Everyday Things

Difficult Times

It was an unusual Wednesday morning. I was on urgent leave since yesterday. I drove Little Edison to school in the morning. After that, I sent our helper to the clinic. She developed rashes all over her body. The doctor suspected that she may have contacted dengue fever. Thus, he had her blood tested.

The blood test result was negative, meaning that the blood samples did not contain antibodies to the virus. The rashes should subside within the next two days. If they don’t, we must bring her back to the clinic as soon as possible for further diagnosis.

After the clinic, I drove to my parents-in-law’s house. I visited my mother-in-law, who was just discharged from the hospital yesterday. She was admitted to the hospital last weekend due to severe food poisoning.

It happened on Sunday night, about two hours after her dinner. She started vomiting and had diarrhea. She also suffered from severe stomach pain. Her situation worsens during midnight. The combination of vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach pain took its toll. She asked to be sent to the hospital because she couldn’t bear with the pain anymore.

Shortly after that, she passed out in the toilet. My brother-in-law called for an ambulance. It came within ten minutes and my mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital.

I visited her the next day in the hospital. She was lying on the bed, looking frail and defenseless. She was attached to intravenous drip in both hands and she was still unconscious. I felt so sad seeing someone close to me lying in the hospital ward. She started to gain consciousness on the second day although her blood pressure was still irregular. By the third day, she was recovering well and she started to take her meal.

After this incident, I realized how vulnerable we are. We dine out almost every week. How can we be assured of the food safety? Who will be held responsible if a food poisoning case broke out? Sigh.

I will resume work tomorrow. Hopefully, everything will go on smoothly for the rest of this week. I pray for a speedy recovery and good health for my mother-in-law.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    mico
    August 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Dear Emily,

    no wonder there is no blog updates. Hope ur MIL gets well soon and hang on there.. soon it’ll be back to normal days..:)

    Cheers,

    • Reply
      Emily
      August 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM

      Hi Mico,
      Thanks for your concern. My MIL is recovering well. In fact, she told me to go to work today and she is able to resume her daily activities. There are works piling up in the office. Luckily, I have remote access. I can still follow-up on critical tasks from home for the past few days.

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