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So much has happened since my last post!

The Debate took place (although unsettling, IMHO), Thierry Henry was voted numero uno in the Gunners’ Greatest 50 Players poll (wouhouuu), and The Dark Knight took the world by storm (Christian Bale is HAWT HAWT HAWT).

But the highlight has got to be my 2 weeks posting in HKL’s Emergency Department.

I got my first taste of life at the pit, and it was awesome!

I can safely say that the doctors, nurses and medical assistants (MAs) in the department are VERY efficient. Whenever a patient is admitted and needs urgent attention, they work together like an F1 mechanics team at the pit stop. But instead of rapidly refueling and changing tyres, they take care of the ABC in rescuing – airway, breathing and circulation.

And they remain so calm, even when death is staring them right at their faces.

It was in this department that I experienced my first death. This Indian uncle came in for an asthmatic attack, but he was pretty stable. He even asked me whether he could go back to his exercise routine that very evening. Semangat ok. An hour after he was given his meds, he came back. Only this time, he was weaker and was sweating profusely.

He was immediately rushed into the resuscitation zone, but in no time he went into cardiogenic shock. His vital signs crashed and he suffered a massive myocardial infarction. The “pit crew” did everything they could – inserting necessary medications, and performed multiple CPRs but it was fated that it wasn’t his day.

After a long hour of resuscitating, the doctor in charge said, “Wait until the line becomes flat..”.

At that moment we all knew he was gone.:(

I was on call for a few nights, and there were just so much drama! From psychotic cases to ehem, newsworthy cases (No, we didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of him..), and of course the myriad of injuries obtained in motor-vehicle accidents. So DRIVE SAFELY people and try not to end up in the Emergency Department ok!!!

It’s interesting that some patients came just because they need someone they could talk to, even if it’s already 3am in the morning. I think this is the part when a doctor can really make a difference in patients’ lives, by paying attention to details, and complaint after complaint, all whilst being responsive even when they don’t feel like being responsive. And for that, I salute the emergency doctors of HKL for their undying commitment. 🙂

Anyway, twas a good 2-week experience, thanks to the helpful staffs of the department.

But I can assure you that no doctor in the department is as charming as Doug Ross though, tee hee.

Next up is my Psychiatry posting! Wooot!

Imma be a friggin shrink fo 2 friggin months yo.

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