Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Of Holidays in Hospitals and a Funny Old Lady...



Hey everyone!


Sorry for the disappearance...I just got discharged from the hospital...Was thinking of saying I was busy with schoolwork, but if somebody from school reads this blog, they will know that was a lie, so...


Anyway, I got admitted with a high fever and a disabling migraine, and it turns out I had a severe infection (my white blood count was almost 18 000!), which was the result of (you would never believe me!) my allergies gone wrong...This allergy of mine is wrecking quite a lot of havoc, isn't it?



I was very sure they would just keep me in the ER for a few hours, pump me with some super-powerful drugs and painkillers, and send me home (like a couple of years back), but the doctor said cannot...

My regular physician was in a seminar...Her colleague, the doctor-on-call, admitted me, but he was gracious enough to give my case back to my regular physician...




And so I thought I would get to go home the next day! So much for that, because *grumble grumble*, I had to stay on...Turns out, my blood pressure plummeted to a 70/40 very early the next day, so there was some frenzy (like wondering if the BP machine was right!), and the doctor forced in some IV-fluid to push my bp up....


And I kept staying on because my bp was just stubbornly low...




I can't remember what happened the first 2 days (what I'm telling you is what mum and the doctor told me), because I think the first doctor sedated me...My mum isn't sure because she said he said too many things and she couldn't remember whether he said he would...



Thank God for mum though, cos otherwise it would have been very difficult...The first 2 days, I could not even go to the loo on my own...




Anyway, I had a very interesting old lady for a neighbour...She was admitted for her diabetes and hypertension, which caused some dizzyness, but she was otherwise fine, so she chatted with my mum very happily...She told my mum she was very happy I was admitted because it meant she had company...(Note to self: I...will...not...take...it...personally...)



She was told by the doctor to call the nurses if she needed to go to the toilet or if she needed anything when her children were not around, because he was afraid she would faint, so the result was her pressing the bell very, very often!


At one point, 4 nurses appeared to take her to the toilet, and she told them "Ampat orang mau tengok saya kencing ka?", and she sent the other 3 back!



The next instant, she decided she wanted to bathe, and this time, she walked out of the room and hollered "Misi, tolong saya!", and 2 nurses came, to which they asked why she didn't use the bell...

She answered: "Nanti, lagi ampat orang datang. Saya takut oh. Lain kali, saya tak mau guna bell lagi".


She then got one nurse to take her to the showers, and ordered the other nurse to stand outside the door ("Lu berdiri sini tunggu saya keluar ok?") to wait to help dry her, and so it was that I had one nurse in my room waiting outside a closed bathroom door...



Seriously, they obliged that old lady's every whim!



When she saw my grandma, she told my grandma she was 100 years old, to which my grandma said she looked very young! And she giggled and said: "You believe me ah? Wah!" (She's 70)...



She also chattered about almost everything under the sun, and when one family friend came to say hi (only about 3? people knew about my nice little holiday in the hospital), she chatted with her too! And when she left, we said "Bye-bye, see you" and this old lady quipped: "Bye-bye, tapi tak mahu see you lagi. Kalau see you lagi, kena masuk hospital lagi ar"!



Real clown of a lady...



Then the nurse came to give her an injection of insulin to her tummy, and the nurse asked her "Ah Poh, tar cham ah (give injection)...Ah Poh takut ke?"...

Old lady replied: "Mesti takut lar. Itu jarum manyak panjang oh. Kalau saya cucuk lu, lu pun takut ma. Mari, saya cucuk lu pula"



Aiyo...



Anyway, I'm on medical leave to give my bp some time to completely stabilise (till end of week ler), so some nice time for me to catch up on some rest...=)




Oh, I had one regular visitor outside my window every day...I caught it on my handphone on the last day...





At a distance...




Close...




Closer...




Closest!





PS: Will answer comments and emails slowly, k?



27 comments:

Mat Salo said...

Daphne!

My goodness didn't know you were sick. Hope it's nothing too serious (but 'masuk ward must be serious, kan). Oh, so glad you're discharged...

Where sis? Ipoh or Penang?

Take a good rest. Please take your time. We need you to make us feel human again... :)

"Bye-bye, tapi tak mahu see you lagi. Kalau see you lagi, kena masuk hospital lagi ar"! - Ha-ha, kelakar laa po-po ni. At least you had a good neighbor...

Nightwing said...

Hope u r feeling better.

Take it easy and rest well.

It is good the old lady has such good humour....:)

Kak Teh said...

daphne,get well, get well! and have a good rest while you can. I just recovered too - really bad fever.

straycat's strut said...

You never ceased to amaze me, Daphne. You can still see the positive side of things and the goodness of the people around you even during the worst of times.

I cursed anything and anyone making any sound when I have a migraine. I am ashamed of myself now...

Anonymous said...

little sister...
you must have been in septicaemic shock, that's why your bp was so low - hope you're much better now (you must be..otherwise, you would not get discharged!). been visiting your blog from time to time. keep up the spirit and get better soon :).....ST

Faridah Khan said...

