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The Struggles I Had To Endure Just To Apply For A New Prosthesis
Two weeks ago, mom and I, along with my nephew, had gone to Cebu to process my prosthetic leg. Although I never wanted to go back there due to traffic and pollution, I still had no choice as it was required to have my presence there. The trip was successful, but the process was not easy, especially for my situation.
Since it was a heck of a journey, allow me to share with you how it all went.
We left home early in the morning coz mom doesn't want to be late. We departed around 6 am and surprisingly, it was fast enough that we arrived at 9:30. Since we already have contacted a grab driver, we didn't have to worry about the transportation. As soon as we arrived at my sister's apartment, we decided to get some rest and just process everything on Monday.
It was around 10 am when we decided to go to DSWD for the prosthesis. I was accompanied by my 9-year-old niece. When we arrived, we were told to drop by at their office first.
This was different from the last time I went there. Back then, I would simply go directly to the person who was responsible for the prosthesis and discuss everything with him. There was no third party involved at that time.
Now, we need to talk to someone from DSWD and answer several questions related to me, of course, and the people around me. I was also given a list of documents that I need to present to them before I could proceed to the next phase. These were the documents that I needed to submit by the way.
At first, I was worried because I left my previous documents at home coz I thought it was no longer needed as I had already presented such when I asked my sister's boyfriend to have my prosthetic leg repaired. I told them that I already emailed it to them last February but when they saw the email, they told me they needed a new set of documents because the previous ones were intended for repair. The new one should indicate that it is meant for getting a new prosthesis.
I almost lose hope coz they wanted a new set of papers. I then asked if I could process the documents in Cebu instead of Leyte, where I reside, but the other lady said it should be from Leyte since I currently live there. Good thing the lady who did the interview asked for my ID and when she saw my PWD ID, she realized that I am a registered voter in Cebu. I also told her that I had stayed in Cebu for more than 10 years before I resigned from my job last 2019. After hearing that, she then permitted me to process the other documents there, such as the Barangay Clearance, Case Summary, and the Medical Certificate. The other two were attainable, though, so I got no issue about them.
After the interview, we decided to leave to get the Summary Case in DSWS. Unfortunately, when we arrived there, we were told to get the other documents first coz they won't provide us the summary case without complying with the other requirements. So we left and decided to process the Barangay clearance first. It was just a walking distance but due to my situation, it took us a while to reach there. I almost got fainted, too, due to heat, but thank God I managed.
After a little interview at the Barangay Hall, I finally got my first paper out of 5. We then walked home and had rested for several hours before we visited a clinic nearby for the medical certificate. When we approached their personnel and explained what we needed, the lady suggested to us that we should verify first whether we are required to see an orthopedic or we can settle with any doctors.
I immediately DM the DSWD personnel, and she then told me to find an orthopedic or physiatrist for the said matter. So grateful for that lady from that clinic, though, coz we would have wasted $10 for nothing.
Mom and I went to Cebu Doc to see a doctor and get a medical certificate. We first visited the building at the back of the main hospital, hoping to see an ortho. Unfortunately, there was none in that area, so we asked the guard and told us to visit the next building and the next after. We found an ortho in the second building we went to, but the doctor was out. So we had no choice but to visit the last building, and finally, we found one.
We had to wait for 2 hours or so, though, coz the doctor was a bit late. While waiting, I grabbed the opportunity to play Axie while mom was playing her usual word game. When the doctor arrived, and it was finally our turn to see him, I immediately explained to him everything that I only needed a medical certificate. Surprisingly, he didn't charge us for consultation and only billed us for the medcert, which only cost $2.
After the stressful hunting for orthopedics, we decided to eat across the street. Then we took a cab and went to DSWS to submit the documents. I had to deal with the interview portion first and then waited for more than 1 hour until the personnel handed me the summary case.
I was so happy that we finished everything and still got enough time to submit the required documents to DSWD. As soon as I got to submit everything and they approved the papers, I then asked them if I could get my measurements done that day. She was hesitant at first coz she told me there were still many pending clients and doubt if the guy would be ready for another.
But I was so persistent and told her that I needed to do it that day. So she told me to see the guy and asked if it would be okay with him to get my measurements done. We went to see him and after telling him my side, he agreed to do it. We also exchanged numbers so I can easily contact him for updates.
This guy is not the same person who did my prosthetic leg before, but he seems like a nice person. After getting all my measurements, we finally bid goodbye. We went back to the office to inform them about everything and was about to give my advance payment, but they told me to pay them during my next visit. So this time, we thanked them and left.
I felt amazing, knowing that we were already done with everything we needed to process. On the 6th day, I decided to go to the bank to withdraw all my remaining savings, so I could pay it to mom. Thankfully, it was a smooth transaction, and went home after.
We had no reason to stay any longer, so we finally went back to Leyte with our baby boy. Thanks to my nephew, we don't have to take the bus. We just texted the grab driver to take us to Danao. Of course, it was my sister who paid for it so we got to save for the fare.
Despite all the stress I encountered during those days, I felt so relieved that I was finally on the waiting list. I just hope I won't have to wait too long, though, coz my current prosthesis is dying, and I badly need a new one.