Swimming at Lovina Beach

I and my husband have been invited three times to come to Singaraja. The invitations were for a wedding ceremonies and a blessing ceremony for the newborn baby. Those were the wedding of my husband’s cousins in Singaraja, they are brothers. The first wedding was held for the younger brother then the ceremony for the newborn baby, and next was a wedding for the older brother.

The wedding was held in Balinese tradition and it was a sacred ceremony in a lifetime. We wished our cousin and his bride to be happy and to have a long-lasting marriage. I also would never forget the moment when I was married to my husband so I believed for everybody, a wedding ceremony would be a tearful yet full of happiness moment.

Because of the wedding was held in Singaraja, it took us about 2 hours to get there by motorbike. When we arrived at Singaraja, I didn’t want to miss the chance to swim at the Lovina beach as well. The journey made us pass the hills from Tabanan and then arrive at the northern seashore of Bali. Bali beaches on the north are very calm with small waves, unlike the southern beaches. So I was brave enough to swim there. It was a great moment to swim at the calm sea without being afraid of the big waves. Of course, you had to be able to swim if you wanted to swim in the sea. I even tried to dive from the dock.

Well, I really enjoy swimming in the northern Bali sea. To me it’s a precious moment. However, before I got married, when I was still in relationship with my husband, we also reached to the north Bali, to Git Git Twin Waterfall then Lovina beach. Yeah we had swum there once before we got married. It is because my husband who told me that he used to swim there when he was on the job training at Pizza House Restaurant.

Between swimming in the sea and in the swimming pool, I think I like it swimming in the sea better than in the pool. But to get access to the calm sea in the north is such an effort. There are some other foreign tourists who swim in the sea besides me. Most local people don’t swim at Lovina beach. Maybe Indonesian people prefer swimming in the pool and when they go to the beach they play on the seashore with the sand and the waves.

Always bring your bento and drinking bottle to the beach

Happy holiday!

And I feel terribly sorry for some Indonesians who underwent a natural disaster Tsunami in Anyer, Banten and Lampung. May God always be with us. Keep being strong.

❤️ Intan Rastini


Free Spirited American Volunteers

I always love to have volunteers from the United States of America because I adore the country, the freedom, and liberty. So when American volunteers come, it is very delightful to me to ask them about anything related to their country. The first American volunteer that I got at the learning center is Ian Alfaro from Hawai, but his family is from Mexico so he is also a Mexican. He is a surfer anyway and he brought his surfboard to our learning center, he did surf at Balian Beach.


Next, I met a couple from Washington, USA. They are Lisa Beck and Daniel Kirkpatrick. They are married with three children, their oldest son is in the same as me. I also asked them to be my American parents, and they said yes. They are very nice and kind. Once they asked me about teaching my sons English then I said that my sons had a speech delay, they cheered me up and Daniel told me a story about some different animal, for example, a rabbit, a snake, a chicken, a bird, a fish, a frog who are taught to swim, to fly and to walk. In the swimming lesson, none of them can swim except fish and frog. Next, in the flying lesson, none of them can fly except a bird, even the chicken is hardly fly. At last in the walking lesson, none of them can walk except a chicken, the rabbit jumps and the snake slithers.

He said that the moral story was every child has his own skill and ability timing, so I shouldn’t worry about the speech delay happen to my sons. It is a very heart-warming story that ever given to me to cheer me as a mom. In fact, Daniel and Lisa are education consultants. So they work to train people, to train students, to set or design a school program and so on. They also run an international school. Daniel also an Aikido practitioner, so he taught the kids and me about Aikido. It is totally a coincidence because I am truly interested in Aikido since a long time ago I watched an actor who practiced Aikido because it is the only martial art that is used to defend yourself not to “attack”. And yes it is true Aikido is the harmony of energy.

