Health is Wealth

April 1, 2015

I've just been discharged from hospital and got home an hour or so ago. Promised D that I would do ONE blog entry and reply FIVE emails and go to bed after so I'm here for my one blog entry.

Was a little apprehensive about blogging about this because I'm not looking for pity or anything like that.. But I do want to highlight the importance of health to everyone reading my blog whether you be young or old.

Well, I'm 22 this year and I admit I abuse my body a lot - No, I don't smoke and neither do I drink (If I do, it's very rarely.. Maybe once a month at most?) but I eat a lot of junk, sleep very late and not enough and I don't exercise as well.

So.. a few nights ago, I had some pain in my stomach and it lasted about three days. I'm prone to blacking out and fainting from pain in my stomach pretty often so I didn't think too much of it but when it got very severe I decided to go to a hospital to check on it.

I live near Changi General Hospital so I went there. This was Friday night at about 1am? 


I waited hours to see the doctor, did a blood test and urine test as well, and got the green light to go home with no concrete diagnosis. I was just told it's probably my chronic constipation and I would be fine the next day. I left at 5 or 6am. While D was driving us home I remember telling him how relieved I felt, because the pain had been going on for awhile already and I was a little worried about it.

This was not to be. 
Monday morning I had pain in my stomach area SO severe that I fainted. D found me on the floor at home and rushed me to Parkway East Hospital. 

Some hours, pain relief injections, stomach jabbing and scans later, the GP on duty told us (my parents had also arrived by then) that the scans showed I had a few cysts and would need to be admitted and put under the care of the in house gynae to see what else was needed to be done.

I started crying pretty badly.

 I was worried about my insurance, if it could cover the costs, because I didn't wanna be a burden to my parents and I knew a surgery and hospital stay concerning such matters would wipe out quite a bit of my savings if insurance did not cover it.
My mom told me not to even worry about money and that my dad and her has got it covered, the most important thing was that I'm fine. Was so touched I cried even more.

Posted the following pic on IG so my clients/friends would know where I've disappeared to just in case.

Waited for what felt like a really long time for the gynae to come see me. 

Much to our relief, she said she studied the scans again and it was not a few but one cyst that's no bigger than 5cm so I would not have to have an operation!

Of course, it's not to say it's nothing and I'll still have to monitor it with the help of my gynae. 
But the fact that it is nothing cancerous, and no operation necessary is already so much to be thankful for.

I was sooooo drugged out on the first day by an extremely strong painkiller to kill my pain that I kept vomiting every single thing I consumed and couldn't open my eyes the rest of the time. 
This went on till past 12midnight.... Felt so bad to my dear friends/family coz I totally conked out and wasn't able to chat with anyone ><

The second day.. I still had some pain and some nausea but I could walk to the toilet myself without the drip and admire these beautiful blooms. Took the chance to take a shot of them and thank everyone for their well wishes on IG!

Meals in the hospital were both exciting and depressing. 
I was unable to consume even water the first day so when I had food in front of me the second day I was so excited. But tasting it was depressing.. So bland and I could hardly eat more than a few mouthfuls before I felt like vomiting again.

Finally felt better at night when there were so many people in my room the nurses got a little annoyed (I'm sorry!) - It's always nice to have people cheer you up and send positive vibes when you feel sick. Thank you to those who visited. You know who you are. I'll remember it forever!

Of course, my parents and sister dropped by whenever they could, after work and all. 
And my dear D? He spent almost all of the time I spent in hospital with me, only going home to get my stuff and take a bath. 24/7 I didn't have to bother the nurses coz he was there all the time and he had not even one complaint. 

So watching him have his glorious Macs meal that smelt like heaven was the only, and a very willing sacrifice I had to make!

I still can't find it in myself to like wholemeal biscuits and appreciate diluted milo, though..

Day 3 I woke up so happy! 
Felt way, way better and even had a quarter of my breakfast porridge. Not too bad! Told the doctor I was sooo ready to go home and she said okay. YES! 
(Yup I look pretty different here coz I'm almost naked faced - I only drew my brows since I'm undergoing laser and pretty much have no brows at all now.. Even my own sparse eyebrow hairs have been laser-ed white now and it is a scary sight hahahaha)

Felt so blessed I got to have a comfy stay in a private room and decided a photo to remember my short stay is definitely a must so...

Really so thankful I have insurance to cover most, if not all of my hospital bills. It isn't cheap.

If you don't have insurance yet, I strongly suggest you buy a good plan to cover you for life. Health is wealth and there's nothing more important than making sure you are healthy, truly. 
Don't ever take it for granted. 
A note of advice.. Where possible, head to any other hospital other than CGH because I've experienced what I feel is extremely poor healthcare and service for myself, and have been told it had happened a lot with other people as well. One friend who went there even went as far as to say he probably would have died if he didn't leave for SGH.

Doctor has ordered lots of rest, water and a close monitor on my little cyst. 
I'll admit I was scared but nah, I'll beat you, you lil cyst! I'll take better care of my body and go for my check ups on time.

Honestly my heart is with my work and I want so much to go out and shoot already but I know I have to be healthy first so yes.. Priority is not on my work for now. Will reply all emails/texts as soon as I can! Please do give me some time, as the meds make me drowsy so I can't help but keep sleeping.

Stay safe, everyone