Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Old Folks

Last month Dr Soma, Diana and Pui Yee (PHD student), me and other internees were visited Desa Amal Jireh and Persatuan Rumah Caring Kajang for our internship program. Oh and firstly, our internship program called Go Gold Project which 'Gold' means "Emas" which also means, "Warga Emas". So our project is going to the old folks, observing theirs nutritional status and give some advice or do something to help them improve their health quality. It took two weeks for the visits. We started the day off by gathering at campus and carpooled together to the old folks. I went in Dr Soma's car and the trip was going so fun as this is my first time going convo-style with those people especially my lecturer, Dr Soma.

When we arrived there, I was really blur and know nothing to do since I am the first timer (this was also my FIRST internship program). Glad that Dr Soma following us to guide and do all the registration things. After done registered ourselves, the manager brought us to their room and gave us a book of list of their details.Upon entering the door of the old folks room, all of them were stared at us. Its a bit scary but we managed to get along with them after few minutes. We explained about our intention on visiting them and we do some activities with them. They were so happy and enjoy each activities!  The activities were not only to observe their speed, stability and nutritional status but it also enable them to do some exercise to help them feel a bit fresh and active. Its like killing two birds with a stone work hehe.

Dealing with the old folks really needs a lot of patience and gentle. Not all of them are the same. Some of them would really listen to you, some of them would very stubborn do not want to do anything, some of them would getting very hyper and some of them would angry and bad mood to you out of nowhere. But with kindness and patience, they'll slowly learn to be comfortable with you. It took some time for us to deal with their attitude but glad that we managed to handle them. We also observe their nutritional status and found most of them are having diabetes, obesity and bone problems.  It is more sad when their own children do not care about them. Some of them have been staying at the institution for almost 15 years. Some of them also told us that they really miss their children but they cannot and do not know how to contact them. Sigh. It really breaks my heart.

The Gold bow for our project

The machine that we used to measure their nutritional status

Did not managed to take many pictures since we were too busy spending time with them

I learnt a lot from the visit. I'm the one that in charged to key in all their data and I realised how blessed I am after I met them who have much less than I do. Most of them are having serious diseases. The worst, they not only less in health, but also less in love. Always remember to thank Allah for what He given to you. I also learnt, happiness is not only about wealth, money, status but its about love. Not everyone in this world are lucky to get all the happiness. I pray Allah gives them the best in the hereafter, if not in this world. I pray Allah to keep me away from the neglect and forgetfulness of parents' deed. I also pray Allah to keep my parents and me (when I'm getting older) from such diseases. Amin.

After spending hours with them, we had to go home. We were very sad to leave them and they were also felt the same way. Everyone of them keep telling us to come back visit them when we have free time. We were also happy at the same time since they really enjoy every seconds with us. It was definitely would be an unforgettable experience with them.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Braces on!

Mission accomplished! haha okay this was happened 4 days ago, that one of my mission accomplished! I have always wanted to wear braces since my teeth got space between them for both top and bottom and if I don't fix the alignment, I might have problem in the future. I also wanted to work with the public meaning that I need to meet so many people, and because of that, Confidence is always the most crucial thing for me. I always feel shame or have no confidence to talk to people because of my teeth. I have consider about this for 3 years cause it is not that simple and easy thing to decide. First, the price, it is way too expensive especially nowadays when everything are freaking expensive. Second, my determination and willing. Would I willing to deal with the pain? Would I willing to take extra extra good care of my teeth? Would I willing to change my attitude to eat slowly and not to eat certain big and hard food? Third, am I patient enough to wait until I can take off the braces which it might take years? Hence, this is a very big decision for me. My dentist/orthodontist told me that I might only need braces for a year or year++ since I only need to closeup the teeth but I'm not getting my hopes up cause it might end up being longer than a year anyway haha. Surprisingly, my braces didn't hurt me and the braces mounting process was went really well. I don't have any tooth to be pulled, Alhamdulillah.

 It was uncomfortable and the feeling of having metal in my mouth was foreign. The dentist advised me to consume porridge for the first week but after my braces on, I was so hungry that I ate roasted mutton, rice and grilled fish at my father's friend open house. There's where the pain comes, it feels like pulsed but glad that its only took around 15 minutes after I stopped eating. Couldn't bite anything for days, but the ache slowly going away. 

 I'm still learning on how to smile with the braces on. Still feels awkward talking to people especially when I wanna laugh. I used to laugh very loud without covering my mouth and now I need to cover it or else I would looked extra ugly haha. Moreover, I also need to learn how to eat slowly cause I usually eat very fast and I always the one that finished the meal first but now I really need to eat like FREAKING slow omg what a torture haha.

I know I looked so funny and ugly but haha okay let's pray together for me so that I can remove this braces after a year or less than a year Amin haha. May Allah ease everything. Can't wait for the result tho!