I was at the pharmacy, waiting to take some medicines after my kid went to see the paed for some tummy ache.Â She was heading back to the emergency room after making a deposit/payment (I presume) at the reception.Â The heart doctor was coming from the emergency room.Â They met midway, near to me. Standing at the pharmacy area.Â I vaguely knew her from way back when she was 18 yrs old, getting married to a guy much older than her, I believe more than 10 years older.
Doctor :Â (in Hokkien)Â Are you XYZ’s cha boh lang (wife)?
She : *nodded*
Doctor :Â Your ta poh lang si kih liau, heart attack. (your husband is dead, heart attack)
She : *looks confused and blankly at the doctor*
Doctor :Â We cannot do anything, we tried but *yadda yadda yadda medical stuffs in Hokkien*.
She : * nodding but expresionless* (normally human has this numbing effect in great tragedy, like an insulation like dat.Â Only Bollywood and Taiwanese movies got those dramatic scenes.)
Just then, the hospital attendant pushed the patient out.Â I recognised that face.Â He has white hair now.Â He is still on oxygen supply and the machine still went beep-beep-beep.Â To a normal person, he looks alive.Â (If you pump in medicine, the heart will continue to thump-thump-thump until the medicine runs out.)
The doctor told the attendant : Perlahan-lahan, tak apa.Â (slow down, it’s ok)
Doctor to her :Â Beh hiau kin, lu eh sai kah ee kong wa (never mind, you can still talk to him)Â We are going to push him upstairsÂ to do some procedures.
And that’s that.Â The end.Â Â (of course, I did not approach a 20-years long lost acquaintance and talk to her at that moment.Â Incidentally, I wrote something today related to situations like these.)
So, have you count your blessings lately?
I am thankful for :
1)Â Good health for everyone
2)Â Food, home and all creature comforts
3)Â Peace in the home
4) Happiness being me
5) Plenty of chocolates when I need (point-point to banners)
7) Mental strength
8) Trusted friends
9) An atm that’s mine, mine and mine alone
10) Being in Christ and a love for God
So, shoo-shoo, go to your corner and count your blessings. Count up to ten, ok?Â And remember to thank God for all the blessings.