MRCOG PART 3
T - 31
Perhaps I should have elaborated, after passing part 2, there is still part 3 to contend with. It is a long and difficult road to be a specialist, and even then, it doesn't guarantee competence. Passing the exams does not mean I am good, it just gives me the ticket to further my training at a higher level. A doctor's life is truly a lifelong commitment to learning.
I haven't had time to celebrate as it has been a mad rush to organize everything, since the exam will be in London. After this, I think I will take a nice, long break to regroup and remember that there are more to life than just exams and just being a doctor.
I finally read a book from one of my favourite genres, Young Adults. Even though I stopped qualifying as a YA a long time ago, I love storylines that I know will have a good ending. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA are all wonderful escapes for me. No matter the angst or drama, things always work out somehow.
And I Darken by Kiersten White is set in and during the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. It chronicles the journey of Lada Dragwyla and her brother Radu, as they try to carve out a life after being ransomed by their father to the Sultan's Court, in exchange for their kingdom. Lada is a ruthless and fierce woman who knows what she wants in a time when women were nothing more than property to be sold in marriage, in contrast to her sweet and meek brother.
I can't wait to read the second book, Now I Rise! (Image from Angelreads.com via Google)
Do Good, Always
30 x 1kg bags of flour ready for the Deepavali donation! It's not much in the grand scheme of things, but that's 30 families having a little bit more for their celebration. Always try to do good and be kind, no matter how small the gesture is. "We rise by lifting others." #TodayYouTomorrowMe#TamakPahala#DoGood
Running Through My Head
First proper day off in 2 weeks! Today's pace is "Good job for getting up and going out there" Or as I actually call it in my head, "Still faster than crying at home". 😂
The park was packed with people today. Who says Malaysians aren't a health-conscious bunch? "My life, my love, my drive, it came from...
Pain!" - Believer, Imagine Dragons.
On Call Emo
Now that I have some spare time whilst awaiting my results, I started reading non-exam books again. Because I'm obviously not emo enough 😂, the top of my reading list is an autobiography written by a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the age of 36, just before he was due to graduate as a consultant.
It is a beautifully written book, thoughtful, as Paul searches for the meaning in life, starting from literature, moving on to medicine, and finally in the wake of his own mortality. Even though I knew he died before I bought the book, I still cried when I got to that part, that's the testament of his prose and how moving his story is.
I find it especially resonating now that I am looking after the Gynae Oncology ward, and am looking after sometimes patients much younger than myself, with advanced stages of cancer. Some of my patients are the strongest and loveliest people, and I admire their grace and resilience when faced with such illness.
The meaning of life is what we make of it, and the values we pursue in our own lives.
ANTI-JONAH!!! For the first time in my entire life, someone remarked that I am anti-jonah! 😍😍😍 That was because instead of our usual 50+ patients at #Pertiwi Health Service, we only had 30 patients. And we only achieved those numbers because Farhan called out 'Mari, Mari, jumpa Doktor percuma!' like he was auctioning us off hehehe.
I know it's just probably just delusions I'd grandeur, but gosh, wouldn't it be so great if it was true?? Okay, better not jinx it, I'm on call again tomorrow! 🙏
Post Call Emo
Survived 3 calls in 7 days. The exhaustion meant I haven't been able to run til today. Did 3.6km in 29:44 on flat route, pushed myself to pace 7.30 for the last 600m and ended up retching at the finish line. The thought of being the world's worst runner kept trying to make a home in my head, but I'm trying to stay positive. One day, this poor old auntie won't be so slow!
On the bright side, I didn't expect Nestlé Omega Milk to have an event at TTDI. Since I was jogging anyway, I signed up and got a free goodie bag, woohoo! Free milk!
Starting my GynaeOnco rotation tomorrow morning. Making plans to run after work, but will take it easy and see how it goes. One step at a time.
Makna Founder's Night Run
Hello Everyone!! In conjunction with the upcoming MAKNA Founders Night Run, my running friends, Ika Nurain Koeck, Imran Mikayle , Cheryl Kimberly and I (aka K.I.D.I) are banding together to raise funds for MAKNA (National Cancer Council). Did you know that half of the families who receive a cancer diagnosis will face financial catastrophe within a year of diagnosis? That's people who cannot afford medication, treatment, rent or living costs. Often, they wipe out their savings meant for retirement and have to rely on family and friends to help support them.
Makna does a lot of great work in helping educating the public, raising awareness, providing mobile mammogram clinics, providing financial and emotional support to families affected by cancer as well as funding research and scholarships. (Go to: http://makna.org.my/ for more info)
We aim to raise RM2000, all of which will go to MAKNA.
If you would like to help out, head over to our simply giving page to make your donation!
Many thanks to Prof Imelda Balchin for the signal boost!
Learning To Run Again
When everything you've kept suppressed and hidden inside just explodes at the most inopportune moment... When you keep trying to be positive but fail spectacularly... Can't turn back time and take it back no matter how mortified you are.
Super duper slow pace but it still left me breathless. One day, one step at a time.
Blood Donation Saves Lives
Back to work today. I had planned to donate blood after my exams when I got an email informing me that UMMC is critically short of blood supply due to the recent multiple holidays. Dr Indra from Transfusion Services was initially hesitant to take the usual amount as she was concerned that I may be tired and it has been a while since my last donation, but I told her I'm fine and my brain doesn't need the oxygen anymore 😂 She finally agreed take the full amount and give it to the people who need it most.
If you are healthy, above 45kg and willing, do consider donating blood. Our blood bank is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. However, they are closed on public holidays (such as this Saturday and next Saturday). Alternatively, look out for their mobile blood donation drives, which goes out daily.
Massive bleeding or haemorrhage can occur during motor vehicle accidents, during surgery, during childbirth (even in low risk patients), in people with bleeding disorders and cancer patients on chemotherapy often need top-up transfusion to get through their treatment too.
You don't need to be a doctor to save lives! 😉 Choose to donate today! 💪