Saturday, October 31, 2009

Day +1214 : Extraction of a molar tooth

I am fine today.

I had a molar tooth extracted this afternoon. The molar tooth delayed very badly after the bone marrow transplant. It is a great challenge to maintain the teeth due to the lack of saliva.

When a dentist spotted the problem a few months ago, the extent of damage was too great for any possible filling. I decided to keep the tooth for a few more months as it was still functional and didn't give me too much problem:-)

I felt some pain on this tooth this afternoon which made me decided to get rid of it on impromptu basis to prevent further trouble.

The young dentist said that only the root of the molar left and he needed to exercise great care in extracting it else the root might crack. However, I felt no pain at all during the process. In fact I didn't even notice when the tooth was extracted; while we were talking about my Leukaemia experience :-)

I was charged RM80 for the extraction service.

I have one tooth less from today onwards but there are still many good teeth left- sufficient for me to enjoy good food :-)

The extracted molar - view from side that is greatly decayed

The other side - healthy one should at least look like this
See you next post :-)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day +1213 : Dinner at Bao Bao Restaurant

I am fine today.

Last Tueday, I had dinner with my wife, Rev. Lau and Mrs. Lau at Bao Bao Restaurant (宝宝板面专卖店). As the Chinese name implied, the restaurant specializes in Ban Mee.

The restaurant is located opposite my office at Jalan Kenari 10.

All of us ordered soup Ban Mee. After a short while eating the noodles, a few of us complained that it was very salty. We notified the waitress about it and requested her to add some hot water to dilute the soup.

What surprised us was that the waitress took back all four bowls of Ban Mee and took some time to prepare fresh dishes for us. And this time the soup is just nice.

Though the noodles didn't taste as good as what we had expected, the services rendered were very good. Another good thing about this restaurant is that they offered many flavors of chili. If you like to try different types of chili, perhaps you should give this restaurant a try :-)

The restaurant

The menu

Traditional soup Ban Mee

Special soup Ban Mee

4 different kinds of chili for your taste buds :-)
See you next post :-)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day +1212 : Update on my sister

I am fine today.

My sister was discharged this morning. Doctor gave her 30 days leave. He has to take care of herself carefully and avoid doing heavy work to prevent the stitches being torn apart.

In fact, the operation removed her entire uterus rather than the tumor only. The doctor who operated her is Dr. Ting Hua Seng. She studied in England and worked in Singapore for six years before coming back to work in Sibu General Hospital.

My sister is very glad that she was operated by an experienced surgeon. Initially, she was a little bit worried that should an inexperienced surgeon operated her, some other organs might be cut as well :-)

I feel that this worry is valid. She is very happy after the operation is completed successfully.

See you next post :-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day +1211 : The birthday celebration continues

I am fine today.

We further celebrated my wife birthday on Sunday.

We had Domino Pizzas for lunch and Foochow Mee Sua (长寿面) for dinner. I am still keeping the buy one get one free promotion card. So the total cost of 2 large pizzas cost RM32.80 only :-) This translated to RM16.40 only per large pizza.

Quite cheap, isn’t it? Let me know if you need the card, I can lend it to you. It is perfectly valid for you to purchase with my card :-)

Aloha chicken

Tuna - very nice!

The cake
A family photo
Busy setting up
My wife and Adriel
Mee Sua
See you next post :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day +1210: The operation was a success

I am fine today.

I am glad to inform you that the keyhole operation was very successful yesterday. The operation lasted about 4 hours by an experienced surgeon returning from Singapore. Instead of having two tumors as reported earlier, there was in fact only one tumor inside the uterus, but it was quite big - weighing 900g.

My third sister told me that she was very lucky because the surgeon used a just arrived machine in removing the tumor. If she did the operation earlier, the operation might be more complicated without the machine.

My sister requested me to pray for her before the operation. She said that my prayer is more powerful but I believe all of ourprayers are powerful because our God is a powerful God :-)

Thank for your prayer.

See you next post :-)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day +1209 : Please pray for my third sister

I am fine today.

My third sister, Sie Chuo, is going for a major operation in Sibu General Hospital tomorrow to remove 2 tumors in her uterus with a combined size of 14.8cm.

She has the tumors for many years. Recently, the tumors grow with an accelerated rate and draining too much nutrient from her; resulting her hemoglobin count dropped to something below 10 g/dl. So it is time to remove them.

