Dec 7 (Fri)
530 am. Woke up. Had Coffee. Realized, I’m definitely Home!
Everything was a bit blurry last night from going down the bus to taking a tryke, arriving at our home, distribution ng pasalubongs, collapse to bed (yes, ako na ang pagod at antukin).
Took a cold shower and told mom to get ready for the day. We went to church, did mass offerings, bought candles and flowers and visited Dad. Instructed the caretaker to do the granite tile work for Dad’s place.
I miss Dad. I always do. Every time. I may try to look tough but deep inside, I long for his guidance, his funny but firm demeanor. Dad, wherever you are, always remember we love you. And I’m taking care of Ma and our family as I believe you would.
Afterwards, we went to LMC Dagupan. Talked to Ma’s AP about the procedure to be done – TAHBSO and confirmed the schedule to be performed the next day.
We then went home to prep stuff for at least 4 days stay at the hospital. Went back to LMC, Ma was admitted and CP clearance done. She was joking everything happened so fast she didn’t even had a chance to eat a Chowking meal before she was instructed to be NPO.
We were supposed to secure one bag of FWB reserve for the procedure. I volunteered to donate. However after numerous attempts (binurdahan ako ate) on both arms, lab results showed I cannot as I have low level something chuvaness.
Called my brother Yano to the rescue (before going to Red Cross as last resort). Found he was marginally “high blood,” he was almost disqualified. He was examined again after an hour and was finally allowed.
We asked our cousin Ate Alma to help us “watch” Ma during her stay at LMC as Yano will go home later. There should be at least 2 watchers. One to run errands / buy meds and another to be at bed side.
Whew, whatta day! Slept soundly at the hospital. Parang camping lang.
Dec 8 (Sat)
6 am. We were informed the sked was moved to 2pm. Ma still NPO. And she was still craving Chowking. 🙂
2 pm. Ma’s OR procedure, about 3-4 hours then she was transferred to RR. Her AP showed me the huge mass removed and advised the specimen to be sent for histopath exam.
12 mn. Ma was moved back to our room. Slept at the hospital ulet.
Dec 9 (Sun)
6 am Ma was allowed clear soup only. The nurse reprimanded us when she saw the soup had some solids (rice kasi arrozcaldo noh), hehehe. Ma was again joking as she asked the nurse when can she eat Siopao (Rubi’s was across the street), or Chowking. Hehehe.
Waited for the Pacquaio-Marquez fight to air. Watched it with other watchers and hospital staff sa lobby. The world stopped for a while. Then Pacman lost sa Round 6. Balik, balik sa mga rooms, sad face lalo na ang mga natalo sa pusta hehe. Ah basta, You’re still our champ Manny! 🙂
Waited for AP’s rounds. She said Ma may go home soon, in a day or two. Yay!
Watched movies sa laptop to pass the time. Third night camping sa hospital.
Dec 10 (Mon)
9 am. Didn’t want to leave Ma there until her MGH order but have to. Ate Alma and Yano on duty. Went to Philhealth to pay dues. Then to Malasiqui to prep backpack and catch bus to Manila.
Ma was finally discharged that afternoon and went home. Ate Alma will be her personal aide for at least a month during her recovery period. Follow up check up after 2 weeks with histopath – negative results. Thank you Lord!
I worked in a hospital (as a Billing Officer) for almost 2 years prior to coming to Bahrain so I was supposed to be used to OR procedures and stuff. But this was different.
Maybe because it’s a loved one who’s life is on the line. The procedure may not have been emergency but still can’t help but worry. I was not there during my Dad’s procedures, and we lost him… And so, this time, we were careful and prepared as we could.
Life Lesson: Health is Wealth. Indeed. No matter how much money / material things one may have, cannot be truly enjoyed without Good health, and of course, without Life.
Cheers to Good Health! 🙂