Fable of the Glazed Clay Jar 6/09/2009 02:27:00 PM

One day, the potter came by an open field. There he discovered the finest pure clay he had ever seen. He brought a large bagful with joy in his heart back to his workshop. Sitting at his wheel, he began to work with his hands after adding a few cupfuls of water to the clay. A few more spins on the wheel soon revealed the form of a high-quality jar. Excited by the result of his hard work, he decided to add a rainbow-colored glaze to finish off his masterpiece. Now, tested in fire, his work was completed. He then placed it on his shelf.

A few minutes later, his careless children came to the room to play a game of tag. The little boy got off balanced as he was chased by the little girl. The little boy bumped into the shelf, and the glazed clay jar came crashing down the floor and shattered into a million pieces.

The potter came into the room when he heard the sound of broken ceramic hitting the floor. He was dismayed at first but he just shook his head and motioned for the little girl and little boy to help him clean up the pieces.

"Don't worry," he told them as they cleaned up the mess together. "I am not angry with you, since I can always make another one more beautiful than the one you broke. I can even show you how." Afterwards, he took the little boy and little girl to the field to get more clay and then make another glazed clay jar in his workshop.

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When we make mistakes, things can come crashing down into a million pieces it seems. There are things that will never be the same again. But we can always build something new, something better in our lives. It only takes for us to realize that God leads us to help make amends and start anew again.

rAdIoLoGy NoTeS 19: I Stand Corrected 6/07/2009 07:43:00 PM

Rumor was not true at all...

The truth is, certain (in)famous person came to our institution to visit current (or is it ex?) paramour's sick father confined in the icu. This was confirmed to me by the radtech who happened to be about to take the portable chest radiograph of the said patient when the visit occured. I guess not a few staff took camera phone videos of him when he was spotted in the hallways. Since this is Cebu City, most likely people took their shots from a distance, nobody crowded around him, and after looking his way for a few minutes, everyone went back to his own business. Yes, culturally, we are that cool with celebreties...

So how did we all know that he was up for a visit?

Well, the sick patient happens to be one of the sponsors at the wedding of one of our consultants several decades ago. He also is the one who reads all the sick patient's imaging studies.

Sick patient also happens to be my "assignment" (the consultants assign us certain patients for preliminary reading, everytime he/she gets an x-ray the resident assigned has to submit a preliminary reading to be checked by the radiology consultant before the final official radiology report is encoded and printed).

Thus is summary: Certain (in)famous person came to visit the current (or is it ex?) paramour's sick father confined in the icu who happens to be the wedding sponsor of our consultant who has given me sick patient as my "assignment".

Now, how's that for a few degrees of separation!

rAdIoLoGy NoTeS 18: Rumor Has It... 6/02/2009 05:27:00 PM

Certain (in)famous person is set to have medical check-ups at our institution starting tomorrow.... My traning officer told me so herself, though I still have a hard time believing her... And I happen to be on duty tomorrow... Will I get to meet this personality? And more importantly, will the imaging results be unremarkable? Stay tuned...