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Strokes, family, life…

Yes yes yes….its been a while since I’ve moaned my not-so-skinny post-baby arse- off about something but here it goes…..

How many of you out there are having a SHIT time as I write??  And by SHIT I mean seriously “I can’t look at my partner for one more minute” SHIT??  I know people right now who are experiencing SHIT on a different level to ever before.  Is it because we are older??? Is it because of our growing age that things have become more shit and people we care about are becoming ill?! Whatever.  We are growing old. Fact.

Someone pour me some wine and lets chat about this shit now.  While I’m still wearing incontinence pants (with my Spanx) and can remember the year i gave birth to accidental number 3 (yeh she was an accident, so what?!)…8 weeks ago for anyone who gives a rats arse.

I have experienced THE most horrendous crap in the past 12 weeks that would ordinarily drive me to a rehab clinic …. eventually…because I also fucking love booze (alcohol for you non english readers).

I’m moaning (again), as I have just returned for London after spending 6 days and nights with my Dad. He has suffered a major stroke.  My cute, adorable, flirtatious (with the nurses) Dad, has lost his sight and short term memory.  They don’t even think this is the BIG ONE.  Therefore…another stroke is lurking somewhere.  In the meantime, I have been sat in St.Georges Hospital in Tooting, London, trying to work out who’s his favourite child .  He tells us all we are his “favourite” but when my brother sneaks off to ring his local loan shark, Dad leans in and tell me “Its always been you beautiful”. Just to break my heart.  How did life suddenly become so fucking real?

I’ve not only left my 2-year-old crazy twins behind in the land of HK, but also my newborn baby girl who is now starting to call our nanny “Mummy” (I’m sure).  Living abroad is great but when the shit hits the fan and you need to get home, quickly, its fucking horrible. I couldn’t just jump in my car and head  straight to the hospital.  No. I had to wait 24 hours for a free flight back home (Airmiles) that didn’t break the bank, so I could see my Dad.  He had a stroke.  And now, he can’t see and can barely hear.  His current state means, he’s confused, scared and wondering where he is.  He also asks all the time “Where are my wife & kids?”  We are there every day…..but his short-term memory has gone.  This is a man who used to party hard and owned a well know restaurant for celebs back in the 80’s and 90’s.

I know it seems my blog has turned into a site of doom and gloom recently and if anything, encourages people like me to moan my arse off and drink even more.  I am so fed up of being told to rein it in when I have a drink.  Or told that i “embarrassed myself” the night before after 15 bottles of White wine on Tesco Special (they don’t sell Tesco here btw). Whatever! People, friends and always family, I DONT GIVE A SHIT.  It has been one of those tough years where one must rise up, dust your maternity pants off, and start again.

Im so done with apologising for how I need to live my life to people who really don’t care about me.  I’m a fabulous mum, I  whip my domestic helpers arse non stop (legally of course) so that we are all doing our jobs properly and are happy with it. And I get on with them great too.  I’ve heard some HORRIFIC tales but this is not what this tale is about.

Today…I had an insight into the meaning of life.  It’s this (and listen closely)…..enjoy every fucking minute.

Don’t fight over the small immaterial things like laundry, shopping (I HATE shopping btw), messiness…etc. Do not sweat the small stuff. Live your life as if it were your last day.

No more complaining, no more fights over car journeys, lost kids backpacks,/shoes/suncream/washing/cleaning/tidying (everytime I leave the kids with the Captain, something goes missing!?)……lets just go for it Mums and Dads. Lets try and make this shit work.  After all…. this is what we always wanted right?  Family, fella, fucking…..kids?!

Sorry…..im clearly depressed but thank you for all your lovely messages & words of wisdom. Ive ignored them all and decided alcohol in the evening is better than any medicine.  Vodka ANYONE SW HK ISLAND?!!!  Email me and I am there…with bells on … and a Filipino driver I stole from some rich arsed wanker who lives on The Peak (posh expat area up in the hills of HK).

 

 

ps. Doesn’t the surgeon in the clipart above look like he’s rolling a spliff?

When it rains, its really pisses down

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I am sooo fucking angry right now.  Thanks to months of catching coughs and colds, as well as various other viral illnesses from her playgroup, my gorgeous little girl (AKA “the favourite” according to The Captain), is in Hospital. This, I believe, is all thanks to some arsehole of a mother taking her sick child to playgroup and infecting my entire household.  Not only is Favourite child ill, but so is my son and newborn baby (who we keep forgetting about as she’s soo quiet. oops).

Why do some people think its acceptable to just rock up with their sick toddlers and infect everyone around them?!  It’s really pissed me off.  Not only that, but we have been in and out of hospital & Doctors, for the last week, until my daughter was admitted yesterday.  Where are we?  The Matilda Hospital, in a VIP suite as they’d run out of normal rooms.  If it was just me in hospital, this would actually be a welcome break from the chaos of my home, but as it’s for my little girl, I’m gutted to be back here. Plus I can’t sit around drinking wine to pass the time as I doubt the Doctors will approve of my parenting skills (although my daughter would have hours of entertainment because I’m clearly hilarious when drunk).

