I had a bad night. I slept two hours in the arm chair under continuous oxygen. I wanted to rest in bed longer during the morning but I had to introduce Doctor Pacis to Sister Ingoberga at the hospital and then rush back to Cancer Clinic to see a patient from China Bank.
I had a light luncheon , and a two hour siesta. At 4:30 p.m. I met John G. Brimo in his office and we went to Luneta for some fresh sea air. We parted at 6 p.m. as he had a dinner engagement.
I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I had a fair night. I shaved and went to 7 a.m. Holy Mass at San Beda Church. Father Columbano arranged a mass for me alone. There being no sermon it was finished in 20 minutes.
Went to Lourdes Hospital to visit Ambassador Nieto and Charito Legarda who had a heart attack last night. She was then rushed to the hospital. I gave her a strong talk on the dangers and effects of smoking on the health of individuals. I told her: “I know that I am talking to the wind. You will just laugh and at my talk. What you do with your body and your health is your problem, but I remind you of an important factor. Think of your children. You have a lovely family and beautiful children. Do not exchange them for the pleasure of cigarette puffs.”
I felt that she was touched. She promised to obey me. Let us see!
This is the 398th foundation anniversary of Manila. Villegas has called it ARAW NANG MAYNILA. and President Marcos has declared it an official holiday for Manila only. Manila was founded by Legaspi and Urdaneta in 1571.
I went to the Lourdes Hospital to see Dr. Aldanese operate on Mr. Garduno a patient of Philippine Cancer Society. It was a very long and tiresome operation so I did not wait for the end.
This afternoon at 3 p.m. I went to Oceanic Store in Escolta to buy the wedding gift for Miss Linda Cantada. I talked to her last night and she specified she wanted a Big Ben alarm clock de Luxe. I then went to Dasmariñas Village. Makati to deliver it. I then had a one hour clinic at Oceanic Pasong Tamo. Returned home 5:30 p.m. I Retired at 9:15 p.m., although I already had a good one hour nap after dinner.
I woke up as usual 5:30 a.m. Had breakfast. Took my blood pressure it was 160 mm. Systolic. I took a capsule of Rautrax. I think it was a mistake. The Japanese sphygmomanometer is probably not good. At about 9:30 a.m. after I had treated a patient, downstairs in the clinic, I felt very dizzy. I sent for Colonel Salacup who took my blood pressure. It was 60 Systolic.
I was carried upstairs to my bedroom. I then went into shock with profuse perspiration. Bombona called the priest from San Miguel who gave me the last sacraments. Dr. Busuego and Dr. de Jesus arrived as my heart stopped and they began a cardiac massage which revived me. Then I was connected to the cardiac monitor and cardiac pacer.
At 2 p.m. I was transferred by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. My condition still serious. I am still connected to the cardiac monitor and the cardiac pacer. I am given a drip of Dextrose 5% in H20 with Aramine, and another bottle with Isuprol. As soon as my pulse is lower than 45 beats per minute Isuprol is injected in the drip. The Aramine is given continuously to maintain the blood pressure within a normal range.
Attended lecture 8 a.m. Then went to Lourdes Hospital. At 11 a.m. I went to the office of Justice Marceliano Montemayor for meeting of the Committee that investigated the charges of unexplained wealth against General Cabal. Justice Montemayor told us that he went to see Secretary Mutuc to inquire if the retirement of General Cabal meant that President Macapagal had cleared him. Secretary Mutuc said that he would study the matter, and advise us accordingly.