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yvonnefoong
28-12-2009, 04:06 PM
Hello Folks!

I am back home in Subang Jaya and resting. The surgery was a success. But the tumor grew by 1cm since May 2009 and in a direction where the surgeons could not see. The tumor was located at the left lateral ventricle within the cerebellum. They did their best and manage to remove all of it after 12 hours in surgery.

Because I was heavily sedated,it took me 24 hours after surgery to regain consciousness and responsiveness. I had seizures, the first time I ever had seizures after craniotomy, and experienced episodes of hallucinations. My hands were restrained because I kept pulling off the IV outlets and the strap that took my blood pressure automatically. All in all, I spent five days in the ICU followed by 2 to 4 days at the ward.

Everyone was so glad and happy when I woke up that even the Anesthesiologist who had seen me through surgeries since 2004 paid me a personal visit when my surgeon told her that I was doing very well. She had to see it for herself.

I am very blessed to have received a second lease of life and come out of this surgery with no serious neurological deficits. There are temporary post-operative side effects such as difficulty in speech production, a shaky equilibrium, poorer balance and visual disturbance. But these will go away as swelling in the corpus callosum subsides.

My friend Eddie blogged about my progress throughout my stay at the hospital to keep our readers informed. You can still view the posts hereL http://www.cooknengr.com/yvonne_in_la


Thank you for donating so that I can have my surgeries at St. Vincent Medical Center and with my doctors at House Clinic, L.A.

House Clinic is world pioneer in the treatment of Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Doctors with the skills can be found anywhere but experience coupled with skills and wisdom is another matter altogether.

My surgeons Dr. Gregory Lekovic and Dr. Marc Schwarts work with NF2 patients regularly so that when my circumstances changed all of a sudden, they remained undettered and could still do what was best for me. We only found out the tumor grew and became more difficult to operate the day before surgery when I had an MRI.

The surgery outcome is excellent considering the circumstances that we were in.

Thank you once again for the second lease of life!

ungkb
28-12-2009, 04:17 PM
Hi Yvonne.

Welcome back. :)

mick123
28-12-2009, 04:20 PM
hi, good to see you're back. a big and warm welcome home.

Ditto
28-12-2009, 04:28 PM
Welcome Back Yvonne ! It's such a relief to know the outcome.

Naka
28-12-2009, 04:30 PM
Miss Yvonne,

Welcome back & take it easy.

patrick
28-12-2009, 06:40 PM
I am happy you are back and feeling good. I am sure everyone is happy for you. Take care and warmest Regards.

zinglicious
28-12-2009, 06:48 PM
In true sense, you should Thank God are there are The Star paper, USJ .com.my/ and USA doctors and nurses who make this operation a success.
On the hand, hopefully you would be pivot to help promoting the donations for others in the same predicament. I believe people like Sentinel who have had been agressively starting the threads would like to see this trend would not have a full stop with your recovery.
You are alive for good reason and make full use of it. Godspeed. :) :cool: :)

currymee
28-12-2009, 06:54 PM
Yvonne, happy to hear that you are fine and everything went well - stay healthy and safe !!

Fang Su
28-12-2009, 07:09 PM
Glad that you are back, Ms Foong.

Zinglicious - With all due respect, just a 'welcome back' would suffice. There is no need to impose your religious and partisan convictions on others. Thank you. And I think it is particularly obnoxious to state "you are alive for a good reason....." Think about it. Thank you.


In true sense, you should Thank God are there are The Star paper, USJ .com.my/ and USA doctors and nurses who make this operation a success.
On the hand, hopefully you would be pivot to help promoting the donations for others in the same predicament. I believe people like Sentinel who have had been agressively starting the threads would like to see this trend would not have a full stop with your recovery.
You are alive for good reason and make full use of it. Godspeed. :) :cool: :)

QuietStorm
28-12-2009, 07:10 PM
God bless, Yvonne. Good to know you're back, as good as new. :)

zinglicious
28-12-2009, 07:30 PM
Glad that you are back, Ms Foong.

Zinglicious - With all due respect, just a 'welcome back' would suffice. There is no need to impose your religious and partisan convictions on others. Thank you. And I think it is particularly obnoxious to state "you are alive for a good reason....." Think about it. Thank you.

