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Latest Drama For Me…Writing Is On The Wall!

Today I consulted 3 surgeons – 2 of them for a second and third opinion.

The third was my original doctor who gave an opinion that I felt odd as my shoulder pain is now affecting my left arm’s mobility. It is worsening day by day.

Dr Rugged was coarse in bedside manners. He was uncouth, no finesse but gave me an opinion that was 75% sound. He is frightened by my case as I am a doctor’s nightmare and did not seem brave to take me on.

Dr Man On The Street reasonated with me. We both got along, discussing the case. He got 100% in marks for me, explaining why I hurt, where it hurts and how it hurts. His consult with me took 1.5 hours.

I admire Dr Man On The Street’s intellect & I was not bored. I droned off after listening to Dr Rugged for 15 minutes.

Options were clear:

1. Inject into the joint a dosage of steroids and pain killers – not agreed as I am susceptible to infections. It may require a massive clean up on aisle 3 type mess. Both Dr Rugged and Dr Man On The Street including Dr Boey Wah Keong felt this was suicidal for me.

2. Remove the big bone spur that was tearing my tendon (original Dr Vet who saw me in hospital misdiagnosed my condition. He did not spot the bone spur)

Both Dr Rugged and Dr Man On The Street spotted this. Equal points here.

But Dr Man On The Street pipped Dr Rugged as he saw the massive inflammation surrounding my shoulder joint and how my shoulder droops more than normal humans. Another anomaly which works against me.

I gave 100 marks to Dr Man On The Street as Dr Rugged missed it completely.

What I Need?

I am physically too weak to undergo another surgery now. Plus I have urgent work matters to attend to.

Waiting is detrimental to my health as the tear will worsen and my left arm becomes immobile – frozen, which is a new complication.

Dr Man On The Street suggested I see him monthly to ensure I don’t go south and we both targeted to do this surgery during Chinese New Year 2020 when it is a slightly slower time for me work wise.

I am sad but relieved I now know my condition. I went back to Dr Vet and asked him same questions again now that I know what he missed. He still did not catch the bone spur or inflammation and or how my shoulder joint is different than normal humans.

I will be Dr Man On The Street’s patient. He is hired.

Dr Vet is fired.

Dr Rugged’s clinic building had a fire alarm drill when I was there and this was not a good omen to me.

I had to walk down 10 flights of stairs as it was on 10th floor.

I feel so like a boss!

January or February 2020 it is back to Bates Motel I go again. Sigh!


Definitely Top Sales Person!

A young guy from N. J. moves to Fla. He goes to a big “everything under one roof” store looking for a sales job.
The Manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?”
The kid says, “Yeah. I was a salesman back in New Jersey.”
Well, the boss liked the kid and gave him the job. “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”
His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it.
After the store was locked up, the boss came down. “How many customers bought something from you today?”
The kid says, “One.”
The boss says, “Just one? Our sales people average 20 to 30 customers a day. How much was the sale for?”
The kid says “$101,237.65.”
The boss says “$101,237.65? What the heck did you sell?”
The kid says, “First, I sold him a small fishhook. Then I sold him a medium fishhook. Then I sold him a larger fishhook.
“Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast,
“So I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft.”
“Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Expedition.”
The boss said, “A guy came in here to buy a fishhook, and you sold him a BOAT AND a TRUCK?!”
The kid said, “No, the guy came in here to buy Tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.'”🤣😂


Cat & Mice

A cat died and went to Heaven. God met the animal at the Pearly Gates and said, “You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.”

The cat thought for a moment and then said, “All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard, wooden floors… I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.”

God said, “Say no more.” Instantly, the cat had a HUGE fluffy pillow.

A few days later, 12 mice were simultaneously killed in an accident and they all went up to Heaven together. God met the mice at the Gates of Heaven, with the exact same offer that He made to the cat.

The mice said, “Well, we have had to run all of our lives… from cats, dogs, and even from people with brooms. If we could just have some little roller-skates, we would never have to run again.”

God answered, “It is done.” All the mice had beautiful little roller-skates.

About a week later, God decided to check on the cat… He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, “Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?”

