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24 Jun

Doing So Fine.. #grateful

at June 24th, 2014 by | permalinkpermalink | category Posted in Bohemian Rhapsody

Following the somber and gloomy last post, I have an update that I’m doing quite well. In fact, I feel over the moon. Although, I still have to be careful about my spinal condition but after almost 3 months of religious physical therapy, my nerve responds much better. The pain is gone, I hope it will be gone forever, and I have no more tingling sensation running through my right arms. Well, maybe occasional feeling of being poked on my right palm but it’s not bad. Not bad at all, compared to the pain I experienced 2 months ago. Enuff about my health, and let’s bring back the blue sky and the sun to this blog.

It should be a fun post about travelling, right? Well, I have tons of travelling stories to tell, and which I’m going to write about and post this week. Promised!

For now, let me share the latest project of emak-emak keren: Olen, Ade, Tesya, and Dina is previewed today on Republika, 24 June. Many tips on travelling with kids, from planning to calming “storm” during the trip.  Go and get a copy!

 

 

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21 Apr

April Fool’s

at April 21st, 2014 by | permalinkpermalink | category Posted in Bohemian Rhapsody

The clock says 3:12 am. I’m in Banjarmasin and in 12 hours I’m going to chase a flight to Balikpapan, then will continue on a road trip to Samarinda.

I’ve been trying to sleep in the last 4 hours but failed. I’ve been having difficulty to sleep since I’m diagnosed with  cervical HNP aka pinched nerve disorder on my neck on 1 April. April Fool’s Day. Anything but fool and fun. It’s more pain. To the max.

After series of consultation with two neurosurgeons and countless family discussions, we opted out the surgery and voted for a combo of acupuncture treatment and physical therapy. The treatment helped in reducing the pain level so I decided to start travelling again to test the water.

Armed with a small pouch jammed with medications, I thought I’ll be ok. Sadly, I thought wrong :(   Even though I tried to avoid lifting heavy stuff but it seems anything heavier than a piece of paper is too much for my spine. Almost as soon as I landed on Kalimantan soil the pain came back. The very next day, I started taking the painkiller again.

That reality bites deep. It brought me to tears again that my current condition will not allow me one more thing that is me to me: travelling. (The first cry was when doctors said I can not lift and carry my little girls.)  At least for awhile. I hope it’s only for a short while. Lots of prayers are raised for that.

I took a painkiller pill an hour ago and still waiting for the pain to step aside and let me rest.

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