Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chequers TTDI - waffles transformed

Had a lazy Sunday brekie with hubby, Victor, shin yi and baby. Chequers gives you a very lazy weekend feel.
Great atmosphere. Comfy and clean baby chair (you will be surprised at how dirty it can be at some places). 

You can build your own waffles or choose from their menu. 

 Mixed fruit sweet waffles with berry compote and maple syrup. Fresh fruit and good combination. RM 17


Big breakfast waffles with sunny side up double egg yolks. The sauce had too much kick and was a tad too spicy though..RM 26 is a bit too pricey for the portion. 


Vegetarian waffles. Nice baked vegetables with generous sesame sauce. RM 20


Smoked salmon savory waffles with scrambled egg. Balanced flavor. But the salmon could be more smokey. A bit disappointed that there was no salad. RM 20

Overall yummy but probably a bit overpriced. Get discounts from the off-peak Android app. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don't judge a book by its cover

Spent an hour with this patient in clinic today.

Documented in appointment book that she was initially admitted for second operation of her brain tumor but she chose to postpone it August last year. It's easy to judge and assume that she's a bad patient.

She then admitted to not taking her medications on time, to the extent of missing 3 to 4 doses every week. Again, one can easily label her as the non compliant patient who refused intervention.

But I was given the opportunity to ask her why today.

And I'm so glad that I did.

She is a 53 year old lady, once happily married. Her daughter is already married and lives with her family at far north, about 7 hours drive from her. Life was not easy but she managed to earn a living as a cleaner. She has diabetes and high blood pressure but it's manageable with a few tablets.

Then she became ill. After a seizure and collapse at work, diagnosed with a brain tumor requiring surgery. An initial surgery was done to stop cerebrospinal fluid from leaking from her brain.

She could no longer work. Needs to take many medications and attend regular follow up. Often feels giddy and has headache. Nobody dares to hire her.

She became forgetful. That's why she forgot about her medications.

Her daughter bought her a smart phone but she didn't really know how to use it. Her daughter last visited her half a year ago.

Her husband, dishearteningly, left her to remarry, leaving her alone in a run down house.

She has 10 siblings but they all have their own family to take care of. And she doesn't want to burden anyone.

She had to rely on her neighbors to attend appointments. Or even resort to taking public transport.

She suffered all these alone and did not complain to anyone else.

I did whatever I could.
Made a few phone calls to make sure her appointments fall on the same day.
Wrote some letters so she could get some financial assistance from the welfare department.
Helped her to set reminders on her phone so that she will not forget her medications anymore.

She's grateful.
But she is still afraid about the upcoming operation. Because she doesn't know whether she will be able to take care of herself afterwards.

At least she can live a simple life now.

I hope I could have done more though.

Just some food for thought.
Don't form preconceived ideas about someone until you find out the whole truth.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt