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What happened at St. Luke’s, Part 1
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Without a doubt, I am a bag full of nerves and fears. Besides being known as a fearful flier, friends and family know me as a hypochondriac. Not a day passes that I don’t think of death. I’m in constant fear of being sick and dying young.

Scared in the toilet

Since 2008, after my cousin died of leukemia at the age of 38, I kind of stopped going to the doctor. For the first time I learned how to ignore my symptoms and running to the hospital, even if I thought I was dying.
But this year I vowed to see get my medicals done. I was overdue for the dentist, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, and blood work.
After postponing the wellness checkup three times due to fear and a couple of trips abroad, Jeroen and I finally set a date at St. Luke’s Bonifacio Global City on October 1 and 2.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect. We were instructed to fast (no food and water) from 10 PM on Friday, and appear at the Wellness Center at 8 AM Saturday. Not a morning person, this was pure agony for me.
It was comforting to see that our first stop looked more like a business class airline lounge than a hospital.

St. Luke's Health & Wellness Center

We were assigned a pretty hospital worker named Erika to assist us throughout the whole procedure. Here’s the strange thing—the hospital had so many good-looking people walking around and working there, it was unreal. I have never seen it in any other hospital (not even in Houston).
Jeroen and I were led to our room (Suite 705) which had two beds. It may not look like it, but the beds are super comfy with a real mattress, unlike those awful PVC-covered beds in other hospitals.

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We asked for extra pillows and comforters, so St. Luke’s has real blankets, not those thin sheets used in other hospitals.
We could adjust the thermostat in our room. Lee Min Ho was on the telly.

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We had a sitting room, where we spoke to doctors

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A kitchenette

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There was a computer in the room, but the WIFI was very weak.
I unpacked my bags and checked out the bathroom (not the Four Seasons, but good enough for an overnight stay).

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(To be continued)

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Ladystapler

Maraming beautiful people kasi yun ang hinire ng St. Luke’s.  My classmate, board topnotcher and cum laude and all was not hired because gusto nila maputi at mukhang modelo, while another classmate who was not so blessed with IQ was hired, she just had to ‘fix’ her teeth daw.  Packaging ika nga, parte ata ito ng ‘therapeutic environment’ ng ospital hahahaha.   Wish you well on the exams, especially the mammogram, my mom had to do a more thorough 2nd round  of tests because they detected some anomalies.  Thank the heavens at negative.  Salamat sa NHS, they were very supportive… Read more »

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Madelaine

I saw you when you went there….you look really really better in person…and your voice sounds nice too….hope everything is well with you!

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Ms. Chuvaness! You’re looking really good! Getting slimmer! =)

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CVS Reply:

yikes! that’s an old picture! #misleading

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Pia

You know I never understood these “executive checkups” that were so uso when I used to be back home. Maybe I’ve just been a doctor in the US longer than I’ve been a doctor in the Philippines. But here, if you just want to get checked out,  you’re in, you’re out, you go home and you get to pee in your banyo and sleep in your own bed pa that night. St. Luke’s looks like fun but someone please explain to me why people need to stay overnight in the hospital when they aren’t sick naman. I dunno… baka we… Read more »

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My cousin works at the Wellness center. Haha! 😀

I brought my sister to St. Luke’s when she had dengue. It was like no other experience. The doctor was so nice and friendly and her handwriting was actually legible. Even the beds in the ER are pretty great. And yes, we can vouch that everyone is actually good-looking. It’s a legit requirement for them.

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wow! miss C. you’re looking great!  you can wear sleeveless anytime! #payatkanaman

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CVS Reply:

shet that was an old picture of mine from Medical City #misleading

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Topaz Horizon Reply:

Nevertheless! You said diba that you had some slimming procedure done on your arms? If that was an old photo, then slim na pala your arms to begin with!

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CVS Reply:

no. promise, no.

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ahyrinSJrn Reply:

it means you’re more thinner now… #pictureplease stay fab!

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Regarding so many good looking people, I was interviewed by the HR manager there and he mentioned that they do make it a point to hire aesthetically gifted people so that it is easy on the patients’ eyes. That’ll probably merit a lawsuit in the US for discrimination, but we’re in the Philippines and i’m sure many people appreciate that. And because I might get in trouble for posting this, I’m signing in as anonymous. but yeah, i heard it from the HR manager myself.

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What a spacious hospital room! It’s like a hotel. I wonder how expensive the stay is 🙂

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I also hate going to the hospital and doing checkups, I fear that they might find something wrong with me. But then I realized that I’m doing this for my family and loved ones. I don’t wanna die young because I’m afraid of death, and also because I don’t wanna leave my loved ones behind. 🙁

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Yes, speaking from a very happy experience, those beds are really very comfortable! And the food’s great, too. And yes, the nurses look fabulous. Just looking at them, you’ll feel better na.

I hope they found nothing alarming. You look so skinny in that top photo! Love it!  =D

P.S. I swear, Cecile, ang payat mo tingnan!!! You look like you’re in your 20s!!!

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still a bit too sterile and hospital looking for me 😛 i know, i know it IS a hospital but I am terrified of them. but, i think st. luke’s is the nicest looking and most comfortable hospital now in manila. under no circumstance would i willingly check myself in but if the time comes, id probably choose them too 😛

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Though this is for St. Luke’s, QC, I agree with the pretty people! I got admitted from sunday to wednesday for a lap chole. All the nurses are pretty, even the one who wheeled me to the ER is pretty! My husband and I noticed it as soon as we enter the hospital… 🙂

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Bernadette Cuason Reply:

I have Pharma friends in St Lukes, isa daw talaga sa requirements nila ang physical appearance. Prettier employees from QC are moved to Global City. #truestory 

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Madelaine Reply:

That’s no true…choice un ng mga staffs…

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I have Pharma friends in St Lukes, isa daw talaga sa requirements nila ang physical appearance. Prettier employees from QC are moved to Global City. #truestory 

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Madelaine

That’s no true…choice un ng mga staffs…

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Anonymous

I am hoping nothing serious happened to you dear. 

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