Hello everyone! I was born by the name of Sharlene Mae Noceja Egamino. I've been existing and enjoying life for 18 years now. And, I've been breathing since the 29th of April 1993. I was born from Riyadh, K.S.A. and lived there for 6 years. I must admit, I was happier when I moved here in the Philippines.
I'm currently a college student taking up Nursing in FEU. So far, I've been enjoying the Tamaraw life and routine. So, yeah.
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I just had one of the most unforgettable moments in my life.
We had a Socialization Day for all our mentally-challenged clients at Mother Teresa, Home That Cares, Inc., Mandaluyong City. Groups 14, 16 & 22 collaborated to offer this event for the patients. We gave them food, intermission numbers and fun activities. We also gave them a chance to show us their talents.
I can’t post pictures of our patients for privacy and confidentiality.
We actually had 3 bilaos of pansit bihon. Two were for our patients and staff and one for US, of course! Haha!
This was actually the first time for us to meet mentally-challenged patients. For the previous semesters, we got to meet patients in the ward, delivery room, OR, health centers and even in out-patient departments. But, we weren’t able to meet psychiatric patients. That is the focus of our concept this semester. And, we’re just so fortunate to have this as our first duty this semester.
Before we got into Mother Teresa, I was really scared and excited at the same time. I was scared because I kept on thinking about what those mentally-challenged patients might do to me. Are they kind? Do they scare nursing students? Will they do harsh things to us? Will they look us in the eye and tell us, “Someone’s telling me to kill you!” and the like? Those really made me think of crazy things that’s why I got scared. I was excited on the other hand because this would be a REAL challenge for us. This would be a first. We didn’t even know how to handle situations like whenever they hallucinate or talk nonsense. How will I deal with these people? That was a test we all had to pass.
We had our duty there for 3 days. Each student was assigned to one client. I was very lucky to have Kuya “Mike” (not his real name) as my patient because he was not like other patients who has a severe mental disorder. In fact, during our nurse-patient interaction, I just felt like I was talking to a normal person. He didn’t have any weird gestures unlike the other patients there. And, I can tell that he is really smart. He used to take up Dentistry in college but wasn’t able to finish because he became a drug-dependent. He was able to get married but separated after a few years because of his lifestyle. However, they were able to have a son whom he wasn’t able to see since the day he was born. Until now, he keeps on praying and hoping that one day, he’ll be able to meet his son, face to face, and that he’ll be able to bring his family back. I’m very much sure it’s such a tough one for a father to not see his son grow for almost 16 years. Yet, Kuya Mike stayed strong. He never ran out of prayers. I’ll be praying for him as well.
I never thought that Socialization Day would be this hard for us, nursing students. It was really hard to hear our patients say Thank You and Goodbye to us at the same time because somehow, we had this attachment to them. I don’t think that it would be THAT easy for a person to let go of someone whom you considered special. I, myself, always considers my patients as special persons that’s why it has never been easy for me to say goodbye to them. They were very thankful for all the efforts we had for them to be happy. We thought of giving them fun activities and prizes and they were very appreciative of that. They also thanked us for just simply getting their vital signs, giving them their medicines and talking to them. They told us how we made them so happy and how they really appreciate everything we do for them. They even told us that they will keep on praying for our graduation and board exam. That moment was just so dramatic but we weren’t allowed to cry in front of our patients because they might imitate us and that would be hard to handle. So, we were really controlling our emotions even if some of us, including yours truly, got teary-eyed when the patients were giving their messages of gratitude.
I’m just really thankful that God let me meet these people. And, I know He had a purpose and that is, to let us feel how blessed we are with the support and love we’ve been receiving from our families and friends.
God, I feel so much blessed. :)
Much love, Maeh. <3
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