Patient for the day

December 10, 2009 at 17:14 10 comments

I can hardly believe that this has happened, but I have managed to land myself in hospital today. As a patient.

It started like any other day. I got up, went to work, did the ward round, terrorized my medical student, scolded a particularly blur nurse. Then I went out for lunch with my friends, and that was when the problem started. I ordered rice with curried pork and was just getting done with it, when I felt something hard and thin in the mouthful of rice I was swallowing. The next thing I know, the object was definitely going down the absolute wrong way, and very very painfully. I took a gulp of my iced lemon tea. No help. I took another mouthful of rice to try to shove it down. Much worse. I started to gag and tear, and yelped to my friends, “Argh! Bone! Bone!”

Very quickly, my good friend Cornetto drove me down to the emergency department at Changi General Hospital. Both of us are spatially challenged in the extreme, but we got there after just a couple of wrong turns, and he dropped me off at the A&E.

Again quite quickly, they did a neck X-ray in preparation for my medical consult. After it was done, the X-ray technicians stopped me with an odd expression and said, “Excuse me, miss, but were you wearing a necklace or maybe earrings when you did the X-ray?”

I was not. I rarely wear jewellery and I don’t even have pierced ears. I asked why they said that.

“Because there’s something in your throat and it looks like a metal staple.”


I KNEW that sliced pork doesn’t usually come with sharp edges.

The doc I saw after that happened to be my classmate from medical school and he quickly referred me to the ENT clinic upstairs. The registrar there did a nasal scope (a yucky experience) and pronounced the staple-like object too deep for immediate extraction. I thought, “F.”

He said, “We need to get you to do a rigid scope for a better look. Under GA. Which means you need to be admitted now.”

I thought, “FFFFFFFF.”

I should not have worn my red underwear today. Red underwear is unlucky.

So here I am in my A-class room, where, to my delight, exists a computer terminal with Internet access. It’s quite fancy, really. I’d plug in a picture here, but I don’t know how.

My little op will take place at about seven tonight. It’s now a little past five. The wait is necessary because I need to digest the lunch that caused all this trouble in the first place. It would be great to have this damn staple out because it hurts like a bitch right now.


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Testing testing: the Borderlinx concierge service Metal staples ain’t for eating, boys n’ girls

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. flaneurvric  |  December 10, 2009 at 23:39

    Man, this is unfortunate…I am glad, though, that you get the small consolation of having internet access in your room. I hope all went well with your operation.

    I am glad to hear that you’re hopefully destined for stable removal via scope. It would be ridiculous if you had to undergo a procedure that was closed with staples.

    Sorry for the bad joke. Clearly, I can’t resist being unfunny.

    • 2. Katie  |  December 15, 2009 at 16:03

      Like, ten staples for the price of one, eh? Hehe. I’m actually carrying the damn thing around with me – will show you when we next meet! :)

  • 3. kel  |  December 12, 2009 at 02:03

    it’s almost unreal still. hope u’re healing well..
    whoever sold u the food should be made aware of this incident!

    • 4. Katie  |  December 15, 2009 at 16:04

      Haiz my friends say that I should report to NEA.

      • 5. kel  |  December 16, 2009 at 02:04

        i think you should have! u dun seem like u intend to. hmms.

      • 6. Katie  |  December 16, 2009 at 15:20

        Too busy eh. I haven’t even had time to submit my hospitalization receipt for reimbursement yet! Sigh.

  • 7. purplejake  |  December 14, 2009 at 04:47

    Hello sweet blogging companion, You have become quite a bagaholic since we last spoke, haven’t you?! Perhaps it was always nascent within you! I hope you are happy with your purchases and that they gave you comfort following those horrible things they did to you at the hospital. I find that stroking favourite possessions is very cathartic when none of the family is around to give me a hug! I hope the staple is well and truly gone and that you have told the restaurant that you expect free dinners for the rest of your life. Then again, you may not want to go back there…. Whatever, I hope you’re feeling chipper again and will be back to blogomatix soon!

    • 8. Katie  |  December 15, 2009 at 16:10

      Heyhey Purplejake, much much thanks. I am definitely bagaholicized and have become a keen evangelist of discount online shopping. I now carry the rogue staple around with me as a reminder of the unpredictability of life and the preciousness of friends. I have so many blog ideas pinging in my head, but no time to write them because of the slew of night calls, medical reports and other %*#& that invaded my life this week, and that is actually immensely uncomfortable for my peabrain! :)

  • 9. zensojourner  |  December 14, 2009 at 07:00

    But its good that you are alright now:) No more red underwear!

    • 10. Katie  |  December 15, 2009 at 16:11

      No, Superman and I are through.


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