Although Daniel and Lisa are old and ugly (hahaha this was Daniel idea) but they are really fun and adventurous! Then after Daniel and Lisa, there was Shannon Breslin from Chicago. She works at California right now. She was just graduated from university when she came volunteering at our learning center. She has a cheerful and positive attitude. Shannon loves to play soccer, she is really sporty. Once I ran with her in the hills and she could keep going running uphill and downhill faster than me. I told her that she’s got log slim legs like a horse! Haha she is indeed tall. When we ran together she was afraid of the dogs barking at us and she used me to cover her LOL!

Thanks to Hannah Spencer from NZ who took this picture

After Shannon, there was an adult volunteer who works as a speech therapist and as a secondary school teacher (I think it a high school). She is not really American because she is a Russian who moved to the USA. Her name is Laura Kovalenko. She is a yoga enthusiast too! Like me. We have the same interest in exercise and workouts, the difference is just she can do difficult yoga poses while I still can’t hahaha. I have ever consulted about my son speech delay and she advised me very well. She is very open and friendly. The way she taught the kids make me learn how to teach better. I even invited her to come to the English lesson of my private student and we played continuing story with the dice. Laura lives in New York! Yeah, New York my dream city. I want to visit NYC someday, I will just call Laura to pick me up from Ellis Island. Laura said that the statue of Liberty is close to her home. Wow!

Who is going to be the next American volunteer that I would meet at the Learning Center Eka Chita Pradnyan? I don’t know, we’ll see. From them, I got many souvenirs. It is funny because Shannon and Laura gave me the same thing: bracelet. Shannon gave me a brown mosquito repellent bracelet while Laura gave me a white bracelet. And they almost look the same braided bracelet! Just in different colors. Daniel and Lisa gave me the most things that I really like: American Magazine! Besides that, they also gave me a foldable magnifying glass and mechanical flashlight (without battery but using our muscle to turn on the light) for an outdoor activity. Even more, Daniel wrote me a credit as an English teacher! Thanks a lot for the gifts, I will keep them and remember you always in my heart.

💕 Intan Rastini

Post-tonsillectomy Journal

Continuing about my tonsillectomy story…

Oh, before and after the tonsillectomy surgery I consumed Ricola candy from Janin sometimes.

This journal is based on my own condition and should be remembered that everyone’s condition is different to each other.


Friday, March 2nd 2018 The day I was discharged from the hospital

Lunch for the second time: KFC Cream soup + dipped Garlique Fun Fries to the cream soup

Double soft bread dipped in milk

Dinner: KFC cream soup (the seasoning was quite strong though)

Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Dipped double soft bread to milk

Sun baby puree (red rice) + milk

Rice porridge + half cooked boiled egg

Sunday, March 4th 2018

Eat rice porridge+carrot+bean+chicken+bandeng presto+half cooked egg. I ate this menu 4 times for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dinner again.

Dipped double soft bread into milk

Dipped Biskuat chocolate crackers into milk

Monday, March 5th 2018

I ate Sun baby puree (red rice) and drinking milk with dipped cookies as breakfast

I attended the test for a job appliance in my village office but I could still speak a little in a low voice.

Lunch: Sun baby puree (mung bean) and then I ate tipat cantok with bean sprout and boiled spinach/gondoh.

Dragon fruit (fruits really made my throat itchy)

Dinner: rice porridge + chicken + meatballs

My voice was getting clearer at night.

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 The day I visisted Otolaryngologist.

My post surgery condition is good.

On the way home from the hospital I stopped by the minimarket and bought some snacks because I was so hungry at lunch time. I ate Pop Mie or instant noodle in a cup and a corn puff snack which was soft and easy to be melted on my tongue.

Wednesday, March 7th 2018

My throat is still a little bit aching and I felt something lumpy when I swallow or drink.

I ate wafers and soft rice (cooked in rice cooker with a lot of water).

Thursday, March 8th 2018. A week after the surgery.

I ate rice. That’s the only thing that I wrote on my calendar.

Friday, March 9th 2018

I visited the dentist in Puskemas to have my tooth cavity fixed. It was quite scary to open my mouth widely. Since I needed to keep my mouth open, there is some saliva accumulated in my mouth but I had difficulty to swallow it spontaneously and quickly. I was surprised at that time that I needed more time just to swallow my own saliva.

