Thursday, 3 December 2015

Alive and Kicking!

I have just gone through another surgery and it is my sixth! I'm still in recovery period while writing this entry. I guess I'm used to the surgical pain and I don't make it an excuse not to be productive. Besides, it is my spinal bones around the waist area and left knee that are healing. Not my fingers or mind.

I used to live a very active lifestyle and sustained many sport injuries without knowing its severity. All the pain came back when I began to work and it got worse year by year. Our bones become less dense and more fragile as we age, hence prone to serious injuries which can be fixed by surgery.

Throughout my life, I have had injured my right palm, both knees and backbones. So, surgery is inevitable to allow me to continue living a normal life. Yes, you can still enjoy an active life but of course there is limit in movement. You need to be extra careful not to hurt yourself again. I have stopped doing all sorts of sports even running so that I don't put too much pressure on my knees and back. The only advisable sport which is the safest to carry out and will not hurt my joints is none other than swimming. I however a little scared to share a public swimming pool because I tend to worry how hygienic the water is! After some surgeries, believe me you would dread going back to the hospital.

5/6 of my surgeries were done at KPJ Specialist Hospital Kuching. The process is swift but you will have a huge bill to clear. Fret not if you have a medical card or health insurance. I highly recommend everyone, especially youngsters to invest in a medical card because no one can predict when accident will happen. For example, when I torn my ACL, the director of a government hospital advised me to immediately seek help at a private hospital. It would take months just to get an MRI scan at the government's. Imagine how much longer it would take for me to be able to walk again if I were to wait for them to schedule a surgery? Once you tore your ACL, you would never be able to walk unless you get your knee reconstructed. I am not saying the government hospital is not doing anything to speed up the process for an operation, but they have too many patients and chronic cases to care for. So, we need to understand they have to prioritise in order to save lives. There is no harm spending more on our own healthcare at a private medical institution and for speedy recovery, after all health is wealth. 

My experience being taken care of at KPJ Specialist Hospital Kuching was a pleasant one this time. I noticed there was improvement in terms of food and beverage. I was served different appetising menu for every meal. The doctors, nurses and staff were helpful. There was one nurse I purposely named and commented at the feedback form because she was really attentive, kind and professional. I would give credit where credit is due, I wrote down her name hoping that her organisation would take note of her passion in looking after her patient.

For some a surgery seems like a nightmare, but for me it gives us a chance to live a better life. In fact, after my spine fusion surgery I feel way better with no more pain around the waist. Although it is going to take a long time for full recovery, but I'm optimistic from now on I won't have to come home from work complaining about back pain. Hopefully this will be the last surgery for me. I admit it is painful experience but worth it when you think about being able to lead a painless normal life again.

For more information about KPJ Specialist Hospital Kuching, kindly visit their website:

Have to carry this card with me my whole life


  1. Medical cards are very important nowadays. I have one too, and in fact it was the first thing I go when I was working. Anyway, I do hope you will not get anymore surgeries after this. God bless you with good health!

    1. Yes. It was the first thing I thought of too. I also hope I don't have to go for another surgery. Just too many things to mind, before and after.

  2. I just read your article Ophelia. I'm proud to be your insurance agents since 2008. Thanks for giving awareness to all the people outside who still don't have medical insurance. We should create the awareness to all the people surrounding us before accident & sickness come. Take care and get well soon!

    1. Thanks for all the help too. I won't get well without your assistance.