Out Of Commission

The first round of being sick and going to Mubarak Hospital was done, and I thought I was getting better, but it seems it was the quiet before the storm. Things took a turn for the worse after a week of being sick and then we had to be hospitalized for several days in one of the private hospitals.

After several test and check ups, and cultures, and so many damn things that we were poked and prodded with they narrowed down the issues. We had both a virus and bacteria infection, the first set of antibiotics tackled the virus but the bacteria basically had fun running us around in circles, and I reached a point where I just admitted myself to the hospital because regular pills were just not doing the job. My stomach hurt so much so that I just wanted to sleep it off, it felt like someone was constantly punching my stomach hours on end.

I have to admit that the Doctors in Al Salam Hospital are very good, I always think most private hospitals want to rip you off but these guys systematically narrowed down what was wrong and tackled it with the right antibiotics. So after two weeks of being sick and week at least I’m somewhat healthy. I’m functioning normally and able to go to work, but what I went through put my whole digestive system through a roller coaster, it was painful and not something I would wish on anyone. This is probably the longest I have ever been sick and been in the hospital. There were even members of my family that I didn’t see for weeks because they have weak immune systems and were weren’t sure about infectious it was for a while.

Right now I’m somewhat out of the bad part of the infection but my body is still recovering, I know sometimes I pushing my luck but I was so happy to ride this Friday morning, I swear what ever painful was nothing compared to the thrill and joy of riding, I had a smile across my face that just wouldn’t go away that Friday morning. I’m still a bit on the weak side, but I’m happy that the worst is over, I know I pushed myself a bit on the weekend but I’m planning on taking it easy this week.

On The IV

I’m not one to get sick easily or even usually get sick, the flu doesn’t last more then two days with me, even with food poisoning I have handled it differently but this is something that took me down and kept me home for more then 5 days. Being stationary at home for five days didn’t stop work from coming home, too many things to do and a few people on vacation but still had some things piling up that needed to get done.

I caught a stomach virus from someone and the tough thing about it is that the doctor wasn’t sure which type was it, and they gave me a certain type of antibiotic and pain medication, worked for a few hours then later in the evening turning to an insane amount of pain which resulted in a hospital visit. After leaving the hospital at dawn, due to the recommendations of a friend I read the Neuropathy Relief Guide and bought some medication from there which I must say worked quite well.  I have to say that even Mubarak Hospital is pretty well equipped and they have good people but they are overwhelmed. The recovery process is slow as hell and still recovering, the bathroom became my second home, and barely functional the first few days of the week. I didn’t even bother staying in communication online, wasn’t that coherent either, was just too exhausted.

Luckily I managed to catch up on a ton of tv shows, a ridiculous amount, but I know that work piled up for me when I get and I’m not fully recovered but still gotta to go in. The first thing I tried was a few different foods to see if my stomach had any disagreements but luckily two tests were successful but I’m not going to push my luck at all.

Tylenol – Toss It Out

For those who didn’t know, like myself until the other day there was a very large recall on all Tylenol products. There was some sort of smell that got tied into the medicine, which is a material used for treating wood. I for one have always been a proponent of Tylenol, it does a great job most of the time but I’m surprised that I didn’t hear about this until recently. So if you have any Tylenol in the house make sure to toss it out, I now most people use Panadol in Kuwait but recently they introduced Tylenol and I brought some over from the US with me when I came back from the US. I noticed on this trip that there weren’t any Tylenol in any of the shelves of the pharmacy, I asked why and they said they didn’t have stock of them, nothing about the recall, so I just picked up some Advil. I prefer Advil most of the time, but its only available in the US and not every location had so I picked up Tylenol. I have a few bottles of the gel caps and they are all going to be thrown in the trash. I was wondering why I got rid of the headache but my stomach was acting up after taking Tylenol, but it didn’t happen every time. Not worth the risk, I’m tossing it all out and if you know anyone using Tylenol then toss it out too.

The FDA said about 70 people have been either sickened by the odor – including nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea – or noticed it. The recall includes some batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children’s Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children’s Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin.

