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A homeless man and his pet

A couple of days ago, there was a photo of a puppy sleeping like a baby in a shoe-shining kit box shared by a facebook user in Ho Chi Minh city. The story behind is quite touching. There’s a homeless shoeshiner working on street in Ho Chi Minh city. He has a puppy that someone gave to him. According to the man who posted the photo, , the shoe-shiner appeared to be mute and his puppy is blind in both eyes. Shoe-polishing is probably his only mean of income though, he tries his best to take care of the furry friend as well as possible. The little dog has his own bowl of food which is a plastic bottle being cut to reuse. The homeless shoe-shiner also buys a lime so his puppy can have a toy to play.

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Despite being poor and having no shelter, they seem to enjoy their own world as they have each other. The post soon went viral with thousands of shares and likes because it has portrayed such a wonderful image companionship between  pet and their owner.

Cuộc phiêu lưu của văn ngan tướng công

Cuộc phiêu lưu của văn ngan tướng công_ Vũ Tú Nam

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Hồi bé mình đã được đọc truyện này. Thích mê, lần nào đọc cũng cười một mình … 🙂 Sau đó thì bị mất quyển truyện, không tìm lại được, không thấy tái bản bao giờ.

Tình cờ cô mình mua lại được một bản truyện này từ bà đồng nát ve chai, nó rách nát tả tơi nhưng còn đọc được :-/

Mình phải post lên đây kẻo lại thất lạc lần nữa. Lâu lâu lôi ra đọc lại cũng thú 🙂

Cuộc phiêu lưu của văn ngan tướng công
Vũ Tú Nam

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some notes after performing an extraction of upper left first molar in 73-year-old patient with hypertension

A 73-year-old male patient presented to Dental Care clinic with the chief complaint of the upper left first molar being very loose and painful. He answered me that he had been diagnosed with hypertension grade I and that he had a history of penicillin allergy. No other systemic conditions were found.  He lost his right leg and his right hand fingers. Upon oral examination, it was found that he had a very poor oral hygiene ( OHI-S =4.67) due to lack of ability for self-care.

Tooth 26 : Mobility grade II with continuous heavy band of supra-gingival calculus around the cervical portion of the tooth

Before initiating, I asked the patient:

-Is your hypertension well controlled?

– I do take anti hypertensive  medication , one pill each day and  I have my blood pressure checked regularly at home

-when is the last time your blood pressure was checked?

– I don’t remember

-Did you take your medication on time today?

– Not yet

-Do you bring your medication with you here? Because I need you to take one anti hypertensive at least 30 minutes before tooth extraction?

-I will call my grandson to bring them here right away

-when was the last time you ate? ( it was 5 p.m at the time)

– at twelve a.m, I had a little noodles

While waiting for his grandson to bring him antihypertension medicine, I performed a conventional periodontal therapy.

After 15 minutes, his grandson brought anti hypertensive medicine which is Amlordipine  ( Calci chanel blocking ) along with a pack of Rovamycine 1.5 MIU pills  . The patient took one of each type. Then I continued scaling and root planing for 30 more minutes.


Next, I checked the patient’s blood pressure using the electronic BP unit ( they are  easier to use but not as accurate as aneroid sphygmomanometers) and the reading was 150/89 mmHg.


tooth 26 mobility grade III, furcation defect class III, Miller class II of gingival recession due to general chronic periodontitis


Scaling and root planing

extracting tooth 26

Local anesthetic without a vasoconstrictor is chosen to avoid the risk of adverse cardiovascular effects. We have Scandonest 3% Plain ( Mepivacaine Hydrochloride Injection )


After the tooth was taken out, the alveolar socket was curretted and irrigated with 0.35% povidoniodine solution ( mix of Betadine and normal saline)  GENTLY  to remove the granulation tissue over the apex area but not to affect the formation of the blood clot.  The patient was instructed to bite a big piece of cotton firmly to control bleeding. I asked him to stay in the dental chair for 30 minutes before leaving so I could measure his BP, pulse rate and monitor any signs of complications.

