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