The months starting from July have been too much to handle.
In July before my birthday, I learned that the reason I am still in pain is that the implant protruded outside of the bone. Apparently, the procedure done to me was a partial hip replacement. It should have been a total hip replacement. Honestly, I thought it was total hip until the new surgeon told me it was not. It needs to be replaced with a new implant for total hip arthroplasty. A force on the affected leg is what’s making it painful as the friction between the bone and the head of the implant (femoral head) collides.
The problem with it is that I don’t have the money to pay for the implant, itself. I need to prepare Php 200,000.00 (around 3,579.74 USD) for the implant, and my HMO will take care of the hospital expenses, laboratories, and doctor’s fees (thank goodness!). With my salary alone, it’s impossible. Remember, I have a daughter in college, who, although under a free tuition program, is living in a dormitory which is not free plus her other expenses like food, transportation, and miscellaneous (school supplies).
I told a friend about it and she gave me a ‘side job’ of proofreading some materials. It’s not much (around Php 500.00/material) but a little help is a big help. I’m continuously adding it up to my jar until it reaches the needed amount.
Come September and another not-so-good news came. I am diagnosed with hyperthyroidism which I didn’t know I have. I came to visit a doctor because I’ve been having hand tremors since 2020. At first, it wasn’t really bad until I noticed that I’m not able to understand my own handwriting! I stopped writing in my notebook and instead wrote in my personal notepad for my diary.
As soon as the doctor heard me say I have hand tremors, she immediately said, “You have a thyroid problem.” Blood tests and ultrasound confirmed it and I’m under medication now.
My hip operation was canceled, too. I need to recover first from hyperthyroidism because it’s affecting my heart. Once my thyroid activity has normalized, the operation will proceed but that is if I have collected the amount of the implant to replace the old one. I am way far behind yet but I know I’ll get there.
These new challenges are all exasperating and motivating at the same time.
But life continues.
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