Sunday, January 8, 2017

无语问苍天 In silence, I asked


十一月二十八日,我在这个部落格癌症斗士里写到:

“ 目前他还要定期回院检查,也祈求癌细胞没有扩散。他现在的愿望是医生能够尽快的给他做上假牙,以便能够好好吃喝。他的味觉在电疗过后,完全损坏了,希望经过一段日子,能够逐渐恢复,让他生活的有点乐趣。”


这是患上下颚癌的赖玉宏兄弟(Simon Lai), 在我去探访他时的心愿。

十二月十日,他到回吉隆坡中央医院复诊,并看看接受了33次电疗之后的 全身CT Scan 扫描报告。

在我探访他的时候,他曾轻轻的说,希望癌症细胞没有扩散,一切就从此安好,他可以好好休养及平静的生活。当时,我没有说什么,但心中相当肯定,从他的良好康复中,以后会一切安好。

一切都不安好!

扫描报告显示,他的脊椎骨尾端数节,已经有癌细胞的出现。

2016年最后的一天,我再次的在国家癌症中心(IKN ) 见到了Simon Lai。他在圣诞节过后就进来这里,接受五次的电疗。脊椎骨已经给他麻烦,感觉到很疼痛,医生加重止痛药以舒缓他的痛苦。

他还可以自己行动,没有太多的埋怨或悲伤。他告诉我,医生说,这次的治疗非常的“长手尾”,意思是艰难及需要长时间。

我不知怎样安慰他,也不知道要说什么。。。。

他在一月5号接受了最后一次电疗,当天就出院。

他在印务局工作了数十年,生活平淡简单。我认识他也有30年了。他为人善良,喜爱帮助他人,不说人坏话,对兄弟姐妹非常的关怀。因为他在加影工作的方便,载送侄儿、女上下学是他忠心不二的责任,十数年如一日。。。

好人都要受苦的吗?我无语问苍天😢😢😢😢😢

 On my blog posting Cancer Fighter on November 28, I wrote:

" His only wish right now is to have denture fixed as soon as possible to allow him eating and drinking more "tastefully", and pray that cancer cells do not spread to other parts of the body."

This was the wishes of Simon Lai when I visited him then. 

On December 10, he returned to Kuala Lumpur Oncology Department for a follow up visit and find out his CT Scan result after his 33 times radiotherapy at the National Cancer Institute (IKN) 

During my visit on November, he mentioned that hopefully everything is all right after the lengthy treatment, and prayed that cancer cells did not spread. what he wants is a peaceful and quiet life after the ordeal.

Things are not good.

The CT Scan showed that cancer cells were found in the tail end section of his spinal cord.  

On the last day of 2016, I met him again at the IKN in Putrajaya. He was admitted into hospital after Christmas for 5 sessions of Radiotherapy on the affected spinal cord.

The spinal cord already giving him pain and discomfort. Doctor has given him strong pain killer to lessen his suffering.

He was able to move about and complained none. He told me that the doctor said the treatment process would be long and difficult. 

I did not know what to said, how to console him ....

He was discharged on Jan 5 after the last session of Radiotherapy.

I knew Simon Lai for more than 30 years. He worked in a printing company in Kajang for decades. He is a kind man, helpful and caring. He speaks no ills of others.

Why do good people suffer .... I asked my God, in silence....Why? 😢😢😢😢😢😢

Saturday, January 7, 2017

我们眼睛的故事

This post is in Mandarin only.






不是如滴眼药水般的简单


常言道:经一事,长一智。

我及至亲家人在健康上,经历了多项的事故,所以对某一方面会有一定认识,膝关节骨,扳机指,手腕、心脏及眼睛是其中的几项。

在还没有经历这些事情前,对膝关节问题一无所知。因为没有发生在我的身上,听了别人的述说,也没挂在心上,所以一知半解,有着错误的观念与讯息。比如膝关节痛,通常人们都说膝盖痛,换膝盖等等。后来自己得到这个问题,才真正的了解什么是膝关节痛,原来换膝盖是个错误的诠释。

