THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 131 - OCTOBER, 2012.
THE HARBANS SINGH 4TH EDITION
I WAS ALMOST DOOMED IN A SO CALLED OLD FOLKS HOME
By Harwan Singh
As you are aware I have been having health problems for a long time. The worst was getting lost even in Southern Park my home ground.
The drugs that I was prescribed and took were partly to blame for the disorientation. My fluctuating blood sugar levels made it worse.
Early this year I was diagnosed for TB. New drugs were prescribed for me and my condition started to improve.
In January my wife was diagnosed as having an extra hole. This one was in the heart! An operation was performed and the hole was mended. But another problem developed.
She had a partial stroke. My elder daughter took leave to take care of her. The second daughter took on the extra load of helping out. My elder daughter then decided to take my wife back to Australia where she works. This left my second daughter to take care of me. Unfortunately for me my second daughter got a full time job leaving me alone.
My son and second daughter then decided to put me in an old folk's home. I choose to call it a halfway house! You want to know why? Call me if you like.
The rules there were crazy. They drove one crazy, confused me and behaving like zombies - thanks to the physiotropic drugs that they forced us to take.
The morning routine starts with the caretakers lining up everybody in front of the bathroom in my bedroom, all naked.
The caretaker scrubs each of us by turn sprinkling us with little water: do not waste water, he says - then another dries us and dresses us up.
Breakfast - empty bun with a cup of tea or Milo. Some days it is 2 slices of bread with jam and margarine.
Then everyone is herded into a hall and given the physiotherapy drugs. We spend the next few hours staring at the TV which has some Tamil drama on it every day. By about 11 am lunch is served. It is either porridge with a sprinkle of chicken, plain kuehteow or fried rice.
We have to stay in the hall until 8pm. Meanwhile tea is served - biscuits and tea - between 3 to 4 pm. Dinner - consisting of rice fried with some chicken and chilli sauce.
At 8 pm the tv is shut off and we are herded off into our rooms and chained to our beds. That is our daily routine. Of course it is spiced with the frequent beatings that some of us endure for saying something wrong or for not obeying the Enforcer.
One young man in my room gets an extra strong dose of physiotherapy drugs. The drugs cause him to lose control of his muscles and behave like one having Mad cow disease! This young man has a total communication library of only 7 sentences. He has been there for 12 years.
That is my story about the 2 months that I spent in that lunacy sanctuary sort of an old folks' home! Luckily now I am back in my home sweet home.
AND THIS BUDDY HAS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
I drove out and went over to Cheras. The highway there was gridlocked with traffic and I inched my jalopy along about 1 mile of road in 45 minutes! Finally I hit the highway probably called the outer ring road. I turned into Jalan Kuari. I searched and searched for Kampong Tasek Permai but I could not find.
After driving around for some time I stopped at a stall and inquired. Two Chinese local residents directed me to my destination. Meanwhile I had lunch at a stall by the roadside as I was famished. The food I ordered for breakfast earlier this morning I did not finished. Why? A denture disaster struck! My upper denture snapped and broke into two halves. Fortunately, I have a spare set with me which I recovered from home.
Back to my still unfinished journey. I drove in the direction given by the two men. Finally I reached my destination the Poh Ling Nursing Home on the slope of a housing area. Soon I met Lee Sai Kan. Sai Kan looked very much better and healthier than the last time I visited him about 4 months ago. Rashes on his hand had cured. His facial expression has improved. We sat down and talked. He seemed happy to be there but of course he was a little home sick. However, I told him that if he were to go home, all day he would be alone. At the home at least there are other people there. Some he could talk to too. At home the walls would not respond. His time home would be forlorn. I took pictures with him.
My buddy Lee Sai Kan and me
In our conversation I found that Sai Kan lives there very happily. He can eat well and sleep well. I mentioned of several of our school mates like Chan See Phong and Yip Fook Khim whom I have recently visited in Johor Baru. He could recognize them when I showed him some photos.
I put a call through to Wong Lan Chan. I told Lan Chan that I was with Lee Sai Kan. I passed the call over to him. They had a most friendly chitchat. She was eager to visit him. I told her I would make some arrangement for a future visit. Why Lan Chan? We were Bentong locals. Sai Kan and Lan Chan had also worked in the same town Jerantut in Pahang back in the nineteen sixties. Sweet memories!
We talked on all and sundries. Finally, at three, I left the old folks' home for home. "You're not old, I'm old!. To Sai Kan, I told. Cheerio!
COMPULSORY READING FOR ALL
Make pleasant life after retirement...
*1. *Never say I am aged': There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.
*2. *Health is wealth: If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance cover.
*3. *Money is important: Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted.
*4. *Relaxation and recreation: The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in your God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.
*5. *Time is precious : It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that everyday you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash use it profitably. Live this moment.
*6. *Change is the only permanent thing : We should accept change it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.
*7. *Enlightened selfishness : All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.
*8. *Forget and Forgive: Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our BP.
*9. *Everything has a purpose : Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in his own way.
*10. *Overcome the fear of death : We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives - ALBERT SCHWEITZER
GINGER AND BARLEY
A Cancer Killer in the Kitchen - Ginger
The powerful healing effects of ginger have been well documented. It's a proven remedy for upset stomach. Reams of studies show that it inhibits inflammation. And there is substantial evidence that it fights cancer too.
For instance, a recent University of Michigan study showed that when ginger was added to ovarian cancer cells in the laboratory, it caused the cancer cells to self-destruct (a process known as "apoptosis").
