A sage advice

Last month our ‘usual consulting specialist’ from the nearby tertiary hospital decided to further her studies in a sub-specialty close to her heart. It was only natural for us medical officers from this district kecik hospital to organize a Continuous Medical Education (CME) session with her for the last time – in an attempt to just suck dry all the knowledge we could gather from her and of course spend ‘mummy angkat’ time with her.

Despite her occasional disappointment towards us regarding how we manage our cases – we have grown to love her persona and wittingly anticipate her to roll her eyes when we say something silly. Hihi.

Like anybody who has high standards and big personality she was dispensing work and life advice like water over the light refreshments we had after the CME.

One that stuck to mind was ;

Do not accept what is NORMAL

… by that she meant do not take everything as ‘biasa’.

kita biasa buat macam ni

biasanya kalau macam ni.. kita tak buat apa2

biasanya this… biasanya that

She went on to describe the great lengths her team took in managing a case of acute poisoning in a woman from our neighboring country – Indonesia. The lady had a domestic altercation with her husband, drank some poison but did not die. Brought to a nearby health facility in Indonesia with gastric lavage done then discharged home. Something must be off somewhere because the husband resorted to bring her to this hospital in Malaysia using the 1 hour ride ferry – just to seek treatment!!

The woman did not know what she drank. The husband was asked to call his neighbors back in Indonesia to look in the trash and find the bottle. The labels were unreadable but this specialist was not going to take NO as an answer. She practically ordered the neighbors to go back to the store where they bought the product 18 months ago. They later discovered it was a pesticide.

“This is what I expect from you. Do not just stop at where you are. Find out more. Work harder until there’s just nothing else you could do”

Thank you boss.

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