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Hope Throughout Eternity

Now that Food Network Star has finished, I saw that a new Top Chef spinoff called Top Chef Duels has begun.  The first episode was interesting, but I usually don't watch competition/reality shows consecutively.  Food competition shows are the only reality type shows I watch though since my favorites are dramas and sitcoms.  It does seem shorter than the normal Top Chef franchise so I might tune in before heading to bed.  But I did get really hungry when I watched the burger challenge in the first episode (not a good thing before going to sleep haha). 


Chef Marcel Vigneron's burger was huge containing several components: beef burger with avocado, blue cheese, tomato, bacon, watercress, and a sunny side up egg.  I could feel my arteries clogging just looking at it, but it looked really delicious.


Chef Marcel Vigneron's burger

Courtesy of Bravo TV and Top Chef Duels


I've also been reading a book by America's Test Kitchen that I bought a while back.



I love watching the show on CreateTV when it comes on.  I love their reviews of kitchen products, step by step cooking examples, and educational tidbits that Christopher Kimball and his staff pepper in throughout the segments.  I'm looking through the seafood and vegetarian dishes to see what I could test out.  It's always fun experimenting and you always learn something new when trying out new dishes.  If I do make something new, I'll provide a picture (as I usually do).


I participated in organ and tissue donation education with NJ Sharing Network.  I really found it informative since it's such a critical part in medical science.  Although I found the scientific information helpful, it was the stories  from donors, recipients, and their families that added a whole new dimension to the process.  Seeing the family members discuss how they became involved with the decision making throughout the donation process provided a bigger picture of its social context.  It was touching how they could provide a valuable resource to save another person's life through their loved one's generous donation.


One of the stories discussed a young woman who needed a corneal transplant on both eyes due to disease which left her blind.  She had to drop out of nursing school because she couldn't perform the work without having clear vision.  However when she was able to get the tissues from the donor, she retrieved vision on both eyes.  As a result she was able to successfully continue her nursing studies.


I want to share some facts from the presentation that many organizations have as resources on their sites:


  • One donor can save 8 lives: 2 kidneys, liver, heart, 2 lungs, pancreas, and bowel
  • Tissues can be recovered up to 24 hours after their breathing and circulation has stopped. Examples include bone, skin, cornea, and saphenous veins/tendons


  • Organ viability outside the body (from recovery to transplant):


Heart and lung: 4-6 hours

Liver: 8-12 hours

Pancreas: 12-18 hours

Kidney: 24-36 hours


The ones I was most familiar with were the kidney and liver since those were the cases I usually encountered in case management.  It was good to learn how long the heart, lung, and pancreas could be recovered and used for transplants.  The presentation also covered issues such as the body not being mutilated when recovering tissues/organs, the difference between brain death and coma, the steps to the donation process, and optimal parameters (such as oxygen saturation levels, pH, and glucose levels to name a few).  If you would like more information, please let me know and I'd be happy to provide it.  You can also visit NJ Sharing Network's site for more information and opportunities.


My aunt called me on Sunday at around 4:30 pm because she was creating a video presentation for my grandmother's 80th birthday.  It's been a tradition in my family to create these video/slideshow presentations for major parties and events.  She informed me that my two cousins from the West Coast already submitted their video greetings to her.  I asked her when the deadline was for the video that I had to make, and she laughed and told me, "By tonight!"  It took me a few takes to get the final product completed.  I was a little more reserved in the video because I didn't want to look "over the top" or like I was a character in a reality show.  It ended up being a lot of fun.  I was able to edit it in 20 minutes and get it out to my aunt by 10 pm.


She thanked me for the quick response and texted me a picture.



I don't know where she took the picture, but I thought it was clever and cute.  It reminded me of something you'd find at a tourist attraction gift shop.  Speaking of tourist attraction, we also talked on the phone regarding their recent Florida vacation.  They visited the Harry Potter themed area at Universal Orlando and she told me that they enjoyed it very much.  My uncle and cousins love comics and superhero/adventure themed things so I knew that they were going to have a blast.  My former co-worker went there in 2011 with his friends and highly recommended it.  I don't know when I'll be able to return to Florida, but I'll check it out when I get the chance.


I had to run a few errands at Court Street in Brooklyn.  It helped that it was a nice day outside which made things a lot more pleasant.  It can be a pain when I have to carry pictures or groceries while juggling an umbrella on my other hand.  Something will usually end up falling down as a result!


Walking down the street from the Borough Hall subway stop


Surprisingly, it didn't take too much time at all.  I was in and out of the stores in under 10 minutes.  I got my pictures from the photo shop and made copies of documents since I had to mail a couple of things ASAP.  While I was on the train I tried refreshing my knowledge of Spanish through Duolingo.  I used the language frequently back then since my friends who spoke Spanish would usually stay with Spanish, but now they'd either speak to me in English or French. haha  I couldn't help but smile when I had to translate "The turtle is eating an apple" into "La tortuga come una manzana."  As funny as the phrases are on the app, it will actually be helpful in the long run especially by becoming more proficient with medical Spanish for healthcare and global health.


To conclude, I would like to share a song that I first heard back when I was in college.  I remembered visiting a friend's Xanga blog in late 2003 and hearing this song as the background theme.  Since there was no Youtube at the time, I only had two choices (1) search around for the soundtracks that he usually listens to or (2) simply ask him.  However when I reloaded the page, I saw the name of the mp3 on the bottom right of the page which made things easier.  The song turned out to be "Eternity ~Memory of Light Waves" from the Final Fantasy X-2 soundtrack (which inspired the title for this entry).



It's such a beautiful theme to listen to.  After 10 years, it's still as fresh and calming as when I first heard it.  It brought back a lot of memories living in an apartment with my three roommates, spur of the moment drives to restaurants, and munching on the famous Fat Sandwiches from the Grease Trucks at Rutgers (I loved the Fat Darrell. It consisted of chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, and marinara sauce together on a sub).  Those were fun days with my student eating habits!


I hope you all enjoy it!  Enjoy the rest of the summer for those of you who are squeezing in last minute vacation plans.  Ms. Delia Baquiran sent me an email a few days ago telling me that we'll see each other again soon.  I can't believe it went by so quickly.  She left in April and it seemed like I just saw her a a few weeks ago!

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