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Cooped and Cooked

It has been a week since I was discharged from SGH. I did not make any plans to go out as I felt my body needed more time to recover, and besides, any infection can easily send me back to the hospital. Even for the twice a week clinic follow up, I diligently put on a mask when I stepped out of the house. Mode of transport was mainly by taxi or my sister would give me a lift to avoid crowded public transport. My feet got tired, worn, and aching whenever I stood and/or walked for an hour or less – clearly a sign that I needed more rest.

I took the opportunity to catch up with some administrative work – outstanding insurance claims, updating my company and requesting for SAF Medical Board Review. My PES status review should due very long ago as my request via phone was done in September 2011. But there were no updates except for a SAF 264 Charge notification for not attending RT. I emailed my story requesting for waiver of charge and to expedite my Medical Board Review, the reply was so much faster with black and white. The charge was waived and the Medical Board Review was scheduled today. Would it be a clean discharge or just PES downgrade?

On some days, we help to baby sit my niece. Her energy level is, at times, too much for me to handle. Luckily, there was iPad 2 to keep her entertained with hours of Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Yesterday I rewarded brother and myself with pork chop with apples and onions, based on Martha Stewart’s Recipe. With my wrecked taste bud, I could only appreciate the texture of the pork and asparagus. Well, at least I enjoyed the cooking process, though tiring.

Being put on a 3 months home-cooked-food-only dietary restriction, the ability to cook will benefit me in many ways. I get to control what I eat, the ingredients and how the food is prepared. I know I cannot rely on mum forever, so the next best person to depend on is myself! I enjoy doing experimental cooking and trying out new recipes especially when mum is not around to supervise. Shall search for more interesting recipes to cook while I am cooped up at home!


Being a NSman, and now a leukaemia patient, I have to update the Army about my medical status for two reasons:

1. To avoid getting charged for not attending remedial trainings (RT).

2. To get a PES status downgrade.

The 2-page Medical Report (cost $89.24!!!) finally reached my hands last week, on 4-Oct, after some delay. I logged into NS.sg to book a medical review appointment, hoping to find a slot this month before I return for my fourth cycle. The month of October slots were fully booked but I managed to get one in mid-November.

Then I navigated to the “Book Non-ICT IPPT/RT/IPT” page and saw a notice:

“Please COMPLETE your 20 RT sessions by 29/10/2011, otherwise you will be subjected to disciplinary action.

That’s like I may face charges before my medical review appointment date! I ranged Mindef customer service for an advice and I was told to book an IPT on 29 Oct. I followed suit, but could not understand why, by booking IPT, I will not be charged.

Honestly speaking, I am not worried about getting charged as I have a valid reason with supporting documents. The Army will review my case separately, if not, my MP will.

Thinking back, at the initial stage of diagnosis, I rejoiced at the thought that I may not need to fulfill the 10 years of reservist and IPPT. Another case of blessing in disguised. Now as I understand my condition better, I am thinking I might have rejoiced too early – I may only get a temporary downgrade. Perhaps the Army is kind enough to dismiss any soldier who has recovered from a major cancer, giving him a new life? The decision lies in the hands of the Medical Review Board. Fingers crossed.