Sorry for the lack of posts for more than 10 days. Nagrereklamo na ang iba diyan including si Janis. Wala daw akong update. So sorry because ngarag ako these past few days. I was busy planning for our Korea trip, madaming ganap sa work, volleyball training and games and kung ano ano pa.
Anyway, so eto na ang kwento ko about why we weren’t able to set foot in Seoul this week.
September 16 – Monday
Just before I packed up to go home from work, Alvin texted me, “May lagnat si Anika.”
Shet. Kinabahan na ako. We were set to fly to Korea on Wednesday, September 18 at 7am.
When I got home, may sinat si Anika pero matamlay. Her temperature read 37.4. When she saw me, she cried and hugged me.
ANIKA: Nanay, iiwan ako. Hindi ako makakasama sa Korea.
My heart broke.
ME: Of course not sweetheart. If magkasakit ka, we will all not go. If you can’t go then we’re not going to Korea, okay? Concentrate lang on getting better. Sa Wednesday pa naman ang alis natin.
While she slept, Alvin and I talked. Wag ko daw muna isipin ano gagawin namin kasi gagaling naman daw si Anika tomorrow. Chill na chill ang Alvin samantalang ako dasal ng dasal kay St. Expeditus and Sacred Heart na sana mawala na lagnat ni Anika.
September 17- Tuesday
I woke up at 430am to a feverish Anika. Her temperature read 37.6. Sinat pa din. While she and Alvin slept, I cried. I don’t know how but I know we will not be pushing through with the trip anymore. Around 6am, I left for work. I cried on my way to Magallanes church. Even though sinat lang yung kay Anika, dama ko na na hindi na kami tutuloy.
Remember what happened in Baguio last 2017? May sinat si Anika but sa ka-galgalan namin mag-ina, we pushed through with the trip. Her temperature when we left Manila was only 37.3 degrees, by the time we were in Baguio na, her temperature rose to 40 degrees. Grabe ang stress ko nun. I didn’t sleep kaka-punas sa kanya the whole night. I was calling also my friends to ask anong hospital ang okay in Baguio in case we needed to bring her. We went home to Manila the next day. Then she was hospitalized because of pneumonia and that was when my anxiety disorder was triggered.
Ayoko na ulitin. Nadala na ako. Nakakatrauma yung mga panahon na yun.
Anyway, I cried so much because ang sakit. While waiting for the rain to subside so I can go to the Adoration Chapel, I was inside the car crying. We have been looking forward to this trip. I have been planning our itinerary for 5 weeks. Memorize ko na ang Seoul kahit hindi pa ako nakakapunta. I knew what train to ride and where to get off to go to wherever. I knew how much it will cost. I knew how long ang lalakarin pag need maglakad. I’ve booked the flights, hotel, Sweet Escape, different tours and the wifi for rent. I knew where and what to eat. May mga pegs na ako ng mga pictures para sa mga places where the Kdramas that I like were shot. Nakalista na din ano mga bibilhin ko. I had new clothes for Autumn in Seoul. Anika had new clothes too. Hindi ko sinusuot yung mga magagandang panty ko para hindi na labahan ulit for the trip. Alvin bought a new selfie stick. I bought a new knee support for my tuhod because thanders ako and I had to be ready sa dami ng paglalakad. I had an emergency fold-able duffel bag for the excess baggage pauwi.
I was so f*cking ready.
That was why I was crying in the car. I cried at the Adoration chapel. I cried at work.
But I was still hoping mawala lagnat ni Anika.
Some told me that I can take Anika to Korea kasi sinat lang naman. Magdala na lang daw ako ng mga medicines niya. I didn’t like because what if dun siya lagnatin ng mataas? Uso ang Dengue ngayon. Paano ko siya ipapa-Dengue test dun if her fever will not go away? I cannot wait until Sunday when we go home to do that. It’s very risky. Also if dun tumaas fever niya, we cannot go home because for sure, hindi papapasukin sa airport if she has fever.
A lot of people were also telling me na kami na lang ni Alvin ang tumuloy like what happened when we went to Amsterdam in 2012. Tutal wedding anniversary naman namin. Well, that trip was different. We were able to leave Anika behind because she was fine except for the stitches on her forehead. She wasn’t sick.
Ang iniisip ko if Alvin and I go tapos paano if lagnatin siya ng bongga while we’re away? Sino magdadala sa kanya sa hospital? And if that happens, our vacation will be ruined because we will just worry all throughout.
And besides, hindi masaya if hindi kasama si Anika because she was really excited for this trip. Lahat ata ng maka-salubong ng batang ito sinasabihan niya that we will go to Korea eh.
We took her to a pedia that afternoon. Nagbabakasakali ako baka sabihin ng pedia that we can go. Malay mo may alam siya na hindi ko pala alam. However, her pedia didn’t allow her to travel. By this time, concede na naman din ako. Ayun na, umiyak ang Anika. I told her it’s okay. If she can’t go, we all won’t go. Deep inside, umiiyak na din ako.
When we got home, napuyat ako the whole night because ang taas ng lagnat ni Anika. Always 39 degrees or higher! I was praying it wasn’t Dengue. I monitored her buong gabi. Wala talaga akong tulog.
