Story Time: Hospital Diary

Disclaimer: This is basically just a post of me narrating what happened to me the past week, why I got hospitalized and my experience under the care of our very own University Health Services.

So, if you guys are following me on Instagram (that’s @cthgrcia), you’ve seen on my Instagram stories that I have been confined for the past week, and here’s the story behind it since there are quite a lot of people asking me what happened.

It was June 27 (Tuesday) when my roommate rushed me to the hospital. I swear I was perfectly fine the night before and I am not feeling anything unusual, but then when I woke up in the morning, my headache is extremely bad, I feel dizzy and I feel like I’m going to have a fever. I also felt pain in my neck area but I brushed it off thinking that maybe I just slept with a wrong position for quite a long time. Having been said that, I drank paracetamol immediately, hoping that it will take the headache away and it would prevent me from having a fever.

I attended my classes for the morning even though I was feeling really shitty already. I even managed to attend my laboratory class at around 10:00 AM but during the whole class hour, I was really in pain already and I felt like my temperature is rising. We got dismissed an hour earlier (which was at around 1:00 PM) so I went straight to my dormitory hoping I could rest the feeling away. Sadly, after few minutes, I can really feel my fever rising, but I thought I could cure it by myself. I asked a friend to buy KoolFever for me (the thing you place on your forehead when you have a fever), I ate lunch, drank another dose of paracetamol and slept, thinking that I would feel better the moment I wake up. But unfortunately, I didn’t. I woke up at around 5:00 PM and my fever just got worse. I had to call my roommate, who thankfully was able to arrive as soon as possible, to take me to the hospital.

It was a struggle, knowing that the University Health Services (UHS) is located on the Forestry part of the campus and we don’t have a car so we had to wait for a jeepney that’s willing to go to Forestry. It took so long, I think we waited for around an hour for a jeepney. I was literally crying already and I felt like I was about to collapse anytime soon.

The moment we arrived UHS, it took quite a long time before I was accommodated. They got my temperature which was already 39.8 C that time (yes, guys, I was literally burning hot). But they just let me lie down for so long while I was crying due to my headache and the heat that I could literally feel all over my body. Various tests were done and the doctor arrived about 2 hours after.

The first diagnosis was merely Urinary Tract Infection. Since my fever is not going down, I was asked to be confined so that they could check out on my condition pertinently. It was then that they discovered that I also have severe pus on my throat up to my pharynx (sorry if this sounds extremely nasty for you guys), which basically explains why my fever is not going down. This happened because I love eating a lot of sweets and I love drinking cold beverages but I am not that fond of drinking a lot of water. The extremely high fever lasted for a week and it was just the other day when I got discharged. Because of this, I was forced to drop all my subjects that I was taking this midyear, which is such a heartbreak for me since I was doing good with my first few examinations and exercises.

The bottomline of this post is that we must never ever ever neglect our health. Eat proper food and drink a lot of water all the time. It sucks that I have to experience it this way before I actually learn my lesson.

So, that’s all for this post, I’ll be trying to update this blog more often since I will be staying at home for a whole month before the regular semester begins.

Again, take care of your health, fam.

With love,

C. ❤️

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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