Thursday, April 26, 2007

happy 21st birthday to hong!

happy birthday dear 3stani hon lyn! you looked so radiant and happy today! the party was wunnerful, i'm glad the surprise worked. :) decoy celebration at the romantic ps cafe was much fun too.

CSFC at TTSH (Tan Tock Seng Hospital) has been hectic. just the first week, and every day's been a rush. we're standing for so many hours a day, constantly having to look alert and un-tired in the afternoons. still getting a feel of how the hospital works, though am feeling somewhat less like a lost sheep in the wards. learning to talk to patients is a different, and rather interesting experience altogether.

by the way, CSFC is a 6 week-long "course", at the end of which we are expected to be competent in taking a patient's history, physically examining him and then presenting our findings to our consultant/ tutor.

not. easy.

i badly need to study now. talley to the rescue!


Monday, April 23, 2007

kelong days.

two days at kawal kelong in bintan with huilin, josh and marky. i had a fantastic time, really. haven't got photos from huilin yet, so these are shots from my sony ericsson. first time to bintan, and the beaches were so pristine and the water so clear. managed to get over my fear of the deep sea, just slightly. and sunrise on the kelong... low tide and being able to step into the ocean like it was the most natural thing to do... awww just gorgeous. :)

many thanks to dear wailams for organising, heehee. more photos soon!

anddd our very first day of CSFC and our first CG photograph! rather blurry - xuamy, me and wenyang. haha i look so red from being sunburnt.


Monday, April 16, 2007

everything i touched was golden.

the end of the exams for M2, hopefully. and a week until CSFC (clinical skills foundation course) starts. it sounds really novel and exciting, though i'm kind of wistful the holidays are so short... met up with my counsellor-counsellee family tree - ningqi, ningyi and christine today and was advised to start reading up on clinical examination soon. ahhh oh well. :) it was great meeting up with them! pity our great-grand senior alex couldn't make it to complete the family tree, he's traipsing around in turkey right now. i forgot to mention, he's dr alex wong now, how cool is that! :)

it's lovely having nothing much to think about. no microbiology releasing its tentacles into every part of my day, no neuroscience to memorise and cough out painfully. no more beating myself up for forgetting something just an hour or so after reading it. no more guilt trips for getting distracted by tv, magazines, etc. no more, for now. it's awfully nice having all the time in the world to read my agatha christie novels. it's happifying to watch many episodes of CSI. life is... pleasant.

having said that, M2 has been pretty alright on a whole... the subjects were much more interesting for me than M1 work. studying constantly for exams has been tiring, but learning has been more fulfilling. i've been more settled and consistent, and less likely to get worked up over grades. though it happens from time to time, of course.

well, am hoping for the best. and i'll enjoy this week thoroughly.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

he offers me protection, a lot of love and affection.

whether i'm right or wrong.


Sunday, April 08, 2007

what is the small round structured virus?

Noroviruses are a group of RNA viruses (previously known as Norwalk-like viruses) that can cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

This infection is often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu” – it is not related to the flu (influenza), which is a common respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.



Thursday, April 05, 2007

what is raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon (RAY-noz), in medicine, is a vasospastic disorder causing discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other extremities, named for French physician Maurice Raynaud (1834 - 1881). The cause of the phenomenon is unknown, but emotional stress and cold are classically triggers, and the discoloration follows a characteristic pattern in time: white, blue and red.

what has this got to do with my life in particular? nothing much. well it has relevance with regards to the coming exams. and it is interesting to know. somewhat. :)

stolen from.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

what causes the african sleeping sickness?

  • Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, T. brucei rhodesiense or T. cruzi?

  • Describe the "sleeping sickness." How is this disease acquired?

  • What does a trypanosome look like? What are the morphological forms?

  • What is the treatment for trypanosomiasis?

  • Will bean survive?

  • not feeling very happy. tired, stressed, yadda yadda. brain feels terribly spongy.