In between everything, I was in my laptop trying to cancel all the bookings I made. I was trying to minimize the financial pain nitong trip na ito sa akin.
September 18 – Wednesday
We were in the Emergency Room of Asian Hospital at 9am. There were a lot of people! The waiting time was 5 hours! We arrived at 9am. The doctor saw us at 10am. They gave Anika paracetamol at 11am. She was given the thing where she should pee at 1130am. They extracted blood from her at 12noon. The doctor talked to us with the results at 3pm. We were discharged from the ER at 330pm. We were there for more than 6 hours! Exage talaga.
While we were waiting,
ANIKA: Nanay, what time is it?
ME: It’s 10am sweetheart.
ANIKA: So we’re supposed to be in the airplane na sana by this time, right?
ME: Anika, don’t torture us more.
Thankfully it wasn’t Dengue. Her urinalysis and CBC results were okay too. Viral lang talaga. Lintek na viral infection yan. Ibang klase na ano?
When we got home, Anika’s fever spiked up to 39.9 degrees and hindi talaga siya nakakatuwa. I gave her Ibuprofen. It took 2 hours for her fever to go down to 38 degrees. Nakakasira talaga ng bait. It’s really stressful when our kids are sick.
Anyway, we stayed home na lang and watched 3 movies in Netflix the whole night. Okay naman. We watched the 2 movies of Maine Mendoza kasi light lang. Ayaw na namin ng additional stress.
Except for sinat yesterday, Anika is better. I always said na kaya ko ang ibang stress in life except magkasakit ang mga mahal ko sa buhay. I think all mothers feel the same way. I want to thank Wowa for visiting Anika. Anika requested her cookies kaya ito namang lola niyo nag-bake pa before going to our house. Iba talaga pag-apo ang nagrequest ano? I also asked Wowa to bring fruits for Anika. She needed vitamin C. My mother-in-law visited also last Tuesday to check up on Anika and to lend moral support.
If kakamustahin niyo ang mga refund requests ko,
-I was able to request na from AirAsia. I have to wait for 2 weeks to know if they can refund. I can’t talk to a real customer service person there so I can’t ask what the CLOSED status mean. It didn’t say denied naman so I’m hoping. All requests and questions kasi are coursed through AvA, their virtual assistant. Although she’s helpful naman, the answers are limited. Iba pa din if real person ang kausap. This is the most expensive loss that I will incur in case they won’t refund. Php 31,000 din. I wanted to talk to a real person sana because I want to ask if I can just rebook the flight.
-Sweet Escape didn’t want to refund at first because of their cancellation policy. Napakiusapan ko and they decided that they can put my payment na lang to a credit in their website. Meaning, I can use it later on if I like. It’s better than no refund.
-In Agoda for our hotel, they were able to cancel it but they charged me for a night’s stay. Php 5,000 din yun.
-The tours I booked were approved for refund. I have to wait for 2 weeks to see if mabalik nila yung money.
– Flytpack, where I got my portable wifi, was refundable naman except for the Php 700 penalty. Okay naman.
So what are our plans na? I still plan to push through with our Korea trip. Sayang eh. I am just waiting for the refund from AirAsia then I will rebook our flight to end of November. I wanted to rebook it to next weekend but Alvin said it was too soon. We are going to Japan with Wowa at the end of October so end of November na lang kami sa Korea again.
Walang kadala-dala ano?
I refuse kasi to accept that just because lagi na lang may aberya before we travel, hindi na kami magtratravel at all. No. Bakit kami magpapaapekto sa ganun? Go lang ng go lagi plus a lot of prayers.
Pero aminin niyo, ang creepy di ba? Always na lang there’s something before we travel. It’s funny because one of my online friends told me magpatawas na daw ako. Ever since before I was married, ganito na ako.
Since we use Papa’s airline incentives when traveling before, zero fare ang tickets namin everywhere (domestic or international flights). But that also means that our tickets are not bookable. We have to wait until everyone’s checked in and if may free seats pa, dun lang kami makakasakay. In one of our trips to Amsterdam, Papa, Toots, Noel and I were able to fly to Malaysia for the stop over to connect to a flight to Amsterdam. The problem was, 3 days na kami nagtatry sumakay sa Malaysia however, we can’t get seats because puno lagi ang flights to Amsterdam. I got tired of waiting and told Papa I’ll just go back to Manila na lang. I won’t go with them to Amsterdam anymore. On the 4th day, Papa got me on a flight back to Manila in the morning. On that same day, nagkaron ng free seats and nakalipad silang lahat na boys to Amsterdam.
May balat kasi talaga ako sa hita. Hindi ako lucky sa travel. Lelz.
Thanks to my Instagram friends and followers, I learned something. I should get a travel insurance whenever we travel. It can cover expenses if ever hindi matuloy. Ha! Now I know. I shall get one for our Japan trip and the next Korea trip.
Sabi ko naman sa inyo, try and try talaga. I will not give up my love for traveling.
Osha, ang haba na ng kwento ko. Until next time!