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My 4th Coral Bay Visit

Every civil worker is required to attend an induction course in order to be confirmed into the government service. After waiting for so long, I finally had the chance to attend it. I’m already going into my third year of service. Before the day to depart comes, there was much worries and despair. The thought of spending 2 weeks in a resort that I’ve been for 3 times and listening hours and hours of lectures was…uuurrgghh… seems so hard to endure.

       It was all another story upon settling down in Pangkor. It wasn’t so hard to bear after all. True enough that some of the lectures were real agonising but some lecturers are real good in getting our attention. We had some good laughs in class and good team work as well. I still can’t believe that we could use one nail to hold another ten! If lectures were indeed boring, I will just take out my htc to chat and go Facebook as there is free wi-fi in the lecture hall. Everyday, we’ll be looking forward to the evening time. It’s our leisure time where we’re on our own.

     Most of the time, we’ll play by the beach. Sometimes we’ll play exciting water games like banana boat, or play volley ball or at times we’ll just walk around the beach. Evenings not spent on the beach will be spent on cycling, jogging, swimming in the resort pool or simply reading a good novel by the balcony.

     In those rare occasions that we have our class canceled, we can have more time to ourselves and we can venture out and try the foods outside. At one time that there were so many of us, we actually finished up the cafe’s stock of chicken. They took such a long time to cook up the meals that we danced and enjoyed ourselves while waiting.

     Towards the end of the course, we had to concentrate on our studies as there is an exam to take on the last day. There was a mixture of feelings after the exam as it meant that it’s time to go home. Feels glad that induction is finally over but at the same time also feels sad to leave all my new found friends. It was great to meet a bunch of lively people heading the same goal as I but away from working environment. Be sure to keep in touch my friends… 🙂 Oh and last but not least, my best wishes to Wai Keng who hurt herself during the course. Get well soon my friend!

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November at a glance

Last week has been a real busy for me. Particularly because my workings days were shorten due to the other functions that I have to/had attend, my colleagues in the same department with me were away as well as the super blur new PRPs that just reported not long ago. There are so many of them that they out numbered those permanent ones in the hospital. Now it seems like too many cooks spoils the broth and I feel like a babysitter taking care of them every step of the way. Hopefully, in time to come, they will ease my workload instead.

My daily work have to be put aside as I have to prepare for the side project which is due on Wednesday. I weren’t around last Wed to Fri so I have to rush to finish it by Tue. Then, I need rushed back to Ipoh to catch a bus the next day to KLIA. Not that I’m flying off to anywhere. Just that it so happened that the place to attend my course is nearby the airport. It’s about updating and upgrading myself on the documentation of my daily work.

Yep, so for 3 days I was stuck in a hotel listening, eating and sleeping (while US got a new president and our very own RPK is released). The food was good. The selection was far more varied compared to other governmental courses that I’ve been to. As for the accommodation… well… not the same as I imagine, but ‘boleh tahan la’. Hehe… I guess the most important is whether I learned something. Although I’ve been to a similar course with similar agenda but this one is actually far better. Haha…. most probably because the latter is actually national level.

Well, in government settings, going for such course meant more work. That’s because I have to relay the same message and information back to my fellow colleagues in my hospital. Sigh… But then again, this will not be possible in short time to come because I need to head to another course soon. This one is actually 2 weeks! Yes, so when I said my workings days were shorten, I meant like 5- 6 days of work for this whole month.

Sounds relaxing but its not. It translates to more work in the future, studying for exam as well as bringing work back home. So for now I need to switch my mind back to my side project (QAP) and prepare for presentation this coming Monday.

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Critical Appraisal

It was a long weekend break and many would’ve spent holidaying or going back to their hometown. Mine was spent in a secluded resort learning how to critically appraise a journal. Yes, it’s a bombastic word which I myself had no idea how to define it.

The course is being conducted in a resort in Kamunting and therefore staying in is not a necessity since my rented place is nearby. Many of my colleagues opt to stay back at home but I chose to stay in the resort. Well, the room is already paid and since I’m one of the organizing committee, I might as well stay to ease my work.

