October 27, 2008

Coming projects?

I was browsing through the old files of InterMed Games and YM 2 to be emailed to the other committees when I felt like jotting this down here.

Despite the fact that we were gathering at open houses, sitting on one table while eating, we still had the time to do small meetings about upcoming projects! In the end, this is the conclusion... that we may try to attempt to do these projects by the end of our 3rd Year:
- Le Tour de Kedah
- 2nd InterMedical Games
- Young Mercy 2's Symbiosis Camp in Perak (this is compulsary of course...)

Heart to Heart is being passed on to the juniors... I hope it will go well, better even.
It's my hope that this time around we'll be more organized since we learned a lot for the past projects. With everyone's scattered away though, that would be the biggest challenge. Let's work hard and pray that it will be a success to us, ne?!

P/s- We had visitors from childhood time last night (err.. or morning..) that evoked a feeling of 'Wow~ everyone's grown up now~~'. Thanks Sofa and Shibrah for dropping by!

Currently: Watching and reading Ryusei no Kizuna carefully. I'm doing personal review on them ^^

Eid Photos

Uploaded the Eid photos... click here (or click on My Picture Log icon above)

Some previews:

Group picture 2

Experimental shot

White flower

Two little girls

Oh... and this:

P/s- these were my happy moments... to be able to play with my lil bro's Nikon D60... More to come since there were two open house yesterday *wink*

October 26, 2008

Eid Mood Still

Jalan Raye series continues from last year but not as active.
2 houses last week and 3 houses this week, including our batch's open house on Friday night. The thing that touched me the most was when our specialists and houseman's visit during the batch's open house! She even brought the potato she promised!

Amal's one is relaxing this year. I guess because there weren't too many of us but we were able to stay longer this time. Not to forget the surprisingly duit raya at the end! :P
Another open house is tomorrow night, not counting in my aunt's one that is...
Pictures will be uploaded soon; I got the chance to play with my brother's DSLR and that was really satisfying! XD

On the other hand, Oct 24 will be another date that I'll remember now... News of newborns lightened my heart these days... it's really lovely to hear news of people getting married, getting pregnant and getting babies... Sometimes it makes me wonder if I've gotten that old... but then, maybe I'm the one behind the track?

Ok, that sentence just made me laughed out loud. I blamed it on the 'let's-build-family' atmosphere >.<

October 24, 2008

Clinic Week

This week our sub-group is in clinic.
Perhaps because after Eid last week, not so many people electively doing surgeries, when we're down in clinics this week and saw a lot of patients, I was quite happy.
It's a bit hard to clerk every patient though in clinics... but we did have teachings and some patients do have signs and symptoms so it was pretty exciting.

I haven't met my target of doing PR and dressings yet this week, so those will still be the aims for next week!

Despite the fact that we're in clinic (and that it starts around 8.30 to 9 a.m.), Amal and I still come at 7.30 in the morning. As usual, I was looking around for chances of blood taking (yeah, the vampire-mode is still on even to this stage). I hope by the end of this posting, I'd get to insert at least one branula too... (one je? :P)

During on-call last night, I was given the chance to do IM injection. And the next aim during on call is to spend more time in the casualties. I really feel I could be of some use in there.

Classes are packed this week. Long clinic on Monday and as the results, I had late lunch. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we had classes in the afternoon, so we were rushing and results were just snack lunch. After 4 months of symptoms free, my gastric attack came back.
That's the only setback this week, I guess.
Remind me to buy omeprazole/losec...

On the other hands a few good news this week- cousin's wife gave birth, open houses this weekends, news of a friend's getting pregnant, met a patient's daughter who actually knows a colleague... perhaps, going to shabu-shabu too for lunch on Sunday *happy*

p/s to myself- change main banner, have new pictures now don't I?

