UPDATE ON MS. SALAZAR
On August 18, 2010, Ms. Remedios Salazar was rushed to Makati Medical Center
because of dehydration from vomiting. Dr. Rosas, her attending physician,
recommended that she be confined in thee ICU for close monitoring because of
blood infection due to UTI and mild pneumonia.
Early morning on the 21st, Ms. Salazar had a heart attack. During the day her
condition was stable with the help of medicines.
Today, August 23rd, Dr. Rosas said that everything is fine except that her
platelet count is low. A hermatologist will see her tomorrow.
Last Thursday, the anointing of the sick was administered to her. Please
continue to remember her in your prayers.
Re: Financial Support for Ms. Salazar
Tet Salazar had to pay a deposit of P95,000.00 in the evening of the 18th. By
Saturday, the hospital bill was already at P150,000.00. We shall release funds
to support the hospitalization of Ms. Medy. As of today, the SSAFI fund for Ms.
Medy is about P175,000.00. We have been suppporting her by paying the monthly due for two caregivers and the therapy for two times a month since January 2009 (P20,400.00). We need to raise funds for her continued wellness.
For those who wish to send monetary donations, our peso current account is:
St. Scholastica's Alumnae Foundation, Inc.
Bank of the Philippine Islands Vito Cruz, St Scholastica Branch
Current account number 2771-0017-53
Thank you for your concern and support, fellow Scholasticans.
In behalf of the SSAFI Committee for Ms. Salazar's Wellness,
DID VILLEGAS, GS61,HS65,AB69
I visited Ms. Medy the week after typhoon Ondoy. Her house and her room was also flooded about a foot high. Her hospital bed was high enough so the caregivers did not have to move her. She had also electricity during that time for the flood waters was just below the electric sockets. The aircon was not on at the time of my visit for they were still drying and airing the room.
Ms. Medy is doing well. She can now take a little cake, ice cream and other sweets through her mouth aside from feeding through the peg. The latter feeding is every four hours. She has put on weight and her mind is active again..
I think regular short visits from some of us would be great for her. She can communicate which the caregiver can interpet. When I said good-bye, she tried to ask me when I was coming back. She longs for company.
It has been a year since she suffered that bad fate. Through your support, we have been able to attend to the monthly salaries of the caregivers and the fee for the regular therapy. We have also reimbursed Tett Salazar, her niece, for the hospitalization bill in the first quarter of the year.
Tett received the dollar donation which Mila Magno brought last April, 2009. On behalf of Tett, I would like to thank you again for all your concern and support.
Didi Villegas (HS 1965 and College 1969)
SSAFI Board Member
The amount of php 297, 528.66 through paypal was remitted to the SSAFI Current Account for Ms. Medy Salazar on November 27, 2008. We now have a total donation of php 480, 958.66 as of December 9, 2008. The donations also came from Scholasticans in the Philippines and from the USA sent through Ms. Lourdes Castro-Roa, SSAFI President, in October 2008.
Thank you again for the generosity of our fellow Scholasticans in Canada and the USA.
The SSAFI Committee for Ms. Medy met last December 3rd and have agreed on how the funds will be managed. We are meeting with Tett Salazar on December 17th to decide on how best we can help Ms. Medy. By the way, Elsa Lava-Mapua is also a member of the Committee.
I also found out from our Parish Church that our parish priest visited Ms. Medy and administered the Annointing of the Sick last December 2nd. I'll still check on the Lay Minister for the regular reception of the Eucharist.
I'll give you again an update after our meeting with Tett Salazar.
May the Spirit of the Advent Season be with all of you.
Didi Villegas for the SSAFI Committee
November 26, 2008
Thank you for your generosity and concern for Ms. Medy Salazar. A Committee of four has volunteered to take care of the donations coursed through SSAFI, to coordinate with her niece, Tett Salazar, (a Scholastican from Grade School up to College, and currently a faculty in the GS Unit; she was my student in Grade I and in College.) and to give you updates on Ms. Medy.
The SSAFI account for Ms. Medy is:
BPI St. Scholastica-Vito-Cruz Branch
Current Account No. 2771-0017-53
Issue transmittance/checks to St. Scholastica’s Alumnae Foundation, Inc. or SSAFI
I visited Ms. Medy last November 15th. She’s bed-ridden; doesn’t speak but looks at us, may be trying to figure out who her visitor is, recalling how we looked in High School; occasionally, Tett would wipe her tears. She sleeps most of the time but is awake at night. She has round-the-clock care-givers (2) and a house help. Tett stays with her after classes until about ten in the evening. She told me that she would normally read to Ms. Medy the notes and letters from her former students and friends when she’s awake.
Donations have poured in cash, in kind and in services. Tett has opened two bank accounts on behalf of Ms. Medy for the donations that are directly given to her. A hospital bed has been brought in by the class of Loyan Wycoco-Pineda. A physical therapist now comes regularly courtesy of another Scholastican. A former student also arranged for a lay minister to bring her the Eucharist that week. I’ve arranged for a lay minister to bring her Communion every week on Saturday afternoon when her niece is around.
I reminded her of Gigi Prats’ offer that Ms. Medy be brought to their family hospital in Cabanatuan for complete check-up and physical therapy for free so that she could be given the best services possible. Tett says that she told Ms. Medy about this “vacation” but the latter does not want to avail of it. I also told Tett that SSAFI has opened an account for the donations that have been addressed to SSAFI. I assured her that we all care for Ms. Medy and for her.
