Those Annoying Humphers

OK, this is still a form of accusation. But I’m curious that my neighbours have tuberculosis a.k TB. And I’m a physician, but I can’t help it.

So here’s the story begins. Next to my house, which has been empty for years, is being renovated. Dunno who the new owner is. At the moment, there are just handymen only.

Well, each time I pass the house by, I’ve always heard someone coughs. The cough’s type ain’t typical miserable such us like “uhuk..uhukk..”, but it’s humph type such us like “ehem..ehem..”

Once or twice, it didn’t make a problem. I thought it was someone had caught a common bronchitis. But moreover, the humphers aren’t only one, but there have been two, even may be three. So if I pass by, there’s gotta be someone makes “ehem..” then followed by another one, “ehem..” then joined by someone else, “Ehem!”

It’s strange, coz I only hear those humph when I pass by. If I’m at my own house, I never hear those handymen cough. So I’m confused!

Even a tuberculosis dog deserves to be treated. Photo by

Even a tuberculosis dog deserves to be treated. Photo by

Honestly, if there’s only one person coughs, it’s not a big deal. But if two people or three cough in the same house, that will be a problem. Especially those people have been humphing for long time, probably it’s been three months or more. And they are so skinny. I’ve seen some of them smoking at the house’s yard. Those symptoms are really typical like clinical symptoms of a TB patient!

I wonder, why they don’t seek for help. Don’t they know that their neighbours are doctors? Our family puts no board name at house, coz we don’t intend our house to make a medical clinic. But if they just ask for help, at least a medical recommendation letter for X-Ray photo, we can help them. It’s miserable if they really suffer from TB but they’re not treated.

And it’s weird that, last week, a friend of mine visited me at my house, and then me and him were going out and walking, passed the renovated house. I tried to keep my ears, but I didn’t hear any humph, though I knew that those handymen were there. Was it coz they thought that I was dating with my boyfriend? Well, then what’s the correlation between assumes that the lady was dating with her boyfriend, and the sudden-relieving cough? Should I never pass by that house all alone, except my boyfriend accompanies me?

Coz it’s really annoying. I wanna call police coz I feel being abused. But I wonder how to make the report. I can’t write like this, “I condemn those handymen coz they cough everytime I pass them by.” What kinda law will be used to condemn them? Law for unpleasant action? That’s rubbish. Indonesian lawyers call it “pasal karet”. really annoys me to pass by the renovated house alone. I don’t wanna make anybody cough, I’m not a vector of germs. Shall I report them to the police? Instead of unpleasant action, I’d rather report my suspicious mind that they have massal tuberculosis. So they may get treated.

(It’s not right. I shouldn’t report them to police. I shoulda report them to CDC..)

*CDC = Centre for Disease Control, institution which is responsible to quarantine people with communicating disease

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fahmi!
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 03:10:14

    attempting to read between the lines: “the beautiful girl needs a boyfriend” 😛


  2. tukangpoto
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 15:15:38

    You should coughing them back, so they’ll notice that you knew that they coughing at you everytime you walk by their house..hehe.


  3. Rachel Anastasia
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 22:41:47

    mmm… ndak enak juga ya diposisi ‘dibatuk-batukin’ gitu…

    btw, thanx dan mampir ke blogku ^__^


  4. Bang Aswi
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 23:16:08

    Bahaya juga, semoga cuma iseng belaka. Asal, jangan didoain kalau mereka memang beneran TB. Haiyaaaaa … parah lah!


  5. Fanda
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 09:20:01

    That’s annoying me too. But, just look at the positive side (because apparently there’s nothing we can do about that), that we are quite attractive to get a whistle or a cough!


    • Vicky Laurentina
      Jan 16, 2010 @ 19:36:20

      I never do anything to them. Sometimes I look like sh*t, how can they cough at me?

      Beside, why should we get cough or whistle? Why don’t we get anything more useful such as chocolate or cookies? Cough or whistle is uneatable!


  6. Fanda
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 09:22:12

    Vick, I’m surprised to find one of my sites link here (I just saw it today)! Thanks anyway…


  7. sang cerpenis
    Jan 17, 2010 @ 19:25:54

    cuekin aja, Vick. memang itu namanya pelecehan secara verbal walaupun tak ada kata2. tapi hukum di negara ini belum bisa menghukum para pelaku pelecehan spt itu.


  8. Hendriawanz
    Jan 18, 2010 @ 18:04:34

    That’s gonna be one big problem, because they don’t know what you want, and vice versa.
    Are they your boyfriends? If yes, then you need only one word to sense their intentions, otherwise you need a lot of words.


    • Vicky Laurentina
      Jan 18, 2010 @ 22:35:26

      Nope, I don’t know those handymen. The house is being finished and they’re leaving soon. I don’t need my boyfriend to protect me from them, he’d rather do something more useful for both of us. 😀


  9. Itik Bali
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 11:17:08

    Maaf mbak..
    komennya pake bahasa Indonesia aja ya..
    maklum saya jadi batuk-batuk kalo ngomong bahasa Inggris

    Kadang saya harus batuk2 juga
    untuk memberi isyarat pada orang yang engga ngerti


  10. zee
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 05:58:52

    Kalo udah batuk beramai2 dalam satu rumah, suspect TB bisa jadi. Itu virus yg bisa menyebar kemana2…
    Dilaporkan saja, demi kebaikan bersama…


  11. depz
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 11:41:52

    serupa dengan itik bali
    gw batuk2 sndiri kalo pake boso linggis
    tp bkn TB lo


  12. Codet
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 00:40:33

    Hahaha… funny 😀
    Please report them ASAP, just in case they plan to report you as virus.


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