and when she speaks
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I *heart* my ID companions who've been absolutely wonderful to me during the past month.
Today marks the end of our ID rotation. And even though the feeling hasn't sunk in yet, I know I am going to look back and miss every moment of it. Tomorrow, I hope I don't feel the emptiness - of running around attending Grand Rounds, Learning Exam, Microbiology Plate Rounds, ID Interesting cases, and the usual consults...
I have had such a terrific experience, I really thank all my residents and staff. I know they're going to miss my sputtering of bombastic worm names ;) and teasing about my age. I don't look 12 !
I once asked 'Be honest with me. What would you say to me if I told you I'm thinking of doing surgery?'
'If you were my sister, I would advice you not to choose surgery- because it will rob the woman out of you'
That was raw and hard to swallow. Surgery here is demanding, especially more so for the women.
You want surgery, you've got to be one hard woman and you have to be prepared to sacrifice your love and family life.
I'm not sure I want to lead a life solely with professional fulfilment.
I want love and I want a family... and I want satisfaction in doing what I do as well. All long-term aspirations.
There's always a trade-off. The right decision is yours to be made.
*Some days when you feel stretched beyond your limits, you have to remember you are doing it for the good of someone else's life* Ironically, your patients are the ones who pull you up at times and bring a smile to your face when it's all sulky like Siraj's when he is moody with tonnes of new consults ;) LOL.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Happy 15th Birthday SYEYI :) my 5 feet 7 muso third sister who gives me piggy-back rides.
Ok-that's not exactly true. She doesn't give. I just jump :) and that's called sisterly love
It was a very wet day today.
I walked to the hospital when...
half way through, rain started.
Then, it really came down hard.
I was cursing all through the rain. I didn't have an umbrella, a rain-coat or a jacket. All I had on me was a small shirt and my new 3 quarter dress pants.
I was freezing and I had no choice but to use my lab coat and shelter myself under it.
Reached the hospital soaked and soggy, dripping wet.
The whole 3 hours I was there, I couldn't stop shaking from the cold.
The fact that I am as hairless as can be, thanks to my hairless mum and dad, doesn't do much good either-in times like this.
So, the day in the hospital didn't go too well except for this hot surgeon Dr ;)
Our eyes connected a few times. You know those exchange of stealing stares ?... And then he stood next to me, so I took every opportunity to check him out shamelessly.
Im kidding.......... That was just to throw you guys off... Im not that cheeky ;P
But seriously, he has a nice bod. Arms well sculpted and he's tall too. LOL.
Then I asked to go home because I couldn't take it any longer.
Ask luck would have it, it was pouring outside.
I had to go home because everything on me and with me was cold and wet. I didn't want to get sick.
Called Fatou- her house is nearer than mine.
Three quarters through my walk to her place-still under the wet labcoat, I saw someone who did look like an angel to me LOL. She came, with an U.M.B.R.E.L.L.A for me.
In times like these, you really appreciate your good friends.
Went to her place, put on a change of warm clothes and had a glass of hot milk.
Then, I curled up under the inviting duvet and fell fast asleep.Lesson #1. Always check the weather report in Nova Scotia.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I joined Kien Ji and Wei Jin for brunch @ My father's Moustache.
Then we headed to harborfront to enjoy the summer sunshine and windy salty breeze from the Atlantic Ocean.
Sat right by the water, taking pictures... whilst blisfully watching the ships sail into the distance and enjoying the calming ambience.
Then, I bought my ice-cream from COWS (popular ice cream shop) and it was absolutely mouth-watering.
My waffle cone had sprinkled peanuts on top of melted rich chocolate and it was filled with Oreo Cookie ice cream :)
By the way if you didnt know by now: Me + food = matchmade in heaven :)
Then we headed to Citadel Hill and even though Kien Ji's the smoker, I was the one huffing and puffing all the way up the darn steps. No easy feat,I tell' ya. Finally found a nice spot with the winds blowing and trees in front of us. We lied down and melted into the beauty of the scenery and the warm bed of green green grass.
We had a Chinese dinner! Wouldnt go ballistic over it but nevertheless, it was Chinese food ;)
Prashant taught me The Fortune Cookie game- you have to add 'In B.e.d.' at the end of your sentence.
My fortune cookie read :
"Not every soil can bear all things. Be practical ... in bed "
They laughed and said : No kinkiness Sueyi ... lol ;)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Slept at 5.30 am last night- Skype is a wonderful internet creation of which its astounding benefits I truly appreciate.
Woke up at noon. Went off to eat my sandwich of lettuce, cooked chicken breast and tomatoes with my toasted whole wheat bread. I just don't understand : why doesnt it come out like Subways' ? Fatou's answer was unsurprisingly sarcastic : Because it just ain't Subway.
Oh well, I will pride myself in knowing that it was a very healthy brunch :)
Dad skyped me when I woke up and he's really the greatest dad...
Asked me if I wanted to go home since I have a break these 2 weeks. I was so touched.
And frankly, I cannot say yes to that as much as I would love to go home... because :-
1) I am coming back in December.
2) I don't think I should waste anymore of his hard-earned money unnecessarily. I'd rather they send me more food with that money:)
3) It costs a few thousand canadian just to go home. It's not worth it, I told dad.
Someone called me daddy's girl. My dad loves all his four lil spermy products so so much. LOL I always tease him that. We all did come from that wiggly lil worm, after all! I love u, daddy :)
Went shopping with Fatou at HSC. Bought hair stuff and a jumper at a kid's store (as much as I hate to reveal that, I really couldn't find much stuff in the adults' shops, because for some, I was smaller than a size 00) And finally, a dress pants that fit me!!! Fatou was an angel-she saw it and it fit me perfectly- after 2 weeks of exploring high and low for one. But it was pricey- oh well, sometimes, good things don't come in cheap. But it's like a good investment, as John puts it sensibly :)
Then, we went to Clayton Park to collect Fatou's new apartment key. We came out at ~ 11.00pm. It was freezing cold outside, and we were both waiting inside the bus stop station which is surrounded by 3 transparent glass walls-with no chairs- to hide from the cold.
Waited and waited and waited...for half an hour. Still no bus.
I was getting tired, so I put my shopping bag on the floor and sat on it. We both looked so pathetically pitiful, sitting inside that box-like space, on the floor in the middle of the night with hardly any cars on the street- One beige-coloured CHinese and another black African : two hot babes who looked like crap while waiting. FAtou said we were like the two people in 'Double trouble'. I remarked 'Can you imagine if we hitched a ride and got into trouble and adventure like in the movies? Or if we spend the night on the floor out in the streets and experience what it'd be like as a homeless?'
That would have been funny if we looked back at it in the future and sad, if you happened to be in our shoes at that time.
Finally, Fatou jumps up and claps her hand like a happy monkey puppet 'Yes yes the bus is here!'
I reached home at 12.30am.