She was admitted for preparation work since yesterday. Doctor will try to remove the tumors through keyhole operation. She told me the operation might last from 3 hours to 7 hours.

Sie Chuo was the one who donated her stem cells to me for bone marrow transplant. And the outcome of the transplant is that we shared the same blood :-)

Please pray for a successful operation.

See you next post :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day +1208 : Happy birthday, my beloved wife!

I am fine today.

My wife’s birthday fell on 15 October. I was having flu at that time so we didn’t celebrate on the day.

I was getting better last Friday and thus able to bring her for a dinner, as a compensation of the missed celebration.

We went to Puteri Mart Food Court as my wife wanted something simple. We ordered fried Kuey Teow with duck eggs and also grilled fish.

After the meal, I bought her some clothes :-)

The Fried Kuey Teow - from the stall on the right at the entrance. I was told this stall serves the best fried Kuey Teow in the food court.

The grilled fish - from a stall (怪味烧鱼) on the right side at the end of the food court. Very good one. A Hong Kong visitor brought me to this stall some time ago.
See you next post :-)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day +1207 : Getting better

I am fine today.

I am getting better, almost return to normal :-) The cough and phlegm are reduced, and the phlegm’s colour has turned from light green to clear now. The appetite also increased. So I should be arriving the end of this flu attack.

The antibiotic – Erythromycin - works this time, and I should say that Dr. Koh had made a correct judgment for not prescribing me Augmentine. I took the 4 days course of antibiotic since Monday and thus it should be completed on Thursday.

However, I continued the antibiotic based on my “not so professional” judgment as I still experienced coughing and felt the “itchiness” in my left lung. This indicates that the problem in the lung has yet fully cleared. Continuing taking the antibiotic is an attempt to prevent the problem from becoming active again like what I experienced before.

Erythromycin - not delicious at all :-(
See you next post :-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day +1206 :Christ is our Healer (4)

I am fine today. Continue from yesterday...














See you next post :-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day +1205 :Christ is our Healer (3)

I am fine today. Continue from yesterday...













所以神的话从来没有落空的 - 「祂赦免你的一切罪孽,医治你的一切疾病。祂救赎袮的命脱离死亡。。。」原来是这么的真实。



To be continued and see you next post :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day +1204 :Christ is our Healer (2)

I am fine today. Continued from yesterday...






To be continued and see you next post :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day +1203 :Christ is our Healer (1)

I am fine today.

I would like to share with you what I had shared last Sunday in the church.





这首歌收录在天韵的一张专辑里 - 与信心有约。当我患上血癌在古晋做第一次化疗的时候,我大姐夫送一张给我。














To be continued and see you next post :-)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day +1202 : Seeing doctor

I am fine today.

I am quite tired due to the flu. So I take a day off from work today.

In order to stop the flu and cough from progressing, I went to see Dr. Koh this afternoon. He prescribed me Erythromycin (antibiotic), flu medicine, cough syrup and also Panadol. He said that I had mild fever after measuring my body temperature, so the Panadol.

In fact I have plenty of Erythromycin at home which was prescribed by a lung specialist in UH as a treatment to Bronchiolitis obliteran (BO), but I stopped taking it as later investigation showed no evidence of BO.

I am expecting Doctor to prescribe me Augmentine but doctor said that I should try the less powerful Erythromycin first. The reason is that the flu is not that serious. We should reserve the more power “weapon” for a condition that is worse than this.

Hopefully, Erythromycin will be sufficient this time.

See you next post :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day +1201 : Sharing in the church

I am fine today.

Our church is preaching the FourFold Gospel since a few weeks ago.

In fact there is one gospel only; that is salvation in Jesus Christ. The FouldFold Gospel is an emphasis of certain aspects of gospel which includes the following:

  1. Christ is our Saviour
  2. Christ is our Sanctifier
  3. Christ is our Healer
  4. Christ is the Coming King

Mrs. Rev Lau is preaching the topic of Christ is our Healer today and I was invited to share about my experience to compliment her teaching.

With the flu escalating and the setting in of cough, I thank God that I managed to finish the 20 minutes sharing without being interrupted by cough. But I was exhausted after the sharing.

This is flu season again. Many family members are hit. I might need Augmentine again.

