It has been three weeks since my grandmother passed away. We are sad for our loss but at the same time happy that our precious grandmother has already rested from all her pain and suffering at the hospital. She was initially diagnosed to have a kidney failure and other complications. In those three weeks that she stayed at Veterans Memorial Medical Center, she was revived three times. She died at the fourth attempt for revival. I am grateful for all of my family and relatives who took care of our grandmother while she was living.
However, let me share to you some of my observation and opinion with Veterans Memorial Medical Center. I visited my grandmother at the hospital a week after she was admitted. In my three-hour stay at the hospital, I have seen just one pair of nurses who had tried to extract blood from my grandmother in different parts of her body for over 30 minutes with very little success. It’s like watching the anime I’ve seen in the past portraying nursing students struggling to extract blood from each other. The only difference is that this time, it is real life scenario and it is my grandmother who is the patient. I did not see any other nurse attending to any patient in my grandmother’s ward with approximately eight patients. Unsurprisingly, I did not get a glimpse of any doctor attending to a patient at that time. Maybe they’re just out for an extended lunch break at 3pm. I don’t know.
August – Na-ospital ako for some undiagnosed but severe upper left abdominal pain. Palagay ko muscle spasm lang yun na sobrang tindi. Napapaluha ako sa sakit tuwing humihilab. Kinailangan kong uminom ng mefenamic every 6 hours halos to relieve the pain for 3 days. Nung na-emergency ako, tinurukan lang din ako ng pain reliever tapos pinauwi. Nagpa-Balinese whole body massage lang ako sa Body Tune, the next day, tolerable na ang pain nya hanggang sa completely nawala after one week.
September – Super busy with work projects and thesis project. Met a handful of online friends and dabarkads.
October – Birthday ni bossing noong 15. Spaghetti and loot bags for classmates, tons of cake for my workmates, cake and lechon manok for my family. Super busy day. Sobrang saya ni Alex. Kaso pagod din siya sa lahat ng biyahe and activities. Salamat talaga nakaraos ang birthday niya.
Eleksyon na naman. Sino kaya ang susunod na mga pinuno ng bansa? Ilan kaya ang totoong pinag-isipan ang kanilang boto? Anong magiging sitwasyon ng bansa sa susunod na anim na taon? Anu-anong mga plataporma naman kaya ang maisasakatuparan?
What: Friendly Care Clinic – a private medical clinic whose vision is to provide high quality health care and services.
Where: #710 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
When: April 26 and 28, 2010
Why: Pre-employment physical examination
Di naman masyado sikat ang clinic na ito sa mga mamamayang Pilipino (at hindi rin naman ako sikat na manunulat) pero sigurado ako sikat na sikat ang Friendly Care sa mga empleyado ng Sitel, Stream, Accenture, Teleperformance, at iba’t iba pang call center sa paligid ng Mandaluyong City.
Hindi na ako sa call center magta-trabaho pero kahit ano palang kumpanya na naka-partner dito ay makakaranas ng ganito sa pagkuha ng pre-employment exam.
Patapos na pala ang March. Grabeh super daming nangyari sa buwang ito.
1. School – Sandamakmak ang exams at projects sa school. Hindi ko akalaing masu-survive ko talaga silang lahat. I’m still alive! Gosh! Sakaling mapadpad ang mga professor ko rito, gusto ko po sila pasalamatan ng maraming-marami. Hindi pa man ako sure na papasa ako sa lahat ng subjects ko for this last semester ay gusto ko na sila pasalamatan dahil na-appreciate ko talaga ang kanilang considerations sa amin.
2. Family – Hindi ko talaga makakalimutan ang buwang ito dahil nakaranas na naman ang aming pamilya ng isang napakabigat na dagok sa aming buhay. Hanggang ngayon hindi pa ako masyado nakaka-recover pero kahit papaano ay natututunan kong tanggapin ang mga pangyayari. Sa tulong ng mga taimtim na dasal at mas matibay na pananampalataya alam ko na malalagpasan ng pamilya namin ito.
3. Health – Okay naman ang kalusugan ko pero ang hindi okay ay kay bossing. Napakabilis magkasakit ni Alex these days. Magkakalagnat sya sa hapon, umaapoy ang temperature hanggang madaling araw, at gumagaling sa umaga. Pagdating ng hapon, lagnat ulit. Magastos din ang gamot panglagnat. Gusto ko mang ipa-check up ay hindi pa ako makagalaw. Limited ang budget ko at hindi pa maisiksik sa schedule. Ngayong start na ng bakasyon magkakaroon ako ng oras para ipa-check sya pero iniisip ko pa lang gagastusin sa mga laboratory examinations ay nanlulumo na ako. Sana talaga ay wala namang malalang sakit si bossing ko.
August 2, 2009, Sunday night, when my side started to hurt a bit everytime I dance. My sister and I were trying to get some dance steps then from a music video then and I realized I can’t stretch my tummy anymore but I can still move my other body parts freely.
Next day when I woke up, some part of my tummy right under my right rib cage, started to hurt so painfully I couldn’t get up anymore. I was nearly crying trying to get help from my brother to pull me up.
The first thing that came to my mind is to consult my bestfriend Daisy, who has just recovered from appendicitis. She texted me her symptoms in the past but still strongly advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible.