3 to 4 years ago, I was diagnosed to have a condition called Diverticulosis. It sounds scary right? It sounds like a sickness that House M.D. will try to solve or Gail Grissom will investigate. What is it? What is diverticulosis?
Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the large intestine..In diverticulosis, the pouches in the colon wall do not cause symptoms. Diverticulosis may not be discovered unless symptoms develop, such as in painful diverticular disease or in diverticulitis. In many cases, diverticulosis is discovered only when tests are done to find the cause of a different medical problem or during a screening exam. Painful diverticular disease causes abdominal pain and cramping, especially on the left side. This condition normally affects much older people, 50-60 year olds. What can I say? I am special. 🙂 My doctors are surprised that I have it. I experienced cramping in my abdomen that time, and was rushed to the hospital, and that’s when I found out I had it. That was my first attack. How does it feel? The best way for me to describe is it that it feels like I have a balloon filled with water in my stomach. When I lay down to sleep, and shift to my sides, I feel my abdomen’s weight shifting either left and right. My 2nd attack occurred last month. That day, started out innocently enough, as I played golf with the Nolido family in the morning, watched Ateneo lose to UP in basketball in 1st round UAAP action , then dinner at a death anniversary of a good friends’ mom. After dinner, while walking to the car, I felt the abdominal pain again, and immediately I knew that it was another attack. This time I was hospitalized for a week.
At Lourdes Hospital
A CT scan showed that it was worse. My doctor advised me to have surgery. Janice and I decide to look for a 2nd even a 3rd opinion. They all diagnosed that I had to have surgery. At first they would only remove one part of my colon, then after looking at it again, they said 2 parts, then after all the tests, it was diagnosed, that my entire colon would be removed. 😦
Yup, puwede pala yun, to remove the whole thing. I thought I would be a semi colon, yun pala Colonil (as in zero). So now, I am here in St. Luke’s to have surgery. I want to share with you “How I spent my last days with my colon.”
Monday to Tuesday Aug. 31 to September 1 – My colon and I spent the days like any other day, meetings here and there, so nothing really special yet.
Wednesday, September 2 – Played basketball at Valle 6 with my usual group. Highlight was Paolo and Nico Teodoro,old team mates, showed up and played too. My colon and I said farewell to my basketball friends, and I will be seeing them in 2 to 3 months time. I played 3 games, won 2 lost 1. I took a lot of shots, more than my usual quota, sinulit ko talaga.
Thursday, September 3 – Morning meeting with Juice, then went to ADMU to pick the boys. My colon and I bade farewell the grade school for now. Then in the evening, I met with poker buds Noy, Heng, Chris, Mark, and birthday boy Blue. We played a couple of games, while also tuning in to Halikinu Radio. Lost all my games. Haay, malas. Still, my colon and I bid my buds goodbye. See you in a month or two. The weekend was coming up, and this will surely be a last hurrah for me and my colon.
Friday, September 4 – Went to Mall of Asia with Juice and Reese to meet up with good friends Al and Reggie. Al, Juice, my colon and I, met up with Al for a a while to talk investments, them later, Al, colon and I met up with Reggie to go to the Golf Expo at SMX. It was a productive day, as I was able to buy a golf bag at 50% off and a new 54deg. Nike wedge. Reggie bought a new driver, jacket, and a golf set. The day ended very well as my colon and I, with Reg, Juice and Reese, ate at Cafe Med. Busog! Colon bloated but happy. Parang last few meals niya na ito, kaya, I gave in.
Saturday, September 5 – My colon and I went to our event, Mommy Milkshake Marathon. Despite the rain, families came with their kids to run in the 5k and 3k at Bonifacio Hi-street. Around 400 people came to run to their support for breastfeeding. I had another event immediately after for a fbric softener, and that went well also. It was my mom-in laws birthday, and we celebrated at Astoria Plaza with my in bro in laws and my sis in laws and our respective families.. We checked in had dinner and spent the night there. My colon and I were tired from the events, but we were happy as we got to eat pancit, bbq, chicken, and chorizo rice. Yummmm!!!!! I slept with nervous excitement as I would play golf the next day, early morning. Sunday, September 6 – Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The weather did not cooperate with us, and it was raining. After conferring with my golfing mates we decided to postpone the game for Monday. The families went to Shang Mall for mass and lunch. Colon and I were happy as we ate in Mongkok Chinese restaurant. Chicken feet and Japanese siomai as appetizers, then fried rice, sweet sour pork, salt and pepper squid…. haay colon and I were stuffed again.
