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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Shoe Box

I've change the title "Blog Archive" into "blog shoe box" which reminded me of one of the kalokohans of the karibs (my high school barkada) it was during the time of the Edsa dos heat wherein President Estrada was on the verge of resigning and mass rallies were held in almost all parts of the philippines. Being young and radical we decided to make a donation box and pass them around...we took a shoebox and wrote: ERAP RESIGN...fortunately we earned a stork candy wrapper...but wasn't much for the junk shop to convert to ten pesos...hehe

But what about this shoebox anyway? we've all been high school students and it was during high school (also our teen years) were we learn how to be sentimental...so i got this shoe box and thats where i put all my "senti" things which i still have up to now. lots of letters, love letters, fan mailü, all the keys to the doors of our high school building (i think those were all the spare keys...or even the main keys ata hehe), even a small stone which we chipped off from Paoay church (circa 1500's)....i dont know pero uso ang maging klepto nung high school: mcdonald's straws, the waiting number, an A&W mug, Menus, even a street sign...heheü well at least we weren't into drugs or gangs then...kaya ok na din.ü

A Medical Clerk's Starter Kit

Rodney goes: oi bili bili na kayo! oop ye mani-popcorn-carabiner-stapler-micropore-tape measure-calculatorpangpedia-penlight-torniquet-stethoscope-sphygmo kayo dyaaaan!! meron din po kaming empty coca cola bottles pang lalagyan niyo ng specimen para sa histopath!!

hehe haaay ang clerkship sa OM nga naman. so have you gone camping? diba before you go camping you get to have a checklist of what to bring, tent, sleeping bags, pork and beans, flashlight, playboy, etc...same thing for clerkship but this time no one's going to a boy scout camping but to a training camp apart from those mentioned by the vendor kanina here's what you will really need for clerkship (from my point of view ha as an incoming clerk and from what i also hear)

1. your brain...but you have to condition it. you have to melt those fatty acids (have u eaten pinapaitan or bulalo? diba pag iniwan mo nagsesebo siya...same thing with our brain, if it goes stagnant tipong nagsesebo utak natin). Right after finals what do you think everybody did? syempre vacation to the max forgetting all the worries of clerkship, tama nga naman we all need that if not then in just a snap (tipong nasigawan ka lng ng residente eh bigla ka na lng naging poltergeist na umikot ung ulo mo and nagsuka sa white coat ng residente)....which goes on to the next:
2. High...as in very high EQ...remember in the hospital the clerks are amoebae...the lowest form of creatures in the hospital setting. you are nobody but still keep in mind you will be someone...oxymoronic but true. its true when we arrived at medical school we felt like we were someone (uuy med student...doctor!), yes but little do our fans and future patients know of the perils we will have to go through just to become a low salary doctor...unless you establish your own belo medical group.
3. Condoms (for the ladies/ guys who have nice butts)- why so? there is a disease in the hierarchy system of which the symptoms include "power tripping." sa mga lalaki naman karamihan naman utusan or sigaw sigawan etc...but unfortunately for ladies, once natipuhan ka ng residente if he senses he wont be able to get you through the right way...there will be instances wherein he will use his power..wer..wer...that's why it wont be a new thing if you hear rumors/facts about clerks being pregnant, clerks giving the residents a "phuket massage," sad to say but this is true...thats why i tell you: know your rights as a woman/man, and review Solis' medical juris so that you may know what law protects you from all these.
4. Humility - yes you've got the brains, the high EQ, but do you have this? anecdote: isang clerk inutusan ng nurse, clerk nagsabing "anong akala niyo sa akin? doctor ako nurse ka lang"...ayun ginawa ng nurse kinalat sa co-nurses sa other departments "yang clerk na yan bantayan niyo ha"....let's just say lalo lang naghirap sa buhay clerkship. remember..the hospital isn't run by doctors alone, that's why God created florence nightingale to assist the healers. this does not apply only to nurses, pati sa staff...food staff( yup kailangan talaga ito lalo na pag gwaping ka...may pagkamalambing kasi ung food cart man ung tipong darating sa clerk's quarters "andyan ba si gab? may dala lang ako sa kanya eh isang set meal" hehe totoo yun!), guards ("sir samahan ko na kayo pumara ng jeep dyan sa harap baka mahold-up kayo dyan eh"), etc...you need them they are your friends
5. Teamwork- exactly! need i explain more? let me just tell you why this is really needed: let's say 5pm ang off mo, eh from duty ang status mo (wala ka pang tulog), gusto mo na tlga umuwi...pagdating ng 5 bigla ka na umalis. tama nga naman kasi 5pm na and ur not obliged to stay longer....pero sino ang kawawa? the one who will replace you...di mo in-endorse ung patients mo...hindi tuloy na-carry out mga orders ng doctor so sino na-demerit? ung kawawang clerk na pumalit. nakapag rest ka nga pero in return nagkaroon ka ng kaaway...life will be harder...ü

6. the list can go longer and longer until you get bored and pati ako pagod na and maglalaba pa ako ng uniform ko which brings to my last addition sa list: Lots and lots of uniforms of course you will need a change of clothes, matatalsikan ka ng dugo, susuka patients mo, tas madadapa ka pa at napaupo sa canal...haaay kawawa tlga tayo. and in addition around 20 sets of underwear (side A side B included) hahahaha...

ohh well...at least this is from my point of view...what's yours?

Episode 1: Finally at LAST!

i wonder why this is my first time to write a blog though blogging has been present for some time now. but maybe here are the factors that made me not do this kind of homework:
1. i think i'm not much of a writer
2. i dont even know what to write
3. i am the type of person who would start something but would not finish (i started a "book" once and ended up with only around three pages...sayang katapat ko na sana sila JRR Tolkien ngayon...)
4. i'm a procrastinator, like i said i'm lazy (proud to be? but tell you what writing this would serve as a therapy you know...as a constant reminder of your weaknesses)
5. mahal ang internet connection (ung 20php per hour eh pwde na un ng 5 to 8 bullets sa paintball...so tsk waste of money tlga ang internet rent...)

but anyway apart from all these i'd still do my best to make a regular post of what happens sa clerkship at the Ospital ng Maynila...a place they say, that we PLM-CM clerks would have our hearts churned to be:

  • humble doctors (yup "boy" or "neng" ka lang ng mga nurses tipong "boy pa-push nga po ng para sa pasyenteng ito
  • intellectually competent (thanks to Harry-Go-rounds, we'll learn a lot of chinese words; or to dra Flores....how to have flight of ideas)
  • MacGyvers (imagine using a 5 gallon lalagyan ng refillable water for an incubator?)
  • Businessmen (we need to...kaysa naman na ung pambili ng i.v., etc ng pasyente eh galing sa pocket namin)
  • indiscriminate (you think you could touch a taong grasa whenever one arrives at the ER?)
  • and a lot more...so i guess clerkship would be a great thing that would happen in my life, as i quote from Janina San Miguel, "my Pamily are the most important persons in my life bow thank you" eeeeyng??? ano naman connection? heheü
here's a glimpse of something you don't get to see everyday...ala-perya:
another pic (conjoined twins????):
hahaha!! nope, that's my toddler and his tito john john hehe

so here ends my first post...like one of my batchmates has said, "to clerkship and beyond!"
and i quote Caesar: "alea jacta est!"

Ospital ng Maynila: such a lovely place, such a lovely face...you can check out anytime you want but you can never leave!!!