Thursday, 1 December 2016

One month on

It's been a month since I underwent hemorrhoidectomy.. It is an inpatient procedure with anaesthesia and the surgery was done using laser, hence there is no stitching.. it's an open wound and left to close by itself.. 

However, there is not without pain.. for the first 2 weeks I was literally in constant pain and painkillers were the only answers.. I had to take plenty of stool softeners and fiber to ensure I go to the toilet all the time, on demand..

On one hand there's the pain to manage and on the other hand, going to the toilet every couple hours through the day and night isn't something very fun to do..

Recovery been much better in week 3 when I can sit and walk and can even go out and back to work, having regained some asshole muscles strength to keep shit from leaking..

And by week 4, I'm already back in the gym doing very light exercises on my legs and upper body.. I can't do abs and the core section yet as it still hurts somewhat..

Still not eating the pantang food because I know how the food do to my wounds.. I will run out of painkillers by this week so I am playing it safe by not eating food that can cause the wounds to flare and itch.. it's ok cos I can eat everything else..

Doctor expects me to have full recovery in 2 months, so let's see by end of December where I would be :)





 

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Surgery I Wish I Never Needed

No gory images are included.


Just when I thought everything was ok, I had to undergo an unscheduled urgent surgery in Damansara Specialist Hospital on 2nd November..

It all began a few days prior when I felt uneasy and began to have concerns of an external hemorrhoid developing but it began really slow and really small, negligible if you may..

And then one fine day on 1st Nov, it became so swollen it burst and started to bleed.. Well, much like how a woman bleeds down there, except it's slower but more painful.. Can't walk, can't sleep, can't sit, can't stand.. literally can't fucking do anything!!

So I went to the doctor to get painkillers, and then to the hospital to the surgeon whom will operate on me.. I was immediately scheduled for admission the next day with surgery arranged for the same afternoon.. After an examination, I was prepped that the only option I have is surgery, and the surgeon would perform a laser hemorrhoidectomy..

Remember this procedure, cos it saved my life..

That night was tough.. I stained my bedsheet with blood and god knows what.. but that's the last thing on my mind..

The next morning, I packed up some necessities and got myself admitted to the hospital.. As they are making preparations for my admission, I have to undergo blood test and X-ray and meet the minimum fasting time required..

Once all that is done, I lied on the bed in the ward and just not wanting to move... it was really, really painful by now..

It's just a waiting game...

After signing all the surgery consent papers and changed into ward clothes, I was wheeled into the operating theater around 2pm and given regional anesthesia at the spine to numb my lower back.. The room was freaking cold and all I have on was the ward gown with my back exposed..

As I was given the anesthesia, I was shivering and they started covering me layers of blanket and heat pad.. I don't know how much was injected, probably 3 shots or so and after about 5 minutes, I can't feel my legs anymore so the nurses had to carry and position me on the operating table..

Legs in the air, wide open..

I swear that was more undignified than having sex cos I can't feel or move my legs.. Fully exposed and I felt like I don't need the ward gown in there.. they just layered the blankets on my chest and the head pad covering as much as possible..

Then sedative was injected through, the operating table was raised with my legs in the air and head lowered down on to the rest pads for the surgery to begun.. I was half conscious the whole time,. I can't hear but I can see and smell..

The smell of the laser burning.. urgh.. but I can't feel anything..

I did not know how long the surgery took cos when I was wheeled back to the ward, I was barely conscious.. And then I slept..

When I woke up it was in the evening already but the anesthesia still have not worn off yet.. It was almost 2 hours later I can begin to feel my legs..

Waking up after surgery

I did not have much appetite to eat or drink so I just nimble on whatever food they served me.. Bland and tasteless I swear..

My sis and some friends came after dinner to visit as nobody know how long I would be warded..

After they left, I dozed off and you know, when you have no control over your ass, shit and urine just came free at will? Yea, I have diaper with ice on with the first dressing.. And it was a mess.. I know cos I cleaned up myself when I had to go to the toilet after being able to control my bladder sometime in the night..

I did not know what the dressing was so I just ripped everything away from my butt and went to toilet.. that first toilet visit was fucking painful and I had to bite my arm and one hand on the toilet bowl.. It was mostly gas and then some shit and some pee..

