Better Safe Than Sorry

THE following is a reproduction of a Status Post I made to my Facebook Timeline a few minutes ago. It’s my way of reviving this blog which has hibernated for nearly two months now. The last entry was still May 10, 2017. Been mostly preoccupied with my ill health and been moody because of my Bipolar Disorder.

“Better safe than sorry”.

“That was the idea behind my admission to Amiri Hospital’s Casualty’s Female Observation Room early evening yesterday.

“When I went late afternoon for my pre-scheduled appointment with Dr. Hatem, the surgeon who is following up my hernia and gastritis, I mentioned that over two weeks ago I had episodes of passing black or tarry stools. Convinced that the bleeding was caused by my overly-irritated gut because of an acute attack then of my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) I didn’t seek medical attention and instead waited till the IBS acute attack resolves on its own. I self-medicated and took anti-diarrheal meds and my stools turned into dark brown color, but lately it became dark chocolate in color.

“Aware of my past episode of passing tarry stools because of my gastritis, Dr. Hatem didn’t dilly-dally and immediately wrote a referral paper to be taken to the Casualty. I was soon admitted and went through some diagnostic procedures, including submission of blood, urine and stools for lab studies. My hemoglobin came back normal and the color of my stools, as seen by the doctor, was also normal, so I was declared not to be having “melena”, as per provisional diagnosis of the attending doctor at the Casualty’s Triage.

“I was discharged after nearly four hours and was given prescriptions for meds and an order for an Endoscopy.

“The whole process went fast and uneventful and I thank God for the ease of getting seen by doctors and admitted and then attended to closely by the lady attending physician until I got discharged.

“That’s how good the health service is in Kuwait! And take note, I didn’t spend any single fils (cents). I only needed to show my Civil ID and a copy of a marriage contract.”

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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