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  1. May You Rest In Peace Posted on 26th Jul 2015, 4:28pm by admin

    “Grief lasts longer than sympathy, which is one of the tragedies of the grieving.” – Elizabeth McCracken

    My patient died yesterday during my call and all i could feel was sadness and regret. Perhaps regret that i did not break the news as how i would want to break it. Regret perhaps that i went to get some sleep instead of staying with the family while they grieved and regret because while i was pushing a patient from ICU with 100 lines i avoided their gaze because i had a new patient and meeting their gaze would only remind me of my failures to keep their mother alive.

    It felt like it came full circle, from her admission into the wards, to again caring for her in the CCU. Her one month stay has touched us all, such a cheerful cute ah ma who watches korean dramas in between her Nebs and antibiotics regime, turning into someone who was bed bound and intubated.

    But i am thankful that the few moments before her death i manage to speak to her family x many times, to let them know that she is in pain and CPR was not going to change the management. i felt that we made the right decision to let her go.

    Family often feels the guilt of having to decide extent of care, and regrettably us, clinicians, often hold conferences and discussions making them feel that way. “Do you want us to do CPR, do you want us to intubate” “you know her best, do you think this is what she would have wanted” whereas it is only with our guidance and recommendations that families can make such decisions, so i’ve learnt the hard way to tell families our medical recommendation, to relieve them of the guilt they have for not trying hard enough.

    “Your mother knows you have fought very hard for her, that you have given her the best possible care, but sometimes even with the best possible care, there are somethings that are irreversible, and continuing on will only lead her to suffer, she is slipping away despite our best efforts, and i am telling you as her doctor that CPR will bring her back only briefly but will not change the outcome”

    My voice was shaking and i was tearing, because i could not bear to see her suffer anymore let alone break her ribs.

    Sometimes doing less is doing more.

    May you rest in peace aunty k, and may your family find peace knowing you are in a better place.

    Writted by, Dr J

  2. Happy New Year 2015! Posted on 4th Jan 2015, 1:11pm by admin

    Goodbye 2014; what a year it has been.

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  3. A Prayer for Deliverance #2 Posted on 7th Dec 2014, 5:54pm by Alvin

    Time flies, and I’ve moved on from Medical Oncology to its sister department, Palliative Medicine. The Bible reading from my previous post came to mind after seeing a referral to Palliative Medicine today.

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  4. “who are you, where am i?” Posted on 12th Oct 2014, 11:12pm by admin

    Mr E asks the above on a daily basis and very often more than 3x/day. I never understood what the word perplexed meant when I saw my colleagues in psychiatry writing it down as part of the examination of a patient – but after the last three months, I finally did.

    Perplexed.

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  5. A Prayer for Deliverance.. Posted on 26th Sep 2014, 10:51am by Alvin

    My better half recently shared with me an interesting thing she used to do when she wrote cards – she would close her eyes, mutter a quick prayer, flip the Bible open, and read a particular verse. Then she would interpret it into the card for her friends, and it would always be relevant, pertinent, and useful for the situation.

    I won’t go so far as call myself the doubter, but I tried doing that this morning, and here’s what the Bible was telling me:

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  6. Behind those clothes… Posted on 29th May 2014, 2:09pm by Alvin

    Have you ever wondered about those hospital clothes that each institution gives to patients when they first come in? Those ubiquitous blue (where I’m working) / pink / green / purple coloured baju (that the nurses love to call them), that accords a degree of uniformity and order in our otherwise chaotic wards. That offers an instant glance and recognition of the patient in Parson’s sick role. That offers ease and convenience of examination – try asking every patient to open their T-shirts to auscultate their chest, or roll up their tight jeans to examine the lower limbs. Then there’s also the convenience that affords the patient – packaged laundry service.

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  7. The Red Packet(s) Posted on 11th Feb 2014, 3:42pm by admin

    I must be getting old. Somehow, I have fallen into the select group, where I’m attending wedding banquets almost every other month for the past 1-2 years, and the only thing that’s red (other than the bride’s Chinese wedding dress), is probably my bank account. 😛

    (Trust me, i’ve taken to storing empty red packets in every part of my room so that I dun have to go on a hunting spree each time, and even stashing them in my car front drawer compartment, since I’m lost count of the number of times people have asked me for empty red packets)

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Past Blog Articles

2014 Dec: A Prayer for Deliverance 2
2014 Oct: Who are you, Where am I?
2014 Sep: A Prayer for Deliverance
2014 May: Behind Those Clothes
2014 Feb: The Red Packet(s)
2014 Jan: God Loves You

2013 Dec: Caroling Reflections of an Expired M
2013 Nov: Scripture Reflection for Physicians
2013 Oct: Hang on. We haven’t beat this thing yet.
2013 Sep: Me and My Ride
2013 Aug: A Gift of Life
2013 Jul: Finding Happiness in a Land of Plenty
2013 Jun: A Beeline
2013 May: Living My Love Of..
2013 Apr: The Healthcare Debate
2013 Mar: A Doctor’s Prayer
2013 Feb: Project Battambang ’12
2013 Feb: Mission Srolanth ’12: To Heal the Heart, with a Heart to Heal
2013 Jan: The Hardest Thing To Say…

2012 Dec: The Lost Art Of…
2012 Nov: Rome Sweet Home – Short Reflections
2012 Sep: He Keeps Falling
2012 Aug: God Decides
2012 July: Am I To Blame?
2012 June: Saving Fragile Lives
2012 May: Ruminations On Love
2012 Mar: The iPhone

2011 Dec: The Red Cross
2011 Nov: Give Thanks!
2011 Aug: Ashes – The Epilogue
2011 July: Charity
2011 July: Ashes
2011 May: Of Angry Birds & Cowardly Mice
2011 May: Notes From Salzburg On Good Friday
2011 Apr: What It Means
2011 Mar: A Job.
2011 Mar: Dear Father…
2011 Feb: Clothes, A Person Doth Maketh
2011 Jan: Wonderfully Made

2010 Dec: A White Christmas
2010 Dec: A Medical Christmas Carol
2010 Nov: Saying Goodbye
2010 Oct: I Am Always With You
2010 Sept: Be Joyful Always
2010 July: Managing Expectations
2010 June: But They Are Our Masters…
2010 June: Driving: A Means of Personal Formation?
2010 May: HO Welcome Tea
2010 May: The Rain
2010 May: A Missed Lunch
2010 May: Man In The Mirror
2010 May: Reflections At The End Of The Day
2010 Apr: Finding God In All Things
2010 Mar: Surely You Put Your Trust In The Lord?
2010 Mar: The Significance of a Name

2009 Nov: Batam: Beyond A Mission
2009 Oct: The Broken Rosary
2009 Sept: Love Note To God, Father
2009 Aug: Let God Take The Wheel
2009 Aug: The Prequel: The One About Graduation
2009 July: The Sequel: The Later Months
2009 June: First Month of HO-Ship
2009 May: “The House of God” by Samuel Shem
2009 May: In The Discipleship for Christ


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