俗语说,给针刺到了,才知道什么是痛。现在经过两只脚的膝关节骨置换手术后,久病成医,可以给他人辅导及解说了。

眼睛也是一样。过往的数十年里,透过岳父及太太的体验,眼睛问题在二十多年前,就比较有了解及认识。

最近我放在网上有关我眼睛的问题,虽然说的相当的清楚,但还是有很多朋友一知半解。其实我的眼睛经过检验之后,是没有问题,真正的问题是:我有偏头痛

所以,我想在此继续与大家分享眼睛的问题,因为太重要了。

人体有血压,眼睛有眼压。血压与眼压是两个不同、没关联的问题。假如一个人有高血压,并不一定有高眼压;有高眼压的人,不一定会有高血压。

就如高血压是个健康无声的杀手,高眼压是视线的无声杀手。

高眼压若不受到控制,就会得到青光眼 (Glaucoma),眼睛神经线受到破坏,视线受到影响,再严重者,就是失明。

高眼压通常没有症状,假如有,可能是有时会刺痛,不舒服等,但通常都被置之不理,因为这状况会出现不久就消失。当被诊断是青光眼时,通常都是非常严重了。

我们的眼睛会制造液体,藉着里面的管道流通,得到平衡及操作正常。假如这些管道(沟渠)不顺畅,或是生产与排泄不平衡,就会产出压力,这就是眼压。正常的眼压应该在11~22单位之间。

我的太太在二十多年前,因孩子的近视问题,带他们去看眼科医生,无意中,自己也作个检查,发现眼压很高。医生马上给她动手术,疏通管道,但不成功,需要依靠眼药水来降压。幸亏早发现,眼睛神经线没有受到损害,视线也良好。二十多年来,每天两次,终身滴眼药水,定期回去给眼科医生检查是非常重要的工作。

我希望朋友们正面的去阅读这篇文章,大家有个醒觉。青光眼可能会发生在任何一个人的身上,特别是上了50岁者。假如你的家族有这个问题的朋友,遗传是一个患上青光眼的可能性之一。

我建议每位成年人,至少去让眼睛专科医生作个检查,以便对自己的眼睛有更好的了解。政府医院只有在眼睛出现问题的时候,才会给你作检查,所以,预防性的检查,只好到私人医院了。检查的费用因医院而异,大概会在马币 RM 180-250 之间(第一次)。

眼睛是我们最重要的器官之一,不要忽视。假如视力出现任何问题,应该尽快求医。一些问题的发生,不是因为有没有足够休息,看不看电视或电脑的因素。有些是很简单及自然的(如白内障,干燥眼睛,老花眼等),有些是危害到神经线及视线的,就不能够拖了。清光眼的产生与进度缓慢,令人不知不觉,但当发现时,大都已经是严重阶段,视线神经已经受到损害,所以定期看医生检查时非常重要的。在我的朋友群中,就有四、五位患上青光眼,都是发现的迟,神经线受损,两位几乎是失明了。 

我本身除了最近的偏头痛影响眼睛之外,五年前也有过眼睛看到闪光及漂浮物(蚊子)的状况,过后,眼睛出血。我不便重复,可以到我的部落格参阅旧贴子。

(以上的学名或医药技术程序,可以不准确形容,但都是我本人亲身的体验。目的是与大家分享,提高对眼睛疾病的醒觉)

1. 闪光与漂浮物

2. 眼睛流血(重新上路)
 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

我眼睛的故事 Story of my eyes


今天一早起来,觉得视线有点问题。看东西的时候,好像不是很完整。看电视,看不到新闻播报员的眼睛。。

再仔细的观察,两只眼睛好像有很多泡沫闪烁,形成一个C形状,在眼角边,阻碍我的视线。 大约20分钟后,它逐渐消失,视力恢复正常。

大约30分钟后,这种状况再次出现,而且闪烁的泡沫更多,C 型几乎出现在半个眼球里。两只眼睛都是一样。

我心里有点惊慌,因为在5年前,我的左眼睛出血,因为视网破裂,后来经过镭射治疗后,得到修补,才免去严重视线损失的危险。(参阅旧帖子重新上路 以及灵魂之窗

这次的状况与上次不同。

太太马上打电话预约眼睛专科医生做个检查。

经过仔细的检查,医生告诉我,眼睛没问题,视线良好,没有眼压,也没有白内障。
而问题却原来是我有严重的扁头痛 (Migraine)

但我没有头痛。医生说,这是扁头痛的病状,但却没有头痛。真是第一次听到,也很奇怪发生在我的身上!

