Three days after my upland Vacation in Baguio City, my stomach suddenly went uneasy. Rather quickly, I get very feverish, and body malaise sets in. Thinking it was just another bout of fever, I immediately take paracetamol and flu medication. But four hours later, things turn for the worse, I become way too feverish, and my stomach gives in to extremely loose bowel movement. I gave my mom a ring, and when she got home, she decided to rush my to the nearest hospital (which happened to be just one kilometer away from home...).

I could have sworn that I nearly scared the living daylights out of the medical staff in the ER. I was just feeling very sick that I was literally flaming the nurses to help me right away. Don't fight fire with fire, some would say. good thing the nurses were calm, including an old acquaintance helped soothe my nerves. And, yes, I did tell them that I have Type 2 diabetes, lest they accidentally use sugar-based IV fluids on me. After admission processes, I was finally wheeled in to my hospital room...Video-0046.mp4

According to the initial lab findings, I got hit with acute gastritis and acute gastroenteritis, meaning to say that stomach has a way-too-serious infection. And if anyone could guess, it shot my blood glucose readings up, say near 160 mg/dl for post-meal. I was then then drowned in a flurry on oral and intravenous medication. No wonder my head was a blur for a few days...not to mention constantly visiting the porcelain alter for an extreme case of LBM...Video-0047.mp4

After a number of doctor's visits, and all of the treatment, I was finally good to go home four days after my admission. It was a good thing that my health insurance covered for everything (save for me lending my cousin my ATM card to buys me some delicious food from outside the hospital...behind my mom's back...)The post-confinment medicines are not exactly cheap, about 3000 Philippine pesos, a little over, but I can still live with that. but it seems that I am being put on yet another set of medication (omperazole) to prevent my tummy for becoming a monster again. Such are the woes of my hospitalization, but I have to manage, nonetheless...

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Comment by Jovanni de Jesus on March 15, 2009 at 4:50pm
Oops, about the burgers, that's what I ate as soon as I got out of the hospital. Can't live without BK!
Comment by Cynthia F. on March 15, 2009 at 5:13pm
I take Nexium! :) it's a lifesaver!
Comment by Teena on March 15, 2009 at 11:58pm
I hope youre doing better now Jovanni. I was diagnosed to have had gastritis too last year sometime around April. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Constantly vomitting anything I take. I lost drastically 8 pounds in a week. Yup...I took Nexium too. I was in the Philippines then and yep...medications here are indeed expensive. I think the Nexium was about 120 Philipine Pesos then a piece! ($ 2.50 US) I had to take about 21 tablets then.
Sugar free Jello and Crackers were my first food then.
Comment by Andreina Davila on March 16, 2009 at 12:49am
I hope you get better soon, I have had gastritis before, and it is horrible. :S
Good that you are under medication, anow it it very important to be careful with your diet, then you will get better. :)
Comment by Jovanni de Jesus on March 16, 2009 at 6:20am

Hay naku! The Nexium they gave me was around 175 pesos! good thing I only had to take it inside the hospital, so my health insurance covered for it. I am currently taking omeprazole for maintenance.

The good thing about this whole ordeal is that I was able to control my diabetes easily. since I was under strict glucose monitoring.
Comment by Teena on March 17, 2009 at 1:41am
Unfortunately at that time when I was confined, my blood sugar keeps going up. I had to have insulin shots every time BG goes 150 and up. (With no food intake!)

Im glad youre better now Jovanni. Ingat lagi!


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