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Friday, September 12, 2008
I was with a good friend today, for a study date.She was getting frustrated and disappointed with the way her elective approval was going, and I know exactly how she felt, because I went through the same thing a few weeks ago...With our electives coming up, the exams, our residency applications, the last 2 weeks of working in the hospital as a 'clerk' doing scut work, running around, having insufficient sleep all the while juggling our studies for the strenuous exam assessments, it is all starting to take a toll on all of us- and most of us agree we're semi burnt-out.Seeing she was stressed out and upset, I revealed I cried the other night, talking to my mum.I asked mum if this was how it was supposed to be, if I was ready for residency if now itself, I find it exhausting and relentless on some days and overwhelming. So many lessons learnt everyday... some much harder to swallow than others, some experiences requiring you to really dig deep and find that belief in yourself and the strength to take it all to make myself a better doctor.She told me she cried too, the other night. We both laughed at the similar revelations and that renewed the support we have for each other. It was her birthday, but it turned out to be so stressful that she cried in bed..I realised we're all in the same boat and all going through a tumultuous time and cannot wait for these challenging 2 weeks to pass. Once this boat is over, it will be a whole new ride. A new sail.That said, with the passing of these 2 weeks, we will all emerge stronger, without a doubt.Talking to my patient today who lost a lung and could laugh at it. I told her 'I salute her courage and her strength and find it admirable she could look at it with such a sense of humor' whilst she was having labour pains ;) And she said 'Laughter is the best medicine right?''On those days when it was so tough, so painful, they'd put my daughter's picture up, and I would do my exercises'That is what strength, courage, determination and above all, love can do for you.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Mummy dearest :)Love you all very very much *muacks*I can already feel it. New York is going to be loads of fun and adventure! I'm having a blast here, and definitely should be stressing out more for exams... ;)But my friends here are making everyday fantastic =)Oh and we'll be having a baby hurricane tomorrow. I hope that means work is cancelled on Monday hehehe :) I don't want to be delivering babies at 3am in the dead of the morning!