October 15, 2008


Surgery's starting! I like! ;)
I felt like the last group had set quite a high standard in the wards and with the teams so everyday when I go to the hospital at 7.15 a.m. I feel like I have to step up to that standard... a surge of adrenaline and at the moment, every morning's quite energetic... for me anyway.

Though I'm still orientating my thought process the surgical-way, I like how things are being done in this discipline... I wonder if I'll like surgery more than medicine? Back in Perth, I've enjoyed both but this time around, only day 3 in Surgery but I've enjoyed it already. Ok, so maybe even back then I enjoyed (vascular) surgery a lil bit more than medicine :P

Though the rounds are shorter, by the time I go home I'm flat. And that doesn't even take an account of on-calls yet!

Anyhow, surgery... I'm loving it!

October 11, 2008

Prank Call Warnings


My sister and I just received a prank call/scam and I thought we might just as well warn you guys about it.
It started with saying calling from hospital because our dad met an accident and that he's in surgery
A few non-sensible instructions followed, argue if you have to but DO NOT REVEAL any important information about you or your family!
It's hard to tell if it's a male or female, seemed like they use that device that could change your voice.

Applaud my sister for arguing with the caller; once he/she knew we made a phone call checking with our parents, he/she quickly put down the phone.

A few things he/she made us did:
  • Initially he/she made you switch off any means of communication i.e. phone, internet etc. so that it won't interfere with the electrical equipments once he/she connects the phone to our father. Get this people; surgeons DO bring handphones in operating theatre!
  • Also, he/she said our mom didn't want us to know yet, the hospital still calls us to let us know about the accident. Does it make sense that if your mom doesn't want you to know what happens and yet the hospital calls against her consent? It's just unethical to go against one's consent, hospitals WON'T do that!
  • And to send 'neurons' through phones? Get this too, neurons are CELLS in the brain, it CANNOT be PASSED through phone lines!
  • Also, he/she said it's a minor surgery (but the way they put it was like a life-threatening surgery. Be careful though, they said that his heartbeat was low (bradycardia) and it WAS in the range of bradycardia (maybe he/she gets the info from wiki?)
  • Another key to ponder is that they said it's an operation near knee-cap, but can't explain the name of the surgery or what structures have been severed
  • Plus he/she said it's an operation near the knee, but there's a 5% chance that my dad would be paralyzed... UNLESS it involves the spinal cord or fracture around the pelvic area, that just doesn't click. Knee is below the level that can cause both legs to be paralyzed!
  • The one that made my sister riled up and argued with the caller was the instruction that asked us to draw the curtain down and change into our parents clothes; so that the 'feelings' would be sent through the phone once they connected the phone to our dad... Just where in medical field does that stand? Hospitals also don't call patients' relatives to do 'rejuvination procedure' over the phone; there's NO such things, ok?
  • One last important point before I forgot; hospital won't simply call you WITHOUT introducing who is on the line (i.e. Dr. blablabla, pakar blablabla/MO/HO)
Seriously, be careful people... you'll never know what kind of information you'll reveal/offer once you heard the news saying your dad/mom had an accident.
Alhamdulillah we were fortunate before there's any instructions of wanting us to give bank account numbers, or transfer the money or before somebody actually break into our house during the phone call...

Ticking time

Alhamdulillah yesterday's paper was quite easy; though I got all wrong for 2nd question in SAQ because I misinterpreted it -_-;;

Surgery group organized Eid luncheon; which was really nice. Afterward, we had briefing with Mr. Ahmed regarding our new posting next week. I'm both excited and scared (and anxious too)... the way he described it combined with the way Hannan studied during that posting... I'm scared, to sum it up. Surgery in Perth was fun- of course, with the vascular team I see lots of veins in the legs and diabetic foot ulcers... of course it was fun (especially assisting with amputations >.<)
Here, Putrajaya Hospital is the centre for endocrine, so we'd get a lot of endocrine cases i.e. thyroid... also I think I'd be watching a lot more abdominal/general surgeries compared to back then.

