Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday's Fine, Father.

Dad has completed his first cycle of Chemo since he started 3 weeks ago.

Today, Dr. Lo looked at the blood test Dad took about one and a half hour before we were called into her consultation room.

"All is good Uncle!" She announced brightly to Dad.

Dad replied with a bright smile as he nodded and said "Terima Kasih." which means thank you.

All that after she asked me about Dad's condition since he started taking the chemo pills and vitamins she prescribed him the last time we were there.

"Nope." I replied to her question, "No diarrhea, vomiting or dried... blackened palms." Dad has not experienced any of the side effects she cautioned us during the first consultation.

"He has stopped coughing into the second week of medication." I updated her further with gleam in my heart.

Dad has in fact stopped taking his cough syrup totally. His incessant coughing that triggered the check-up which led to the discovery of his lung cancer, has finally stopped. Even Dad was amazed and so happy about it.

He has even become alert and lively. No bouts of cough during the day, no irritating coughs at night to disturb his sleep.

Dad is himself again. Lots of jokes and those "flaring" nostrils he does every time he makes jokes and trying to contain his laughter.

Dr. Lo gave the second cycle of chemo pills at the same dosage. Like the first, it should last for two weeks, with another week of lull period. His cancer marker has lowered by 0.2. Though not significantly from 47.5 three weeks ago, it has not increased like before the chemo started.

It really is good news to take in... no extra injections or heavier dosages were necessary. Thank you Almighty...

"I want to go into JB with you all..." Dad requested, when we were talking about the new leisure activity Singaporeans are now able to conveniently do starting next week, "I have lots of Malaysian money I've accumulated over these past months."

Over the causeway, the Malaysian government has allowed its KTM trains to stop at its newly opened shopping mall in Danga Bay. The convenience is with both sides immigration checkpoints being under one roof at the old Tanjong Pagar Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM Station.

Once past the immigration, board the train for a 90 minute journey and alight directly at the mall. There, lots of shopping and eateries overlooking the Johore Straits and our island's northern shores.

It is set, Dad. Wifey is also all excited to go there together with Mom and Dad to check out the place one of these weekends... excitingly soon!


  1. I'm happy to hear you Dad is doing ok. I hope it continues too. He sounds happy and you too. thats a good thing!

  2. Go! Go! Have a wonderful, blessed time together. I'm so happy for all of you that your Dad is feeling well at this time. What great news indeed. Keeping him in prayer.

  3. Good news about your dad. I'll look forward to some pictures from your trip to the mall.

  4. So glad to hear that your Dads cough has gotten so much better..what a blessed he can sleep better and be more comfortable during the day.

    What a good son you are...and what a great supportive family you have and all are to one another..



  5. What a good son you are. Family is truly everything. My thoughts are with you and your dad. God bless you and your family.

  6. I am so pleased to hear that your Dad is doing well with his chemotherapy. To be able to do some of the things he enjoys must be wonderful for him, and for all of you!

  7. Somehow I missed this post! What wonderful news and how fun to have your dad joking and "flaring his nostrils". Laughter and humor is so healing and joyful. Many blessings sent your way with continued healing for your father and much love shared between you all ... and your bloggie friends out here (including us here in the tundra that is Michigan right now!)

  8. Such good news about your dad...


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