Friday, November 28, 2014


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Yeayyy done with my video recording session!
What's 'video recording'?
Video recording is actually another type on how we learn during the clinical skills session.
We will have to interview a simulated patient (history taking) according to the case that we get.
The duration for the interview is 5 minutes and another 1 minute is for the simulated patients (SP) to give feedback.
What we do will be recorded and on the following week we'll get feedback from our peers.

I was quite excited and a bit nervous.
Excited because this is the time to know where am I (at which level) and nervous because this is my very first time!
We were divided into few groups and guess what?
I was in group 1!
Each of us got a room and a case.
I was assigned to be in the room 29C.
My case for today's video recording was a patient with sore throat.

I just waited in the room until the patient came in.
Okay now I'm going to tell on what I supposed to do.
Then I will tell what I forgot to do haha.

The patient came in.

Hello and good morning. (Greet)
My name is Nurul Ardilla Noorezan, first year medical student from IMU. (Introduction and role)
Please, have a seat.
May I know your full name please? (Patient's full name)
Can I address you as Ms _____?
Okay Ms ____, I'm here on behalf of my consultant to gather some information from you.
Is that okay with you? (Ask for consent)
I will make sure that all informations will be kept confidential between me, you and my consultant. (Confidentiality)
So, can we proceed?

Ms _____, what seems to be the problem? (General open-ended question)
(She told me she was having sore throat).
Oh I can see it's hard for you to talk.
Do you need some water?
Do you feel comfortable?
Can you tell me more about your sore throat? (Open-ended question)
Is swallowing food painful?

(I tried to use SOCRATES in this case. Later I will explain what is it).
Do you have any idea on how you get this sore throat?
When did you get it?
How's the progress? Is it becoming better or worser?
How the sore throat feels like? Is it like sharp pain or burning?
Is there any other things (aka symptoms. I tried to minimise medical jargon as many as I could) that come along with this sore throat?
Does the sore throat follows any pattern? Is it constant or on off?
Did you take any medications or do anything to relieve the sore throat?
If I give you a scale from 1-10, what is the level of the pain that you feel?

Okay now I'm going to ask few questions about your current health. (Signposting)
Is that okay with you? (Consent)
Do you lose your weight?
Is your appetite okay?
Do you drink alcohol? Do you smoke?
Do your sleep cycle change?
Is your bowel motion okay?
Has there been any changes in the character of your bowel movement?
Is there any changes in colour or consistency of your stools?
Did you have any bleeding?

Now I'm going to ask about your family. Is that okay with you? (Signposting & consent)
Is there any of your family members who is affected too?
Do any of them has any diseases?

Ms _____, do you have any other medical problems?
Have you had any surgery in the past?
Do you take any medications?
What is the dosage?
How often do you take it?
Do you have any allergies to drugs and medications?

Okay Ms ______, now I would summarise a bit everything. (Summary)
(Use ICE)
Ideas, Concerns, Expectations (Patient's expectations).

Alright Ms ______.
Don't worry, you have come to the right place.
I will pass everything to my consultant and he will decide on what we should do.
Hopefully you will have a very speedy recovery.
Thank you Ms ______.

So the feedback that I got from the SP were;
I was neat. I maintained eye-contact.
Body posture and gestures were good.
My voice and tone were good.
Bla bla bla.
But.. (jeng jeng jeng)
I didn't show enough empathy wuaaaaa.
She told me that I looked too calm.
I just asked her if she wanted some water which was not really enough.
Sokay, I will improve myself next time InshaaAllah!

Oh and I'm not really sure is it right if I use SOCRATES in this case.
SOCRATES is usually used if the patient has pain (knee pain, arm pain etc).
SOCRATES stands for Site, Onset, Character, Radiation, Association, Time course, Exacerbating/Relieving factors and Severity.
You can google it if you wanna know more details.

As I mentioned we had to interview the SP for 5 minutes.
I had asked all questions 1 minute before the bell rang so I simply asked few more questions regarding urination and travel history, which I think were not necessary haha.
Travel history is usually taken from patient who's having fever.

This is just the basic thing that I learned.
I'm so sorry if there's any mistake.
And I know the flow may be quite bercelaru bcs we haven't learned the systems yet so we don't know what are the real questions that we should ask.
If there's anything that you want to correct me, just tell me okay.

With that, I thank you.
Assalamualaikum and good night! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

As I already promised, in this post I'm gonna tell you how was my hospital visit to Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban and what I learned yesterday.
Before this yes, I did a work shadowing in KPJ when I was doing my A Level in INTI but the fact as we know, there are lots of differences between a govt and private hospital.
Besides, this time we had to shadow nurses instead of doctors!
I was really really really looked forward to this nursing week and it turned out that almost everything was awesome!
I slept early the night before so that I won't wake up late on the next day.
We gathered in front of IMU by 7 and as usual, Sanaa and I arrived sharp at 7 just few seconds right before the bus took off.

