Update on my hospital adventure Jun 2021

I realise that I have been losing energy and feeling breathless last one year. Late last year, TTSH docs advised me to be prepared for water dialysis. Sounds like an exciting adventure and stage of my life.

Last Monday, I was admitted to TTSH for suspected fever and infection. The hospital also drew 2 kg of water making my weight now 72kg, instead of 75kg when I arrived.

Well, today the advice is to start blood dialysis quickly today.

I have been getting queries from members. And in order not to have bits and pieces of information from diff sources, I shall update this Post regularly.

I am fine mentally. SHC will move on, We are making arrangements to plan forward next 5-10 years. I am glad to have very strong support from Jean Lim. And the many members, pioneer and newer, who believe in the SHC objective. Tq.

Terence Seah

53 thoughts on “Update on my hospital adventure Jun 2021

    • Alway believe something wonderful is about to happen !

      During this Covid phase we overcome a lot of obstacle to stay alert,safe and more stronger with life uncertainty.

      Yes, we learn the hard way – we SURE will make it !

      Let your hope up dun let go !

  1. Stubborn as an OX – coz he has a mind of his own tho’ slow and rather dull at times… Luckily for us, a very good, smart mind with positive mind-set. Calm and patience are his characteristics – strong and never give up.

    Hoping you find strength with each new day.

  2. You must have forgotten to eat your apple. Now you have to see a doctor.
    They will release you soon because we need you more than they do.
    You are never alone. We all love you and are by your side.
    Cheer up! We want to see you fit and well very soon.

    Cola Tan

  3. Tq for all the well wishes. I entered hospital at 75kg. This morning my weight was 69kg. Doc removed the fluid, saying no fat.

    So happy today had 4 pcs of prawns. All other days melon soup and clear stewed pork.

    Am well, likely to stay in hospital one more week. Admiring the nurses around.

    Singapore TTSH has excellent doctors, C class treatment was superb, its medical database first class and good wifi. Trust the Singapore system to retire and be treated surely when sick.

    Terence Seah

  4. Quite excited this morning
    Lost 10 kg, now 66 kg.

    About 8.30am insert tube
    10am start 1st blood dialysis.

    Chat after lunch. I am fine. Looking forward lobster soup.

    Terence Seah

  5. It really is wonderful news to hear that you are making such positive and encouraging progress, and it’s inspirational to hear how you are overcoming this. I am proud to know someone who is so brave and positive. I know you will stay strong.
    Cheers !

  6. Just out from operating room. Surgeon inserted a 19cm into my artery, to do blood dialysis. Less than 30 mins, no pain, some super glue, stapler at work and freezing temp.

    Guys, godmother still alive. She is going to boil water and cook fox tail. Tq for your concern

    Terence Seah

  7. This morning. I was pleasantly surprised my weight had dropped to 63.6kg from 75 kg a week ago. Had a 3 hr dialysis, feeling much better and hungry all the time.

    Jean brought some hard boiled eggs which I silently cracked in the middle of the night

    I am expected to remain in hospital for another week.

    Terence Seah

  8. Hard-boiled egg is a handy high-protein snack if you have diabetes. The protein will help keep you full without affecting your blood sugar. Protein not only slows digestion, it also slows glucose absorption. This is very helpful if you have diabetes.

  9. Terence?
    Hope you will feel better each day,
    May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery.
    May the good wishes and warm thoughts of those who
    care about you send cheerfulness into your world and wish you healthy!
    Regards Alan Ang

  10. Every Thur 9pm, we have a support group meeting on zoom for diabetics. Many things to know and share. EO Jean Lim.

    Diabetics is a complex disease, if sugar and diet are not well controlled.

    Coming Monday, I have a up and down colonoscopy to see if my colon is stucked.

    The leg surgeon is putting a tube past my groin, into one of 3 leg arteries.

    Doc also doing a tube into my leg artery via a balloon. Then the surgeon will do an operation on my kneel.

    Medical science is just fantastic.

