To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure with the abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential). A “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely help them a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery and to a new beginning. Here’s one reflection from Cacay, a 27 year old IT professional and mother of 2 from Muntinlupa City, Phlippines. She was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a risky pregnancy.
We always practice maximum restraint in publishing pictures of POC’ms (Products of Conception) from our patients even if consent is given. The default position is not to publish any pictures at all. However in this case and possibly more in the future, the decision to release the photos online is more for the benefit of women contemplating such a life-changing decision. It is best to do the procedure in the first first 4-7 weeks of pregnancy for lesser emotional and physical strain on the patient. We asked for the consent of the patient and she gave us the nod. UNLESS CONSENT/PERMISSION IS GIVEN, WE DON’T RELEASE ANY PHOTOS from our patients
I am Cacay, 27yrs old. I have 2 kids and living with partner.
We both decided we do no’t want another baby for now. He’s business just started to flourish and I just got a new job that will start my career in IT. Aside from that I have hypothyroidism and OB warned me n manipis n ang matres ko and I should not get pregnant again until I am 30. It’s risky to carry the child.
I came across this blog where I learn project 486.
They responded very fast and scheduled my consultation with sir John.
we sent the payment on 5/30 and we received the parcel 5/31.
May 31 – started the low folate diet and fasting and then I take the Mife 11:59PM and went to sleep.
June 1 – low folate diet, just like a normal day. i don’t feel anything
June 2 – Big Day
12mn. start of fasting
5AM I prepared myself, took a bath
6AM – start of the vaginal miso, after the insertion I went to sleep and wake up at 10 AM
10AM- start of buccal miso, no cramps, except for the the lower back pain due to my position, bawal gumalaw or tumagilid.
12noon- started to feel cramps, nag hot complress na ko to ease the pain.
2PM – bafore I take the 2nd buccal Miso, tumayo ako para magCR, then I felt a sudden gush.
Then on the floor a big clot. I know that moment na yun n sia.
I tried to pick it up so I can wash it with water. pero bago ko pa sai mahawakan my emotions suddenly burst. I cried. and nsabi ko n lang sa asawa ko “hindi ko kaya” at umiyak na ako ng umiyak. naghina na ung ktawan ko.
tinuloy ng partner ko ung documentation habang umiiyak lang ako at nagsimula n din siang umiyak at naririnig ko lang sia nagsasabi na “sorry, anak”
pinilit kong tumayo kahit na hinang hina n ung mga binti ko. humiga ulit ako habang iyak ako ng iyak.. hindi ako makapniwala na tapos na at nagawa ko yun. I never thought na aabot ako sa ganitong desisyon sa buhay ko.
We finished the documentation and natulog n ako. When I woke up, nabasa ko ung txt ni sir John na I’m officially not pregnant anymore.
I am on my way to recovery, 1 week after the procedure. My life is back to normal like nothing happened.
I will forever remember the day. We promised to be careful next time and we should push our selves to be sucessful para hindi masayang ang sakripisyo ng suppose to be 3rd baby namin.
I don’t have regret kasi ito yung sa tingin namin na best para sa pamilya namin. And dahil risky if itutuloy ko ung pregnancy natakot ako n maiwan ko ung dalwang kong anak at ang asawa ko.
Pero may kurot sa puso ko everytime maalala ko araw na yun.
He’ll be forever in our hearts.
He’ll be our gurdian angel.
–Cacay, 27,Muntinlupa City, Philippines
P.S. Practice safe sex.
“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon
Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines LXVII (67th entry)