*Sniff sniff*

To quote an email I just sent out:

I thought my irritated throat had graduated to be a Degree holder in irritation; turns out it was actually gunning for a Masters in Flu. *Achoo!*

No, I’m not skipping work today, but I AM going to be bringing a box of tissues just to be safe.

Pei Lee needs our help

Original post here. Please note that Yvonne is posting as a friend to a friend. If you have any suggestions, please direct them to Yvonne, not me. Thank you.

I have a friend. Her name is Pei Lee. Like me, Pei Lee suffers from Neurofibromatosis Type II. I came to know her when my story was featured in Sin Chew Daily last year. Like me, Pei Lee is deaf in both ears and blind in an eye.

Except that Pei Lee is less fortunate. She comes from a poor background, with limited education. At age 28, Pei Lee is fluent in Chinese and speaks some Malay. Her last known job involved selling kuih in the wet market.

Two weeks ago, Pei Lee texted me saying the tumor in her cervical spine is acting up, making her legs numb. I advised her to borrow her MRI scans and medical report from the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. She tried, but the doctor refused. According to Pei Lee, the doctor simply wrote her a letter which I have not personally read.

Pei Lee wish to consult a neurosurgeon at private hospitals. Both of us have experienced removing spinal tumors in GHKL. We are aware of the poor quality of healthcare, especially those involving spinal surgeries.

This morning, I sent an email to someone who supported my cause not long ago. From our emails, I recognised him as a spine surgeon. The Heart4Hope products he bought online were mailed to the hospital. His reply came later in the afternoon. The kind man turned out an Orthopediatrician and spinal cord injury expert, but not tumors. He recommended me to a good friend, who is a neurosurgeon at another hospital, who may be able to help Pei Lee.

I wish to help Pei Lee save her spine, but then I came to another problem. How could she afford the treatments? Last week, Pei Lee asked if I could help her write an article to the press to request for donations. She can’t even afford the consultation fees. But I told Pei Lee the press does not work that way. They only help when your case has been ascertained, and a surgeon has decided to operate on you.

I’ve been thinking about her these days. RM60 (presumably) per consultation may sound like a small amount. RM1,000++ for a spine MRI is probably peanuts for some people. Yet I’m so baffled. How do I help Pei Lee?


According to my doc… I’m anemic. I’m also supposed to stay away from sugar.

Anyone have any suggestions? Sol’s already suggested things like eating two eggs a day (frying them in butter though), eat more spinach, etc. Anyone have anything else to suggest?

Thank you! 🙂



Higher than my usual pay, but I did pull in a lot of overtime two months ago.

Will be seeing a doctor during lunch. Not feeling too well, but no, I’m not taking another med leave. I may just ask for a referral.


Ok, I’ll admit I’m Malaysian enough to enjoy a good sale. Today was one of those days.

I love the waerhouse sales by DietHelm as they tend to sell branded goods that I really enjoy at a discounted price (anyone who’s shopped with me knows that I’m not really into all these branded stuff). So, today’s sale had several big names. I came away with this loot:

– Berri’s Orange Juice (I have no idea whether they’re really good)
– 3 packs of Oreos at RM 4 altogether instead of RM2 per pack
– 2 jars of chocolate spread at RM9 (total)
– Mon Cheri chocs @RM5

Now I’ll sleep as I puked after dinner just now and am feeling really tired. I just hope it was the chicken sauce I threw up just now and not blood. On another note, my cousin gave me a working FM modulator (so I’m now able to listen to my MP3 player in the car- YAY) and I need to cut my hair as it’s getting too long, heavy, and giving me migraines. -_-”