Dear Dayre,

This new year has been a lot of 💸💸💸 thus far 😭 And 3rd day of the new year sees me on a hospital bed for a surgery that I’ve needed to get done for the longest time, piles surgery / hemorrhoidectomy ✂️😷

This must be one of the unsexiest medical conditions ever, really. It’s basically enlarged blood vessels that cause pain and bleeding from your anus – apparently about 35% of the population suffer from hemorrhoids/piles and it’s a lot more common than people know!!!

Not a lot of people seem to talk about it because I really couldn’t find a lot of info from real life examples when I google about it online.

So I went for my day surgery today under GA and was warded and put under observation for the next few hours post-op, all seems to be in the clear and I’m back home now with a butt that’s taped up with gauze and a whole bunch of meds and painkillers 😫

But before I share more about this little medical episode, let me just tell y’all that our first collection of 2018 is upppppp and it’s lovely!!! ❤️

Yup, got my two weeks mc today for post-op recovery but still need to work lah 😂

New arrivals on www.thevelvetdolls.sg!

CNY is only six weeks away gaizzzzz! So we’re already getting you ladies ready with some festive dresses that will be perfect for the Lunar New Year!

This gorgeous Honeysuckle Rose Embroidery Dress comes in Red and Blue, and it’s absolutely lovely! As seen on dear @cherriwong when we sent this to her as a Christmas surprise pre-shoot 😂

I adore the intricate floral embroidery on this piece! 💕

Comes in S, M & L ✨

Just in time for the festive season, Marissa Keyhole Jumpsuit is back in a new color – Wine!

It’s a beautiful shade of classy wine and this jumpsuit is highly raved by all our customers for its super good cutting!

Comes in XS, S, M, L & XL as well to cater to more ladies 😘

The start of a new year is also the best excuse to revamp your wardrobe for work!

We are trying to bring in more office-friendly dresses in a larger range of sizes to cater to our corporate ladies, and this particular design is really simple yet chic!

New Beginnings Overlap Dress comes in blue or black textured fabric that’s somewhat like tweed but much lighter and more appropriate for our weather!

Good news is, it comes in XS, S, M, L & XL!

For fuss-free weekends or school days, you’ll love this Asymmetry Tee Dress that comes in Ash Blue or Wine (easy CNY outfit!)

@gilliansng wore it with a cute rattan straw bag and I love the casual chic feels.

Ash Blue is really unique and such a lovely color!

While Wine is striking and stylish without looking garish ❤️

It also has pockets tooooooo I love!

Comes in S, M & L ✨

Another one to prep for CNY: This adorable oriental-inspired fit and flare dress has got cute geometric prints and an easy-to-wear cutting!

It’s not too ching-chong-ish but still has a festive mandarin collar and piping!

Comes in Navy and White, Size S, M, L & XL ✨

Last but not least, one last manufactured item in this collection – Lace Overlap Playsuit!

This playsuit is manufactured from one of my personal pieces, and I love the peekaboo lace details that’s not too revealing ❤️

Pick from Wine, Navy or Black, sizes XS, S, M & L!

@brenwho in Black, size XS!

It’s really one of my favourite pieces coz it’s so easy to wear and very light-weight, especially suitable for hot days!

Shop new arrivals now on www.thevelvetdolls.sg ❤️ #dayreshopaholics

Back to today’s surgery

Can someone tell me why Mount E’s hospital gowns are such a ugly shade of puke yellow.

I’ve been having quite severe discomfort and pain due to hemorrhoids for a few years, but in the past 1-2 years, it has gotten quite bad to the extent that I bleed frequently due to the inflamed blood vessels, and find it very painful to walk about for extended periods of time (etc when I’m travelling 😭)

It usually gets worse when I’m constipated or when I have long hours of physical activity.

I’ve googled about hemorrhoidectomy surgery a long time ago but it was my last option because
1. cost
2. downtime
3. painful recovery
4. possibility of relapse

And I’ve also been to see GPs on a few occasions but the medicine only help temporarily and I found my problem getting worse.

It’s so bad that sometimes I unknowing stain my clothes with blood spotting, as well as suffer a lot of discomfort as there are a lot of nerve endings inside your butt, and it’s not fun when the blood vessels get inflamed and prolapse 😭

I had a particular bad episode a couple weeks ago and 👳🏻‍♂️ decided to just google and book a consultation for me at a specialist at Mount E.

Cost

Cost is of course one of the main factors holding me back from the surgery – It ranges anything from 3k and above (depending on public or private sector)

Because I’ve recently bought a insurance plan on top of my existing medisave, I decided to just go for private to make it fast and quick. Just get it over and done with and let my suffering end earlier.

My insurance would cover all surgery and hospitalisation costs but my insurance premiums would increase the following year.

The medical costs for my surgery all in cost a whopping 8k, mad. Please get yourselves covered with hospitalisation insurance plans, ladies! Even such a minor op as a hemorrhoidectomy can be so expensive.

Down time

According to the doctor, hemorrhoidectomy despite being a minor op, has a rather long downtime and you’ll be put on MC for two weeks minimum.

I really wanted to procrastinate this but because I’m flying to Okinawa on the 19th this month and Tokyo on the 20th the following month, I didn’t want to suffer the pain and discomfort on my upcoming trips and have it interfere with my work trip/holidays so I just bit the bullet and booked my surgery ASAP.

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