Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Who would think that I would actually have something in common with Jessica Alba? Even if it was just for a few days? And it wasn't even pleasant. Let me explain.
When I was all groggy after my appendix op last week, the surgeon warned me I might get severe gastric as a side effect *oh great!* Could I possibly get more uncomfortable than I already was? Interestingly, Jessica Alba came to see my doctor (she was only 19 at the time) with a terrible case of gastric when she was here in Malaysia to film the Sleeping Dictionary.
He said she was warded for a couple of days at the hospital as his patient (goodness, to think she was marooned here at Damansara Specialist Hospital). He had no idea who she was at the time. She told him she was filming a series called "Dark Angel" but he said he'd never heard of it (but that's coz it never hit this part of the world till 2 years later ;)
So I said to my surgeon, "Well, you certainly know who Jessica Alba is NOW, right?" He laughed "of course, of course" And you know what? Jessica Alba personally wrote him a thank you card which is stuck on his wall amongst the hundreds of other thank you cards he's collected over the years but when he leaves his clinic every day, he told me seriously "I just glance at it, you know to make sure it's still there" Can you blame him??? How many doctors can say they had Jessica Alba as a patient, don't play play! lol ;)
So there I was at the hospital today for my follow-up check up so I started looking for that card. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack but I found it! Really friendly handwriting and a very heartfelt thank you to my doctor from a very young Miss Alba *smile*
For those of you who don't know, straight after my appendix op last week, the surgeon said I should recover quite rapidly since they used keyhole surgery to remove my appendix. The incisions are very small and they basically put a camera through one of the "holes" so they can view the working space. Incredibly, this tiny camera actually records the whole op and there's only one copy of it which they give to the patient. That's me!
All I can say is, OMG!!! I felt faint when I was watching it. This isn't some ultra sound with grey shadows. You're really in there!! taking a look inside and all the organs are in sharp crystal clear focus. That in itself almost turned my bandaged stomach yikes ;)
Watching my own operation when I got home was morbid yet so purely scientific. I found myself being part horrified part fascinated watching WHAT they did while I was on that operating table and HOW they did it. I've been on cam before, up close n personal but never like this lol ;)
It's quite mind boggling to think my entire appendix was removed from an incision so small! There are 3 entry points and unlike appendectomies which can leave quite a scar, I was left with only three small white band aids on my abdomen. Oh, and the bandages were removed only today yay! But this doesn't mean I can hit the gym or start doing yoga just yet but at least I'm walking around at a normal pace again (coz I kid you not, all of last week, I was moving round my house like a was a hundred years old! :)
- Jojo Struys
- I find blogging quite therapeutic. It gives me a chance to express my thoughts. I'm currently a TV host living in KL and the mother of 3 confused looking pugs! ;) If u have the time, my modelling shots, tap dancing clips, full biography and TV trailers are all on www.jojostruys.com :-)
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