White Coat Syndrome



Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? – Exodus 15:11 (NIV)

I haven’t blogged. For a while now. It’s not because I don’t want to. But more of a hunger for a retreat. Away from all circumstances going on around me. In the world. In the country. In the county. In the city where I live. I haven’t worked as much either. So I have lesser contacts with potential patients who are incarcerated. Lesser contacts with co-workers who might or might not like each other. Yet…

I will never stop conversing with God. Daily. It will be foolish to take even a minute break away from Him. 

So…I pray everyone is doing well. I perceive. Each one of us is always walking in different depths of the valleys in our journeys. But God has promised. He will never leave nor forsake those who love Him.

I glanced at the calendar. Always surprised that another year had gone by. Another month, well, couple of months by now, had slipped like sand through my fingers. It was time to see my primary doctor for routine follow ups of my blood pressure as I have a history of high blood pressure.
He knew. My BP readings have been normal at home. But for weird reasons, the readings were always up whenever I went to his office. The nurse was baffled that my BP would be high then would go down by a few points with a split second of her re-pumping the cuff. I never believed in “white coat syndrome.” I often told them as they smiled, making sure I was completely asymptomatic every time the reading was opposite to my usual good, fun mood.

White coat syndrome is a condition where a person’s blood pressure is elevated in clinical settings but not somewhere else. Like mine. High there. Normal at home.

“I’m not even nervous. But I admit,” I told the nurse… “I often think about how high it would be by the time I was leaving home to see them.”

Despite attempting some relaxation techniques with a few minutes to spare in my car, the BP was high. Last week though, even though it was high, it was a much better reading compared to the past ones. 

I had my doctor for many years. He knew me. If any symptoms, I was always quick to either phone him or make an effort to see him right away.

Feeling more relaxed as I got home after that follow up appointment, I took another BP reading. It was normal and way low compared to what was obtained at the doctor’s office. I knew…There has to be anxiety involved deep in me though I might not feel nervous at all.

It is scary. To think that there are no possible symptoms for a person who has high blood pressure. A lot of times, such symptoms are caught when it is time for a doctor’s physical exam.

I can’t imagine myself. A sinner. Who needs a constant follow up by the Greatest Physician Whose white Light is pure. There as I wait in peace and quiet, I know things I might not be aware of that can harm me will be exposed in His light. 

I am grateful for my doctor who is concerned with my health problems. And I am so much more grateful for my Physician, my Healer Who is always reminding me that not all things outside of His place are always beneficial for my spiritual health. 

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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