The cat replied, “Oh, everything is just WONDERFUL… I’ve never been so happy in my life! My pillow is always fluffy and those little “Meals-on-Wheels” that You have been sending over are delicious.”

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Imposing Your Will Unto Others, No Matter How Good You Think It Is

We all have freedom of choices when it comes to the healthcare we need or things we can afford or require.

I write this post to explain how the Vegan Doctor could have done better in the management of my health care.

I have nothing against anyone who is a carnivore, a vegan or vegetarian or however one chooses to live their lifestyle.

There are umpteen types of diets out there for anyone. It is an each to their own preference or choice and whatever that works best for them.

I have read of keto diets, protein diets, carbs diet etc. Different participants of the diets have sworn by it and I am glad it has worked for them.

I am sure that each of these diets will apply to a respective individual who sees merits in it and most importantly, it can work for them.

My sister works for a vegan chiropractor and I have seen him for some of his pain relieving techniques which physio may not be able to assist – this is nerve pain relief.

Vegan Chiropractor does not impose his will nor beliefs on anyone like a zealot. Instead he educates and leaves the choice to his patients. I like and appreciate this approach, no forcing of wills or either this way or the highway attitude.

He is a kind soul and would always provide a bowl of vegetable soup for my sister’s lunch. I am told how lentils and beans make a tasty refreshing bowl of soup for lunch.

On the other hand, my Vegan Doctor went off tangent when he goes by the old school way of “I know best, you are an idiot and you do not know what you are doing” – I dislike this, but being brought up to respect seniors, I listened and left it, without ticking him off.

Perhaps it was also my fault for not telling him off. But I did not like to hurt his ego and I was not prepared then to migrate to another medical doctor for treatment.

His graduating cohort knows of his style and mannerism and also finds him odd as a doctor. What I dislike is how he mocks the obese or fat and flatters self for his slimness. He is disproportionate in size – his head sticks out like a brocolli spear on a thin as a rake frame.

I am not slim. I describe self as full or large, not morbidly obese!

I have always been fat since young and the only way to control my diet is to eat only 1 meal a day and not a big meal, mind you! A smallish one at best.

I share what I eat in a day.


3 tablespoons oatmeal

6 to 8 blueberries or 1 strawberry

No sugar and milk

I cup of Nescafe Gold, 2 tbsp non dairy creamer ( I am lactose intolerant)



3 pcs of crackers or oatmeal, again 3 tbsp



3 tbsp rice (brown rice)

Small piece of pork or fish

I do occasionally binge out when I eat a packet of economical rice without the rice, but just the cooked dishes or meet friends over satay, grilled pork or beef on a stick, dipping gingerly into the peanut sauce that is laden with calories!

My vegan doctor condemns fish or being “oily” and unhealthy.

Meats are death traps to him. I am old school brought up on the merits of good fish oils, eating some meat for protein etc,

If he had been a moderate, expounding the benefits of his diet and sharing like a kind soul, perhaps it will be more palatable to me.

I did try his diet of carbo loading and vegetables but it caused me to have sugar spikes and this is dangerous as it could lead to diabetes.

He claims that a diet of white rice with vegetables would keep diabetes at bay! I doubt.

I prefer to live and let live. No one knows their own body best than the person and his medical doctor treating him or her for current conditions.

As it is, my calcium level is dangerously low, Vitamin D is non existent as I work like Count Dracula, leaving my lair in the wee hours of the morning and returning home with the owls! My protein levels are low but I live with it.

It does more harm than good to impose one’s views on another!

Often times it just ricochets and hits a by stander or at worst ruins a relationship – professional or otherwise.

I sincerely hope that Vegan Doctor knows how to reign in his beliefs and work on cajoling instead of force feeding his will unto others.

His dwindling patient numbers are real.

I used to walk into a waiting lounge filled with patients and these days, I see at most 3.

The age profile of his patients are also rising, meaning, no self renewal process as the ones who stuck by him are those who has been with him since young and are now grandparents.

For his sake, I hope he moderates and through this methodology, offer more assistance than deterrence.