Usually I sleep straight away when the bus leaves but yesterday, I was not!
I was very excited that I felt like every single second was really precious and shouldn't be wasted by sleeping haha.
We arrived HTJ about 1 hour later.
The bus stopped quite far so we had to walk from there to the hospital (ceh mcm princess nak hantar sampai depan pintu).
We were supposed to gather in IMU clinical school Seremban which is located just opposite to the main hospital building, but unfortunately we overlooked the clinical school entrance and lost in the hospital haha.

Long story cut short a bit, we arrived and were divided into few groups.
My group mates were Nawal, Wooi Ye, Sinthia and Malani.
A sister was assigned to guide us throughout the whole day in the hospital.
Luckily all of my group mates understand Malay language so we don't have to translate what the sister said.

Our journey began at the accident and emergency (A&E) department.
There are 3 main rooms in the A&E; Red, Yellow and Green Zone.
Patients who come will have to undergo an initial observation (before going to a specific room) such as simple physical exam and vital signs which included body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory/breathing rate and blood pressure.
But usually, patients who are very critical will definitely being sent directly to the Red Room.
For asthma patients, they will be directed to a special small room which has nebuliser, oxygen etc.

We stopped in front of the Red Zone while the sister was telling us about how ambulance operates once they receive emergency call.
Then suddenly, a guy came out with a lady who cried uncontrollably.
The guy was trying to console the lady while walking together out from the Red Zone.
Past patted my shoulder and memories flashed into the back of my mind.
Adrenaline rushed passing through my veins.
The lady reminded me of myself few months ago when datuk passed away.
I know how she felt.
The feeling of losing someone you really love.
Gosh, I know I shouldn't think bout sad things at this time so I tried my best to forget bout it and get back into the right track.

Then the sister showed us mammography room, x-ray, all those kind of scans, forensic department (included the mortuary) and few other clinics and departments before going to wards.
The sister explained to us about the wards.
Men and women are separated in different rooms and there are few types of wards.
First one is surgical wards.
For ortho as for example, there are 2 surgical wards for male and that 2 wards are either active or passive.
Admitted patients will be placed in the active wards only.
While the passive ward has to discharge patients and get ready as it will become active (accept patients) on the next day.
Surgical wards are "alternate days" but not medical wards.
Medical wards are "alternate patients", and that means all medical wards are always active to receive patients.

Because the sister that guided us is belonged to the medical ward, so most of our time we spent in the ward, observing patients with different diseases, problems and concerns.
It is an ethical duty to keep patients information confidential.
So I would just roughly tell what we learned on that day without mentioning any names or diseases.
My group mates and I got the chance to know the procedures for Ryle's tube feeding, body washing, blood sugar level test, case clerking by both House Officer (HO) and Medical Officer (MO), oral feeding, report passing (between nurses), vital signs and arrangement & function of equipments.

The ward wasn't too noisy, I took some time to listen carefully to the surrounding sounds.
I could only hear a constant beep sound, nurses chit-chatted discussing about work, doctors talked to patients and some other soft voices among the patients themselves.
I have this one habit which I would keep quiet and observe my surrounding; not only people, but also sound, smell etc.
I tried as best as I could to capture everything and keep them in my mind.

Those were not the only things that fascinated me, but also stories from patients, their hardships and concerns regarding their health status really made me touched.
There was a patient who's very poor.
He told us that he already asked for the doctor's permission to go back home tomorrow.
The sister told the guy that he couldn't go back until he feels well but he kept insisting to go back and said that he really need to go home because his wife is sick.
And there was another old guy who was being interviewed by an HO (case clerking) told the doctor bout his condition and family background.
His daughter was standing beside his bed.
Previously he worked as a farmer but after he broke his leg etc, he couldn't work anymore.
And his wife is in Rumah Orang-Orang Tua.
Another story which broke my heart.

I know one day I have to face this.
It would be quite tough so I have to learn balancing my emotions and feelings between empathy, sadness etc.
Of course if you be the patient, you don't wanna see a doctor cries after listening to your story and concerns right?

This hospital visit was really worth it.
I appreciate every single second I had in the hospital.
Usually you only get the chance to view the hospital as a patient and that's another reason why I really really glad I had this hospital visit.
Looking forward to more hospital visits in the future.

To be honest, I can't wait to get a scroll and start my life as a houseman.
Can't wait to be busy going here and there, interviewing and taking care of patients' health!
InshaaAllah another few years -- Dr. Ardilla is ready to treat everyone.

Assalamualaikum :)

Monday, October 27, 2014


Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

What's up with 1989?


I was so frigging excited (well that's what a swiftie does haha)
The album is supposed to be released today but bcs I couldn't wait any longer, I downloaded the whole album yesterday from torrent. 
The pirate ones bcs someone had leaked it hehe.
Sorry Taylor, but I was too eager and excited :/ 
Anyway I like all of them! 

Great job Taylor Swift! 
I better continue studying (and singing) hehe toodles