I’m walking away from this week feeling very satisfied and proud of myself :) After last week’s “blerhness” I was determined to make this week the opposite. I wanted my hour/day/week to be productive and to feel satisfied at the end and strived for that feeling. Instead of skipping the (DMU) Disease Management Unit outpatient clinic and heading home on Monday; I skipped it and went up to the wards to take patient histories. I decided that staying back at the hospital and practicising history taking and physical examinations was a better use of time than heading home and procrastinating in front of the TV or laptop which happens every night. Once I made an effort to fulfil my “feeling,” everything seemed to fall into place.
The interns on my team are wonderful and lovely and I’m constantly surprised how helpful everyone is. Many people are so willing to give up their time to teach us 3rd year Medical students and make sure we are on our way to being super doctors, haha~ I also collected blood (for the first time from a patient) for a blood culture this week, which was pretty cool :p There’s a fifth year Medical student, Jono who loves teaching and is always drilling us and offering to watch us do an examination. It’s pretty funny because my friend Sheetal will come running to me “Ahhh Jono has asked me name two types of of calcium channel blockers and to give four names!!!” and then we’ll run off to the computers and do a quick search and she’ll report back to him and pretend that we knew it all along. :p
Celebrated the long/motivated week on Friday with a touch of window shopping & late lunch with Hamon at Kenpai restaurant on Chapel Street. It was alright, but it tasted more Chinese than Japanese.
Was hoping for a quiet weekend this week because I’ve been having too much fun these past few weekends, finding myself coming home at 3 in the morning on Saturday and Sunday mornings and starting the week dreary-eyed; but I have a coffee meeting with the editor of VECTOR to brainstorm name and layout design for our next issue and a friend’s Birthday party tonight in the city. Ah well, it’s a long weekend, may as well enjoy it :D