Filipinos are known worldwide as family-oriented and religious. Filipino nurses are known commonly as CARING nurses. A situation that could upset a nurse and a daughter is when a family member is in great danger.
It was a Sunday morning, the 27th of February 2011, 8:30 to be exact when my father knocked on my room and asked me if I could take his blood pressure reading. I ignored him. I stayed half asleep; snubbing him like it was just a usual request. Little did I know that it would be a situation that could change my principle, my father’s lifestyle and my mother’s love for him.
I woke up and attend to my father’s request but he started complaining of difficulty of breathing. As I was about to take his blood pressure reading my father got mad and now complaint of chest pain. My mom accompanied him to a nearest private hospital here in Bacolod City. I went to my room, crying not because my father’s experiencing something worst but because my ego was hit the most. I am a registered nurse. When I am on a clinical duty, I am always attentive in dealing with my patients. Why didn’t I do my duties and responsibilities properly? He was my father. He should be given priority. What bothered me most is that I did nothing. The doctor’s first impression was “chest pain”. That is in layman’s term but for my understanding it was a Myocardial Infarction. He stayed for four days in the Intensive Care Unit. I did my best to take care of him while he was in the hospital. Our family prayed every night for our father’s wellness. I saw how much he was loved unconditionally by my mom. My mother never left my father’s side. She was always with him all throughout the journey.
I prayed that he gets well soon because my Oath taking Ceremony as a new Registered Nurses is fast approaching. I wanted him to be there. I wanted him to see me in a white gala uniform bringing along with me all the years of sacrifice and hard work just to earn a degree in Nursing and be a Registered Nurse.
We decided to have him undergo a procedure called Angiogram. It is done to know if a post Myocardial Infarction patient have a blocked or narrow artery due to a clot. If blockage is confirmed, an Angioplasty would be done immediately by a surgeon. Come April 17, 2011, he underwent Angiogram in Philippine Heart Center. We again called for the guidance of the Lord. We seek for His guidance that my father will be able to cope against any risk factors that may arise in the time of the procedure. At around 7:00 A.M. the surgeon got out of the invasive cardiovascular room surprisingly early. In was half-expecting that he would tell me that an Angioplasty must be done but to our great surprise, the extent of damage of my father’s vessel was not that bothering, although he will need to have a lifestyle modification if he wants to live longer. He even told us that he did the procedure for only eight minutes! That was his fastest Angiogram at that time. I was so happy that it was a success.
Prayers can do miracles. Nothing is impossible if we all call to Him. The thing that happened to my father was a wakeup call for him to change his lifestyle and leave his vices behind. It was a time where we pray every night for our father’s health and wellness. It was also an incident for me to keep in mind that in my profession the first patient I will always take care of is my family.
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