I got the shock of my life yesterday when I saw my mom slumped on the bed and couldn’t move. She said she was dizzy and then, crawled to the bathroom and hurled herself in a pail.
My sis and the Mechanic took her to the clinic for check up. She too slumped on the doctor’s table. After taking her blood pressure reading, the doc advised us to send her to the hospital.
Thank goodness the general hospital in Selayang took her immediately into the emergency ward and put her on drips. She had her blood pressure monitored (it was 200+++/100++!!!!), her head scanned because she was complaining of terrible headaches and then blood test. The bloody trainee had to insert the needle a few times to draw blood from my mom. Thank goodness my mom is someone who could withstand pain. My sis said, she stared at the trainee drawing blood clumsily and the doctor just watched. In the end, the doctor corrected the trainee’s way of drawing blood, but not after poking a few times at my mom as if she were a piece of meat.
I stared helplessly at the machine measuring the blood pressure. It kept going up. I notified the nurse. Apparently, if you are sleeping sideways, you might elevate your blood pressure. True enough, I told my mom to lie straight then the blood pressure went down a little.
Brother, sis-in-law and my aunt came to visit. Mom appeared to be relaxed and stopped throwing up.
While I was standing in the emergency ward with no chairs to sit and freezing my ass off, I was looking around the emergency ward. There was a foreign worker with food poisoning, some fella on drip due to unknown reason, some children suffering from asthma and some elderly people suffering stroke or having heart diseases. Totally unglamorous, unlike what you see in ER or Grey’s Anatomy. Probably we were lucky to get attended this swiftly due to less patients.
Then, came in another elderly patient. There was a small commotion as his next-of-kin were all in the emergency ward where only one next-of-kin was allowed to enter at any point of time. To my surprise, one of his sons, Peter was my school mate back in TAR College whom I have lost contact with. From the looks of it, I guess his dad must be also suffering from high blood pressure.
I didn’t say hi to him as I think, he couldn’t have remembered me after I have put on so much weight! So, I didn’t say hi. But he surely looks good now compare to his scrawny figure 10 years ago! I still could remember what he told me when I complained to him, my driving skill is very bad. He asked me sarcastically, “So, when you go up the hill, you step on the brakes and while going downhill, you accelerate? Is this how your driving skill is?” That was funny.
As they took turns to come in to see their beloved dad, I was touched. The daughter, I think probably Peter’s sister was consoling and comforting her dad by stroking gently on his hair. I could feel the love she had for her dad.
This whole episode set me thinking. Peter’s dad and my mom were lucky enough to have people caring for them when they are ill stricken in bed. I wonder, if I am ever a spinster, if I wake up one day and found myself paralyze and couldn’t move, how on earth am I gonna get myself to the hospital like an able bodied person. Oh.. I forgot.. my mom said the police would help.
My mind drifted to last Saturday’s conversation with a friend. When she told me about a guy appeared to be interested in her, I encouraged her to go ahead and give it a try. Just coming out from a bitter divorce, it is understandable that she would be apprehensive to give another relationship a try.
Then I couldn’t believe myself when I blurted these words, “It’s good to have someone to spend the rest of your life with. I don’t think anyone would want to get over the remaining of this life being all alone.”
My sis and I waited in the freezing cold hospital for 5.5 hours till 3 am and were relieved that my mom had stabilized and ready to be discharged. She was asked to get a good rest. The sudden blood pressure was not properly explained by the doctor. But the doc said, it’s normal sometimes to have sudden surge in blood pressure, so one need to really control oneself – diet and also take medication on timely basis. She is quite obstinate when it comes to controlling her diet. I wonder where I get the stubbornness from?
Well, I am tired now but still going to work this morning. I hope she recovers swiftly.