Thursday, August 2, 2007

i'm nearing the end of orthopaedics! it's been surprising, but i do appreciate the straightforward nature of it all.

the standing in clinics though, is wreaking havoc on my poor back. i have paravertebral muscle spasms! i really need to learn to change my horrible posture.

meantime, tomorrow we're off to the cerebral palsy association. it makes me sad to see CP kids. they're really, awfully, terribly sad, especially the quadriplegic ones. there was this quadriplegic CP kid i remember seeing in paeds who was abandoned by his family. no one even came to visit him. i remember standing by his bed watching him and trying not to cry whilst he rasped for breath, his stridor audible through the ward.

CP. so important to know to pass paediatrics and MBBS, so devastating to the kids and family (depending on which type it is - some are near normal!)

but i believe all these children are in God's hands, as am i.

1 comment:

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Heya! Nice to hear from you! I wanted to do pediatrics for years, but those cases are so sad.

BCLS was kinda scary, mostly the ones with the choking babies (sick infants freak me out) and the defibrillator.
Yes, I did CPR on the dummy --- the adult and infant ones were fine, but I had trouble performing CPR properly on the child; I'll have to work on that.

Don't feel bad about breaking ribs --- the person who taught it to us was an ICU nurse, and he said that breaking ribs was normal during CPR, and that it's a heck of a lot better to fix the punctured lungs or damaged liver from the broken ribs than have them die from a brain and myocardium deprived of oxygen.