Daphne!
Nothing really gets you down does it? So sick and still with such a sense of humor. I think you are underplaying this whole episode in the hospital a lot isnt it? I no doctor but I kknow for sure that a bp of 70/40 is no joke for laughing. Lucky you were in the hospital! You could have died at home! Im sure that kind of bp you would have fainted and everyone would have paniked! You take care ok?

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

oi leng lui,

so you decided to blog about your little escapade huh? hehehe...let me guess, that little bluff i suggested to you doesnt seem like a good idea after all aint it? kahkahh...

glad you've discharged anyway as nothing beats recuperating from the comfort of your own home,...your bed and pillows.

now that you're on mc, just get all the rest you can get. wishing you a speedy recovery.

*oh, and dont need to worry about replying the comments.

zorro said...

loo sular okay ah?

Puteri said...

Daphne,

Get well soon! Take it easy!

Pi Bani said...

Wei, you sudah okay ke belum? Mesti dah okay sikit otherwise you wouldn't have been discharged kan?

Have a good rest, get well and pamper yourself at home while you can!

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne

Hope you are feeling better today.

Looks like you had fun company in the hospital - someone to take away the dullness.

Take care, my dear.

minxie said...

get well, daphne.
*hugs*

tiff

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Abang Mat,

Ala, sure lar you don't know...I didn't tell people ma...=)

In Ipoh lar, Abang Mat...Pantai Ipoh...Kalau Penang susah oh, cos my parents all here right?

Anyway, the 'po-po' was very funny lar...Her hubby, equally funny, cos he was nearly fully deaf, and he doesn't wear a hearing aid...So yeah, the last day or so, I had a nice time giggling away...Keke...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey NightWing,

Yeap, I'm feeling much better...If I take it any easier, I'd be a bum adi ler...;) As for the old lady, she was a lovable thing lar, which made my stay more un-boring!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Teh,

Ooh...The weather in UK cranky, is it? You've been under the weather quite a bit huh? Thanks for the wishes, and here's wishing you a speedy recovery as well...

Take care!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Straycat's Strut,

Thank God I am not affected by sound and light when I get a migraine (which isn't too often lar)...You curse everything cos you can't tahan ma...Mine I am not affected ma...Can't compare...

Anyway, I figure they sedated me during the very acute stage...All the laughing like giler is when getting better ma...;)

Take care ya?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Big Sis ST,

Hey! I saw your comment in a previous post when I came back, but I have yet to reply that (I think)...

Anyway, yeah lor, septicaemic shock (or whatever you wanna call it)...But I'm ok ler...The benefits of having a young body is it is easier to heal...Hehe...!

Thanks for coming by anyhow...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Faridah,

Hey, I believe in trying to see the silver lining...I was sick but nothing compared to alot of people lar, wei...Everybody gets sick from time to time, no? My turn lor this time around...

But yeah, this is one time I'm glad my parents vetoed me and took me straight to the hospital...Er, not that I could fight; I could only manage a feeble 'Don't want'...

=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Wah...Maybe I should get sick a little more often...That's the first time you've called me leng lui! It's either that or you've run out of funny ways to write my name ;)

Aiyo, sure lar, nothing beats home, but at the hospital, one good thing was I really got to rest...No distraction, no nothing...If I tried to go anywhere, the nurses will send me back to my room or bring a wheelchair, so yeah, I slept like a baby!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle B,

Wa sular ok ar...Hehe!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

Haha...Like I said to NightWing, if I take it any easier, I'd be a bum adi...=) But thanks for the wishes...I'm doing fine! =)

You take care too...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Wah sudah ok ar...Yeah lor, 'pampering' myself at home right now...But feeling guilty also lar...=(

Like I said, everybody falls sick one lar...My turn ler this time!

Thanks Kak Pi!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi JT,

Hey, hey! How are you? Long time no see...=)

Anyway, yeah, I had some nice company in the hospital...The old lady was like a bird, chirping all the time...=) Lovable old thing though...

And yeah, I'm feeling tons better...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Tiff!

How's your Questionnaire coming along? Hope the project is getting along well...=)

Anyway, yeah, I'm doing fine now...Thanks! You take care too yeah?

*Hugs back*

Anonymous said...

Dear Daphne,

I drop by your blog fairly regularly after reading other (mostly political) blogs. You know, get some sanity back!!

Glad to hear you're OK. Especially now, with all the things going round blogosphere.

warm regards,
Mus

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mus,

Thanks for coming by, and thanks for the comment...I appreciate anyone who comes popping by (even by accident!), and it's all the more special if they leave a more permanent footstep like a comment or email (so we can communicate)...

I am feeling great now, so thanks!

mott said...

Hey...

hope u're alright now!!

Thanks for stopping by. I did update my other blog..yes..the lil fler is OUT!

And it's another lil boy! Am extremely sleep-deprived but am glad he's a healthy lil screamer!