THE MESSAGE NO.114 - MAY 2011
THE LIEW FOOK CHOY EDITION
HOW THE BAD NEWS SPREAD
While driving around Sea Park Mahalingam called telling me that Mr. Miles had landed in the hospital. The mentor was very weak. He had been very sick. I called Wong Yeng Kee to go have a look see. Then a little later Loh Kok Keong called from Sabah telling me the same thing. Mr. Miles must have brought his hand phone along as he could receive calls in the hospital.
2nd April, 2011 THIS WAS HOW IT HAPPENED
On waking up, Mr. Miles found that he could not stand up. His feet gave way. He must have felt the whole building swayed. What? Earthquake? No, he found himself very weak. He could not carry himself on his feet. No matter how he tried, it was futile. After several trials and failures, he realized that he was in great trouble.He thought that he had to call for help.
Fortunately, he had his mobile phone by his side. He picked it up and called the Bentong hospital for an ambulance. Meanwhile, he had to struggle down the stairs. It was a great effort for him to crawl on all fours to the head of the stairs. He said dragging himself that little distance from the bedroom to the stairs was like a nightmare! Now he had to descend the flights of stairs! From the head of the staircase, he held on whatever he could grab hold of and bumped himself on his bum all the way down! One by one stairs he descended. It was as if he was going to pass out.
At the bottom of the staircase, he dragged his heavy body across the floor to the door. By that time he was all exhausted. He put his fingers on the door latch, but all his strength had gone. He couldn't even unlatch the door at all. When the ambulance arrived, the paramedics pried open a window and jumped in. There, they found our mentor lying on the floor. They carried him out on a stretcher. They rushed him to Bentong hospital. Well done, men of the ambulance!
I thought I would break with tradition of not visiting my ancestors' graves for once during this festival of the departed souls. However, after receiving the various calls about Mr. Miles's health conditions I must go back tomorrow. (said on Saturday 2.4.2011)
Min drove us straight to the hospital to visit Mr. Ted Miles. When we arrived at his bedside, he was lying in somnolent state. A few minutes later, he woke up groggily. We all asked how he was and what had happened. Who were 'we'? Gary, Barry, Min and their dad me.
According to our mentor, he was all right on Friday night. In fact he enjoyed a good meal too on that day. Since a week ago, Mr. Miles had been down with the flu. He did not completely recovered when other complaints surged in. So he was referred to the University Hospital in Petaling Jaya. Lucky man, he had Phil and Theresa two friends who came in at a time he was most in need. Phil a Caucasian has an orchard somewhere in Tranum. They had befriended Mr. Miles. So they took him to the University Hospital for several tests since our mentor did not recover completely from his flu. At the UH, he was referred to various departments and specialists which drained our mentor off his remaining energy and spirit. He returned to Bentong.
Our mentor even resorted to downing bitter blackish herbal concoctions of the Chinese. It was a sort of Chinese traditional cure for acute influenza. A former student's daughters residing in Bentong prepared the brew. The herbal drinks worked no magic on him. He was still sickly and weak. Well, the gloom dragged on.
On Saturday morning, our mentor felt that he could not get on his feet nor dragged himself down from the upstairs. Suddenly he realized that he needed to call for help. Thanks to the new invention the mobile phone. He grabbed it and pressed the number for the hospital ambulance. The ambulance came and took him to the hospital. They admitted him and immediately hooked him up with tubes. He was under the drip. What was his condition? A weak heart and no appetite for food. He was there lying in bed waiting for the next thing the doctor would say.
Mahalingam who called him informed me of his conditions the day before. Mr. Miles had just been admitted when the call came in. So his former student passed the news to me saying that our mentor was admitted and receiving treatment.
From the little narratives I had gathered and directly from Mr. Miles, I might safely speculate that a case of influenza, worsened into a weakening of the body due to physical senility had led to a cardiac condition that further depleted his body constitution. Well, age had a lot to do in the process. At this very moment we had to just hope for the best.
TRANSFER TO THE UH
At the UH I visited Mr. Miles. He had just been moved to the observation ward. He would be transferred to the usual ward. Before that he was at the preliminary ward. They had not decided to put him where since he arrived at the hospital this morning. He was transported by ambulance from the Bentong district hospital. There he had been warded for three days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They could not do much there and therefore he was transferred.
