When I first heard the news about the landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa which killed, among others, a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Yogeswary, I had hoped that it's not the Dr. Yoges I know.
But it was her, and I am consumed with grief.
The last time I saw her was last Thursday, when I stopped by her clinic to make an appointment for my cat Pippin. Dr. Yoges was her usual self that day, but I couldn't make the appointment in December as the appointment book was full for the first 2 weeks. The 2nd half of December was not available either as Dr. Yoges and her partner Dr. Chris would be on leave alternately leaving only 1 vet in charge, which is not an ideal situation when performing a scheduled procedure as there would be no one to attend to the walk-ins. January is free, she said, but couldn't set an appointment then because she still hasn't gotten herself a 2009 diary/planner to record it. We laughed about it and I promised to make that appointment with her later.
In hindsight, it's uncanny how she did not plan that far ahead this time. I hate to be someone who would associate a certain behaviour of a deceased person as their own presentiment, but sometimes, you just can't help noticing the oddity of the situation. It's like she knew she is not going to be there in January.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Dr. N. Yogeswary