by Rochel Reyes, II Accountancy, UST
What is the best way to spend a warm summer day? Well, I decided to go to visit the sick at Philippine Orthopedic Center with my friend from Iraya Study Center. It was a very hot day and as I observantly entered the hospital, I wondered how the people inside, who were physically and emotionally in pain, were able to bear a place which was not properly ventilated. I felt sad over the first patient we talked to for he was still young to be in a situation like that. His name is Jason and he has a tumor on his hips that need to be operated on. I saw in his face the burden it brings to him. It was really distressful yet, hope must not be forgotten. Jason’s very young mom willingly share to us her problems, that is, in between smiles and tears. She also heaved a brief sigh of relief upon receiving us, their first visitor, ever since Jason’s admission to the hospital more than a month ago. After promising to pray for each other, we said our goodbyes and left them with some refreshments we bought at a food store. As we were leaving the hospital premises, we met another lady whose husband was also confined in the ward. Sensing what she needed, we gave her a food package which she gratefully accepted. It has been months since her husband was admitted in the hospital and, like Jason, they were wanting of money needed for an operation.
The experience made me aware of how people can be at very rough times. Those bed-ridden patients really need prayers and love. We are lucky enough to be blessed with food and safety each day and we must not take all these for granted. It’s all about learning to share and thanking God for what we have…even during summer.