August 2009

A Perimenopausal Blog I

by Anna Katharina on August 30, 2009

in Health Sense,Journal,Period of Life

I am one of those who is experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. It’s a little disgusting because, after all these years your body is telling you, hey there is going to be changes, I hope change for the better and not for the worst.

Perimenopause is the transition years before your actual menopausal period ( when your menstruation stopped coming every month). The main cause of these changes is the diminution of what makes us a woman, our precious hormones, estrogen and progesterone.

Some changes that I have experienced are menstrual period changes, hot flushes, reduced stamina, mood swings and irritability.

Of all these changes, the hot flashes are so unpleasant . After taking a shower in the morning, there is sort of a bad feeling or an aura I cannot understand, I had to pause and sit in front of an electric fan even if I am in an air conditioned room. Hot flushes would come my way and profuse sweating follows.

This has been my dilemma every morning after I had my shower. During the night even in an air-conditioned room, my profuse sweating would awaken me and eventually disturbed my sleep.

I can do nothing this is bound to happen. No woman is exempted.


On October 1 – 3, 2009, 400 PACCD physician dermatologists members  from all over the Philippines will converge at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City for their 6th Annual Convention of PACCD. This year’s theme “Dermatology Crossover” will have activities such as pre-convention hands-on workshops, plenary lectures, research paper presentation, case presentations and discussions of current medical issues.

Schedule of Activities :

October 1, 2009                

Pre-convention workshop (exclusively for PACCD members) ,

De Ocampo Medical Center , Nagtahan Sta Mesa Manila

                Topics: Botox, Endopeel,and PRP

                                Chemical Peel and Fillers

                                Ultrasonic Cavitation System for Fat Reduction

                                Lecture Demonstration On First Aid and Basic Life Support

October 2, 3  ,2009     

Plenary Lectures

SMX Convention Center

               Topics:  Nephrology, Gynecology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Endocrinology,

                               Rheumatology, Veneriology and Dermatology

                                Cosmetic Dermatology

                               Research and Case Presentations

                               Implications of Integrated PMA Acts and Physicians Act in the Practice of                                                              Dermatology


The PACCD Mission

·         To provide the community quality service on Dermatology…Quality, Professionalism Service – all at affordable cost.

·         To professionalize the training of dermatology and make it readily \accessible to qualified doctors who wish to pursue specialization in this field.

·         To ensure the long-term objectives of training are epitomized in the satisfaction of patients while committing to the highest standards of practicing the profession.

·         To create lasting and mutually beneficent relationships with all members through efficient and personalized service.

·         We are a Society aggressively dedicated to the pursuit of a better Quality of life for all members and patients.

The Philippine Academy of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology, rising to the challenge of a professional and competent dermatology practice. Hail To the organizers of the PACCD 6th annual convention!

For more registration details of the PACCD convention, visit their website at email:

“Asia’s Titanic”

The MV Dona Paz Tragedy at National Geographic Channelngc-asiastitanic1

The MV Dona Paz sea tragedy, as the “Asia’s Titanic” will be shown at National Geographic Channel on August 25, 8:00 PM and with a the replay on August 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

It the first ever Filipino-produced National Geographic documentary, directed by a Filipino Yam Laranas .

This full-length documentary is about one of the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster, MV Doña Paz , a passenger vessel bound for Manila that collided with an oil tanker, MT Vector last December 1987, just five days before Christmas. It was estimated that about 5,000 passengers perished in the said sea tragedy and only 24 persons were survivors.

At least five of the survivors recounted their ordeal during the sea tragedy, how they survive the tragedy and the meaning it imprinted in their lives.

Kudos to the team behind the making of “Asia’s  Titanic”.



 No. of Examinees


% passing

June 2003




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June 2008




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June 2009







 47.18 %


  • In 6 year period (2003 – 2009) there were more than half a million                  (530, 988) nursing board examinees in the Philippines
  • In 2008 alone there, there were 153, 108 nursing board examinees, graduates of Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • The June 2008 NLE had  the biggest number of examinees (88,649)
  • It was only in June 2003 and December 2005, that the passing rate reached more than 50 per cent
  • The lowest passing rate was in December 2006 (40.10 %) and June 2006     (41.23 %) which was the leakage marred NLE exam.
  • More than fifty percent (53 %) of nursing board examinees in a 6-year period (2003-2009), have not passed the nursing licensure examinations.

On Aug 18 and 19 , 2009, a lot of these passers will troop to the SMX convention center  for the much awaited Oath Taking ceremony.


I have been involved in teaching nursing students for the past 4 years and I was always telling them that out of 10 students, only 4 or 5 of them would pass.

Who will be among their group, it’s up to them. It is how focus and determine

 you are to pass the NLE.