Thursday, April 30, 2009

Internship is Over!

One year of torment and bliss is over. Time to shift gears and go back to studying again. God bless us all. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary La Naval de Manila help us and pray for us please!We threw our senior OB resident Dr. Jovic Bartolabac a baby shower which was also our grand duty!
Me and beautiful ma'am Judee, the kindest person in the delivery room complex. I was super toxic being the runner see my forehead shinnnnneeeeeee!
We watched the OB-GYN Department's block screening of X-Men Origins : Wolverine at SM The Block.
... and celebrated Aina's graduation with a lunch at Legend Restaurant.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


New model. Original Parts. Great movie. Fast paced and the effects are great! It was nice to see Vin Diesel and Paul Walker racing their cars again. A visual feast for those who adore cars.
I can hear all the girls giggling goodness... Anyway, it was funny, especially the character's best friend who is a dork, yes, but a filthy rich dork. I am ok on being a dork if I were as rich as he was.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Susan Boyle

This woman almost brought me to tears. She proves there is a God and He has put His graces on all of His creations. Good work Susan. I hope you get to the top.

Her surprise performance reminded me of mr. paul potts :-) kudos to both of you!


Thursday, April 09, 2009

I must feel tired

after 5 weeks of o.b. rotation, i have gone through 4 sub-rotations. i don't even know what is this i am feeling, this must be exhaustion. it's hard to explain. you are tired, yet looking forward to your next duty, maybe looking forward for the suffering to end. you don't want to get up anymore and go to work but you feel your body getting ready every 3rd day and you push yourself to the limit early at dawn when the lactic acid builds up in your gastrocs. sigh... what have i gone through so far?

the good (?) :

l.r. pay - rest time. taking care of patients who feel they are the gift of god to earth. get me a bedpan. call my relative. give this to my relative. get me tissue. it's hot. where's my doctor? when can i go to my room. i was so lucky i did not encounter this patient who was a private patient but had an attitude from a squatters area who gave a big shout-rant out in the hallway that we (us and the staff) were not feeding her. up her ass. how much is she!?

o.r. - standing all day all night. drinking a shot of alcohol before anesthesia referrals are accepted (yeah!). begging for double tables. hehehe i think i have a love/hate relationship with this subrotation.

the bad :

i.e. room/o.b.-e.r. - this is where we receive patients. and for a lot of times, you are alone when a patient first comes in. you get all kinds of people, and this is the place where you patience will get tested. your voice cracks by the end of your duty. "bawal ang bantay dito!" "bawal ang bantay!!!" at one point there was a relative who was mumbling things deliberately annoying me... "magsilayas kayong lahat!" shouted me. i didn't know i had it in me. i didn't care anymore, i just wanted those pesky relatives out of my sight. this is the place where i had a run in with a nurse. that's another story...

l.r. charity - there are times when you will be left alone to tend to more than 10 patients, most are on-labor, mothers who can give birth any minute, the others, toxic pregnant patients or toxic gynecology patients. you are the intensivist and ob-gyn at the same time... no time to rest, must check the fetal heart tones of each laboring mother.

worse :

i.e. room reloaded - sandy got "evicted" because of her "toxicity" she does not believe so. i don't believe too. we all have our down time and toxic time. well, alas... i volunteered to replace her. wrong move. i got battered from hair tips to toes... battered pretty bad. i had a moment that i want to go home. at one time, more than 5 bleeding patients and 4 pregnant came at the same time all wanting to be seen because it was an "emergency." message to pregnant patients... pleeeease you have nine months to prepare! why can't you even spare a few bucks a day of that nine months so you won't be trying to convince me you don't have work etc.. THEN DON'T GET PREGNANT PLEASE! if you don't have money... be a responsible adult and don't get pregnant!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Our "Interns' Lounge"

These are pictures of our OB interns' lounge. Yes.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Retreat in Caleruega

I finally had the opportunity to see the Caleruega Dominican Retreat House. The batch before us was banned when I was in highschool so our retreat didn't push through (that was the story I heard anyway). The place is fantastic.

Our retreat master was Dr. Oscar Tagulinao, our professor back in UST Medschool. He is a plastic surgeon by profession but is involved with Couples and Singles for Christ as his ministry. He is an entertaining speaker. You'll never feel threatened he'll call you. You almost feel like you want to be called and enter into a conversation with him.

Food there was ok. I enjoyed catching up on rest and sleep. Yes. I was a fugitive again and did not attend a lot of session. I could've won the fugitive award if it was up for grabs but I thought I should recuperate from the OB onslaught while I had time because we're about to go back to that again tomorrow.

I did enjoy taking lots of pictures though. It's fortunate Marga brought her tripod so I was to able to take a lot of HDR photos (some are here, more in my multiply and flickr site).

I really really had a great time, I hope I can get back there and just... retreat from the city.

more pictures here and here >>