Monday, December 19, 2005

Derek's first ever surgery

With so many things happening recently, I don’t even have time to stop and think.

After the hectic weekend to Banting and Ipoh last weekend, I was back at work on Wednesday.

Thankfully, work has somewhat slowed down towards the end of the year. As such, I decided to do something about a persistent problem that I have, an inguinal hernia.

Time for some medical lessons, boys and girls.

Inguinial hernia: protrusions of abdominal cavity contents through an area of the abdominal wall, commonly referred to as the groin, and known in anatomic language as the inguinal area or the myopectineal orifice.

They are very common and their repair is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations. They usually arise as a consequence of the descent of the testis from the abdomen into the scrotum during early fetal life, and are therefore far more commonly seen in men than women. They present as painless bulges in the groin area that can become more prominent when coughing, straining, or standing up.

The most recent one happened when I was in Singapore. I was shopping at Orchard Road and the hernia occured. Which was why I had to take a cab home to lie down.

Anyway, I went to the family doctor on Thursday and he wrote a letter to a surgeon to perform the surgery.

There I was at the surgeon’s office on Friday afternoon. He took one look and he asked me to strip.

Now, I have never stripped completely even in front of my doctor before - I always have a piece of clothing on me.

There was also a female nurse in the room. Anyway I did strip. A little hesitantly at first.

Then I thought. What the heck? It’s not like I have not strip in front of a stranger before.

After he did all the necessary check-up and all, he asked when do I want the surgery done. The receptionist had told me that he will be on holiday starting next Wednesday.

I wanted Monday, because I have plans to attend YTL’s 50th anniversary celebration at KLPAC on Saturday. There was going to be a performance by Russell Watson and the Adelaide Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Sunday, I had made plans to watch the Queer Film Fest.

Thus naturally, I wanted Monday. There was only an afternoon slot left. He suggested the next day (Saturday) and to take whatever free slot that was available.

As such, without being psychologically prepared and informing all my friends of my surgery, I found myself admitted in the hospital at ten in the morning the next day.

The surgery was scheduled for half past four in the afternoon. Of course, I had to fast from the time of admission to surgery.

My family was with me for a while. They decided to come back later at about three before I was brought to the operating theatre.

In the meantime, I was bored. Nothing much to do in the ward except to sleep. I did manage to read a few pages of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman in that time.

Unexpectedly, a male and female nurse came into the room at half past two and told me to put on the hospital gown and get ready to be wheeled to the operation theatre. I was hurried and I was like OMG, OMG. So soon ar? But I haven’t made my final phone call to inform my parents.

They required that I leave all my valuables in an envelope for safekeeping. Immediately after I passed my mobile phone to them, I was rolled to the lift which would take me to the operating theatre three floors below.

When I was on the bed, being pushed to the lift, I was smiling to myself. You know all those medical shows like ER or whatever show that has someone being frantically pushed to the OT? I felt like that, with me looking up at the ceiling, interspaced by fluorescent lights.

The feeling was surreal.

Even though my operation was supposedly brought forward a little, it turned out that the operation before me had some complications and thus was taking up more time. I ended spending about an hour at the waiting bay.

While I was lying there, bored, an anesthethst came over and attached a drip on me. She said I must be shivering as I haven't had food for the past six hours.

Which I was. I was feeling kinda hungry.

Half an hour later, I was pushed into the operating theatre ...

9 comments:

wingedman said...

Oh you poor thing! A hernia! How on earth did you get one while shopping!? It must have been a pretty intensive session...

Anyway it's obvious you survived, so...

Legolas said...

Surgery? I never had one before, hope I won't have to.

It's a bummer to have such thing happening while you're having a good time, i.e. on holiday.

Yeah, like wingedman said, you survived, hope you're doing fine.

hoknotyalc said...

Considering that you are writting this blog means that you are still alive ...DUH. Anyway, wishing u a quick recovery. Hugs

ça va pas la tête said...

Have a speedy recovery!

keatix said...

i presume u must be ok now. so glad man.

due, may u be well and happy always from now on(u hv alwys been anyway...right?, then more so now lor)!

get well and partayyyy!

lost in the gay woods (LTGW) said...

omigod.. get well soon man... and pray all da best 4u man! I will visit you only if i know ur room number and i'll come with room service

anyway, i was at UH to get my check up for my stomach. need to go for further check ups again. some rumours saying im... beta not tell... disguisting

Now, how am i going to tell my parents..???

shucks!

savante said...

A hernia! Ouch! Hope all goes well. Was it on the right or the left? Hope you're eating well now.

Paul

MrBunnyBan said...

Ooh, surgery. Never did one that required getting knocked out before. Creeeepy. Glad you're still with us, Derek. :)

...am I the only dumbell who doesn't understand the dscription of a hernia? <:(

Derek said...

wingedman: No, I didn't get one when I was shopping. It happened when I was shopping.

The first time it happened was a couple of years back. It isn't life-threatening, but if it happens often enough, there could be complications.


legolas: I hope you never had to have surgery too. It's not bad, but it defintely isn't fun. At all.

Thanks.


hoknotyalc: Thanks for the well wishes, Clayton.


ça va pas la tête: Thank you very much. ;P


keatix: Yes, I have always been well. After the surgery, technically, I am better than new. LOL

And thanks for the wishes too, keatix.


lost in the gay woods: I really hope it is not as serious as you made it out to be. I wish you all the best.

And really, you should tell your parents. Whatever it is, they are your parents and they will be supportive.

Thank you for the wishes and prayers.


savante: It is on the right.

Yes, I am eating well now. Thanks for the concern, Paul. ;P


mrbunnyban: Hope you never will. It ain't pretty. ;P

Hernia is basically a protrusion through a weakness in the muscle i.e. hole. The surgery was to patch up the hole.

If that doesn't make it clearer, I think we would need the assistance of Paul to explain it. ;P