welcome

Call me Sueyi.
Call me Sue-Sue.
Call me Sue.
Just don't call me lil fry.

A 19 yr old :

Finding her niche in the passionate world of white coats and stethoscopes.

Missing Malaysian food so badly, that she drowns her sorrow by surfing food blogs.

Who watches scary movies only with friends who have high pain threshold (from all that pinching)

Who has very cold extremities, ask my stimulated patients, oops sorry, "simulated patients"

Who loves a good laugh with candid, thick-skinned friends

Who cannot stay surrounded by 4 walls for more than a few hours

Who loves her loved ones so so much


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shout outs



endless wishes

char siew bao.

blueberry muffins.

hot Milo and crackers.

a neverending supply of Daddy's socks.

Bear hugs. Warm kisses. Lots of Love.

My own beach chalet.

Bubble baths.

Shining sun and rainbows.

Sexy stilettos.

Dancing.

Me

I wear socks.Even with heels.

I play with my earlobes.

I have a Mongolian mole.

My family means the world to me. "Family means no one gets left behind"

I like cheekiness. You cheeky, me cheeky.

I heart my close friends, the ones who know me in and out, the ones who've grown with me.

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and when she speaks

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Armed with medical knowledge gives you the upper hand of knowing roughly what the possible diagnosis could be or at least the differential diagnoses of the symptoms manifested...

No doubt it is an advantage that you can put to good use in terms of helping friends' and family members' understanding -for those who come to you to help shed some light on medical lingo they don't understand or advice on the medical illnesses that they've been plagued with.

BUT-this I have to admit; worry and fear hits me; sometimes unnecessarily- when it comes to my own close loved ones.

I shouldn't be doing this... But I think it's natural (I guess) if you worry more- because after all; they're your own blood and family.

Sometimes it's ridiculous; but I end up with sleepless nights just tossing and worrying for my loved ones- and I get worried sick... until I know they're in the clear.

Just the other night at our hotel room in Bali; after a feast of seafood for dinner; I was happily in bed past midnight. Only one other sister was asleep. Next thing I know; past midnight around 12.30am; my sister's room's (it's a connecting two-room) phone was ringing... Sze-Sze picked it up; and I drowsily overheard her saying 'Jie is sleeping'..

Then, she pestered me - I didn't want to move; I was comfortably sleeping and was hesitant in waking up...
Then, she shouted urgently... 'Wake up JIE! Mummy vomited blood!!'

WHAT?! I jumped out of bed and answered the phone.

Daddy said mummy swallowed a fish bone just now during dinner; and she just had an apple (she tried eating it to remove the bone from someone's advice) and vomited it all out with blood...

I ran off to her bedroom just a few rooms away.

I entered the room; after dad opened the door and saw her face, looking up worriedly at me.
Honestly; looking at her face; I was scared inside, of course. I didn't show it on the outside, because I knew she was already wrecked with worry.

Eyes bloodshot and wet from tears. No, she wasn't crying... She was in severe pain from the fish bone stuck there. The pain kept on getting worse she said; and now, she was unable to turn her head left or right because that aggravated the pain.

Her neck was red. And I was concerned about possible allergic reaction as well because hives was evident on her hands and neck.

I asked her a few questions... no shortness of breath. no choking sensation. only one episode of vomiting. how much blood?...

I honestly had never really dealt with a stuck fish bone in my emergency/family rotation before, but just looking at her face, stricken and fearful and in pain; I was definitely concerned. I went back to my room, googled things up, and made a immediate phone call to the 24-hour doctor on call from our hotel.

Fast forward another phone call after the doctor did not get back to me in 7-8 minutes; this time, I told them about the blood in the vomitus incident and the doctor-on-call got back to me almost immediately.

I told her the history; what mum did; no signs of dangerous distress ie SOB... and she advised us to go downstairs to the clinic just to look at her throat. But just before she phoned me, my mum called me back and said there was no more pain. Dad had asked her to down her throat with vinegar. But even then, I still could sense she was still worried.

Image of her saying to me just minutes beforehand, 'No need to see the doctor la Sue (in her Hakka tone)... I won't die tomorrow right?'

That question she threw me; with a hint of worried uncertainty; I knew she wanted re-assurance.

So, I insisted we go down to the clinic despite there being no more pain, because I was unsure if she denied it just so she didn't have to go see the doctor --- and anyway, it would have been better for her own peace of mind for the rest of the night.

I took her downstairs; held my mum's hands. I know how scary it is when you are uncertain and you have to go see a doctor. This I know and could feel- despite me myself being a doctor.

I met the doctor; she used a tongue blade to peek through the bottom of her throat and saw no abrasions and no more bleeding.

Mum was super relieved. And I was happy.

Then, I gave my thanks to the young doctor on call and smiled gleefully :) I think she understood where I was coming from. I also apologised for troubling her past midnight being on-call. It's so nice to have this mutual understanding and concern between health professionals.... :)

Brought mum back up to her room; and you could see she was happy now. And dad's face of concern turned into relief when I told him what had happened in the doctor's room.

Mum gave me a big kiss and said 'Sometimes it's nice when your daughter takes care of you'

I smiled and gave her a big kiss too and said 'good night' to both my parents.

And walked back to my room with a big sigh of relief and gladness.
And an overpowering sense of love for my two wonderful parents.

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