Even from the way Mr. Ahmed speaks, he wants us to be proactive and aggressive (not in a bad way)... for that, I'm kinda anxious.

In CUCMS, the group doing Surgery would be the one in charged in organizing event for the whole batch, as an attempt to get the batch to gather once in every 2 months at least. Our group will take over the next gathering (the former group will have an Eid Open Day in 2 weeks time). There's a suggestion of us handling Le Tour (this time around, suggested venue is Kedah, hence, Le Tour de Kedah this time around).

However, most in our group didn't want to handle big event, wanting something light for the batch i.e. vacation plan... Trying to understand them (it will be a lot of work, yeah, I supposed) I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed... Le Tour wouldn't be called Le Tour if it's not for the community work. In the end, majority agreed for medical check ups but against the Sunathon... Well, majority won, so this round of Le Tour will probably be for medical check ups only I guess. Maybe the upcoming groups could handle Sunathon project.

For our Young Mercy, last night during our Profs' Open house, two big people had small meeting and decided that we definitely have to hold a group meeting next week. I suggested it to be at Prof's place since he's doing an open house so we'll just gather to discuss about our project there.
For the former one under us, we were told it's time to pass School Watching to juniors... I have yet to contact Mercy to let them know this... As much as I'd like to join the current School Watching, it's a school day on Monday and I don't know if the coordinator would let me off on that day...

Surgery's starting soon... It means I won't be around anymore too until I get to steal the time to be online.

But first, another Prof's open house tomorrow! (reminiscing on last year's Eid where we were on weekly basis of jalan raye...)

P/s- I emailed people in Perth but I rarely got an answer, which made me wonder... perhaps they're not interested in keeping in touch anymore? *shrugs*

October 9, 2008

I Miss...

It was a phone call that I've never expected, especially now
Now married, she's across the sea
She was one I admired when I was small,
Now we talk like more like friends, discussing more serious matters
At times both are like little kids,
sharing same interests, having the same relatives on both sides.

Back then, it was 5 of us,
During Eid in kampung, we
chatted endlessly or listening to our mothers' tales,
sharing plates during lunches and breakfasts,
into the large outside-bathroom (can it still be called bathroom?) we went when we were even smaller then...

Now one is in UK,
3 in KL, and one in Sabah...
And even the 3 of us in KL, now it's getting harder to hang around isn't it?
How time flies...

While talking to her on the phone, I realized one thing
I miss my cousin(s)

//Since the one in Manchester wasn't around, just pretend her place in mom's :p

October 8, 2008

1 more paper to go

Of all the examinations, I just have to get one that I really didn't want to do isn't it? Out of the many examinations, neuro is my weakness. It was a pretty straightforward case actually; since the beginning, my impression was dengue. But when he said it also came with bilateral leg weakness, my mind was on pause... Ok, so was that related, or was it not?
And since that moment, I knew I'd have to do neuro exam...

Nevermind that... one more paper to go.

And for some reason, I'm not really looking forward to Surgery next week...
Any tips to float my mood?

October 6, 2008


It makes me really nervous when Mr. Ahmed looked at me and tell me "You're supposed to be good" when he knows I'll be going to Surgery starting next week.

I'm having palpitations now...

(from where did he get the idea anyway?)

October 5, 2008

Unplanned Reunion?

The plan was to have lunch with Farah, it has been quite a while since we met and I still had to return her external hard disk. Afterwards we dropped by the pharmacist and was talking when I heard someone called my name. Not long after that, another unexpected pair turned up; it was like unplanned reunion.

But because it was unplanned, we couldn't stay and chat too long.

It sure does bring back old memories though. Now we're all walking our own path...

October 1, 2008

Eid Mubarak

Just a quick note:

Salam Aidilfitri... Eid Mubarak
Maaf Zahir Batin...

-Wani Z & family

(For those in Perth, I'll email you guys when I get the chance to do so within this week, insyaAllah)