and when she speaks
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I would love to put up pictures which my patients have allowed me to take of their conditions; unfortunately, I'm liable for litigation should any of them get published - so sorry guys, no cool pics to share ;)Had dinner with Siraj today whilst he was on call. Sin Ling was so sweet, but she sabotaged me- that ciku! I was so hungry last night cos of a cancelled dinner date, and the cafeteria closed at 7.30pm. She cooked curry chicken and brought 2 sesame bagels :) And guess what? I finished all within a matter of minutes. I wasn't that hungry, but the food was placed tantalizingly in front of me- what's a girl to do? ;p I guess I'm just plain greedy *need to practise self-resistance* ;) Bumped into Jonathan today and he cheekily asked ' Is it a handsome young guy you're meeting for dinner?'But he's going to teach me electrolyte imbalances this Wednesday when I'm on call, so that's really really nice of him :)My room is so cold, I'd rather stay in the hospital than come home sometimes. The window panes have holes permitting cold air to breeze in, and the heater is pretty useless, and so I got a baby heater but turns out, whenever its switched on, the whole room's electricity just trips-which gets me soooo frustrated! Anyway, one week more and counting down ;)
Friday, December 07, 2007
I'm in love with Alicia Keys song - No OneI've got a whole bunch of samples for putting blackheads, pimples and acne in check - from working in the dermatology Clinic. And I've learnt so many beauty tricks from my staff members, however that still doesn't stop the pimples from popping due to the upcoming exams ;) Still, I am amazed at how flawless their skin are - and mind you, most of them are men in their 30s and 40s and 50s.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
- I did my very first skin biopsy for a suspicious mole today :)
- I love my residents
- I love being where I'm at, despite the snow storm
- I love meeting new people everyday and making new friends along the way, especially when you have company walking home together in the wet, slushy, slippery snow.Chit-chatting in the cold suddenly makes the cold not so unbearable anymore :)
The past week has been slow and easy, getting up around 8am and not the usual 6.30am :)
And eating out has been the norm too, thanks to Sin Ling, I've indulged in all kinds of fast food last week-McD dinner, KFC dinner, Tim Hortons' pastries, Pizza lunch... And the lovely dinner for Vartika @ Turkish Delight.
I've made promises with a few friends/residents for plans next year and hopefully, they'll be fulfilled as time flies. This is for my own reference so that when I come back here after the Christmas/New Year holidays, I know who to look for when I'm itching for company ;)
Clerkship flies by. It happens so quickly that if you don't make an effort to rekindle all your relationships, you won't get another opportunity once everyone has left for electives. I'll only be here for a year and a half, and I want it to be as memorable and cherish able as it truly can be :)
- Might visit Sin Ling in the ulu place she is heading to for a weekend during Family Med.
- Potluck dinner with Angie, Diane, etc.
- Dim Sum Sunday brunch with Jonathan.
- Dinner on-call with Siraj.
- Lunch/dinner with Rob/Sia.
- Anna/Mina for our next exotic meal. & a trip down South.
- Eleanora: meet-up.
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
"Friends are relatives you make for yourself. "
When your family isn't here with you and you want company in the real human form, your friends fill up that emptiness inside. Of course, Skype is possibly the greatest invention ever - but the time zone creates a problem sometimes.
I just want to say I *heart* my family for always standing by me-for always being there for me.
My friends- you know who you are- as pesky as I can be sometimes or the mistakes that I make (yes yes I'm only human), you guys have also always been by my side and shared wonderful moments together, despite the consequences of being my friend ( the bruises, pinches that you suffer from ;))
I'm grateful and thankful.
See you all soon :)
hehehehehhehehehhehehehehehhehehehehhehehe *silly foool here is so happy and excited* =)
Monday, December 03, 2007
Can Get In The Way Of What I'm Feelin'
When The Rain Is Pourin Down
And My Heart Is Hurting
You Will Always Be Around
This I Know For Certain
Sunday, December 02, 2007
It's World AIDs Day today.Being highly involved with World AIDS Day for the past few years, today brings a funny feeling to my bone as I'm not directly participating in any WAD activities-...So here I am, armed with tonnes of knowledge around safe sex, HIV transmission and playing my part to educate and create awareness :)"Be part of those who are building a better tomorrow"Stop the stigma against people who has HIV/AIDS.You don't get HIV just by kissing or hugging or even sharing food utensils with them. You get it by means of sharing bodily fluids - blood, semen, breast milk. So don't do drugs in the first place because you can get it through needle sharing, don't go searching for prostitutes even if you think you're safe with double condoms, and please be loyal to your partner and stay monogamous...By the way, wearing two condoms only increases your risk of contracting HIV or rather, contracting the whole bag of STDs that come with it-simply because two condoms rubbing against each other causes friction-which increases your chance of tearing your condom-which isn't what you'd like :)1. Don't play with fire- don't do drugs, don't do prostitutes, don't do unprotected sex.2. PLWHAs-people living with HIV/AIDS are just like us-individuals with human feelings. Most of them are victims themselves; being infected by their other half or having had to resort to prostituting to raise their children; and those who did call for it upon themselves, they'd like a second chance at life-they've made a mistake and they have to pay a heavy price for it but hey; we all make mistakes too. So let's be supportive and understanding and help integrate them into our society so that they have the best chance of enjoying the future years of their life. Stop the stigma; don't discriminate.3. Educate everyone around you. Practise safe sex. Of course, abstinence is the number one prevention method; but if you must have sex, I advocate the use of the "condom".