After I got home I ate nasi kuning with spicy sambal. Yeah, I could eat spicy thing on this day.

Saturday, March 10th 2018


I attended Ratih’s graduation ceremony. I ate fried fries and burger. And then at lunch time I ate spicy Balinese food called “nasi ayam campur“. Spicy food agaaaiiiin….

Sunday, March 11th 2018


my family and I visited Oma Trudy van der Madden House. And we ate mini Oreo there. Oma and Opa offered me ad my husband Bintang Beer, but we didn’t want to drink. Then we bought fried chicken on our way home as take away.

I started teaching again on Monday, March the 12th. Eleven days after the surgery.

It was still such and effort to talk loudly especially to the students in the class. I really couldn’t shout. And because I was kept talking because of explaining the lesson, my throat felt dry in some way. I needed drink a lot of water whenever I had to speak more intensely.

I tried to eat fruits. Unfortunately on March the 14th eating rambutan is very worse! Rambutan Made my throat become prickled. However something lumpy on my throat was decreased.

I visited the dentist again on March the 15th to get my tooth cavity filled permanently. After that tooth filling I wan’t suggested to eat for the next 6 hours, so instead I ate two cones of ice cream! Ha ha I finally ate ice cream 2 weeks after my tonsillectomy instead of doing it soon after the surgery.

The next days I hardly can remember what I ate everyday, but I am sure that after two weeks and a half I could eat almost everything. I did fasting on Nyepi day on Saturday, March the 17th. And it was easy because I just didn’t need to swallow anything. I skipped digesting activity for 24 hours.

Ok on Monday, March the 19th my throat was totally fine. I didn’t feel sore or ache but I could see a little bit white spot on my ex-tonsils space.

Wednesday, March 21st 2018.

I could still feel a soft lump tingled on my throat.

I think I got quick recovery that I could eat everything in less than a month, in about three weeks. My throat and my ears also weren’t too aching after a week although I could still feel something lumpy on my throat. I also could speak better day by days.

Today is already exactly two months plus two weeks or 11 weeks after my tonsillectomy surgery. I feel very healthy, and there is no lumpy thing anymore on my throat. Plus I haven’t catch a cold at all since last February 28th, the day when I was admitted to the hospital for tonsillectomy.

Yeah that was nice because my sons have already caught a cold twice this month. I know I know adults have better immune system than children but I feel better that I haven’t had any sore throat from common cold or from eating too much fried food/spicy snacks lately. May this healthy state stay for long. My favorite food during recovery from Tonsillectomy is Tahu Tipat. It’s a sliced of sticky rice with fried tofu, blanched bean sprout with peanut sauce. Hmmm…. Yummy.


Ate Tahu Tipat in the Suraberata Market May 1st 2018. Two months after Tonsillectomy.

❤️ Intan Rastini.

Perkembangan Berat Badan Kalki dan Kavin 2018 I

Perkembangan Berat Badan Kalki dan Kavin Tahun 2018 untuk trimester pertama Januari – Maret.

Januari 2018
Kalki: 18,1 kg
Kavin: 13,3 kg

Februari 2018
Bulan ini karena sakit flu sekeluarga, jadi pada absen posyandu. Dan sebagai gantinya, anak-anak ditimbang di Puskesmas Suraberata dengan timbangan digital. Mama seneng deh kalo Kalki dan Kavin ditimbang pakai timbangan digital, soalnya kan lebih akurat, mana di timbangannya ada gambar ikan-ikan pausnya, jadi lucu dan nggak susah untuk membujuk anak-anak naik ke atas timbangan hihihi.

