Cassandra’s Follow-Up Checkups

Cass needs to do a yearly ultrasound scan of her urinary tract, especially the kidneys until she turns 12 years old.  In the initial years after her surgeries, we used to go back to GMC Penang to have the scan done but her surgeon has given us the green light to have it done at any hospital in KL.

We brought Cass to UMMC once to have the ultrasound scan done, and then to HKL (Hospital KL). And in the last 3 years we’ve had the scan done at Pantai Hospital.  Cass’ pediatrician has advised us to go back to the nephrologist and urologist at HKL as he’s of the opinion that Cass will be in better hands under the specialists there as he is only a child specialist and not a specialist in the area of nephrology and urology.

So I guess that this will be the last year that we see Dr Eric. Next year, we will have to go through all the inconvenience again when we go back to HKL to consult the nephrologist and urologist and for the ultrasound scan and blood works to be done.  This would mean camping at the hospital from 8am through 6pm for 1-2 days or possibly even more days.  😖😭

I hate getting on an ambulance with Cass to go from one department to another at HKL. From the specialists’ clinics building, we have to wait for an ambulance to ferry us to another building to the radiology department to have scans carried out. Payment is sometimes done at the Accident & Emergency Department, which is the department which I shudder going to.  One will always be greeted by lots of gory scenes at the A&E.

I. Hate. Government hospitals!!  It’s a nightmare for me.

The only advantage is we get to save lots of $$$$ if we have everything done at a government hospital.

Cass having an ultrasound scan of her urinary tract at her latest checkup at PMC, Bangsar.

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Electromagnetic Acupuncture

On top of the daily therapy exercises on the fitball, trampoline, gripping exercise and pelvic floor exercise, Cass went for her first electromagnetic acupuncture session on Tuesday to treat her bladder issue.  Though I have read that acupuncture and electromagnetic acupuncture can be effective in treating weak bladder issues, I am not sure if it would work on Cass. But I am willing to take a gamble and hope to get a ‘windfall’ with her issue being resolved in the shortest possible time.

 

Sat 19 Nov - 4

As always, Cass was as brave and tough as ever, without shedding a drop of tear.  The treatment can be very painful at certain points of the body and even hubs and I had to cringe in pain at certain points.  For me, the most painful point was on my thighs and for the hubs – on his back. On the head, it felt as if there were a bunch of crabs with sharp claws clawing bitterly on my scalp. Painful yet ticklish. I sought treatment for my daily hand numbness and hubs sought treatment for sports injury.  Cass did not even utter a single sound, except for clenching her fist in pain.  My brave little soldier.  She is indeed the bravest and toughest cookie I have ever met.

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