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- How do I feel? : calm
Over the last 5 days, both Preston & I underwent surgery.
For Preston, his phimosis condition still showed no signs of improvement so his pediatric urologist confirmed that he would need circumcision. If not, he would have to continue suffering from infections at the foreskin (aka pain during urination due to an inflamed & swollen foreskin).
So last Friday, we checked into Mt Alvernia Hospital for day surgery. The senior staff nurse at the day surgery told us that the procedure would take max 30 minutes & the anesthetist said Preston would be sedated by breathing through a mask. To give our little guy credit, he remained calm & listened to instructions from the moment he changed into the hospital gown, right till they transferred him onto the operating table.
The moment he was sedated, I left the operating theatre & waited outside with Hubby. Preston was the youngest patient admitted for day surgery that day & he got a lot of attention from the nurses. They even thanked me for preparing Preston well as he didn't cry at all before the surgery & didn't show any resistance or anxiety. *proud mama moment*
Preston was very disoriented when he was roused from the GA & he cried. I think he wasn't in any pain due to the anesthesia but he probably felt scared when he woke up in an unfamiliar environment. He fell back asleep & was in a much much better mood when he woke up. 3 hours after surgery, we got the green light to head home!!!
Preston has been a real trooper these couple of days. The only painkiller he has been taking is paracetamol & the pain is now minimal. As his urologist advised, he has been walking/eating/playing/sleeping half naked since last Friday since he cannot wear any pants or even briefs. This explains why our front door is closed & all the blinds in the house are drawn down!
According to what I've been told & my own research online, his scab should start falling off at the end of the week. We have a post-op review with the doc this Saturday and I hope to hear good news!!!
In comparison, my surgery seems less serious. I needed to remove the remaining 2 wisdom teeth I had i.e. the left upper & lower ones. The operation took place last Saturday afternoon. My MIL stayed home with Preston while Hubby kept me company. The procedure took around 30 minutes too but it felt like the longest half-hour I have ever spent!
Dr Kumar worked fast though he had to use the drill many times to break my lower wisdom tooth into smaller pieces. I really find the whole experience very surreal as I could see & hear everything but couldn't feel anything in my mouth except for some pressure.
Post surgery, swelling didn't seem as bad as the previous surgery and I wasn't in pain due to the very strong painkillers prescribed. I can feel a slight dull ache in my lower jaw though and for some reason, wish soooo hard I can have some potato chips. Lol... I'm on medical leave till this Friday so it's a good thing cos both Preston & I have each other for company during our recovery.
So there you have it. 2 surgeries carried out over 2 consecutive days in our household. We had to turn down relatives who wanted to visit our new place (it's still the Lunar New Year period) and we felt very bad but no choice, it's really not a good time!
It has been a month since renovation started and things have even progressing well. Frankly, I want things to move more quickly. (I blame my impatient nature for that!) However, I know that certain things take time.
It has been crazy trying to schedule deliveries & fit furniture shopping into weekends. Coupled with Preston's weekly Berries class, we are left with precious time to settle as much as we could without taking leave excessively on weekdays.
Here are some photos...
And Hubby wasn't satisfied with the pillar at the corner and insisted that it should be removed. We left it to our ID to solve the problem & he did!
Ahhh, a "seamless" unobtrusive look from entrance into our planned living & study rooms.
Our vinyl flooring was laid on Tuesday, 17 September & the whole place looks much better!
We almost opted for tiles for we have old folks & a kid at home. Falls *touchwood* could potentially lead to a lot of medical problems so we went for vinyl strips. Laminate flooring, as experienced by us in our current home, tends to be noisy i.e. creaky & amplifies footsteps. So it ended up being our 2nd option.
Our window grilles were installed yesterday! Now I no longer have to watch Preston like a hawk when he goes to our new place. It's a sigh of relief especially he enjoys playing at the service yard.
More updates to come soon! I'm off to enjoy what's left of my Sunday.
It's been waaayyyyy too long since my last blog entry.
To my readers, if you have been faithfully visiting, i'm truly sorry that there has been a dearth of entries.
So what's up/new? For starters, we collected keys to our new place in mid July and since then, it has been a whirlwind of activities on weekends. We confirmed our interior designer (ID) on 5th August and we cannot wait for the entire renovation to be done.
