I failed to take good care, but challenged my health. This led to a mini operation and a long road to recovery. My wound is still waiting to close up.
(A corner of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, photo taken by the author)
Dear Mr. Health,
I had never sent a letter to you before. Hope you don’t mind receiving my letter at the critical moment and also it is not too late to send you my regrets. I am sorry for my stupidity that makes you disappointed and suffered tremendously.
I shouldn’t let the tiny vampire, Mr. Mosquito, kiss me. He is a villain who may or may not spread disease, but definitely make people itchy.
I shouldn’t scratch the left thigh that got the kisses. I enlarged the openings and posted great threat to you. That’s why the malicious bacteria could get into my body and attacked you aggressively.
Since I was too ignorant of the potential risks, this induced a severe inflammation and I gave you this great blow all of a sudden. Two drugs failed to heal and they made the situation worse by causing allergy. Hope the third drug didn’t come too late. The war between you and the bacteria was tough. Though the third drug worked, it might not work well enough. You were weaker day by day.
I was really careless in handling the itch and so, I was guilty to invite avoidable challenge to you and eventually brought forth a big crisis. When the first drug failed, I was so naive to think that by cutting off the inflamed tissue from the body, I had done a big favor to you and so you must be able to heal fast.
The mini operation cleared the major obstacle for healing indeed. But to expect you close up the wound fast, I was quite unreasonable. Obviously, I always over-estimated your strength as if it was unbeatable. This denoted an absolute poor understanding and inconsideration to you. I overlooked the fact that you had already been exhausted by the fierce battle against the bacteria.
I forced you to work harder and overtime to clear the mess I created. This lasted for almost a month and would go on as the road to my full recovery is extraordinary long this time. I know you are tired out since I dozed off more often in a day. I am sorry to make you suffered so much. It is a shame that I don’t know what else I can do to back you up more, but keep asking favors from you.
Please accept my sincere apology and do not forsake me. I desperately need your support and help. Believe me: I learned a big lesson. I promise I will take good care and cherish you more than ever.
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