Tenaaang, meski absen posyandu, ibu ketua posyandu datang ke rumah membawakan obat cacing dan kapsul merah vitamin A buat Kalki dan Kavin. Terima kasih bu ketua. Oh ya, mama mulai jadi kader posyandu di bulan Februari 2017. Jadi mama sudah satu tahun, nih bekerja jadi kader posyandu. Sama seperti di Yayasan Eka Chita Pradnyan, mama juga sudah satu tahun bekerja di sana.
Kalki: 18,2 kg (N 0,1kg)
Kavin: 12,8 kg (T 0,5kg)

Maret 2018
Mama masuk sebagai kader posyandu seperti biasa, dan ini udah seminggu lebih mama pasca operasi amandel, jadi suara udah mulai lancar meski kadang timbul serak dikit. Mama pakai seragam kader posyandu lengkap, dong.

Awalnya Kavin ogah ditimbang lagi, tapi setelah pelan-pelan dibujuk papa, dan mama bujuk lagi dengan iming-iming ntar beli es krim, akhirnya dia mau ditimbang. Setelah itu? Lupa deh kalo dijanjiin beli es krim, lagian emang masih batuk tuh bocah-bocah.

Bulan ini di posyandu ada poslansia juga, ada senamnya. Dan karena sudah tutup buku, mama dikasi uang upah kader posyandu sebesar Rp 30.000 karena sudah tutup buku. Katanya, sih karena masih baru dapat upah segitu, padahal mama sudah satu tahun lho jadi kader. Kalau sudah lama bekerja sebagai kader emang dapat berapa, bu? 😀



Perkembangan berat badan anak-anak di bulan Maret 2018….
Kalki: 17,9 kg (T 0,3kg)
Kavin: 13,2 kg (N 0,4kg)
Kalki dapat imunisasi JE di sekolahnya tanggal 22 Maret 2018

Yeah dua bulan lagi Kakak Kalki lulus Posyandu. Sekalian lulus PAUD. Semoga naik kelas ke TK ya, kakak…. Bulan depan, Kavin akan berulang tahun yang ke-3 dan Kakak Kalki satu bulan kemudian setelah adik Kalki, estafet ya ultahnya, nak.

Sekian dulu update perkembangan berat badan Kalki dan Kavin. Sehat terus ya, nak. Dan kembangkan berat badanmu yang ideal.

Besok udah Nyepi, jadi mau tutup laptop dulu. Selamat hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1940~

♡ Intan Rastini

My Tonsillectomy Journal at The Hospital

This journal is a hybrid journal in English and Indonesian. At first before my surgery I kept a personal journal for my own in English and then after the surgery I couldn’t speak, so I told my husband about my surgery memory by texting to him in Indonesian. Then I adapted the text messages for my husband into this journal.

Friday, February 23rd 2018 My first visit to Otolaryngologist at Tabanan General Hospital.
I have a chronic tonsillitis. From December 2017 until February 2018 I’ve already got 4 times sore throat. The sore throats were either with common cold and cough or just sore throat. So I told this to the doctor, then he asked if I wanted my tonsils to be removed. I said yes. So he prepared all the pre-operation procedure. I got my blood checked at the laboratory and then I went to the radiology to have a thorax roentgen. All the tests were to make sure that I am fit for the operation. When the results came back, the Otolaryngologist scheduled me to have a tonsillectomy on March 1st 2018. After I got the surgery schedule I reserved a room for February 28th at the admission office.

Wednesday, February 28th 2018 First Day at the Hospital
Oh my God I can’t sleep. I keep hearing the moan of the grandma next to me. She had an accident while sitting on a chair and then she fell down and hurt her nerve on the neck. It was almost made her hand and leg become paralyzed.

10.50 am arrived at KFC to find Chicken Chizza but found none. Instead I ordered Twisty as take away. I had already wanted cheese glazed / sauced fried chicken by KFC since last year or two years ago. I was also going to order Garlique Fun Fries but I remember I wasn’t supposed to eat deep fried seasoned things regarding to keep my throat healthy before tonsillectomy.


11.20 am arrived at the hospital. Registered and went to the ear-nose-throat doctor. Check my room at the admission. My husband filled the admission form. We would be informed when my room was ready.

