Friday, November 16, 2012

The Houseman Experience



Had a moment of reminiscent when I was at the old hospital about a month back making an appointment with a few friends to visit the chest ward for our PACES practice. Decided to snap these two pictures off my S3 as I recalled vividly that these were the main route that I used to get to the medical ward that I was in charge of. And that was V1 (female medical) and X2 (nephrology wing). I had my other fair shares of doing on calls throughout the old hospital and that necessitates me to move about and visit high dependency units as well as the first and second class wards. It was an experience, and if I may add, a rather traumatic one too as I had to wake up way early in the morning to venture into one of the most crowded wards that I have ever seen in my life. And these were the pre-war hospital built with the intent of accommodating a great number of patients back then.

I guess its a bit of both of an experience as I now walk along the path that is almost deserted of patients, junior doctors with their lab coats on hurrying about with their business and as well as relatives and other supporting workers. I felt a bit relieved with the experience of having rooted in a new hospital that limits the number of patients for reasons that may not be clinically apparent, but at the same time,  I have to admit that I do miss the good old days of having manned the ward which is packed to the brim, missing lunch hours and working in a weather-unfriendly condition, sweating down your brows and forehead while being ruled on to wear the lab coat no matter where you are.

Everything was manual then and had to be written all down to several copies, thus requiring a rapid amount of hardwork and a great deal of effort to complete them. Be it may, whatever work that is called for, you need to complete it within the stipulated time or risk staying back until you get it done. There isn't such a thing as keeping tabs or getting your companions to help you out as they are too equally burdened with their own workload too. Yup! Life was way harsh back then. Had to live in fear every morning while waiting for the specialist to come and do rounds and I had to be placed with a malignant one. Some sort of treating fresh meat eh? LOL! Even recalled the amount of bamboos that I got from my superiors but looking back, I suppose that was what made me to who I am today. Committed to my job and dedicated to the very core aspect of healthcare. =)

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