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.