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After several hours at A&E, Mom was re-admitted. The cause of all the hallucinations: a severe drop in her sodium caused her to lapse into an ‘altered mental state’.

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Trust me when I tell you how powerful the simple curtain can be in certain circumstances. To be totally honest, I was really glad when the nurses told me to wait outside because they needed to change her. After an intense night, it was a good and necessary break. And seriously, there was nothing we could have done to help her, other than to leave her in the hands of the trained medical staff.

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A young Dr Tay, the on-call doctor at ward 48, attended to her in the wee hours of the morning.

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Six hours after her admission, Mom was well enough to go for her last radiation therapy. The staff at the RT department asked if we wanted the mask Mom used for the sessions as a souvenir and my nephew gladly accepted it on behalf of the family.

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Phyllis Wong, a senior medical social worker and family friend who has known Mom since she was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, played a very important role in Mom’s journey. She was the one who taught Mom to throw away the bad and take in the good. Phyllis was also the one who explained the ‘altered mental state’ to us.

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My nephew Boon Yi​ started playing with my Leica in the early days of Mom’s hospitalization. I don’t like pictures of myself in general but I love how he captured something very precious here. Mom and Helen were laughing about some images I made previously.  Everyone looks so happy here. The young man certainly understands ‘The Decisive Moment’.

I think by now, you can all guess what we were all laughing about. I showed Mom pictures of her hallucinations and she asked, “Oh dear, did I go mad? What happens if I do that again?” She didn’t remember very much.

We promptly told her that it was one-off and laughed with her. But we were not entirely correct.

Picture by Quah Boon Yi