Monday, April 23, 2007

That Monday, and North Gen Hospital

On March 26, I woke and heard Nanay (my Mother) calling me from her room asking me to help her stand up. Warning bells immediately rang! We were used to her rising up ahead of us in the mornings, having her breakfast alone, before moving on to tend to her little garden. Suddenly she was asking for my help? When I tried to move her up and she slid down back to her bed, my niggling fear was confirmed. STROKE! Our cousin was kind enough to bring us to the Emergency Room of the Cebu North Gen Hospital. And thus our journey begun...

I now look back to that day and pondered on the impact of a mere single event, that totally and probably irrevocably changed long-time practices or patterns in our daily lives. Sometimes a family member's sickness, and perhaps death, can take some time to sink in and be finally accepted. And that's what happened to us too. My sister and I went on for a week with little or no sleep at all. And to top it all, we have to contend with the daily battle of astronomical medicine expenses. All these aggravated our already taut nerves, and I thought that perhaps we were already near our breaking points. But the heavens gave a little mercy, and gave us little strength everyday to cope with all the worries. Perhaps our only regret was that we were not able to thank the staff of North Gen Hospital properly, because we left in a hurry to move to Perpetual Succour Hospital. We felt that they truly cared for us during those times...


3 comments:

Sidney said...

I wish you strenght and I do hope your mother will recover soon!

Must BeThat Girl said...

Hi Sidney, thank you for the words of encouragement. We are hoping for the best...

Senn said...

This post bring tears to my eyes. My mother had a stroke in 1996 and died in 1998. I was able to see her "twice" bedridden (went home with hubby and daughter in 96 and 97). I was supposed to go back in 1998 for a couple of weeks to take care of her, but attended the funeral instead. Sorry for the long comment... Take care and God bless you and your family.