the tumultuous first week
Last friday when i arrived, i was happy that i am safely back home, but a little bit sad because i felt i wanted to travel more, eventhough i’ve been travelling, experiencing a lot, i wanted more. Since then i said to myself, try to be content with what you had, and be grateful, and i am grateful enough to have the chance to gain such experience, of which many of my friends did not.
Then, came on monday, the start of a new era, the final year, “the pre-housemanship year”, or “the senior clerkship year”, whatever you want to call it. Basically it means you need to study more, work your ass off more than before, and becoming more and more like a real doctor. What i didn’t expect is to be in it, to be that busy right on the first day. When i knew i’m in Surgery Posting, i thought, “That’s it”. No more daydreaming, no more relaxing, no chance! This first week i was posted in Anesthesia posting, one week under surgery department, which i learned how to anesthetised patients in the Operating Theatre, the drugs, the principle and the steps involved. I would say it is very interesting, at least for me! The Anesthetist is really a special kind of people, they are the center of the patient’s management in the OT yet they usually are less recognized or less prominent. They alone has the power to clear patients for surgery. Their lives revolved around dangerous drugs, you name it, everything is in their hands and under their discretion. Ketamine, Morphine, Midazolam, Propofol, and many other drugs that can make drug-addicts felt he’s in a sure heaven on earth.
The first week of 7.30am till 1.00pm then 2.00pm till 6.30pm makes me wanna scream aloud in my room at 6.30pm when i got back. I didn’t have time to even unpack properly and my room is a mess, i just managed to sweep and clean it but my stuff is still “berantakan”, haphazard! I would slept off just after dinner, or i’ll be too tired i dont have the mood to study. But i have to adapt fast or i’ll be left behind. It’s a cruel world of who does not make it will be left behind. A single mistake and our lecturer will chop our head off, literally la! That is how to say in surgery posting here, you need to be on top of your game, your gun must be fully loaded, your sword must be as sharp as possible.
I didn’t have time to write about my experiences in Indonesia, because of time constraint, i would write in simplified and sweet manner!🙂
do check my flickr account to see my pictures, i uploaded it last week some of 30 gigabytes photos i taken during the 5-week journey. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photo-j/
Bye. Live long and prosper!