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Dr Boey Wah Keong

on November 24, 2013

I cannot remember if I met Dr Boey through whom. But he is a fantastic anaesthesiologist.

I was ignorant of the role of an  anaesthesist till I was enlightened by a few short words by Prof Fong Kok Yong ( this is why I hugely admire Prof Fong. Simply said, no baloney but saying as he meant it) ” he/she is most important person during any surgical procedure. He/she defines if you live or die”

It then dawned on me how Michael Jackson died. Yoicks! My light bulb with thanks to Thomas Edison lighted in my brain box!

I have met many anaesthesists. But none treated me with follow up care like “Uncle Boey” – yup, I prefer to call Uncle Boey as he is an elder and much experienced.

Humbly dressed always and with a kind disposition, I am comfortable in his care.

Uncle Boey, unlike most if not all anaesthesists I have met and gone to sleep and woke up with ( hello get brains out of gutter here haha…surgical table remember!!) does not disappear after surgery is done.

He continues to follow up with me till my discharge. Others saw me a day before or hours before a surgery to ask a few questions and then POOF!! DISAPPEARS like David Copperfield. πŸ™‚

Uncle Boey is good and careful throughout and I appreciate it. When I had corpectomy done, he explained that with my neck in such a vicarious situation and if the tube to be inserted into my throat was not done deftly and carefully, I would be paralysed at that point. Surgery would then be unnecessary!!

I remember someone whom I thought was a good friend and mocked me on hearing this, saying I was making it all up ;-(

Uncle Boey ticked this good friend off and for once, this good friend was tongue tied πŸ™‚

Well, you would have guessed, good friend became casual friend and now friend in absentia ha ha….so much for friendships or relationships….hence my cynism on friendships!

Back to Uncle Boey. I saw him on Saturday. I got a call from his clinic. I had asked Uncle Boey to study my MRI and CT Scans. I had wanted to know if I could avoid an upcoming surgery on my spine. “Unfortunately not” said Uncle Boey “and the sooner you do it, the better for you lest you lose the nerve and have permanent pain despite surgery”

So, it is back to the chopping block for me. Bravely or Afraid….I am numbed from emotions. I do not know what to feel anymore.

All I know is I will be in hospital on Boxing Day and will not be out for a month ;-(

I hope it is going to be uneventful and less painful than the one I went through in 1992/3. Now that was a bummer!

4 responses to “Dr Boey Wah Keong

  1. JC says:

    Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when I googled Dr Boey Wah Keong. He is my anesthesiologist and pain doctor. I absolutely agree with you that he is a fantastic doctor, extremely assuring and kind. Ever since I found your blog, I have been enjoying it. You wrote with such great sense of humor and your courage is inspiring. I have been through 2 major spine surgeries and 14 minor surgeries, nothing like yours. I admire your high spirit and reading your blog daily gives me a sense of encouragement. I am not sure how much more pain I have to endure on my neck and lower back. Though I may sound a little sadistic, I am glad I found you. I hope you are doing well and no more surgeries to come. God bless! I too find it fascinating that we both tried meditation almost at the same time.

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Hi JC, I am so happy you found my blog! I am glad to give humor as life can be a challenge so what better way than to laugh it away and share it. I have another surgery coming but not ready physically for it now. I am honored and happy I gave you encouragement and strength! Never ever give up and fight for mobility always! I am very blessed to have found Dr Boey! Perhaps we may catch up with him sometime πŸ™‚ Do continue reading and I am especially glad you read my blogs.

  2. JC says:

    Thank you for replying my comment. I am not just reading your blog but I am addicted to it 😊 Do know that you are an amazing person and a fantastic writer. Cheers!

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Ha ha! I can assure you that I have no antidote for addiction to my humble blog. But I do have blog therapies! Enjoy then & thank you kindly for your encouragement & comments. Take care & know that we are all treasured beings always πŸ™‚ Happy reading JC!

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