Monday, December 26, 2005

ONE DAY @ THE ALOR STAR GENERAL HOSPITAL

Am now in a cyber kafe... real krepek one and still using Windows 98...

The last time we came here, my wife got a shock upon seeing a real sickening pornographic picture popping up the screen...

And the kids... soooo noisy playing the computer games...

Took my mum to the Alor Star General Hospital this morning...

Was overwhelmed by the big crowds of people waiting for the doctors...

Took about two hours to finally see the doctor...

Got me wondering why Malaysia is not putting more efforts and funds into building more hospitals for the citizens...

And also on why the Alor Star General Hospital is not being moved to the outskirts...

The young doctor recommended her to go for some blood infusion.

She would need to be hospitalized for about two or three nights...

Accompanied her to the ward...

There were about 30 beds almost all filled up... no partition, just curtains in between beds of two each...

Mother had been through this a few times before, so she had actually prepared herself for the nightstop at the hospital... clothes, plates, cups, spoon, hot flask, etc...

I asked her about the schedule and meals...

They apparently 'feed' the patients four times per day...

Just then, a nurse came by announcing the arrival of afternoon refreshments...

Immediately, mother asked me to dish out a plate and ask for a kind of sweet porridge and tea...

Was quite embarassed as mother just checked in...

Wouldn't it seem obvious that she knew the schedule?

I asked her how it tasted...

'Good', she said...

First time for me to experience taking mother to the hospital...

Am planning to leave Alor Star in two days, so hope she will be ok...