In the last three weeks, I’ve been a constant visitor to the hospitals.
First, it was my mother who had to undergo a retina re-attachment on 27th July. She was complaining of poor vision on her left eye and was having difficulty focusing that her doctor in Ipoh advised her to see a specialist in UH. Upon examination, my mother was diagnosed as having “retinal detachment”, it was serious and should be corrected as soon as possible.
So the next day, she was admitted into the hospital and was immediately operated on. The surgeon had to make an incision into her left eye and insert a small gas bubble to put the retina back in place. Was it painful? Oh dear… it must be! My mother was crying and was holding tight to our hands (me & my brothers) the moment she woke up from the anesthetic. I couldn’t bear to see her in pain like that.
It took her two weeks of “face down” after the operation to make sure that the retina is properly engaged in its position. Alhamdulillah, she’s ok now and only need to visit the doctor one last time this Friday. She could see clearly now and doesn’t need to use her glasses anymore!
One week after that, my husband pulak was admitted into the hospital. It started with a tooth ache on the night my mother was admitted into UH. That night, he complained of a severe pain on his lower left molar and went to see his dentist the next day. He was given a filling but the pain didn’t subside.
The next day, he drove down to JB for work. Since the pain was still there, he went to see another dentist in JB, who took out the filling to release the pressure and prescribed him with antibiotics and pain killer. He said he felt much better, but it was still painful.
On Friday, he came back to KL and reached home at 1 am. At 5 am, he woke me up and asked me to send him to the hospital because he couldn’t stand the pain anymore. His face was swollen and so was the part underneath his tongue. I’ve never seen him in such a situation before!
Upon reaching the hospital, the MO on duty advised him to see his dentist as he couldn’t do anything about it. At 10am, we went to see his dentist at Gleneagles who immediately admit him because she feared the swelling might block his windpipe. He was quickly put under drip and that began the episode of my husband’s 7-day stay at the hospital.
He was operated on Monday, 3rd August. The dental surgeon had to remove the abscess first to stop the swelling. One cut underneath his tongue and another one just under his chin. The one underneath his chin was left open with a rubber tube attached to it to allow the abscess to drain out after the surgery.
Kesian dia.. tak boleh makan apa. Cuma minum air for two days. Everyday I stayed with him at the hospital. He was released on Friday, 7 August and was given MC for a week. Gigi yang sakit tu had not been treated yet at that point of time.
Last Thursday, we went to see a root canal specialist (recommended by his dentist) to see if the tooth could be saved. Upon x-rays and what not, he said the tooth could not be saved because there was a crack evident. It had to be extracted, no choice.
And so my husband was admitted again last Saturday. The extraction had to be done under GA because the surgeon said it was going to be painful. Plus he had to suture the old wound, both inside and outside the mouth. Poor guy… had to go under GA again for the second time in two weeks!
The operation went well but my husband said, it was more painful than the first one. Nak buat macamana, yang…. Sabar je lah.
For someone who loves eating good food, my husband finds this a real challenge for him. I feel sorry for him when I saw him eating just soup and barley water instead of a good piece of steak that he loves so much. Tho’ he managed to cheat a little to satisfy his craving, it was not the same, he said.
The doctor said tak payah pantang apa, he can eat anything he wants but slowly. So yesterday, he had nasi lemak for breakfast and when my MIL heard about this, she gave me a long lecture on why I shouldn’t give him nasi lemak!
1) Always go for your dental check up, don’t skip or wait until sakit baru nak pegi
2) Always have spare cash for emergencies like this, or make sure you’re covered by insurance.
3) Be very patient. Dealing with a sick husband is not an easy job. Dia nak lebih manja sikit.
4) Dealing with your MIL when your husband is sick is even trickier. Always take a back seat whenever she’s around. Never show that you are a better nurse than her.
Before I end this note, I just want to say that my cat, Austin, was also hospitalized on the same day my husband was first admitted at the hospital, for swelling on his face due to a cat fight. Muka dia sekarang dah berjahit sana sini!
And my SIL (my youngest brother’s wife) has just been admitted to the hospital this morning coz she’s expecting a baby anytime soon.
When it rains, it really pour, huh?