Tuesday, April 29, 2008

unknown chinese male.

my first collapse. watching someone from go from pulseless electrical activity to ventricular fibrillation and then to pulseless ventricular tachycardia (various unstable rhythms) - all the while with CPR, shocking and drugs in between. it was sad, because he was with a couple of strangers when he collapsed and no one knew his name. thank goodness he's stabilised now. it's amazing to be able to bring back a pulse with chest compressions. i think everyone should learn CPR. if you haven't, do think about it now.

was talking to xx later, and i said, one day we might have to do this for someone we know. she replied, that's the scary part.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

no you don't mean no, nothing at all to me.

a nice, sunny day at the beach yesterday, playing ultimate frisbee, looking at moobs and people in tents, dancing the lindy hop, singing britney songs - followed by a yummy pizza dinner. happy 22nd birthday hong dear!

the bus ride home for me was rather tumultous. i overslept on 855 and ended up in somewhere in yishun/ khatib. i quickly crossed the road to take the bus in the opposite direction, but missed it as i was busy lamenting my fate by sms to my friend. deciding that the bus stop i was waiting at was too secluded and fearing that i would meet a mas selamat character, i took 854 until i got to a bus stop that was closer to my place. and resumed waiting for 855 until the bus whizzed by and i realised that 855 didn't stop at that bus stop. exasperated, i walked home. finally managed to get home at 10.30pm when it should have been 9.15pm! a dratted circumstance for people who sleep on public transport.

now i need to finish my emed write-ups! sunday please don't go away so soon.


Friday, April 25, 2008

and we'll linger on.

mom and pap are off to NZ tonight. they're going to have a lovely time, i'm sure. :)

the overnight ambulance run was rather fun. falling asleep at the fire station office in between the deafening siren and call that goes something like "BEEEEEP BEEEEEP. ambulance call for A321. BEEEEEP." after which you had to run for dear life to the ambulance. problem was that only every alternate call was ours, so my sleep was much fragmented! haha. six cases in a night, most were relative non-emergencies. but it was interesting to see how the paramedics work.

i'm listening to david cook's interpretation of mariah carey's always be my baby.

You'll always be a part of me
I'm a part of you indefinitely
Boy don't you know you can't escape me
Ooh darling cause you'll always be my baby
And we'll linger on
Time can't erase a feeling this strong
No way you're never gonna shake me
Ooh darling cause you'll always be my baby

awww it gives a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

it's like that y'all!

Everybody is living it up
All the fellas keep lookin' at us ('cos)
Me and my girls on the floor like what
While the DJ keeps on spinnin' the cut
It's like that y'all (that y'all), that y'all (that y'all)
It's like da da da da, I like that y'all (that y'all)

the latest episode of american idol has renewed my interest in mariah carey. i think this song is really catchy, fun and light.

everyone seems to be experiencing fever, chest pain and SOB nowadays... why?


Saturday, April 19, 2008

thrills and bloody spills.

watched an intubation (Rapid Sequence Induction - RSI) being performed for the first time today, on a victim of an RTA. found it slightly scary and quite thrilling. was holding my breath until the doctor managed to insert the endotracheal tube correctly and the patient's O2 saturation started increasing again. think i hadn't completely understood the meaning of "sedate and paralyse" until i saw it for myself. and i had an epiphany. of sorts. we'll see how these revelations work out next time.

just had to record this day/date down.

boo, third week of posting is going, going, gone cos of the internal audit.


Friday, April 18, 2008


it's looking like the influenza/ rhinovirus is going to foil my plans of doing call tonight.
ah well. it's been a relatively eventful day here at the A&E so far. good for our learning, sad for those who were ill/ suffered. you see how much illness can affect the patient's family members too. everyone is someone's father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister. it's truly a very real and personal pain to be told that something untoward has happened to your loved one.
the postings so far have been telling me increasingly what i'm really interested in. to pursue these interests in the future would be a great blessing.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

who stole my weekend?

the weekend rushed by, coupled with an quiet, uneventful call yesterday night. we played with an adorable baby girl at 1.30am, had our coffee break at 2am, 'rescued' a hypoglycaemic aunty around 5am and had an x-ray tutorial at 6am... was so stoned by the time morning came. am still not really here now, thinking i should prepare for tomorrow's tutorials on multiple trauma and trauma x-rays... gackt. this posting will be over before i know it again, and i'm going to miss it when it's gone.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

what a feeling!

What a feeling, bein's believin'
I can't have it all, now I'm dancin' for my life
Take your passion, and make it happen
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life

performed by irene cara, from the 1983 movie, flashdance. lots of gratuitous butt shots in the video, but the song gets me going!

night call tonight, 10pm onwards at CGH.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

random photo for today.

zongxian and joel, cgmates and dressed very similarly.


update at 11.16pm

horrible mood wednesday. why? i feel so disagreeable.


Sunday, April 06, 2008

it's a little bit funny.

a recurring event before new postings begin -- sleeping a good deal of the day away. i call it recuperating from postings past.

i like CGH - the little microcosm in the east. just that it's too faraway for people who live in ang mo kio and have no car.

well, emergency medicine should be a good pick-me-up. BCLS, ATLS here i come!


and thank you dearest ku for helping me find this.

my mom's favourite george lam song - 每一個晚上. has the sweetest, most poignant lyrics. and he sings it so well.

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photo from our trip to yunnan in december 2005, taken by alex wong. with pipi, a huge saint bernard.


Friday, April 04, 2008

days at toa payoh.

with dr elaine tan and dr raymond ng.

with sister elaine tan.

the end of our family med posting. the staff at toa payoh polyclinic are the nicest + most accomodating + most encouraging that we've ever met in a healthcare institution! really enjoyed myself here.


and i love this, a cover of elton john's hit.

You know you can't hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open
This boy's too young to be singing the blues

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough

by sarah blasko. her voice has such a vulnerable and beautiful quality.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

trapped in the hospital...

why do so many hospitals have stairwells that automatically lock you in when the door shuts? what is the rationale for this? why have i been locked in more than once?

today, i was trapped in a stairwell at AMKCH. i was getting increasingly upset until i found that the door at level 1 was unlocked. the other time this happened was at CGH. then, i escaped into a stairwell because of a coughing fit, and found myself locked in. had to shout and try hard to attract the attention of someone on the opposite side to open the door for me. both times, i wasn't carrying my phone. being locked in is no fun! today, i felt really stupid that i hadn't learnt my lesson.

i'm thinking, it must be some sort of security measure. does it stop the patients from escaping? or intruders from entering the ward areas via the stairwells? hmmm?

it can feel somewhat like a b-grade horror flick!


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

being uncreative on april fools'.

haha apparently me being in severe hypotension (80/50mmHg) and hypoglycaemic shock doesn't worry my CG mates very much. i guess that means they're intelligent, and the april fools' joke we planned failed! boo. the story didn't follow well enough.

looking forward to tomorrow, we'll going to ang mo kio community hospital to see what rehab medicine is all about.