Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thankful Tuesday: Another health scare

This time round, the scare came in the form of bloody stools. I know it can mean a wide range of things. It can be as mild as 'heaty-ness' to as serious as cancer. At first, I ignored it. But soon, I was alarmed because.. Okay, I am trying not to be too graphic here. Let's just say it involved trickling blood and all. So, I decided to go through the public health care system and saw a doctor at the polyclinic for specialist referral since we were bringing Arielle there for her two-month jab. 

The doctor who saw me believed that fissures was the main culprit and assured me that it should not be anything serious. However, I should still go to a specialist to do a scope. Amazingly, they managed to book me an appointment at Tan Tock Seng two days later when the wait was usually minimum three weeks. Praise God for favours! I was really glad as I dreaded the feeling of being in suspense and would prefer to have a peace of mind asap. 

Last Friday, I went down to TTSH on my own. To be honest, I was feeling a bit nervous and felt out of place as the other patients were all senior citizens. The nice Chinese lady doctor did a check and then a scope. Her diagnosis? It was caused by hemorrhoids (I have hemorrhoids after giving birth to Anya but had left it alone since I was not bothered by it much since Anya was six months old). Since I am nursing, she did not prescribe any medication. Instead, I am to be very watchful of my diet to avoid constipation that may aggravate the condition. Once The Husband knew about that, he made sure that I stop eating those CNY goodies and stocked up loads of fruits that are believed to ease constipation. 

I am so thankful that it is nothing serious. Health is really precious. I am learning it the hard way. Still, I am thankful for the lessons as I believe God planted these events in my life for a reason. I am more and more conscious of what I put into my mouth. These days, I make sure I drink at least 8 glasses of water, on top of other fluids such as beverages and soup. I have switched from white bread to wholemeal bread, I cut down on gastronomic indulgences.

Okay, let's move onto a lighter note. The other things that I am thankful for this week:

# Pretty blooms gifted by The Husband to chase away the blues and worries.

# Knowing that Arielle is growing well despite the little milk she drinks. At her two month check, she is 5.5kg!

# Anya sleeping on her own bed instead of cot. Now, this actually happened a few weeks ago but we wanted to be sure that she was consistent in it. Out of the blue, one evening, she said that she wanted to sleep on her bed instead of cot. It was a pleasant surprise for The Husband and I as we had not mention the bed for a few months now nor has she gone near it. And since that fateful night, she has been sleeping on it! We have adjusted the cot's height since and Arielle has been taking her naps there (with Anya's consent, of course!). 

# A prayerful child who lay her hands on our heads (The Helper, myself and then The Husband) one night and prayed for us. She would shut her eyes tightly and murmur a whole string of unintelligible phrases and then end off with 'Amen!'. The next morning, the migraine that has been plaguing me in the last few days left me.

# DVDs that educate and edify. In this case, our child (and us) get to know more about Jesus in moving pictures.

What are you thankful for this week?

1 comment:

Ruth said...

Thank God you're well! Yes, indeed health is very important. Arielle looks so sweet in that last pic :)