This time of the year, there is an ongoing pandemic happening and its effect has taken its toll on a lot of families already. As for my family, we are faced with an additional struggle because of my father’s medical needs.
My father is Rodolfo B. Dris Jr. and he was just 18 years old when he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease which means that his kidney had already lost its function. Two years later, he underwent a kidney transplant in order to live longer. Unfortunately, 13 years after his transplant, his kidney stopped working once again. Hence, he started to undergo hemodialysis treatment. Up until now, he is still undergoing hemodialysis treatment thrice a week.
Because of his chronic kidney disease, he also underwent several other surgeries. In the year 2014, he had a parathyroid gland removal due to too much calcium in his blood. After 4 years, his left leg needed amputation because his veins are not functioning properly anymore which is why the wounds on his feet do not heal easily. It will be very dangerous if his left foot will not be amputated because the infection might lead into sepsis so he decided to push through the surgery. A year later, his right leg was amputated due to the same reason. In fact, the doctors were having doubts in performing the surgery because his heart is already weak hence the doctors suggested that he should undergo angioplasty first so that it would open the blocked arteries and restore the normal blood flow of his heart muscle. But due to the tight budget, my father pushed through with the amputation even if his doctor told him that he has a high risk of not making it because of his heart condition. Fortunately, he was able to survive the surgery.
As you can see, my father has already faced a lot of challenges in his life even if he’s only 47 years old. But despite that, he still continues to fight his battles in order to live longer and spend more time with his loved ones. Unfortunately, he is still getting weaker as the time passes by, to the point that his breathing is already dependent on oxygen support in order to breathe better. Even at home, he still uses oxygen support. So aside from his dialysis treatment, we are also paying for an oxygen tank weekly.
Last May 30, he was rushed to the hospital because he had difficulty in breathing even though he was already connected to an oxygen tank. In the Emergency room, they shifted into using a high flow nasal cannula in order to help him breathe better. Since there is an ongoing pandemic, certain protocols should be followed before they give treatment to patients such as having a swab test and covid-19 panel test which are another expenses aside from my father’s treatment. Thankfully, the results were negative. But despite that, he was not allowed to be admitted in a room shared with other patients. Thus, he was admitted in a semi-private room which costs around Php 9,000.00 per day. On top of that, we were also paying for the PPEs of the nurses and doctors taking care of my father. We were also not allowed to go inside his room due to safety reasons. According to the doctors, the current state of his lungs easily gets full of fluid that’s why they have to drain this fluid through thoracentesis. Because of the procedure, he was able to breathe easily and he did not need to use the high nasal cannula anymore.
On June 7, he was discharged with a bill amounting around Php 400,000.00+. As part of the protocol, even if he was negative from covid-19, he still needed to be quarantined for 14 days. Thus he had to continue his dialysis treatment in Makati Medical Center which costs around Php 10,000/ session, a lot more than the usual dialysis center we visit. He was supposed to finish his quarantine last June 20, but he was rushed once again in the hospital last June 16, because he experienced difficulty in breathing again. Just like what happened in the first confinement, he still needed to undergo the protocols which were required because of the ongoing pandemic.Unfortunately, it was getting even harder for him to breathe that’s why during confinement, he needed to use the high flow nasal cannula again which is much more expensive compared to using a normal oxygen tank. Last Sunday, June 21, he was begging to be discharged even if he has not fully recovered yet because my father knows that the bills are getting higher and we, his family, don’t have the means to pay anymore. So we tried for him to be discharged. His bills that time were around Php 230,000.00+. But when his high flow nasal cannula was about to be removed in order to switch to the normal oxygen tank for him to travel, he had difficulty breathing once again. As a result, the doctors did not allow him to be discharged.
As of now, he is still confined at Makati Medical Center since discharging him is not possible yet because he can’t breathe well without the help of a high flow nasal cannula. We’ve exhausted every way we could think of to come up with the means to pay for my father’s previous medical expenses. But right now, we don’t know where else to go to ask for help. All of our relatives have been helping but despite that, we can no longer cope up with the accumulating hospital bills, especially with our current financial status. We know that this is a hard time for you as well. But we’re still hoping that you may help us in this difficult and devastating situation that my family is facing. Any amount of support will be appreciated
For those who might have a difficult time donating through paypal or here on this website, here are the other ways to donate:
Australian Banks - Pay ID +61459999679 Glecy Dernee
Metrobank: Rodolfo B. Dris Jr. - 018-3-018-53235-3
BPI: Aya Nicole Dris - 4309034916
Landbank: Aya Nicole Dris – 1786094549
BDO: Ligaya G. Dris - 002130165563
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