BUT IT HURTS FREAKING BADLYYYYYY!!!

I had to call the nurse when I was done.. The nurse helped clean and dressed up whatever it need be and gave me bags of ice to sleep on and painkillers.. I fell asleep after that.. until they woke me up for antibiotics at 5am..

The surgeon came in to visit me around 7am and talked to me about everything..

I found out the external hemorrhoid he removed was the size of a golf ball.. Imagine a golf ball stuck at your ass...

I had my first shower on the 3rd day only.. and it felt damn good...

After shower and had fresh hospital clothes..

I have friends and my boss over visiting.. my sis came every night to help me tidy up the ward and bring me things I needed.. mom came too... the wound was recovering very slowly because so much work has been done down there.. I have to call for the nurse to change the ice pack every couple hours or whenever I see them..

Yeah.. ice pack in latex glove.. but it makes things so much bearable and comfortable..

Friends gave me ideas like "restoring virginity", "tightening up hole".. well such befitting a gay bottom lol.. Quite true you know come to think of it.. the anal hole is much tighter and narrower..

On the 4th day, I was discharged and allowed to go home.. My sis and mom came to pick me up and prepared the home for further home care.. Nobody know when I would be okay enough to do things on my own so I had to stay with my sis as then she can do my laundry and cook my meals..

First pack of take home medication.. antibiotics, laxatives and painkillers
Here's RM1.4k worth of meds..

I had to learn how to clean myself though cos I am not asking anyone to do that for me.. I am not bedridden, I just had to lie in bed mostly as that the most comfortable position to be in..

For the next one week till my follow up hospital visit, I could only lie in bed with ice packs to soothe the pain.. I still go to the toilet 4 or 5 times a day..

Second week in after second follow up visit, I was pretty much okay to walk around the house and the surgeon gave me another week of rest before returning to work.. Nothing much I can do expect eat, sleep, shit.. do some work, watch tv, babysit my naughty nephew.. the routine repeats day after day..

I don't really dare to go out as I need to shit on demand cos the ass muscles aren't that strong yet.. Must go means must go and now means now, with all the laxatives, it's soft stools on the edge of watery... And I shit like unpredictably like 4-5 times a day..

All in all, I was not allowed gym for at least a month.. No lifting and no pulling for a month.. And I cannot sit longer than a couple hours still..

16 days after surgery, the pain has gone down considerably.. the wounds are still wet and still uncomfortable to sit long before I had to lie down on my stomach to relief some pressure off my butt..

Will be ready to go back to my own home this weekend and ready to back to work next week.. although I have been working from home already but my attention span didn't last me long before I needed to sleep...

Still on painkillers and laxatives for at least another 2 weeks..

So.. one surgery, and it costs a whopping RM13K.. thank goodness for insurance but I still have to come up with my own money as my plan was a coinsurance plan which requires me to pay 10%...

Whatever out of pocket expenses to be claim later subject to insurance approval.. it's already RM2.5K now and I still have some bills coming next week..

My out-of-pocket expenses so far up to second week..

This surgery has a lot going for.. friends, family.. finances.. and most of all, I realised even with all the fibre supplements and fruits, I am still not getting enough fibre..

LIKE HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH??

On the side note, I am seriously thinking of installing bidet at home now.. makes things so much easier..

Seriously...








Thursday, 27 October 2016

Day 6: Center of the World Time & The Book of Mormons

17 Sept 2016 - Saturday

This morning, I went to Borough Market for breakfast and walked around the hyped-up market, which in my opinion, it's really no big deal, so you can skip this..

Entrance to Borough Market

Colourful fresh produce and free tasting

Fresh tomatoes!

Bomba paella

Brunch in so-so F!SH
That lump of eggs cost m£10

I asked for a souvenir and it's the lemon's condom!
But I can't find it already when I got back to KL.. dont know where I put it..



After brunch, left my friend's place and checked into Best Western Delmere Hotel in Hyde Park just 5 mins walk away from Paddington Station.. In fact the majority of Sussex Gardens are lined up with hotels, in a residential neighbourhood.. 

I had booked myself a single room without breakfast.. Can't reveal the amount I paid but all I can say is, it was heavily discounted for me, as I was using my agent discounts.. 

