Thursday, March 4, 2021

3 Things I Leant From My Recent Medical Condition

Patient tag at the hospital

18 Feb 2021 (Thu) is just one of those mundane day, it is supposed to be just another normal work-from-home working day, but it is not. Wife told me that she has been noticing about the louder than normal "snoring" sound (even though I am wearing the nose-patch which deemed effective for the past few months), but I continue to "sleep". 

Why it is so "un-normal" for me? I felt like my body has insufficient energy to wake up (I usually woke up at 7AM during weekdays and it is already 8 AM but I am still "sleeping"). After a few nudged by wifey, finally managed to drag my body up from the bed and utter something that I myself also cannot apprehend. After tidying the bed a bit, I walk slowly but snake-ly towards the living room and "falled" straight on the sofa and remain there for awhile...

Wife noticed that something is not right for me, she recommended I see doctor and search for the GP near my house and wait for the clinic to open, she made an immediate phone-call reservation for the appointment. 

During this period, my walking is unstable and I faced difficulty in grinding out words that's considered audible and understandable... 

After a few test carried out by the GP, he recommended me to go straight to the SKGH (Sengkang General Hospital) A&E with a referral as he is suspecting that I am having a stroke symptoms... This strike me like an iron rod but life goes on (for the time being)...

Luckily SKGH is near my place and after waited for about 30-40 minutes, I finally seen the doctor (or nurse) and they have immediately sent me for the necessary lab-test like CT Scan etc...After waited for about 1-2 hours, a group of doctors finally told me that I am having a stroke (the exact medical term that they used in the MC is Thalamic stroke, left thalamic infarct) and need to admit me immediately for follow-up test (like MRI, Echocardiogram etc...) to counter confirm that my stroke condition is not worst than what has been shown in the CT Scan.
The "hole" that I will remember for life!

After 5 days/4 nights in the hospital and went through numerous tests (as mentioned above) and the daily (day and night) measures of my blood pressure and blood glucose (I was diagnosed to be a Diabetic one month ago and on daily medication), I am deemed "ready" to discharge from the hospital and to recuperate at home instead (with the 1 month MC given for stroke patient). 

I am still recuperating from my condition at the moment but as my condition is considered mild in nature (at least that's what I believed), I will do my best to come back stronger.  

So, following are the three things that I've learnt:
1. Even though my admission is considered urgent, I have LOG (Letter of Guarantee) from my company and I have Integrated Shield Plan as back-up plan, I still decided to stay in the B2 Class (with Government subsidy) ward. I am with 4 other patients in my ward but the doctors and nurses are equally professional and caring in their services. it also make the "stay" less boring. So why not?  Besides, with the recent news that the Riders of the Integrated Shield Plans are going to change to "with co-payment" Plan, I think it is only fair for us to "bear" some cost and choose the right services. Stay rightly!  

2. For the past one month, with the diagnosis of my Diabetes, I have been eating healthier and exercise more regularly (where possible), I don't anticipate that any such major illnesses (stroke, in this case) will hit me in such short time, but I am wrong. Never say never! Even though high chance that my case is  due to hereditary (my mum has diabetes/stroke prior to her passing on), it is still a factor that we all need to take into consideration when reviewing our health. Health is Wealth!

3. You are what you eat! Before discharge, we went through a session with Dietician on the diet that I should and should not take, it is a good news that for the past one month, my wife has been hitting the jackpot for all the food/fruits that I should take (in view of my diabetes condition), it also means that prior to this, I am a care-free person that eat anything/everything coming to me! Well, I am not able to turn back the clock now, the only thing that I can do now is to move forward and eat rightly (especially on the portion of food intake). Eat rightly! 

Thanks for reading and see you folks again. 

Cheers!

14 comments:

  1. That must have been a terrible experience. Wish you well and a good recovery.

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    1. Lizardo : Thanks and I am recuperating well.

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  2. Wishing you a speedy recovery and thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. SingaporeanTalksMoney : Thanks for dropping by and well wishes.

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  3. Hope u have a good recovery. I suppose it is a shock for you to live through a stroke

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    1. Downside Adverse Investor : Thanks for the well wishes, it indeed a shock for me but guess I need to live with it now

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  4. Sorry that you have T2 diabetes. I wish you well and if you want some inspiration to get into remission from diabetes, have a watch of this presentation by a doctor. After more than 20 yeas of diabetes, I got off all medications using her suggestions in 3 months!: https://youtu.be/da1vvigy5tQ

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    1. Thanks for sharing the video, will go through it when time permit!

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    2. Just finished this short TED video, very informative and and great help there...

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  5. Sorry to read about your ordeal. Take good care of yourself and your recovery will be speedy.

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  6. Hi Tacomob : Thanks for the well wishes, I am recovering well.

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