12.00 noon had lunch with my husband. I picked a pack of mixed chopped fruits, a cup of mung bean soup, and tipat cantok because I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat all of this solid food after the surgery. I realized I became greedy.

Later on I received a phone call from the nurse that she would take me to my room after lunch. Before going to my room, the nurse put on a pink band on my right wrist.


1 pm arrived at my room. Unpacked the bags and goods. Sat on bed. Talked to a man who was waiting for his brother-in-law just after having tonsillectomy. And also talked to another man who was waiting for his mother with nerve injury.


Two nurses came and checked my blood pressure. A nurse asked my to lay down on the bed. I lied down awkwardly and still finding my comfort on a hospital bed. Gotta be used to it.


5 PM My first hospital menu for dinner, I think gonna be the first and the last solid food from the hospital

9.30 pm a nurse came to inject an infusion needle to my vein. I was going to sleep and felt sleepy. She told me not to pull my hand when she injected the needle. She attached it to my right hand. It hurt. Then she explained that I shall start fasting at 12 midnight until the surgery was held. Tomorrow morning I shall wash and brush my teeth at 6 am. I said yes to her. While I was writing down this.. there was a butterfly on my stomach that made me nervous and tickled imagining about tomorrow surgery with general anesthesia. I would be totally unconscious. Oh my!

Lying down on the bed and tuck myself into hospital baby blue fleece blanket. I saw my pink band on the right wrist. It was written my name, my age, medical record number and the doctor who took care of me. I suddenly realized that I am getting close to my thirty. I am now 27 years old and just had a birthday this month.


Oh I have spending my seven years living with my man. My only partner next to me, who always keeps me safe and comfortable. He finds his way to take care of me. Now he is sleeping on a mattress on the floor next to my bed.

I am quite nervous since it is gonna be my first surgery. And in this room I share with another 5 patients. One of them keeps moaning that she suffers terrible paint. I feel pity for her. God gives her the best.


Yeah time passes – back to my reminiscence, I am going to be thirty and thriving. I hope so. Thirty, thriving and tonsilless. But also much healthier and stronger, and then I feel asleep.


Kamis, 1 Maret 2018 Hari Kedua di Rumah Sakit (D-Day)


06.36 am pre-operation tonsillectomy. Selang infus awalnya dipasang di tangan kiri.

Saya mulai kedinginan masuk ruang bedah sentral tapi belum ke ruang utama untuk proses operasi, masih di ruang transisi untuk pasien menunggu. Di ruamg transisi atau ruang pasien yang akan dioperasi menunggu, saya ditanyai oleh mbak asisten bermasker dan berkacamata tentang nama, penyakitnya apa lalu apa ada riwayat sesak napas, hipertensi, diabetes. Lalu saya disuntikkan antibiotik, sambil botol infusnya dibalik sebentar. Lalu saya dibiarkan menunggu di atas brankar khusus mau operasi, warnanya ijo – ada alasnya empuk, kompakan warna ijo daun semua.


Ruang bedah sentral BRSU Tabanan, suami saya diminta menunggu di luar sambil bawa selimut saya yang krem dan tebal

Saya sempat nanya jam berapa ini ke asistennya, dijawab jam 9.20. Saya lihat ada anak remaja laki-laki lagi duduk menunggu lengkap dengan pakaian pasien operasi dan topi operasi juga. Lalu di seberang kiri, datang seorang wanita yang juga tiduran di atas brankar khusus operasi dan kakinya yang kanan patah. Karena saya awalnya tiduran, lalu saya pun bangun dan duduk di atas brankar. Ada seorang petugas kesehatan laki-laki nanya ke saya, ”kenapa bu?”

Saya jawab bahwa saya kedinginan dan bertanya apa boleh minta selimut. Bapak itu pun menjawab ”boleh.” Beliau langsung mengambilkan selimut dan menyongsong saya, ”ibu tiduran saja” lalu selimut fleece baby blue ruang bedah disampirkan ke badan menutupi kaki saya. Karena rasanya ukurannya kurang panjang, saya putar-putar selimut itu sampai panjangnya pas menutup dada hingga kaki, tapi kok rasanya tetap kurang panjang ya!?

