How are you feeling today? Hope everybody has a great weekend and ready for a fresh new week tomorrow :).
Just a quick update, I am in Algiers, Algeria now. For those who is uncertained on the location (I was one of those previously :P), Algeria is one of North African countries. Located in between of Tunisia and Morocco.
At this moment I am still staying at a hotel, until admin found a suitable apartment for me. So, below are pictures of my current nest, Hilton Hotel Algiers.
I have been here since 11th July 2011. My trip was postponed for few times due to some business and also personal matter. At first I was supposed to come somewhere in May, postponed due to project request. Then 04th July, also postponed due to another project request in KL. My trip was then scheduled on 08th July.
On 07th July evening, hubby received call from his mom saying that ayah (my father in law) was not well. We immediately packed for 3 days 2 nights, told maid to get ready, me put whatever important to bring for my trip (which I had quickly decided on my own to postpone to uncertain date).
We reached Muar around 11.30 pm. Ayah looked very pale and thin. We went back somewhere in June, he was in better condition at that time. Mom was waiting for his brother, Ayah Man, to come, trying alternative ways to help ayah.
In the meanwhile, I made a call to Algeria. I asked my PM for postponement. Gladfully, he agreed. I changed my flight ticket from 08th July to 11th July early morning. Then I quickly sent emails to my local manager and travel agent for necessary arrangements on my flights etc.
The next morning, ayah still refused to eat. We tried to persuade him to take his oat and water. I asked hubby to pull ayah, and let him sit in front of me, hoping it would be easier for him to eat while sitting instead of laying down. It did help. Ayah managed to finish 1/2 bowl of quaker oat, drank almost 1 cup of water/tea.
That afternoon, hubby and his brother, Aloy fetched Ayah Man from Kluang, around 1 1/2 hour drive from Muar. Me & the kids just stayed at home. Went out to Guardian to get ayah Enercal Plus. That evening hubby & Aloy brought back hospital bed for Ayah. It would be easier for mak to feed ayah.
Saturday morning we moved ayah to his new bed. He looked fine. Able to eat and drink. When I asked, "Ayah, do you want to drink?".. He would nod. After finishing his cup of drink, he would say, "aaa..." Ayah Man massaged ayah for 3 days in a row, and his condition became better.
Sunday morning we went back to Shah Alam, after ensuring that ayah was in a better condition. He was eating and drinking more than we first arrived on Thursday night. I kissed his hand and cheek before we went back home. That very night, I left for Algeria.
I arrived in Algeria around 7 pm Malaysia time, it was 12 noon in Algeria. After traveling more than 15 hours, my room was not ready. I waited for almost 1 hour, before asking the receiption again about my room. The moment I get into my room, I was so exhausted. I arranged all my stuffs, cleaned up, and ready to get online. I spent around 4-5 hours sitting on my bed, checking the internet speed, getting frustrated on my netbook!!, then knocked off.
The next morning, Tuesday, before I left for office, on my very first day, hubby called me. He said ayah could hardly breathed. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance. Again hubby, kids and maid rushed back to Muar. Ayah was admitted to ICU, put on life support machine. Doctor said ayah also had diabetes, which none of us was aware of. He was put under observation for 5 days. Only Allah knows my feelings at that time. My prayers were always with ayah, hoping for the best for him.
Wednesday before lunch time in Algeria, around 6 pm in Malaysia, hubby called me. The doctor asked for consent to stop ayah's life support machine, less than the expected observation time they had given earlier. I know how hubby felt at that moment, but both of us understand, maybe that was the best for ayah. He had been illed for quite sometimes.
After Maghrib 13th July 2011, ayah left us forever. He was surrounded by all his beloved families. His wife, children, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. I wanted to go back. I spoke to my boss, wanted to speak to my PM. But hubby said don't need. He is fine, insyaAllah he could manage with the help of others. Alhamdulillah Allah bless us with big families and caring relatives.
Ayah that I know, was a sporting father. He used to spoil his kids with whatever that they like. After we got Irfan and Syasya, he often bought them clothes. Everytime we go back to Muar, there must be something he bought and kept for them. Not only for them, he even bought me a sweater. Whenever mak is having hard time with my maid, ayah would be the one to calm her down. Thinking of ayah, reminds me of his baju melayu. Every year, alhamdulillah without failed, we prepare him a pair of baju melayu for Eid. And for this year, his baju melayu is still with tailor.
Now ayah is no longer with us. InsyaAllah, he is at a better place now. Although I was not next to him when he dies, but I am glad that I had chance to see him before I left. I am glad that I had chance to feed him, I am glad that I had chance to kiss his hands, I am glad that I had chance to kiss his cheeks. Al Fatihah for arwah ayah!!
Loc: Algiers, Algeria