    Terence Seah

    • Wow! What a bumpy journey for u but none the less thankfully appreciate your update to us your rough ride thru this whole week. Jia You!

  11. As we get older, our body parts aged too. With time, some parts don’t function as well as they should be. This is the process of life. I have had my knees replaced, eye parts replaced too.

    Bothersome as it is, dialysis helps those with kidneys problem. Life still go on.

    I am aware you are having a colonoscopy on Monday. I have had 3 already. Like to share a little with you. Before you go for the procedure you have to drink a liquid to flush out the rubbish in the large intestine and colon. This drink tastes horrible. To mask out the taste, normally 100 plus or a palatable drink can be added. Be prepared for it.

    Hope you get back to normalcy soonest.
    Many in SHC care about your health and wish you well. Sorry for the double posting. I will delete the other one if I can.

  12. I am a very firm believer of a saying “Everything happened for a reason” So, just go along with this saying cant be wrong, tio bo? Quai quai obey the “must”, follow the “should” by the doc and surgeon and lastly but not the least, keep fighting for a better tomorrow… I am looking forward for the Fairy godmother not only be alive kicking but also can be strong to wave the magical wand again lor…

    Take care… :)

  13. Keep going Terence. SHC wishes you speedy recovery and regain full strength. We feel there is so much more to do with little time and we are there for you always. Best wishes. Bruce Lee

  14. I think I can be discharged end week. Tomorrow I have an angio on my left leg, a little tube and balloon. Then can go home. Need a walking stick though.

    Am doing ok with dialysis.

    Tq Bruce for your concern.

    Terence Seah

  15. Though all that treatments you are receiving are challenging, it’s a passing phrase. So glad to hear the you are recovering well and going home soon. Shortly, you are able to throw the walking stick and cha cha cha.

  16. Mon 5 July, i went for a water blister follow up, which has been bugging me last 2–3 mths. Instead of a plain dressing, I was readmitted to TTSH last night, and scheduled for a wound operation , and with a suction pump attached to reduce infection.

    Still on q to do the op. Expected to stay 7 days. Tq everybody for concern.

    Terence Seah

  17. My 2 mths stay in hospital is attributed mainly to diabetes and subsequent kidney failure. I encourages all seniors to monitor your diet, exercise and take your medication seriously.

    Besides kidney failure, other organs can fail. Dialysis treatment is advance, but body movement is restricted.

    Every night in hospital, I hear fellow patients scream. Why? I dont know. Other patients just look at the sky the whole day. I realise 5 out of 6 seniors dont know how to use their mobile to chat with friends. Life growing old, sick and lonely. So, it is ok to lose our cool once in a while, but dont not enemies.

    Surgeons took out a 20 cts x 0.5 cm deep of flesh from my left food. In healing process now. Expecting to stay at TTSH until next week. Have a safe weekend.

    Terence Seah

  18. Here’s some update on my hospital stay. Early today, my foot doctor opened up my wound. Half was recovering but the surrounding half indicates more surgery is required.

    Doc sees two options:
    1. Continuing and repeat surgeries.
    2. Amputation of left foot.

    The thinking is amputation is the better option, instead of the painful and repeat surgeries. Anyway, I wait for doc review today.

    Oops, this is something I didn’t expect to hear Monday morning. I now have the opportunity to be a super athlete with a stronger feet.

    Either option, I will be fine.

    Terence Seah

    • Alway believe something wonderful is about to happen !

      Continue your miracle prayer with grace !

      i alway know you are a very strong personality with positive mindset- keep it up !

      jia you !

        • Hi Terence,
          ON me , + Big Mac -once you are given the green light to eat . Stay strong to claim your craves OK.

          Positiveness being the best medicine, hang on there ya !

          Wishing you painless recovery and speedy discharge.

          Please take care & rest fullest.

          Best wishes ,
          Lydia

  19. Had a good sleep under LA.

    Midnight, has 2nd surgery of left foot, to avoid limb loss. Bigger tissue cut under LA. No blood loss, well well. Looking forward to Big Mac. Tq members.

