Good Friday has come earlier for Philippine Star columnist Billy Esposo, writes his sister Carol.
I am praying for him.
BILLY’S GOOD FRIDAY
writes Carolyn Espiritu on her Facebook wall
Today, they did a kidney biopsy, then they worked up his weakened enlarged heart to test its limits, injected a dye and put him under an MRI machine. They also injected an anti-rejection drug which I was told cost P250,000 per shot–he was given a double shot. (I would waive treatment and choose death if I am charged this.)
He was in so much pain that he told his doctor to put him to sleep while they transfer him from his bed to the MRI table. He was given propofol–the same drug that killed Michael Jackson in overdose.
He is heavy (280 lbs) and it took 7 orderlies and male nurses to lift him. He aches all over–his back, his legs, his arms. His back pain is from the cancer growing on his bones. Breathing is difficult, made worse by water retention which weighs down on his lungs. He has to be drained daily of retained water lest this also put pressure on his heart. He is given daily dialysis as temporary relief for the congestion in his system. If his transplanted kidney slips to 15% efficiency, he will have to return to dialysis, something he dreads.
We are lucky his doctors are the best . We know his ailment cannot reverse itself and his life depends a lot on how his doctors manage his treatment. We have seen Billy the Big Mac defy the odds too many times, we cannot discount this to be yet another one of his triumphs. In between his pain, he manages to crack the unexpected punchlines that defuse the worries of loved ones around him.
Billy had long been prepared to celebrate his Easter. That and only that gives us consolation.