So, on Sunday June 26, I was taken (by taxi, as I pointed out in my last article) to Davao Doctor’s Hospital. I had just suffered a heart attack!
First stop was the Emergency Room. My wife, Feyma came with me to the hospital, and a friend met us there in case he could assist. In the emergency room they asked about my symptoms, gave me some medication to relax my heart, and generally got me stabilized. After an hour or so, they took me to the Cardiac ICU, where they take special care of heart patients.
Later that day, my doctor, Dr. Rustia, came and saw me. He didn’t say “I told you so” even though he advised me to go to the hospital on Saturday, but I declined to do so. Later, a cardiologist came to see me, his name was Dr. Barcinas. Dr. Barcinas was a referral by Dr. Rustia.
As I recall, I stayed in the Cardiac ICU for 3 days, but perhaps it was 4. I didn’t really like it in there much. My family was not supposed to visit at all, but I was able to make special arrangements to allow a limited number of visitors. Mostly, my wife stayed there with me, and one of my sons and daughters came pretty regularly. I also had a couple of very close friends who would visit daily. Having family and friends around me is important to me, because I feel it helps me get better. I know it cheers me up a lot.
Moving to my room
After a few days in the ICU, I was moved to a regular room in the cardiac ward. Being in a regular room was a bit more comfortable, although what I really wanted was to go home.
I stayed in my room for 2 to 3 days, and on Friday, July 1, I was able to go home. Going home was important to me, I always feel that I can relax a lot more and recuperate at home rather than being uncomfortable in a hospital room.
When I visited with the cardiologist and my internist, I decided to treat my heart condition by using medication instead of any type of invasive procedure. My budget was fairly limited at that time, so I needed to keep the costs low. I started taking a blood thinner, a statin, and some additional blood pressure medications, to keep my blood pressure very low.
Cost of my 6 day stay in the hospital
So, I entered the hospital on Sunday, and was released on Friday. Sunday I spent time in the Emergency Room, then the rest of the day on Sunday, and going up until, I believe, Wednesday, I was in the ICU where I had special monitoring. Next I was transferred to a private room in the hospital where I stayed for about 3 days.
All in all, the hospital bill, which included all doctors, Emergency Room, ICU, regular room, medications… everything… came up to about P100,000, which is a little over $2,000. That is not bad compared to similar treatment in the USA.
Read Part 1: June 2016 was a real wake-up call
Read Part 2: Confirmation: It was a heart attack