Long week

This week must be one of those long unforgettable weeks in my life.
We got a puppy Corgi last weekend, on the 9th May, and had thought that our weeks ahead will be filled with taking care of the puppy. How I wish it was just that, even if it meant cleaning the puppy’s poo twice a day.

On 11th May, Tuesday morning, dad suffered a stroke and he was in a daze sitting on the floor, presumably fell after the stroke took place. We called the ambulance, rushed him to the nearest hospital, and after hours of resuscitation and observations, he was finally put into the acute stroke unit ward for further treatment & observation. He went through a couple of scans, and doctors confirmed that he had a large stroke, damaging his front left hemisphere of his brain. Consequently, the ischemic stroke  had affected the mobility of his right body, and his speech ability.

We were worried, and at some point, frightened by the incident. Dad had always been very independent and self proclaimed to be healthy, so his stroke incident really took us by surprised. On hindsight, we could have taken some cue from some slowness in his actions & slurred speech over the last few days, but we had somewhat dismissed them thinking that its part of his aging process. So to some extent, I felt guilty of his current condition, and just pray and hope that he would recover well enough so that he can continue a normal life routine, albeit with some form of assistance like walking stick and such.
As anything, we have to look at things positively, and so I like to think that the incident has brought our family closer than before. Personally, I learnt to be even more appreciative of  people around me, and never take them from granted, especially with my  family members. May God bless him and wish him a speedy recovery …
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“捞喜”二零零七, 老爸六十二大寿。

农历新年二零零七年的初二,正是老爸的六十二大寿。中午过后,我们为老爸庆祝生日,也同时与亲戚们(即大伯和四叔全家大小)一起“捞鱼生”。 “捞鱼生”, 广东俗称 “捞喜”,是新加坡华人庆祝农历新年许多习俗之一,代表了年年有余,风生水起的意识。

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之后,我们一家到“燕阁”餐馆开了一个“私人派对”。大伙们一起一边享用十大美食,一边大唱”卡啦OK”。 永康和永瑞还唱得似模似样,简直是明日之星的小苗子呀!

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