Saturday, April 23, 2005

Toxic

I managed to escape for a few minutes to check my emails and do some other net stuff (like this one). I've started with hospital duties, as I've been saying I would for the past few weeks. It's like nothing I've ever imagined. The walking around and getting signatures or getting the offices to schedule my patients for tests ... it's enough red tape to last me a lifetime. And I'll be doing this for a whole year!

I have a patient now who had one of her kidneys removed (called nephrectomy). The kidney was about 1 kilogram, when a normal kidney only measures smaller than a fist. She's undergoing dialysis and I've been spending much of my time with her. The good thing about it is that I'm learning a lot about dealing with patients. My patience has been tested several times and I'd like to think that I've passed those tests. It's heartwarming to know that the family appreciates my efforts to help them out and one of them even confided in me about her son's psychiatric problems, something she said she wouldn't have shared with any other doctor unless it was a psychiatrist she trusted. so i took that as a compliment. hehe.

anyway, I gotta go. i don't know when my next entry is going to be, given the erratic schedule of the hospital. i go on 24 hour duty every 3 days. it's a handful but I'm sure, with God's help, I'll manage. I miss my house though. And my own bed. Sigh.

1 comment:

wickedsis said...

i'm so proud of you!! you're on your way to becoming what you've always dreamed of and best of all, you're now doing what you set out to do-- help people.