My first few days were filled with upper GI bleed and severe hepatobiliary sepsis. We were inundated with many patients vomiting blood, passing out bloody or blackish stool, jaundice and fever and all the lethal combination that we see once or twice a day in DC.
In this place, it’s almost once or twice every 4 hours and as a result, the wards are perpetually in overflow state. I really pity the patients being crammed into such inhumane small spaces but we had no choice as most of them are still ill and not fit for discharge. There is a serious need for more wards in Ipoh as people are flocking to general hospitals due to the economy downturn.
Personally, I don’t mind the work as I enjoy it so much. All I need is adequate feeding and so far, my meals have been out of sync. We often advise patients to take regular, small meals but we are the biggest culprits, often being dehydrated, missing out on meals, eating at odd hours plus eating cold, oily and unhealthy food due to the poor quality of food in hospital cafeteria, etc.
Well, the best part about this place is that I’m staying with people I like, i.e PS and Mich. Both of them have been great in welcoming me to their nice condo and I think it’s going to be easier for me to readjust back to Ipoh with these two cool people around. Not only that, it’s easier for me to plan to go back KL as there are so many doctors originating from KL, thus we could carpool back on any given weekends. Hooray!
P.S : HRPBI is the name of my new hospital. Go figure...