Thursday, 10 May 2007

Of Splitting Headaches and A Groovy Old Man!...


Today was not a good day for me.

The walk from my hostel to my college, if taken at a leisurely pace, takes about 15 minutes. But I am known to walk very quickly. My friends always say I sprint everywhere, and seldom walk, even when I am carrying a few bags. I don’t know; I guess it’s a habit of mine…

The walk, between my college and hostel, is indeed a nature lover’s dream come true. As my college is located at the top of the hill, trees and the like are still aplenty. Indeed, we have a little stream passing just behind my hostel; a stream that gurgles and rushes after a heavy downpour, and gently trickles when the weather is hot. A bridge has been built over it so we can ahem, get to the other side…*Ok, lame*...


In the stream, big rocks are strategically placed. Sometimes when the weather is scorching hot, it is my greatest wish to plunge, clothes and all into the stream, sit amidst the rocks, and just feel the water lace my toes and skin.



The Stream...Isn't it gorgeous? *Sigh*

But I cannot do that. Because then I risk someone calling up Tanjung Rambutan and having me erm, institutionalized…

The trees and lush greenery are also home to many animals. Like monitor lizards, that range from the miniscule to the really fat (when I say really fat, I mean really fat...It's a wonder they can walk, actually...); like birds of every size and colour (I once saw a flock of gleaming crows just snoozing on the branches); like butterflies and bees…

The way to college, is indeed, beautiful…In fact, I sometimes think ‘beautiful’ is an understatement…


So why was today a bad day for me?

Well…I was walking at my usual pace, happily eyeing the little lady bugs that were crawling on some leaves (Aren’t lady bugs just the cutest?), when all of a sudden, WHAM! I felt my head split into half…

My head was of course physically still intact, but for some reason, I was having a piercing headache. I felt my vision disappear for a few seconds, and then it came back. But the pain was excruciating. It was as if little bolts of lightning were hammering behind my eyes and at the temples.


And to think that the only thing I could think of was: “Please don’t let me faint here. I don’t think I can stand the embarrassment”…


Anyone walking behind me probably have thought I was trying to audition for the pantomine: After all, I suddenly lunged to one side, grabbing the railing for dear life...

Luckily, it is just the 3rd day of my new semester, so I wasn’t carrying much. It was then that I truly appreciated the fact that there were trees and boulders all around me…


The Bridge...

I was at the bridge when the headache hit…Until now, as I blog this, I wonder how I managed to climb up a flight of stairs from the bridge to the nearest boulder…But climb I did…


The Stairs...Can you believe (I can't!) I managed to climb this?

And so, that is how I found myself sitting for about half an hour on a rock (and leaning on more rocks), under the tree. For some reason, that entire half hour I was there, no one walked pass me…

Which is probably a good thing: I was spared the agony of coming up with an excuse as to why I was leaning on some rocks in the middle of nowhere…With a headache of that magnitude, entertaining small talk and being nice about people asking questions was the last thing on my mind…In fact, I would probably have barked if anybody had asked me anything…

After about half an hour however, I found that I was feeling ok again, save for the dull pull I felt around my forehead and neck…It is during times like this that I feel very thankful that I carry Paracetamol in my handbag, and water…And it sure helped that I was resting under shady trees with cool grass all around…

And for some reason, I went ahead and went to class…I mean, I’m already ¾ of the way to college…And to miss the first lesson of the semester isn’t going to look good on me, no?


And boy, did I not regret it, for I met my new American History lecturer today. He’s about 75 years old and has plenty of missing teeth and most of his hair. The cute thing is, he is so wrinkled, I think if I made a loop in his ear and hung an earring, his skin would stretch about an inch…or more!

I thought: Oh boy, I am so going to hate this class!


But you know what…I was wrong…Very, very wrong…

He was hilarious!!! He danced when he introduced Henry Ford and the automobiles, he hummed the waltz when he spoke about the changes in people’s taste of music during the Revolution, he imitated Disco dancing when he spoke about the Era of Rock and Roll, and boy, he gyrated his hips when he spoke about the number of Asian immigrants having the time of their lives in Hawaii…And today’s lesson was just an introduction to how history can have an impact on our lives!

You know, I learned one thing today: My History lecturer, who is more than 50 years older than me, is funkier than I am, and has more groove…

Sad huh? But then again, I am soo going to enjoy History class this semester!

At least…I hope I am…



14 comments:

aemi said...

Nai.. you got see doctor or not??

Splitting headaches out of the blue don't sound very normal to me.. too much blood going up the head?

jimi said...

Daphne, jalan perlahan-lahan. Always. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the walk.

Anonymous said...

Daphne,
Ru ok sweety? I hope you are. What happen? Was it the weather or what? You take care OK?
Ranbo

Toh said...

Hey Daphne, I hope you're feeling better. Don't fall sick, eithgerwise it's a sad place. Cheers.

Akira said...

That lecturer sounds fun!

I'll make sure to put medicine in my bag too... Just in case.. XP

Hammerhead said...

Hope you are feeling better..go and see a doctor lah. BTW, what course r u doing?

Anonymous said...

Daphne,
It would be wise to go to a doctor and tell her of what you experienced exactly. Depending on Panadol is a short term measure.However, a young person like you shouldnt get what you had, so the earlier to the good doc, the better.
Life can be sweeter,yah.

DrLov.

zewt said...

cxrmdscsdont u think it's a lil dangerous to suddenly feel a sharp pain in the middle of your journey, luckily there was no opportunist.

CGMC = canning garden methodist church....

elviza said...

Dearest Daphne,

Ohhhh you poor soul! you must be extra careful you know... take care.

Enjoyed reading this post of yours sista

Daphne Ling said...

Hi everyone,
Actually, I'm feeling very fine now...Probably it was like Ae Mi said: Too much blood going upwards ;) I'll go see a doctor if it happens more, but I think making a trip based on isolated incidences would warrant hypochondriac-ism, huh? But thanks for the concern...Appreciate it!

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

I am a heat sensitive person. I do get headaches if the sun hit me far longer than I can take and that is usually not long! So as a rule I always travel with panadols (the active ones). I can understand what you said about not carrying some that day!

But I'd say you were lucky, you did not lose your balance or anything like that with those sharp pain pangs. Glad you're feeling better.

As to that funky lecturer, well thats mat-salleh lecturers for you. They teach with quite a different approach (read: fun approach and we understand our lessons better with them!!).

Long time ago, before leaving for UK, I attended sixth form classes for a few months. I did not understand my physics then. When I did my A-levels, I understood the exact same physics. It's the method of teaching, or perhaps the english lecturer understood his physics and therefore he could explain better! Cheers.

J.T. said...

Hello Daphne.. Glad to know you are feeling better but do take care, dear. Shooting pains out of the blues do not sound normal.
Having said that, everyone's made up differently. I know what triggers my headaches - from mild to intense. Are you able to identify what could have caused that pain? If not, you know what to do. :)
Your new lecturer sounds fun. I wish I had someone like that for the subjects I found boring.

jimi said...

glad that you r okie.

Daphne Ling said...

Ooops, I have forgotten to answer some questions when I first posted a comment...

Hammerhead,
I'm doing my Bachelor's in Psychology (Clinical), and hoping to branch out into Clin. Psyc for Children and Special Children...

Zewt,
Yes, Thank God no opportunist...Oh, and I don't go to Church, I'm a Baha'i...But yes, I pass CGMC alot!

Ruby Ahmad,
Actually, Panadol gua ada bawa...Probably why I managed to go class after that...
And my lecturer is NOT Mat Salleh...He's Chinese, teaching American History...Cool guy! And thanks for visiting...