Posted May 6, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Popular Guide to Cuban Diseases

Posted April 25, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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 Aire:  Any pain in the body is probably ‘trapped air.’ 

 Destemplanza:  Mysterious body temperature, not high enough to be considered fever, but serious enough to miss school and work. Illness is unknown by the American Medical Association and understood only by doctors of Cuban origin. 

Patatús: Attack of obscure origin that can strike at any time. Could be serious enough to require hospitalization, yet is undetected by medical technology. Victims tend to be males and females over the age of 50 years.

Sirimba: Attack with similar symptoms as the Patatu’s but not as serious and with shorter duration. Can be alleviated by lying on a bed with a washcloth soaked in alcohol on the forehead. 

Sereno:  Occurs when someone steps outdoors suddenly at night and is sprinkled by a mysterious substance. There are no physical symptoms and can only be detected by the Cuban elderly. The effect of having this disease is unknown:  children must not be taken out at night without proper head gear or risk of contamination is certain.

Empacho:  Digestive disorder which occurs after the consumption of a large Cuban meal. The only known cure for this disease is ‘Sal de Fruta ENO’ (Alka-Seltzer is completely ineffective).

Mollera:  Soft cranial spot found on newborn babies of Cuban origin. Much more sensitive than that of Americans. The slightest touch  to that area can lead to irreparable brain damage.

Pasmo (Ovarian-Induced Dementia): A strange phenomenon that occurs when a woman proceeds to wash her hair while menstruating. Can also strike if a woman takes a shower in the 40 days immediately following childbirth. Symptoms include inappropriate behavior requiring the sufferer to be committed. First studied at Cuba’s ‘Mazorra Clinic for the Terminally Insane’. Every Cuban family has at least one case.


Chochera:  Syndrome affecting all Cuban senior citizens to different degrees.  Characterized by all-around bitchiness and irritating behavior. Treatment:  Permanent stay at nearest nursing home. 

Punzada del Guajiro (Brain Freeze):  Sharp pain of short duration in the head occurring after a particularly cold beverage. First reported by ‘guajiros’ (Cuban farmers) upon experiencing refrigerated liquids. Although bothersome, it doesn’t have long-term effects. 

Cuerpo Cortado: (Cut Body):  Frequent and mild condition of unknown etymology. Symptoms include but are not limited to:  Fatigue, lack of energy and chronic whining.


Moño Virado: (Twisted Bonnet):  Psychological imbalance of short duration that causes strange mood swings, violent irritating behavior as well as general unpleasantness. Extremely common. Can strike anyone regardless of age or sex.


Rabadilla:  Skeletal region located at the end of a Cuban’s spinal cord. Has absolutely no equivalent in the Gringo’s anatomy. 

 Source: Anonymous

My Family: The best gift

Posted April 19, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Some people say money or fame is the best gift of all but in my opinion family is greatest thing a person could ask for. Sure money and fame can give you lots of things and some fun but what’s a couple laughs and kicks without someone to share it with. Whether you are sick, healthy, in trouble, or receiving an award, your family is always there. A family isn’t just people you live with but people you share your life with.

For example, a family member who has health issues can be supported by the rest of the family and with some effort, perseverance, and a little luck the family can endure and eventually overcome the illness together. Personal with regards to my studies and English not being my first language, my family has supported me tremendously, without them I would’ve probably given up a while back. Family to me isn’t just the people or the place they live, but the ideals a strong family stands for.

Just for minorities …

Posted April 12, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Lately, the healthcare reform has been one of the main topics discussed not only on Capitol Hill, but in all media of the country. I am sure whether the decisions taken by Congress have taken into consideration the different cultural perceptions of each ethnic group in the country. For example, Hispanics and Asians prefer not to delegate the care of their elderly to non family members. They  feel pride of having the responsibility of taking care of their elderly at home. However, they are forced to delegate this task to long-term care facilities due the unavoidable responsibility of  being the primary income provider.

Medicare money can be given to family members willing and able to meet the needs of their families at home on a full-time basis. Why would you deprive patients of the loving care of their families and expose them to the separation anxiety generated by the provision of care away from home ?

Under reliable governmental supervision, taking care of our elderly at home may become a more cost-effective and humanized way to assure the well-being of our elderly and reinforce family values.

Only One Month

Posted April 4, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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My boys are thrilled, summer is all they can think about, and frankly who can blame them. Honestly, I am also wanting for classes to end. I feel like a young boy again, waiting for summer, although for me when classes are over instead of a nice vacation I go back to work. I feel proud of what we have accomplished through this course, yet I am glad it’s almost over.

