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Yellow sponge at work

Do you spot a yellow sponge with square pants in these pictures?

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Steam coming out from ears…

The title describes how I feel right now. I am damn pissed with certain people and circumstances. It’s amazing how some people are so full of themselves. They think the whole damn world revolves around them, their issues and their happiness.

Here’s a quote from Charlotte of Private Practice which I like.

“So this is the problem with you. You think everything in the world is about you. Sorry, not about you.”

Come on. Everyone has their problems too. You think just because they don’t complain it to the whole world means they are happily cruising through life in cloud nine? Just because you actively voice your complains and dissatisfactions doesn’t make your problem bigger or more serious than others.

Then again, why the heck am I letting this get to me. I should just stay chilled and not get so worked up about this sort of people. Because obviously they don’t give a rat’s ass about how other people feel and neither do they deserve to be fretted about. Total waste of mental and physical energy.

I’ll end with this quote from dunno where…

“Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.”

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.

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.

Venting

Damn vie de travail. Tellement occupé tous les jours. Difficile à obtenir un congé. Perpétuellement en raison sommeil pour être sur appel si souvent. Chaque week-end également à travailler. Ce n’est pas comme quelqu’un apprécie notre travail. Se plaignent que cette, se plaignent. Seuls les polissoirs à chaussures obtenir toutes les louanges. Et ces serpents ne semblent jamais se faire prendre. Parfois, je me demande à quoi bon?

Vissez le tout et tout le monde..

Like and unlike

Since the boom of facebook (FB), many new words have surfaced. Apart from unfriend, another interesting FB term is unlike. I’m getting very confused with the new features of FB, when you seem to be able to like virtually everything from status updates, photos, comments, to links and even pages of random stuff.

Liking something is an easy thing to do. Simply press on the button like. Nevertheless, unliking something is quite the contrary. I am usually quite good at exercising self-control when it comes to adding unnecessary applications, joining fan pages etc. but somehow I was tempted to pressing like for some Disney crap thingy which required me to like them before being able to view the video. After viewing the video, I suddenly had the obsessive-compulsion to unlike it.

After a long search for the unlike button, I simply gave up and googled  How do you unlike something on facebook?” and there you go. Apparently I’m not the only one who didn’t know how to do so. Hah.

What is an aphorism?

According to Wikipedia,

The word aphorism (literally “distinction” or “definition”, from the Greek: ἀφορισμός, aphorismós ap–horizein “from-to bound”) denotes an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and easily memorable form.

Well, I spotted some of these in a cute book called “How to survive in anaesthesia: A guide for trainees” by Neville Robinson and George Hall. These are my favourite words of wisdom as well as those that appealed to my funny bone..

Never start an anaesthetic until you have seen the whites of the surgeon’s eyes.

Always pee before starting a list.

ABC of anaesthesia: always be cool, always be cocky!

Anaesthesia is ‘awfully simple’ but when it goes wrong is ‘simply awful’.

If in doubt, ask for help. There is no place for arrogance in anaesthesia. (Kinda contradicts the ABC one)

First rule of anaesthesia, if there’s a chair in theatre, sit on it.

Never panic. This applies particularly when the patient is trying to die and you have no idea why.

If in doubt, take it out. This applies to tracheal tubes and many other things in life!

There are three things to respect in anaesthesia: the airway, the airway and the airway.

When all else fails, disconnect the catheter mount and blow down the tracheal tube.

The laryngoscope is a tongue retractor, not a tooth extractor.

Never say to the patient ‘just a little prick’ before inserting a cannula, you are likely to the told that is exactly what you are!

Make sure that you are not the only sucker in the anaesthetic room/theatre.

All 1 ml ampoules look the same – check very carefully.

For a rapid sequence induction, always have two doses of suxamethonium ready in case once goes over the floor/ceiling etc.

Be professional. Humprey Bogart’s definition of a professional – somebody who can still give their best performance when they feel least like it.