the left upper first molar was taken out
the left upper first molar was taken out

After monitoring, no significant signs were found, the patient was guided on how to correctly brush and floss his teeth

the patient was then  advised to have dental check-up every 3 months to have deep periodontal cleaning if needed. It also allows the dentist to  find early signs of decay or disease and treat the problems at a manageable stage.

the dog days of May in Hanoi

The “dog days of summer” occur In Hanoi, these days are truly ‘dog days’ . The temperatures have reached 42 degrees Celsius allegedly creating a very unpleasant heatwave. It was all perspiration and sticky things. The heat in the mid-noon is so intense, so energy-sapping, there is no cool breeze to disturb the sun’s relentless. It’s been showering fire. The walls and the floors are all burning like hell.

Commuters ducked in the big trees's shade
Commuters ducked in the big trees’s shade
One can even fry an egg in the boiling high noon
One can even fry an egg in high noon

The scorching weather in India has even made the asphalted road liquefy , made its zebra pedestrian crossing stripes curl and spread into the asphalt, reportedly.. In Hanoi, many of construction workers have been repairing Long Bien bridge in this sweltering weather, their works are immensely dangerous as they can pass out anytime in such a high bridge because of the heat waves. I am so blessed that I can stay at home in these sizzling days.

an act of kindness .this man was serving free ice-tea to passerbys on a burning hot day
an act of kindness, this man was serving free ice-tea to passerbys on a burning hot day.

Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days”?

The Term dog days has an interesting origin. In ancient times, when the night sky was unobscured by artificial lights and smog different groups of peoples in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. The images drawn were dependent upon the culture: The Chinese saw different images than the Native Americans, who saw different pictures than the Europeans. These star pictures are now called constellations, and the constellations that are now mapped out in the sky come from our European ancestors.

Duong Mai(Yang-Mei/Myrica Rubra)- is out there in Hanoi

I’ve been cramming for the last final exam and it’s intensely exhausted.Then came the last days of May, with the crystal blue sky and the sun never faltered, the blistering summer  makes me more frustrated and high temperatures do have their drawbacks like the excessive heat  can seriously upset the body, causing irritability, sleep problems, exhaustion and lack of concentration, among other things.. This morning my dad bought a never-seen-before fruit from the market call Yang Mei -waxberry or bayberry. It took 25k VNdong to have a bowful of fruits. It tastes like the wild strawberry but a little lighter. At the center is a single seed, with a diameter about half that of the whole fruit.YangmeiBerry

So this is what i’ve learnt about, The Waxberry is high in vitamins C and E and they are also being touted as the next big ‘super fruit’ due to their high content of antioxidants.
In China, Waxberries have long been used for medicinal purposes and are touted for their ability to help alleviate pain, promote healthy digestion, as an anti-inflammatory and in prevention of certain types of cancer. They are also prized in China for their ability to help prevent wrinkles and keep skin looking young.

my dessert
my dessert

The last final exam before graduation

The next 20 days would me the toughest time to me because the  result will reflect all the hard work i’ve put on the entire 6 years in dental school. It’s a monstrous amount of materials that needs remembering. In 20 days without morning clinical study in hospital, practising in sim lab or afternoon lectures, we stay home or go to the library, make friends with books, paper notes and do the same group of activities all over again : re-reading, highlighting, summation…


Yesterday I was feeling so stressful when looking at the “21 days left” countdown since 21 was such a tiny number compared to how much we have to study but soon after that I took a deep breath and relaxed when I realized it’s not studying new materials, it’s revising what we had learned in the past 6 years. Knowing that really soothed me at the time but I can swear, no final exam I have taken before could be more painful and stressful than this one.

I should forget all about my dream of the summer break, i cant slack off any more. Time to