Last Thursday, I was shocked to receive a text message from my younger sister telling me that our eldest niece was in the hospital and was scheduled for surgery later that day. We went to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City that night. Her appendectomy was still ongoing when we arrived at the hospital. We had to wait until 11:00pm for my niece to be brought to her room so we could see her and talk to her.
We learned from the nurse assigned to her room that aside from removing her appendix, the doctors also sutured an ovarian bleeder. This might have been the culprit for her unceasing stomach pain and high-grade fever the day before she was operated on.
Her mom and sister were informed by the surgeons that my niece’s appendix was intact, but they decided to have an elective surgery to remove it so that appendicitis can be ruled out when my niece complains of stomach pain again in the future. It’s a good thing that my niece has a health insurance plan that covered most of her hospital expenses.
Having seen the importance of having health insurance, I told my niece’s younger sister, a registered nurse, to transfer to a company that offers the same health benefit to its employees. I would be happy to see her work in a reputable hospital where she can use her nursing skills.