Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 - in a flash!

i'm fond of repeating this: when you're 5 years old, a year is a long time, because it's 20% of your entire life. but when you're 27 years old, one year is only 3.7% of your life. and 3.7% of my entire lifetime just whizzed by!

here are some highlights:

1. i witnessed a flogging in the Taiping Prison. guy had molested some little girl, and was getting his last two strokes of the rotan before he's to be released the same day. his butt is exposed, and he's tied spreadeagled about 45 degrees from the floor, and swish! swish! there's blood. punitive, but i'm not entirely sure he won't be another recidivist statistic.

2. some guy who got into another prison for embezzlement offered me money, because i was nice to him as a patient. lots of money. heh. i'm still driving ABB 3906, so don't be thinking anything.

3. i shocked someone back to life, with the defibrillator! just like Hollywood. turns out he's a friend's father, and he's the first of the two people i think i saved this year (no, really, we don't save that many lives).

4. Obama won!

5. we sent 4 debating teams from St George's and Convent to the IIUM high school debating championships. even small town hick schools make the semifinals and place in the Top Ten. how about that?

here's hoping that we all had a wonderful 2008, and an even better 2009! 

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Long December

the Counting Crows were right, every December seems to be long, with so many things to do before we end another year.

i had exams over two days (i passed!) on December 3-4, and then it was to Penang for a weekend for the jazz festival, and then it was 7 calls in 24 days with daily clinic shifts, and a trip to Penang and KL and Ipoh (twice), and my high school 10 Year Reunion last night (which was wonderful!).

plus, my sister is back home, and i didn't get to spend a lot of time with her this visit. and she's going back to the UK today, and mum's shouting at me to get showered now. 

it's been a wonderful, wonderful month. i'm tired, but happily so.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

i'm not angry

how would you feel if you had a specialist who sees a patient gasping for breath, and doesn't do anything? he's a physician, and three independent eyewitnesses say he came within 2 metres of this particular patient, sees this man gasping for breath, and turns around and goes to his other ward, because "no MO around, i won't do rounds".

no seriously, something is wrong with this guy. he refuses to do ward rounds in the morning because the MO isn't around. forget the fact the MO is tied up in clinic or oncall somewhere else - he's not going to do rounds without the MO. and during his rounds, he generally ignores the MO and dictates to the House Officer what to write (and quite frequently gets it very very wrong).

so what happens to Gasping Man after the physician leaves the ward? Gasping Man gets intubated, and then dies 4 hours later. 

what happened to the Hippocratic Oath? forget that, what happened to basic common sense or a sense of duty? even more than that, what happened to this particular physician's sense of what's right or wrong? he cannot care for a dying man, simply because his MO isn't there? really, what kind of a person is he painting himself out to be?

my physician left the side of a man who was gasping for breath. a man gasped for breath, and a doctor, a supposedly trained specialist,  left his side and went somewhere else. my physician left, and the best reason he gave is that his MO wasn't there. that MO came when he was told, and he tried his best, but that man died.

what a fantastic physician. no amount of training or education will redeem all the blackness in your heart. you are without a doubt the most difficult person i know, because you have this astounding capability to just NOT CARE. how do you do that? how do you just not care?

i hope you are reading this: i hate you.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

a quiet night in

i just had a 4 hour afternoon nap. that's a reward for waking up at 6am to drive to ipoh just to dimsum-hop, all for my sister, who wanted it. the porridge was great! but i'm no food critic.

and now, reading, a DVD and lots of water, soya bean, milo and peelfresh orange. 


Thursday, December 18, 2008

i love bush-jokes!

A man enters a bar and orders a drink. The bar has a robot bartender.

The robot serves him a perfectly prepared cocktail, and then asks him, “What’s your IQ?”

The man replies “150″ and the robot proceeds to make conversation about global warming factors, quantum physics and spirituallity, biomimicry, environmental interconnectedness, string theory, nano-technology, and sexual proclivities.

The customer is very impressed and thinks, “This is really cool.” He decides to test the robot. He walks out of the bar, turns around, and comes back in for another drink. Again, the robot serves him the perfectly prepared drink and asks him, “What’s your IQ?”

The man responds, “about a 100.”

Immediately the robot starts talking, but this time, about football, NASCAR, baseball, supermodels, favorite fast foods, guns, and women’s breasts.

Really impressed, the man leaves the bar and decides to give the robot one more test. He heads out and returns, the robot serves him and asks, “What’s your IQ?”

The man replies, “Er, 50, I think.”

And the robot says, real slowly,

“So…………… ya gonna vote for Bush again?”

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

lots of ideas, too little time

there are a lot of things that i want to say and blog about, but there's just too little time. and time's so important these days, and there's just so little of it available.

i found this incredible website, i know it's a brazen ad for Burger King, but look beyond the advertising and see it for the anthropological experiment that it really is. not only advertisers will be interested in it - also sociologists, medical anthropologists, food scientists, geographists, cooks and the innocent bystander who gulps down hundreds of burgers a year. i love it!

i lost a 20 year old boy last week, but i think i managed to save a 54 year old woman yesterday night. you win some, you lose some - i'm still getting used to it.

going on 4 calls in 10 days is a bit much, but that's what you get for taking long leave. i was unwell too, and doing way too much travelling. from KL, to and from Penang and then KL again, plus 4 calls in the middle = grumpy and grouchy. i apologise to those i snapped at, i'll try to be less snappish.

i can't wait to reach the end of 2008. it's been a wonderful year, and hopefully it'll be capped off with some wonderful news at the end of this month. :-)

Monday, December 08, 2008

sweet release! (or maybe not)

the thing about examinations is that, once you finish it, you seem a little lost and wayward.

after being consumed by preparations, now i'm back to my routine - going on call, doing rounds, the usual drill. and suddenly all those chores that i've put off are now staring back at me, voraciously demanding my attention.

and i've also been unwell. i've been unwell since before my exam, but somehow my body system has been suppressing it - kinda saying "hey, go be sick AFTER your damn exam!"

i've got people to see and thank, two books to read, a lot of paperwork and a few pieces of prose that i have to compose - i'd love to do these normally, but after an emotionally exhausting exam, all i wish for is some peace and quiet.

heh, i wish (just a little teensy weensy bit) that i was taking another exam. but then i'd be complaining, so you really can't win.