Monday, October 31, 2005

Belated Japanese Birthday

Yesterday I was out with the chicks for break fast at this Japanese restaurant..err..Motomiko? Something like that..at OU. Heydeq was already back at her hometown and Alia could only made it after break fast. So there were 5 of us:


From left: Me, Munirah, Ina, Lin, Shareenee

Besides our annual break fast session, apparently the outing was also to celebrate my birthday, (belated rather, but it doesn't matter). So sweet!

Everyone at home are enjoying the Americano cake..thanx you guys! *muax*

Saturday, October 29, 2005

It's Hari Raya fever!

Referring to my previous post regarding office raya decoration competition.. Along with about 20 other colleagues stayed up til 4 am getting our office nicely done. Fuhh..it has been a while since I slept that late.


10 pm -12 am In the early process of decorating

12 am - 2 am House is being build

2 - 4 am Half way through

4 am The 'Bersamamu' concept is done! ;)

We had a whole lot of lights and raya cards hung, which I forgot to take a photo of :D At the entrance to the office was decorated according to the Deepavali theme, which I also forgot to snap. Sorry! But hey, we had a real banana tree!

In case you don't realise, we had drapes hung on the ceiling (check out the 2nd pic). The main attraction is of course the 3D house with a TV in the middle of the house that acts as a window. We froze a visual of an old lady looking out of the window, as if waiting for her family to come visit.

Regarding the IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT by the Media Prima CEO. It turns out on that day, last Thursday, they officially took over NTV7. He wanted the staffs to be the first to know. How sweet..hehe! Hope it doesn't affect our bonus or payrise :P I guess as most of you have read in the papers, Media Prima has monopolized all private TV stations in the country.We were told not to be arrogant but stay humble. Very nice man that Abd Rahman.


Abdul Rahman Ahmad (right) with another nice man, Media Prima chairman Datuk Abdul Mutalib Mohamed Razak

It's Raya season. Hope everyone will have a great time ahead and drive carefully ;) As for me, I'll be spending my Raya right here in KL, since most of my relatives are around here. My granny's just a kilometer away ;)

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri everyone!
Maaf Zahir Batin..

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Teh tarik pool

Yesterday I was SO free at work until I was counting the hours to go home. Mer fetched me at 5pm and just when we got on NKVE, we were stuck. I thought maybe it's because of the rain, or people leaving for their home town or maybe an accident.

It turned out to be bumper-to-bumper aaalllllll the way. What usually took us 10 minutes took an hour. It was frustrating especially for Mer who was driving manual.

When we were reaching the Bukit Jelutong exit, the plus officials redirected traffic to the flyover leading towards USJ/KLIA/Putrajaya. When we looked down to see the cause of the detour, I was amazed to see a huge pool of teh-tarik! Flash floods from the earlier downpour.

Our plan to break fast at my place was cancelled and went to Subang Parade instead. But it's not all bad. Mer managed to do some Raya shopping ;)

Today I will be more occupied than yesterday, thank God! I couldn't stand the boredom. Media Prima CEO called for all staffs to assemble at the lobby for an 'important announcement'. Hmmm...this is perculiar. This has never happened (since I worked here) coz announcements are usually made through e-mails or memos. I hope it's a good news...please make it a good news. Hey, it should be right? He wouldn't wanna call for everyone if it's no good.

I might be spending the whole night at the office, decorating for Deepavali and Raya. There's this inter-company competition going on for the best decoration. The judges will be judging on Friday and as of this morning, nothing is done. Furthermore, the theme is Songket. Where the heck are we gonna find bargain songkets to be used as drapes?

Monday, October 24, 2005

My day at the castle

I've always dreamt of being a princess, living in a castle, wearing a large gown with a crown, ballroom dancing with my prince (that's the effect of disney movies overdose).

Last Friday I had the chance to step foot in a REAL castle. Referring to my previous post, I was in Kuala Kangsar for Al-Kulliyah. Only when I was there that I knew it was done in the castle's compound.