PHIL THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Monday 4 April, 2011:
Today Mr. Miles looked a bit cheerful. He could talk a lot. When I went in to see him, Phil his good friend was with him. Immediately Phil gave me the seat he was on. I felt a little embarrassed. However, this was the first time I met Phil who had some similarities with Mr. Miles in their preference for old farm bungalow. Phil has an orchard in Tranum where he kept a bungalow and grew fruit trees. Off hand he named the fruit trees in his orchard: durian trees including the famous Musang king durian trees, pineapples, pulasan, mangosteens, rambutans, guava, etc. He is one of those rare specie of Caucasians who like durians like Ted Miles. Phil had a lot of experience living in Malaysia. He mentioned that he had been to Balik Pulau in Penang.
How did Phil come to know Mr. Miles? One day he was driving around in Pahang looking for dilapidated and abandoned old bungalows. I guessed preferably a haunted one would also do! On the way to Tras, suddenly he spotted our mentor's house standing derelict on the hill slope. So he drove up to the house.
"Hello, anybody in?" Phil did begin.
"Who goes there?" Our mentor dared.
"I'm Phil, and this is Theresa." The strangers did a self-introduction.
So the story goes. They had several games of scrabbles. When their stomachs growled, Mr. Miles cooked them a frugal but filling meal. From thence onward they became good friends. That was years ago!
Now they are good friends and they came in when he was in need. Actually it was the good Samaritan's idea of bringing Mr. Miles to the University Hospital for a thorough check-up. On seeing that he did not completely recover from the attack of flu, they brought him down to the UH. There the medical officers and specialists did various cardiac tests. These were done earlier than his latest down and out attack. So after the Bentong hospital discovered his medical history, they sent him back. It was back to the UH. Behind the scene, Phil was pulling cables and calling people from the UH to get Mr. Miles admitted.
The ambulance brought him down in the early hours of the 5th of April. As with all emergency cases, the UH did some preliminary tests and treatments on the newly brought in cases ward. When I located him there, his buddy was at his bedside. Phil was such a caring man that he went there to keep him good company and I was sure he comforted and assured him that he would get the best treatment and attention that were needed. By the time I left Mr. Miles was more cheerful and spoke quite a lot. I assured him that he was in good hands. He was in the observation ward then just one step to the normal ward. And, Phil had already gone to the other ward to learn more about the next place our mentor would be placed. By the power of the Almighty this man had appeared by His grace.
Mr. Miles was then in safe hands at the University Hospital. Many friends, colleagues and students had visited him including his son Kim, daughter-in-law Joanna and his granddaughter Merdeka who flew in from Canada. We hope to see him recover quickly and return to live in normalcy.
After staying a week in the hospital, Mr. Miles was discharged. He is now back in his out of the way abode: recovering and recuperating to regain his robust self like he used to be.
FROM SIR WITH LOVE
From the above you would have realised that our mentor Mr. Miles is indisposed. Therefore, he has told me to convey the following notes to everybody.
First and foremost he wishes to thank his great friends Phil and Theresa who brought him down to the University Hospital do check on his ailing conditions after a virus attack of influenza that he found slow to recover. After all the tests he was back in Bentong.
Mr. Miles wishes to thank Loh Kok Keong who though working in Sabah, arranged for his daughters to try to treat him with herbs.
When April Fools' day came he was in high spirits and could eat.
But as you have read above what happened on 2nd April. He wishes to THANK THE KIND-HEARTED PERSONNEL OF THE AMBULANCE WHO RESCUED HIM AND PUT HIM IN THE BENTONG HOSPITAL. HE WISHES TO THANK ALL THE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND ASSISTANTS WHO TOOK CARE OF HIM AT THE BENTONG HOSPITAL.
"THANK YOU also to all of you who visited me while I was lying in the Bentong Hospital, some even travelled up from Seremban and the Federal capital." Said Mr. Miles.
AGAIN, "THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMBULANCE PERSONNEL WHO BROUGHT ME FROM BENTONG TO THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL." Mr. Miles added.
HE ALSO WISHES TO THANK ALL THE DOCTORS, NURSES AND ASSISTANTS WHO TREATED, NURSED AND ATTENDED TO HIM AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.
ON HIS BEHALF the editor WISHES TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO VISITED MR. MILES AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.