A Micromanager is not “Magnet”

Posted March 28, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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It is different to read how Dictionary.com defines micromanagement as: “management or control with excessive attention to minor details” than actually have the dissatisfaction to learn from your “control freak boss” how it adversely affects supervisor–employee communication, employee satisfaction, quality of care and company growth at the hospital where you work. Micromanagement may be appropriate if the employee is new to the organization or has a poor performance, but over a period of time, the employee feels confident and comfortable in handling and executing tasks of his own and would be comfortable in being independent. Years ago micromanagers were only identified and repudiated by employees, but good news has arrived to the healthcare arena. Today’s health care environment is experiencing unprecedented, intense reformation. More hospitals are obtaining “Magnet Recognition” which is a program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. Magnet hospitals count with nursing leaders that value staff nurses, involve them in shaping research-based nursing practice, and encourage and reward them for advancing in nursing practice. Unfortunately, the hospital where I am currently employed has not yet identified the micromanagers who mislead and reduce the satisfaction of employees in some departments.

Returning to Work

Posted March 21, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Within hours I return to work as a nurse in an emergency room. I feel that these two months recovering from a fracture, has not only weakened my knee ligaments but also my nursing skills. How successful will I be today while inserting intravenous catheters? I hope that at least during the first two days, I have the luck to work with a good crew. During all these years I have been a team player because I strongly consider that’s the only way to survive in my department. I have been supportive to my coworkers, especially to new grads since at some point in our career we’ve all had a first day. Today I feel like my first day at work while I recognize that feeling will be something temporary.

I return to the emergency room with these inevitable fears and passivity learned at home in a recliner. But I keep the passion to help others and a gigantic wish to advocate for them as the greatest patients’ defender.

A Writing Reflection

Posted March 14, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Writing is the most complete and comprehensive communication skill out there in the job market.  It is one that a lot of employees fail mostly to do.  You can be verbally communicative all you want, but when it comes down to writing everything on paper for file or record, one must be very descriptive and detailed oriented.  In the job market a lot of employees have trouble with their writing skills.  This leads to being put on notice, or even fired.  Writing communication in the job is very important and critical if one wants to succeed at their work place and profession.

It is demanded that all employees in their job be able to write well and provide good written skills when they are doing any written work.  It is the most important part of any job, because your written work reflects something that is fact, that is constructive, and that will remain as a record of the things you did in your job.  It is also the base of legal documentation, and if it is not written and completed by someone, then nothing really gets done.

Although, I am aware of all these things, I think that there are chances for all of us with jobs to make use of time and perfect our writing skills.  We can all do our best, but we must be prepared to provide a better work effort.  As a student, whose first language is not English, I am learning as I go and will continue in striving for excellent results.

My one week vacation that lasted 2 months

Posted March 8, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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“How do I stop, I want my mommy!” I thought while I was going down the slope last January, at Steamboat Springs. My family and I took a ski vacation in mid January to Colorado, the views and sounds of the quaint little town we visited were breath taking. Being a Cuban raised in the Caribbean, I decided to take a ski lesson. I did ok but it was only one lesson, yet we still decided to go skiing a couple of days later to a harder mountain. After expending several hours skiing at the same slope, I decided to try a different one. However, I guess I was not prepared for a new challenge. As we went down I sped up and lost control. When I returned home, our assumptions were correct my foot was broken. It has been the longest two months of my life. This crazy Cuban has decided never to ski again. Fortunately, now in March, my foot has gotten better and I hope to start working soon.

Health Care Reform

Posted February 28, 2010 by pedrovspeter
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Democrat and Republican leaders fought forcefully for their competing visions of historic health care reform yesterday. It has been more than a year since the president proposed his overhaul, which would be imperative to all Americans in remaking the way they receive and pay for health care. I ignore which proposal will benefit more the American people, but it still misunderstood that medical care does not be provided to a citizen of the richest country in the world. Medical coverage should be restricted from those individuals who repetitively abuse the welfare system, but basic medical coverage should be available to tax-payers who have been working hard to make this country a great nation.

United States participates in unaffordable foreign wars, assists the economy of third world countries with millions of dollars which sometimes are embezzled by corrupt leaders. However, I ask myself if an American citizen  who has paid taxes all her life or who has sent her son to war, does not deserve to have at least an affordable health insurance to pay for her chemotherapy ?