Last Oct.15,2018, just a day before my mother's birthday, her sister passed away. We were greatly grieving for her death but the most affected person was my grandmother. My lola Maria, a mother who lost her first born daughter, was crying day and night and because of this she got sick.
Oct. 30, 2018, my lola was rushed to the ER because of labored breathing. Her chough was so bad at that time and her lungs were so weak to expel the phlegm out. X-ray showed that her lungs had pneumonia and doctors advised her for admission.
Oct. 31, 2018, her oxygen saturation dropped below 95% and doctor recommended ETT and mechanical ventilation to assist her breathing. It was painful to witness my conscious grandmother being inserted with a tube in her throat. Looking at her grimace and tears made it even worse but we have to do the right thing- stay strong for her.
Nov. 1, 2018, she was advised for transfer in ICU for close monitoring because her condition was unstable. Year 2016 she was diagnosed with depression. Since then, she was afraid to be left alone. So our family decided not to put her in ICU because we know that it would also mean limited visitors which could cause more anxiety to my lola. We also want her to see us beside her because our presence would make her feel secured. We want her to be emotionally strong even if her body refused to be.
Nov. 4, 2018, after we changed her diaper, we noticed dark red bloody discharges. These discharges continued to appear days after.
Nov. 6, 2018- Her extremities started to get swollen and her bloodpressure dropped at 80/40mmHg. The doctor requested 3bags of fresh RBC for blood transfusions.
Nov. 7, 2018- Today is my lola's 80th birthday. Before the tragic things happened, I remembered us planning for her birthday and she was excited to celebrate it. She even requested her favorite dishes to be served on that day and was giddy to see everyone (her 6 of her children along with her grandchildren) become united in one roof again. It always brings her tears seeing her loved ones especially those who lived from afar. We prayed and wished we could take her pain away and bring her with us at home. Celebrating it the way we used to before, the way she desired it- simple and merry. Yet, here we are at the hospital singing her "Happy Birthday" while silent tears fell down and flooded her eyes.
My lola is still confined in the hospital right now and she is on her 3rd blood transfusion. It has been a week since she was admitted. Doctors advised her for catheterization, advanced imaging and expensive medications. We love her so much and we all want to keep on fighting and save her as much as we could. However, along with my family's emotional struggle is the inevitable financial crisis. As days went on, hospital bills skyrocketed and all our financial resources were exhausted. We are humbly reaching for anyone with a kind heart who could extend a penny for my lola. Saving her life would be the best gift we could give for her. We also ask that you include my lola Maria in your prayers for healing and faster recovery. Thank you and God bless us all!