How To Write?

Nobody really needs to know how to be taught to write. If you are reading this post then you already know how to write. You’re just in that writer’s block moment when you just needed some sort of spark and wanted to try out how others are doing at this moment.

Well at this moment, I am stuck between writing that novel I had in mind for the past three years and trying to gather the energy to do so. So far, the first five chapters are already in my head. I just need to pen the damn thing. If you’re wondering why I can’t, I have other obligations as a medical doctor. Continue reading

Getting to Bloodline -1 in Infinity Blade

Infinity Blade became App of the Week in iTunes and Millions suddenly had the urge to download the free app since it was open for a limited time. I’m assuming that you were like me when I checked the achievements tab in Game Center.

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How’d they do that?

I didn’t cheat to look at it in the internet so I couldn’t spoil my game. It became free, I have to relish the moment. My iphone 4s has only been with me for a year and I have never used jailbreak on it.

I finally finished the game, including alternate and tao endings. But I never got to Bloodline minus one! Only one tutorial in YouTube so I decided to give you a better blog version of it since it’s always easier to read.

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Get to Bloodline 1 first

Click to restart Bloodline 1 by choosing options from the overhead menu. Then just click the blue box beside “Restart Bloodline 1.”

You will get to the first cutscene again and the tutorial for blocking and swiping will start. Tap, but don’t hold the block button. Continue until you are defeated. On the defeat screen above, there are 2 options. Choose to Save and Restart Castle. You will then see the cutscene below:

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And thus achieving “How’d you do that” as seen below:

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But wait there’s more: You’ll also receive the complementary easter egg items from the programmers:

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  • Dark X-SC2
  • Dark Tempest
  • Dark Fusion
  • Dark Omega XOS-7
  • Dark Halo Ring

Happy leveling!

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Top 5 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You About Amoxicillin

General Practitioners and Family Doctors lead a busy schedule. We have to see our patients fast because there’s a really long line. And we always want what is best for our patients, no matter how busy we get. Amoxicillin is one of the most prescribed of the antibiotics depending on where you are in the world.

In order to make up for time, some stuffs about Amoxicillin may not have been discussed with you. Here are 5 things he/she may not have explained fully:

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Remember Zinc: the gut vitamin for diarrhea

Since the consensus was published in 2005, a lot of doctors forget zinc supplementation as part of the treatment algorithm for diarrhea. Some pediatricians argue that most of their patients were already prescribed multivitamins that contain adequate zinc content that further supplementation may not be necessary. But how sure are they that the mother is giving the multivitamins to their sick child?

In my rural health primary practice, many mothers are surprised that I recommend zinc or other vitamins during illness. Further probing told me that they stop all vitamins once they have a sick child. It was an old practice that was passed down but is now obsolete.

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The following is WHO’s recommendations regarding zinc:

Zinc can be given as a syrup or as dispersible tablets, whichever formulation is available and affordable. By giving zinc as soon as diarrhoea starts, the duration and severity of the episode as well as the risk of dehydration will be reduced. By continuing zinc supplementation for 10 to 14 days, the zinc lost during diarrhoea is fully replaced and the risk of the child having new episodes of diarrhoea in the following 2 to 3 months is reduced.

This was taken from Treatment of Diarrhea 2005.

Remember to supplement zinc during diarrhea and if you are a mother reading this article, ask your pediatrician if you can switch to better forms of zinc than your plain old multivitamins. Also, stress to the caregiver it’s importance so as to greatly increase compliance.

Zinc sulfate drops and syrup are available for free in barangay health centers. We are only one of the 46 countries that have a national policy on this.

Dr. Mella is currently the head of the Committee on Diarrheal Diseases in Olongapo City. This is part of an education campaign to combat diarrhea.

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