Bayt Abdulla

Bayt Abdullah, the first children’s hospice in Kuwait and the Middle East. It is a hospice, free of charge, to all nationalities to care for children in distress at a moment when hospitals are no longer needed.

This campaign is the first of its kind in Kuwait as the response of each company or individual contacted has given a full support in their capacity to offer in kind a generous contribution.

Bayt Abdulla is a new concept to Kuwait, something that we have been lacking for a long time. I have been interested in it for some time and lots of people I know involved in it. The main idea is providing a facility and services to care for children who are ill or terminally ill that need a help regardless of the period. When asking about what exactly they do, here is simple question:

What is Pediatric Palliative Care?
Pediatric palliative care is a philosophy and program of care for children with life-threatening conditions focusing on enhancing quality of life and relieving suffering for the child, family members and other significant people in the child’s life. To “palliate” means to make comfortable by treating a child’s symptoms from an illness or medical
condition.

Through the efforts of everyone and every company involved they have managed to make this amazing facility. Providing help to any children that fit the criteria regardless of nationality or religion, the main. A specialized professional service, free of charge for all children in Kuwait who meet the criteria for admission to the hospice, regardless of nationality or religion. Ansam already posted about an event that has taken place, but you can also help through donations or helping them any way you see fit.

Link: Bayt Abdulla

Mubarak Late Visit

We were sitting watching TV after dinner Friday night, five of us were enjoying the show, I heard a hard not and it was one of the staff of the house. He told me Anthony, a young house boy, slipped and hit his head and he is bleeding. Got up and asked where he was, luckily the dewaneya is in the basement, went to staff bathroom and the cook was coming out from behind the door with a holding a towel to the young man’s head and his shirt and face was drenched in blood.

Told them we are going to the hospital now, had my wallet and phone on me, I took the spare key to the Landcruiser. Asked Z to come with me to the hospital, I asked about his civil ID but the young man wasn’t answering, he was in shock. We took him to the Landcruiser outside, and got him in, Z got in the front, other people in the house were looking for his civil ID. We took off, I called S and asked him to bring the Civil ID with him. I kept talking to him while we were driving to make sure he was conscious because he was still bleeding a lot, and no time for an ambulance. Got on Fahaheel Expressway (30) and we head to Al Hady hospital, and I was going as fast as possible, flashers on, Z called the doctors he knew to see who was in the hospital at 10:30 pm on a Friday night. We got to Al Hady Hospital and from the door they refused as entry saying they are a private hospital and they don’t accept causalities. We got back in the car and took off to Mubarak Hospital, it took us two minutes, and even when I was trying to get through there was a woman trying to argue when she wanted to get her car out of parking, I couldn’t care less at this point. I kept talking to him to make sure he was awake and not passed out.

We got to hospital, called for one of the wheel chairs, Z went in with him while I parked the car at any spot. Went back in running, Z took him to the Emergency room doctor on with wheel chair without paperwork and the cook was still holding a cloth to his head which was now completely red. The patient was inside was in shock and didn’t say anything say anything about us barging in. He signed his paper and said that he must have an X-Ray first before surgery to check for head trauma. We went straight to X-Ray and skipped the people there as well, you can see the look of shock on their faces. We went in gave the paper, and his name wasn’t even on the paper, but by that time S and B arrived with his civil ID. We wrote his name but the X-Ray Doctor refused to take him saying that he is covered in blood and should be cleaned up by surgery before coming for an X-Ray I was about to blow up and I told him he is hurt and I don’t care if I clean it up area, the doctor told us to come here first. Z told me not to argue, we went to the surgery area got him a bandage across the whole, wound and this was the first time I saw the wound. It was at least four inches in length, from the side of his right eye all the way across the middle of his forehead. We then went straight back to the X-Ray department, then again another doctor said that he needed to be completely cleaned at this point I wouldn’t leave and we all got in his face until he decided to do the X-Ray. I went in with him, helped him up form the wheel chair on to the bench for the X-Ray, he asked what happened with obnoxious tone I said that he fell and slipped in the bathroom, he then said “are you sure he slipped in the bathroom?” I answered right away saying yes, before I registered his tone. I waited outside, and the Doctor spoke to him in Arabic, I told him he doesn’t speak Arabic, and if he needs I could speak to him in English. At this point I was standing outside waiting and I want to rip that doctors’ throat out for being so rude and uncaring. After the X-Ray the guys waited for the X-Ray while me and Z went to the surgery room, walked in and waited since there are two rooms and both were occupied. The young man was aware of his surroundings at this point, that was a good sign, then we went into one room and got him on the table. One munaqabah was outside arguing with the nurses about her head scarf being too tight, which preoccupied the nurses before one could come into the room. I was there and the doctor was waiting for the nurse. I asked the doctor to give him a lot of local anesthetic so that he wouldn’t feel any pain. I explained everything to him while he was on the table as it was happening, this is a very scary situation for him and it was his first time in a hospital in Kuwait, and hopefully his last. When the nurse came in he went to clean the wound right away and I told him it will burn, then I told him not to move while they inserted the local anesthetic into his wound and it was about 9 times and I could tell he was afraid because he was shivering. I asked the doctor again to make sure that he doesn’t feel the stitching as it was happening, I know how it felt from previous injuries. I kept talking and I was asked to step out by the nurse, so I did.