See you next post :-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day +1200 : Baked potatoes

I am fine today.

We hosted the cell group meeting this evening.

My wife made baked potatoes for the cell group members. This is the second time she tried this recipe and I should said that she did it very successfully :-)

May cell group members said that the baked potatoes were very nice :-)

Baked potatoes; ready to sever after baking in the oven for 15 minutes
A zoom in view
Cell group members are enjoying it
See you next post :-)

Day +1199 : Always number one

I am fine today.

Influenced by parents, most children, including Adriel, always want to be number one. In order to prevent her and Aaron from playing water in the bathroom for too long, I always tell them those who come out from the bathroom first will be the winner.

One day, Aaron came out from the bathroom first and I declared him the winner because he was number one.

Adriel came out from the bathroom a little bit later. She didn’t agree and interpreted the result differently.

“Aaron is number 0. I am number one,” she said :-(

See you next post :-)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day +1198 : You never wear also eat ma!

I am fine today.

One day, I came out from the bathroom after taking bath and spotted an opened pack of peanuts on the dresser.

It was purchased by my wife for me as she knew that I liked peanuts very much. One of the children opened the pack, ate some of them, and left it on the dresser.

I picked up a few peanuts and drop them into my mouth.

Adriel came out from the bathroom at this time. Seeing me eating peanuts, she quickly picked up some peanuts.

“Don’t eat now Adriel! Dress first!” I told her when she just about to put the peanuts into her mouth.

“Your never wear also eat ma!” she protested in no time.

“OK, OK. Eat, eat,” I replied.

See you next post :-)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day +1197 : My pastor is a good cook

I am fine today.

Our pastor is a good cook. He can cook many delicious dishes. Not only this, he is also skillful in baking cakes and making desserts.

We have weekly church management meeting every Tuesday evening and we normally went for dinner after that.

One day, my pastor prepared Foochow eight treasures duck soup (八珍鸭). He spotted a very attractive duck in the market in the morning. He purchased it without hesitation and there we had the delicious herbal soup :-)

Apart from the soup, he also fried bitter gourd with eggs and preserved radish with eggs. All of them were delicious.

We enjoyed the dinner very much. Five of us almost finished everything.

Eight treasures soup
Bitter gourd fried with eggs

Preserved radish fried with eggs
The team (1)
The team (2)
4 + 4 = 5, do you agree?

See you next post :-)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Day +1196 : I can answer any question

I am fine today.

We were on the way to Summit Tower, Subang Jaya to attend Aaron and Adriel’s kindergarten annual concert. There was not much traffic on Kesas Highway. However, we experienced heavy traffic jam when we turned into Persiaran Kewajipan.

“I wonder why there is so much traffic even on Saturday,” I said to my wife.

“Because this is like that lah…” Aaron answered spontaneously and we considered the question answered. But whether it was reasonable is another matter.

Aaron is three and a half years old now. He could answer almost all questions we ask :-)

See you next post :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day +1195 : Follow-up at BMT Clinic

My Blood Count Today: - Readings in square bracket [] are result from previous test.

Red Blood Count (HB) = 145[141] (Normal 130-180)
Platelet = 185[205] (Normal 150-450)
White Blood Count (WBC) = 10[7.3] (Normal 4 - 11)
Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) = 5.3[2.263] (Normal 1.5 - 8.0)

I am fine today.

The blood count results today are within normal range. The elevated white blood count might be due to mild flu that started yesterday. Hopefully, the flu won't develop as bad as before. I asked doctor if there is anything that we can do to prevent the flu from getting worse, he just ignored it :-(

Doctor reviewed the result of my respiratory function test done earlier. He didn’t see any problem with the result. Indeed, he commented that one of the result indicated that my lung is less obstructed than before :-)

Since the doctor didn’t order liver function test during my last visit, I didn’t visit UH twice for this follow-up. I went to UH at 12:30pm and took blood in the BMT clinic at about 1:30pm.

The doctors only came very late today. They supposed to start seeing patients at 2:00pm but they managed to come at 3:30pm only.

When the nurse didn’t see any doctor coming, she started to become impatient and called one of the doctors, saying that the patients were impatient. In fact, I was very patient. Though I wish the doctors come early, it is definitely not a problem to wait a little bit longer. I believed they were busy attending patients in the ward.