Those of you who live in Hong Kong will no doubt be aware of the prescription medication that is given freely for any ailment.  I personally like to ask for as many sleeping pills, painkillers and Valium as I can get before they cut me off.  In fact, I’ve even made up claims of depression, insomnia and emotional issues of various kinds just so I can get the legal drugs.  Hey, its my life so stop fucking judging me!  However, when it comes to our children, us parents tend to err on the side of caution.  Things like drink driving with the kids is a big no-no (unless you’re in a rush and forgot to pick them up from school), feeding them out of date food and refraining for slapping other people’s children if they upset yours on the playground.

Anyhow, when our daughter began getting symptoms of a bad chest infection, I went to see our local GP, who is great. She prescribed some antibiotics but asked to see her again in a couple of days as her oxygen levels weren’t up to scratch. Well, by that evening, her temperature had shot up to over 39.4 and after shitting myself, I drove us both to the Hospital in our PJ’s….. me in a silk negligee with maternity jeans and my daughter in her Cinderella PJ’s with matching tiara (what can I say, we like to make an entrance).  All joking aside, the poor little tinker was in a terrible state and the Doctor on call ordered X-rays which confirmed her serious chest infection.  The following day showed no improvement and we ended up back at the Hospital to see their pediatrician on call.  Nb. As it’s the Easter Holidays, everyone has buggered off in HK and our own paediatrician (Dr Thondup – who I love & is a bloody good laugh) is away until next week.

So, in walks this “pediatrician” (I write him in quotes as I’m not quite sure if he really was, because he was complete and utter shite). This guy, who was approximately 15 years old (ok, 35) and dressed from head to toe in designer gear (the Dolce & Gabbana logo printed across his shirt was a big give-away…so fucking tacky)… really annoyed me from the minute he opened his gob.

For a start, I couldn’t understand half the crap that was coming out of his mouth because he kept talking about case studies and basically quoting things he had clearly just studied from books. His accent also resembled Fraanks from the film, Father of the Bride.  I kept asking him to repeat what he was saying as it just wasn’t making any sense to me and for a while I thought I was just being a dumbass for not understanding. He then started to explain to The Captain & I (while our twins ran around causing havoc and trying to break anything they could get their hands on), what he thought was wrong with our daughter.

After approximately 45 minutes of him  droning on and using the word “OK” during EVERY single sentence, I stood up and said I needed to go home.  The Captain, in the meantime, looked at this Doctor and after his long diagnosis said, “So…errr… I’m confused. What exactly is wrong with our child?? Does she have asthma, pneumonia, an infection?! What??”

T he Doctor decided this was now a time to start drawing diagrams and asked the Captain if he had done biology in school.  What a fucking twat.  By this stage, the twins were going insane with boredom (as was I) and we had no faith in this guys diagnosis.  He then prescribed antibiotics (knowing full well our daughter was already on a different batch given by our GP), as well as then telling us, she would be at risk going home because her lungs could collapse.  Basically, this absolute imbecile scared the shit out of us.  We left the hospital and vowed to run if ever we got that idiot again.

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We then went home and sat watching our daughter like she was a ticking time bomb that could go off any minute.  I also got fuck all sleep that night and was ready to start using all my prescription pills if necessary to numb the pain, as alcohol was out of the question in case I had to drive to a Hospital again.

The next day, I went back to my own GP and within 30 minutes of her doing normal tests associated with chest infections (checking oxygen levels, taking swabs for influenza etc), she was on the phone to a top paediatrician (Dr Mark Chan) and had us admitted into hospital that day.  What a wonderful lady and a true professional. She did not scare the crap out of us, like the idiot we had seen the day before. Nor did she start drawing diagrams and talking about case studies performed in the US back in 1968.  She spoke in layman’s terms and I knew we were in safe hands.  If I was a lesbian, she would definitely be in my top 5 shag list.

The moral of my brief tale. Get a second and third opinion if something doesn’t seem 100%. Just because they are Doctors does not necessarily mean they are always right (negligence cases prove that) but also as a parent, go with your instinct.  We are now getting the right care in Hospital and my little girl is starting to recover her strength thanks to an IV drip and oxygen.

I on the other hand, will be needing some serious booze and drugs to recover from this latest episode.

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Useful Emergency Doctors, Hospitals, Clinics

Emergency Private Hospital Numbers

  • Adventist Hospital – 2574 6211  – 40 Stubbs road, Happy Valley
  • Canossa Hospital – 2522 2181  – 1 Old Peak road, Mid-Levels
  • HK Baptist Hospital – 2339 8888  – 222 Waterloo road, Kowloon Tong
  • Matilda Hospital – 2849 0111  – 41 Mount Kellet road, The Peak
  • HK Sanitorium & Hospital – 2572 0211  – 2 Village road, Happy Valley

24 hour Emergency Doctors

DOCTORS DIRECT 6506 0250 

Mobile medical practice with Expat doctors offering home or office visits.

