Friday, November 23, 2007

The First International Laparoscopy Congress

the Department of Surgery of Taiping GH is organising the First International Laparoscopy Congress in bukit merah this weekend. i'm involved in the IT and AVA support.

the Congress has speakers from Malaysia, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Australia and Ireland, and has got about 600 delegates. it's a pretty big thing for a Department in a pretty small town - i'm proud of my hospital and the Department for having the courage and vision to attempt something so dramatic, especially without the background of even organising a local or regional event first.

i'm very impressed by some of the senior surgeons who are here - they have that perfect balance of poise and confidence and humility - you just know that they can save your life. it's a fantastic quality in a doctor, to be able to arouse a sense of safe-ness and comfort in your patient - and they all have just that. i'm very pleased that Malaysia has so many of these wonderful people - it makes me feel very secure about our present and future.

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but not all is fine and rosy - inevitably there will be egos and there will be oversights and mismanagements and there will be conflicts. and i'm less than fond of the way things have generally turned out, and how supposed superiors have treated their supposed subordinates. and today, i come across this gorgeous quote (i subscribe to A Word A Day, and they have daily quotes):

To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior "righteous indignation" -- this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

in the Hemodialysis Unit

i spent some time in the Hemodialysis Unit today, i was just looking for a place to hang my head and read a book.

it was a Thursday, and there were many people who came for their thrice-weekly 4 hour dialysis sessions. some came really prepared. there was a 50ish chinese guy who came with an mp3 player, a thermos flask, biscuits, newspapers AND a book. there was a young malay boy who came with his school homework (and his mother).

and there was a guy who came with his wife. he was only in his 30s, but he already has renal failure. he's looking at a shortened life expectancy, but even then it's another good 30-odd years of thrice-weekly dialysis. but he and his wife - their love was palpable and obvious to all around them, the sort of love that breaks hard stone and weathers tortuous climes - the kind of love that will withstand 30-odd years of thrice-weekly four-hour-long dialysis sessions.

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i left Orthopaedics almost a month ago, and i went to the Clinic today to pick up some things, and the nurse there said something very nice to me!

she told me that there was a elderly patient who came today for a followup, and his first question of the day was, "Where is Dr Khor?"

ahhhh! so happy so happy! :-)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

weddings and such

i was recently emcee at this wedding for my close friend (congrats pockchin and annette!). it was a fairly impromptu thing at a seafood restaurant with poor acoustics and full of relatives who didn't know who i was.

it was hard to get their attention to look at the bride and groom as they walk in, and i had to talk louder than usual to get them to pay attention.

did manage to squeeze this in though: "i'm sure this isn't the first time we're at a Chinese wedding dinner where people come together to eat shark fins' soup and drink beer and never listen to the emcee when he's talking" - and still they didn't hear a thing.

when i get married i'm getting Linkin Park's boom speakers.