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Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

Reduction of anterior shoulder dislocation.
The traditional method involves exerting force using one’s extended leg on patient’s armpit while tugging on patient’s arm.
*rubs hand in glee*

I wonder why the medical assistant (MA) and the nurses were donning paper masks. Anyhow I got distracted from that query when the houseman and MA started a tug-of-war :

The Hippocratic method, a bit different from the one I've learned. I hovered at the edge of all the action to take a good look.

Then the nurse ( also paper masked) spelled something to the paper mask-less houseman
: “ Doctor, t-i-b-i ”
blank look from the doctor. " t-i-v-i?"

A week at the hospital and I am still baffled at the amount of acronyms these people manage to invent, and more amazingly, remember them. Needless to say, most of the time I have no idea what they are talking about.

So just when I was attempting yet another futile guess of what the acronym stood for, it dawned on me ( and the houseman) –the nurse meant TB, this patient not only has a dislocated shoulder, he has tuberculosis too!!!!!



@ 8:47 pm

Like that of morning wet markets or pasar malams.
In the clinic.
Of patients with doctors.
To amputate or not to.

Somehow it reminds me of U mobile’s funny adverts (flexible prepaid plan):

“neh, nak teh tarik boleh?” ( hey, I want milk tea can?)
“boleh!” (cann!)
“neh, nak setennnngah gelas boleh?” ( hey, I want half glass of milk tea can?)
“tak boleh” ( cannot!)


“I want a comestic surgery for my hand can?”
“ I only want my fourth finger done exactly like this can?” * indicates to picture where fourth finger bears a diamond ring*


“Uncle have to amputate your big toe lah before the gangrenous tissues spread the infections to the rest of your leg”
“ half a toe cannot ah?
“ can I not keep the toe?”
“will it grow back?”
“Uncle you’re not a lizard lah”

Somehow the last scenario is not as funny as the previous two.

Saturday, August 16, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

it's eery how our subconscious thoughts can be revealed in ways that even ourselves may not realise. I've been caught off guard once, by my friend who casually picked off a piece of scrap paper. A scrap paper with words scribbled absent-mindedly, furiously, repetitively, words that were never meant for anyone to chance upon

and when i saw this among my mother's stack of calligraphy scrap papers, i knew that even my mum is swept up in Malaysia's battle for the Olympic badminton gold medal. bet daddy is green with jealousy=p

shine for malaysia! ( no u singaporean turtle i DID not copy ur song )


Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 10:05 am

hospital attachment

so finally i get to play my part as an irritating, nothing-better-to-do first year medic tagging in the hospitals ("what are you, a first year student, doing here?") after a month's waiting.

day 1 - spoke to hawt 5th year student from Cambridge
day 2 - spoke to hawt 3rd year student from penang dental college
day3 -spoke to hawt MO

maybe it isnt such a bad choice i've made to pursue a medical degree. but i know for sure that i have brains for choosing orthopadics for my attachment, since my future housemate told me she was the only female student in orthopaedics.

Monday, August 04, 2008 @ 4:29 am

sensei's words of wisdom

Are you one to think that meditation over time would bring you results
perhaps waiting an apple to bring about the gravity of the situation
Are you one who lives in the future that you fear a decision you'll regret, scared to laugh at yourself
one in the past fearful of the next wrong step
Are you one who wishes to make an answer that the world, significant others agree
one who is uncertain of her own
are you one who refrains from setting the limits to your world and delaying the inevitable until you are forced to?

My Name Is...

coffee lover
Mayday fan
Siang to Vietnam mates
Ing to the rest

and no, my dad aint the boss of ING insurance company


Doc on skateboard

Coffee Time Reads

  • Brother
  • Chee Wooi
  • Chen Hueh
  • Chu Ann
  • Duc To Linh(pig wife)
  • Elin
  • Ghee Jin
  • Jasmine
  • Jeanette
  • Jing Zhou
  • Joe-lene
  • Jyh Yun
  • Khay Shi
  • LiYin
  • MaferSeow
  • Mei Lin
  • Mun Sze
  • Ninja Turtle
  • Pei Ni
  • Pey Wen
  • Phey Shan
  • Phey Yee
  • Puppy E
  • Rabbit Goh
  • Reno Hao
  • RuZhe
  • Sergeant Roy
  • Shin Hoon
  • Simon Tan
  • Song Keat
  • Tiong Kun
  • Wilson Wolf
  • Yean Fern
  • Yen Joe
  • Yi Liang
  • Yin Shan
  • Yoke Eng
  • a table for two
  • anthropologist in the kitchen
  • dessert comes first
  • the baker who cooks
  • Lily's Wai Sek Hong
  • Rasa Malaysia
  • Yesterday Once More



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