“Comparing to living in the hospital for more than 160 days throughout the treatment, this amount of waiting time means nothing to me,” I always tell myself while waiting. And with this thinking, I am very happy :-)

There were many patients in the hospital today. I waited for another one and half hour to get the medicine.

I reached home at 6:00pm.This is one of the longest follow-up that I experienced so far :-( Hopefully, the situation will be better next follow-up.

Doctor scheduled the next follow-up 8 weeks later but the date clashes with my trip to Sarawak. I requested to postpone it a week later.

See you next post :-)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day +1194 : Dinner at Gao Ren Restaurant (高人馆)

I am fine today.

My wife and I had dinner with a few cell group members at Gao Ren Restaurant last evening. My company just had a lunch here on Monday.

A quote from Super Pages about the restaurant:
Restaurant Gao Ren Guan is serving Gao Chow dishes which is simple but tastefully done deco with aircond and large black and white images of people in the good old days getting together. There are some uncommon dishes served here. The Gaozhou Bitter Gourd is made by insertig stuffings through an opening on top of the gourd and simmered for an hour with soup. It taste is simply marvellous. Golden Beancurd is prepared by stuffing fried minced pork and markcerel in beancurd before cooking for two hours in soup which resulting in an exceptionally fresh and srumptious taste. The other signature dishes may be the appetising Hometown Braised Pork Belly and fragrant Hometown Salted Chicken.
Its signature dishes are:
  1. Gaozhou Golden Beancurd
  2. Gaozhou Bitter Gourd
  3. Hometown Braised Pork Belly
  4. Hometown Salted Chicken
We didn’t try any of the signature dishes this time. The Golden Beancurd was not so nice as I tried it before; nobody likes Bitter Gourd; Pork Belly is too fat, especially for ladies; Salted Chicken should be nice, but we ordered another type of chicken.

Anyway, the dishes that we ordered were all delicious :-)

Just in case you would like to visit the restaurant, it is located at 7-01, Jalan Kenari 18B, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong. Tel : 03-8076 8766

The restaurant

Ginger chicken -特色醉香鸡 (Half - RM27)
Fried eggs - 芙蓉蛋 (Small - RM10)
Beans - 四大天王 (Big - RM18)
Homemade bean curd - 家乡豆腐 (Small - RM10)
Curry spare ribs - 咖喱排骨 (Big - RM18)
See you next post :-)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Day +1193 : Raja Musang, king of durians

I am fine today.

Finally, I purchased Raja Musang and Thraka, one piece each from the stall, with a combined cost of RM44.

Raja Musang (猫山王) is really good; with strong taste, fleshy, smooth and creamy texture. Its position as king of durians is indisputable. I asked the durian seller whether there is any durian better than Raja Musang; the answer is negative. Raja Musang’s price could go up as high as RM28/kg and its lowest price so far was RM13/kg. The current price of RM15/kg is considered to be on the lower side. And I was told that the price won’t drop anymore for this season. That means this is a good time to try the durian.

Thraka (竹脚) is very fleshy. It tastes a little bit better than D24 for me. I would say that it is the most economical durian due to its abundant flesh. Its seeds are extremely small.

We like all the three types that we tried so far; D24, Thraka and of course, Raja Musang. However, we might go for Thraka more frequently in future, while getting Raja Musang and D24 occasionally.

I had been warned by Pure Faith that this durian eating adventure can be costly. I have burned more than RM100 this week for far, but I feel that what I and my family enjoyed is worth the money :-)

So that is not much a trouble to me :-)

Raja Musang Fruits


See you next post :-)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Day +1192 : Dinning at Little Taiwan

I am fine today.

My wife and I had dinner at Little Taiwan which is located in the new wing of IOI Mall.

The restaurant offered quite a variety of dishes of which the beef noodles attracted us quite a lot. So I ordered spicy beef noodles (麻辣牛肉面) while my wife ordered braised beef noodles (红烧牛肉面).

We were not really impressed with the noodles. This might be due the fact that we were not so used to eating beef.

If you like beef noodles, this might be a restaurant to visit.

The restaurant maintained a website here with menu posted online. So you can decide what do order even beforehand.

The restaurant

Braised beef noodles (红烧牛肉面)
Spicy beef noodles (麻辣牛肉面)
"Branded" tissue
Some of the menu - click to have a larger view

See you next post :-)