Akhirnya saya didorong ke ruang operasi utama. Dokter laki-laki yang menarik brankar saya bertanya dari mana asal saya, saya bilang dari Sekartaji tapi lahir di Surabaya. Beliau tahu baik Sekartaji maupun Surabaya. Saya katakan saya lahir di Surabaya karena orang tua saya dinas disana.
”di Surabaya mana?” tanyanya. saya jawab di Waru.
”di mananya jalan tol Waru?”
” ya itu di bawahnya.”
”kalau saya di Karang Menjangan dulu.”

Di ruang operasi utama, saya melihat ruangan itu seperti teater dengan satu meja futuristik, yang tidak lain adalah meja operasi. Saya harus berpindah dari brankar ke atas meja operasi. Disitu baru diiingiiiin banget kayak di chiller! Pasti biar bakteri susah tumbuh disana. Celakanya selimut saya ditarik sehingga mulai deh efek kedinginan bekerja, di tenggorokan mulai ada lendir dan hidung berair, saya pun menarik dahak yang muncul sampai dokter anastesinya kaget mendengarnya! Haha.

Saya udah bolak-balik bilang ke dokternya, “dingin ya, dok.”
“Nggak apa-apa dingin sedikit.” kata dokter anastesi yang perempuan.

Saya jadi menggigil tambah keras sambil diajak ngomong sama dokter anastesinya tentang pekerjaan saya, sudah bekeluarga, anak ada berapa. Saat mereka tau saya ngajar Bahasa Inggris di yayasan, dokter anastesinya yang perempuan bilang ”ayuk kita berbahasa Inggris, yuk…”

Sembari asisten bedah mempersiapkan sesuatu dan berkata kepada dokter anastesi laki-laki, si dokter pun menyahut ”so much”. Ngga tau untuk menjawab apa, kurang tau pasti.

Di tengah peecakapan mereka sambil mereka bergerak terus mempersiapkan segala sesuatunya, saya disuntik sesuatu di keran selang infusnya. Trus saya mau nanya ”how long the surgery will take time?” tapi ga jadi, nanya dalam Bahasa Indonesia aja, ”berapa lama operasinya, dok?”

Dijawab oleh dokter yang perempuan, ”satu jam.”

Lalu disahuti sama dokter yang laki-laki, ”tapi kalau orang dewasa lebih lama, soalnya kan lebih rumit, banyak pembuluh darahnya.”

Saya jawab ”oh, gitu ya dok.”

Lalu dokter anastesi yang perempuan memberi tahu saya,”nanti setelah operasi rasanya seperti sakit tenggorokan, ya.”

Saya pun mengiyakan. Tanda bahwa saya menerima informasi tersebut.

Lalu sang dokter menyiapkan balon yang mengembung dan ada masker, dokter yang cewek pun nyeletuk, ”lho kok gembung gitu.”
Saya noleh kayaknya itu berisi gas anastesi. Abis itu saya nggak inget apa-apa lagi. Bener-bener deh, dokter anastesinya itu nggak pakai aba-aba atau peringatan saat membius saya, lho!

Proses operasi berjalan tanpa saya ketahui dan nggak ada ingatan sedikit pun mengenai prosesnya. Seperti ada ingatan yang hilang saja.

Pukul 11 siang Pak dokter THT yang agak mirip Fariz RM versi lebih muda dengan rambutnya yang khas beruban pun keluar dan bilang kepada papa, ”operasinya sudah selesai, pak.”

Sedangkan saya, tau-tau sudah bangun di ruangan yang berbeda, ada tulisannya di pintu kaca: PACU atau POCU, saya baca secara terbalik dari balik kaca pintu sebelah dalam, pokoknya untuk post operation care unit. Saya terbangun kedingininan dan ternyata udah diselimuti lagi dengan selimut fleece baby blue ruang bedah yang rasanya lebih kasar dan lebih pendek, nggak selembut selimut fleece baby blue dari Ruang Cempaka. Ada mbak-mbak asisten berkacamata yang bilang, ”buka matanya, sudah selesai operasi.”

