation - I tend to put this on when I'm out doing errands. It's quick and easy to apply.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer (Waterproof Bronzing Powder) - I use both as contour/blush and may use as an eye shadow.

Maybelline Great Lash - I can't live without waterproof mascara!

The Body Shop Lip Care/Aloe - Lip balm for sensitive, dry lips

It Cosmetics 'Damsel' Vitality Lip Flush - Long wear lipstick stain

Marc Anthony bye bye Frizz / Blow Dry Cream - You can apply on wet or dry hair. I love this to tame the frizz.

The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette - Who doesn't love a floral, summer scent?

Marc Jacobs sunglasses