The rooms there are actually very nice and spacious but mine was a big let down. The first time I open the door room, the first thing that greeted me was the awful smell of cigarettes. So I opened up the windows and put the fan and air con to max to chase away the smell. It didn’t help. Finally 10.30pm at night, I call up the reception to request for a new room. The new room not only got no such smell, it also has a balcony overlooking the swimming pool, the golf terrace as well as hillside view.

We’ve invited a lecturer specializing in pharmacoepidemiology from UM to enlighten us on this subject. She was a lady with her own principles. A quality which I find in most successful academicians and which I lacked (regretfully to say…). She taught us well and we’ve learned a lot from her.

Being a pharmacist, we have to face with the challenge to interpret journals everyday. We need to know how to differentiate between useful information or otherwise so that we can provide unbiased information to our other health care colleagues. It’s a big task when some irresponsible representatives tried to blind us or mislead us into believing something else.

I’m glad to say that, at the end of this course, I’m able to tell what those different terms are all about and be able to look for quality and well written papers. I aspire to be able to pinpoint the weaknesses of the information provided by pharmaceutical companies so as not to give blinded information to patients. This course would be stepping stone for me towards that goal. I’m glad to be given the opportunity to attend it.

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Half Way Down the Road

Today is a historical day for me. It marks the date that I have already worked exactly two years in Taiping. So there’ll be another two more years down this road before there’ll be another crossroad for me. Looking back… I can’t believe that I’ve survived so long here. I’ve survived…

… the times when there’s only The Store to buy things I need. But now there’s already a Tesco, Starbucks, OldTown Kopitiam and a cinema on the way.

…being a PRP. Now that I’m FRP, I’m struggling to make a difference to the medical ward as a clinical pharmacist.

… the mundane life in Taiping by taking up yoga, line dancing, going up Maxwell Hill and Poncho Poncho (only tried once). Ooops, currently not doing any of those at all. Only went up Maxwell yesterday.

… the edible but not so great food of Taiping. Really can’t figure out what’s so tasty about Taiping food. I guessed being a resident in Ipoh have set my standards ultra high.

… my ex-next door neighbour’s strange behaviours and now staying happily in a new place that’s nearer to work, bigger, cheaper and more privacy.

So now I need to look ahead. I wonder what’s next….

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Nuisance or what?

(Updates from the previous post)

Today was a super busy day for me. I had to follow rounds, dispense to my discharged patients, do medication history, screen and supply ward medications; All of which are my daily workloads. Apart from that I need to finish typing some letters, go another ward to talk to the sister, go ICU, attend a talk (again…) as well as a meeting for the ‘pegawais’. Yeah…. kinda break my own record of staying at workplace for the longest duration which is until 7.10pm. (Doesn’t count the time when we had to go back to work at night due to accreditation).

       But… this did not deter me from getting more news about this Hindraf patient which was warded. As I have said, he wasn’t in my ward but my colleague’s. So I hope she doesn’t mind if I put everything she said in here (do you?). Anyway, this guy was actually quite demanding and protective. He jot down everything that was told to him by his doctors… as well as demand that the doctor write the things he said into the medical record. Medical records are meant to record patient’s medical progress!… not whatever the patient ask to write. Whenever the doctor refuses, he INSISTED. Whatever medications precribed to him, he demands to know who exactly gave it to him (specialist or otherwise). Well, he’s a lawyer after all. He definitely knows his rights and how to use it. 

(p/s: there was an article about him today in the papers)

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Hospital Taiping seems to be quite happening these days. First, there was a patient who went amok last week. Not sure about the actual situation as I only heard of it and have not witness it myself… although I’m actually in the same building and same floor at the same time! (Just different ward) The guy actually wanted to be discharged in the wee hours of the morning. Eventually he became more and more restless and then turned violent. He actually had a knife with him and pointed at anyone who tried to block him. From what I heard, he went almost every floor of the building and tried to attack the nurses on 1st floor. The security actually got his pants torn. Finally he was caught by the police. So much drama on early Fri morning…

Then, there was this Hindraf guy that was warded due to a fall. And as if that has not gotten enough media attention… another one was warded last night. Hmmm… gonna have to get use to the sight policemen and media people around my workplace. Hopefully no more ISA detainees get warded anytime soon… (Goodness..PM just release them pls).

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