Thursday, June 28, 2007
Dad's The Way!
"It was quite uncomfortable at times..." said Dad when the scope traveling in his large intestine.
It was Dad's second year colonoscopy procedure after had his cancerous pulp was removed from his lower colon.
"Everything looks good, pakcik..." Dad told us what his Colorectal Consultant and Surgeon said to him as he patted Dad's shoulder and said "see you next year!"
I was somewhat relieved when I heard that, but I still wanted to hear it straight from the horse's mouth.
The Toilet Marathon
Well, before we could get to know the result, our patient had to visit the toilet just one last time.
That was his umpteenth visit to the toilet since his last meal at breakfast and went through his 6 glasses of Fleet Phospho-Soda drink to flush and empty the contents in his colons for the scope.
He regarded the preparation was worse than the procedure itself. Apart from his numerous visits to the toilet, he vomited the soda twice at home. It was like a drowning experience, he said.
One Of The Longest Days...
Just like yesterday, I took the afternoon off to accompany Dad for his annual colonoscopy procedure at SGH's Endoscopy Centre in block 6.
We arrived and registered as early as half an hour before his scheduled procedure at 3:00pm, but somehow Dad was only called an hour later to prep him and he came out when it was over an hour after.
Dad had his hot Milo drink while we waited for the nurse to call him for the results and next appointment date.
All turned out well with colored photos of Dad's colons shown to us... nice clean colons in fact for an 81 year old dude. Way to go Dad!
His next appointment will be a year later on Jun 26th 2008. Phew! Finally a sigh of relieve from me under my breath.
And yes, Dad's happy smile at the counter was priceless!
Like Dad, fasting after a light coffee and slices of white bread for breakfast, Mom and I had breakfast as our last meal and skipped lunch to be there with him. With the good news it was finally time for our dinner together.
Instead of taking our meal at SGH Kopitiam's canteen downstairs, Dad decided that he wanted to have his dinner at Banquet Foodcourt.
So we endured our hunger for a little while longer to head for CausewayPoint 7th floor Cineplex after a 25 minutes ride back to Woodlands.
No qualms here... all for Dad as the day was his to celebrate.
He is my hero after all. Love you Dad!