Tow Shung Tan's Journal
Written May 23, 2011 10:46pmDear family and friends,
Thank you so much for all your kind words, concern, support, prayers and most of all for all your love. We are both truly blessed to have such wonderful families and friends.
Tow Shung will always remain in our memories as a loving, caring, thoughtful, positive, strong yet gentle and kind husband, son, grandson, uncle, cousin, nephew, teacher, colleague and friend. His journey and positive outlook on life will continue to inspire us all.
Thank you again for all your love.
Take care and God Bless.
Written May 17, 2011 7:04pmDear family and friends,
Our beloved Tow Shung has left us to be in the arms of Our God. He left peacefully.
Thank you so much for all your support and prayers.
Written Apr 8, 2011 6:55amDear All,
I humbly apologize for being extemely tardy with the updating of this blog. I am not sure sure whether there is a component of tardiness associated to my laziness or whether there is a sub-concious block to my writing, as I just like everyone else, do not like giving bad news. And before anyone jumps into conclusions and gets ahead of themselves, let me say that there is the good news portion too.
Now, I have not updated this site in such a long time that it would be just impossible for me to do it chronologically and so I will just stay with updating with the most current stuff. Then if I can, I will try to go backwards in time and try to relive some of the memories of the past few months on paper (or rather on the computer screen).
One week ago, I had my ureteric stents changed to a more permanent stent. The procedure went pretty smoothly. The only symptom I had was for pain on urination after the procedure (dysuria), which is pretty common after such a procedure. Me and my big mouth about not yet having a urinary catheter placed, as being one of the procedures I haven’t had yet. Anyways, after a day of dysuria, frequency, things settled down.
The next morning, I woke up with a fever, and just as TY was leaving for work early in the morning, I asked her to feel my forehead as a rough gauge of my temperature. She agreed with me that I was hot, and true enough the thermometer confirmed that I had a high fever. Initially I was feeling not too badly, but soon after I was apparently thrashing with pain and a high fever. I remember only snippets of the next few hours, but I was fighting TY and my parents who were trying to get me admitted to the hospital to try to figure out what was wrong. Obviously, since I just had a procedure the day before, they were concerned about complication.
Anyways, I got to the hospital and got some antibiotics and was also diagnosed with chickenpox (varicella). So, I got to leave the hospital that same afternoon with anti-viral drugs, being quarantined at home so as not to pass the disease around.
The past week has been a little rough on me, as I continue to have high fevers daily. The chickenpox lesions itself were somewhat itchy but not too bad in itself. Thankfully the fevers are settling down, and the lesions getting crusted over.
As to my general health, there certainly has been a slow gradual decline. Quite a bit has happened, since my last post.
Currently, the big issue being I am currently off chemotherapy as we were not sure whether it was doing any good in the first place, and in fact was causing other problems. TY and I are both at peace with this decision and have not chemo since January. We are both trusting that God can work when all else fails.
Another issue is that my kidneys are not working very well. It is only functioning at about 1/3 of normal.
Please continue to pray with us as we go through this time of uncertainty, thank you.
I just wanted to share one last thing in this update. I saw this picture in the newspaper about a week ago of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan after the tragic Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Both of them were on their knees speaking to evacuees at an emergency shelter. I couldn’t believe my eyes initially when I first saw the picture. The emperor and empress on their knees??? I couldn’t imagine any other head of state that would have humbled themselves sufficiently to be able to be caught on camera kneeling and bowing to us mere men mortals. Wow… I was truly blown away by the humility of the emperor and empress and really respect them for it. It appears that I have much to learn about humility.