Friday, March 20, 2009

Dad's Good News

My cell phone rang. I was at my desk at work.

"Dad has seen the doctor..." My Sis H said at the other end of the line, "his blood measured is down to 3 now."

I was happy to hear the news. It was the immediate target set by Cardiologist Dr. Victor Lim for Dad as soon as he was discharged from National Heart Centre a fortnight ago. He was warded due to the tingling and sometimes intense pins-and-needles feeling he had been feeling constantly on his left shoulder region.

The CT Scan that was meant to check for his lung cancer tumor status turned out to show that he had a blood clot in his heart, which explained the tingling feeling he had.

"The doctor said Dad needs to go for another 2 weeks of meds," she continued, "so he needs to be back again early April."

Dad's follow-up appointment has been set on Friday on 3rd April 2009 at 10:45AM, Clinic B at Level 2 of NHC. The doctor needs to see if it can be brought down just below 3 and stabilized.

Last week, his blood coagulation INR was a high 4.8. His blood was too thin and risked internal bleeding, but it was meant to dissolve the blood clot to avoid getting a stroke if it reached the brain.

It was indeed good news on a Friday!

The consultation fee was S$31.50 while 2 weeks supply of Warfarin at 4mg was at S$2.50. In total I was to return Sis H a total of S$34.00 taken from our Parents Fund we established since January 2009 this year.

The idea of setting up this fund for our parents was such a good one, where all my siblings, together with our nephews and nieces contributing at will a little sum they wish every month. The fund has since grew to more than S$1,500.00 to date. And that is great!

I set it in my iPhone calendar... I may have to take Dad to his appointment, but Sis I volunteered to take him together with her husband. That is wonderful thing.

Doing really well, I do hope that Dad stays happy mentally seeing everyone is involved and care so much about him and Mom, fighting on with everyone always by his side.


  1. There's nothing like a little good news to brighten up the day! You go, Dad!

  2. You are SUCH a loving family. I think it's nothing short of AWESOME that you all are pitching in to help cover some of the expenses. This is what famiy is all about, being there for one another through good times and bad. Continued prayers for your dad and all who love him. Btw, your comments made me laugh out loud at my blog. You are a funny guy! ;D

  3. That is great that he is doing so well, and I just hope he continues to do better.

    What a wonderful idea to set up the parents fund.

  4. Very good news, little brother. And thanks for stopping by my blog and making some nice comments. It meant a lot. Hang in there and don't forget to have some peaceful water time for yourself and your bike! ;oD

  5. So good!! Nothing like hearing good news! :)
    I hope there's more coming.

  6. Good news dear Imran. A little bit of good news goes a long way to encouraging us. Be encouraged. God bless you.

  7. Once again I am humbled at the love and generosity that your family has. You are such a wonderful example to us all!

  8. HI to you and your wife!
    Yes Sf is beautiful!
    We do love having our home here, after living in Singapore 3 years and Tokyo 2 years in little apartments. We've owned it now almost 2 years, since we moved back from Asia, but so many fixer upper projects.
    Today the sun is shining and the rain stopped and
    maye we will work on some outside landscaping.
    I am so happy you are getting good news these days about your father.
    And how are you doing about your job?
    Maybe you and wife and son can visit us sometime.
    We live 1 1/2 hrs from Wash DC in the mountains of Virginia called Shenandoah Valley.

  9. That is good news! You and your family set such a good example for others on how to deal with elderly parents.

  10. Still praying for your dad...and I hope that your April is starting out well. I hope all is well with you and your family and that you have a good rest of the week.

    Love, Jess


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