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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Treading The Road to Recovery

The worst is over.

Nanay is now out of the ICU and has been transferred to a regular room where she could recuperate. I know it’s still a long way to go, but we are happy that the major obstacles have been cleared. Thank you all for the prayers. We appeal that you continue doing so until full recovery is pronounced.

Let me just share some of my thoughts as we stood guard at the hospital for news and instructions:

- despite the pillage that the Marcoses have done to this country, it cannot be denied that some of the projects they implemented turned out to be truly beneficial to Filipinos. The Heart, Kidney and Lung Centers were brilliant ideas that deserve our appreciation, particularly from those of us whose finances are hopelessly wanting. Because of these medical facilities, operations which could have been available only to the rich abroad have now become commonplace and quite accessible.

- we still have a bunch of qualified and humanitarian doctors around, who courageously stood their ground against the pull of the mighty dollar. We so far have met Drs. Tan and Quitiquit and were we so glad that they shaved off their much-daunted fees in order to save a life. To them and the rest of the medical team, I doff my hat in respect.

- the value of family and camaraderie among us Pinoys is still very much alive, despite the creeping apathy that modernity usually ushers in. I deeply appreciate the fact that there were those who entertained no second thoughts when asked to donate blood and those who were with us physically and through prayers, including fellow bloggers who only knew me through this page. Thank you folks!

- there is still much room for improvement in our health insurance system. We were lucky that I have one with my office which somehow absorbs a considerable portion of the expenses. But for those who would have to scour for every penny to spend, the prospects are just too scary. The PCSO, despite its much publicized support, can only cover so much. Where else to get the funds is one nerve-wracking challenge.

Here are some pictures I took (bawal actually) at the hospital.

Nanay before the operation. She asked for her grandchildren but the hospital guards would not allow all the kids to get in.

The waiting area for the patients' relatives.

After the operation, the patients are brought to the Recovery Room where they can be viewed by the anxious relatives.

The ICU.



And finally, the bill. It's just partial (and sans the professional fees), but enough to make one cry. :-)

11 comments:

Ernesto said...

being in the hospital is quite expensive!!!

aajao said...

good to hear your mom is a-ok!

re: Marcos, he is (for me) the best we had so far... as phil. president, that is.

aryo said...

Ernesto: Sinabi mo pa! Daig pa ang 5-Star hotel.

Nonoy: I wish I can agree with you but something tells me being the best is relative. Tsaka, baka awayin tayo ni Gibbs Cadiz.:-)

maui pacquiao said...

will keep on praying. don't worry about the bill, ang importante ok na mom mo.

yatot said...

thank god your mom is okay... hoping for her full recovery...

carlotta said...

it's good to know that your mum's getting better.

LAWSTUDE said...

How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,

I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe;

How often, when trials like sea billows roll,

Have hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.

pepe M. said...

i gotta agree with those pinoy traits! kaya nga kakaiba tayo!
wish yur mom speedy recovery...
god forbid, knowing how old my parents are, yan tlaga ang takot ko-the humongous hospitalization fees...

ingat lagi

pepe M

Rochelle said...

I am glad to hear your mom's recovery well and I will say a prayer for her!

janus3185 said...

praise GOD for your mom's convalescence... Saang hospital yan??? Ba't di naka-scrub suit ang nurses??? Bawal talagang ipasok ang mga bata sa ospital, iniiwasan kasi nilang maka-acquire ang mga bata ng hospital diseases... Mahina pa kasi ang immune system nila...

jc.guiyab said...

when i was still doing my rotation as a student nurse in philiippine childrens' medical center (one of the hospital that imelda built for the filipinos), you can really appreciate the efforts of the doctors, nurses, and the other health care team members to provide quality and equally distributed health care to their clients. it is also expensive to go there. surprisingly the ratio of the can't afford clients to the can afford ones great. thanks to pcso and dswd and izza calzado and donors.