Andrea, called by everyone as Andeng, a 13-year old teenage girl, suddenly crushed down by a disease no one wants to have and experience. Imagine how could someone so young and just started to enjoy teenage years suddenly changed her life.
It has been 2 months when Andrea was first rushed to the hospital. It all started last May 28 when she suddenly collapsed. My family had to rushed her into the nearest hospital. Doctors said that her potassium count was too low and later on discharged and went back home. Came afternoon after taking a bath, she collapsed again which made everyone panicked. She had experienced 3 seizures a day and underwent several tests (CT Scan, EEG, and MRI) to see what's going on with her body. And she was diagnosed with epilepsy. It took one whole week before her doctors issued a discharge permission.
We thought everything was okay then, but she's still complaining severe pain on her legs that makes it hard for her to walk and move on her own. We had no choice but to drop her out from her schooling. It was a really a depressing phase for her as she cannot do the usual things that she usually enjoys before she was diagnosed. You can see that she's really depressed, she would barely talk and just lay on her bed the whole day.
First week of July has been a nightmare for the family. Andrea developed anxiety and panic attacks. She had sleepless nights and have episodes of meltdowns. There are times that she would suddenly talk and laugh at herself, shout and then cry, it seems like she was possessed. The family decided to bring her again to the hospital. The doctors gave her sleeping pills, pain killers and other medicines to tame her down but all were just useless. Her meltdowns and agitations are still uncontrollable to the point that we have to tie her up so she would not remove all the tubes connected to her.
She was later on transferred to ICU due to uncontrolled body movements (doctors said that it might be a series of seizures) and she also had kidney failures. She also had pneumonia during her stay in the hospital. Her creatinine level was too high that she underwent at least 10 sessions of dialysis up to date. All the symptoms she have are pointing to lupus, according from one of her doctors. She also had some series of laboratory tests to ruled out all the complications she might had developed.
As for now, after one month of stay in the hospital, Andrea is still recovering and thanks to God that her kidneys are functioning well again and dialysis is not an option anymore. Her creatinine count are also good and we're hoping that it will continue this way. Her doctor said that she needs to have a monthly follow up check up to monitor her health and check the progression of her lupus. She needs to undergo a 2-year medication until she fully recovers.
We know that all of these are happening according to God's will and we are not losing any hope that our dear Andrea will be back again in her good shape. We are asking prayers for our family, specially for Andrea. We are also asking for financial help because our hospital bill are now amounting in to huge amount and her medicines and maintenance are also expensive. You may send your donations to the following account.
Unionbank- Account Name: Regine Velasquez Account No: 102068166755
BPI Savings- Account Name: Roger Barroga Account No: 0039142759
BDO Savings- Account Name: Manuel Marinas Account No: 001380902701
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