Wuan accompanied me to the Lam Wah Ee Hospital for a scheduled checkup that was two months late because of my frequent commuting between Penang and Kuala Lumpur. As always, I sat there outside Mr. Liong’s clinic, shifting anxiously, wondering if my renal function had deteriorated from all the unsuitable diet that I had in Tokyo and Bangkok. It did not help that my urine has been murky of late.
When it was my turn to go into the clinic, the first thing that I normally observe is Mr. Liong’s expression. He was expressionless. That was not a bad thing actually. I would have been worried if he had asked me how often I perform my intermittent catheterisation. I tried to peek at the blood test result. It was not legible from where I was.
Mr. Liong then performed ultrasounds of my kidneys and bladder, explaining the conditions as they appeared on the screen. My left kidney is in a bad shape and shrunken. My bladder displayed classical signs of being neurogenic. There was nothing he could do he said. I just need to continue with what I have been doing and manage my diet. My creatinine level has stabilised at around 240 umol/l.
That was some good news although I need to be vigilant with what I put into my mouth and make sure that I perform intermittent catheterisation every three hourly as I have been doing wherever I am. My next scheduled checkup has been extended from three monthly now to six months once. That reprieve has given me time to do what I want to do most now – promote awareness on Independent Living and implement projects to empower and support disabled persons to achieve that.