We had some time to kill while waiting for break fast time. So one castle-person brought us around the castle. We didn't tour the whole place though. We were brought to the 'singgah sana', where all official royal events take place, like the pertabalans and such (I'll upload the picture soon). I was mesmerized *_* Yellow, gold, everywhere!


Mastura, Farah Adeeba and mua

Break fast took place at the 'Dewan Santapan', a HUGE dining hall that can accomodate thousands of people. There was about 200 people that time I guess..TV3 people, important government people and invited Al-Kulliyah audience.

We had our break fast at one side of the hall. Nice food! Jelly, cucoq kodoq, kuih pelita, bubur lamboq..yummm!While break fasting, I got into conversation with one lady who was sitting opposite of me. She was friendly, sharing stories about her family and such. She has sons who studies/d in MMU too (Saturday afternoon Dzayed called saying that that was his mommy...what a small world!).

We were half way enjoying our food when there was an announcement for all ladies to move to the surau for maghrib prayers. We (myself, Mastura, Farah and Zakiah) are entitled to 'jamak' our prayers, so we thought we could join those who can't pray and continue eating.

Soon we realised all ladies have left the table but us and all the men were staring at us (I think the prince was too). Imagine the embarrassment! So we hurried out just in time before the men start leaving their table. Apparently it is the adat for all ladies to leave the table be it period or not.

We were brought to the other side of the hall for the main course. Uuh..tomato rice with meat, prawn, chicken...yummm..

We planned to leave for KL right after dinner (although there was Isya' prayer, Tarawih and light drinks after that). Much to our dismay, we were instructed by the bosses to stay till the end because 'the prince wants to meet us'.

When we did attend the teh-tarik drinking session, the prince didn't even meet us! We were tricked into staying..hmph! We ended up reaching TV3 at 12.30 midnight.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

having mixed emotions, I am

I was ecstatic when I received this news from my colleague: My work was acknowledged by one of the top people in TV3 (not the Dato lah :P). I didn't even know she (yes, she) knew my name. You know, being a normal-ranked employee and such. Oh, I felt motivation building inside!

I'll be off to Kuala Kangsar this Friday for a day trip with 3 other people. We were requested to attend the live broadcast of Al-Kulliyah inconjunction with Nuzul Quran because the Raja Muda and Raja Dihilir will be there. I not quite sure what our roles are actually..hmm..

Tonight I discovered I was forgetten by people close to me, again. Sad but true. I still managed to laugh about it the first time it happened. But second time in a row? I don't find humour in it anymore. It's like being pinched. Do it once would be like being bitten by an ant. Do it again, ouch!! Ah well, at least I wasn't disregarded in the end.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Setar city

Phew...5-6 hour drive to Alor Setar with the TV3 van was tiring! But what to do, we were told to save the company's money *$igh*

My respondent over there was a 42-year-old man whose heart enlarged about 4 times the normal size and filled his whole chest. It was amazing to see his pulse beating so hard. Check it out on Medik TV - 19 Nov. Yeah, long break.

It was one of the most emotional shoots I've done so far. Here's what happened:

The anesthetist met the patient and wife in the ward to brief him on every single detail of what he'll go through on the day of the surgery.

He mentioned everything:
They'll stop his heart, get the machine to breathe for him, he'll feel 'little' pain (from a scale of 1 to 10 = 4), he'll have a tube in his throat when he wakes up and a lot more.

While the doctor goes on and on, the couple held hands. The patient nodded along the way and had a smile on his face occasionally. Just as the doctor turns around to leave, he grabbed his wife.


They hugged and cried..

I almost cried over there and I almost cried again when I previewed the tape. Got my colleague, Ina, to see it and she cried! The fact that we caught that on camera and it's one of real life experience, it's amazing..

They had a reason to be extra worried. The operation was a high-risked one. It was no ordinary heart bypass but a heart valve replacement. They put mechanical valves inside his heart so that it can function normally.



