A tough day..

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  1. Cheung

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    That was not my worst stretch. My record was Friday 0800 to Monday night 8pm. I walked out of the hospital thinking I hadn't looked up in the sky for a long time that Monday night. At least I didn't feel nauseated from tiredness.
     
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    ^^And you know what amazes me..^^

    ...through all those long hours, is that you're still able to find enough time to come into BC and moderate this forum:cool:...I would expect you to get some nap time or spend time w/your family, instead, in between the breaks...:)
     
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    it give me a weezy feeling if i'm have to be operated on and knowing that that surgeon didnt get enough sleep for the last 2 days;):D:(
     
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    Cheung,
    You are amazing. Impressive and appalling at the same time. I thought only housestaff were treated that way. Have you ever thought of changing to an easier specialty (like becoming Jackie Chan's personal physician)?

    If you ever feel that you need stress leave, I will exercise all my GP skills and write you the sick note.:)
     
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    Out shopping with my girlfriend.
     
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  6. Cheung

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    Thanks for the sick note!

    That was when I was a houseman. Don't think I could ever survive like that again. Can only do when you are young. The next year it got better. Once every four days on call but would dread the weekends - start at 0900 on Saturday and work to 5pm Mondays - all the time in hospital. Because the hospital was busy, practically the whole day we'd have to deal with acute admissions, ward problems, cardiac arrests. The killer was when I was the most the most senior on-site physician. Everything gets bumped to you. That's when I was team leader of the cardiac arrest team and had the above experience. Nausea and nearly vomiting due to sheer tiredness is just a terrible feeling. And you know it's likely to happen on your next night shift as well.


    One funny story was in HK. 24 hour on call, in operating theatre whole day. Late night trauma call. Triads were out that night and there was a fight with wounds. These are are called "chop wounds" here since the knives used are called "choppers". Usually there are different levels of injury (probably depedent on the 'grudge'). This one had quite a few wounds (repair tendons muscle, arteries and nerves). Takes time to do and we were up all night. I finished about 830am with no sleep at all (like had fully 24 hours work and no sleep) and had a whole day badminton tournament to go to straight away. In between matches (playing doubles), I was having to get bits of sleep. Amazingly, we went all the way through and won the tournament beating some pretty good players along the way.:) Badmintonfanatic right?:D:cool:
    At the same time as doing this work, I'm having to prepare for postgrad exams as well. So there's that extra stress of career development.

    Now life has changed. Mellowed out a bit. Bookwork is important but so is experience. Managed to fit in time for badminton training and take badminton photos for you guys! Medicine is changing because that sort of work pattern is recognised as unacceptable for patient safety.

    Pemuda, just wait till you get married (if ever). You'll wish you went back to shopping days.;)
     
  7. Pete LSD

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    Hail Cheung. Your stamina qualifies you for the SAS ;):D.
     
  8. ctjcad

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    I'm imagining..

    ...our friend jhirata must be thinking & saying to himself, "dang! my tough day experience seems like nothing compared to what Cheung endured.........and he even won the baddy tournament, too!".... ;):cool:

    Btw, Cheung, that experience wasn't one of the pre-requisites for kwun to hire you as a BC mod, is it??.... :p :);)
     
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    What if it was the anaesthesiologist?:p

    Dunno how Kwun selected me to be a mod. You have to ask him that.
     
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    It must be tough to be someone whose job takes 17 letters to describe :rolleyes:

    "So, what do you do?"
    "I'm an anaesthesiologist in "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch" :p

    Comfortingly, it's better than:
    "I'm an anaesthesiologist in
    Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphop
    nopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharn
    amornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit
    " :D
     
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    Oh.. I can feel that pain you had in your wallet.. :cool:
     
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    So, who's the neurosurgeon in the house? :rolleyes:
     
  14. Cheung

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    Can that operation actually be done on a real patient and survive? It could be a pathologist or a neuroscientist working on rat/monkey brains.
     
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    The worst of mine? When it comes to exam. Sigh...
     
  16. Fidget

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    Bingo!

    Oldhand might fool lots of people [olympics hoax] but there is no fooling Oldhand.:)

    Yup, her dad's the man. And a real sweet guy for someone who routinely does twelve hour surgeries (now I know why he doesn't drink coffee---can't leave to pee).

    Cheung, as far as whether you can survive such a surgery....all I know is that he said he does 4-5 per year. He didn't say whether his patients lived.:confused:
    (what is the survival rate at one of your code blues? Probably a lot less than on 'E.R.' or 'Grey's Anatomy'):D
     
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    don't think that guy get enough sleep either:p
     
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    Give himself a few shots while at it... At lease he feels good!!!
     

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