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It’s the weekend again and this is the last weekend of the year 2011. The New Year is coming in less than 2 days. What has happened in this past year? Do you have any matters which are memorable to you?
Well, looking back for this year, many matters have happened around the world. My lists are as below:-
1. The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
2. Big loss of the CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs
3. Deaths of Osama bin Laden, leaders of the Syria and North Korea
4. Major earthquake of Japan, Flood of Thailand
5. The finale of the movies “Harry Potter” and “Twilight”
As for Malaysia, my lists are:
1. The matter of 9th July
2. The new Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as the second time of King of our country, Malaysia
3. The football teams from England, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea came to have matches with Malaysian team
For myself, looking back to year 2011, it is not a very good year for me. Well, the worst thing for me is that I have been admitted into hospital for 4 times. I was having my Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Festival of Dong Zhi and Christmas at the hospital ward. I am even writing this blog at the ward as I am yet to discharge.
Throughout this year, I was having coughed on and off and the reasons for my admission are virus or bacterial infection in my lungs and caused to haemoptysis. Now I am having mycobacterium abscessus instead. I seldom travel out and staying at home most of my time in this year. If I left my house, it would not take more than 5 hours, thus I did not travel far.
So, since it is the final weekend of the year and there is also a long weekend, I wish all the people to have an enjoyable and lovely holiday! May God bless you!!!
In my previous post, I have mentioned that I have diagnosed with mycobacterium abscessus and I said that I would provide the link for your information. However, I have missed to do so and I would like to apologise for it. So, here is the link for you for further details, Mycobacterium Abscessus.
FYI, I also do not know what are the symptoms of such illness. For my case, I am having cough on and off and have a little bit of phlegm sometimes. Due to I could not provide phlegm for the sputum test to the chest doctor, he did the bronchoscopy for me and then the result shows that I have diagnosed with it. According to the doctor, I have such illness due to my body immune system is too weak, thus, I got such illness! :(
Anyway, I'm still having the treatment at the hospital now. I wish that I would recover soon! So, take care all of you!!!
Last Wednesday (21/12/2011), I returned to the UMMC to check my chest bronchoscopy result with my chest specialist. I have blogged about my chest bronchoscopy in my previous post. Guess what?! The chest specialist informed me that my result was not good as I have diagnosed with mycobacterium abscessus and I was required to admit for the treatment immediately. Then he was making the arrangement for me to enter the chest ward. I have been waiting for about 5 hours then only managed to enter the ward. Luckily I was been arranged to 2 bedded ward.
Anyway, I was given 2 types of antibiotic IV and another one type of antibiotic for oral daily. One of the 2 types of antibiotic called Tienam for IV has to be taken 3 times per day and another type is needed for one time only. According to my chest specialist, my treatment is required for 2 to 4 weeks and after that I still need to continue treatment for at least a year. According to the doctor, the illness mycobacterium abscessus is easy to diagnose for the person with weak immune system, therefore I got such illness as such bacteria could be found in everywhere, for example soil. If you would like to know more details about mycobacterium abscessus, you may click here.
I started to admit on 21/12/2011, so I was celebrating my DongZhi Festival and Christmas at the ward. I am such an unlucky person as I was having my Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival at the hospital too in this year as I was also admitted during those days. This is the 4th time for my admission in this year. Sob sob!!! :(
So I am here at the ward, taking IV and medicine everyday. There is also side effect of the antibiotic, which is diarrhea. Thus, I am having diarrhea for few days since I started the treatment and the doctor also given me medicine for my diarrhea. Today is the 7th day for me in the ward and also taken 2 times of blood for test. The reason for twice is pre and post antibiotic IV.
The food of the hospital is not tasted good and the air-cond is sometimes too cold. Gosh, I have to cover with 2 blankets and my own towel for my sleep as it is even colder at night time. However, sometimes the air-cond is not cool enough and feels warm. I could not adjust the temperature due to it is centralised system. I guess such environment would make the patients even sicker. Moreover, I think I would become the “guinea pig” as there were many medical students around here and they like to approach me to ask some questions and checking and this is what I HATE the most. I am feeling like a “white mice” for them instead. Sometimes, I just reject their request.
Since the doctor said my treatment is required for at least 2 weeks, so I would celebrate my new year of 2012 here too. Due to my admission, I could not send off my cousin sister and nephew for their further study at Canada and USA respectively as they are leaving in this morning and tomorrow. So, I just wish them all the best and good luck here. I really wish that I would not be celebrating my Chinese New Year here; I wish that I could be at home for my Chinese New Year. I’m praying to the God to bless me so that I could recover and be discharged soon. I also wish that may God bless you all!!!
I had done the CT scan for my lungs on 18th November at UMMC. I then was having my chest follow-up about 2 weeks later, which was on 5th December. According to my Chest doctor, the condition of my lungs had gone worsened as compared to the results of my CT scan that I done in year 2009. Thus he wanted me to go for the bronchoscopy of the lungs on the next day since I was having cough for quite sometime and could not provide the phlegm for the sputum test.
Bronchoscopy is a technique of visualizing the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. An instrument (bronchoscope) is inserted into the airways, usually through the nose or mouth, or occasionally through a tracheotomy. So, I was having my lung bronchoscopy carried out on 6th December morning at the UMMC. I had to fast for 12 hours before the procedure. My chest doctor carried the procedure for me. Before the procedure started, the doctor explained the procedure for me and told me the side effects after the bronchoscopy. According to the doctor, some people might have fever, coughing out blood due to the procedure. Then I had to sign a consent letter for carried out the bronchoscopy.
