After a few months of hardwork without success, we heed my sister Dr Teratai Edithy Pahamin's recommendation to meet Dato Dr Prashant Nadkarni MBBS(Mal) FRCOG(UK) at the KL Fertility centre. Conventional means of hard work does not equate to having a baby for post bone marrow transplant patient (for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) like me although it has been 25 years (this year). The chemotherapy and total body irradiation (TBI) had a lifelong effect in fertility. I am blessed miraculously to have survived the terminal cancer and to be blessed with a healthy and a great son, Aaraf Armin but given the opportunity I want children enough to form a football team... Okay, that may be abit too ambitious but I dream of having a few extra; maybe 4.
I called on 29 April 2014, made an appointment and met Dato Dr Prashant on 2 May 2014 at the KL Fertility Centre, Wisma Perintis 47 Jalan Dungun, Wisma Perintis, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. The registration being a first timer was quite simple and straight forward. Waiting time was approximately 40 minutes from the fix appointment time which was errr... okay for a desperate to be a father of a football team.
Anny and I entered the room and met Dr Prashant for the first time. In the room there were Dr Helena and a nurse. He was professional and explained what we needed to know. We were escorted into the examination room next door. Anny was not comfortable at first and almost requested for a female doctor but she was pleased when it was actually a female doctor and a nurse that examined her. Dr Prashant read and professionally interpreted the scan. The scan and examination shows Anny was healthy, ready and potentially able to produced 13 eggs...
Now it was my turn for a check... The Nurse passed me a sterilized bottle and asked me to go DIY in the toilet ?!! Err... DIY...? Toilet...? Aiseyman...
Alternatively, I was allowed to do it at home but the specimen needed to reach the hospital in less than 1 hour upon ejaculation. I opted for the alternative.
Total expenses for first appointment: RM350 which includes Consultation, scanning and ultrasound.
Next appointment is on 5 May 2014. Determine and undeterred to have children with Anny, I hope to share this journey with others facing similar difficulty with having children.
Dato Dr Prashant Nadkarni
Stay Tuned for part 2: 5 May 2014