Missed calls from my younger sister Everlyne on the 23rd, July, 2021 sent chills down my spine when I finally called her back. " dad had breakfast and was about to leave the house for his morning hours walk when he felt dizzy and trying to reach his table he fell down hitting his hip joint and knee very hard on the tiled floor! It is the shrieking painful cries from my dad's room.that made my sister leave her room to check on him. He couldn't move my sister being in shock herself didn't raise an alarm immediately only later in the evening".
My stomach churned as I reassured my sister that even though late and the curfew in place I was on my way to see dad. The 2 hours journey was the longest hoping for the very best that it wasn't a serious injury.
I got home slightly after curfew hours looking at my dad seated in his bedroom chair, the position of his left leg facing outward I told my sister this is serious, dad might have broken a bone. We literally carried him to his bed as the thoughts of the events began to unravel.
The following day took him to the hospital, doctor's report came back right hip joint fracture! No, I was in denial, how could a fit old age dad suddenly need urgent surgery? My thoughts couldn't cope up with the news, i was dazed until the doctor asked for consent and deposit Kshs300,000 for admission. Reality check kicked in but we didn't have the money for him to be hospitalized. He was given strong pain killers as we took him back in the house to figure out best cause of action.
A quick research we settled on an affordable hospital and our journey began to hire uber to drive him 140km to Kijabe mission hospital. Alas, the waiting period from morning the orthopedic surgeon came in in the evening! The had to do health checks for the next three days to ascertain he can withstand long surgery hours. Finally a ray of hope when the Nhif approved to pay for the surgery costs Kshs150,000 but quickly became a nightmare when the hospital refused to admit him! With each passing day he was in excruciating pain and his condition was worsening we hired an ambulance to take him to another far flung hospital.
This time St. Joseph Riftvalley Hospital admitted him surrounded by different doctors and he was certified fit for surgery! Two weeks had elapsed since my dad fell down and that is when traction was done. His screams rented the air as they tried to pull his hip joint in position. Helpless I assured him he will soon be fine. After 3 days surgery was done - total hip replacement but again he could still not walk nor stand. After another 3 days he was discharged to go home and have home based care.
Nothing prepared us for the twists and turns that quickly unfolded. Being bedridden required a physiotherapist and caregiver to help him during the day while at night my sister and I took turns to care for him.
It has been almost 4 months nothing has changed in terms of his mobility putting him at a higher risk for opportunistic diseases. He has been in and out of hospital since post surgery treated for ischemic stroke, low sodium levels, recurrent uti and latest pneumonia. It has been quite devastating especially his last admission led to him being detained in hospital for 10 days due to extremely high bill. It has been heart wrenching not knowing where the money would come from since we are an average Kenyan family having spent over 1 million shillings and still not knowing how to cater for his ongoing medical bills.
A friend was kind enough to deposit her title deed to stand as surety so my dad could be realised from hospital to go home. With the deadline around the corner I'm afraid my friend might lose her title deed since I haven't managed to raise the hospital pending bill standing at Kshs275,916 which need to be cleared on or before 6th, December, 2021
I'm appealing for help in any way to help us clear the pending bill as we chart a way forward since he may need a revision or a new surgery in January, 2022 to enable him walk again.
I will appreciate any assistance given.