Some of you who have been following my Instagram account has been asking me who my ID is and how we picked them. Well, i'm going to give a summary of our selection process and how we made our decision out of 3 contenders.
I'll like to think that we were fair & we invited all 3 companies/reps to our unit on the same afternoon. We told them our concept, needs and basically told them to come back to us with a quotation within a week.
#1 Interior File
This ID was recommended by Diana as she has used them for her current place. ID was very friendly and understood what we wanted. When we met up subsequently to view the quotation, he has even prepared 3D drawings for us. Score! We felt that he was sincere but disappointed that the so-called OEM "BLUM" system was just a simple soft-closing hinge. We were quoted around $50k for everything.
#2 Rezt & Relax
A well-known company and they even had good promos. ID was a young lady who also prepared 3D drawings for us when we met up to discuss the quotation. On that day, i was even nursing a bad throat and she made me warm honey lemon. Definitely a personal touch there which i appreciated. We liked the carpentry works' finishings and even managed to negotiate for BLUM kitchen fittings to be included in the quotation. The only problem was that the lack of chemistry between the ID and us. At some points during our discussion, she didn't quite seem to get our concept or ideas. I attributed that to her lack of experience as she was probably in her mid-20s. However, every client would have 2 IDs working together and we felt slightly assured.
A day after we met, they came back with a lower quote to try to win us over. The final quote (excluding flooring which they recommended we source ourselves) was only $37k!
#3 NID Design Studio
This is a relatively new company and one that we found after we googled for ID companies. Their name came up with numerous raves about their service and standards. So we dropped them an email enquiry. It turned out that the ID "assigned" to serve us was the boss himself. The initial quote was very high but after our meeting, the quotation was revised based on what we wanted and the pricing became very competitive with the initial quote by #2.
After we met #2, we decided to be thick-skinned and told #3 the price offered by their competitor (without revealing which company it was).
From then on, we created a slight price war between #2 & #3 with each trying to offer more perks to win our business. In the end, we decided on #3 despite the slightly higher quotation of over $40k.
1. Chemistry between us and Sam (the boss)
2. Sincerity. We could tell that he was genuine in wanting our business and he was very prompt in replying our emails and Whatsapp messages.
3. BLUM fittings and all electrical works are included.
The only request Sam had was to show our flat to prospective customers after he has completed the renovation. We were fine with this request and in fact, I think his company would definitely do a good job. Surely you'd want to show something you're proud of to potential customers right? :p
And that is how we wound up engaging NID Design Studio as our ID for our Punggol Nest.
Lesson learnt? It doesn't hurt to ask for a more competitive pricing as you are the client.
Renovation work has started 2 weeks ago and accordingly to Sam, everything should be completed by early October. We are targetting to start shifting our belongings from mid-October onwards and from November, we will be living in our new place.
Last Sunday, we made good on our promise to take Preston for water play at Bishan Park water play area. He had been asking to go again since our 1st visit but our doc told us to keep him away from swimming or water play for a couple of weeks.
Thankfully, the weather wasn't bad on Sunday morning. In fact, it was just sunny enough & windy! Perfect for some outdoor fun under the sun.
I didn't take any photos at water play but since I didn't post those we took during our 1st visit, I shall post those instead!
Exploring the sluice gates with Daddy!
I know... I play cheat but I really forgot to take photos of him at the water play area this time!!! *sheepish*
But this time, we remembered to bring his skate scooter!
Where did my baby go??? He's just so grown up now!!!!
And what's a visit to Bishan Park without trying out the newly-opened Grub?
Luckily, we arrived at 10.45am and there were only 5 groups ahead of us. So while we were waiting, Preston had an impromptu Science lesson about the plant life around the eatery.
We got a table indoors, for which I'm thankful cos i don't deal well with heat & humidity. Here's what we ordered!
The fries are for the little rascal!
Once Somebody saw the sugar coating on the churros, he couldn't even wait for me to finish taking a photo before taking a bite!
Overall, the food was ok. Not the most fantastic but I told hubby we must come back another day (evening time?) to try the burgers.
And that was a Father's Day treat for Hubby!
How did you spend Father's Day?