16/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Email: info@doctorsdirect.com.hk

* Call out charge is approx. $2500 HKD

Clinics

BYRNE, HICKMAN & PARTNERS 

Byrne & Hickman are a Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre with practices spread around Hong Kong.  They have a number

of international doctors working for them, all highly qualified Physiotherapists.

Central 2526 7533 

Room 201 Dina House, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

Admiralty 2521 3531 

Shop 106 Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Shatin 2604 4388 

Rm 621-622, 6/F Citylink Plaza, No 1 Railway Circuit, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

DRS NICHOLSON & ASSOCIATES 2525 1251

Room 402B New World Tower , 18 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong

 

DRS OWENS, TRODD & PARTNERS (OTP) 

Practice of Ex-pat and o/s trained Doctors, incl specialists – OB/GYN, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist  (female doctor available) 

Central 2521 3181 

5/F Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong

Wanchai 2824 9112 

Room 1501-3 Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Repulse Bay 2813 1978 

Shop 205 The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay

New Territories 2719 6366 

The Bay Practice

1/F Razor Hill Dairy Farm Shopping Centre, Clearwater Bay Rd

Kowloon (TST) 2367 3011 

Room 608,  6/F Hong Kong Pacific Centre28 Hankow Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon

Discovery Bay 2987 5633 

Shop 108, Block B, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery  Bay, Lantau Island

Southside Family Health Centre 2592 9000 

1/F, 2H, South Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

DR SALLY FERGUSON 2824 9112 

Obstetrician/Gynaecologist

Room 1501 Shiu On Centre, 8 Harbour Road, Wanchai

DR RAYMOND YIU-TUNG FOK 2882 7199 

Chiropractor

5/Floor Room 501-503, McDonald’s Building, No. 46-54 Yee Wo Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

http://www.spinehealing.com

DR DESMOND FUNG 2868 9393 

Psychiatrist

Suite 17, 1/F New Henry House, 1 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

DR David Ho  2523 7998 

Specialist in Otorhinolaryngology

Ear, Nose & Throat Centre of Hong Kong , Room 811, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

DR STEPHEN HUI 2526 5556 

Paediatrician

Unit 602-603, Fairmont House, Admiralty, Hong Kong

DR Y. Y. KWOK 2523 9515 

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Room 531 Central Building, 11 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong

DR RONALD LEUNG 2523 5995 

Dermatologist

Room 610 Tak Shing House, 20 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR WENDY LO 2530 3800 

Family Medicine Specialist

Room 2002, 20/F Eubank Plaza, 9 Chiu Lung Street, Central, Hong Kong

DR IAIN MacROBERT 2526 9120 

Opthalmologist

Room 1419 Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR ROBERT MIDDLETON 28690789

Gastroenterologist

Room 501, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR JOSEPH PANG 2526 7633 

Paediatrician

Room 901 Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong

 

DR LOUIS SHIH 2810 7888 

Dermatologist

Room 1102, Manning House, 48 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR JOHN SIMON  2521 2567 

Specialist in Internal Medicine

1501 Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR ROBERT STEVENSON 2537 7281 

Gynaecologist

13/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong 

 

DR MICHAEL TSANG 2523 3941 

Psychologist

Unit A, 10/F On Hing Building, Central, Hong Kong

 

DR NORRIS TSANG 2525 0178 

Ophthalmologist

Unit 401 Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong

DR SHELL FEAN WONG  2368 2333 

Obstetrician/Gynaecologist

Femina Health 4D Ultrasound Prenatal Diagnosis & Treatment Centre,

Suite 706, Grand Centre, 8 Humphrey Avenue,  Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital 11 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, NT 2689 2000 24 hours
Caritas Medical Centre 111 Wing Hong Street, Shamshuipo, KLN 3408 7911 24 hours
Kwong Wah Hospital 25 Waterloo Road, KLN 2332 2311 24 hours
North District Hospital 9 Po Kin Road, Sheung Shui, NT 2683 8888 24 hours
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, HK 2595 6111 24 hours
Pok Oi Hospital Au Tau, Yuen Long, NT 2486 8000 24 hours
Prince of Wales Hospital 30-32 Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, NT 2632 2211 24 hours
Princess Margaret Hospital 2-10 Princess Margaret Hospital Road, NT 2990 1111 24 hours
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 30 Gascoigne Road, KLN 2958 8888 24 hours
Queen Mary Hospital 102 Pokfulam Road, HK 2255 3838 24 hours
Ruttonjee Hospital 266 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, HK 2291 2000 24 hours
St. John Hospital Cheung Chau Hospital Road, Tung Wan, Cheung Chau. 2981 9441 24 hours
Tseung Kwan O Hospital No. 2 Po Ning Lane, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O 2208 0111 24 hours
Tuen Mun Hospital 23 Tsing Chung Koon Road, Tuen Mun, NT 2468 5111 24 hours
United Christian Hospital 130 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, KLN 3513 4000 24 hours
Yan Chai Hospital 7-11 Yan Chai Street, Tsuen Wan, NT 2417 8383 24 hours