Dr. Edgar Eufemio ordered my son to go straight to his clinic in Megaclinic on the 5th floor of Megamall for change of sugat dressing and therapy (agad).
Medyo I was a bit uneasy because it’s just been less than a day after surgery but syempre we have to trust the doctor’s orders. Dr. Eufemio and his father are respected in the field of sports medicine. They are reputedly two of the best.
Their clinic is on the 5th floor, between Megamall Building A & B. It’s a long walk from any of the entrances. When we were about to get-off, my son couldn’t move because he was feeling nauseated and he was so maputla. Parang he was about to faint. I got off and asked the security guards where I could borrow a wheelchair, dun daw in front of Kenny Rogers. I walked and looked for Kenny Rogers. Duon pala sa gitna, rental of kiddie strollers. And they also have one wheelchair. Thanks God the one wheelchair was parked there. Eh pano kung meron ng nag rent?
Rental rate is P60 per hour. I pushed it to the exit where our van was waiting. sinakay ko ang anak ko then pushed him all the way to the elevator, then to the 5th floor.
Bigat ng anak ko.
The minute I saw the place, I told myself, I don’t want to come back here. Kasi ang daming tao. Medyo nakakahilo. No more extra chair to sit-down. Sympre maingay din.
We should not have come here. We should have told the doctor we would just go to Cardinal Santos. Eh dito daw ang clinic nya today.
We waited for an hour before my son was attended to. They changed his dressing.
Doctor told us to come back after two days but ayaw ko na nga ditong bumalik. He asked where we live, he’s asking us naman to go to his clinic and rehab center at the Fort! Ang layo naman nun, aakyat na naman ng building. I told him we prefer to go to Cardinal instead.
Nyke’s classmate in Xavier, Juls, was also there for his rehab.
We waited for almost an hour before a physical therapist came. I paid P300 for this session.
My son had therapy agad 15 hours after his operation. He was actually not feeling well. Frankly speaking, I regretted having brought him to Megaclinic straight from the hospital, less than 24 hours after his operation. He should be at home, resting. Dapat mga after two days na lang kami pumunta sa doctor.
The place was overflowing with people. sobrang alikabok pa dito sa loob.
While my son was having therapy, I followed up with the doctor the professional fees. Kasi nung sa Cardinal, when I asked him, dito na lang daw sa clinic babayaran.
Prior to the schedule of operation, they gave my son an estimate of costs- something like P150,000. We thought that’s all inclusive, yun pala eh……
After the surgery, when the nurse handed over to us the operating room bill, sabay pa kami ni Edmund na napadilat ang mata nung nakita namin yung total. Operating room pa lang eh P105,962 na. Tapos Edmund paid P3,000 for the room deposit. I paid another P1,700 for extras.
And some weird thing, I found this sheet of paper inserted in the survey form. I didn’t understand what this was for. I have paid for the remaining hospital bill kaya hindi ko na nabayaran ito. P100 charge for the professional fee of the surgeon, and another P100 for the anesthesiologist. Baka kako nagkamali ng sulat yung nurse or billing.
When the secretary of Dr. Eufemio gave me how much we’re going to pay, hindi lang nandilat ang mata ko, parang gusto kong maubo. Hay naku, ang laki naman. Parang umabot ng P250,000 ang nagastos. His secretary kept on saying, kasi daw we chose Cardinal Santos, mahal daw talaga. Had we chosen to have the operation done in Megaclinic (Megamall), baka daw P50,000 lang bayaran sa operating room. And she even told me they have a package for P100,000 all in. This is water under the bridge but for the sake of argument, I clarified “So sa P100,000 kasama na pati professional fees ng mga doctor”. She said yes. When I repeated my clarification, she said mga P120,000 daw, tapos she said mga P150,000 daw.
Iniisip ko kung ano yung scrub nurse. Ang mahal naman ng singil. I wanted to inquire about it sana but I might antagonize the doctor.
I issued a check for P133,500 and requested for a receipt. She’ll give it to us on our next visit.
We spent a total of two and a half hours in their clinic.
Before leaving Megamall , on our way out, I bought some snacks but Nyke was too faint and nauseated to mind the food.
Isinakay ko muna ang anak ko sa van, then the maid went back inside Megamall to return the wheelchair.
Nyke had difficulty climbing two floors. Slowly and pagapang.
He threw up as soon as he reached his bathroom.
I replaced all the pillow cases again, the bedsheet, his blanket, plus I cleaned again the sipit sipit around his bed.