It never occurred in our minds that he would be diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
Anyway, fast forward a few months he is now healthier than before, Alhamdulillah. The incident that happened to him would definitely need a major lifestyle and diet revamp. Though the progress in him I am seeing now is far than favourable (you know what I mean, honey), but I do hope and pray that on one fine day, he will be healthier-than-ever-disease-free-man.
I learnt quite a few things from this episode of our lives.
1. That coronary heart disease is not sakit jantung. Well, yes the heart is actually in pain but bear in mind the root cause of the pain is not the heart. My husband’s heart was actually in good condition. When people heard how other people died because of heart attack, they would instantly said orang tu meninggal sebab sakit jantung. Well, to be clear, coronary heart disease refers to the failure of coronary circulation to supply adequate circulation to cardiac muscle and surrounding tissue. In simple words, the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart are blocked. When the blocked blood vessels are unable to supply the much needed blood and oxygen to the heart, this is where heart attack would happen. And what are blocked blood vessels? In short, it is a build up of cholesterol and other fat substances within the walls of the arteries, hence the blood and oxygen can’t make its way to the heart. It’s like where stream of water keep flowing through a blocked pipe and in the end the pipe burst. Faham murid-murid?
2. That hospital bills can get me a brand new car. Not that I need another one but what I am saying here is that private hospital bills are effin expensive! Luckily the bills were covered by my husband’s employer. Thank you ehem ehem. You know who you are.
3. That I am married to a famous guy that I myself didn’t even know he is famous. Yes, my husband was famous when he was at the hospital *rolling eyes*. There were visitors every single day. One of his colleagues asked for him at the reception counter, the receptionist said, ‘Oh, Cairil yang dari C*MB tu ye?’ I mean, you wouldn’t expect the receptionist to know/remember where do all the patients work, would you?
4. That nurses make good money. My husband and I had a chat with this really nice nurse. We didn’t actually ask how much she makes but somehow the conversation turned from OT hours to boyfriend to car loan. Topic boyfriend tu suami punya kerja. Hihi. And this nurse whom has only worked for 2 years actually drove a Vios. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that out of disrespect to all the nurses. I mean, with their kind of jobscope, no wonder they can earn a lot. Can you clean up your patients, throw their stools, shave their pubic hair (for surgical reasons), attend to their needs every time they ring the bell even if it’s just getting the TV remote for them? CAN YOU? So nice nurses out there, I respect YOU.
5. That staying in a hospital even though you are not a patient can cost you bombs. Meals at their cafe are damn expensive I tell you. Normal lunch would cost me RM10, the cheapest. Normal lunch only consist of plain white rice with chicken and some veggies. In retrospect, I should have bought my lunch at Tee Em. :D
6. That I could be a fierce nurse. Suami saya cakap saya nurse yang garang. T.__T. Well, garang sebab sayang, paham? Dan isteri cum nurse akan jadi garang bilamana pesakit tu LUPA ATAU BUAT-BUAT LUPA MAKAN UBAT. Sila baca ayat tadi dalam nada keras dan tegas. Paham? But whatever, I take it as a compliment. I am a fierce nurse – fierce as in Tyra Banks “fierce”. Heee.
7. That seeing my husband in pain felt like..sigh.I can’t even describe it. I was calmed and composed whenever I accompanied my husband at the hospital. I had to be strong as I knew the last thing he needed was a non-stop weeping and sobbing wife. But seeing him being wheeled into the ICU after the surgery, I could not stop the tears running down my cheek. Cewah macam lirik lagu cinta balada. He was in absolute pain and there was nothing I could do but cried. Heh. Pretend gagah lalu kemudian cair.
8. That you are what you eat. A valuable lesson learnt was that you can eat anything BUT moderation is key. My husband and I love to eat. But we learnt it the hard way of not consuming too much of everything. You love nasi lemak, yes? Try to have it once a month. Roti canai? Try to swap it with capati. Yes capati is way much healthier than roti canai. I even want to try making capati on my own. I even want to be able to cook like Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Rachel Ray, the chef in Chef at Home, Anna Olson, Licence To Grill chef, the sultry lady chef in French Food at Home and Chef Wan. Phew. Berangan tak ingat. Anyway my point here is, I should eat more home cooked meals where I can decide how many salt/sugar should I put. You know what I mean?
9. That working out should become a habit. I used to be so active in sports back then. I played netball, badminton, squash, volleyball and even tried swimming (but failed). Tapi tu semua cerita lama. Sekarang apa kau buat? Makanmakanmakan. I like to work out but I don't like running, jogging. Vontots agak berat maka rasa malas nak lari. But I LOVE aerobics, body combat and zumba. Thinking of joining bootcamp tapi errrkkk mak tak sanggup kot.
10. That things happened when you least expect it. Or when you never expect it at all. Life is just full of surprises. Be it good or bad.
"His Command, when He intends anything, is only that He says to it, "Be' then (and there) it is - (Kun Fayakun)" - Verse 82.