One Manic Monday in Puerto Princesa City

The cold dawn woke me up with a start. My sister-in-law was knocking on my door hurriedly. She needed the wood stand to iron her two kids’ uniforms. I opened the door for her and took my beddings off the floor. Lately, I preferred to sleep on the floor than on my bed for no particular reason. Then, I went to the kitchen  to boil water for a hot drink, no, not coffee anymore. I had loved coffee since my mom allowed me not to drink my morning milk in my teen years. I liked to drink coffee better than pure milk since then. But this particular day, I was sentenced to coffee-less mornings.

My family loved drinking coffee except my father due to his kidney problem. Only kids below teen-age were prohibited to have a sip of it. But everyone else was free to drink as much as he could. I remember my uncles and a few aunts chatting and laughing over cups of steamy brewed coffee. Not only my family but neighbors and visitors who dropped by our house would gladly accept a cup of coffee offered to them graciously.

The pain on my lower hip and some swelling on my eye bags made me aware of a health problem. I needed to see a doctor soon. I imagined a diseased kidney which would require my much-feared dialysis. So I prayed that I would be spared from such a condition. When I went to the doctor, I was ordered to have several lab tests. Blood sample was extracted from me. Next was a urinalysis, then I was scheduled for an ultra sound and an X-ray the next day. Afterwards, I was advised again to have a stool exam and another urinalysis. When all the needed tests were taken, the doctor did not find a very alarming health condition. But an inflammation of vertebrae might be the cause of the pain and swelling.

I was prescribed pain relievers and vitamins. Instructions were given what to eat and not to eat, what to do and what not to do. My activities before would be altered. I should avoid hard and heavy works as my creatinine level was borderline. Exerting much energy would raise the creatinine level, as well as eating several foods like red meat and legumes. Most drinks like coffee should be avoided too. To take care of the kidney, those things should be strictly observed.

Lately, I realized how important it was to really value our health, to take care of our bodies. Just one damaged or diseased part would mean a complete turn of things. If my kidney was found defective and dialysis was the only solution, I knew it would feel doomsday. After that visit to a doctor here in our city seems to bring some paranoia. My relaxing morning with a cup of coffee was gone, foods would be double-checked before eating breakfast and chores were to be selected. All things in a day were somehow connected to it.


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