Checkup Time Again

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.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Checkup Time Again”

  1. hi Peter, i am very touch and encourage by what you have written! the way you face up to life, your positive attitude!! your tender hearted!! able to feel and enjoy every moment of the ups and downs in life! it brings tear and warmth to my heart! indeed i am able to see God’s mercy and grace thro you! i want to leave this words with you, God has said, ” Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
    (iam Matthew’s mum)

    We have a choice to be happy or sad. I chose to be more of the former. Indeed. God has never forsaken me. Everytime one door closes, He opened another for me. I am blessed.

  2. Peter, you’re strength and determination is amazing! I don’t know how you manage to live your life with such courage, but you do! *hugs* My prayers will be with your for always. There’s a quote that I’ve dedicated to memory that I think describes you beautifully: “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Keep strong, Peter!!

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful verse. Take care.

  3. Hi Peter

    It’s amazing to see a young man with such a strong faith in God. You are really blessed and in good hands. Keep strong your faith, Peter! God Bless

    Thank you. Peace be with you.

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