Mom had a date with Orthopedic at TTSH and I took a day off work to accompany her. Dad didn't want to be home alone so he tagged along with us.
Mom had been consulting a GP for pain in her right leg for several months. X-rays taken at the hospital today revealed a condition known as lumbar spondylosis. Simply put, a bone in the lower vertebrae is out of place thus compressing a nerve root in the spinal cord, which in turn causes occasional discomfort to the leg, and occasional numbness to the foot. Since Mom is over 80, surgery is out of the question. She will now undergo three months of physical therapy to, hopefully, lessen the pain. Fingers crossed.
I had almost forgotten that this Sunday is Father's Day! We had an early celebration over dim sum lunch at Old Hong Kong in Novena Square which, as you may know, is the closest to TTSH. When I started this blog I vowed that I would not be reviewing or rating restaurants. However, when the services is exceptionally bad I feel obliged bring it up. Today's dim sum was good, in general. However, I wasn't impressed with the wu-kok (芋角) as it smelt like pee! I was even less impress when I informed a waiter about the problem, he did not bother to take the dish away. Instead he asked, "You don't like it?" (What kind of question is that?!) He then promptly lifted the dish from the centre of the table and set it next to my left elbow!
I spoke to a second restaurant staff afterwards and she clicked her tongue several times before taking the dish away. No one returned with a word of apology or an offer to replace the dish or to write it off the bill. Very appalling, wouldn't you say? I wonder when it'll be closing business. It's too bad because all three of us happen to agree that the charsiew shou (叉烧酥) was delightful.