Technician and me



Me with another 'teddy-bear'
The surgery lasted for a good 6 hours. We were tired and hungry but can't stop til work was done. Good thing the surgery went well and the patient turned out ok.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Brain soup

Check out this an article in Metro Ahad (2 Oct 2005) about my story on Medik TV. No mentioning my name, hmph!

Peluang saksi bedah otak
Oleh ASMIZAN MOHD SAMIRAN (although 75% taken from my script)

SEMALAM, seorang kenalan memberitahu penulis, dia lewat tiba di lokasi berkumpul bersama beberapa rakan sebelum berkonvoi ke Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil bagi menonton perlawanan akhir bola sepak Piala Malaysia antara Selangor dan Perlis.

Ketika ditanya apa membuatkan dia terlewat, dengan selamba dia memberitahu, dia leka menonton rancangan Medik TV. Rancangan episod kesembilan untuk musim keempat pada hari itu memaparkan rawatan tumor (ketumbuhan) otak.

“Melalui rancangan itu, saya pertama kali melihat bagaimana tempurung manusia dipotong dan seterusnya visual otak berdenyut. Lebih mengerikan apabila pakar bedah mengeluarkan tumor dari otak pesakit ketika otak berdenyut,” kata rakan penulis.

Bermula jam 5 petang, selama setengah jam menonton rancangan berkenaan, rakan penulis mengakui kecanggihan teknologi memungkinkan segala-galanya dan setidak-tidaknya dia mendapat maklumat berguna mengenai permasalahan tumor otak.

Namun, apa yang rakan penulis rasakan jauh berbeza daripada apa dirasakan Go Hong Lang, pesakit tumor otak yang pada mulanya langsung tidak menyedari ada ketumbuhan di otaknya.

Episod ‘mendebarkan’ Go, 65, bermula dua minggu lalu apabila dia tiba-tiba hilang keseimbangan badan dan terjatuh ketika melakukan kerja rumah.

Akibat insiden itu, dia dibawa keluarganya ke Hospital Pakar Ipoh bagi mendapatkan rawatan dan ketika merujuk kepada Pakar Perubatan Saraf, Dr Zakaria A Kadir, beliau mengesyaki Go menghidap angin ahmar.

Bagaimanapun, pemeriksaan lanjut yang dilakukan mendapati ada tumor di dalam otak warga emas itu.Sebagai langkah awal, Go diberi rawatan terapi dan perlu mengambil ubat-ubatan.

Namun seminggu selepas itu, Go tidak menunjukkan perubahan positif.

Go masih sukar mengimbangi badan, malah dia juga mengalami masalah koordinasi, penglihatan dan pendengaran akibat tumor di otaknya.

Tanpa menunggu lama, Dr Zakaria merujuk kes Go kepada pakar bedah otak, Dr Fadzli Cheah Abdullah kerana Go memerlukan pembedahan segera.

Dr Fadzli berkata, ada 126 jenis ketumbuhan otak, yang mana kebiasaannya ketumbuhan itu berasal daripada sel otak.

“Bagi kes Go, dia ada empat tumor yang terletak di tiga bahagian berasingan di otaknya dan kes seumpama ini jarang berlaku,” katanya.

Dr Fadzli berkata, ketumbuhan yang ada tidak masuk ke dalam otak dan keputusan pemeriksaan menunjukkan ia boleh dibuang.

Katanya, risiko pembedahan pada tangkai otak antara 20 hingga 30 peratus. Oleh itu, hanya bahagian yang berisiko paling rendah akan dibedah dan beliau berharap dapat mengesan jenis ketumbuhan di otak Go bagi memberikan rawatan sesuai.

Selepas sesi diagnosis awal bagi memastikan keadaan pesakit, Dr Fadzli memutuskan Go wajar menjalani pembedahan untuk merawat penyakit tumor otaknya.

