magpa-ospital o ‘di magpa-ospital

minsan, mas mahirap ma-confine sa ospital kung may sakit ka, kaysa mag-stay na lang sa bahay hanggang gumaling.

eh, ang mga nurse kasi minsan (o madalas – di naman palagi, kasi napapakiusapan naman) wala silang pakialam sa nararamdaman mo basta magawa nila trabaho (routine) nila.

kahit kakahuli mo pa lang ng tulog; hirap na hirap kang makatulog, tapos napapapikit ka na at pumapalaot na isip mo sa panaginip…

“tok-tok-tok!” may kakatok at papasok na nurse, “kukunan lang kita ng BP,” o “papainumin ko lang po ng gamot.”

“ay, kakatulog lang nya,” sasabihin ng bantay.

“ah, sandali lang po ‘to,” ang sagot.  hindi “ay, pasensya na po, babalik na lang ako pag gising na pasyente,” o “ay, pasensya na po, bilin po kasi ni doc, ibigay na ngayon,” o “ay, pasensya na po, trabaho lang, walang personalan.  manong bigyan ng pasubali ang pasyenteng natutulog ng “ay, pasensya na ha!”  eh kaya nga nasa ospital para sa kinakailangang kapahingahan – hay, lalong na-stress ang maysakit!

eto naman si doc, eh residente

“o, kamusta ka?”

“ansakit po kasi pag humihinga ako!”

“ay, ok lang!”

ok lang?!  ipitin ka kaya ng dalawang pader sa magkabilang baga mo (ganun daw ang pakiramdam ni bunso eh) – ok lang?!  stress with a capital ‘S’ ang dala ng mga ganitong pagkakataon.  sa halip na bumuti pakiramdam ng pasyente at makapahinga, eh, sa hospital pa ata lalala.

finally, etong dalawang doctor na nagco-co-manage ng pasyente; ung isa viral ng viral; ung isa naman allergy ng allergy; sa magkahiwalay na rounds naman, hindi naman sabay.  ano ba talaga ateh???  nagtitinginan na lang kami ng bunsong anak ko, na naka-confine dahil sa isang uri ng ‘exanthema’ o outbreak ng rashes sa buong katawan, pati mata at mukha namaga.

wala naman akong reklamo, o anupaman, (nililibang ko lang ang isip ko habang nagbabantay at nag-aalaga sa ospital;) mahusay naman si doc, (ang dalawang doc,) at very professional naman.  magaling ang differentials na binibigay nya sakin, kaya katanggap-tanggap ang diagnosis at prognosis.

acceptable na sakin ang management sa treatment kay bunso.  kung viral ang outbreak, eh, wala naman gamot laban sa virus, self-limiting ang virus, namamatay ng kusa; kaya tunganga blues ka lang at iwas sa mga secondary infections and complications, plus relief sa itching rashes.

kung allergic reaction naman, napakahirap din naman tuntunin ng may katiyakan kung ano yung allergen; although sa case ni bunso, principal suspect yung co-amoxiclav na tinomar nya, dahil penicillin derived, at posibleng penicillin allergy “daw” ang cause ng ‘exanthema’ or outbreak.  pero, ganun din, tunganga blues ka lang din hanggang mawala lahat ng traces ng penicillin (kung yun nga ang allergen) sa dugo.  so tigil muna mga penicillin derived antibiotics para sa treatment ng UTI – kaso, napakamahal naman ng kapalit!  eh, ganun talaga, kailangang iwasan ang cause ng allergy para di na maulit yung outbreak ng rashes.

eh, para sigurado, isang gulpi na – lahat na ng posibleng allergen pina-iiwasan na munang ipakain kay bunso, hal., manok, itlog, fish and seafoods, dairy products, pati mani, (dahil nabanggit ni bunso kay doc na kumain sya ng peanut butter sandwich, bago sya nagka-allergy!)  lugaw kanin na may asin… pwede!!!  sky flakes at soda crackers… pwede na rin!

mahirap ma-ospital.  pero kung inaapoy ng lagnat at may outbreak ng rashes, at kapapanganak lang — mas mahirap kung sa bahay lang at di magpa-ospital.

 

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skyler

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as i write this blog, my youngest daughter, meggie, has been admitted to the hospital.  she had rashes all over her body and nursed a fever of up to 39°C.

she had recently given birth, about a week ago — it was a CS.  she had been breastfeeding and was doing relatively well, until now.  it’s back to the hospital for her; and for all of us, except baby boy ‘skyler’ or (for short) ‘sky.’

meggie’s pregnancy wasn’t difficult in one sense — there were no serious health concerns, except for the baby being ‘breech’ which necessitated him to be delivered via CS — but it was difficult in another sense.

it was a difficult pregnancy because it was an unwanted pregnancy — a moment of indiscretion on the part of her and her boyfriend.  but although the pregnancy was unwanted, the child forming in her womb (we assured her) wasn’t — it was welcome, while in the womb; and would be a blessing, once it comes out into the world.

it was a difficult pregnancy, because it was shared to only a very limited number of people.  there was a mixture of both excitement and anticipation, grief and anger, shame and guilt; plus the vexing prospect of having to explain to every curious mind that asks, ‘what happened?’  only my closest and trusted mentors (amor and p.g.) and my eldest brother (rolly) knew; as far as i was concerned.  my wife and daughters shared the same outlook as i did: to be very discreet about sharing the matter of meggie’s pregnancy, to limit the news to as few trusted people as possible; so as not to cause meggie unnecessary stress, considering her situation — to share only to whom we deemed it was necessary.

now that ‘skyler’ is home — everybody rejoices!  but the joy is limited and not yet complete — it will be, when ‘sky’ finds a suitable home in the loving and protective care of his parentstill then…