Thursday, April 29, 2010

A query

I can understand a medical officer with a stay-at-home-wife and three kids doing locum, but why does a couple who are both doctors, would want to do that?

I don't mean to sound judgemental - but two doctors would easily make 8-10k (and even more depending on the number of oncalls) per month - what do you possibly need the extra money for?

Some people say when you are young is the time to work hard - but why would anyone spend 4 hours at a clinic with strangers when you can spend 2 hours with your kids? and when you are old, you'd be too exhausted to enjoy your money anyway.

Am I being simplistic? Should I be putting myself in other peoples' shoes more? I guess it's easy for me to talk since I only take care of cats and have yet to be in the position of crossing out days on the calender waiting for the next pay day. (Al Hamdulillah)

But I think people nowadays have their priorities at the wrong places. We strive to get houses in popular areas at the expense of spending most of the weekends working. We pay through our noses for a more luxurious car at the expense of sending kids to babysitters so that both husband and wife can work.

But at what cost?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A worthwhile call...

One radius, one ulna and one femur.

Albeit the plate on the radius was a little skewed and the blood was spattering everywhere during the K-nailing of the femur and I am almost sure I dissected the wrong plane when exposing the radius but I got them done.

Mine and mine only.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I had a really difficult op this morning. It was a femur fracture and I actually took three hours to do it! Seriously lah, I was a huffing and a puffing and almost literally squeezing brain matter out to figure out how I should go about it. The fact that Boss and partner was away on a visiting clinic didn't help either.

The only thing I don't like about doing ops by myself is that I don't have anyone I can wring ideas out of. The fracture was extra difficult because it had a big fragment in between the fracture sites and the fracture itself was rather high up. So basically I don't have that much space to manoeuvre (can never spell this word) my implant - and the fracture line was almost three quarters of the length of the bone! Tension la.

However, it was only when I've scrubbed out and sitting in the pantry when the idea hit me - of course by that time, what's the use lah!


I want my holiday to come now......

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Who says white men can't dance?

...and if they do, then they obviously haven't seen Jakob Karr dance.

I don't know whether I like the coreography or the soundtrack better. Quirky, twisted, dark - just the way I like it....

Friday, April 16, 2010


I reckon not many things can be more exhausting than coming into work at 8 am and doing your usual job till about half 4 and then continuing work till the next day. I can get so cranky postcall that I can spend the whole day speaking in sign language to Abg, that is if I'm not snoring my head off in bed.