CHOONG Chut Mooi cannot live a day without painkillers.
She takes the medication first thing in the morning and before she goes to bed.
“I know taking too much painkillers is not good but the pain all over my body is unbearable.
“The pain is so bad that I cannot fall asleep without the medication. And the pain is very severe when I wake up in the morning,” she said.
Choong, 78, also has to receive injections at a private clinic in Ipoh once a week.
Choong (left) and her son Kam Thong at their home in Wah Loong New Village in Kampar.
According to her, each visit to the doctor costs about RM120.
She added that the doctor could not tell her what she was suffering from and could only treat her symptoms.
Choong, who lives with her husband Lee See Foo and sons Lee Kam Thong and Lee Kam Weng in Wah Loong New Village in Kampar, was a former tin ore washer.
She said she was thankful that she and her family still have a roof over their heads.
Choong said she misses the days when she could take care of her family. “Before this, I could ride a bicycle to the market, cook and do housework. I cannot do anything now,” she said of her health which started deteriorating a few years ago.
Looking very frail and barely able to walk, Choong said she can no longer see with her right eye while the vision in her left eye is blur.
She said her husband, who is in his 70s, suffers from dementia.“He was hospitalised at the Kampar Hospital last month after he refused to eat and drink. The doctors put him on drips.
“He kept asking for me but he did not know how to tell us his condition,” she said.
She said Kam Weng, 45, who drives a taxi is the family’s breadwinner.
Kam Thong, 44, said he lost his factory job some time ago.
He said he has been doing odd jobs or running errands for people on and off in exchange for food or some money since he became jobless.
“It is very hard to find a job nowadays,” said Kam Thong.
For now, Kam Thong has to take care of his parents and do the household chores.
Asked on the types of errands he has done before, he says he has been mainly cutting grass and cleaning drains.
“I just helped somebody to shift their piano,” he said, adding that he was happy when he could find something to do.
Kam Thong can be contacted at 012-570 3973.