"EVEN MY SON KIM AND HIS WIFE JOANNA AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER MERDEKA FLEW IN TO SEE ME FROM AS FAR AS CANADA. THANKS FROM PA AND GRANDPA." SAID MR. MILES.
On his behalf the editor wishes to thank all the well-wishers who called and said the good words to encourage our mentor to take care and have a fast recovery.
"THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FORMER COLLEAGUES FOR THE BOUQUETS OF FLOWERS, FRUITS, SOUP AND OTHER GIFTS I HAVE RECEIVED." MR. MILES SAID FROM THE BOTTOM OF HIS HEART.
"THANK YOU MEIJI AND SIS LAI MEI WHO WILL BE AROUND TO HELP ME BUILD UP MY WEAKENED BODY SO THAT I COULD LITERARY STAND ON MY FEET AGAIN." MR. MILES SAID.
CARROT, BEET ROOT AND APPLE JUICE
This MIRACLE DRINK has been circulating for a long time long ago. It is worth your while to take note. There is a celebrity Mr. Seto who swears by it. He wants to make it public to draw the attention of people who have cancers. This is a drink that can protect bad cells forming in your body or it will restrain its growth! Mr. Seto had lung cancer. He was recommended to take this drink by a famous Herbalist from China. He has taken this drink diligently for 3 months and now his health is restored, and he is ready to take a pleasure trip. Thanks to this drink! It does not hurt for you to try.
It is like a Miracle Drink!It is simple.
You need one beet root, one carrot and one apple that combine together to make the JUICE !
Wash the above, cut with the skin on into pieces and put them into the juicer and immediately you drink the juice. You can add some lime or lemon for more refreshing taste.
This Miracle Drink will be effective for the following ailments:
- 1. Prevent cancer cells to develop. It will restrain cancer cells to grow.
- 2. Prevent liver, kidney, pancreas disease and it can cure ulcer as well.
- 3. Strengthen the lungs prevent heart attack and high blood pressure.
- 4. Strengthen the immune system.
- 5. Good for the eyesight, eliminate red and tired eyes or dry eyes.
- 6. Help to eliminate pain from physical training, muscle ache.
- 7. Detoxify, assist bowel movement, eliminate constipation. Therefore it will make skin healthy & LOOK more radiant. It is God sent for acne problem.
- 8. Improve bad breath due to indigestion, throat infection.
- 9. Lessen menstrual pain.
- 10. Assist Hay Fever Sufferer from Hay Fever attack.
There is absolutely no side effect. Highly nutritious and easily absorbs! Very effective if you need to loose weight. You will notice your immune system will be improved after 2 week routine. Please make sure to drink immediately from the juicer for best effect.
WHEN TO DRINK IT;
DRINK IT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING WITH THE EMPTY STOMACH! AFTER ONE HOUR YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST. FOR FAST RESULTS DRINK 2 TIMES A DAY, IN THE MORNING AND BEFORE 5 P.M.in the Afternoon.
YOU WILL NEVER REGRET! IT DOES NOT COST YOU MUCH MONEY! PLEASE CIRCULATE TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
Scores of names appeared in Ted Miles diary of May 1961. These names were mentioned, whatever their deeds and actions:
PONNIAH, Tengku Jamaluddin, Rahman Umat, Sabaruddin, Vesian, Lee Kam, Khalil, Mathew, Rahman Aziz, Keat Swee, Dzulkifli, Ampusadchy, Sunny, Zamri, Kenneth, Bala, Lingam, Yeng Kee, Kim Thye, Mohd. Noor, Hay Yin, Tong Ah Tai, Chee Weng, Kok Cheng, Wai King, Sohan, Nik Hassan, Fook Cheng, Kam Tim,Ng Kam Thye, Tengku Alamshah, Shahidan.
There were games played by the school with other schools. Once, a soccer game with the Mahmud School, Raub was won by MES. There was a procession round Raub town and then through all the streets in Bentong.
An accident also happened in front of the school hostel. Ah Soon the son of Ah Chiam was knocked down by a vehicle. Fortunately, he escaped serious injuries.
Latest about Mr. Miles's health conditions:
Can eat, can sleep, can talk, can walk and can laugh heartily already.
Want to know more? Knock on his door!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN MAY
||MOHD. ZAINON B. IBRAHIM
||MOHAMAD ROSELY ZAKARIA
||FRANKIE HOH OI CHYE
||FOO YOOK YOON
||LIEW FOOK CHOY
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