Johnnie Sapong’s son quoted: Life can change in an instant, and we often take our health for granted until we face a sudden crisis. Such was the case for my family on the 8th of June when my dad, Johnnie Sapong, experienced a harrowing health scare that nearly took his life. This blog post is a testament to his strength, the medical professionals who saved him, and the challenges we now face as a family.
A Frightening Awakening
It all began with a severe headache and blurred vision in my dad’s left eye, waking him up in the early hours of Thursday, the 8th of June. Ignoring the pain, he soldiered through the night because we had my little brother’s 5th-grade graduation scheduled for the morning. Little did we know that this was just the beginning of a terrifying ordeal.
Seeking Medical Help
Assuming it was a migraine, we advised my dad to rest while we attended the graduation ceremony. However, when we returned home later that morning, his pain had only intensified. Concerned, we decided it was time to take him to the emergency room (ER). Even though my dad had a strong aversion to medication, he had already taken the strongest painkillers available at home. This raised red flags, indicating that something was seriously wrong.
At the ER, my mom accompanied my dad while I anxiously awaited news. The situation quickly worsened, as the pain persisted despite IV drips of fluids and painkillers. Migraine medication also proved ineffective. To alleviate his suffering, they resorted to administering morphine, a measure my dad was adamantly against. The medical staff conducted multiple scans, including CAT scans and MRIs, to determine the cause of his deteriorating condition.
A Life-Threatening Diagnosis
Finally, the results of the scans revealed the unimaginable. A large tumor was discovered on my dad’s pituitary gland, situated within his brain. It was exerting pressure on his brain and optic nerve, and worse still, it was bleeding. As a consequence, my dad had almost lost all vision in his left eye, and his pain was unbearable.
The Urgency of Surgery
With time running out and the threat to his life growing more imminent, my dad was transferred via ambulance to another hospital where a specialized neurological surgeon and his team were prepared to intervene. This sudden escalation of events left me in a state of panic. Just a day prior, everything had been normal, and now we were confronted with a life-or-death situation.
Upon reviewing the MRI scans, the surgeon explained the gravity of the situation. It was a life-threatening condition that required immediate action. If the surgery did not take place that night, my dad could lose his vision in both eyes or face a fatal outcome due to internal bleeding. Faced with this impossible choice, we entrusted my dad’s life to the surgeon’s capable hands.
A Successful Surgery and a New Reality
The surgical procedure began at 2 am that night, lasting for several hours. Although the risks were daunting, we were fortunate that the surgery was successful, and we didn’t lose my dad. However, his pituitary gland had suffered irreversible damage, rendering it non-functional. As a result, he will need lifelong medication and regular MRI scans to monitor any recurrence of tumors.
Road to Recovery
Currently, my dad remains in the intensive care unit (ICU), and we are unsure how long his stay will be. Our family faces an uncertain future as he recuperates, unable to work during this time. As the primary breadwinner, his absence leaves us worried about how we will cover our expenses. The mounting medical bills only add to our financial burden.
Seeking Support and Spreading Positivity
In the face of these challenges, we turn to our community for support. We understand that not everyone may be able to contribute financially, but sharing our story and spreading awareness can make a significant difference. Positive thoughts and healing vibes are also greatly appreciated during this trying time.
The experience of almost losing my dad has been a wake-up call for our family. We are grateful for the medical professionals who saved his life and for the successful surgery that removed the tumor. However, the journey to recovery and financial stability remains long and uncertain.
If you are in a position to help, we would be immensely grateful for any assistance you can provide. Our focus should be on my dad’s well-being and ensuring he has the time and support needed for a full recovery. Together, we can ease the burden and bring peace and healing to our family.
Peace and love from Zion and all the Sapongs.