Seventh Anniversary Of Cassandra’s Surgeries

I have been telling myself that I ain’t going to post about the anniversary of Cass’ surgeries in my blogs anymore. It is still painful for me to look back at the pictures and read those May 2009 blog postings.  But I just can’t help thinking about what we went through on 5 May 2009 at Gleneagles Medical Center, Penang. Not a single day passes by without me thinking about my nightmarish 3 weeks stay in the hospital with Cass in May 2009.

Many of my readers  who have been following my blogs ever since I started blogging in April 2007 had read about what Cass and I went through in May 2009.  Yes, my blogs turn 9 years old this April 🙂

Every hour that transpired on 5 May 2009 is still vivid in my mind.  That was by far the worst day in my life. Every thing that could possibly go wrong went wrong that day.  I thought Cass and I were really screwed. Damn Murphy’s Law! Hubs was also hospitalized at the same hospital and in isolation for suspected H1N1.  He was so sick that he could not even muster the strength to open his eyes and mouth to check with me on how Cass was doing.  I was down with a terrible flu and had to don on a face mask 24/7 and had no choice but to walk to the outpatient department to get some meds for myself, lest I spread the bugs to Cass.  Alas, Cass got the flu bug too.  Imagine having sutures on your abdomen and dealt with a bad flu.  Double whammy!  Cass’ surgery was extended as the surgeon could not find a proper vein for insertion of the IV line, among other jinx.  Oh yeah, there was also a power failure on the day of the surgery, after Cass was wheeled out of the OT room.  More unfortunate events continued to hex us in the days to come.  Can you believe our hard luck?

Many pictures were taken during our 3-week stay at GMC Penang.  I distracted my mind from worrying the entire 3 weeks by blogging. Many strangers, friends and blog friends sent me comforting messages. Some of them even dropped by at the hospital to pay us a visit.

A few of my blogger friends organized a donation drive to help us fund parts of the enormous hospital bills. I will forever be grateful to PL and Michelle for their kind deed.

The below picture was taken on the 2nd day post-op on 6 May 2009. There were tubes all over Cass’ frail and tiny body.

At 13 months old, she weighed a miserable 7kg. Her weight dropped further after 3 weeks of nil-by-mouth in the hospital 🙁

Cass was devoid of a proper bath for 3 weeks. The nurses could only wipe her down.


Below – after 3 weeks in the hospital, Baby C (her moniker in my blogs) was finally given the green light to be discharged. That was the best Mother’s Day and wedding anniversary gift for me.

I thank God for His continuous mercy and healing upon Cass.   She is now free from Kidney Reflux and on the road to recovery from incontinence.


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Medical Care, Lab Methods and Cancer in Remote Villages

The fight against cancer has had some large victories in the past few decades, as more is understood about the reasons that cancers form and the nature of the cells themselves. This has been great for prevention, but also for diagnosis and treatment. This is especially true for people who are far from large communities with high-level hospitals and oncology centers. Where they once were forced to travel hundreds of miles and possibly several states away for so much as a diagnosis, new lab methods and communication technologies have helped to keep people from needing to move to a larger area before a cancer diagnosis is even confirmed.

Web Doctors
One of the nicest things for people in remote areas (not to mention parents of potential urgent care case kids at 3AM) is the concept of a web diagnosis. Many insurance companies are subscribing to web medical services that allow simple diagnoses (the latest in a series of urinary tract infections or allergy attacks) to be made by video, and to avoid taking a long, inconvenient and costly trip to a faraway doctor when your pharmacy is nearby. This also works for visual confirmation of problems like funny moles, rashes that don’t seem right, etc. They can help to save people a needless trip which can be expensive and time consuming. For inhabitants of remote towns in places like Alaska, this can be a huge help.

Sample Preservation
Many small communities have access to a general practitioner, but not an oncologist or pathologist. In the past, if cancer was suspected, you would need to go to the hospital for the biopsy which would be fresh frozen to process. Today, there is also a formalin process that can be used to preserve tissue well enough to find cell mutations that are indicative of cancer. These FFPE samples don’t run the risk of arriving late to the doctor and being left out all night to melt before being put away, so they can be taken anywhere that the technology and skill exists to retrieve the tissue.

Continued Care
Though most of the active treatments in cancer patients continue to be in hospital, the care that post-op patients receive can be more remote these days, and can be guided with a local doctor and video consult by the overseeing oncologist. For patients who struggle to pay for medical care, this can mean fewer missed work days and a better sense of financial security through the illness.


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Three Simple Ways To Become A Healthier Business Owner

Once you make the connection between your level of health and your ability to get things done quickly and correctly, you will likely grow interested in optimizing your physical and mental well-being. Doing so empowers you to operate with skill and speed on the job, thereby enhancing your daily operations and optimizing your conversion rates. To ensure that you reap these results, implement the following strategies so that you can become the healthiest business owner on the block:

1. Utilize Quality Control Services

Becoming a healthier you means incorporating strategies that contribute to everyone else’s health as well. One such strategy is the implementation of quality control services for the work setting. These services will make the work environment safer for you and your employees. Quality control services can also help ensure that the products you use are as safe and secure as possible. If your company makes use of medical products, you can obtain medical packaging services from organizations such as Ten-E.

2. Exercise

Exercising is one of the best ways to take your health to a new level. In addition to decreasing depression and enhancing immunity, exercise promotes clear skin, a better memory, and a faster metabolism. There are several ways that you can get in the habit of exercising, such as committing to walking outside for fifteen minutes during your lunch break. You may also benefit from hiring a personal trainer. She or he can implement a customized, cutting edge exercise program that enables you to accomplish your health and fitness goals.

3. Get A Monthly Massage

If you’re serious about becoming a healthier boss, invest in a monthly massage. The massage will help limit work-related stress while also boosting your immune system and optimizing the flow of blood through your body. To ensure that you select the ideal massage therapy firm, make sure that the company possesses all of the following attributes:

-a good rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
-positive online reviews
-affordable rates
-a good refund policy
-convenient location and hours of operation


If you’re a boss who wants to optimize work performance so you can enhance your company’s bottom line, now is the time to implement wellness strategies that work. By using the wellness techniques outlined above consistently and in conjunction, you’ll likely find that your company attains a new level of success.


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