I waited outside about 25 mintues, the other nurse saw his X-Ray and asked a few questions, luckily there was no head trauma or other damages, by that time the mandoob came and waited with us. They wheel him out and he looked better, his was was cleaned and was awake, we went back to the emergency doctor to get the medication for him, antibiotics and pain killers. I asked the nurse it was 15 stitches and she said that was a lot, its going to be on for 10 days before they remove it and bandages changed at the local clinic every two days. The mandoob took him back home after checking with the doctor while we finished up some of the paper work, hamdilla it was taken care of. We got the medication and paid the fees, and I’m happy the admin in the front desk help us in the beginning and thanked them. Went home and my friends headed home, gave the medication told him to rest for the next couple days.

Next morning I got up, checked on him and he was resting he had a headache but the pain killers helped. I then got in my Landcruiser and took it to Al Falah Car Wash since the back seats and floor were covered in blood. After a little while my car was nice and clean, went home and rested all of Saturday.

Visiting Hours

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Over the past couple of months I have been frequenting hospitals, sometimes in the ICU and other times in different wards. I don’t know how much longer Kuwait can go on like this without having a new hospital. All these hospitals just refurbishing the front of the building and taking donations for the wards on all the different floors. Amiri hospital has been fixing its wing for the past two years and the same thing for the elevator without any results, does it really take that long? I have to say that there are some really good doctors in the hospitals but you can even tell they are mistreated, and they bring in mediocre doctors from outside of Kuwait for the sake of quantity and on contract so they can use them as they please. The worst is the Ministry with their permits, there are private hospitals who want to get better equipment but they aren’t given the permit for it even though it is extremely beneficial for all people, I have heard of private institutions in Kuwait who works in government doctors to scan their patients at their facilities when its an important case or the wait is too long at the government facilities, an example is the MRI scanner, a private institution wants to pay for a high end MRI scanner but the government won’t let them for one reason or another except the same as their’s which is of lower quality, a high quality MRI scanner means better details and being able to see things clearer.

The nursing is another blunder which is appalling in Kuwait, the most important part of the successful surgery is the recovery which involves nursing and their is no adequate nurse training in Kuwait or advanced care.

I think all this frustration stems from what I have been dealing with as well as the cases I see in front of me when I am in the hospital. Most hospitals feel like military bunkers with tiny windows and are depressing in Kuwait. Politics takes a precedence over real medical care and you can see that clearly but for how much longer.

I Got a Breast Implant

This is what happens when your friend is a surgeon and you end up with a fake boob in your hands. This is probably one of the funniest things I have yet to see, and we were shocked how much this C-Cup costs. It seems over the past few years breast implants have been the new thing for women in Kuwait, and this one boob costs 3000 KD because it is top of the line.

It has some cell memory type gel which makes it special, and then there is the material. It is very interesting to hear all the details from the perspective of the doctor, and how different surgeons place this implant differently and how to get a better job. I’m still laughing about this boob, and it does feel soft but still very fake.
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