Kedudukan

Untuk proses pembedahan, kaedah ‘craniotomy’ iaitu pembedahan membabitkan pembukaan sebahagian kecil tempurung kepala bagi membuang tumor di otak, digunakan.

Keputusan CT Scan juga digunakan bagi mengenal pasti kedudukan tumor. Namun, pakar bedah masih sukar menentukan bahagian terbaik untuk melakukan insisi bagi mengeluarkan tumor dengan mudah.

Disebabkan itu, sistem berkomputer canggih dikenali sebagai Image Guided System yang menghasilkan imej 3D dari pelbagai sudut digunakan, sekali gus membantu Dr Fadzli merancang prosedur pembedahan dengan teliti.

Yang pasti, penggunaan sistem itu banyak membantu kerana ia mengesyorkan bahagian otak yang terbaik untuk dibedah bagi mengeluarkan tumor dengan mudah.

Pada masa sama, sejenis alat dikenali sebagai ‘Mayfield’ digunakan bagi menstabilkan kepala Go kerana pakar bedah perlu memastikan tiada pergerakan kepala berlaku ketika pembedahan.

Langkah persiapan turut membabitkan imbasan kepala pesakit menggunakan alat pemancar ‘infrared’ yang membantu menghasilkan imej kepala dan keadaan otak pesakit.

Ketika proses pembedahan dimulakan, pesakit diberi bius dan tebukan, kemudian dilakukan dengan alat drill (gerudi) dikenali ‘high speed craniotome’ sehingga membentuk sebuah lubang.

Dalam keadaan otak berdenyut, otak Go didapati membengkak dan memenuhi bahagian ruang dalam tempurung disebabkan tekanan tumor yang tumbuh di dalam otaknya.

Merujuk kepada pemeriksaan CT Scan dan Image Guided System, tumor dianggarkan terletak kira-kira tiga sentimeter ke dalam otak.

Pakar bedah menggunakan kaedah pembedahan dikategorikan sebagai ‘minimally invasive microsurgery’ kerana kawasan terbabit sangat kecil dan memerlukan pakar bedah menggunakan mikroskop yang mempunyai kadar penglihatan berganda.

Selepas menggunakan kaedah itu, Dr Fadzli berjaya mengeluarkan tumor pertama yang kelihatan seperti batu, diikuti tumor kedua dari bahagian depan otak.

“Permukaan tumor yang keras menandakan ia mengandungi kalsium,” kata Dr Fadzli.

Tempurung kepala Go ditutup semula menggunakan besi dan skru titanium yang terbukti selamat jika dibiarkan pada badan pesakit buat selama-lamanya, selain tiada kesan sampingan.

Secara keseluruhan, Dr Fadzli menyifatkan pembedahan selama dua jam itu berjaya.Katanya, walaupun berjaya mengeluarkan tumor dan sel otak tidak normal, masih ada kemungkinan wujud semula tumor pada bahagian sama.

“Yang mustahak, kita nak tahu jenis tumor itu. Ada jenis tumor yang tak tumbuh balik. Terpulang kepada jenisnya.

“Kalau barah, lagi teruklah dia nak jadi balik. Namun tumor yang ini, insya-Allah tak tumbuh balik,” katanya.

Sehari selepas pembedahan, Go beransur pulih dan hasil uji kaji terhadap tumor yang berjaya dikeluarkan menunjukkan ia bukan barah.

Sebagai peringatan, tiada garis panduan untuk mencegah tumor otak.

Sebagai langkah keselamatan, anda perlu jalani pemeriksaan doktor jika kerap diserang sakit kepala, epilepsy (sawan), kekejangan otot dan tidak sedarkan diri, gangguan percakapan, kesukaran menggerakkan kaki dan tangan serta hilang ingatan ke atas hal terbaru.

Tanda lain ialah kemerosotan proses mental, hilang penglihatan, terutama penglihatan periferi, hilang daya imbangan, terutama jika ia dikaitkan dengan sakit kepala, lemah atau kebas sebelah badan dan gangguan ingatan atau perubahan personaliti.