First of all, I must thank you all beautiful readers so, so much for showing so much concern, support and help in my time of need. The generous donations from you all (everywhere in the world!!!) and the abundant words of encouragement and comfort brought much warmth and optimisim to my me and my mum. We truly appreciate the love and care you have all shared.
The cost of the metal implant is quoted to us at RM6,500. Up to date I have received about RM5000 (USD1600), and adding to that from my own pocket we do have sufficient funds to cover the metal implant. We were told we have to clear the payment of the metal implant first before we can proceed with the surgery. Now that the money issue is out of the way, the drama of operation date rescheduling continues to haunt us. To be honest I dare not mention any dates now because none of the dates given to us happened and there were more than 5 delays already. The lastest promise given to us was this coming Saturday (27 July) and I sure hope there is no more delay.
My humble blogging machine setup: cheap Android tablet with an external keyboard.
I have initially mentioned that I shall not be blogging, since I am now spending almost 24 hours in the hospital by my mum's side. I am the only child and my dad has passed away few years ago. There really is no one else to take care of her, and yes we do have relatives but we can only trouble them so much. As the only child I do have my responsibilities to stay by her side throughout all this. Therefore I initially have intended to halt everything that I was committed to: taking unpaid leave from my engineering job in KL, stopped photography related activities (I have missed two meetings with visitors from abroad) and ultimately, not blogging as well.
However after seeing such overwhelming response at my Facebook Page, it hit me. It was because of my blog that has kept me going all this time. You have all been with me and stayed with me, it was almost a crime to leave this place unattended. Considering the fact that my mum's surgery has been postponed and we do not have a firm date, my mum is ok with me taking a few hours off from the hospital to do some things on my own, like laundry, paying off bills, buying some stuff, and also catching up with friends for breakfast or lunch. I intend to use this little window of opportunity to perhaps, shoot a little, and also blog.
Initially blogging was almost not possible due to a few reasons. I do not have a laptop and I have been blogging on my desktop PC back in KL. I am currently using a cheap no brand China Android based Tablet. About a month ago I somehow managed to destroy the micro USB port which I usually connect to an external keyboard for quick and easy typing. There is no way I can compose a blog entry using the touch-screen typing, I need an actual physical keyboard! Taking time off from the hospital, I have that micro USB port fixed this afternoon and at the same time bought myself a cheap mini external keyboard. Now, typing is POSSIBLE and I can once again blog, with whatever little time away from mum that I have.
During my last minute packing rushing home to Kuching after my mum called me to tell meabout her accident, I managed to pack in the Sony A57 and one lens, the 35mm F1.8. I have also bought a memory card reader compatible with my Android Tablet for quick image transfer. This blog entry served as a quick experiment (not so quick now looking at my lengthy words) to test the viability of blogging through this unconventional method. So far I think it is working well! I have also tried this earlier this year during Chinese New Year holidays.
It has been TWO full weeks now I am in Kuching, my beloved hometown. Indeed this was the longest i have spent my time in Kuching since years ago. I do treasure my time spent with mum (though in hospital, but we do get to talk a lot and catch up on lost times) and have been connecting to cousins, relatives and also some amazing friends. Special thanks to those wonderful people who have spent their time to find me and make sure I am ok. Such warm and thoughtful gestures have helped me to get through some difficult days. I won't list down who and who (else this blog entry will never end) but you know who you are and I won't forget the good deeds you all have showered me.
I have so much I want to share and write here, especially my experience sleeping on the cold hospital floor night after night, the dramas with the doctors and nurses, and so much more, but I shall leave that for another day. I just wanted to drop a few lines to say I am OK here, and I love you all (for being so patient and kind toward me!).
Please do continue to pray for me and mum!