o be more specific of my mom's actual condition, attached is the medical abstract and the hospital bill as of yesterday.
I have been informed by my dad that current bill is now at 48K. He was able to get PhP 5K support from PCSO.
As of this writing we are still trying to come up with the money to pay the balance.
When a family faces adversity, their whole dynamic is tested. Challenging situations forces members discover facets of themselves they never knew existed or have been resting for a while. Suddenly different versions of each personality is unearthed.
This is how my mom's condition has pushed us.
It's just sad that we had to be given this situation before we step-up and really be better versions of ourselves... before we become the person we ought to be...
Dad has been forced to be domesticated since he has retired from work and has been the designated caregiver... he now cooks! Although still a bit unsure, his dishes are not bad and are improving everytime.
For my son... well, he keeps us inspired and in his own little way, takes care of her mama =D
Me, now being the income earner, I had to always be on my toes. There is no room for me to buckle down. It's always go, go, go. Although I have always been a mama's boy, I found myself being extra affectionate now. I now stay up late (not because of watching TV - at least not entirely) to try to attend to my mom's needs before sleeping... it's my way of showing her how much I care and love her and how much I am with her in her battle. Since I am away most of the days because of work, it is my way of making sure she is taken cared off.
But like any family with similar situation, we do trip. There are times when we are on each other's throat... because of stress, because of pressure... or maybe we are just afraid of the uncertainty... of whether we will be able to sustain the great demands of my mom's medications and sessions... are we giving all that we can to make the situation a bit more tolerable for my mom... are we doing everything we can in ensuring her smile does not ever disappear from her face.
No matter how we tray to stay strong and positive, there will be days when we feel the reality of the circumstance... of what can happen. This is what affects us most... and what sometimes makes me anxious... when mom feels pain after her session... when she gets affected by passing of her co-patients... when she feels uneasy from the lack of sleep... sometimes you feel helpless....
But as they say... LABAN LANG! FIGHT!
I have been told that my mom's doctor suggested a new process that can improve her dialysis sessions. According to her doctor the new process will make her dialysis less painful and could greatly assist in removing all other symptoms of her condition. There are still a lot that we need to know about this new process but currently, what we have been told is that:
On the onset, it sounds enticing but we still have a few questions about it and will probably be answered on mom's next appointment.
If this proves to be the better option, please help us make it happen. Continue supporting out campaign.
Although in a few sessions time she will be more feel more convenient with her neck fistula finally removed, the sessions is getting to her. She now feels pain during the start of her dialysis sessions and have actually requested for topical anesthesia. Good thing the nurse were nice enough to use a spray (from UK) for my mom. There is an alternative ointment PhP 500 plus per tube (tiny). Now I fully understand how taxing dialysis is. We are just fortunate we have 'heroes' helping us out. We still have a long way to go... so please continue supporting our campaign.
Reading from previous posts, I have been mentioning that mom has been responding well to her sessions. This was made possible by the numerous heroes who have contributed to the campaign. But last week's sessions was different...
23 minutes left into her session, mom started to chill... a topic of concern for us as it never happened before. Initial diagnosis was it's either mom's fistula needs cleaning (yes, at an additional cost - PhP 7,000 for both tubes), her dialyser needs changing, or worse complication. Resolution recommended was for her take paracetamol before the session. And to make sure all options were tapped, her dialyser was also changed (normally after 8 sessions, she change on her 6th). So when she had her usual session last Saturday, thankfully everything went well. To avoid the same occurrence, her doctor prescribed additional medication and suggested to take vial to help her blood more fluid (approx an additional PhP 350). We will check if it is needed after her session on Wednesday, 12th October. Praying that everything goes smoothly.
We are so blessed to have so many heroes who have been helping us in our campaign for my mom. It will definitely be a tedious journey ahead but we are able to face it with positivity because of your generosity. Mom is responding well to her sessions and getting better. One of the main proponents of this is my uncle (check his picture on my FB account). Given my mom's strict renal diet, he has volunteered his time to cook for her (and us 😜). From the time mom came back from the hospital, he has been preparing her food, since my dad and I are useless in the kitchen (can do frying and reheating though). He has also studied the menu I got on-line making sure my mom eats a different meal every time... definitely heaven sent!
Mom is finally home! It was a nerve wracking week for the family. But we are blessed to have heroes who have been so selfless and just so helpful. It took a village (quite literally I must say) to make my mom's homecoming possible... you know who you are. You guys have really been a blessing and we would not have survived it if it weren't for you guys... shout out also to her great doctors... thank you for taking care of my mom. The outpouring of support really showed how much my mom is loved for which we are humbled. So the long journey begins... as this will be her new norm, having dialysis sessions twice a week and taking maintenance meds, please keep on supporting our WeGetFunding campaign. #BeEmmasHero
Mom responded well to the procedure and her first sessions of dialysis. She is indeed quite well now. Although she had to stay in the hospital, maybe for a day or two, as we were unable to raise the needed amount to fully pay the balance. Still feel blessed as she was able to overcome the difficult part.
Although mom had to stay in the hospital for a day or two, we are still blessed for everyone who have been so selfless to rally for us. We are blessed to have you guys in our lives. Thank you for making my mom's procedures a success. It will still be a long way to go so keep on supporting our GoGetFunding campaign. #BeEmmasHero
Thank you to those who have sent encouraging messages and assistance through other means. With your generosity my mom will be able to get her needed lab tests this weekend and continuously take her prescribed meds. Also, to everyone who has shared my GoGetFunding, your effort is greatly appreciated. Please continue to share my GoGetFunding with your network to keep the ball rolling. Every assistance is greatly appreciated. Mom sends some love =D