With the same due respect, who would be a better ambasssador to promote awareness and fund drive than Yvonne to help those who are in need? Now, that good reasons to be alive and tell others about it.

BTW, Some people are very religious, me ? I am just a mean person who dont believe in anything except what was inscripted in the greenbacks/ :)

Fang Su
28-12-2009, 07:36 PM
With the same due respect, who would be a better ambasssador to promote awareness and fund drive than Yvonne to help those who are in need? Now, that good reasons to be alive and tell others about it.

BTW, Some people are very religious, me ? I am just a mean person who dont believe in anything except what was inscripted in the greenbacks/ :)

Read what I have written and understood it first before trying to turn everything into a joke. I know you are mean and the rest of us are only average. After all, you have reminded us many times already.

Sorry Ms Foong. Did not mean to hijack your thread. My apologies. You can boil this potato any time!

:)

zinglicious
28-12-2009, 07:41 PM
Why do you think it is a joke to be alive to tell others about it? Or to carry a fund drive is no joke but can be fun and fulfilling ?
It is better to give than to receive and that is my belief , not religious though.
I am mean and I meant what I said - and it is aint a joke. :cool: :) :cool:

kpc
28-12-2009, 07:58 PM
I can't understand all this happiness.
All this while I thot heaven was a much better place than earth.....

mWong
28-12-2009, 08:18 PM
Good to have you back. Welcome home and all the best wishes for a fulfilling and healthy life. :)

SiangMalam
28-12-2009, 08:27 PM
Welcome back, Yvonne. I am so happy and glad everything went well for you. :D

fRaNkY
28-12-2009, 09:17 PM
:) Glad you r ok

cskok8
28-12-2009, 09:51 PM
Welcome back. Who did you kick? :D

locust
29-12-2009, 12:12 AM
Good to see u back, Yvonne. Season's Greetings & Happy New Year

kwchang
29-12-2009, 12:25 AM
...There is no need to impose your religious and partisan convictions on others. Thank you. And I think it is particularly obnoxious to state "you are alive for a good reason......
Main rule in a Forum, everyone is free to put up an opinion. If you thought the comment was to slanted, please send the member a PM (Remember Rule 2?) instead of getting personal with him/her and doing the mod's job.

SiangMalam
29-12-2009, 12:33 AM
Main rule in a Forum, everyone is free to put up an opinion. If you thought the comment was to slanted, please send the member a PM (Remember Rule 2?) instead of getting personal with him/her and doing the mod's job.Let me understand you correctly now Mr. Moderator, are you saying everyone is free to put up an opinion and even if the opinion is slanted, its OK? We just wait for other forumers to tell us through PM thats its not OK and if no PM comes, then everything thought to be slanted is actually straight then? :confused:

Thus, a post like this one a few posts earlier:

I can't understand all this happiness.
All this while I thot heaven was a much better place than earth.....is OK? If I understand correctly, he is asking why everyone is so happy about Yvonne's successful operation and he thought "heaven was a much better than earth"... its okay because no other forumers PM'ed him nor the moderator find it repulsive?

yvonnefoong
29-12-2009, 12:47 AM
Hello Zing,

We all do our part in making this world a better place. If you have been following my blog over the years and know me beyond this forum, you might be familiar with the efforts that I put in to assist other NF patients locally and abroad. But you sounded as if you were assuming that I do nothing else but solicit donations for my own surgeries.

Many of us do not publicize our community involvements and works, and we've no motivation to. We just do it and not waste time because people in need cannot wait for you to tell the world what you are going to do to help them.

In fact, within this forum are members who provide me support behind the scenes. They not only donate but go on hands and kness to help. But we don't mention it.

kwchang
29-12-2009, 12:51 AM
Let me understand you correctly now...Thus, a post like this one a few posts earlier:
is OK? If I understand correctly, he is asking why everyone is so happy about Yvonne's successful operation and he thought "heaven was a much better than earth"... its okay because no other forumers PM'ed him nor the moderator find it repulsive?
I have been on the thread since midnight and am tackling one post at a time. I am getting to KPC eventually ... why are you so impatient to tell me what to do?

kwchang
29-12-2009, 12:56 AM
I can't understand all this happiness.
All this while I thot heaven was a much better place than earth.....
KPC, I think you need a long holiday to think out what sort of messages your post conveyed. This thread is a collection of messages of happiness for someone whom we cared for and donated towards her surgical procedure. If you have nothing better to say, please do not say anything.

