Sunday, September 24, 2017
My colleague's son is having his wedding dinner at an upmarket hotel.
For the 1st time ever, in addition to the menu, this was placed on the table...
Personally, I didn't think it was a good idea. It's as if the diners don't already have enough of surfing at home, at work or while waiting at the traffic lights. But then it's the sign of the times. Even if the free wifi is not provided, most will already have their own data plans anyway, but with this added service, it will certainly encourage more people to surf in between & during dishes.
So, if you don't mind, just hold the yam seng while I reply to my WhatsApp message.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Bonus Commandment Story.
** #8 is my personal favourite**
Friday, September 22, 2017
that, in latin, means 1st, do no harm.
i've not always adhered to that principle - blame it on immaturity, anger, or just plain callousness. i recalled an incident very early in my training when the senior consultant of the department ( aka The Boss) hauled me into his office to give me a mouthful.
on that morning, i had a dispute with a consultant of another department over the management of a child. in anger, i walked out on the child, to whom i had just given some sedation. that consultant rightly complained to my Boss about what i just did (the argument & subsequent abandonment of the child) & that was just 1 of many reprimands for wrongdoing in my career. yeah, i was a serial offender - bad, bad doctor!
however, i learned valuable lessons that day....
1st, my patient becomes my responsibility, no matter what i had for breakfast, how miserable i felt or who i fought with. his well-being is my priority.
2nd, to err is human, to forgive is divine. my Boss censured me in the privacy of his office, thereby sparing me the humiliation of a public flogging. that, IMHO, constituted a pardon in itself, & till this day, i appreciated that magnanimous gesture. therefore, it was with much sadness when i read last year that he had passed away from cancer.
so, it's ok to be human - to resent, to antagonise, to show displeasure. were we not from the fallen beings of eden? paul has this valuable counsel:
"in your anger do not sin. do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." ephesians 4 : 26,27
** this post is a saved draft from 2007. I don't remember why I didn't post it then, but here it is...a reminder to myself that it's OK to start badly but must finish strong **
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Whatever, there will still be an additional (but unnecessary) of RM124 plus GST to the patient's bill.
Monday, September 18, 2017
As if having an allergy is not enough, how about having an allergy to the medication used to treat the initial allergy??
40 year old woman admitted for nose surgery. In the OT, just before commencement, she developed an allergic reaction to the anti-vomiting injection. We treated the severe coughing and breathlessness with alternative medications, for fear of triggering another allergic reaction should the standard anti-allergic injection be used. The surgery was subsequently postponed for safety sake.
The allergic reaction subsided the next day & surgery proceeded with no further untoward incident, with administration of alternative anti-vomiting injection.
We really have no idea what we are allergic to until we develop it. Some are mild, e.g. to prawns, while other maybe severe or even life-threatening, e.g. to peanuts. As doctors, we were taught how to treat it, but it is safest to avoid the offending food or medication, if we are aware of it. Patients should communicate these previous incidents to their doctors, too.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
I met up with an ex-colleague over the weekend after a lapse of 26 ( yes, TWENTY SIX !!) years. And we both concurred that we didn't change much physically, as we immediately recognised each other.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
T was my Best Bud in secondary school. We clicked because of our interest in chess and football. I then came to know his family very well.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
My Primary One class teacher, Pn RB, passed away last year. I've only fond memories of her. You see, I was the proverbial teacher's pet & it helped that my parents were friends with her.
This 60+ gentleman has been with the hospital since it started in 1990. He's an operating theatre assistant, preparing the room & helping the surgeons during surgeries. Very likeable chap & adept at his work.
Preparing the OT is like a pre-flight check. Would you board a plane scheduled to take-off at 2pm when the crew only starts checking at 2pm? Which means the flight can't possibly take off at 2pm. As if there aren't enough delays already!!
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
I was at the stadium to watch the Malaysia v Hong Kong AFC qualifying game, as I wanted to savour again the "live" experience of a competitive football match.
What a difference it was from watching in the comfort of home!! I never realised there was a section where local fans called ultras congregate and sing patriotic songs to the beat of drums...
...and no, I didn't hear them sing anything offensive to their opponents.
Speaking of patriotism, I am convinced sports is one unifying activity (food being the other) that transcends age, gender, race and religion. In unison, the crowd cheered when we scored the equalising goal & in one voice, boo-ed vociferously at the referee when he unfairly awarded an injury time penalty to the visitors. But just was served when HK missed the penalty. woo hoo!! unfortunately the stadium was less than a quarter filled, so the intense atmosphere was sadly missed.
Because it was windless, the air was a tad stale & reeking of cigarette smoke. I also missed the action replay like on television. I got distracted momentarily & completely missed the 1st goal.
Despite the unique experience at the stadium, I doubt if I would be back any time soon....
.....unless Barcelona or Real Madrid comes to town.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
so also with the Malaysian F1 racing for the last time this month. this after the initial novelty of 1999 has worn off, plus the more attractive night race further south (alcohol on freeflow, city centre location, and entertainment by One Direction, Seal, Chainsmokers & Duran2), it's not surprising that something has to give.
with Proton, Bandar Malaysia, Forest City & Iskandar, amongst others, sold to foreign interests, the signs aren't good.
let's hope the F1nale is only restricted to motorsports racing.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
My orthopaedic colleague in another hospital is ranting.
Every time he sends patients to the Xray department, either
1) the queue is long,
2) the report takes ages to be issued
and worst of all....
3) the report is unreliable, inaccurate or inconclusive.
So, imagine you are the patient. You arrive at the clinic at 9am, see the doctor at 10am, go to the Xray department at 10.30am to see a long queue before you, get the Xray/scan done at 1pm, & wait for the report which is issued only at 4pm, and go back to the clinic only for the doctor to tell you that the diagnosis remains uncertain.
And you may need another scan.
You spent the whole day & loads of cash only to return to square 1.
You are upset, the doctor is upset and the cycle repeats itself.
No wonder my colleague is ranting.