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When you have limited movement, it can be
really depressing staying at the hospital. Every day, the routine would be the
same, even during festivities or public holidays.
was near Christmas in 2016, that my sister suggested that we make some origami
Santa to lighten the mood at the burn ward. In honesty, I wasn’t really keen on
folding origami but my sister was insistent that we can give them to the
patients in the burn ward.
After a few days of folding, we finally had enough origami Santa for
everyone. She then bought chocolates and sweets and we pasted an origami Santa on
each gift. The small gifts were then distributed
to the nurses on shift and all the other patients. It wasn’t much, but it felt
good to spread a little joy and have small talks with other patients in the
Last year, even though I was already discharged from the hospital, we
decided to prepare the same gifts again with more goodies added. We made them looked
like Santa carrying a sack.
This year, instead of the
usual origami Santa, I have decided to put the goodies into normal plastic
packaging instead. It saves a lot of time. I made around 35 packs in total.
As my sister is currently in Singapore, I had
to WhatsApp her the photos. When she saw the pictures, she exclaimed, “Nothing
“It is ok. It is only once a year,” I
During this holiday season, we
should be thankful and grateful for the company of family and friends.For some, the holiday season can be a
depressing time without anyone to celebrate with. It is indeed a gift to be
with love ones during this time of the year.
Last week, I
visited a friend who is suffering from Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a hereditary condition that causes her body to produce multiple tumours
throughout her life. Link to Yvonne's blog .
Photo was taken from her Facebook She
was supposed to go to the United States of America in May 2018 for a
cervical spine surgery. Unfortunately, before the trip, she fell on
her back and hit her head. She had to undergo a critical brain surgery instead
in Kuala Lumpur. The money she collected for the surgery in USA was all spent
on the brain surgery.
When I saw her,
the first thing I noticed was the protruding feeding tube at her stomach. Food
had to be
inserted through the feeding tube. Yvonne is deaf and blind. She is still bedridden and immobile as
a result of the fall she had in May 2018.
with Yvonne, I had to write an alphabet at a time, slowly on her palm. If she
doesn’t get the word, it must be
written all over again. It is best to use few simple w…
The birth of Patrick changed my marriage life from the two of us to the three of us, a family. We were excited, happy, worried followed by all kind of emotions for our baby son. So many things to learn, to experience. Breastfeeding, constant thoughts on our baby's well being especially when his jaundice appeared to rise during his first month. The lacking of sleep. There were moments I observed his breathing while he slept. We were amazed by every new mannerisms that Patrick displayed. We were so charmed when he first smiled to us. I would observed how gently my husband would treat Patrick and how Patrick would looked up to him, listening to his every word.
We were enjoying ourselves as new parents until something happened in the middle of November 2017 that changed our lives forever. "There is something not right with his stools."
My sister in law remarked to me while I tiredly changed Patrick's diapers. Mentally I can be exhausted as new mothers would be. We visited my s…
We could not believe how fast the funds came in after we uploaded our video appealing for funds to Patrick's liver transplant surgery fees.
I admitted that money was one big worry for without it, the surgery would not proceed. Once HOC set up the appeal on our behalf, I prayed. I prayed hard to God.
Suddenly a thought came. A video of us as a family, making a plea to friends, family and public. To save Patrick by donating to his surgery fees.
So, we quickly set it into motion on 22 May 2019.
I could not imagine the responses came beyond Malaysia - Australia, Singapore and more. From people whom I had not talked to for a few years, willingly came forward to donate, send a kind word, prayers and spread the video to their friends.
Before we go forward to the public, another worry I had was my mother. She has anxiety over Patrick. There were times I had to calm her down, assure her everything shall be fine when I admit I do not actually know whether it is so. I don't wish for my mu…