当我的眼睛出现泡沫闪烁时,表示我正在体验着扁头痛,但没有痛的感觉。不过,医生说,假如我正在驾驶中,就得马上停下来,因为影响到我的视线。

虽然眼睛出现问题时,没有头痛,但头痛可能在过后才出现。。不怪得我觉得头部靠近颈项处,好像很紧,很不舒服。今天一整天眼睛很亮,也令我很不自在。

我现在除了眼睛常有“苍蝇与蚊子之外”, 还要习惯这个新的泡沫闪烁困扰。假如常常出现,我就有大问题,得去给予解决。目前只能够观察,看看情况是否变坏。假如常常出现这状况,我就需要去看神经科医生。

但感谢天主,我的眼睛没有问题。

谨在此与大家分享我的第一次体验,也增长一些知识。

过后,我从医药网上查看,原来扁头痛有三种:第一,头痛眼睛没有光闪烁; 第二,头痛眼睛有光闪烁;第三,眼睛有光闪烁,但没有头痛(这类比较少见)。

Got up this morning, noticed something wrong with my eyesight. Looking at the TV news, I was not able to see the eyes of the news reader. Something blocking me.

With further observation, I noticed some bubble-like objects blinking in a C shape in both of my eyes, it blocked my vision. However, it disappeared after about 20 minutes.

Half an hour later, it reappeared. This time the C shape of blinking bubbles was bigger, covered almost half rims of my eyes.

I was anxious. Five years ago, my eye suffered from a tear in retina. (see old posts Back in action  and Window to my soul). So my wife called up for an appointment with my ophthalmologist in a private hospital.

Upon thorough checking with my eyes dilated, doctor gave me the good news: my eyes are OK, no pressure, no cataract, vision is good, BUT, the bad news is: I am suffering from Migraine!

Doctor said what I saw in my eyes is called Aura, a symptom of Migraine. But Migraine supposed to have severe headache... my condition is called Migraine with Aura, without pain.

Now I have to put up with " flies and mosquitoes" (floaters) in my eyes, Aura is added to the list. Doctor advised me to monitor my eyes for time being. If Aura appears more frequently, I need to see a neurologist.

Thank God, my eyes are OK.

Just to share with friends of my first experience as a piece of new information.




Monday, November 28, 2016

癌症斗士 Cancer fighter

胶管(下图)拆除后,人也轻松自在的多了!他的体型是手术前的一半。
Simon is happy and relieved without the tube. He is half his size before operation.
八个月插在喉咙里,真的很难受!

经过漫长的八个月,今天,我看到Simon 赖玉宏兄弟脸上露出可爱灿烂的笑容,与躺在医院的他,不只是有天渊之别,简直是不可思议!我跟他说,一定要拍张照片,让认识他的人能够分享这份喜悦,而他也很高兴的答应。

大约九个月前,他被证实患上了下巴癌,一种较少有、疗程也非常痛苦的癌症。

在未进行治疗前,他的牙齿必须全部拔掉。过后,他住进了吉隆坡中央医院,整个下颚牙龈给割除掉,然后从大腿拿了一条软骨植入代替。整个手术费时十多个小时。

手术后也是最痛苦的时候。他不能吃,不能喝,不能讲话,躺在病床上整个月,那种痛苦,只有他才知道。医生从鼻孔放置一条胶管,以便倒入液体到肚里,代替进食;另外,医生在他的喉咙开洞放置了一根胶管,帮助他呼吸。

三个月前,他到国家癌症中心进行33次的电疗。

三天前,他回到吉隆坡中央医院,拆除了喉咙的呼吸胶管,犹如千斤重担得以卸下,人也轻松灵活了。想起八个月前,手术后躺在病床,没有力气的他,我们不禁的感谢赞美天主给他的勇气与护佑。

他勇敢的从手术台中出来,一步一步进行接下来的各项治疗,不埋怨,不放弃,在儿子及家人的鼓励下,完成了整个疗程。他的太太在两年前,离开世界。

目前他还要定期回院检查,也祈求癌细胞没有扩散。他现在的愿望是医生能够尽快的给他做上假牙,以便能够好好吃喝。他的味觉在电疗过后,完全损坏了,希望经过一段日子,能够逐渐恢复,让他生活的有点乐趣。

求主祝福他,早日康复,过个正常的生活。


I met Simon Lai this morning. He was radiant, beaming with smile, far cry from the one 8 months ago I saw on the hospital bed.

