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In what turned out to be one of my most memorable duties to date, my twelve-hour stint as intern-on-duty at PGH’s Cancer Institute is best described as intense.
The Cancer Institute (or CI), aside from housing PGH’s various Oncologic subspecialty clinics, has its upper floor devoted as a ward for both adult and pediatric patients with different cancers. As IOD we were left with usual tasks interns at our hospital are delegated with - monitoring, paperwork and procedures. But what I didn’t expect was, during the wee hours of the night, the CI ward is manned only by nurses and the IOD, i.e. there was no resident on duty at those hours. Meaning were anything to happen, we were the first line of doctors to respond to it.
Since it was my first time, the idea seemed daunting.
Home Sweet Home :)
OKAY. NAMISS KO KAAGAD YUNG MANILA.
YUNG USOK DUN SA LABAS NG PGH
YUNG MAKATI MED
YUNG NURSES ( esp. si nurse “KEY” ) >:D
Magoone month na ako dun sa May 2. Aysh!
I miss Manila! :(
PERO MASAYA NA RIN AKO KASI MAKAKAPAGREVIEW NA AKO PARA SA ENTRANCE EXAM NG UP! Kyey! ~
Two Weeks With Orthopedics
Enjoyed the last two weeks rotating in Orthopedics.
Learned a lot, mostly about assessing fractures. And how to properly evaluate suspected fractures (mobilizing is a NO-NO!). Got dirty with the cement and helped out in the actual casting of patients. And practiced sleeping in bouts only to be awakened by tasks to do (then back to sleep afterwards.)
Love the Eyes
We just finished our Ophthalmology Module and guess what, I loved it! I think I’ll have to reconsider my specialization options. More than a year in medical school haven’t convinced me [yet] if Cardiology (specifically, cardiothoracic surgery) is what I really want. We had a general module on “Thorax” last year (which included discussions about the heart and blood vessels) but I didn’t find it interesting. That was when I began having doubts about my dream of becoming a cardio surgeon. Well, we’ll see when I get to take the Cardiology Module next semester. For the mean time, it’s Ophtha that is making me excited.
By the way, Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal is an awesome place.
Things Your Hospital Bag Should Have
As with life, having a baby is also full of surprises. Even if the baby is not expected until he completes his term, it wouldn’t hurt to have a hospital bag ready. It should be packed as early as the seventh month especially for those who are having a difficult pregnancy. Here’s a list I compiled of what you should bring to the hospital. This of course is based on the usual Philippine climate which is tropical, and on a 3-4 day stay in the hospital.
FOR THE BABY
2 pairs Long-sleeved tie-sides — you won’t need this much because the baby will be swaddled anyways so he won’t be cold, but bring along some, just in case
3-5 pairs Short-sleeved tie-sides — this I think is the best choice to clothe baby in, not too hot nor too cold. You can hold him even with no blanket on and won’t have to worry he’ll be cold.
1 flannel blanket — for extra warmth in case needed.
3 swaddling blankets
2 pairs booties
3 pairs mittens
3 pairs pajamas
5 pcs burp cloths - a good old lampin would suffice
For his toiletries:
70% alcohol - for cleaning his cord stump, and for disinfecting your handscotton
baby wipes - or just just cotton balls and water
baby oil - a warming baby oil is nice, but i prefer the one with lavander essence
baby wash - pick one that has a no-tears formula and very mild.
Don’t bother bringing baby powder. Although baby would smell better with powder, it is not encouraged anymore because the baby might inhale the powder’s fine particles.
a change of clothes plus extra underwear — for going home
a nursing top - a hospital gown wasn’t designed with breasfeeding moms in mind
your toiletries, especially a feminine wash
your bag which should contain all the necessary stuff like
wallet with money -plastic or real- plus Identification Cards
health card and other pertinent documents
Maternity pads or overnight heavy duty napkins
abdominal binder - if you’re staying in PGH (Philippine General Hospital) I suggest you get
the one being sold by the manangs changing the beddings or mopping the floor. It’s made of
cheesecloth and not as bulky as the blue.
These are only the basic stuff you’ll be needing. These are what I brought with me to the hospital the last time. If you think I missed something or you have a must-bring that I didn’t list here, please do share it by commenting.
Philippine General Hospital
A week ago I gave birth to a healthy and handsome baby boy. And I’ve been itching to go online and blog about it for the longest time but I just just find the time nor the energy to do it, until now. After a week of sleep-deprived nights, my body is finally adjusting to the rigors of a nursing mom to a newborn. It also helps that my hubby is in full support-mode and has been doing the household chores that I can’t and shouldn’t be doing still.
I gave birth in Manila, at the Ospital Heneral ng Pilipinas (that’s Philppine Genral Hospital to you! :D) . We picked this hospital mainly for financial reasons. It is still the cheapest hospital that offers high-quality hospital care. It may look dilapidated and old, but the best doctors are still here. This is also where I gave birth last time, six years ago, to our daughter.
When we trooped to the patient admission area, we immediately noticed that they had the area renovated. It is now airconditioned and the seats are new. The officers in charge of admission now also sit behind a glass wall instead of the open table they used to occupy before. The line wasn’t really long but we did spend more or less an hour before being shown our room. They had the number system to attend to the patients in an orderly fashion, but they also entertained various inquiries which I think sidetracks them for a while.
They also gave all admitted patients a hospital kit which contained:
- a digital thermometer
- a bottle of povidone-iodine
- a bottle of alcohol
- a roll of gauze bandage
- a roll of micropore tape
- a decent pair of utensils –spoon and fork (not included in picture)
- a small tabo
- a plastic measuring cup
- a small measuring cup (the one used to measure liquid medicines with)
- the PGH blue card
- the watcher’s ID
- the hospital tag
- and a vacuum-packed pillow
We were excited to be getting these! Last time we were here, we got nothing. Just the blue card and the hospital tag. It felt like being admitted into a private hospital!
A sad note though is that just like private hospitals, the PGH is also implementing the deposit-system now. Last time, we were just admitted into the hospital, presenting the admitting orders of my doctor and gave nothing else, no deposits whatsoever. And the deposits are also based on the room that you’re getting. For us who asked to be booked into the Pay Ward, we paid P5, +++ (more than five thousand pesos). For those getting a small private room, the rate would actually reach more than nine thousand pesos!
We opted for the Pay Ward to minimize costs. We’ll still be attended to by our doctors, not be subject to the prodding of medical students, but for a lower cost. Last time they Pay Ward I was booked in had 8 beds in all. This time, there were only seven of us. It was also air-conditioned and had a decent Comfort Room where patients and their bantay can take a bath in.
Luckily we were placed in the bed by the windows, next to the air-conditioning. The night I was admitted, we thought we’d freeze to death, but it was the opposite. Since the lay-out is quite funny, with half of the room obviously colder than the other half whose air-conditioning is being blocked by a wall, some bantay would lower the temperature down. During the day too, when the sun is beating down on our side, being near the air conditioning made it nice actually. J
What I discovered that night though was more than the superficial renovations of PGH, I also was surprised that I was subject to a different preparatory steps this time. I don’t know if its because I’m scheduled for a caesarian section, instead of the ordinary “giving birth” tag. I’ll write about this next time.
*I seem to have a problem uploading pictures. I’ll upload some next time. I promise!
*Feb. 6 — just uploaded a picture. :D