Sunday, October 23, 2005

Second Surgery

She went through the first op on Monday morning at 0900hrs. Had two toes removed. The third and fourth toe of the right foot. She was groggy and weak the whole of Monday but rose up better on Tuesday. She even attempted walking the short distance to the loo. She still complained of pain but she said the pain was more from the cut, something that she could tolerate. Nothing at all like the throbbing pain of a dying limb.

On Wednesday morning they said the wound was infected. So she was to go through another op to remove the second toe now. Her op was called 'emergency', so they would do her after all the scheduled ones. She was to fast.

And fast she did, from midnight to the next day's midnight. Still it wasnt her turn. It just so happened that there were many many emergency cases that was more urgent. A lot of ruptured stomachs and main arteries dontknowwhat.

And her pain was getting worse. She was in pain, and in great hunger and thirst too. The anxiety wasnt helping either.

At one point, she became disoriented. She woke up looking for her kitchen. Sometimes i saw her stirring empty air and when asked, she said she was making tea. She cried and hugged a Dr Waddah and asked for food. And i cried too. For the first time since she became sick, i cried. Kak Teh did say, let go, cry and be better. And i did feel better after that.

And so they let her eat one meal - not that she could eat a lot - and made her fast and wait again.

Thursday. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Same routine. Eat one meal, and this they would probably allow after midnight and there would not be a lot of options at that time of the day. So she would have to settle with cold meals or dry meals like biscuits and breads. And continue fasting.

By Saturday the pain was worse. She needed morphine again. And the infection was getting worse too. I saw them do dressing and i saw the unhealthy flesh. It wasnt red. It was very pale pink, almost white with slight yellow tinge. A dressed chicken would have healthier colour.

And she was feverish too. They couldnt give her paracetamol so we sponged and sponged her. And the surgeon said they would have to cut half her foot or attempt further up where there would be some bleeding. They wouldnt accept her signature of consent. Unlike the first op, they want this time a waris to sign. Her op would be riskier, because of all her cardiovascular problems.

"You cut half her foot because of the infection. But there is no guarantee that infection will not happen again. What if this new wound gets infected too?"
"We will have to cut again."
"Will the wound heals better once you've cut her at where the blood flow is better?"
"Better chance, yes. But perhaps slimmer than other people."

My sister signed the consent letter. But not without apologising profusely to Mak.

This Monday morning, at 4 am, they wheeled her - finally - into the OT. I wasnt at the hospital last night. My brother was there.

I am now at the office. It is 0830hrs and there is still no news. Her first op took 3 hours and recovery 2 hours. Maybe i will hear some news after 0900hrs.

I was actually planning to do all the alternative treatment after she was released. Maybe i should just take her out after this second op to try other options.

****************
1000 hrs.
My bro said surgery is over. Alhumdulillah!

Bad news:
~ they removed 40% of her foot.

Good news he has a load!
~ They removed only 40% of her foot. Could have been at the ankle or worse.
~ Mak is recovering in her room, not ICU.
~ There is FRESH BLOOD on the bandage! Not a lot but bandage is bloodied nevertheless. Yey!
~ Mak is resting well with help from morphine.

12 Comments:

Blogger born-again drama queen said...

ood, hkl is known to be very busy indeed..
what about checking her into an alternative hospital, eg: UMMC or HUKM...or even SJMC?
i really wish i could do something for you right now..please tell me what to do, and insyaAllah, i'll try to do it..
i know exactly how you feel, i was in your shoes a few months back..just keep on reciting du'a nabi yunus..for her as well as for you to be strong..

*much much love*

6:42 PM  
Blogger shidah said...

2 things that are very difficult indeed, seeing ibubapa yang sakit & anak2 yang sakit. i hope you mendapat rahmat Allah s.w.t dalam menghadapi this dugaan

7:59 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

nefertiti,
i would love to have her moved nearer to me, UMMC will be very near home but i worry that it will just convenience me, not her. New group of doctors will mean new round of tests etc. I dont want to subject her to more than necessary.

i do read her the surahs you recommended. I read to her always. Thanks.

AND nefertiti, you have already done a lot for us. Thanks.

Shidah,
it is. I cannot agree with you more. very very difficult. Putting a strong brave front is SO very tiring.

Thanks Shidah for being there for me.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous nohachomel said...

kak ood,

ntah bila tiba masanya nanti, tak tahu la saya akan jadi setabah akak atau tidak...semoga Allah merahmati akak sekelluarga dan ur mom cepat sembuh

9:42 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

oh dear ood, what a long wait!! be patient and keep going strong as you have always been throughout this whole ordeal. take good good care too!

2:19 AM  
Blogger Kidinme said...

I hope she recovers insha'Allah.

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it is easier said than done but you have to be strong okay! Anytime you wanna talk to me, text me and I will try to get online.

5:47 AM  
Blogger Ely said...

oody, thanks for the update. the long wait for ur mom...our doa's still for ur mom and ur family ok.

stay strong girly....love u, huggs!

9:19 AM  
Blogger faux diamante said...

oody,

hang in there okay.u r doing a great job.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Mas said...

Bertuah lah Mak sebab dapat anak yang macam akak. Semoga tabah menghadapi hari2 mendatang. Insyaallah she'll recover soon.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Nurelhuda said...

My prayers for you and your mum. I ve been through a crisis when my husband was ill with septic shock in May and I know that hospital infections are very dangerous.Have you heard of Transfer Factor? It helps the immune system and can help the body overcome antibiotic resistent organisms.

5:46 AM  
Blogger MamiJarum said...

Semoga OOD & keluarga tabah menghadapi dugaan... InsyaAllah, she'll be alright... Be strong...

11:40 AM  

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