FROM DUBAI TO DIALYSIS

6 Feb

Jan Nicole Mercado: Kidney Failure

(As told by her mother, Melody Mercado)

Jan Nicole was 7 years old when she was brought to the hospital in Infanta, Quezon. Her creatinin levels were high, she was bloated all over, and she had to undergo an emergency dialysis at the National Kidney Institute.

Jan Nicole & Melody Mercado

“December 21, 2008 hanggang February 2009 ang worst time sa buhay namin. Alternate ang tulog at gising nya. Bed ridden sya at panay ang pagsusuka (December 21, 2008 until February 2009 was the worst time in our life. She slept intermittently, was bedridden and vomited frequently).

Someone Knocked

Tapos may kumatok sa bahay namin noong February 16.  Ang sabi,  i First Vita Plus namin ang anak ko. (Then on February 16 someone knocked at our home and said we should give First Vita Plus to my child).

Noong una, hindi ako nakinig. Sabi ko, dialysis patient ito. Hindi pwede ng maraming tubig. (At first, I didn’t listen. I said, this is a dialysis patient and she’s is prohibited from taking a lot of water.)

Pero noong panahon na iyon, nag stop na ang pag ihi nya. Parang apple sa pula ang tiyan nya (But, at this time, she couldn’t urinate anymore. Her stomach was red as an apple).

Against Doctor’s Orders

Despite her misgivings, Melody gave her daughter four sachets of First Vita Plus.

Na excite sya kasi may lasa. Kaya, kahit bawal sa doktor, sabi ko, bahala ka na Lord.  (She was excited because it had flavor. So, although the doctor forbade it, I said, ‘it’s in Your hands, Lord’).

Alam nyo, kalahating box pa lang naiinom nya, umihi na sya. So ibinili ako ng tita ko ng isang power pack. (You know, after taking half a box, she could urinate. So my aunt bought me a power pack [a bag of 12 boxes]. )

Noong nakaubos ng anim na boxes, bumangon na sya. Tapos humingi na ng pagkain (After consuming six boxes, she got out of bed, then asked for food).

No Guarantee 

Melody was an OFW [overseas Filipino worker] in Dubai but, due to her daughter’s condition, she chose to stay in the Philippines to take care of her.

Ang sabi kasi ng doktor, candidate na sya for a kidney transplant. Gagastos daw kami ng 1.5 million pesos. Pero walang maibigay na assurance no gagaling sya. (The doctor said she’s a candidate for a kidney transplant. He said we’d spend 1.5 million pesos, but there’s no assurance she’d get well.)

Dapat ang donor nga, isa sa aming mag-asawa pero walang maibigay na guarantee na gagaling ang anak ko. Paano na yon? (One of us – my husband or I – was supposed to be the donor, but there was no guarantee that my daughter would be cured. How’s that?)

A Hope That’s Growing

It’s been two years since Jan Nicole was last admitted but she has been undergoing dialysis regularly.

Simula noong uminom sya ng First Vita Plus ng two to three times a day, nag-improve ang condition nya. Pati yung exit ng dialysis nya, very clear (Since she started drinking First Vita Plus twice or thrice a day, her condition has been improving. Even her exit dialyses has been very clear).

Nagkakaroon kami ng hope na kahit walang ibang maintenance medicine kasama ng dialysis, bumubuti ang pakiramdam ng anak ko. Pati ang ihi nya, clear na clear. (Hope is growing that, even without maintenance medicine to go with the dialysis, my daughter is feeling better. Even her urine is very clear.)

Kaya l am keeping my hope alive na basta may First Vita Plus, kaya namin mag-survive health-wise at financially. ( That’s why I’m keeping my hope alive that, as long as there’s First Vita Plus, we can survive health-wise and financially.)

Keep A Clear Mind

My message to others: “Maging malinaw ang pag-iisip nyo kahit sa gitna ng madaming trials. (Keep a clear mind amidst trials.)

Kami walang fixed income pero, salamat sa First Vita Plus, naitatawid ko ang Php 63,000 na kailangan ko buwan-buwan para sa dialysis ng anak ko (We had no fixed income but, thanks to First Vita Plus, we raised the 63,000 pesos that I needed each month for my daughter’s dialysis).

Noong nasa Dubai ako, meron akong mga utang pero ngayon, wala na. Blessing sa akin ang First Vita Plus at blessing sa akin ang mga downlines ko (When I was in Dubai, I owed money from a lot of people but now, now no more. First Vita Plus and my downlines are blessing to me).

 
Text and image courtesy of First Vita Plus 
Translation by Jaime Cabrera
 
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