The perk of being a doctor is the satisfaction you get when you have been able to help a patient heal, or help save a life. The downside is seeing the ugly face of death. Seeing so much sickness, suffering and death troubles you initially, but as time goes one hardens and becomes grounded too. … Continue reading F for Forensic
One of the most important components of a medical training is the Residency (On Job training ) Program. Not only is the path to becoming a doctor long and arduous, but also involves inhumane duty hours. Right from Day 1 of the MD program, you are put on emergency rotations which the duty hours extend … Continue reading E for Exhausted Doctors
I learnt to make my best coffee in the medical college hostel. As freshers we were supposed to help the exam going seniors by doing small chores for them. These included picking up groceries from the nearby store or making tea or coffee for them so that they could stay awake late at night and … Continue reading Coffee and late night conversations
The entire 1st year seemed to revolve around Anatomy corridor. Yet, a floor below was the most dreaded department of medical college. Chemistry had been my favorite subject in school, but the biochemical equations gave all of us sleepless nights. How were we supposed to memorise all the complex equations, right from digestion of carbohydrates, … Continue reading B for Biochemistry equations
The other day Hubby gets a call in the middle of night. One of the patients has just been shifted from ER to ICU.. the patient, an elderly male is in shock, needs to be intubated ASAP. Hubby changes and rushes back to hospital. The patient has been intubated and access to IV lines secured … Continue reading Where is the Trust ? #MondayMusings
A pathology lab is usually always in frenzy. Samples coming in from Emergency, Outpatient Department, Inpatients and reports being signed out. The analyzers are in constant motion, quality checks, stat samples, routine samples. However, I may ask my technologists to slow down and not mistakes, they will be in a hurry to clear the orders. … Continue reading Behind the scenes in a Pathology Lab!
Another hectic day at work it was. As I was sipping my coffee, my 10 year old came and said,"Such a stressful job you have! Why did you become a pathologist?" That night I kept thinking " Why did I end up becoming one?" My parents were educators, and I grew up in the vicinity … Continue reading The Lone Pathologist !
A few months back One of my husband's cousin who has a kid with cerebral palsy ended up losing her child after paying a hefty sum to hospital where she was treated. I know there was nothing the doctors could do to save her other than make her last few days pain free. The cost … Continue reading Healthcare and Insurances !!!
Title of the Book : The Race of Maggots Author : Dr Sweety Shinde. Even before this book had been out, I had been waiting for its release. The reason for it is the author, Dr Sweety Shinde, who has been a mentor for me not only in pathology but also in my journey as … Continue reading Book Review : The Race of Maggots
When I was small, I always looked up to them. How miraculously they could transform you from the sick child to a healthy one! As I grew up, the fascination became an admiration, till the day I landed on the steps of a medical college. The gruesome reality, as was always projected, started to fade … Continue reading When Healthcare became a Business!