THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Ekor Jantung?


I was blog hopping yesterday when I received a text message from Mrs K. She told me that Baby K had to be warded in Ipoh GH. Baby K was having high fever and since this little girl also has a hole-in-the-heart, the doctors feared there may be some infections and so she was warded for further tests.

My house is not that far from the hospital, so I was thinking of visiting them today. I have not met them for quite some time and I thought with them already here in Ipoh, it's a good opportunity for me to meet up with them without having to drive all the way to their home.

But today I was (and still am) coughing. It is not as bad as it was yesterday, but you know, once the "switch" is on, it's hard to stop. Just like in Makkah where one jama'ah starts coughing in Masjidil Haram, there'll be chain reaction where so many other jama'ah will also start coughing. It will probably be the same at the hospital. I don't want to be coughing at the ward in the presence of the little girl and other children (pediatric ward).

Since I wanted to avoid spreading more virus at the hospital's pediatric ward, I sent a text message to Mrs K, asking how Baby K was doing, and apologizing for not visiting, giving her my reasons.

After a while, Mrs K's reply came...

"Demam mlm baru blik dari buat ekor jantung"

I admit, I'm usually rather slow in interpreting text messages from Mrs K and her family. They are so used to using terms like "chat" in place of "sihat", "umah" for "rumah", "kem sam" for "kirim salam". Oh, you get the drift. I'm still the old timer who prefers to type in full although I am already beginning to change certain long words like "tomorrow" to "2moro" (trying to mengikut perkembangan semasa...)

Anyway, based on the above SMS, I suppose Mrs K either meant Baby K demam malam or demam semalam. And they just came back from... huh? Buat ekor jantung?

Did the doctors have to attach some tail-like thingy to the baby's heart?

What ekor jantung did she mean? Something like this maybe.... a heart-shaped tail?


Finally it dawned on me... duh! For Mrs K not to know it's excusable lah - she probably believed that the doctors/nurses literally meant ekor jantung.

They actually did a heart ECHO scan on the little girl. Sigh... why lah am I so slow today?!

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Naz said...

Kalau you slow, I super slow...hehe!

Queen Of The House said...

Hahaha, I tak slow, I tak slow, I got it!!!! Love the heart-shaped ekor kucing, though.

I pun tak tahan bahasa SMS. It always takes me a while to comprehend. I still type assalamualaikum in full. If I understand correctly, memang tak betul pun type something like a'kum because it will be read as "akum" and not as it should be. Wallahualam.

mamasita said...

I pun terpinga2 apalah benda tu..I know I dont read that much so I thought ni mesti I dah ketinggalan medical info somewhere!Phew!!

Kak Teh said...

Pi, I was goingt o comment dengan penuh seriousness, tapi that picture of the cat - he looks just like my Tabby - and ekor pulak berkentoi macam tu! So, habis inspirasi.

Lyana Mauseth said...

kak Pi,

errrr i tak paham :(...but the ekor kucing cute...dulu i pun tak paham bahasa sms but belajar terus jd terrer tp i pulak takut nak guna...takut org yg i hntr tu tak paham i tulis apa benda haha

Pi Bani said...

Slow pun slow lah... apa nak buat??

Agaknya tu pasal kita ni selalu terkial-kial nak jawab SMS. I pun never use "a'kum" - I'd rather use the word "salam" instead... at least makna tak lari.

Pi Bani said...

Hehehe... I think if I had spoken to Mrs K on the phone, I'd probably get it there and then, tapi bila hantar text message, dia eja pulak EKOR, maka terpedayalah I sekejap(and you too it seems)!

Kak Teh,
Habis inspirasi? Aik?? I thought cats give you inspiration?

Pi Bani said...

Laaaahai... ingatkan I dah cukup slow dah, rupanya ada yang jauh lebih slow dari I.

Actually Mrs K sent that message based on what she "heard" from the nurses/doctors. Tapi dia type EKOR jantung when by right it should be ECHO jantung. Bunyi kan serupa?

Faham sekarang? :)

Anonymous said...

p.s i wouldn't be able to interpret it either.... :P

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

you know whats great about reading jokes on the internet for example? you dont need to pretend to laugh and look intelligent if you dont get it.

hehehe...teman pun tak paham.

Pi Bani said...

