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Well actually I'm back in London, thankfully. But I think my experience at Medway has been much better this year than last, probably because I'm more assertive now : p
I did manage to see a normal delivery (and participate!!) without having to wait tooo long today. The father was so sweet, he bought the midwife and I canned drinks cuz he thought we might be thirsty. The mom was just 22 and they had been married almost 4 years o.o but she really did well, and didn't need an epidural eventually! I can't imagine being in labour at this stage of my life! I also emailed my mom about her birth experience with me : p apparently it was really painful; she didn't even feel the episiotomy cuz there was just so much background pain!! Good grief, I wonder what it'll be like when my turn comes : p
Also learned that C-sections don't prevent people from getting prolapse, contrary to what I thought : p
Honestly have been quite lazy these few days, haven't been doing much revision at all, and exams are in just about a month aaaargh!
And meanwhile my iPhone4's power button has decided to break (ie no physical/electronic response) for no apparent reason so will be heading down first thing to an Apple store tomorrow. Hopefully will get an appointment with a 'genius' to get this fixed. I anticipate lots of arguing as I'm out of warranty by about 6 months, but gonna use some EU consumer law document thing I managed to find while googling the broken button issue. If I don't succeed I will have to pay £120 for a new phone which is ludicrous! Grrrr, touchscreen phones are useless if the tactile buttons break!! /rage
Rawr! Day 6 in India! It's been awesome so far, although I haven't gone in to the hospital for the last 2 days thanks to a bad tummy upset : ( I suspect it was the lunch I had at the hospital on Wednesday : s Also, while I was so determined to eat only Indian food here, I can feel my determination wavering... I want my steamed white pomfret and regular Thai white rice!! T_T
My first day here was quite a shock, actually : p My flight was delayed and when I got out of the airport there was this sea of people waiting outside. I was horrified, cuz I was thinking, how am I going to find the driver who was going to take me to the campus?! Well, obviously I managed to find him : p But I wasn't prepared for the kind of traffic on the roads as well! There were 3 lanes drawn out on the roads, but there were easily 5 rows of cars driving neck and neck : p I also saw motorcycles overloaded with people (think 2 adults + 2 children on a motorcycle; a woman sitting sidesaddle as pillion on the motorcycle, while holding a child in her arms etc), pretty crazy! Oh and the honking! Drivers honk at literally everything! Not the rude kind of honk though, it's more like a 'look out I'm here' honk, so I guess it's a good kind of honking : p I think I got settled in to my hostel pretty quickly, and there's the College canteen close by, and the 7:30am bus to take us to the hospital : ) I'm quite pleased with the facilities here (I haz Internetzzz!) and the rooms are quite clean, so.
One thing I definitely miss loads is the lack of air-conditioning here. Well to be fair, the outpatient clinic I'm at has an air cooler so it's a bit cooler but not by that much! Still, it's a relief from the heat out there!
I've also been too embarrassed to walk around carrying an umbrella everywhere so I think I've also gotten a little tanned T_T I really should apply sunblock but I hate that sticky feeling!
Been doing Dermatology this week, which has been pretty good. I don't really have to worry much about the language barrier as the diagnosis is usually quite clear from the examination. And it's also quite easy to mime itch and things like that : p The doctors I've been with have been really kind, translating what patients say/informing me of the context where appropriate. Although the head of department has really scary eyes! She has really light coloured eyes for an Indian person; they're hazel/green in colour. And when she looks at you it feels like she's looking right through you!! : s But she's really nice : )
There are a number of other medical students here on elective; so far I've met a number from GKT, 4 from UCL, some Dutch, Swedish and Americans, and loads of Germans! The Germans all stay for about 3-4 months though : o To be honest, I'm not sure if I could cope with staying here for a month, much less 4 months! : p
I'm heading to Mahabalipuram tomorrow with Emma (from GKT and my roomie!) and the Swedish girls, hoping it'll be lots of fun : D
I'll be doing Dermatology again next week, I'm expecting to see lots more interesting stuff : ) Oh and I saw several cases of leprosy this week, that's pretty amazing since I prolly won't ever see cases like those ever again! The patients here actually have a lot of respect for the doctors. One patient with leprosy literally kissed the feet of our head of department : o That's something I think I won't ever see again. I think I'm more likely to see doctors getting sued actually! : p
Can't believe 1 week's gone by already! : (
「がんばっても がんばっても うまくいかない
でも気づかないところで 誰かが きっと見てる」
America can be so difficult. Why does it have to use non-international units? : (
Working on a presentation on CAH, every slide I make brings more questions and I'm terrified of being grilled tomorrow, since I, the presenter, will be speaking about CAH to people far more qualified than I -_-;;