Saturday, June 25, 2011

My First Visit to a Malaysian Hospital

    I haven't posted here in a few days since I have been a bit under the weather. Wednesday evening Kevin and myself along with our neighbors, Linda and Cheah went for some Indian food. I always get the banana leaf here with some Chicken Butter Masala. We also had a number of other dishes, whose names I can never remember. I eat Indian food occasionally  and usually don't get any ill effects. Until now.

    I woke up at about 4 AM with a dull pain in my stomach. I got out of bed and walked around for a while in hopes that the pain would go away. I must note that I have GERD and do take medication for it. This pain was not new to me, as I have had similar episodes back home. Usually the pain gets better after a couple of hours, but this time the epigastric pain just intensified. About 10:30 I called Linda and asked her to take me to the hospital. Linda and Cheah took me to the emergency room of Adventist hospital here in Penang.

    Upon entering the ER I was put on a gurney and hooked up to a blood pressure monitor. A nurse came over immediately and asked the routine questions. I explained that I had experienced this pain before. My blood pressure had skyrocketed to 200/112, because of the stress from the extreme pain. I was assured that the doctor would be seeing me soon. I had heard these words before, so I didn't take to much stock in them.  Surprisingly he showed up in about 10 minutes. He agreed that I had an episode of acute gastritis and made his recommendations. He then directed a shot of morphine to be given to ease the pain.

    After 7 hours of excruciating pain I finally got some relief. I remember leaving the hospital, riding home and going into my apartment. I was out like a light and slept for most of Friday. I still have some intermittent pain, but with the increase in my medication and Maalox I am slowly getting back to normal. I owe Linda and Cheah many thanks, as well as the staff at the Penang Adventist Hospital Emergency Room. They were very professional and caring. The best part was the bill. For medication, the injection, use of the ER and the doctor visit, the cost was RM146, about $48. A true bargain

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