Healthcare Facility in the Philippines Scores a Win

Guimaras provincial hospital

Our healthcare facility in the Philippines scores a win! My wife, diagnosed with dengue fever and pneumonia, was admitted to our local provincial hospital in Guimaras this past Wednesday evening. She had a dangerously low white blood platelet count of 106. It was now Thursday morning and the attending physician walked into our room around 11:15 am. This was the first time we had seen the doctor since being admitted. I was praying for some good news.

The doctor gave us the results of the initial blood test: the white blood count had gone up to 136 but still below the normal range of 150.

Our physician advised us that once my asawa had multiple white blood counts above the normal range of 150 she could be released from the hospital. How long that could take was undetermined at this time.

There was also the issue with my spouse’s pneumonia; she still had a horrific cough and she would also need to stay under supervision for that condition.

But at least, her white blood count had improved, which I considered a win for our healthcare facility in the Philippines, at least for the moment.

I stayed with my wife during the day, Thursday.  I had gone home early in the morning to retrieve some personal effects but was scolded for bringing back “everyday” t-shirts. I felt the hospital was not exactly a fashion showcase, and apparel was not that important at this point, but what did I know?

My brother-in-law Joery, who has been working on painting the exterior of our new home in the Philippines, retrieved the exact t-shirts that my wife wanted and brought them to the hospital later that day.

The staff at the Guimaras provincial hospital was extremely helpful.

However, the food,  which was served in small plastic bags and passed out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, frankly sucked.

Fortunately there was a canteen on the hospital grounds which was serviced by several eateries on our island province. My wife did not have much of an appetite but was able to eat a bowl of hot noodles along with some SkyFlakes crackers.

There was no television in the room we shared with two other patients so we whiled away the hours on our Samsung Galaxy Tablets playing video games.

More blood tests were done, and my wife’s white blood count improved to 186 and 170. She was still administered pain medication and always was hooked up to an IV. Maybe we could be getting out soon.

But in the meantime, the Comfort Room, CR, in the room, was absolutely filthy. Our niece, Michelle, came in later that evening with sister-in-law Alida.  My wife gave Michelle some money to buy a toilet bowl brush and some bathroom cleaner.

It took a few minutes to explain to Michelle the concept of a toilet bowl brush as opposed to a tooth brush but she finally got the message.

I was hopeful that the blood tests would continue to improve and that we might be able to get discharged from the hospital the next day, Friday.

My wife’s sister, Alida, volunteered to stay with my spouse during the evening but I advised her that I would stay. Alida would come in the next morning, Friday, long enough for me to return home and take a quick shower and pick up more supplies.

We settled in for another night in the hospital.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

16 thoughts on “Healthcare Facility in the Philippines Scores a Win

  1. Hi Dave, glad melinda is getting better our clinic I use in pasig is very clean but I can
    Understand sometimes in the province you can have problems with the comfort room etc,
    I just don’t understand why Filipinos let them get that bad, as for food you take your chance sometimes I look for a 7 11 or a jollybee if I can’t get any reasonable food,
    Take care, Derek in pasig.

    1. Thanks, Derek. Man, the CR was absolutely horrendous. It’s filthiness matches a Texas service station’s restroom our family encountered on Route 66 during the Sixties.

      Wish we had a big name fast food outlet on the island, Derek, but we don’t. Word is that we might be getting a Mang Inasal outlet near the hospital but I have differing info regarding that. Some folks say the new building under construction will be an extension of an existing furniture store, other reports state that it will be Mang Inasal. I’m hoping for a MacDonald’s, myself.

    1. Thanks, CJ. I appreciate the link. We made a few trips on Route 66 from St.Louis to California when I was in grade school decades ago. I still have fond memories of those trips down the ultimate Mother Road, Route 66.

  2. Dave,
    We are so happy that Melinda is doing a lot better. We were worried about her. Hopefully she is home right now. She will just need to rest for several days and not worry about doing any gardening for a while.

    1. Thanks, Papa Duck and Anne. Yes, we are home now. I’m trying to get Melinda to rest but that’s a full-time job in itself. She still has a cough from the pneumonia but is doing better.

      Worry about gardening? I can’t keep her out of the garden, Papa Duck, now matter much I try to admonish her.

    1. Thanks, Roger. Man, I can’t figure it out. What difference does it make what t-shirt you have on when you’re in a hospital bed suffering from dengue fever? I failed to mention I also had to bring my asawa’s Olay toner and facial cream. 🙂

  3. Didn’t want to weigh in before a turnaround so am very glad to here Melinda is doing better.

    Was also amused at the everyday t-shirt issue. At 62 I thought I was the only geezer who’s asawa scolded him about what t-shirt he wore and how he wore it (tucked in is the only approved manner in my household) 🙂

    1. Thanks, DaveW. Melinda is on the road to recovery now.

      I am often told that I cannot don certain t-shirts that are too faded to wear out in public, according to my asawa. My standard answer? “I didn’t know we were going to a fashion show.” Needless to say, I change the shirt anyway. (But Dave, at least I’m allowed to wear the shirt outside of my pants but my wife always has to fiddle with it and fix it in the back. Who’s looking at my back anyway?)

  4. I am so happy your wife is getting better. Whew!

    Also, yes…Skyflakes for some darn reason just seem better than regular crackers I buy in America. I have used Skyflakes many times when my stomach was a bit uneasy but I was still hungry and needed something. Skyflakes took care of my appetite and the queazy feeling in my stomach.

    Now onto a subject that has absolutely puzzled me from day one in my trips to the Philippines. Why are the CR’s in such horrible shape? I just don’t get it. Especially many public CR’s. Filipinos generally have really good personal hygiene, at least the thousands I know, but the CR’s in many places, including really nice restaurants are just a mess.

    Anyway, hope the recovery keeps going well.

    1. Skyflakes are awesome, Todd. They’re the cracker of choice in our household. I even have the Omega3 ones in stock in my personal cache.

      Your CR cleanliness question is a good one. We went to a CR in SM Cebu City on the lower level which frankly couldn’t even have passed muster in Hell (not that I know that from personal experience.)

      The cleanest CR’s we have found are the ones located in SM’s Prestige Lounges. Those CR’s even have…get this…toilet paper and liquid soap in the dispensers! But there’s a price to pay to obtain Prestige Lounge membership. My asawa just renewed her membership the other day. I had to stifle a huge guffaw when the Customer Service rep told us we would need at least 150,000 pesos spent at SM during the past year. I can’t begin to tell you how much we drop there a year since we do the bulk of our grocery and other shopping at SM. 🙂

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