In a separate study at the University of Minnesota, researchers injected colon cancer cells into mice that were bred to have no immune system. Half of these mice were routinely fed gingerol, the main active component in ginger.
The researchers found that the mice that were fed gingerol lived longer, their tumors were smaller, and the cancer did not spread as widely as in the control group.
With all these health benefits, you should be using ginger as often as you can. The best way I've found to get a healthy serving of ginger is to juice it. (The brand of juicer I use is an Omega.)
Two or three days a week, I juice an apple or two, some carrots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and a big piece of ginger root.
The ginger gives the drink a great flavor and a powerful anti-cancer kick. Highly recommend that you try it.
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Healing and cleansing with - Barley
High in fiber, barley is also a kidney cleanser. Better yet, regular intake of it helps prevent heart disease. BARLEY water was always a regular drink when we were still living at home. Whenever we had to go for a medical exam that included a urine test, my mum would make us drink barley water a day before it to make sure we got a positive result!
My mother was a wise woman. I later found out from an Australian naturopath that barley is known to be a kidney cleanser, and she happily downed glasses of it at a meal we had in a coffee-shop here.
Barley is good for your intestinal health too. Try to eat the barley grains you find in your drink or sweet broth with 'fu-chook' in Cantonese dialect (bean curd skin) and ginkgo nuts.
It's high in fiber which feeds the friendly bacteria in the colon and helps speed up the transit of fecal matter in it. In this way it helps prevent hemorrhoids and colon cancer.
The prop ionic acid and beta glucan from barley's insoluble fiber also help lower cholesterol and prevent the formation of gallstones.
Eating barley regularly is a preventive step against heart disease as, besides the fiber content, it is also high in niacin, a B vitamin good for lowering cholesterol.
Diabetics should eat more barley as the fiber will prevent blood sugar levels from rising too high. It also provides relief from constipation or diarrhea for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Barley is rich in selenium which prevents cancer and relieves symptoms of asthma and arthritis. It is a good source of manganese, copper and phosphorous.
Malt sugar comes from sprouted barley which, when fermented, is an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Barley, whose Latin name is "hordeum vulgare", has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. Since ancient times, barley has been used for healing purposes and has been known to the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Athletes in Greece and Rome in those days were known to eat barley bread to give them strength.
Besides the usual things we do with barley, I enjoy having it in a western soup. The larger pearl barley is used and I love the sticky bite of it.
One afternoon, I went to visit Dato Ted Miles. Purpose: to deliver the Mesian-message 129 for his reading and keeping. I showed him the functions of my new toy: my iPad. I stressed particularly the camera, the album and some of the pictures that I have taken. He was very impressed with the new gadget.
We talked of some common things. He seems to trust the old system better like clumsy photo albums, traditional files vis-a-vis virtual files! Dato looked healthy and lively. All appeared to be ordinary. Nothing to worry. Doubtless to say he is advanced in age; glad to note that he displays no sign of getting dotage!
From the third mile after visiting Dato Ted Miles, I drove down to Ketari. Purpose: to visit Lee Yew Kwong, my buddy. Yew Kwong looked healthy. You all know that our chum is a man of current affairs and politics. He rattled off the current issue about the tension between China and Japan over the Dioayu islands.
From his information I learned now there are such fighter jets that are invisible! Who own those jets? Definitely the US. He delved much into Chinese political history. I could not understand much as politics and histories of countries aren't my cup of tea. Especially the historical background of politics and specifically Chinese political history; they are but Greeks to me!! I particularly intended to tell him about my visits to our buddies - our old schoolmates.
THESE THINGS HE WROTE THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO
Excerpts from Ted Miles Diary
1. The attraction this evening was Ted Miles and His Python. Che Hamidah had asked me to put it on show, even sending me back in the landrover to get it.
John Reid - with a little too much liquor in him - wrapped it around his neck, saying he had never touched a snake in his life when he was sober. "I hate the things!" he said, cuddling it.
2. In Typing we began right-margin blocking. What a job! Only Say Kuang and Hay Yin caught on right away. The others just couldn't seem to get the hang of it. (Gosh! It was such a difficult thing to have the typescript arranged straight down on the right and left margins. On the computer nowadays we just have to press a key and all are arranged. It's call align left, center, align right and justify meaning both left and right margins are aligned).
3. I asked him what about, and he said he wanted Nor Safian to drive to Temerloh to get a bomoh for his father. I learnt that his father was very ill with chest pains...
I asked Annuar if he let his father be examined by Dr. Henriksen before calling the bomoh. We (Ted Miles and Dr. Henriksen) hurried out to Kampong Bahru where we found a very sick man. After examining him Dave (Henriksen) said it was a case of heart failure and that he should be admitted in the hospital right away. The father agreed to be admitted - but not right away, he wouldn't ride with us, but said he would come later. That meant, of course, that he was going to get the bomoh in the meantime. Dave (Henriksen) said that nothing would save the man - not a bomoh, not the hospital. In a way, it's best that he's home with his family.
(bomoh = shaman or traditional medicine man)
HAPPY DEEPAVALI TO HINDUS AND ALL WHO JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES TOO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN OCTOBER
||ABDUL HALIM HJ. OTHMAN
||BARBARA REID LAPSLEY
||BUKHARI HJ. MAAROF
||OW WAI KING
||LIM PAK HENG
||CHEW TEE KAN
||LIM SWEE CHOO
||TAN SOON SENG
||LEONG KAH WAH
||CHAN SEE YUEN
||WONG YENG KEE
||CHAN KAM SWEE
||RICHARD LOW QOOI TEE
||ABU SAMAK LABAK
||HILDA PONNU (MRS. CHOONG)
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