After reading all the comments, I don't feel so slow after all... hehehe...

Muahaha! Seronok I baca ada orang yang jauh lebih slow dari I. If you still don't get it, please read my reply to Lyana. EKOR = ECHO.

Akmal said...

ECG abbreviated. Full name: Ekor-CardioGram? :O

Pi Bani said...

Cubalah time exam tulis gitu. Manalah tau kot kot dapat extra marks... lepas tu boleh gi makan sup echo pulak. ;)

ray said...

Komen Pak Malim kucing ray yg alim.

Siapa kucing yg ekor istimewa itu, kata Pak Malim sambil menggaru kutu. Ekornya sangat unik, kata Pak Malim sambil meminum tonik.

Pi Bani said...

Pak Malim,
Saya pun tak tahu milik siapakah kucing ini, kata Pi anak Pak Bani. Fotonya dari saya curi, kata Pi Bani sambil cabut lari!

Mat Salo said...

You and I are old school I guess. Kengkadng X paham apa orang tulih kat sms pakai short form. In Indo they lurrve joing words together: Dubes (Duta Besar), Satpam (Satuan Pengamananan - Security Guard laa tu), Dinas (Depatmen Nasional) and so on. So I have to nagivate a whole minefield here. Dah lah my BM hancus.. hmmm...

Anonymous said...

Salam Pi
I'm just passing by. Love reading your story.U know what? I'm back to school when it comes to sms language..learning it from my teenage daughters.

Bukit Merbah 77-81

Pi Bani said...

Mat Salo,
Aiseh, if people join words like that memang lagi jenuh le nak comprehend. I would probably have thought dubes was one obscene word...

I'm beginning to understand bit by bit lah the SMS language used by teenagers. But I still don't feel comfortable using them.

Monster Mom said...

MM lagi la lost...
Sori mori.. bab bab medical term ni mmg slow....
Banyak nya yg tak tau.. bila dah tau.. rasa byk lagi yg tak tau..

wanshana said...

Hehehe! This is so kelakar :)

Anyway, You're not alone. Everytime my daughter sends me SMSs, I would go, "Huh??!!" 7 rounds before I finally can comprehend what exactly she means :)

Pi Bani said...

Monster Mom,
Are you still lost? I pun tak le reti sangat bab-bab medical terms ni, tapi pernah le dengar ECHO scan apa bagai sebab selalu bawak mak gi hospital. Tapi bila Mrs K gi eja EKOR, maka I pun tertipu le seround... ingatkan kot ada medical procedure terbaru yang I tak tau!

Pi Bani said...

Nak comprehend their SMS satu hal, kadang-kadang pulak kita baru terkial-kial nak menjawab, depa dah hantar satu lagi SMS sebab menunggu our reply lambat benor tiba!!

Ida Hariati Hashim said...

Salam kak pi bani,

Saya selama ni dok visit blog ni jadi silent bila baca pasal baby masuk hospital, rasa terpanggil nak comment pulak..

Ekor jantung ke apa..rasa harap baby K sihat la..Kak pi bani dok ipoh ye..bestnya ipoh tanah tumpah darah ku..take care

Kama said...

Lah, lol... ingat apalah tadi ekor jantung! btw, ekor kucing tu glamour betul..:)

Raden Galoh said...

Akak... sy nak gelak jelah... mmg sy slow juga... hahaha

I need this joke to rejuvenate myself... hahaha

muah muah.

Pi Bani said...

Ida Hariati,
Weh, asal Ipoh mali jugak ke?

Baby K kena selalu gi follow up kat IJN. If I'm not mistaken she may need to be operated when seh reaches a certain age. Ingatkan she and her mother spared from HIV dah seronok dah lah, rupanya kena hole-in-heart pulak.

Pi Bani said...

Kak Puteri,
You pun tertipu juga dengan ekor jantung tu eh? I pun I think after 2 or 3 hours after getting that message baru terpikirkan ECHO jantung!

Pi Bani said...

Mak aih... ramai jugaklah yang slow rupanya! Now I feel much better... it wasn't just me that's slow. It's just the spelling EKOR tu which triggered our minds into wondering apa benda lah ni!! :)

Lyana Mauseth said...

haha kak pi..i mana lah tau menda2 ni semua...lega im not the only one yg tak dah paham le..