This is our Mommy Bing. One of my childhood friends used to call her Kumander Bing when we were in high school. She was very strict then, but she was also very kind. She loved to feed baked spaghetti and fresh lumpia to our friends who came to the house. No, she loved to feed everybody!
Mommy’s life has been full of sacrifices. Our Dad passed away in 2013 from prostate cancer. She took care of him and was with him until his last breath. She also took care of our Lola Fely, who passed away in August 2017.
When Mommy finally agreed to live with Iyad in Cebu in June 2018, we were ecstatic. We started making plans so that she would enjoy her retirement.
However, she had a heart attack last December. She was in the hospital for 17 days, 8 of which were spent in the ICU. Her angiogram showed blocked arteries. She underwent an angioplasty to have 2 stents put in. She spent Christmas in the hospital and was discharged before the New Year.
Since then, she has been in and out of the hospital due to blood transfusions and draining of water from her lungs.
On April 13, 2019, she was admitted due to water in her left lung. We did the slow drain and were hopeful that she would be discharged the following weekend. However, her urinalysis showed that she had UTI and was given a very strong antibiotic to fight it off. She started dialysis and was moved to the ICU.
We are having a difficult time coping with the expenses. Mommy’s monthly medicines alone cost around 40k. And that’s just the medicines. We have monthly expenses for lab work, doctor’s fees, supplies, oxygen, etc.
We never imagined that we would be asking for help publicly. And yet, here we are, knocking on your hearts, asking for help.
We will continue to fight but we know we cannot do it alone this time. Pride and shame fly out the window when you see your parent struggling. Our Mommy needs help. We need help.
Please. We want her to come home.
Funds raised will be used to pay for her hospitalization, monthly lab work, monthly doctors’ fees, medicines, physical therapy, supplies, and 90 sessions of dialysis.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your kindness.
Mayette Padriga-Sotelo and Gerard Padriga