Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have to be admitted 2 nights earlier before the surgery which one has to undergo a swab test for Covid-19. The date of admission into IJN was 06 August 2020 and the actual date for the open heart operation was 08 August 2020.
It was a triple bypass grafting surgery where veins from my right leg will be taken for grafting for the creation of "highways" to bypass the 3 severe blockages.
06 October 2020
|Jo and Zu Yi accompanied me to the hospital and both enjoyed their O'Briens' breakfast at the small sixth floor.|
|The spacious room with good window view. There is spare bed for one who wishes to stay and accompany the patient hidden in the wardrobe.|
|Sometime in the afternoon I was ushered to a room for the Covid-19 swab test. The result came later in the night and it was negative. Which mean, I was allowed to proceed with the surgery. |
My lunch and dinner prepared by IJN nutritionists and a variety of choices that you could pick from the daily menu.
|Wearing a sarong is not a common practice for me but it was necessary in the hospital. Anyway I adapted it well.|
07 October 2020
|Good morning and breakfast is served.|
|Without realising the time lunch was served. |
|Next I knew was part of my body had to be shaved, ensure my bowel are cleared and no more intake of solid food before the operation. Antiseptic body wash and mouthwash were used during the shower in the evening.|
|The chest before incision.|
|Looking relaxed and ready for tomorrow's big day.|
08 October 2020
|One by one my loved ones took their turns to visit me before the operation as only one visitor is allowed at a time.|
|I was all ready for the op, waiting patiently to be called and it should be around noon time.|
|Finally around 2.30pm the stretcher came and it was time to go into the theatre. I will be put to "sleep" for the next couple of hours.|