Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's about a year now after my CABG

How time flies and I am sitting on my bed with my laptop and composing this article on what happened about a year back. On the 6th of September 2009 I had a heart attack and I admitted myself to the Johor Specialist Center.
I was at my site in the morning but I somehow felt uneasy and decided to see the nearest Doctor to my site at Danga Bay in Johor(City close to Singapore). But this Doctor wasn't just any Doctor, as he was my family Doctor when my first son was born  about 19 years ago. And  by God's Grace I was working in Johor from June 16th 2009 as I had joined my new company and all the while after my return from Hyderabad in July 2008, I was in Kuala Lumpur.
I can still remember vividly, how in the morning of my heart attack, I was having ENO fruit salt for indigestion at 5.00 a.m. and when I saw the Doctor, he prescribed medicines for flux and indigestion. As I was collecting the medicines after paying at the counter, something made him ask me for my ECG, which I had taken earlier (2 days back) at another clinic, I told him that the clinic was far to collect the report and asked him how much does it cost to do another ECG? He said RM 35 and I said ...why not?
Thank God for this timely intervention and fair enough my ECG was bad and he told me to get admitted into a heart specialist Hospital immediately without wasting time...that's when I drove to the Hospital ...I had my safety officer from site to direct me to the Hospital. I thought I was okay but the Doctor in charge at the Hospital was of a different opinion...I was stabilized and I was worried about the impact or the damage done to my heart but as I said earlier...it was a timely intervention by the Doctor suggesting me to go a heart specialist. While they were doing all sorts of tests on me, I had informed my family and my wife took the evening bus to reach the Hospital as she wasn't used to driving long distance and with the bad news too. I was in ICU and by evening they had stabilized my condition. My wife wanted me to be transferred to Kuala Lumpur and to be admitted at Sime Darby Medical Center at Subang (again Thank God for this decision as I was under one of the top surgeon in the country).
So the following day, I had the most expensive ride on an ambulance with 2 paramedics and my wife by my side...it's was a nice feeling being back home...and the rest was .....history....for me now....Thank God....I can sit and reflect on it...and life has turned for the better for me....I lead a healthy lifestyle....and I appreciate the little things in life now....remember...."LIFE IS SHORT"....so count your blessings....and believe me everything has it's path chartered out for us....so just sit back and enjoy the ride....

2 comments:

Renu said...

Sometimes I feel so scared that most of the time heart problems looks like indigestion only to most of the patients.

Good for that intervention and thank god that everything went well for you.

sukku said...

Yes and I was reading about this actor Murali from who had died of massive heart attack at an age of 46 yrs. I am indeed surprised as I am sure the medical care in Chennai or Bangalore is pretty good. My greatest fear was waking up with a heart attack in India when I was working there but thank God I got it in Malaysia even though I wasn't in my hometown but somehow things turned out to be alright. I guess I have a new lease in my life for another 15 years at least from heart attack...my cholesterol levels are well maintained and my ratio is 2.8