Month: November 2013

Family is Always First

Jake, Tasha and I were just hanging out in my office. We were waiting for our staff to come back because they are doing kayaking tours for visitors of the lake. We were also talking about the plans of expanding and about how much it would cost us. Jake specializes on the numbers department and he told me that he would make a business plan later and he would just send it into my email, so I could check if it is feasible. Tasha told us that she could also pitch in because she saved a lot of money because her mom does not want her to pay for the bills even though she is already working. Jake asked us both about our plans if we would be living together soon. It was a little bit awkward because Tasha and I have not talked about that stuff because we have been pretty busy with our respective works. We just both smiled at Jake and told him that it will come if the time is right.

After a few moments, someone called Jake. He excused himself from us and went outside to accept the call. It took him quite a while with the call and we were wondering who called him. After thirty minutes, he came into the office and he seemed different. We asked him about the call and he told us that her mom called. Her mom told her about the situation of his father because he has had on and off fever and coughing for the last few months. He added that his father did not want to get a treatment in the hospital so they just give him over the counter cough and fever medicines. His father was just brought into the hospital today because he had a hard time breathing. He told us that her mom even used the term “gasping for air” and he added that he really is concerned about his dad.

Tasha and I asked him why he is not getting ready to go to the hospital with his family and he told us that work should always come first. I shook my head and told him that he should go because we could manage the business without him today. Jake thanked Tasha and me for covering him on the job. I told him to update us about his father’s condition.

Jake went into the hospital and spoke to his father’s doctor. He was shocked that his dad’s condition could be bronchitis vs. pneumonia depending on the x-ray results that would confirm it less than an hour. The doctor added that he should have been brought to the hospital earlier and I told him that my dad is stubborn like that. The doctor added that it is not too late as there are many pneumonia and bronchitis remedies that we could use to treat my father properly. He also asked me about my father’s smoking and I told him that he is still smoking up to now. I asked him a favor and he should tell it directly to my dad that smoking is aggravating his condition.

Road to Nowhere

Last week, I accompanied Tasha to a good dermatologist and I had to drive two hours from Minnewaska, our hometown. We left at around 5am and I had my truck filled full tank of gas as I didn’t know the location of gasoline stations in the city that we are going. Tasha brought a basket filled with treats and I had a cooler filled with all sorts of refreshments for the trip. Tasha kidded that we were like going to a picnic at the park. I kidded back that we are going to a picnic to a park two hours from here. We just talked about silly things for over an hour until we encountered some bumpy roads, it was a good thing that I brought a truck and not a car but all in all, it was a good road trip.

We arrived in Pennsylvania at around 7 in the morning and we were having a hard time finding the exact location of the clinic. We tried contacting their numbers, but they weren’t answering then I remembered that it was still 7am. I told Tasha that we need to wait until it’s 8am onwards then we start calling again. I parked in front of a coffee shop and decided to wait there until it’s time. Tasha bought us a cup of coffee as I just people watch on the street. Tasha asked the cashier in the café if she was familiar with the clinic and told her that it was just down the block but it opens at around 9. She told me about it and asked her where we wait until it opens. A lady overheard us that we’re not from here and offered to give us the dermatologist’s personal number. We were so thankful about it and offered to pay for her coffee but she politely refused.

stretch marks on breastsWe learned that the dermatologist’s name is Dr. Samuels. She was surprised that she received a call from a stranger, but she was happy that we went here, even though it was far from our place.   She told us to wait for 45 minutes and she’ll be there. We parked outside her clinic and waited. After 30 minutes, a very stunning, gorgeous, blonde haired lady got down from a car. Tasha greeted her and told her that she called her. We got in her clinic and asked Tasha what brought her here. She told her about her acne problems and she knew her from a friend of a friend and told her that she’s one of the best dermatologists around. Dr. Samuels examined her scalp and face and got some scabs to check under a microscope.

Tasha also asked the doctor about her aunt’s stretch marks on breasts and asked her how to remove stretch marks. Dr. Samuels recommended that her aunt get a consult personally to assess her current condition to see the stretch marks as it is hard to determine one’s condition on hearsays. On the other hand, she cited a number of treatments she could try like applying Retinoin with Vitamin A, baby oil, cocoa butter, castor oil or mineral oil. She added that laser treatments could also be arranged if normal treatments wouldn’t work.