sorry for the half-year hiatus. guess time flies and unfortunately fast food culture has made it difficult for people (me included) to have the attention span to read posts that last more than 5 seconds.
but i just decided to post something up anyway just to keep the blog going.
just finished my 1st week in the A&E department. though i have gained a teensy bit of experience spending 1 year in the medical dept and 3 months in the ICU, it’s refreshing and daunting to know that there is still much to learn, especially out of the familiarities of the disease spectrum that i usually see.
Just within the 1st week of AED, I reduced a dislocated shoulder, did FAST scans to look for free fluid in the abdomen (which could indicate a serious diagnosis for patients presenting with abdominal pain), did a bunch of pelvic ultrasounds for the women in early pregnancy to rule out miscarriage, and many many more.
The only down side is the erratic work schedules. I’ve been though on-call previously in the medical dept where we could possibly be working for 36 hours straight, and the maximum work hour for an AED shift is 10 hours. But at least on usual days in the medical dept, i would get to work in the morning and then get off work around evening. Now on certain shifts, i go to work at 2pm or 4pm and then get off work at 12am-1am. Which is a really weird time. because by the time i get home and sleep, it will be late, and i will wake up late the next morning and be minimally productive. And then get to work again. And also it’s a definite no-no for people who want to have a social life. When I have 3-4 PM shifts in a row, it’s literally me just getting to work and then getting back to my bed and repeating the same cycle for 3-4 days. without seeing anyone other than my colleagues.
am looking forward to my next vacation next month – Japan! It’ll be my second road trip, but Matthew will be the only one driving, so i’m thinking of getting refresher driving courses in HK just to make sure i can be a safe and reliable backup driver.
Talking about drivers, today we watched a movie – A Taxi Driver – which is a korean historical action drama featured in the 1980s, about a taxi driver (the unlikely hero) who unintentionally putting himself in danger to get a German reporter into the heat of a revolution which was largely under-reported by the Korean government.
Maybe next time i’ll talk about my recent Cambodia/New Zealand trip if anyone else out there is interested for some sharing of itinerary. 🙂