Sep 22, 2016

It Brings Me Back To 2015

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

This 'Heathens' song keeps playing in my mind. Blame the radio station that plays it every day. See, people tend to blame others instead of admitting their mistakes haha yes, I'm talking about myself. I'm currently having a posting in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), yup women stuff, from pregnancy to menstruation to ovary and uterus. This brings me back to the 2015, when I had my second hospital attachment a.k.a elective posting. 

The first one I had when I was studying A-Level. The second one, I chose to do the 3-week-elective posting in O&G department with Tiara. Although it was kinda difficult that time as I hadn't studied about the reproductive system, nor did I have any idea of how the delivery was gonna look like. And I didn't even know what to expect and about the special components needed to clerk an obstetrics or gynaecology case, but it was such a great experience and overview. You can just click here to view the post about my previous elective posting; WEEK 1 (Labour Room), WEEK 2 (Clinics), WEEK 3 (Wards). Yup I posted for every week haha glad I did that, no regret. 

I clerked 2 cases at the antenatal wards (pregnant moms) yesterday's morning. In the evening, my group and another group combined for a clinical case discussion (CCD) session. I was the one who had to present to everyone, including the O&G specialist, Dr Emad. Dr Emad is an Arabian. I heard he talked with someone in Arabic! Jakuns jap, excited dengar. If someone who studies in Arab countries read this must be like,"Mehh, we even talk in Arab with patients okay" haha. Dr Emad really looks like my late grandfather, but a younger version. He's really nice! One thing that I really like about him is he tried his best to remember everyone's name. Though he called me 'Adida', but that's fine though. When someone, especially lecturer calls me by my name, I feel a bit more being acknowledged. Not that I'm saying other lecturers appreciate me less, but it does make me feel happy.

Today was kinda a busy day for us. We had a session with Sister Nalani this morning, learning about simple procedures in a real clinical setting; real urine for urine dipstick test, not just chrysanthemum tea haha. I also had a chance to do ECG on a real patient. Though had a few 'disturbance' lines in the ECG strip, but the placement of the leads was correct.

After the session, a few of us went to the prenatal ward while a few others including me went to the postnatal ward. We accidentally met Dr Pang there. During bed side teaching with Dr Pang an hour later, she asked us why were we in the postnatal ward because we're supposed to clerk cases from prenatal. but then I told her that we had gone to the prenatal ward yesterday, so we just wanted to check out the postnatal. It was a really good case discussion and she even taught us the theory behind everything and the components of the history taking according to her style. A bit different from Dr Emad, but that's what doctors do. They develop and find their own styles along the way in the medical field and that's what I'm gonna do also, hope will get to find my own, InshaaAllah (May Allah will).

In the evening, we had a class with our mentor, Dr Vela to discuss about our case for upcoming case presentation. I wish I'd sent the case earlier. The discussion triggered my brain, telling it that I should start thinking reasonably, not just simply include everything in the case history though they are irrelevant or insignificant.

At night, my group mates and I had a dinner with good home cooked food by our group leader, Rilwana weeee. It was really really yummeyhhhh! Made me miss home though tsk tsk. I helped a bit, but only like goreng telur and scooped the rice hehe :p

Wish we'd have dinner like this together later. I feel so glad to have group mates like them!

Sep 18, 2016

I Pricked Someone's Hand!

This post is supposed to be posted on 15th September 2016.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

Creds to Mr. Google

I'm not going to write about how long I haven't written anything and how busy I am, uh-oh, I just did it haha. I have a lot of things to share throughout the one month I was 'Missing In Action', but I don't know where to start and where to put the full stop. Anyway, currently I'm having a 4-week-hospital posting in Batu Pahat, Johor. I had my Paediatrics rotation last week and just ended the medical ward rotation this afternoon.

This morning we had a session with Sister N. She asked us to enter "Klinik Pakar 1" 3-4 people at a time. Sanaa, Aina, Marsaid and I were in the last sub group to enter the clinic. Sister N. straightly brought us to the blood withdrawal counter. It's show time. All this while we only did the venepuncture procedure on a mannequin, so finally we had a chance to do it on a real patient. Marsaid went first as he had already done it before. I was the second person. I called the patient's name and asked her to sit while I prepared the equipments needed. Sister N. was there the whole time to supervise and guide.

I wrapped the tourniquet around the patient's hand and began finding the suitable vein to be withdrawn the blood from. I found the most prominent vein at the left antecubital fossa. I removed the needle cap and slowly pricked through the skin until a flashback of blood was seen. I pulled the piston until the indicator reached number 4. I loosened the tourniquet and put a cotton wool before pulling out the needle. Then I inserted the blood taken into 2 small blood collection tubes. My hands were a bit shaking when I was transferring the blood hmm it must be the post-procedure syndrome, I guess haha. Luckily it wasn't too obvious. I tried my best to make myself calm down before the tremor makes me prick myself. You surely don't wanna that to happen though.

Anyway, everything went well, Alhamdulillah. One try is still not enough for me. Sometimes it's not that easy to locate the vein. Sometimes can only see the superficial ones. I still need a lot of practice, that's for sure. Practice might not make us perfect, but it definitely makes us better.

After the procedure, I went to the medical ward to complete my long case history for the upcoming case presentation. Hope I didn't miss out anything.

 *fingers crossed*