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Down Offline And Online

You might be wondering what happened to me this past few days. No blog updates since Friday. Absent on Wordcamp despite the fact that I registered. Lots of downtimes on this blog. So, what really happened?

Offline Life.
I’ve decided not to attend the Wordcamp to give way for my wife’s first check-up to the OB-Gyne in Batangas. We agreed that the baby must be born in Batangas since the hospital services are much cheaper there, besides, my parents and relatives could help us on those times. It’s our first baby, so we don’t want to make mistakes.

What seems to be a simple trip to the OB Gynecologist became to be an uneventful one. After examining my wife using the ultrasound, the OB-Gyne informed us that the baby is no longer on her womb and she needs to raspa (I don’t know the English term) my wife to end the bleeding she’s experiencing. The OB-Gyne informed us that the baby had an incomplete abortion which could be caused by an “unhealthy” egg or sperms. She said that she cannot longer save the baby since it’s no longer there. Nakunan na sya. She just need to raspa my wife to clean her womb and remove the placenta that was left in there.

So, instead of going to the mall after the check-up as what we planned, we ended up going back home, packing things up, and checking in to Bauan Doctors General Hospital. This was my wife’s first time getting raspa, so, she’s nervous. The doctor informed us not to worry because everything will be okay, and after a month or two, my wife will be ready to have a baby again.

The operation lasted around 30 minutes only, but we stayed in the hospital till next morning. The nurses constantly checked her blood pressure and gave her medicine. We checked out the next day at around 11:00AM. Hospital bill: Php 13K. The doctor prescribed her 3 medicines which she need to take for 3 days, after which she’ll have another check-up. So, tomorrow, we’ll visit the doctor again. Hope everything will be fine then. I informed our company about what happened and they allowed me to have a 7-day paternity leave.

Online Life.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, while we’re on the hospital, my blog went down. I just noticed that I cannot connect to it while using my wife’s 3G phone. So, I just sent a support ticket to Dreamhost and just hoped that it will be back online. The blog went back online after the support blocked the Yahoo bot and Google bot and asked me to slow down those bots before I remove the block (which I did). The next day, it was down again. I sent another support ticket which took them more than 43 hours to respond. They found out that one of the plugins was causing the error since disabling all the plugins sent it back online. After my investigation, I found out that the WP-Cache plugin is the culprit. After fixing it, the blog went back online until this morning, where it went down again. It went down because Dreamhost finally approved my request for a Virtual Private Server and did the upgrade themselves. After the DNS propagation, now, this blog is up! And hopefully, it will not go down again since I’m already on a virtual private server.

So, that’s what happened. We lost a potential lawyer/blogger. We lost a hefty amount on Google Adsense due to those downtimes. This was the first time in my life where I was down both offline and online.

But hey! We are still alive. Learning from our mistakes. We’ll just make a cuter lawyer/blogger next time. And we’ll be careful not to have miscarriage again.

Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. ay di ko nabasa.senxa na sa una ko comment.wag ka mag-alala.mabait ang diyos.baka may mas magandang grasya ibibigay s inyo.pray ka lang tol!

  2. Can you explain to me how can I slow down the bots of Google and Yahoo?
    And what is a WP-Cache plugin?

    I was planning to host my site in Dreamhost. And downtime issues is bothering me so much.

    Well, my upcoming site is purely html. No need of a MySQL database. Is that an advantage?
    Would that decrease the chance of having a lot of downtimes?

  3. Good thing ur back! sayang at di ka nakapunta sa wordcamp 🙁

  4. Hi marghil, im sorry to hear the bad news.. buti hindi mashado na-traumatize si misis. Ang maganda dun is good condition si misis and walang complication yung procedure. Be thankful for that… ingat nalang next time. 🙂

    PS. raspa in english is “D&C” or dilation and curettage.


  5. Hey Marh. I’m so sorry to read the news. Huhu. Well, I’m sure everything happens for a reason. 🙂 Cge lang. Mabuti din at healthy naman si ate Shella at ok naman na ulit ung blog mo. hehe.

    More power Marh. And regards kay ate Shella. 🙂

  6. Hi Marghill, I’m glad your online presence is back. 😀 Hope you’re doing okay offline din. May everything be back to “great!” soon enough.

  7. i’m sorry to hear about your angel (or lawyer or blogger) but hey, im sure ‘he’ has a better plan.

  8. i’m sorry to hear that sir. I’m sure for a few months magko-conceive ulit kayo. Good luck!

  9. Well, everything will happens for a reason. God Bless, I hope your doing fine.

  10. super late tlga ako! Sorry about that. eh pwede nman ulit gawa pala after 2 months ei!

  11. Sorry to hear the bad news… dibale gawa na lang ulit 🙂

  12. Sorry to hear about your loss man. Inspite of what happened, its good to know that your wife is okay. Like what McBilly said, everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for your family and He knows what’s best.

    Regarding the hosting, that’s exactly why I left DH. Anyways, how much is the VPS? Hope it works out for you and your blog.

  13. I’m sorry to hear that. I hope your wife is doing okay now.

  14. Hope your wife’s doing fine. 2 months is a long way, but it worth the wait. 😀

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