Monthly Archives: September 2011

Old man driving

I can still recall how my former boss drove his black Ford Expedition during the campaign trail of his son, who is now serving as congressman of their province. My friend and I were covering the election sortie in a barangay in Tacloban and the old man was leading the convoy on our way to the remote area. I was apprehensive because at his age (more than 70 years old during that time), he was still driving and mind you he’s not just driving casually, he drives really fast and overtakes other cars. I was praying he would slow down a bit. Not even his son can advise the old man to take it slow. Accidents happen when you least expect them. Fortunately nothing bad happened to the convoy. As for roadside assistance, we were lucky we don’t need to hire one because we have a back up team to assist us…

The old man now is too old to drive a car and is said to be wheelchair bound because of sickness.

Age with grace: How women cope with symptoms of menopause

She thought it was just the usual stress at home and the load of work at the office, including document scanning that made her quite emotional and melancholic.

Little did Sheila (not her real name), who was 55 years old then, knew that she has entered the stage which is inevitable to women her age – menopause.

Sheila knew she would eventually cross the threshold in life. Fortunately, her being with the health sector somewhat helped her prepare for the life-changing event.

When I entered the menopausal stage, I was never afraid because I knew I will never get pregnant again. I went on with my daily activities. Being with the health sector has taught me to divert my attention to other things instead of focusing on the unpleasant symptoms of menopause,” she shared with Yam’s Files.

Research show that about 90 percent of women in their late 40s will experience symptoms such as mood swings, depression, loss of libido, headaches, tiredness, irritability, loss of concentration and crying spells.

Experts said menopause normally results from the decrease in the ovarian production of estrogen, which is the predominant sex hormone in women.

Fortunately for Sheila, she never experienced the unpleasant symptoms except for the hot flushes, being emotional and fatigue.

She said there are more safer means to maintain one’s youth than taking artificial method (like hormonal replacement therapy) such as good nutrition and exercise.

Sheila who is looking forward to her retirement a few years from now advised women nearing the menopausal phase that life goes on and much to expect for after menopause.

When duty calls

Just how prepared are you when sickness or even death strikes? Nobody can say one is prepared to face death, not even those whose calling is to maintain peace and order in the community.

But term life quotes can be of help when tragedy befalls the family. Insurance benefits of those who died support the financial needs of surviving family members.

Such was the case with the three policemen who died while performing their job. Their names will be forever etched not only in the memorial but also in the hearts and minds of their fellow policemen.

The first policeman, who was awaiting his promotion, died when he tried to restore order in a melee in Manila. The second policeman was shot while conducting a roundup of suspected criminals in a slum area in Manila. The third policeman died when he put up a fight with one of the six holdupmen inside a bus.

The policemen were recognized for their heroic deed.