After settling in, I thought of taking a quick nap.. The bed was heavenly and so comfortable that my quick nap turned into 3 hours of sleep.. Woke up at 2pm and decided I have to skipped lunch if I were to make it to Greenwich which is on the other side of London before the museum close! 

Entrance to the hotel on Sussex Gardens

One side of the room

The other side of the room

Shower 

Toilet

Looking out of the window

So I hurried off to Paddington Station, but I was delayed as I was snapping pictures of the station.. and then only make my way to Herons Quay station which is nearer to Canary Wharf Metropolitan line actually, where I change onto the Docklands Light Rail..

Entrance to Paddington Station

Canary Wharf station sign

Heron Quays signboard.. it's already pretty cold!

Now this DLR is a bit unfamiliar for me.. I was looking around for the ticket machine to tap in, but after looking around for a while, I gave up - I decided to follow what other people do.. Just walked up the escalator to the platform while kept thinking to myself, "is it free"?

It was my lucky day.. There was a staff inside the train, but she wasn't checking on the tickets.. she was just riding the train like everyone else.. So I act innocent and cool and held out my Oyster card..

A short ride away, I reached Cutty Sark where I got off, then I noticed something that looks all like a ticket machine!! From here its a long walk to the Royal Observatory, it's about 1km, and uphill.. By the time I reach the top, I was already sweating even though it's quite cold and windy up there..

This is where the Prime Meridian Line is.. at Zero Longitude.. Greenwich Meridian Time has long been used as the base of time calculations around the world, only to be superceded by a more accurate Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) but that's beside the point..

A street in Greenwich


On top of the hill overlooking London

Central London is on the background


The British Standard



Can you spot my city?

The Prime Meridian line as marked in red

Selfie in front of the line

Must take a pic with my city


Royal Observatory Museum


Local time in Kuala Lumpur 





That's the laser that measures the PM line

I was there till it closed at 5pm, and made my way back to Piccadilly Circus where I walked to the Prince of Wales Theater for my Saturday night show of The Book of Mormons..

As I still have time and pretty hungry, I went to find dinner.. I didn't know what to eat but I thought I wanted something Japanese.. so I head over to one of the restaurants somewhere behind Ripleys which has a long queue outside.. The outlet name is Shoryu Ramen..

Michelin-recommended restaurant

The famous ramen, it's quite huge..

waaaaa

Finally, the bill


I thought to myself, this is London, if there's a long queue, the food must be good, so I joined in the queue and half an hour later, I was seated..

I sat down and saw this on the wall near the entrance.. so I thought, well, this is as close to dining in a Michelin star Japanese restaurant in central London, so I just ordered the famous ramen and it would cost me £12, which is really worth it..

It was really good..

After dinner, I head back to Prince of Wales theater and went in to take my seat as it was fast approaching 7pm.. 

Selfie with my ticket!

At the lounge waiting for entry

Seated... Sorry no photography allowed, I was warned.. 

I managed to snap a photo of the stage before the staff came and ask me to switch off my phone

Elder Price

Elder Cunningham

I was reluctant to go for this show initially but friends have been recommending and I've read the reviews and awards it has won, and so I bought my ticket at £80 for a front row seat on the Circle upstairs..

I didn't regret it..

The musical was hilarious and the songs kept ringing in my head for days.. Hasa diga eebowai!!

Full of vulgarities and F* words, the musical was rated 18SX for its sexual, vulgar and religious contents, and appropriately so..

The Book of Mormon follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scriptures with the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village.. The earnest young men are challenged by the lack of interest of the locals, who are preoccupied with more pressing troubles such as AIDS, famine, and oppression from a warlord..

If you are in London, you should really watch it..

After the show ended, I hanged around M&M World again and slowly walked through SOHO on the gay Saturday nightlife.. I thought of hopping into G-A-Y but it was freaking long queue round the block and full house.. I gave up after a while of standing in line.. So no clubbing no drinking that night, and made my way back to my hotel..

Harry Potter is showing at another theater

G-A-Y

Les Miserables showing at another theater



Next up.. Sunday: my public nude gym experience.. 
I actually went to a nude gym in Gunnersbury (no it's not in a sauna kind of gym).. it's an actual gym but only open for men on Sunday, and it's clothing optional, why of course, everyone is naked.. 

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