    Terence Seah

  20. My surgery doc inspected my leg today, say my foot wound is not deteriorating, and that I may be discharged on Fri, with a small pump to suck out any blood. Completed a few doses of antibiotics and 2 sessions of blood transfusion. Doc advise the wound is not over as diabetic foot may take many mths to heal. So important to avoid infection and limb amputation. He also encouraged me, saying many amputees live close to a normal active life.

    Hope to go cycling, attend SHC monthly gatherings and eat durians. Tomorrow morning, the docs open my wound. I am frightened but I hope to get discharged.

    Terence Seah

  21. I was feeling very good this morning. The hospital had prepared 6 weeks dressing plus a pump to do home removal of blood from my left leg wound.

    My scheduled dialysis was in progress while the foot doc inspected my wound. He knew I was expecting to be discharged today. He said, No good. Either I go back to the OT and remove my left foot or a few more rounds of tissue temoval and some bone.

    Oops. Dont know what to say. Just imagine myself as a limpy horse. I will move on.

    Terence Seah

  22. Thank you very much to the many members who had written to me to express concern over my health.

    Yes, it’s been almost two months at TTSH, starting with dialysis, followed by a critical left foot wound.

    Am presently undergoing a series of surgeries, with the aim of saving the foot. Tomorrow, one more cleanup before the surgeon do the wound cover up from muscle from another part of the foot. This is scheduled end this week.

    I encourage diabetics to keep good sugar control, and daily care over their foot. A simple wound can turn sour fast.

    TTSH is a great hospital, many good doctors, surgeons, nurses and a excellent medical experience, should one fall ill.

    I hope to give good news next week, and be back to work asap.

    Terence Seah

  23. Thank you to all members who have written me to find out how I am.

    I am still at TTSH, both eyes as big as ever, enjoying most of my time, strunged to my airbed. Still receiving treatment on a wound on my left leg which looks like a Bak Pao when bandages are unwrapped. Am likely to continue enjoying rice porridge with sesame oil, braised chicken, stir fried winter melon and dragon fruit almost daily. I may be in hospital for another 2 weeks, as long as I continue paying rent.

    Meantime, keep active, and stay safe. And if you write here, I will reply you.

    Terence Seah

    • Hi Terence.
      Stay as positive as you are now. Be sure only to leave hospital with wound sealed and healed. Pay rent as billed! Not easy to care for yourself at home and must treasure your left foot. Treatment is on right track with skin graft and proper dialysis, painful as it may be. Your gang in SHC waiting to see you out to have a burger together at least.

  24. This morning, my surgeon did another skin graft on my left foot. The first graft was left to breathe and get better.

    Medical science can really do wonders. Under GA, I went to sleep and 1.5 hrs later. I woke up, not knowing my 8th surgery is over. I am expecting to stay at TTSH for another 2 weeks.

    I just saw my 1st bill, admitted on 1 Jun, for 17 days. I still have not reveived my bill for the next 2 mths. Admitted as a Class C ward citizen, the 17 day bill came with govt subsidies, NTUC INCOME shield medical insurance, medisave and co-payment in cash. I wait for my second discharge envelope.

    Do say some good words for me.

    Terence Seah

    • Never fret about the bill. The govt has publicly stated that if you can’t pay the medical bill it will be written off.
      Instead focus in getting well. Stay positive and have faith that things will get better..
      Chin up !

  25. Written off – I think should have lor.. though these did not happened to my parents before they passed on. But I sure did witnessed their long-listed medical items sum up to many thousands $ and after all apa macham deductions here and there, need only to pay couple of ten $ nia. So bo dai chi la, getting well is what you should looking at it now.. Stay strong with superb fighting spirit ya…

  26. TTSH surgeon opened up my wound this morning created a new skin graft, next to the earlier graft, while letting the earlier one breathe.

    I am glad good progress made.

    Terence Seah

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