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First time being a patient in a hospital

I have seen many doctors, always in clinics.  I have also been to the hospitals many times, accompanying family members or visiting friends.

Today, I became a patient in a hospital for the first time in my life.

I have stomach discomfort on the 2nd day of the 4-day long weekend. After taking Gaviscon, it subsided and I could sleep normally on Sunday. This morning (28/08/2012, Mon), I woke up at around 0600 feeling discomfort in my abdomen. I took Milo. I took biscuits. It wouldn’t go away. I took Gaviscon 2 times, one of my worst nightmare came true – Gaviscon no longer worked for me.

I called and found out Mediviron Clinic in Kelana Jaya Giant is open. I asked K (my dear wife) to go with me. I tried to wake Jesse up to go with us so he could have breakfast. But he didn’t wake up.

K drove me to Kelana Jaya Giant. I could not sit down. I walked to and fro. The lady doctor (I didn’t get her name) asked me some diagnostic questions and pressed around my abdomen to make sure it wasn’t appendicitis. But I was cold, perspiring and shaking. My blood pressure was 160/110. I never had it so high. She kindly wrote a letter to refer me to the hospital. She offered to give me a jab for the pain. I declined. I don’t want any needles as much as possible.

Today is a Public Holiday, she told me to go directly to the the A&E. I called up Allianz and found out Assunta and UMSC. K drove me to UMMC A&E. Upon reading the letter, the kind-hearted nurse took me to a room and took my BP. It was even higher. She promptly admitted me into the emergency ward. I asked about registration since I was not a patient here before, she said that could come later.

In the emergency ward,  another kind nurse attended to me. At the doctor’s orders, she gave me a painkiller jab (didn’t work very well. Not very painful.) I was put on a bed and had they once again measure my BP (it was 193/128 then!), did an ECG and gave me more medicine.

I arrived close to 12. I was under observation. They took my blood for blood tests. The male nurse first tried the veins at the back of my left hand. After a few attempts, he pulled it out, claiming my veins were not straight. So, he moved on to my right hand (aarrgghh!) This time it worked.

My stomach was still very uncomfortable. When the doctor (Dr. Chua) came to to do ultrasound for me, he asked my why I sat up. I said my stomach was not feeling well. He asked me did it help when I sat up instead of lying down. I said no. He then told me there was no point sitting up. Heh. I asked him what he wanted to check with the ultrasound. He said he would check my organs, like the kidneys, bladder, etc. and whether I had any internal bleeding. He found nothing wrong, except that I didn’t eat and also I had no stones. That’s good news.

At around 3 p.m., I heard Dr Chua passing my case to another doctor as he was going off duty. I also saw a nurse pointing to me as he was talking to his colleague. I thought, good, I was going home soon.

Then 2 male nurses came over and told me the blood sample ‘rosak’ (no good, contaminated) and they had to take another blood sample! I still had the vacutainer still inside my right hand. I gestured towards it. But no, they had to take it from another place. AArrgghh. They took it from my elbow joint. And I had to wait another 1+ hour.

Right after the ultrasound and the 2nd ECG (I told the nurse it was like jump starting a car), my stomach discomfort finally subsided. I could really sleep. But I never slept long.

At long last, a Dr Melissa came over to tell me she would prescript some medicine for me and I could go home. I would go back to the OPD (outpatient department) for a follow up on Thursday morning. The nurse told me they would take my BP and my blood (eek!) again.

My BP is back to normal. Stomach is no longer uncomfortable. Blood tests revealed nothing. So far so good.

Praise God!

How’s this for a CM Punk tribute?

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  1. Yuen ching
    21/08/2012 at 2:23 am

    Hope things go smoothly for u and u get well soon!

  2. 28/07/2013 at 7:28 pm

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    Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own website and would like to know where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thanks!

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