Friday, July 15, 2011

HO survival kit: Ikut resam padi, makin berisi, makin tunduk.

Everyday we hear: the key to life is HUMILITY. We are told to be humble and remember that this is a borrowed earth, not ours, but God's.

Problem is, some people just don't believe in God and they can come up with the statement: "This is my place and here I am God". Had the shocker of my life when I heard that. And for some people, they do believe that God is around is just that sometimes, most oftenly, they tend to forget the existence of God. Well, we are imperfect, so we forget.

No matter who we are, the higher we go, the more humble we should be. That is why there are times, instead of eating with the health care provider people, I sit in the Faber's (cleaner's) pantry and eat with them. That is why, with each and every patient, no matter where there are from, I make sure that I attend to their every single whim and question. I do not judge them. I talk to them, I never leave them wondering: "Hey what is next?"

I wonder what goes through their splendid minds when they intervene in someone else's territory just like that. Without any formal introduction, just because they are in the same level, they just come and butt in with just: "excuse me, excuse me" and start to attend to the patient, leaving the main team awestrucked as to: "Who on God's earth are you?".

Although, there are some of them who are so humble, they never forget that they were once like us, they started off like us, they went through everything like us. Those whom I mentioned, I respect them. They EARNED their respect, they didn't ask for it.

I hope there are more like them around.

The higher you go, the harder you fall.....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

HO survival kit: All HO are useless

We come to work at 5am in the morning.
-All HO are useless

We sometimes have to skip meals to finish our work so that things are done.
-All HO are useless

We sometimes run around, instead of using the phone to get appointments/results earliest possible.
-All HO are useless

We don't go back until late just to get our ward work done.
-All HO are useless.

We stay and wait and wait and wait until all procedures are done.
-All HO are useless.

We sometimes sleep less than 2 hours in a day.
-All HO are useless.

We are also human. We are still rather new at this. We make mistakes. We need guidance. We need someone to listen to our voices sometimes. We are not perfect, neither are we useless...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

HO survival kit: Ditelan mati anak, diluah mati bapak

As a HO one should realize that no matter what you do, even if you have said it right, saved a life, whatever, you are WRONG.... and I mean, ALWAYS.

The life chain when you become a HO goes lie this:

Consultant -> specialist -> MO -> Sister -> staff nurse -> PPK -> cleaner -> HO

Yes, we are at the bottom of the life chain. Believe me, this is true.

There was once, during those OT days, where you are expected to go for rounds, then finish your ward work and then go to OT to learn something, my name was on the list to be in OT. But we were told by the CONSULTANT to finish our ward work before we go off to OT since there are already the superiors in OT to do the job.

So, we all went off to our respective wards, trying to finish our work when the ward phone rang and the Superior called and ask why wasn't there any HO in OT. Naturally, I answered and said that the CONSULTANT has already ordered us to finish our work first and then go to OT.

But with arrogance, the Superior said that this is the last warning because we did not follow HIS direct orders.


So, if we don't follow the consultant's orders, we're dead. And if we don't follow the Superior's orders, we are also dead. We are in trouble no matter what. It is like you are balancing on a fine tight rope that even with a swift blow of wind, you will fall......

and fall.....

and fall.....

and then you get extended, sometimes for no apparent reason.