This is not picking on your recent comment but your record showed that you had been making a lot of insensitive comments in this Forum

SiangMalam
29-12-2009, 12:58 AM
I have been on the thread since midnight and am tackling one post at a time. I am getting to KPC eventually ... why are you so impatient to tell me what to do?
Don't spin it lah Moderator. Enough of all these pretences lah... I am off too.

zinglicious
29-12-2009, 01:42 AM
Hello Zing,

We all do our part in making this world a better place. If you have been following my blog over the years and know me beyond this forum, you might be familiar with the efforts that I put in to assist other NF patients locally and abroad. But you sounded as if you were assuming that I do nothing else but solicit donations for my own surgeries.

Many of us do not publicize our community involvements and works, and we've no motivation to. We just do it and not waste time because people in need cannot wait for you to tell the world what you are going to do to help them.

In fact, within this forum are members who provide me support behind the scenes. They not only donate but go on hands and kness to help. But we don't mention it.

Why do you think I sound like if you are not doing anything else except for yourself? Not being disrespectful, but me feel it is the honour to be alive by the grace of Gods with a successful surgery. Who would be a better person that you to kick on the 2nd gear for fund raising? BTW, I would not even want to post how much I would be donating to the old folks homes ( as the carmen fund was closed because the targeted fund was achieved ) despite the fact only a total of 5 chicken was bought from the usj forumers. But my heart feel good as I posted in the carmen thread that I had the unexpected windfall doing it. That is why I have said better to give than to receive. And I meant it was me! And surely I wouldnt wanna to publicise it because I have a mean look biut a mean old grumpy face.

Anyway, I dont know you well, or sentinel, or kwchang, but if anybody were to read my postings well enough, I am sure that no malice was intended. I just feel sorry that you have felt that way, though.

Like I have said, other people are just average - but I am mean - meant by what I said. I thank God that I am alive and kick up a storm here or with my food. Because it is a God given gift which I believe in giving back what I have had been taking from my world of experiences.

BTW, I am what I am as described by Jan Toamswaki and other forumers or customers. So mean at times you can see me holler from the kitchen right till the private Chef Room. :) :cool: :)

USJ27Resident
29-12-2009, 02:06 AM
yvonne: thanks for bringing some good news back to the forum for this years' end... all the best and get well soon... :)

yvonnefoong
29-12-2009, 07:47 AM
yvonne: thanks for bringing some good news back to the forum for this years' end... all the best and get well soon... :)


Your welcome! I am glad to be able to provide you all with this good news. :)

yvonnefoong
29-12-2009, 07:57 AM
Why do you think I sound like if you are not doing anything else except for yourself? Not being disrespectful, but me feel it is the honour to be alive by the grace of Gods with a successful surgery. Who would be a better person that you to kick on the 2nd gear for fund raising? BTW, I would not even want to post how much I would be donating to the old folks homes ( as the carmen fund was closed because the targeted fund was achieved ) despite the fact only a total of 5 chicken was bought from the usj forumers. But my heart feel good as I posted in the carmen thread that I had the unexpected windfall doing it. That is why I have said better to give than to receive. And I meant it was me! And surely I wouldnt wanna to publicise it because I have a mean look biut a mean old grumpy face.

Anyway, I dont know you well, or sentinel, or kwchang, but if anybody were to read my postings well enough, I am sure that no malice was intended. I just feel sorry that you have felt that way, though.

Like I have said, other people are just average - but I am mean - meant by what I said. I thank God that I am alive and kick up a storm here or with my food. Because it is a God given gift which I believe in giving back what I have had been taking from my world of experiences.

BTW, I am what I am as described by Jan Toamswaki and other forumers or customers. So mean at times you can see me holler from the kitchen right till the private Chef Room. :) :cool: :)


Zing, there is something I wish to share nevertheless.

I am pursuing a degree in Psychology aiming to become a Clinical Psychologist someday - a helping profession.

Within the helping profession there is an understanding.

We provide help and support to another person so that the person can be free to take care of him or herself. To enhance their quality of life.