At Astoria Plaza
We then went home and met up with Nelson and Reggie. We were off to watch the rematch of Ateneo vs UP at The Arena in San Juan. Being an alumni of both schools, my colon and I were excited for this game. It was sweet revenge for the Blue Eagles. They went up 12-0, then 19-4 to practically take the fight out of the Maroons. The game thought was marred by a sad incident. UP player and former Blue Eaglet’s dad Alvin Braganza’s dad was carried out of the arena in a stretcher. I found out the next day that he passed away. My condolences to the Braganza family. Dinner that Sunday night was another gastronomic delight for my colon and I as we ate a virtual repeat performance of Chinese food, but with different viands. But same result, bondat parin. Next up in my colon farewell tour was Golf the following day.
Nelson, Me, and Reggie at the Arena. (Photo taken by Philip Sison from Fabilioh.com)
The Battle of Katipunan Round 2
Al Hussaini scored early over his smaller defenders
Eric Salamat scored a career high 23 points mostly on drives like these
Salva provided muscle off the bench
Jai Reyes, here defending Mike Gamboa, had 6 triples in the game
Vince Burke and the Blue Eagles stuffed the Maroons
Monday, September 6 – It was slightly raining when I arrived at Reggie’s house. A minute or 2 later, Nelson showed up. We then hopped aboard Bubbles (Reggie’s van) and went to Navy in Fort Bonifacio. We arrived in Navy around 6am, and the rains had actually stopped. We teed off shortly after. The 3 of us finished the front 9 all tied with a score of 52. The back nine was actually better for me, as I adjusted my tempo with very good results as I was now hitting my driver straight and long. At the 14th hole, it suddenly rained. As in bumagyo. I was literally in the middle of the fairway when the heavens opened up. When the rains let up, fire away!!! It was quite an adventure especially on the water logged greens. Try putting over a puddle of water. The weather cooperated with our flight and wasn’t a factor anymore the rest of the day. I scored a 97, Nelson, 99 and Reggie 100, all season highs or should I say lows for the 3 of us. Thank you Golf Expo!!!! At least my last golf game ended memorably. With a heavy heart, my colon and I bade farewell to my golf set. See you in a couple of months.
At The Navy Golf Course
Come Rain or shine.......
Tag araw o tag ulan......
Pampering was up next before I made my visit to the hospital. I got a haircut, pedicure, and trimmed my goatee. My last meal at home (for the week) was my mom in laws “Dollibee” burger plus potato chips. Yummy as usual. Before leaving for the hospital though, I got a call from Coby’s Coach E basketball coach. He asked if he would allow me to let Coby play basketball with NBA Superstar Tim Hardaway in the morning show “Unang Hirit.” Of course I said yes. So with that, my colon said goodbye to the house, never to return again. I was able to get in my room 3 hours after we arrived. 😦 The good news was that I was still allowed to eat. So my colon and I had a last hurrah of McChicken and fries.
Tuesday, September 08- 6:30am. Tim Hardaway is being interviewed by Drew Arellano and Suzy Entrata. They then call in two kids who will play two all with him. Tim and Coby are paired together up against Drew and another boy. Coby and Tim smoke the competition, as Coby makes all his shots, while Tim misses one. What a performance. Proud daddy naman ako.Click here to see the video.
Coby with Tim Hardaway
So here I am in my hospital room. My doctors visited me already, and my colon and I are scheduled to part ways at 7:30am tom. Thanks my colon, I will miss you. It’s been a great 41 years. You were literally a part of me. See you guys. Wish me luck!!!!