After 8 months of torturing recovery, doctor removed a rubber tube (pic above) from his throat 3 days ago, allowing him to move freely and talk more easily.

About 9 months ago, he was diagnosed with having lower jaw Cancer. It is a rare disease and the treatment is painful.

Before commencement of treatment, all his teeth were removed. Later, he was admitted to Kuala Lumpur General Hospital for a 10+ hours operation that removed his lower jaw bone, and replaced it with a soft bone from one of his legs.

He was not able to talk, eat and drink for more than a month on hospital bed. The pain and agony were only known to himself. He was being fed with liquid through a tube in his nose. To help him breath, doctor inserted a tube through his throat. It was really really a torturing experience.

He complained not, and went through a period of half a year of recovery at home patiently. Three months ago, he underwent a 33 sessions of Radiotherapy on his lower jaw at the Cancer Institute in Putrajaya. His taste buds were destroyed.

His only wish right now is to have denture fixed as soon as possible to allow him eating and drinking more "tastefully", and pray that Cancer cells do not spread to other part of the body.

May we pray that he recovers completely from his illness as soon as possible, and lives a happy life therein after!




Sunday, November 27, 2016

好康分享 Good things meant to be shared


这是我40年前的结婚照片,没有像底或菲林,所以不能够再去冲洗了。之前我是用相机或手机拍下,存留在电脑或手机记忆里。

假如你用相机或手机来拍,决不能会这么清晰。但是,这张照片却很清晰!

现在,要与你分享的是Google 最新 👆👍Photoscan 手机照片扫描Apps,可以从 Google Play 或者Apple Store 下载。

不必拆除相框,不拍玻璃阻碍,容易使用,作品效果犹如数码化照片。

 
PhotoScan in progress 扫描进行中
This in my wedding photograph taken 40 years ago. No negative to reproduce, so I can only use camera or hand phone to shoot, to be stored in computer and phone memory. 

However, using digital camera or phone camera to take would not produce such a good quality picture.

I would like to share an Apps with you that produces the above picture.

It is Google PhotoScan Apps, can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple Store.

No need to remove frame, no worry of glass reflection, it is easy to use and produces digital quality product.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Anniversary 周年

25-11-1976
我通常都不会庆祝生日或周年。 我曾经与太太及孩子们分享,可能是我在一个贫穷的环境中成长,每一天都是挣扎,但也是喜乐,所以没有任何的一天或一个日子,会比其他的日子更特出,包括生日及周年日。每一天,就如昨天般的度过。

今天是我们结婚四十周年(红宝石)。我就把一些旧照片上载分享,标记着我人生的又一天。谢谢太太四十年的伴随,这是天主的恩赐。期望着再有四十年 。。哈哈,应该是永永远远!

我也要感谢孩子们,每个都成长自立,及包容逐渐老去的我。

天天感恩,生日、周年及平日! 阿门。

25-11-2001
I don't usually celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. I had shared with my wife and children, that may be it is my upbringing in a poor family, living each day is a struggle but also a joy, so no any particular day stands out needed to celebrate. I cherish everyday and live everyday just like yesterday.

Today is our 40th Ruby wedding anniversary. I put up some pictures to mark yet another day in my life. I thanked my wife for journeying with me for the past 40 years, and looking forward to the next 40 years ... haha, more appropriately, eternity ! Praise and Glory to God.

I also wanted to thank our children, for being mature and understanding, accepting the ageing me.

Give thanks and praises on birthdays, anniversaries and everyday. Amen.

No worry, it's only first half 不必担心,这只是上半场而已



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ipoh 怡保

After Taiping, we dropped by Ipoh for a night to enjoy the good food of the town.

