Medical Internship #2

The past few weeks, I’ve been with 2 doctors, namely Dr Angelito Reyes and Dr Adelina S. Lim. This post will be mainly about my perceptions of them as people, not just as doctors. Dr Angelito Reyes is a internist-pulmonologist and Dr Adeline Lim is an anesthesiologist. Both them, remarkable doctors.

Dr Angelito Reyes was known by his colleagues as the man who does gives many free consultations and charges the least despite his high positions in the administrative side of the medical profession, as well as being known to have one of the best practices in the city. In the week I was with him, he left the home about 7am and usually came back 12-1am. He does rounds in 4 hospitals, head of ICU, head of emergency department and chief of clinics in another. On tuesdays, he drives 2 hours deeper into the province to give cheaper consultation to the people there. He’d go home after about 12 hours and 65 patients, while many of them are free of charge. The thing is, you’d think that a man like this has to have no time for family or a wife right? Well surprisingly, he manages to defy all odds and become a family man as well. Oh if only you could see how he kisses his children and wife everyday, you’d never think that he’d be a doctor who is barely home. He is someone I want to be in terms of relationships and how he handles it. I’d say he’s lucky because his family supports him everyday. His children tend to wait up for their dad to come home to accompany him while he eats his late dinner. His children come to visit him in between consultations and they wrestle a little or hug out the love a little. His wife, whom also is a doctor, in fact is a pediatrician, sends him lunch everyday. She is a wonderful woman who made a huge sacrifice to leave her practice to tend to her family’s needs. She is monumental to her husband’s growth as a practioner and a lover.

Dr Adelina Lim was known by her colleagues to be a “terror” but a great teacher. You could tell in this halls of the hospital that people fear her. From junior doctors, to the nurses, they stand at her attention and give her the respect due. In operating theatres, she scolds people because of the littlest of reasons and the atmosphere becomes tensed. But, soon you realize, she does it for your own good. She does it so that whoever she crosses paths with in the ORs may develop themselves as medical professionals. Towards the end of the operation, she tends to become happier, and show care to everyone in the room and may even occasionally spill some jokes that crack up the room. She might seem like a monster at first, but don’t be quick to judge because people who have worked by her side know that she’s probably one of the most caring people you’d meet. She sponsors many children’s school fees and even go on medical missions. She really married her profession to give others a good life. She may have the riches but she’s alone at home which makes me sad sometimes. But I end up feeling happy for her because I know that she does good with her money and time. She helps strangers and her loved ones. Surely, she’s an angel in disguise of someone tough, and I am sure that Jesus is smiling favorably on her.

I have chanced upon many other doctors, specialists, perfusionist, nurses, assistants and surgeons but I would really like to give them a little more of the special place in my memories.

Hopefully one day, I become a good balance of both 🙂

“Stay kind. Be a kind doctor who remembers who this profession serves.”

medical internship #1

I had the pleasure of shadowing many surgeons and Doctors of various specialties this past month and I am humbled.

In general, I got to be guided through open heart surgeries, spinal surgeries, laparoscopic surgeries, c section and got to interact with hundreds of patients.

In the following weeks I will be more detailed in my posts about my experiences and what I have learnt academically and clinically.

knitting for the soul

I picked up a new skill? Hobby? Maybe?

It’s quite hard and I have mad respect for the ladies at the volunteer place and whoever who can knit!

Also, just want to take the chance to give a shout out to those who have cancer and also to the survivors! Every week I interact with patients while they undergo chemo and it has changed my perception of the disease and they people who have it.

Now that I am starting to have a better understanding of it, I feel really silly to have had the initial impression of how cancer patients should look like or what they would be like. They’re really just like everyone else, except with an extra struggle. They shouldn’t be defined by it, yet they are.

In fact, this goes out to anyone who has had to hide their medical conditions because they refuse to be defined by it. People shouldn’t be defined by the flaws and their short-comings. We should all be given the chance, to beat the odds and have a fair chance to define themselves, according to themselves.

motivation

Medical school is not a place for smart people, but for those who are insane enough to dream for it, pray for it, work hard for it and live for it.

It’s for those who are crazy enough to want the sense of purpose that fuels their veins.

And it is insanity, then let it be, for even if it means more sleepless nights, more examinations to pass, more years in university and more sacrifices to endure.

Nothing will change. I will still keep choosing this path over and over again even for a hundred more days and a thousand more years. And nothing in this world can stop me from taking an adventure as worthy taking as this, even for a million more lifetimes.

I stumbled upon this and I knew that this was the motivational quote I have been looking for for years. Every part of this quote, I am able to agree with, with conviction. Reading this quote gives me strength during burn outs and keeps me in track when I lose sight of what I want to do with my life.

I thought I’d share it with you guys, who ever is in the chase towards a life-long career like me too 🙂

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