Why does it hurt so bad (2)…

It’s the fasting month of Ramadhan and I see a lot of bloggers posting on the buka puasa buffets here, there and everywhere. I used to love those…a lot! And the best thing was that before I retired, I used to have week-long meetings that coincided with the puasa (fasting) month and our packages would be inclusive of those dinners EVERY NIGHT in the respective hotels in the evenings.

However, at one of those dinners, after feasting on all the lamb and the beef and what not, I chanced upon a very nice and friendly chef who was frying some kind of clams and they looked so very delicious. When he saw me drooling, he asked me if I wanted some…and of course, I did. He used the HUGE scoop and dumped a whole lot onto my plate. As I was walking away, he called out to me. I walked back to see what the matter was and he dumped another scoop on my plate. “That’s to save you the trouble of having to come back for more. It’s very nice!” he grinned…

That night, I woke up at around 2.00 a.m. with this unbearable pain in my knees and I found that I could not bend them at all. I could not even go to the toilet as I could not bend my knees to sit on the toilet bowl. I did not know what it was at that point in time as it was my first ever gout attack.

On two other occasions, I did not eat anything at all…but when I thought back about it, I realised that each time. I had a mug of beer the night before. Since then, I had refused to touch the stuff.

So far, everything has been fine. For one thing, you may take some prescribed medication to lower your uric acid level but once you have had an attack, there is nothing you can do…other than to take pain killers till it is all over. I find drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently helps.

Thankfully, I am still able to eat what I want to eat though I would have to be a bit careful. Even the simplest things may trigger an attack sometimes. On one occasion, I had prawn noodles – huge udang galah (freshwater prawns) and the following day, I was feeling a bit of discomfort. That day, I had this…

STP's fried bean sprouts with salted fish 1

…and that was it! I had another attack!

Yes, the high protein content of taugeh (bean sprouts) fried with ikan bilis (dried anchovies) or salted fish may just be that last straw to break the camel’s back.

STP's fried bean sprouts with salted fish 2

So, one thing’s for sure – no more buka puasa buffets for me…and from what I gather, they are definitely not cheap…ranging from around RM60 to RM100 per head. Sure, they have a world of choices to choose from but how much can one person eat? And in my case, if there is the chance that it may trigger off another gout attack, no…thank you very much!