February 1, 2023

For this 66-year-old mother, all she wants is to lessen the burden of her children in taking care of her.

A washing machine and some cash is all that Basiledes Flores is asking for to sustain her medication and to give some semblance of the things she used to do before she got sick. 

In an appeal coursed through the Courier, Basiledes said she has difficulty going about her daily routine because of her heart ailment.

Her medical bulletin released by the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center shows that Basiledes has a rheumatic heart disease, severe mitral stenosis, severe pulmonary hypertension, and atrial fibrillation or rapid heart rate, which resulted in her breathing difficulties and if left unchecked could result in stroke. 

Her heart ailment often finds her frequently confined at the intensive care unit of the BGHMC – the recent one was last Sept. 1 to 9. When she was discharged, she was required to have an oxygen tank by her bedside to facilitate her breathing.

However, Basiledes said she and her children do not have the financial capacity to sustain her medication and the need to refill her oxygen tank every two or three days.

On top of expenses for her medication, she is also renting.

Basiledes said if not for neighbors who give her food, do her laundry, and constantly check on her, life would have been doubly difficult.

So as to still be functional, Basiledes is asking good Samaritans to help her in her medications.

She is also asking for a washing machine.

Nawawalan ako ng paghinga dahil sa bara sa puso kaya ako naka-oxygen sa bahay. Pero salamat sa pabor ng Diyos na ako’y binigyan ng tibay ng loob upang labanan ang aking karamdaman. Mga kapitbahay ko ang nagmamalasakit. Binibigyan ako ng pagkain araw-araw at naglalaba ng aking mga damit,” Basiledes wrote. 

She said her children already have families of their own and donations to sustain her medication and some amount to buy a washing machine will be a great help to her.

Salamat nang marami sa kung sinuman ang magmamagandang loob. Humihingi rin ako ng washing machine upang hindi na maki-suyo sa mga naglalaba para sa akin. Mahina na ang aking mga paa at lagi ako sa higaan at umaasa na makatayo pa ako hindi tulad noon na nakapaglalaba, nakakapagwalis, at nakakapamalengke pa,”Basiledes said.

Basiledes lives at Purok 3 Sto. Rosario Valley. She may be reached through 0949-800-2951. – Rimaliza A. Opiña