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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A 40 something dad of five and a half wonderful kids with amazingly different traits and temperament from whom he wants a break from at times, yet wish they never grow older.....and be with him always.....(howzat possible?)and now wishing that he can be a stay at home dad......

27 August, 2008

Kuantan Pics

Wifey, Yusof & Umar playing kite
Yusof with his beach volleyball mates. I had to retire due to my torn ACL

Hajar & me in the pool
Dad & Co (sans wifey & Hajar)

25 August, 2008

Diagnosis : Torn ACL

Visited an ortho surgeon this morning....His diagnosis is that I have torn my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and will be confirmed by an MRI this afternoon! He jokingly said that I have joined the iluustrious list of athletes who have torn their ACL like Woods and Owen.

He has recommended a surgery for ACL reconstruction/grafting which will land me in a hospital bed for 5 days and put me on crutches for about 6 weeks (with physio). Thereafter, another six weeks with knee braces - which will set me back at least RM18k, according to the doc; which of course the insurers will foot it.

He drained about half a bowl of blood and liquid from the knee area through needle aspiration...in his clinic! When he pricked the needle through the flesh around the knee area, it felt a wee bit discomforting. My knee felt much better after that.

Will decide later whether to opt for an op this afternnon after the MRI. He has suggested this Friday for the op...Will update!!

22 August, 2008

Sun sea sand and....probable torn ligament

View from our day-rented-chalet
Ib was asking to go for a beach holiday. Wifey and I have been very busy that we did not plan anything for the school holidays...Two days ago, feeling rather guilty OR rather feeling a bit harassed, I, with the help of my partner, Superwomanwannabe, began scouring the internet as direct calls to hotels in Port Dickson, Cherating and Kuantan proved futile. We wanted a holiday which was within a reasonable distance from KL.....and decided either PD or Kuantan/Cherating. I am a no-fan of PD but wifey wanted somewhere near....PD was ok to me provided that wifey arranged for accommodation etc....Her mission became mission impossible and I took over immediately and my obvious choice was Kuantan/Cherating.

Managed to book one-night-two-chalets at Duta Sands Resort, Beserah for Friday night and left the second night open as Saturday night was impossible for me to book, then.

Fate had it yesterday that one of the suites at Swiss Garden was available! Booked it right away and we will be there tomorrow.

Only two pics available as of now as bloger.com refuses to accept piccies Or is it my 3G network....?
We left KL about half eight in the morning and had McD breakfast on the go....Reached Kuantan about ten and decided to visit Cherating beach as our first stop since check-in was 2pm. There were public shower for after-dipping session but we decided to rent a basic chalet at Tanjung Inn for three hours at a cheap price of RM45.00. It has attached clean tiled "modern" bathroom. The kids (dad included) had fun frolicking in the sun. Had lunch for RM33 - they served Ikan Patin masak tempoyak and other local dishes.
Made our way to Beserah after lunch and finally checked in at about 3 pm.... The kids didn't waste any time and headed to the pool...Yusof was more keen to play beach volleyball and forced me to play with him one on one...A 17 year old boy joined us later and Yusof paired with him against me....I was doing quite well until I fell down to return Yusof's serve...and clicked went something behind my ankle.....My ankl just gave way in a certain position.. A quick phone call to a doctor friend and was tol that my ligament might have been torn...man it was painful...I could still walk with limited movement..Haven't seen any ortho (or for that matter any doc) as at time of this entry and might just wait until we reach KL.
In the mean time, I just have a knee guard as a support (didn't realize that there are a few types of knee guard and I chose the one which has the most features among the options available which was an X-backed guard....gives one the most support, I guess). I so feel inadequate.........

On the serambi of our day-rented chalet

04 August, 2008

Day-tripping Baling

Wifey received news last Saturday that one of her aunties whom she's closed to had a stroke with a systolic blood pressure of 260 post stroke! Initially she decided to drive up to Baling with another aunt Sunday morning to return today...Since we only had a khenduri to attend yesterday in KL and no other pressing matters that needed to be settled, I suggested that we drove up ysterday and return the same day.
I drove 3.25 hrs flat to reach Baling. We just caught her in time befiore she was driven in an ambulance for a CT scan in Sungai Petani. She was in a daze...not able to talk. Not sure whether she was amnesiac but she responded with tears welling in her eyes when spoken to...
This morning, wifey was told by her cousin that there was no haemorrhage and she was discharged... Bad news is that she is still unable to talk....

Buah Dukung

Another dukung tree in Tok Wan's house ground

on my mind certainly constantly

on my mind certainly constantly