Wednesday, December 24, 2008

False Alarm

The wind on the night last 20th was different. It was chillier and like piercing to the skin. Since I was so preoccupied of my thoughts of what will happen that night, I didn’t immediately notice that my whole body was shaking out of cold since my dad was driving so fast to my grandma’s house. Earlier that night, my mom received a phone call from my aunt who’s living with my grandma. She said, it’s urgent, she cried and dropped the phone call.

When we arrived at their house, my grandma is in somnolence state, trembling and was unaware of what just happened. She passed out. I took her vital signs, let her drink, waited her to calm down then asked questions.

She said, she was just praying then fell asleep. My cousin who lives with them heard loud snores coming from her room. They panicked when my grandma didn’t respond to any attempts they made of awakening her.

Then they told me 2 days ago, my grandma fell on the edge of a bed thinking it was still safe to sit on. They had her checked up at a local clinic to an Orthopedic, had her X-ray where they found a mild compression on her spine. She was given a medication as to relieve the mild pain on her back. After she took the medication, she started manifesting the above symptoms of somnolence and trembling. She stopped the medication. 14 years ago, she had an operation on her left hip when she slid in her bathroom. She also has a history of Osteoporosis.

Since my grandma hesitated to be hospitalized for that night, my mom and I decided to stay and look after her. We asked her to lie down and sleep. I observed she has a difficulty in breathing, and she wanted to cough something out but she can’t. I asked her if there’s a problem and she said her back ached when she coughs or tries to. And I pleaded to her that we should go to the hospital to alleviate her cough and at least she can have ease to her breathing and at the same time she can rest. She agreed. I asked my mom not to open up to everyone that’s on duty that I go to a med school.

I didn’t have sleep till Sunday morning. I asked my mom to take a rest as well since it’ll be more difficult if my mom will also feel “something”. That same day my grandma’s okay and was brought home. She’s much better than last night. Her attending physician gave us good details of her condition and what to do.

"I expected this before, that there will come a time; I have to make a decision for the rest of the family regarding health. That if I made a mistake of doing so, my relatives may blame me. It’s not the fear of what will they say to me but some will rely on someone to make immediate decisions. I admit I still lack some knowledge, I admit that I have more things to learn. I didn’t ask my grandma for any exchange to what me and my mom did when she was confined that night. It’s a matter of I cared for her. And I feared of losing her."

This coming 25th is my Grandma’s 91st birthday. Happy Birthday Lola!

And I wish everyone to a Happy Christmas!

Ang diet! lol

14 comments:

gillboard said...

Merry Christmas, and I hope your Lola's doing well!!!

my-so-called-Quest said...

@gb - salamat!oks na sya. maghahanda nga sa 25 e. hehehe

KRIS JASPER said...

Merry Christmas Doc JC!

It's good that your granma is already ok....

Anong handa nyo? padala ka naman d2... may leche flan jan? mmmmmm....

RJ said...

Buti naman ayos na ang Lola mo, magiging masaya ang Pasko niyo lalo na kaarawan pa niya.

Ayos lang yun Doc na malaman ng mga taga-hospital na magiging manggagamot ka rin... Buti walang blogger na naka-duty doon. o",)

Maligayang Pasko!

MakMak said...

Happy B'Day to Grams! B.

ced said...

@kuya Kj - happy christmas din! hihihi

oo merown! may blueberry cheesecake din at ref cake. mya ko gawin! ihihi



@ kuya RJ - salamat kuya! happy Christmas din! hehehe.

alam ko dun nagduduty ung isa kong kilala no blogger!


@kuya MAk - Salamat kuya! grandma Cece's ok now. hihihi

siangelnawalangpakpak said...

i've always had the most difficulty with attending to members of my own family rather than to complete strangers. there are too many factors to be considered: some of them still treat me as a child rather than a competent adult who can take care of them, i don't want to bear that responsibility of making a mistake in my diagnosis and treatment of their disease and somehow, there will always be some semblance of an emotional connection between myself and the family member that might hinder me from performing optimally. sometimes, no matter how much we know, no matter how confident we may seem, everything we learned in medschool gets shot to nowhere and forgotten when we are forced to witness a loved one's life hanging in a balance. my dad underwent cholecistectomy two years ago and when he was inside the operation room, despite the fact that i've assisted in a number of chole surgeries during clerkship and internship and i knew that these surgeries were relatively safe, still, i have never felt so helpess and worried that something unexpected might still go wrong.

thank god your lola's doing better. merry christmas to you and your family! =)

Lawstude said...

Merry Christmas my dear friend and many more blogging years and returns to come. Again, Happy Holidays!!!

p.s. happy birthday to your lola too.

Ely said...

Merry Christmas!!!

White said...

merry christmas doc ced! :)

ok lang yan ang mga bagay bagay na sinasabi mo sa post mo. the path that you chose entails a lot of decisions and self-giving. courage. you can do it. just think of what Jesus had done for us....

lunes said...

wow.meri xmas and happybday to lola... aus ah 91..tstsk.galing. life is indeed a blessing...

tc!!

Meryl said...

Your lola's 91 already? Wow.

Alam mo ba 'yung nanay ng lola ko sa mother's side buhay pa? Hindi ako nagrereklamo. Haha. Buhay at malakas pa siya. Hindi ko nga lang alam kung ilang taon na 'yun. :P

X-tel said...

Happy birthday to your lola! Hope you had a fun Christmas. Miss you...

Anonymous said...

may sakit ka daw doc sabi ni teresa. akala ko tungkol na sa sakit mo itong entry na to. get well soon sa lola mo, at get well soon din sayo kung may sakit ka man. hapi bday sa lola mo at happy new year na din.

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