I just arrived from Iligan after attending to the needs of my father. He has been suffering from a condition that makes him lose energy quickly even without strenuous effort. We checked with his physician, and brought with us the previous laboratory results for reference yesterday.
While the results were all within normal ranges, it was still inconclusive since it was not helping us pin down what is causing him to lose strength. I ventured an educated guess, stating that since his blood pressure has been very low, perhaps what needs to be done is to update his diet to make his blood pressure increase. The physician approved our request for blood chemistry, and true enough, the two factors—Na and K—were well below the established values.
It is a bit frustrating when I consider the factors that predisposed this. There were many, and nearly all of them were totally controllable. I guess this must be how men, when they reach that point in life when their parents are in their sunset years, feel when faced with the fact that what could have been prevented, happened—again.