Saya merasa sedang bermimpi masih ada hubungannya dengan bercakap-cakap dengan dokter bedah dan dokter anastesi. Tapi saat saya terbangun saya tidak bisa ingat betul barusan itu mimpi tentang apa sebenarnya.

Saya lihat jam di dinding yang menunjukkan pukul 11.50. Saya dibiarkan di ruangan itu menggigil bersama dua pasien lainnya yg habis operasi juga, tapi mereka semua tidak menggigil, yang saya tau, salah satu pasien baru selesai operasi sesar. Dan saya sempat lihat bayinya digendong suster di ruang transisi operasi sebelum saya dioperasi.

Selebihnya saya menunggu lagi di PACU sambil memutar-mutar selimut itu lagi karena tidak seluruhnya menutupi kaki saya, saat memutar selimut, saya mendapati satu sachet plastik berisi sejumput-dua jumput gumpalan daging, aah ini pasti tonsil saya. Lalu hasil rontgent dan catatan medis yang ditaruh dikaki saya jadi bergeser sampai hasil rontgentnya jatuh akibat saya gerak-gerak berusaha memanjangkan selimut sampai menutupi kaki. Mbak asisten pun akhirnya bilang, ”diem bu, kakinya jangan gerak-gerak.”

Duh, dari tadi saya rewel masalah dingin aja karena bikin badan terguncang-guncang menggigil, sehingga saya nggak inget pasti rasanya tenggorokan saya pasca operasi. Yang saya ingat saat mau dipindahkan dari ruang bedah, saya merasakan ada lendir di sekitar tenggorokan saya sehingga secara refleks saya ingin batuk dan mengeluarkannya. Sontak perawat yang menjemput saya mendengar itu, dan ia berusaha menghentikan saya untuk menarik dahak di tenggorokan. Salah satu perawat pun mengkhawatirkan kondisi saya karena saya terlihat pucat. Kemungkinan besar karena saya kedinginan sepanjang waktu.


post-operation tonsillectomy

Untung saya juga bawa selimut sendiri yang tebel. Perawat pun menutupi tubuh saya dengan selimut dari rumah sakit yang biru lalu ditumpuk lagi dengan selimut tebal saya yang krem karena mengetahui saya menggigil kedinginan.

Sakitnya tenggorokan lama-lama terasa saat saya dipindahkan kembali ke Ruang Cempaka. Di kamar perawatan, saya mengantuk. Saat tertidur, sedikit-sedikit terbangun karena susah napas dari hidung. Menarik napas dari hidung bisa, tapi saat mengeluarkan udara melalui hidung nggak bisa! Tertutup lendir-lendir sesuatu yang bergumul di tenggorokan menutupi lubang antara mulut dan hidung. Tenggorokan rasanya tercekat, nelan ludah rasanya susah karena seperti tercekik, ngga ada ruang untuk ludah masuk tertelan.


Setelah operasi saya mendapat susu dingin, satu-satu asupan yang masuk lewat mulut di hari operasi. Suami pun juga membelikan 1 kotak susu UHT. Semuanya saya habiskan. Untung pasca operasi saya tidak mengalamin mual maupun muntah sama sekali, cuma lemes aja karena puasa seharian, lalu kedinginan dan melalui proses bedah yang melukai jaringan tenggorokan. Oh ya segera setelah operasi memang diperbolehkan suster makan es krim yang hanya rasa vanila, tapi saya nggak mau. Mau yang cair aja udah cukup.

Jumat, 2 Maret 2018 Hari Ketiga (terakhir) di Rumah Sakit


6.26 AM Menu makanan pertama setelah tonsilektomi: bubur sumsum + gula merah, telur rebus dan susu dingin. I could eat them all in a very long time

Dokter sp.THT visit pukul 9.45.
“Pagi…….!” sapa dr. I Nyoman Kertanadi begitu masuk ke ruangan Cempaka no. 7. Kebetulan bilik ranjang saya tepat menghadap ke pintu dan tirai sudah disibakkan sehingga sang dokter bisa melihat langsung ke arah saya.