The SSAFI Committee for Ms. Medy includes Gigi Prats, Ampy Lim, Marilou Simon-Lim and me, Didi Villegas. We have not met as to how disbursements would be done. Noemi Laca, our office secretary, has prepared receipts for these donations.
Ms. Medy has made our High School life so memorable and has left imprints in our hearts. Today, Ms. Medy’s health has bonded the Scholasticans, the Sisters, and her co-teachers for a common purpose – for her total well-being.
Didi Villegas (HS ’65, AB ’69)
For the SSAFI Committee
Dear Fellow Scholasticans,
Greetings from SSAFI!
The generous response of offering help to Ms. Medy Salazar, our former high school teacher/mentor/administrative officer, is truly overwhelming and touching!
We are overjoyed to see the outpouring of love and concern from her former students. This reflects the Christian values that we still carry with us - a legacy of our Scholastican upbringing.
First of all, we would like to thank the classes of Emma Yuhico, Marimi de la Fuente, and Mignon Wycoco-Ramos who sent the initial emails about the condition of Ms. Medy which moved her former students into action.
Some SSAFI Board members and other former students have gotten in touch with Ms. Medy’s niece, Teresa Salazar, who has been teaching in the Grade School Department for 16 years. We found out from Teresa, through Neni Sta. Ronana-Cruz, that Ms. Medy is the only surviving sibling of Teresa’s father. Ms. Medy’s other sister, Ms. Cora Salazar, who was also our teacher in high school, passed away in the US at the age of 60 because of a kidney complication. Teresa thinks that this may have been the beginning of Ms. Medy’s deteriorating health because these 2 unmarried siblings planned to grow old together. Teresa has 9 other cousins, 5 of whom live abroad. One of the cousins owns the house where Ms. Medy lives and she also sends money monthly for Ms. Medy’s needs.
It was only in February 2008 when Ms. Medy’s arthritis immobilized her. In March 2008, Teresa got her an “egg mattress” which can help prevent bedsores. It was in July that she became bedridden. Teresa recounted the story of the “bites”. It happened in the afternoon. Ms. Medy was awake and she said that she didn’t even feel it when it happened. It was only later that she felt the effects of the bite and had to be hospitalized. Ms. Medy stayed in the hospital for 15 days. Her stay in the hospital was prolonged because it was discovered that she would choke on her food. They had to place a peg in her stomach through which she is fed 4 times a day. Her tests also showed that she had a low hemoglobin count.
Teresa says Ms. Medy is on her 3rd week at home, and is recovering well. She still has difficulty in speaking, though. According to students who visited her, she recognized some of them and that she likes receiving visitors. She experiences pain when transferring from her bed to the wheelchair. She is awake in the morning, sleeps in the afternoon and is awake again at night. Teresa is the only one among her cousins who lives nearby. Because of her job, she is able to visit her only at night from 6 to 10pm. But now that they are on semestral break, she is able to visit her also in the daytime.
Her visitors consist mostly of former students who come in by Batch and bring her immediate needs—disposable diapers, bedding pads, some fruits, vegetables and food that can be osterized. Our SSAFI office secretary, Noemi Laca has gone to visit her and some SSAFI board members will be visiting her today.
We received a request from US-based alumnae for SSAFI to coordinate the receipt of donations for Ms. Medy. Out SSAFI President Ma. Lourdes “Melo” Castro-Roa and Amparo Lim, Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, are the point persons for this. Ms Roa is currently in the US to be with her daughter who gave birth a few weeks ago, but will be back in Manila by next week. We got the clearance from her to give an initial update and to respond to this request. We suggest that you send your future emails to SSAFI email address: firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN Ms. Ma. Lourdes Castro-Roa and Ms. Amparo Lim and cc email@example.com.
We are coordinating with Teresa about Ms. Medy’s other needs--- costs of the salary of the caregivers, other supplies needed for her care, etc. According to Neni, at first she was a little reluctant about discussing costs, but she told her that these information is necessary as SSAFI will be receiving the donations and disbursing them. It will be easier to get it from SSAFI office as she works in St. Scholastica. Teresa mentioned that initially, she had a problem with the fast turnover of caregivers. Neni expressed to her that the burden of care for Ms. Medy does not need to fall just on her, as her former students are eager to offer monetary, moral and spiritual support.
Thanks for all the suggestions you sent through email. We have mentioned to Teresa, some of the suggestions/alternatives regarding the care that can be given to Ms. Medy. She and her family are appreciative of the concern shown by her former students and SSAFI.
We will be meeting with other SSAFI board members and get the inputs of other batches. Daisy Barawidan, who is active in the US Eastcoast alumnae group has forwarded some of the emails to our Benedictine sisters to inform them of Ms. Medy’s situation. Ms. Roa will be also be talking to the sisters so that our efforts to help Ms. Medy can be coordinated with theirs.
SSAFI is looking into ways that collections can be remitted efficiently and economically. We will keep you posted regarding the account numbers that can be used. Although the funds are targeted to help Ms. Medy, it was suggested that this can also be the start of a fund for other teachers who may need our help in the future. Give us your thoughts on the possible name we can give the fund for our teachers who unselfishly gave of themselves and who helped make us “the true and finished women of character”.
And, most important of all, we ask for your prayers for the speedy recovery of Ms. Medy and for guidance from above as to how best we can help her. That in all things, God may be glorified!
Proud to be Scholasticans,
Ma. Lourdes Simon-Lim -- PRO
Maria Elsa Lava-Mapua -- Secretary