Before the procedure started, the doctor had given me some medications to anesthetize and then I was lying down flatly on a bed. I was monitored during the procedure with periodic blood pressure checks, continuous ECG monitoring of the heart, and pulse oximetry. I was also wearing the oxygen tube. The procedure was carried in a special room. The doctor had inserted a flexible bronchoscope into my mouth. The instrument was advanced to the trachea and further down into the bronchial system and each area is inspected as the bronchoscope passes. I was conscious during the procedure and it was a suffering for me as I felt a bit irritating that there was a tube in my throat and it felt very uncomfortable. I recalled that I was unconscious for such procedure when I first did in year 2009. But this time I was conscious. Anyway, the procedure was taken about 20 minutes.
After the procedure, I was pushed to another room to rest. I was having badly cough for a while and also giddiness. All those were the side effects after the procedure. FYI, it is required someone to accompany the patient who carried such procedure. I was still wearing the oxygen tube due to I felt breathless after the procedure done. I think I was taken about an hour plus by lying on the bed to rest and then only I felt better. The chest doctor came to see me and he told my mum and me that he would see me in 2 weeks later for the results. So my next appointment would be on 21/12.
After taken the rest and felt better, I left the UMMC and headed home. Guess what?! Due to I was very weak, I got fever as the doctor told me that it was the side effects of the bronchoscopy. Gosh, I was having the fever on and off for 5 days then only I had recovered. It really made me very suffering. Moreover, I am very worried for the results of the bronchoscopy as I wish it would not be a serious case. So, now I only could wait until this Wednesday for my results but nothing else!!!
My second angiogram was taken on 23/9/2011. The radiologist who carried this procedure for me was a Malay male doctor, named. Dr. Hazman. His assistant was a Chinese female radiologist. The reason for me to have the second time of angiogram was that I was still having haemoptysis after a day I got discharged from the hospital. Thus, I was admitted again on 22/9/2011. :(
My second angiogram was taken 3 hours for the procedure. Again, I was being given an injection to prevent any allergies and to sign the consent letter before the procedure started. It was a totally different experience for me for my second angiogram. I was suffered for my second angiogram procedure. It took me 3 hours for the procedure and I was having sudden chest pain in the middle of the procedure. The radiologists then quickly stopped the procedure for about 15 minutes and they called a heart doctor came to check on me. I told the heart doctor I was having the chest pain and it was the area that the radiologist had inserted the catheter. Then they let me rested for awhile, of course I was still lying on the bed to rest but I was sweated so much too, I think it was a cold sweat for me. One of the nurses helped me to wipe off my sweat as she wanted me to feel relief. After awhile, the radiologists started the angiogram again and this time he was telling me just to hold my breath for 5 seconds for the x-rays. Both the radiologists for my 2 angiogram procedures were kept on asking me if I was feeling ok during the procedure and they also talked to me.
I was wearing the oxygen mask during the procedure and I had been using 6 bottles of oxygen tank for my 2nd angiogram. After the procedure done, I was very tired and felt very weak. I also had no mood to talk as I felt strengthless and just wanted to sleep. My mother was accompanied me for the whole night. I could not move my leg for 6 hours again of course.
On the next day, after I woke up. I was having chest pain and when I swallowed the food, I felt painful for my chest too. I told the doctor about it and the doctor advised me did not eat too much at one time, he told me to eat a little bit in few times and it was the side effects of the angiogram. Then I was taken some liquid food on that day as I felt my chest pain when I eaten the solid food.
Few days later, the radiologist, Dr. Hazman came to my ward to see me. He asked if I could walk. I told him I could walk and he said it was good. Then he told me the side effects of the angiogram, he said some people would have back pain, it would last for 1 week to 4 weeks. I then told him no wonder I was having back pain, He said it was normal and I could take pain-killer to stop the pain or apply some cream too. FYI, I was having the back pain for 4 weeks after the angiogram and I did not take any pain killers to ease my pain due to I did not want to take so many medicines. I just asked my mother to apply cream for me for 3 times daily. Frankly speaking, the back pain really made me suffered so much. My mother advised me to take pain-killer but I rejected.
Besides back pain, I was also having coolness for my right fingers for a week after my angiogram as it was one of the side effects too. Another side effect of the angiogram was shortness of breath. Guess what?! I could not run away from it, and I got that side effect too and it was really made me suffered.
Since my second angiogram, I got back pain and shortness of breath easily. Even I walked for few paces, I felt shortness of breath. Thus, I had to wear the oxygen mask most of the time during my hospitalisation. After I got discharged, I was using the oxygen concentrator. Like I said, I got the shortness of breath easily, thus, I was staying at home to rest and most of the time I was lie down on the bed or sofa as I was having back pain too. But sometimes, I also forced myself to walk for a while as doing some exercises. FYI, in the first two weeks after I got discharged, my mother was washing my hair and bathed for me. This was due to I was too weak to do those by myself as I got shortness of breath easily. Thus, I was depending on the oxygen concentrator so much during those time. I even felt like lazy to talk, therefore I did not talk much during those days and I also only managed to talk in the soft-tone. When I felt angry, I felt my back pain and started to have shortness of breath, thus, I controlled my temper so much at those time.
It is already 2 months passed my angiograms, and I am feeling much better now. At least I would not have shortness of breath easily now and my back pain had eased. Thus I hope my health would recover soon and the 2 angiograms for me were really a “special” kind of experience for me and I am having 2 wounds in my groin.