Help for Aaron’s spine surgery

Update posted by Cecille Garate On May 12, 2019

Hey guys!

It's day 4 since Aaron's operation. It's not really any mother's wish and far from ideal but what's important is that all 5 of us are present and we were there to have a simple Mother’s Day celebration.

I know everyone is waiting for an update, so here it is...

The operation went well which is what we have all been praying for (thank you everyone), the mass has been taken out and apparently, there was a lot of abscess aside from the bone fragments. Now, the specimen has been sent for biopsy, results of which according to the doctors, would take about 3-4 days. It has been the 4th day but no final diagnosis yet of what caused the spinal cord compression, Pott's Disease is still the main suspect but there is some other bacterium that they saw that still needs further testing. These tests will take approximately another 2-3 weeks.

Our fight still continues as Doc Pama and Doc Justo ordered Aaron to be transferred to a solo room as he needs to be isolated to prevent getting more infection and bacteria from other people since he was staying in a semi-private room (Doc Palma advised only family members are allowed for now). Add to this, we learned last Friday afternoon that he also needs to stay two more weeks in the hospital and take an aggressive route of treatment with 2 antibiotics round the clock via IV for 10 days. Vancomycin 2x a day and Piptazo 3x a day, these can only be administered via IV to directly target the infection at the same time, make sure that his body will readily accept the surgical implants and not reject them. As advised by the doctors, these are quite costly (about Php8,000-9,000/ day) and needs to be administered ASAP. These medicines also need the signature of another Specialist just so Aaron can use them.

It's a tough time but your prayers and support (spiritually and financially) are encouraging and very much appreciated. We will be forever grateful to all of you, our heroes, who have gone out of their way to help Aaron in any which way they can.

We're all staying positive, keep on praying with us!

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Update posted by Aaron Garate On May 05, 2019

Hi everyone!

As an update, I would just like to express my gratitude to all of you who have, for the past two days, sent me your words of encouragement and of prayer. It warms my heart to feel all your support, and with all this strength I know I'll make it through feeling better and becoming stronger.

I am especially grateful too, to all who have contributed to the offline solicitation efforts, whether from my colleagues at SGV, or from my batchmates and friends from UST, or from here in the community at Good Shepherd, or from family, close or far relatives. We're trying to keep track of everyone who contributed, and just to make sure I am able to thank you, I am saying this now: "I love you all, 3000!" (Just keeping in line with Iron Man :P #nospoilers #oops). A very special thanks to those who coordinated these efforts!

Lastly, I would also like to thank those who personally assisted me in my pre-Holy Week medical shenanigans. Without my girlfriend and you guys (you know who you all are), I wouldn't physically be where I am right now, resting at bed at home with my family. To my mom, my dad, and my brothers, thank you all very much for being with me and bringing me to be where I needed, to all the Holy Week and post-Holy Week appointments, check-ups, and consultations. I am very grateful that I have been blessed to have all these helping hands all along the way to my health and recovery.

It's not enough to do it in words, but I guess this is the best I can do right now. Hope to update everyone so very soon!

God bless!

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Update posted by Aaron Garate On May 02, 2019

After consulting in detail with the performing neurosurgeon, we were able to determine the plan for attack. Laminectomy to relieve the spinal compression, and the addition of spinal "braces" to provide ample support for my spine. This would be great, as then I'd become something akin to Iron Man, even if by just a few screws and bits of metal. Kidding aside, the doctor is currently preparing the needed components (the crew, the place, etc.), and will let us know by next week of the operation and other details.

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