M203 Diary

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"For doctor to be doctor, first he must be patient"

(puns, double meanings, hidden meanings, in-between-the-lines all intended)


Sunday, June 19, 2005

Guess what?

Cracks upon cracks, riches revealed,
Slivers of gold, treasures concealed,
Grasping fingers prying apart
Doors to rooms, now no longer hidden.

Every room is amply filled with
Golden riches on pure white pith.
Guards of green, prickly menacing,
Litter the field at every inch.

On beds of glossy shiny white,
Soft golden pillows greet your sight.
Nestled close, cradled with love,
Molding in to every curve.

A golden treasure now in your hand,
Airy and soft, yet it feels so grand.
Moistness dissolving, lilting the senses.
Flavor so rich, it tastes so divine!

Buttery, custard-like, tastes like heaven,
Alluring appeal intricately woven.
Golden pillow releasing its magic,
Emanating warmth, inside and throughout.

Airiness filled with ultimate richness,
Subtlety bursts with utter creaminess.
Soft yellow flesh promising enchantment.
Leaving you sighing in sheer contentment.

Poem adapted and taken from JuliNadia Herman here

Creamy bitter sweet,
With a little wine,
A nice little treat,
Like alcohol after you dine...

Stupid poem by me

Anybody wants to sample it, contact me asap... heh heh heh...


Monday, June 13, 2005

4 weeks...

What makes a good doctor? What makes a doctor a doctor?

Anyone can be a doctor. Just read the books which are readily available to anyone and you're on your first step to becoming a doctor. Everything is in the books. Every disease is written in the books.

You may know everything there is in the books, but faced with an MI or hypoglycaemic case or even just a acute severe pain in the leg, diagnosis is one thing, coming to the treatment is another. Time is always ticking and we're always racing for time.

Further more, people lie. Everybody lies. Histories are almost completely useless. People wont tell you everything. People sometimes are skeptical with what you do and do not always cooperate with you. People sometimes go through denial.

And it turns out what we learn is completely different from the actual thing. From watching medical series like Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy and the all time favourite House, MD, and of course our rotation postings, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM... to ease in to medical life check this link which was posted before by Grace: an A to Z guide

An MBBS and PhD gives you legal means to practice, but degrees are invented long after Medicine. Are those degrees as important as you think it is? People have been practicing Medicine and are very good at it, without official training. Those times really tell who are the doctors. Nowadays, pieces of paper which can be bought allows you to practice. And there is no difference between a graduate with full marks and a barely passing graduate.

So what makes a doctor a doctor?

People say becoming a doctor will reel in the money. They say getting into the private sector will earn you better income. Comparing with the government doctors, public sector seems to be where the money is. But to be an honest doctor who treats with the right kind of investigations and medication in the private sector won't bring in the money. Do you charge a patient for a test that was not needed? How do you explain to a patient about the difference between penicillin and vancomycin, and why you are using penicillin first?

And after detecting and treating dangerous or fatal illnesses, and writing life-saving referrals; you won't really be acknowledged. Referrals get turned down because of arrogance and prejudice against private GPs, or patients are put on a 6 week waiting list for a life-saving surgery. Is it really worth it to become a doctor? The 'satisfaction' to see 'someone cured' will not last, and gratitude will turn to complacency. A senior once told us that the 'passion' for medicine will decrease as we continue to study for it. I feel the passion will decrease further as we practice.

Long working hours, average income, close-to-none social or family time, continuous learning, frequent critism and complaints and courts, expensive equipment and education, no fame nor fortune, the license to kill...

So what makes a doctor a doctor?

...rotations ... a journey to discovery


Friday, June 03, 2005

Quotes from House, MD

Dr. Chase: What would you prefer - a doctor who holds your hand while you die or who ignores you while you get better?

Patient: I just want to die with a little dignity.
House: There’s no such thing! Our bodies break down, sometimes when we’re 90, sometimes before we’re even born, but it always happens and there’s never any dignity in it. I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your ass. It's always ugly - always! We can live with dignity - we can't die with it.

Cameron: You hired a black guy because he had a juvenile record.
House: No, it wasn’t a racial thing, I didn’t see a black guy. I just saw a doctor…with a juvenile record. I hired Chase ‘cause his dad made a phone call. I hired you because you are extremely pretty.

Cameron: Sex COULD kill you. Do you know what the human body goes through when you have sex? Pupils dilate, arteries constrict, core temperature rises, heart races, blood pressure skyrockets, respiration becomes rapid and shallow, the brain fires bursts of electrical impulses from nowhere to nowhere, and secretions spit out of every gland, and the muscles tense and spasm like you're lifting three times your body weight. It's violent, it's ugly and it's messy, and if God hadn't made it UNBELIEVABLY fun, the human race would have died out eons ago. [pause to breathe deep and stare at each other] Men are lucky they can only have one orgasm. Do you know that women can have an hour long orgasm?

House: Like I always say, there's no 'I' in TEAM.There's a 'me' though, if you jumble it up

other House-isms, click on 'features' and 'house-isms'