Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010


Early in the morning, on Friday the 13th last month, we drove through our usual route to the hospital. Chubby kid was due to have her bronchoscopy done on that day. In preparation, her last meal was the night before and her last drink of water was only about 20ml at 7am. We were promptly in the day care unit of the hospital before 8am.

After the usual pre-op procedure, we accompanied chubby kid to the operation theatre. I held her hand and we walked in together. She had absolutely no idea what would happen but I was very proud of her for being brave. I had never seen the inside of an OT before, apart from a few seconds of blurry recollection during my emergency caesarian. I had certainly never seen anyone being put under general anesthesia before, apart from myself that is. Chubby kid was knocked out one second after being injected through IV. That was fast. I had to leave her after that.

Some 40 minutes later, we were brought back to the outer room of the OT to bring chubby kid back to the day care ward. She was still unconscious and continued to sleep for another hour.

Upon waking up, she was not yet allowed any drink for another further 30 minutes. Hunger seemed to be showing in her although she was quite taken in by playing with the toy kitchen in the ward. When she finally was allowed a drink, we gave her a bottle of milk and then some custard and rice pudding. She was then discharged after a short discussion with the doctor, who said they did not find anything alarming. Thank God she was her normal self with no side effects showing after that. My worry though, is that she has to continue taking her weekly antibiotics till October. Can that be good? :-(

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux is yet another town located by the shores of Lake Geneva. A direct train journey from Lausanne to Montreux takes approximately 20 minutes and a return train ticket costs CHF20.40 per adult. Once we arrived at the train station, we headed straight towards the direction of the lakefront. The view that met us was superbly magnificent.

We could even see the snow-capped Alps some distance away.

A pretty flower arch with the lake and Alps in the background.

There are lots of hotels, flats, apartments all along the lakeside.

Breathtaking view of the mountains.

Amazing view of the lake. The water was so crystal clear that I was very tempted to jump in for a dip.

This is where the water from the mountain flow into the lake.

Our aim of visiting Montreux was to visit the Chateau de Chillon.

It was quite a distance from where we got to the lakefront. We could actually take a train there but we chose instead to walk by the lakefront and marvel at the view of the lake, of people swimming, sunbathing and having picnics. I looked on with envy, regretting that I did not bring my swimming suit along. There were lots of people even along the walkway.

It took us slightly more than an hour to walk there, so I estimated it to be about a four kilometres walk. An hour's walk was actually nothing much for us except that we were under extreme hot and bright sun, with an estimated temperature of about 33C at least. Mind you, just 30 hours before that kind of hot and bright sun hit us, we were under cool and cloudy weather of 18C in Liverpool.

As we walked along, the Chateau de Chillon appeared nearer and nearer.

And finally, we got there.

And then, we walked four kilometres back again under the same hot and bright sun. Hmmph... talk about determination of seeing one old chateau. Altogether, we must have walked more than 15 kilometres that day. I remembered myself falling asleep some seconds after my head touched the pillow that night.