Hello friends, family, and colleagues,
So. I was in the hospital for 16 days because of recurring fever and headaches that I’ve had for the past two months. Before I checked myself into the hospital, I saw two different doctors on three separate occasions, neither of who saw anything more dangerous than a viral or bacterial infection, or even—in the case of my third visit—a depression so pronounced it began exhibiting itself as physical ailments. I checked myself into the hospital soon after that last consultation because the headache was so severe that I couldn’t believe it was just physicalized depression. The pain drove me to tears.
At the hospital, most of my tests checked out: blood, urine, stool, x-ray, MRI. It wasn’t until they did a lumbar puncture that they saw very elevated levels of protein in my cerebrospinal fluid. It meant I had meningitis. And though the tests aren’t definitive, my doctors believe that it’s caused by (at the very least) TB. It took two weeks of antibiotic and anti-TB treatments before I could experience a full 48 hours with neither fever nor headache.
Oh. And in the process, they found out that I’m HIV positive. That’s a whole another story that I’ll reserve for another another blog post.
Update: With the donations I’ve gotten and support from UP, I’ve covered all my bills! To those who chipped in: you know who you are, and you know how much I love you not for whatever specific amount you put in, but the fact that you care enough to want to help. Love you guys.
So now I’m out of the hospital feeling a bit woozy from all the antibiotics and anti-TB drugs I’ve been taking. And I’m stuck with a gigantic hospital bill. Healthcare for all? Not one of the Philippines’ strong points. SOOOO I’m going to suck it up, swallow my pride, and use this opportunity to tell those who know me how they can contribute to helping me pay off my hospitalization bill (which came to something along the lines of $6100 Canadian, only part of which will be covered by my insurance!):
- For Canadians out there, you can do an Interac email transfer by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also PayPal your donation (for which you will have my undying gratitude) to email@example.com
- Vancouverites: If you bank with Vancity, I can give you my Vancity branch and account numbers
- Pinoys: I have a savings account with Banco de Oro, under the name Diego Silang Maranan, account number 250813483.
Can’t really think of a snappy, witty way to end this, other than to thank you from the bottom of my heart (and other internal organs). Thank you.