Day at the hospital

Trip Start May 02, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2009

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Macasil Family Home

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today I started my day going to Tanauan to pick up Vincent and his sister.  We met up with Nikki and took Vincent to see the head pediatrician at the main public hospital here in Tacloban.  The doctor had actually called in a doctor from a different hospital to see Vincent.  We have been so lucky that we found a really good doctor that we can depend on to get us help.  The new doctor right away told us that she believes Vincent does not have fliariaisis.  She said that the test results do not confirm that.  I know the diagnosis keeps changing and it is confusing, trust me it is confusing for us too.  She said she is almost positive he has a problem with his vein.  She told us the name of the disease or disorder or whatever, but it is really long and she kept switching from English to Waray-Waray; so I will have to get back to you all on the name.  Anyway she told us that it would be best for Vincent to be hospitalized for 10 days to get some more tests done specific for the vein issue and also get some antibiotics to help fight off infection.  I am not sure if the 10 days is a standard or the typical time.  It took us from 11:30 am to 6 pm to get him all set and admitted so the doctor was gone by the time we were ready to be seen again.  After the 10 days the doctor said we will probably want to go to Manila.  I know I know, the plans are changing again, Manila now. Seriously Nikki and I keep laughing everytime we talk to the doctor because each time it is different.  But this doctor seems to really know what she is talking about so hopefully this will be the last time.
At the public hospital all the doctor visits and admission is free.  However you have to go to the pharmacy and get all the required medicines the doctor asks for.  Including the IV medicine and actual IV, way different than the US.  Also being admitted to hospital doesn't include any food or some nice room, because remember it is free.  So we will have to bring food to Vincent for every meal. His sisters will be taking turns staying with him, along with other family members, so he won't be alone.  We are hoping to talk to the doctor tomorrow again to figure out what will happen during his stay.
I know this is getting lengthy but keep reading the next part is probably more interesting...
My whole day pretty much was spent at the hospital and it was a pretty interesting experience. Just observing the way things are done here is interesting to me.  While we were waiting in the Pediatrics ER I noticed some people gathering and looking in the windows of the ER across the hall.  When I looked in I noticed there was a very old man who a doctor was performing CPR on.  It is so odd here that moments like that can't be private and with only the family.  I felt terrible for his family and him that they had to have an audience.  Unfortunately after the doctor's did CPR for a good amount of time they were unable to revive him.  I couldn't believe that I really just saw all of that happen.  It was even more unbelieveable when I saw that they simply rolled his body into the hall and left it for hours.  Like I said things here are very different.
No more than 30 minutes after the old man passed away there was a bunch of people gathering in the hallway this time looking down the hall.  I went out in the hall with Nikki to see what was up and saw that there was a pregnant woman.  She was in labor and couldn't make it to a bed in time so her husband was forced to lay her on a skinny bench and was holding her up basically.  None of the doctors or nurses really seemed to care.  So the man stood there yelling down the hall, begging for help.  Finally the doctor started to bring a bed when the woman started screaming.  It echoed through the halls and Nikki told me she was yelling "The baby is coming now! Help!"  Before the doctor even got to her we could see the baby's head and arms outside his mother.  They finally got there and lifted her on to the bed with her baby half born already.  They wheeled her down the hall way and I am hoping everything went well from there.  Again, there is an interesting part though. Of course there was blood on the bench and floor after the incident.  But th staff didn't make a move to clean it up for at least 2 hours. Crazy...
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