Just because you can’t own a new gadget, you feel doomed? Just because you didnt get to buy a limited edition of Louis Vitton or Hermés bag, you feel incomplete? You think that already gives you enough reason to procastinate, feel deprived? Satisfaction and contentment seems to vary depending on the social strata a person belongs to. While you worry for those trivial matters, some are having a problem how to bring food on the table three times a day, money to buy the next dose of antibiotics of their hospitalized kin, or plywood to build a casket for his dead son…
Shouldn’t simple matters bring you happiness – you have work, you eat regularly, you can change clothes everyday, you wake up daily, you are not ill?
A young man, in his early 20s, recently graduated from college. He was vibrant… until one day he was vomitting and having a headache. He went to the hospital and on vital signs check, his bloop pressure was an astonishing 200+/100+. His work up pointed to a kidney disease, probably chronic in nature but was never detected. Apparently, kidney biopsy is already moot and academic. Adding up to the insult, he is already on severe renal insufficiency state, bordering on the state where he needs dialysis. The advise was definitive treatment would be kidney transplant (both). Meanwhile that he is on wait list, he is on a maintenance drug, costing him 45 pesos per tablet, 2 tablets 3x a day. And there are other meds he need to take, plus the regular check up. This he needs inorder to abort the progression of his condition, yet the kidney injury is status quo, it does not improve. He was suggested to undergo the experimental stem cell therapy, and according to him, he will need an estimated 3M pesos expenses for this.
Surprisingly for this man with a very depressive health status, he remains positive and optimistic. He cracks joke and even smiles while he shares his story. Unusual huh? Here is a man who is on the brink of death, smiling… yet there you are sulking for missing the concert of your idol, for missing the launch of the newest gadget, for having worn a gown similar to the gown worn by a person of belonging to lower social standing than you… Yeah!