New Start

I just realized I haven’t posted anything for February. Shame on me. >.<

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But in all honesty, things had been pretty hectic during that month. I finally completed 3 years of service in Hospital Serdang and am now working at Kelantan. I transferred to Kelantan around early February and reported duty right then. Experience? It was nice. I’m not sure whether I like it because the working environment was good, or maybe just because I came back to my own village. Either way, it was really nice.

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My new office

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The first day I reported to duty, I was sorted out and was placed at the Mother and Child Health in Klinik Kesihatan, solely in charge of the Obstetric patients. Meaning, I am in charge to see all pregnant ladies, including women 6 weeks after delivery. I would have to admit, I felt burdened by the task. I was never interested in Obstetric and Gynaecology. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the O&G training in Serdang. It was the best housemanship training of all departments I’ve been through. The head of department was the best among all, and the training was very productive. But still, I was never interested at the knowledge itself.

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When I was seeing my first patient here, I felt the rush of adrenaline I never felt before. I was scared – literally. The only thing that popped out in my mind was; what kind of medicolegal I’ll be doing this time?

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Yes. It was that bad.

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Reason being, I was never good with the complicated Obstetric cases. Let say, a pregnant or lactating mother practically carries on two concerns; the mother and the baby. Worst being if she’s pregnant of twins, I’d kill myself. There are a lot of things to consider due to this predicament. The drugs, management, actions; all are put under double considerations. I dislike the worries.

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I used to think I’d be okay, since I’ve been seeing multiple co-morbidities in ICU setting for months at Hospital Serdang. And since patients with multiple co-morbidities are equally complicated, perhaps I was used to thinking difficult cases such as these.

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I was completely wrong. It was a wide scope of knowledge in O&G, and I had to re-program the stuff I know during my stay in Anaesthesiology. The normal level of blood pressure, the normal level of blood glucose – everything!

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The good thing is; I had a bunch of very supportive colleagues. There were 8 of us, medical officers, in the city, and another 7 covering the district areas, plus 2 specialists covering all of us. It was fun learning from them. Some of them are just like me, just being transferred not too long ago. So it was pretty much that we were all learning together, gathering what we know. Each of us came from previously multi-discipline. So it was pretty easy whenever we needed to ask some things of different aspects.

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Our M&M meeting with my colleagues

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Speaking of which, when I first went to meet my colleagues, I get the same reaction over and over again. People just keep telling me I look too young to be a doctor. The nurses even asked my colleagues if I was really not a house officer. Like oh no, is there even a house officer at a Klinik Kesihatan? Haih~

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Anyway, I enjoyed working here, even though I was pretty depressed about checking pregnant and lactating mommies, but I would still thank Allah that He had placed me at a place where I can easily mix in. I hope one day I can see my patients without worrying this much. Lately I’ve been put to the Paediatrics section occasionally, and it was really fun to finally touch the babies again.

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That was pretty much how I’m satisfied about working here. But really, it was a relaxing duties. I always considered being at the Anaesthesiology department was relaxing. But being at a Klinik Kesihatan is even more relaxing than that. It came to the point that I become a little bit bored and started to work part time – actually I even write this post while idling in my office. Since I really love seeing my patients, so yeah. But the good side of being less busy is that I get to talk to my patients more.

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Going into the villages to see the patients

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That aside, today is the sixth day of the missing flight MH370 without a single trace, without a single signal, without a single sign. It was bad, and I wish I could help somehow. But let’s be honest, there’s no way I could lend a hand at a time like this. All I can do is pray for them – and will always will. I’ll take my hands off the speculations written, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of bizarre possibilities. Since we’re playing with humans, everything is possible.

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Some people reminisce about the AF447 incident, a flight that disappeared and only been found around 2 years later with a tragic ending. But I honestly think this wasn’t the case. Unlike AF447, there was no signal sent, no weather involvement, and MH370 went missing in a busy area of air traffic to even get lost in radar coverage. What actually happened? Wallahualam. We just have to wait for the story unfolds – maybe sooner, maybe later, or maybe never.

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Condolences to all the victims and families, dead or alive.

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May Allah ease the search of the flight, and may He grant us all the best in His own way. Amiin.

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Truly,

Dalili, 2014

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