Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Station #6

Ok, guys, Dappy means business. So I'm plopped on the bean bag on the bed, case notes on the right, BNF within visual field and paeds protocol on hand. I'm ready to start working on the clinical case presentation this Friday (yes, it's already Tuesday, I know!)
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But first, social obligation to update this stuff. (And I know trying to do work when I'm on the bed is hardly going to lead to anything productive but I'm so tired and I still need to get this done so there's gotta be a compromise somewhere.) Anyway. I haven't been around much due to forensic, which is all over now phew. So as of Monday, I changed stations and for the next 2 weeks I'll be in the production unit, followed by 2 weeks enforcement. I'm missing paeds, so I've been going in and out, doing part-time clinical in paeds on my own accord, to clerk a few more extra cases and to do follow up. Had lunch with the paeds specialist head by chance, and went back to ward to see Dr Spiderman with the sniffles. My little J is fighting off the pseudomonas, my chemo guy is temporarily discharged home before his next chemo course, my neph syndrome boy is already on prednisolone, my severely malnourished girl is finally moving about, they still don't know what's wrong with pale little baby girl who likes my earrings and little A with the rashes and with fits.. they just found out he has a tumour in his brain so that's quite sad.
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But yeah, clinical case this Friday so I'll be presenting one from the clinical month in paeds. Such sessions are notorious, so let's hope I won't look too shabby as a Swiss cheese after the whole thing is over. Banyak tembak-menembak going on, but not as horrible as That One Friday that left the interns all fuming. But I'm determined to show courage under fire. Go, me.
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Weird transition from clinical where there's life and human emotions to the sterility that is production. It's so odd to be sitting in that unit removing shoes and wearing slippers provided if you please. Spent the last two days referring to master formula and provided assistance (by sticking labels) while making potassium chloride by the 200ml-bottles. The chloroform in it made me dizzy for a bit. Played with a huge 19G needle and a syringe to practise making amphotericin eye drops. I really wouldn't want to make any needlestick injury with that. Met my old friend the sterile room with its HEPA filter, laminar flow and UV light so everything is strictly aseptic in there. Haven't done the whole spacesuit thing since FMT in Semester 6 when everyone was all giggly looking at each other in their inner wear. Idiota.
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I was given an ultimatum of sorts by the housemates today. Farewell trip to Brunei this weekend or else. But to the family and to Tiki, you must be happy I chose you guys, because I prioritize and I promised, and yeah, how many more farewell events for the same person la dey. So, Swiss cheese or not, whee! weekend home again for me, and I really need to start working on it. Ta.

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