When we help someone, it is always for that person's benefit. NOT so that the person can be altruistic or help others in turn.

The person who received help might pay it forward by helping others in the future, but this must come from the individual naturally or when the opportunity arises. It is not something for the helper to say or decide. For that would come across as hollier-than-thou and it may seem that the helper was not sincere.

This world is full of needy people and what we must do is help them gain the ability to help themselves. That is already good enough.

tbearer
29-12-2009, 09:40 AM
Hi Yvonne,

good to have you back.

glad that the surgery was a success. keep up the fighting spirit!

cheers.

jimmyay
29-12-2009, 09:56 AM
Welcome back & glad that you are fine.

Dear Yvonne, I see that Zing meant well in his statement. It is like encouraging someone that is good to do MORE GOOD. Is there some sort of misunderstanding that causes some fireworks? Someone in this forum say emoticon will help. Let's try that :)

And to other guy and gal in USJ forum, this is not the thread to pick a fight, GO ELSEWHERE PLEASE!! :mad:

rachel sj
29-12-2009, 10:27 AM
Dear Yvonne - welcome back & glad to know your operation was a successful one.

PDL
29-12-2009, 12:04 PM
Zing, there is something I wish to share nevertheless.

I am pursuing a degree in Psychology aiming to become a Clinical Psychologist someday - a helping profession.

Within the helping profession there is an understanding.

We provide help and support to another person so that the person can be free to take care of him or herself. To enhance their quality of life.

When we help someone, it is always for that person's benefit. NOT so that the person can be altruistic or help others in turn.

The person who received help might pay it forward by helping others in the future, but this must come from the individual naturally or when the opportunity arises. It is not something for the helper to say or decide. For that would come across as hollier-than-thou and it may seem that the helper was not sincere.

This world is full of needy people and what we must do is help them gain the ability to help themselves. That is already good enough.

Well said, I hope everyone can understand the essence of what selfless giving is all about.

Welcome back Yvonne and thank you for the good news.

umadavid
29-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Glad to have you back with us. Your testimony in church last Sunday was good for all of us to hear, ponder and digest and we all have to learn to thank God for everything in our lives. Your voice sounded a whole lot better and stronger, too. Although, this time you went through greater suffering and hallucinations after surgery, what matters is that you came out of it. You are a strong person, keep up your spirits as you continue your fight and continue your studies. God bless you. :-)

yvonnefoong
29-12-2009, 03:42 PM
Glad to have you back with us. Your testimony in church last Sunday was good for all of us to hear, ponder and digest and we all have to learn to thank God for everything in our lives. Your voice sounded a whole lot better and stronger, too. Although, this time you went through greater suffering and hallucinations after surgery, what matters is that you came out of it. You are a strong person, keep up your spirits as you continue your fight and continue your studies. God bless you. :-)

Thanks Uma. :) Maybe it sounded stronger because I also spoke slowly in order to make sure that every word came out as I intended. When I speak in a hurry after this surgery, I'd stumble ie. instead of watch I might say swash. But this will also go away once swelling in the corpus callosum subsides.

Did my voice shake? Because my body shook from within as I struggled to speak smoothly and accurately while standing up.

tupai
29-12-2009, 04:03 PM
:) :) :) :) :) :)

umadavid
29-12-2009, 11:59 PM
Thanks Uma. :) Maybe it sounded stronger because I also spoke slowly in order to make sure that every word came out as I intended. When I speak in a hurry after this surgery, I'd stumble ie. instead of watch I might say swash. But this will also go away once swelling in the corpus callosum subsides.

Did my voice shake? Because my body shook from within as I struggled to speak smoothly and accurately while standing up.
Your voice was firm and clear, no wobbles and you were very steady :)

bobkee
30-12-2009, 01:29 AM
:)

Glad to have you back, girl!

yvonnefoong
30-12-2009, 08:33 AM
Your voice was firm and clear, no wobbles and you were very steady :)

Yay! Glad to know.

Nick Chia
30-12-2009, 11:37 AM
What a amazing recovery ! Glad that you are back, God Blessed and have a Happy New Year .

AllUrban
06-01-2010, 02:55 PM
Welcome back to Malaysia, SJ and usj.com.my!

Looking forward to your presence again.

Cheers, m