Saya dengan parau dan pelan menjawab juga, “pagi.”

Suami saya pun menyusul dan membalas pula sapaan hangat dokter tersebut. Ternyata suami saya sudah melaporkan bahwa saya masih merasa sakit di tenggorokan sehingga sang dokter kedapatan tengah menjawab, “ya, iya masih sakit kan ini masih baru.”
“Gimana? Sudah diminum susunya?” Tanya sang dokter dengan ramah kepada saya.

Tapi ternyata suami saya membantu saya untuk menjawab, “belum. Baru sedikit aja yang diminum.”


Selanjunya dr. Nyoman Kertanadi menjelaskan bahwa saya sebaiknya makan-makanan yang bersuhu normal. Tidak yang dingin dan juga panas atau hangat. Makan es krim pun sudah tidak perlu karena sebaiknya makan es krim itu di hari tepat setelah operasi saja. Lalu boleh makan yang lembut seperti bubur, roti dicelup ke susu, biskuit Regal dicampur susu, bahkan bikin bubur Sun alias bubur bayi. Saya sempat tersenyum geli karena mendengar bubur Sun disebut. Bener-bener jadi bayi. Great. Ntar akhirnya di rumah saya kena batunya karena terpaksa harus konsumsi bubur Sun beneran karena susah nelan bubur nasi!

Lalu sebelum sang dokter pergi saya sempat menanyakan apa itu adenoid. Tapi karena suara saya nggak jelas yang keluar, beliau pun menelengkan sedikit kepalanya kepada saya sambil mengkonfirmasi ulang perkataan saya. Saya ucapkan lagi kepada dokter, “apa itu adenoid?”
“Oh, adenoidnya nggak diambil.”
“Bukan. Saya cuma tanya apa itu adenoid?”

…. Saya nggak bisa ingat dengan pasti penjelasan dokter tentang adenoid, yang saya ingat (dibantu oleh ingatan suami) bahwa bayi dan anak-anak sampai usia 14 tahun yang punya adenoid, setelah dewasa tidak ada lagi adenoidnya.

Lalu saya bertanya lagi, “memang amandel bikin ngantuk ya, dok?”
Dokter pun menjelaskan bahwa benar bisa menyebabkan mudah ngantuk karena amandel menghalangi asupan oksigen ke otak.


11 AM menu makan siang: bubur saring, ayam, tahu, telur rebus dan pisang. They tasted great! I just have difficulty to swallow them

Akhirnya saya diperbolehkan pulang hari itu setelah makan siang. Dengan catatan kontrol lagi hari Selasa, 6 Maret 2018. Suami pun mengurus administrasi kepulangan saya, dan total biaya operasi amandel adalah 3 jutaan. Tapi saya tidak bayar karena semua ditanggung oleh BPJS Kesehatan.


Sebelum pulang, Paknik, Bunik, Mbok Komang Sri dan Mbok kadek Indra datang menjenguk saya, sambil membawakan roti tawar Sari Roti yang Double Soft, Roti isi mentega dan 2 botol air mineral. Lalu disusul oleh Makciek, Iqbal dan Budhe. Makciek membantu membawakan 1 tas travel saya ke Angkah dengan motornya.

Yeah I was discharged from the hospital, finally. At home without any pain killer shots directly to my vein, the pain on my throat becomes greater! I have to swallow a very very bitter medicine (antibiotic and pain killer in powder), it is not a problem on my tongue but it is an extreme bitter and burn on my throat wounded tissue. GOSH!!! It was way better to stay at the hospital, where I got the pain killer injected through the infusion hose and had an intravenous feeding.

To be continued to mypost-hospital stay journal.

Thank you for all the nurses and doctors who had taken care of me at the Tabanan General Hospital, Bali.

Intan Rastini.