My husband has been diabetic for 15 years now, and was classified as a MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes) and DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) which is a serious condition that can lead to coma.
In June 25th of this year, my husband was rushed to the hospital due to severe abdominal pain, very high fever, and continuous vomiting. It was a full 17 days of hospitalization where we have been given several diagnoses, and tons of tests to determine its cause but never really came up with a final diagnosis. We’ve been sent home since he no longer has fever and seemed physically well.
For the past 4 months, we have been in and out of the hospital and was prescribed 3, 10, 15 days of strong antibiotics. The same symptoms re-occur after 5 to 7 days of being out of antibiotics.
In October 11th to 14th, his symptoms got worse and been unable to intake any solid nor liquid food, even water is being rejected by his body. He was in so much pain the morning of the 14th, and we have decided to go at the nearest hospital in St. Therese of Pasig. We rushed at the Emergency room, but after dextrose and a few blood tests was asked to transfer to a tertiary hospital to accommodate his condition.
October 14th at 10:30pm when we arrived at Medical City in Ortigas as this was the closest and safest for him in terms of not catching any other infection. Lucky’s BP and Blood sugar were sky rocket, while everything else was dropping. His potassium was very low, his hemoglobin dropped, and turning gray in color. We were being admitted in the ICU. Having the idea that ICU will be very costly, and the ER doctor advising us that is will be a minimum of 40K to 100K pesos a day, my husband and I signed a waiver that we will take a normal room, even asked for a ward or semi-private which he cannot be placed in due to his current state. We took the risk, and prayed that we overcome.
The doctors requested to do an Abdominal ultrasound, and immediately followed by a CT scan when they saw my husband’s right kidney is super swollen. Results show that it has grown to X10 in size, the following day he had to undergo a surgery to have the abscess removed. The operation was successful and drained 750ml of mass.
The operation in October 16th determined that the mass or cyst from his right kidney was the same cyst that was seen from June confinement, but we were miss-diagnosed from previous hospital. This caused the mass to grow and the infection to spread, it was waiting to pop and take his life.
October 17th to 20th, we have been observed and several tests done, which showed that the first operation was not enough to remove all the mass. Repeat CT scan was done, and it seemed that the bacteria re-accumulated. Then October 23rd, the doctor advised that a second operation will require to put a hole in his right side, through: “Ultrasound and Fluoro Guided Pigtail Insertion Right Renal Collection” which means the tube can remove the abscess by leaving around 20-30cm long after the procedure inside his Kidney. My husband also needed several blood transfusions to pick up his hemoglobin. We are not losing hope, but in fact were thankful that the root cause has been determined.
It has been a week, and tube removed the 29th of October as it has been a great success.Our bill is now over Php 500,000.00 and my husband do not have an HMO coverage and have been passing work to other artists due to his condition. We are keeping a positive perspective through all these, and we hope to find people who can help us on his road to recovery.
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Wife of a Diabetic (PH)