Jennylyn Mercado's Mommy Lydia was recently rushed to the hospital due to complications that started with a cough and escalated to something more serious. Mommy Lydia is Jen's aunt but the former legally adopted her after her biological mother migrated to London, England.
"Matagal na 'yong ubo niya, e," a worried yet composed Jen shared with Startalk today, October 10. "Mga one week na 'yong ubo niya tapos lagi siyang nahihilo at lagi siyang nanghihina—nanghihina talaga siya."
X-rays revealed that there was a spot on Mommy Lydia's right lung that was, according to Jen, "parang sign yata ng tuberculosis."
Tuberculosis, or TB as it is commonly called, is an infectious disease that attacks the lungs. Symptoms include chronic cough, fever and weight loss. Its treatment includes a course of antibiotics that may take several months to a year or longer.
Jen added that aside from x-rays, additional tests have to be done to determine what other medical issues her mom may or may not have. "Kasi mababa na din ang platelets niya," Jen said. "Umabot na ng 50, so hanggang ngayon hindi pa namin alam—wala naman siyang dengue [fever]."
Such is Jen's worry that it is hard for her to concentrate on anything else while Mommy Lydia's true condition is still to be officially determined.
"Mahirap ang 'yong hindi malaman kung ano sakit, so ang utak mo, 'Ano ang nangyayari?'" lamented Jen.
IT'S JUST OLD AGE, SAYS MOMMY LYDIA. Whatever the doctors may later find, Mommy Lydia feels that it is simply old age taking its natural toll on her. "Simply, siguro dala na sa katandaan ko," she calmly said. But she does worry that such health complications may affect her responsibility as a loving lola to grandson Alex Jazz or AJ. "Marami sakit na dumarating kaya ganito siguro. Kinakabahan ka kung ano, dahil siyempre may apo ka na dapat pang alagaan," admitted Mommy Lydia.
She, however, expressed that prayer has always been the answer to such trials in life. "Dati, noong pinagdadasal ko noong maliit pa si Jen, e sana humaba pa buhay ko alang-alang sa anak ko. Noong maayos na buhay niya, sabi ko, 'Lord, puwede mo na ako kunin. Maayos na si Jen. Wala na akong worry.'"
But when Jen gave birth to AJ last August 16, 2008, Mommy Lydia once again prayed. This time for an extension. "Sabi ko, 'Lord, huwag na muna!'" laughed Mommy Lydia. "Mayroon naman ako hihilingin, yung apo ko naman."