Today has marked the beginning of my practicals here in Malaysia. After 6 hours in Selayang Hospital have I realized how I’ve adjusted and gotten used to the environment in Ukraine that I’ve forgotten how it feels like to treat one of our own. Like all other struggling students, I wasn’t the least eager to end the so-called holidays. And the fact that I hail from one of the controversial unis put extra stress on me.
It’s going to be a stress-free month, fashion-wise tho. I think I’m going to resort to baju kurung thruout the month. My mom was so anxious to see me leave the house, for her, the earlier the better, altho the drive to Selayang Hospital only takes up about 10 minutes from my house. I had butterflies in my stomach. I can’t believe I was that nervous sedangkan all I had to do is meet up with a bunch of docs, bukannya pergi buat life-threathening stunts pun.
Anyhow, I was assigned to Orthopedic Dept. Together with 5 other students, we hit the ward. Awal-awal lagi the MO dah fire cuz xde nametag. I mean, give us a break. It’s only our first day… Followed them for rounds, seen pretty nasty trophic ulcers and diabetic foot disease. The MO quizzed us about DM, even it was just a simple question, all 5 of us almost froze. Cuak giler cuz they’ve been giving us the eye ever since we told them we’re from Ukraine. Ye aaa, nak compare ngan Monash ke, UCD ke, sape laa kitorang nih… But like I said before, give us a break, yah?
Pastuh ada abang HO lupa bawak stethoscope. Aku dah nak gelak. Gilo apo… Dah certified doc leh lupa bawak stethoscope. You might be thinking, doktor tulang watpe nak bawak stethoscope. Banyak gune mende alah ni sebenarnye… Since I was standing the closest to him, dia pun mintak pinjam ngan aku… Memule tuh kerek nak mampus abang HO tuh, siap pushed me aside to get to the patient’s bed. Takpe laa, dia dah grad, aku struggling lagi… Tapi takpe, seb baek dia sterilise balek steto aku lepas guna. Kalu tak….
Then abang HO lagi sorang suro kitorg gi introduce ourselves to the HOD (Head of Dept). Off we went to the 5th floor, where all the specialist clinics are located. Unfortunately, the HOD was away (I’m not so sure if it was such a bad thing). So we were shipped off to the acting HOD. His name was Dr. Satriya. There we were standing outside his door, debating whether nak bagi salam ke tak. His name was highly controversial, you see. Kang salah bagi salam karang…
Turned out he’s a Muslim after all. A Malay. Hensem laa gakk… Yeen has a newfound crush for him. Hahhaha… A very brilliant doc, and a very gentle and kind one at that. Basically tadi seme all his patients seemed to love him. Memanjang je asyek kene praised. And he was thoughtful enough to let us stay in his office while he inspected his patients. Agak best aa doc tadi…
Sok ada total knee joint resection. I do not know what to expect. Tadi as I hung out with the pakcik guard while waiting for my dad to pick me up, a Penjara Sg. Buloh van drove by. Pakcik guard alerted me about the arrested Gang Deva, 3 of whom are treated in the surgical dept. I shivered. Gilo… Gilo… Occupational hazard nih. 😀
Til tomorrow. 🙂