My sister had a heart episode (will spare the details) after playing a round of Pump it Up in SM Pampanga. She had to spend a night in ICU where she shared the place with 2 unbelievably talkative old men (1 man was looking for a pool inside the hospital while the other needed more bananas in his system, which coincidentally was my sister's favorite fruit.)
|Am I a fruit?! Or a vegetable? Or a flower? Google it up. You know wanna.|
7. Seeing Dr. Cox in action
When my sister felt the extreme palpitations, we rushed her to the ER where we were greeted by the Kapampangan version of Dr. Perry Cox, the obnoxious, extremely loud and full-of-himself doctor in my ever favorite slapstick comedy sitcom Scrubs. His name was Dr. Maluncot. Yes, his name literally meant sad. Which was why in the ER, they called him Dr. Happy.
|Dr.Cox is as happy as Dr. Sad (Photo from fanpop.com)|
He was a no nonsense person and had a strong personality which I guess was the reason why he made one nurse cry. He also made my sister panic in an effort to calm her down.
I think he wanted my sister not to see all the commotion happening to save her life so he kept on shouting to her, "Close your eyes! Close your eyes!" But it only made my sister sense that something was wrong so her heart rate went even higher.
|Calm down! Why aren't you calming the hell down?! CALM DOWN! (Photo from pollpigeon.com)|
I am not talking about hospital food here but I have to say, their coleslaw didn't suck a$s. I am talking about all the free food that my sister got from her loving visitors. A free slice of pizza for the bantay (person watching over)? Yes, please. Late night Jollibee burger steak from the late night visitors that only the bantay can eat because the patient was already asleep? Oh double yes please!
|This is so good, it makes up for the burger steak burp you will be having for the next 2 hours (Photo from jollibee.com)|
On her last day in the hospital, my sister was already feeling fine. She didn't really feel sick so the hospital bored her crazy. When the wheelchair came in to help her get out of the hospital, she didn't really see the need to ride it. So my ever loving boyfriend Deep Tissue Massage boy told her to just enjoy the ride as it fulfills the complete hospital experience. :-)
4. Helpful strangers
Paying the hospital and going through the prerequisites of Philhealth while your mind is a-worry is a very taxing experience. Good thing the old ladies queuing up to do the same thing as I was were such experts in this field that they helped me along the way.
|Let us help you little one. - from your fairy god grandmothers of Philhealth (Photo from abrsm.org)|
Since the hospital where my sister stayed at in Angeles, Pampanga was near the public market, we had a good source of yummy, piping hot taho (sweetened soy bean curd) for breakfast. It kept us awake while waiting for her in the ICU waiting area.
2. Anatomically normal
My sister's ECG and 2D Echo all came back normal. We are still due for a follow up check up for further tests but so far, so good. :)
|I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic!|
1. Friends and family lovin'
It was all so heart-warming to see all the love of the relatives and friends pouring in to help me and my sisters out in these trying times. From DTM boy's resident doctor friend who was coincidentally on duty when we came in the ER, (thank heavens she was there as she made sure my sister was comfortable all through-out the ordeal) to my nursing cousin who dropped by and bought my sister siopao (steamed bun) while waiting for us as I took a quick shower back home, everyone showed their fabulous love and support.
Major thanks to all of you, you all know who you are.