Met up with Peter and family for dinner as always. The next day, we walked around old town along the heritage trail to see some street arts, have breakfast before leaving for home.

太平过后,我们来到了怡保住宿一晚,好好享用怡保美食。

晚上与兴文及家人共进晚餐。 隔天,我们到旧街场走走,观赏一些街头壁画,及用早餐,然后取道回家,结束了四天三夜之旅。




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taiping & Bukit Larut 太平与拉律山

Bukit Larut 拉律山

Taiping is a historical town having many first in Malaysia. First railway, first prison, first rubber tree.... all together more than 33, so it said.

Among them were the beautiful Lake Garden (1880) and the (in)famous Bukit Larut (1880, formerly known as Maxwell hill).

I never had the intention to go up to Bukit Larut l because of many negative comments and feedback. It is a mismanaged hill station.

We arrived at Taiping on the 16/11/2016. On the insistence of Karen and my wife, we agreed to give it a try, going up the Bukit Larut for a first hand good or bad experience.

To our surprise, it is a beautiful, cool and refreshing place to be!
It was a beautiful sunny weekday (17/11/2016), no crowd. We took the first jeep at 8:30 am for a half hour, winding and exciting  journey up to the hill. It charged RM10:00 per person.

All my negative impression and perception were gone. What we saw is a beautiful view of pine trees, greenery and panorama view of Taiping at a distance.

We did a walkabout, taken many beautiful pictures, enjoying fresh air, chirping bird sounds and beautiful flora fauna.

We stopped by a small cosy cafe managed by a new owner Mr. Nazuran who took over the place hardly two weeks ago.

He has made many changes to the old setup and plans to provide better and wider services to visitors to the hill. 

We were told that Bukit Larut was managed by the state government for the past two decades. Due to neglect and mismanagement, it was not a popular destination for visitors to Taiping.

Taiping City Council has taken back its management since the beginning of this year. Many changes were made, landscaping has greatly been enhanced.

We were introduced by Nazuran to her sister, Toh Puan Norisha。 She told us that her NGO has brought in many flora fauna and plants to the hills.

Nasuran and his sister are native sons of Taiping. They have great plan for Bukit Larut and will put in more effort into preservation and making Bukit Larut a beautiful heritage to be shared and loved by many others, far and near.

Looking forward to another visit.

(More pictures in Facebook)

Taiping Lake Garden 太平湖公园

太平是个充满历史的市镇,有着许多全国之最美誉:第一条铁道,第一棵橡胶树,第一所监狱。。。听说共有33项。

其中较著名的是太平湖公园及拉律山(Bukit  Larut),都是在1880 由英国殖民政府创立。

我从没想过要上去拉律山看看,因为听了很多有关它的负面讯息。这是一个被忽略及没有好好管理的避暑胜地。

我们在16/11号抵达太平。首先我们到太平湖观赏美景,舒舒疲倦的身心。

在太太及朋友的坚持下,我同意上一趟拉律山,亲身看看它的美及丑。

隔天一早,我们乘搭第一趟吉普车上山。因为道路狭小弯曲,游客必须乘搭当局提供的吉普车上、下山。程程为半小时(大约十一公里),收费没人RM10。

上到山上,我过往的不良形象一扫而空,面前看到的是许多美丽的松树,青绿一片,还可以看到遥远的太平市景。

当天风和日丽,不是周末或假期,所有甚少游客。我们漫步在优美的环境里,空气清新,赏心悦目,非常的舒服。我们也拍了很多美丽的照片。

我们来到了一间很小但非常舒适的咖啡座歇息及喝茶。友善的东主Nazuran与我们闲谈一阵。

原来Nazuran先生刚刚接办这咖啡座大约两个星期而已。他做了很多的改变及布置,让顾客有着休闲与舒适的感觉。他有计划扩大服务项目,让更多游客能够在咖啡座里,享受到拉律山的美与静。

他介绍了与他一起的姐姐。姐姐大有来头,名为Toh Puan Norisha。作为太平土生子民,她与弟弟及家人致力与太平历史保护,特别是拉律山。她是一名非政府组织活跃份子,发动大众力量,捐献了很多花卉植物给拉律山。

根据他们告知,过去二十多年,拉律山是有州政府管理,所以管理上有许多缺失。今年,太平市议会接管,大力的改善及美化这里的环境及花草,不怪得我们一眼就爱上它了!

