Friday, 10 February 2012

The Gift of Life

Firstly, thank you for all the kind comments, for the prayers and the hope.

I wrote this about two weeks ago but could not manage the time and the opportunity to do so in the blog.

"At times like these we realize how fragile life is - how tomorrow can bring untold pain and sorrow and how each day has to be treated as sacred and precious.

At times like these we need to ponder on the complex and intricate design that God made of us and for us - a creation that can never ever be replicated by man.  This is God's gift that we often abuse and take for granted.  We look at the blue sky, the white clouds, the green grass and trees, the colours of the flowers and birds and we take a deep breath and give a silent prayer for what we see.

But often we neglect to give thanks for the body that we live in - how each breath we take, every drop of water we drink, every morsel of food we consume begins  an amazing cycle of life that runs through our lungs, the heart, the liver, the kidneys, the brain and all our innards - feeding and giving sustenance to our being on this earth.

Even the skilful hands of the surgeon that operated on Lely's brain and brought her back from the brink of death was God's own work.

Lely's stroke was not caused by high blood pressure but by a very rare congenital affliction called AVM  ( Arteriovenous Malformation), a tangled web of arteries and veins in the brain where a lot of blood is pushed through a concentrated area building up a pressure  and causing a stroke, aneurism and haemorrhage. 

Each year, 1 in 100,000 is diagnosed with AVM .  This year Lely became that 1 in 100,000.  She is one of those people I know who does not get  much of a fair deal in life.  But she's strong and she's a fighter.  In fact all her life she had been fighting against the odds."

We are now putting up in Lely's flat, helping to look after her beloved cat Moccha.

One evening I said to Moccha,  "Will you pray for your good friend Lely?"

I was told how Moccha sat sedately on the bed intently watching me at prayer and she moved her head up and down to synchronise with my movements.  After my 'Salam'  she moved and got down from the bed.

Allahu Akbar.  Allah  is everywhere.


Kama At-Tarawis said...

Semoga Allah memelihara kesihatannya.... may she get well soon...

Wan Sharif said...

I love this entry... life has been so masterly described that had I not known it earlier I would have believed that you are the one who is afflicted.. Instead of Lely. Your description of Moccha.. amazing.. may Allah bless Lely with fast recovery and bless you and yours with good health.

Anonymous said...

Salam Puan
Was at pasar Tek Kah on the 4th Saturday last week.Had tosai for breakfast.After the yummy tosai went to a few hospital looking for Lely or Lily.No patient with this
name said the hospital staffs.
May ALLaH bless puan n your love ones.Ameeeennn...


anak si-hamid said...

Puteri Kama and Wan Sharif,

May Allah bless you both for your constancy.

anak si-hamid said...


I'm touched by your 'searching' concern. Lely is at NUH and will soon be transferred to a Community Hospital.

Visiting rules are quite strict especially during the first 10 days.

I shall pass on your good wishes to Lely. And I was at Tek kah this morning (Sunday) enjoying tosay with Irene and Jai!

BaitiBadarudin said...

Salam Kak,
Exquisite post. So very sweet of you to rush all the way fr UK to SG to care for Lely. May Allah protect her and may she have a speedy recovery. Amin!

curio said...

Alhamdulillah, lely is recovering and she has u taking care of her and moccha and praying together with moccha. Oh NUH is so very near. is the community hospital. st luke? that's very near me. my late dad stayed there few times. very good service.
lely must be staying in the west.
been a lng time since i went to tekkah, with all the busy constructions there or i might have bumped into u.

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