On Serious Matters – Hospitalized


Things don’t always go as we planned them to be. This is a very valid statement that dates back into the people who had lived millions of years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, for once, an event took out the harsh schedule that we are experiencing at work – at least for me – but the alternative is, perhaps, worse than what my predicament had been. I was hospitalized for 5 days because of pelvic inflammatory disorder that affected my left fallopian tube.

It started out with a pain that was like that of a ruptured appendix –ย the resident doctorย was about 90% sure that the illness was appendicitis but it occurred on the left lower quadrant of the abdomen. Several tests were done and it was found out that a large sausage-like pus build up was blocking my left fallopian tube and is causing the pain. Yikes! There were about 4 doctors who attended to me.

The prognosis was not good at that time because the pus-encroached area was large so that it might burst any minute. The doctors had to use a strong dose of Dalacin, intravenously, to start killing the bacteria causing the infection.

However, there is one major problem – I am allergic to dextrose (Lactated Ringer’s solution) but can tolerate mannitol. Still, the doctors at the hospital did not believe that I had an allergy to dextrose so I had to wince and bear the agony of them putting the needles into my hand.

The hand swelled and they had to insert a new needle. The hand still swelled – much more so when the undiluted medication was injected by the nurse – and they inserted a new needle into the other hand. Each time a new IV needle was inserted, I cried loudly because of the sting that is created by the dextrose flow – not because of the needle.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Still, because the infection was intense, I needed intense medication – intense medication means that it is pricey. And yes, the Dalacin C IV injection costs roughly $35 per ampule! And I had to be injected 3 times a day for the whole duration of my hospital stay! Doing the math, I realized that this medicine alone was enough to eat a huge chunk from the house savings! {big sigh} This is not to mention the other medications and the daily expenses of just being in the hospital (food, etc.). Yes, things don’t always go as planned – things always don’t go as planned!

It was almost funny how I felt so helpless and at the mercy of those who cared for me in the hospital – Bobby, Leah, Jeilt, Ian, Luz, and Mama Eve. There were times when they had to feed me because I couldn’t even hold a spoon, let alone lift it and eat. Still, the doctors did not believe that I have allergies to dextrose! Why are they being so overbearing anyway?

I just got home today. I had to let the whole day pass before I could type here without wincing so much from the pain. The doctors are making me drink oral Dalacin C antibiotic for 7 days – again at 3 times a week. At least, the oral ones are a lot cheaper than the IV variety as each tablet costs only $1.5 but I also have to drink a strong antacid to counteract hyperacidity {major double sigh}.

Still, I am thankful for a lot of things – especially since the infected part did not burst and could have caused my instant death because my sick heart couldn’t tolerate the poison from the pus and dead cells. The doctors said that I was lucky in that count.

my swollen hand due to dextrose allergy

my swollen hand due to dextrose allergy

7 Responses

  1. waaaaaaah
    mam! when you said you were hospitalized, you did not say it was THAT bad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    oi..i hope you feel much much better soon. ok?
    imma text you. ASAP.

  2. Hi mam! Yup, it was really bad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ until now, naglisod pa ko move sa ako both hands ky sakit pa ๐Ÿ˜ฆ pero feeling better na ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Good to know you’re okay now Joy! Waaa. I didn’t know anyone who is allergic to dextrose except for you.

    @Joy/Lurchie: Prevention is better than cure! You guys heard about cervical cancer vaccine? I’m planning on getting one soon. I heard a doctor in my place is offering it for P6,000. Beware of the fake ones though :-S

  4. @ Maree: ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Yup, that’s why the doctors are skeptic, too {sigh}

    Yup, it is prevention better than cure! Cervical cancer vaccine’s being offered at work but I have not availed of it yet. It’s Cervarix. I wonder if the one offered in your place is Gardasil. I think it is better as it has more strains to protect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. =/ I should get the vaccine. Sayang I am no longer at camp minus prison. LOL they’re giving it for free, Joy? ๐Ÿ˜€

    I hope you are feeling much better now mam.

  6. Hi Joy. Glad you’ve made it through that ordeal. You’re one strong woman.

  7. @Lurchie: The day they give out freebies like that would be – never? ๐Ÿ˜€ Nope, but you can get it through salary deduction. I’m feeling much better now, Ma’am. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Feyoh: Thanks michs ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you na?

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