他们姐弟及家人有着很多计划,包括希望能接管一些住宿及酒店,妥善管理,让更多的远近游客,能够享受拉律山的美丽与舒适。

很期待下次的到来,看看不同的拉律山。

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Monday, November 21, 2016

15/11/2016 (4-day-3-night 四天三夜)


我与太太,她的老朋友Karen, 及佣人Agnes, 在十一月十五日至十八日,作了一个四天三夜,适耕庄至怡保之旅。
On 15/11 to 18/11/2016, my wife and I, together with friend Karen and housemaid Agnes, we made a 4day-3night trip starting from Sekinchan ending in Ipoh.

15/11大早六点钟,我们就出发,以避开繁忙的上班交通。大约八点半,我们抵达适耕庄,享受了一顿美味过瘾的石斑鱼头早餐。
We left Kajang at 6:00 am on 15/11 to avoid morning rush hour traffic, arrived at Sekinchan  at 8:30 am for a hearty fish head breakfast.


用过了早餐,我们抵达安顺,参观著名的钟楼。
After breakfast we made a stop at Telok Intan to visit the famous Teluk Intan clock tower.


短暂的停留,我们续程,在中午时间,抵达适兆远,探望了余秀真。秀真患患有脊椎骨肿瘤,曾躺在病床好多个月。后来到吉隆坡马大医院接受治疗,逐渐好转。目前可以走动,但一只脚仍然无力,还在继续接受治疗。目前暂时在家休养,下个星期又要到回医院检查。她有着很好的手工艺功夫,有时得空在家,制作一些布工艺品,非常的精美。她带领我们品尝当地的捲包及手工包,很好吃。
From Teluk Intan, we arrived at Sitiawan afternoon to visit Agnes Aw.



接近傍晚时间,我们抵达了第一天的目的地 - Pantai Remis 班台,探访干女儿欣茹 Celina, 受到她及家人的热情欢迎,并共享美味晚餐。
In the late afternoon, we arrived at our day 1 destination, Pantai Remis to visit my God daughter Celina and family. We were warmly welcomed and treated to a delicious dinner.




Monday, November 7, 2016

Morocan mint tea 摩洛哥薄荷茶

Home grown peppermint 自家种的薄荷
在31-8-2014, 我和太太,小女儿及她的朋友, 抵达了马拉卡斯,开始了我们精彩的摩洛哥之旅。(阅读旧帖子 Marrakesh 麻辣卡斯

在进住了酒店之后,他们以薄荷茶来招待我们。第一次喝到,我们非常的喜欢。

假期结束了,我们从摩洛哥带回一个当地制作的钢茶壶,以便能够继续享有我们喜欢的薄荷茶。

有点不同的是:摩洛哥人喝薄荷茶是加糖的,很多的糖,所以很甜,而我们则是习惯不放糖的。不过,加少许糖,味道也不错!

相同的是:摩洛哥人用的进口自中国的茶叶,我在马来西亚则用同样来自中国的乌龙茶。

这是每一位摩洛哥人在家、在外都喝的饮品,非常的健康。虽然他们喝甜的,但很少摩洛哥人患上甜尿病。

薄荷茶做法非常简单:茶叶加薄荷.
On 31-8-2014, my wife and I, together with daughter Elizabeth and her friend Amanda, we arrived at Marrakesh, Morocca, starting our exciting holidays in Morocco. ( See post Marrakesh)

Upon checking into our hotel, we were served with mint tea - Chinese tea with mint leaves. We loved it.

At the end of the holidays, we brought home a local made stainless steel Moroccan teapot, so that we can continue to enjoy mint Chinese tea.

The differences: Moroccans add in a lot of sugar ... very sweet mint tea, whereas ,we add no sugar.

Similarity: They used tea leaves imported from China, I used Wu Long tea from China too.

It is a common drink for Moroccans, in eateries or at homes.

It is very easy to make too: tea leaves plus Peppermint leaves.