Here's my son Johann Francis.
A little bit of history on my son's current sickness. My son has asthma since he was 2 years old. He undergone treatment for his asthma 1st quarter of 2018, and finished around 3rd quarter of the same year.
First week of February 2019, he inhaled smoke from a cigarette (One of the main triggers of his asthma attacks), and started coughing. The coughing was intermittent for a few days. Then the cough never stops, so we have him checked to his Pulmonary Pediatrician. The physician prescribed him antibiotics (Amoxicillin | Co-Amoxiclav) and anti-antihistamines (Levoceterizine), and ordered us to have him use a nebulizer to ease his cough. Our physician suspected a bacterial infection especially pneumonia cause it's quite common in this time of the year. Also we have him check for an X-Ray.
We got the results of his X-Ray. Pneumonia is considered, same as the Doctor's suspicion.
Around the 5th day of his antibiotic, his cough lessens. But around the 7th day, his cough came back. Part of our Physician's plan is to have take a 2nd round of antibiotics (Azithromycin) and a different anti-histamine (Celestamine) and proceed to injectable treatment if the coughing persists, cause there's a possibility that the infection will spread to the body and especially to the heart. Sadly, the coughing is becoming worse. So we have no choice but to have him admitted as Doctor's order.
Then we encountered a problem, there were no attending pediatrician at midnight when we took our son to the hospital. So we look for another, but most of the hospitals are full. There's one with a vacancy, but it's a ward but I don't want to risk my son in any hospital acquired infections (cause there are many measles and pneumonia cases). So we planned to check the next day, and we went to St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo. We took him to the Emergency Room, hospital is still full but the admission told us they are expecting vacancies later in the afternoon. So I reserved a private room, around Php 2000 ($40) price range. But the vacated room costs Php 3000 ($60), we have no choice but to take it cause most hospitals are full and we got lucky enough to get a private room to avoid cross contamination between patients.
Here's a partial list of his medication. I didn't expect the cost of injectable antibiotics to be this much. That's the cost for two doses of Rocephin in PH Pesos, encircled in red.
And we received our partial bill Php 20,082.23 ($381) for our first day of stay. The Doctor told us we will probably stay here 3-14 days. We will stay in the minimum number of days if Johann will respond to the medication immediately, and we will continue medication at home through oral. If not, I don't know how much our hospital bill will be if we stay long. We are having trouble with our expenses, cause I missed paying my PhilHealth Insurance contribution.
The proceeds will go to Johann's Hospital Bills and Post Medication, and continuous treatment of Asthma.
Rudolf Gregory Tomo
Rudolf Gregory Tomo