Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
- I scrubbed in for surgery. Okay, this may be extremely lame, but somehow I managed to get through an entire year of adult medicine without ever scrubbing in ??? It wasn't because I was scared, or busy, or lacked the opportunity etc. It was an initiative problem (related to surgery) that I'm sort of kind of addressing at the moment. Previously, going to theatre meant hanging out with the anaesthetists. But now I figured, hey, this is my freaking elective. So I scrubbed in. And for that, I got to retract the triple chin of a morbidly obese, obtunded patient as he got himself a tracheostomy (tube into wind pipe). Taking that step today, finally committing myself to the entire surgery (because hey, you can't just walk away from surgery when you're retracting bits of chin, right?), was a step I wanted and needed to take.
- I discovered what pseudomonas spp. smells like. It's oh-so foul. So as we were prepping the above said patient, this odour starts wafting through the OR. For a second I thought it was from the neighbouring theatre, where the surgeons were busy draining a massive abdominal abscess that was so deep it was like a mining shaft. Literally. But then one of the registrars remarked: "This smells like pseudomonas." So now I know what pseudomonas smells like.
- I saw petechiae. Yeah...I don't know why I got so excited about that.
- I had to translate for this Chinese patient who spoke very little English. It was crazy! You'd think medicine, being all Asian and all, there'd be tonnes of doctors speaking Mandarin. Apparently not. So it turns out I was the only one who could speak Mandarin (vaguely), asking questions like where is the pain, do you need to pee, have you peed? Shit like that...
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Welcome to the first post in my blog: Kevin’s Map of the Universe. It feels quite anti-climactic, sitting alone in my room as I tap away on my keyboard. Because actually, tonight is the eve of a new era for me (kind of like in the movies minus the uplifting score with snowflakes and unicorns and people braiding each other’s hair…). Tomorrow, I begin hopefully the most exciting 7 months of my life.
7:30am, I’ll be starting my 4-week stint with the Trauma service. It’s my elective, which will give me some interesting stories to talk about. People never cease to find new ways to do/say/insert/penetrate inappropriate things at crucial moments. Then I’m off to Norway, on exchange for a semester studying Womens’ health. Now I’m at that stage of frantically learning Norwegian, and it’s funny - I still draw blank when it comes to asking for a loaf of bread, yet I’m well versed in saying: “Are you pregnant?” or “Have you had significant vaginal bleeding?” You know...as you do.
Anyway, so yesterday my friend and I went to watch the release of the new Movie-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named (Cast includes KStewart, RPattz,
Taylor Lautner Taylor Lautner’s abs). So during the part where they screen all the trailers before the actual movie begins, I see the trailer for Tomorrow When the War Began. It’s a famous novel by John Marsden, but what caught my attention was this Asian guy who plays a significant role in the movie.
Let’s face it. Asian males are so underwhelmingly represented in mainstream media, especially in Australia. I can’t even think of one TV show/Movie/News Report where the lead role/host/newsreader is an Asian male. Any trivial role that we play is invariably the Joker/Goofball/Emasculated-douchebag, which is ridiculous. Damn, they even got a white guy to play Goku in Dragonball Z. Like, wtf right? So what’s even more surprising is this Asian male starts making out with the lead chick. I wonder if John Marsden actually scripted that in his novel, or perhaps, are times really changing?
I don’t know. Anyway, I should probably go read up on how to clear a C-spine now. Or what to do when a bone is sticking out through skin. Trauma-related stuff. So far it’s been pretty much about chronic conditions in medicine. Hopefully now I get to see the gory side.