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In my attempt to reduce the amount of time spent on FB, watching videos, anime and serials, I decided to rekindle my love for reading. This plan kick-started sometime middle of last year and so far, I have managed to keep it up, to a certain extent.

Just for self-satisfaction, I would like to list the books I’ve read so far as a continuation from those listed in this post.

2009

1. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

2. Misconceptions by Terry McGee

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

4. The Pact by Jodi Picoult

5. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

6. Where Rainbow Ends by Cecelia Aherns

7. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

8. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

9. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2010

1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

2. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

3. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Aherns

4. Ford County Stories by John Grisham

5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

6. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

7. Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung

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So I guess I’ve been able to read an average of 1 book per month. Not bad indeed. Heh.

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Last wishes…

Usually if a patient is having difficulty breathing or severely ill, we sometimes ask them to fast in case we need to put them in a coma and put a tube down their throat to help with breathing. This is not to be cruel, but because we don’t want them to vomit food and gunk when we’re trying to put the breathing tube in, causing those stuff to get into the lungs, which will definitely worsen their condition.

Therefore, when an ill patient desperately requests for a drink or some food, sometimes we get torn whether to allow them to do so or not. My specialist once told me that sometimes you can actually sense that it’s the patient’s last wish, so she sometimes allows them to take a few sips of plain water before inducing a coma in them. Thus, if they were not to make it, at least they had their last wish granted.

Just few days ago, I had this very resilient old guy who had a heart attack and needed 3 types of medication to keep his heart pumping and to keep him alive. He was very much consious and wanted to go home to have a good meal. He claim that the food the hospital served sucked and he insisted on going home. After trying hard to convince him to stay, his family decided to grant his last wish and they took him home. It was rather sad when it was time to take off those medications that were sustaining his life so that he could leave. I sincerely hope that he made it home safely to enjoy his home-cooked meal.

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