THE following is a reproduction of a Status Post I made to my Facebook Timeline a few minutes ago. It’s my way of reviving this blog which has hibernated for nearly two months now. The last entry was still May 10, 2017. Been mostly preoccupied with my ill health and been moody because of my Bipolar Disorder.
“Better safe than sorry”.
“That was the idea behind my admission to Amiri Hospital’s Casualty’s Female Observation Room early evening yesterday.
“When I went late afternoon for my pre-scheduled appointment with Dr. Hatem, the surgeon who is following up my hernia and gastritis, I mentioned that over two weeks ago I had episodes of passing black or tarry stools. Convinced that the bleeding was caused by my overly-irritated gut because of an acute attack then of my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) I didn’t seek medical attention and instead waited till the IBS acute attack resolves on its own. I self-medicated and took anti-diarrheal meds and my stools turned into dark brown color, but lately it became dark chocolate in color.
“Aware of my past episode of passing tarry stools because of my gastritis, Dr. Hatem didn’t dilly-dally and immediately wrote a referral paper to be taken to the Casualty. I was soon admitted and went through some diagnostic procedures, including submission of blood, urine and stools for lab studies. My hemoglobin came back normal and the color of my stools, as seen by the doctor, was also normal, so I was declared not to be having “melena”, as per provisional diagnosis of the attending doctor at the Casualty’s Triage.
“I was discharged after nearly four hours and was given prescriptions for meds and an order for an Endoscopy.
“The whole process went fast and uneventful and I thank God for the ease of getting seen by doctors and admitted and then attended to closely by the lady attending physician until I got discharged.
“That’s how good the health service is in Kuwait! And take note, I didn’t spend any single fils (cents). I only needed to show my Civil ID and a copy of a marriage contract.”