Monday, January 31, 2011

Blood and life


Today, I managed to draw some blood from a patient. I tried once before, but didn't really go according to plan . I missed the vein somehow, TWICE! Poor lady~ but i apologised profusely, of course and she seemed to be fine with it.

Blood, some people become queezy at the sight of it. Me? I'm, OK I guess. Even before starting medicine I used to look at the needle they stick into my arm to take blood.

Can I interest you readers to ponder on how magnificent the creation of blood is. Seemed like a pretty simple concept, some kind of fluid that runs in some vessels around the body. Imagine if its not fluid... well, even a tiny clot can cause severe consequences. What if it's in the form of gas? I think it won't be suffice to bring all the little bits of things around the body:
carbon dioxide
ok, I'm gonna stop at that coz it'll take ages to list them all down

In summary, it's a super massive transport system. Where oxygen from the air we breathe are utilise in each and every living cells in the body. Nutrients from things we eat transferred to be used, or stored accordingly. Hormones from all sorts of places goes to the right place where they affect all sorts of things. And all sorts of other stuffs.

At-Tin, (95):4 We have certainly created man in the best of stature;

It's interesting how little bits of things can be an indicator when something's not quite right. I was awed at the number of things that blood can actually tell me about a human, about the organs, and the state of the body.

subhanAllah, these big wonders in little things are so easy to be missed. Come to think of it, this red fluid is so vital to life. Cut of the supply to your brain or heart, and that's it.

If anything, studying medicine has taught me how complex a human body is. How each and every part interacts with each others. Probably some of you guys can already appreciate it without even having to study it or learn about it. Well I didn't, not to the extend that amazes me how an entity this perfect can be made, can be created.

spontaneous? like some people like to think of it. REALLY? There's probably a higher chance of a Blackberry to be 'spontaneously' created than a man to.

give me one of the best creation of a human. iPhone maybe? or spaceships, perhaps? Well I'm not going to start a debate on what is the human's greatest invention. But I intend to pose a question for us all, do you see any of it alive? moving and breathing and have the will of their own?

see how far superior a human is compared to what he can create... and appreciate that everything a human created have a purpose.

then imagine how far the gap, and how minutely inferior a human is to his Creator? Don't you think WE also have a purpose to have been created and given life?

Az-Zariyat, (51): 56. And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.

Al-Baqarah, (2): 30. And, when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority (khalifah)." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know."

Those two verse from the Quran show the purpose of a human. And thousands others gives the details of what to do, what to avoid, how to live our lives, and stories to take lessons from. Indeed Quran is a mukjizat, revealed more than a thousand years ago, yet it is still relevant, and will always be relevant. For those seeking the truth, and the true way of life

~how many of men's words have we read... are we just gonna leave GOD's words in the Quran?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just starting the fun bit of Medicine...

yeah, I'm a medical student. 3rd year now. starting the fun bits (and the distressing bits also) :-D

despite what others might say, i actually can still find some time to chill. but then, it's probably why i usually kept quiet every time my consultant asks about something... but then i think it happens to everyone. well i certainly hope so.

but there are always others who know the answer to the questions, and all i can do was hmm, i think ive learnt about there some time in the past... oh well.

and its the moment when the consultant picks you from the group and ask you to do an examination in front of the group, that's the precious moment. when your sweat glands suddenly feels the urge to work more. and you're suddenly drench in sweat. well at least that happens to me, all the time.

it's the moments. some moments make you think why in the world am i doing this! some answers the question right back. and in these moments that you truly found the real meaning.

its the moment

when you wear your stethoscope and hear the patient's chest. and you know there's something to hear. but you just can't convince yourself that it's there...

when you say whatever's on your mind. like "the pulse is strong". (then muttered something under your breath which sounds like "i don't really know"). then the consultant checks and say something totally opposite.

when you think you know it by reading the (piles of) books. but when the real thing is in front of you and you we're bombarded with multiple findings due to multiple problems, that's the moment when you reassure yourself that you're a 3rd year, and you shouldn't know anything... I wonder how long that excuse will last for XD

learning is just fun. and when it's medicine. you ought to try your best. but well, the truth is however best is your best it just wont be enough... just dont be so hard on yourself when you dont know something. there's just too many i guess...

its funny how they taught us all the medical jargons before this, and now in hospitals we're asked not to use it when talking to patients...well it's ENGRAVED!!! haha. now i have to cement on them all over again~ haih¬

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Angry Bird ... and some lessons beyond~

I'm quite sure probably some of you guys won't be familiar with this game called Angry Bird. Simple yet addictive, this game can keep people staring at a small phone screens in order to defeat the group of green pigs who stole the birds' eggs.

Just stating some blindingly obvious (and some ridiculous) facts about the game:

-the pigs are GREEN... yeah. green. not really a popular well known colour for pigs.

-the pigs are really advanced in civil engineering and I think some of them are architects. They made their forts with style. They do look more learned than the birds who can only make slingshots (and shoot themselves using it) to attack them.

-the birds, despite being called birds... HAVE NO WINGS. so instead they have to rely on massive slingshots to help them 'fly' towards the pig's fortified hiding places.

-despite being so angry at the pigs who stole their eggs, the white bird can use the eggs as WEAPON...

ok... enough of that :)

from the game, we can see that seeking revenge and being angry can't always solve problems. so I'd like to give a few notes to myself and others. Hopefully we think of these things while we have fun bombarding the pigs' fortresses :D

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said : a man said to the prophet : "Counsel me". He said : " Do not become angry". The man repeated [his request] several times, and he said: "Do not become angry ". (Narrated by Bukhari)

Al-Baqarah, 2:153. O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

2:45 And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].

Let's change!
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