Duck-hunting

This is the story as told by one of the doctors today, with some salt and pepper added by me:)

Once upon a time, three medical professionals; Charles,a General Practitioner, Micheal,a specialty physician and Alan,a surgeon went for a duck-hunting trip in the countryside.

An hour into the jungle, Charles sighted a bird. He lined up his shot at the bird and took a careful aim. He held his breath momentarily, waited for the pause between heartbeats to keep his shot steady. He then increased the pressure on the trigger, and at the very last moment, he put down his gun, and said “Hmm…I am not too sure whether it is a duck, Micheal,what do you say?”

Micheal then lined up his shot at the bird and took a careful aim. He held his breath momentarily, waited for the pause between heartbeats to keep his shot study. He then increased the pressure on the trigger, and at the very last moment, he put down his gun, and said ” I am not too sure whether it is a duck or not, I think we better go nearer to investigate. How bout that, Alan?”

“BANG!” came the reply.

“Now, why don’t both of you go there and pick it up and tell me whether it is a duck.”

Before any of you got offended,of course, this joke is just generalising the different type of personality you would have in different field of medicine. I am inclined to concur with this generalisation, although there are surgeons who are really warm and friendly and physicians who are cold and hostile.

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On another note, I just added another book to my collection not too long ago. This book set me back nearing RM 100, ordered specially from the local bookshop here. I came across the author’s blog not long after I landed in Melbourne back in February. I was so fascinated and taken in by his stories as a surgeon that I got down to the local Borders bookshop to look for his book. Unfortunately, they did not have it in stock but I wasn’t one to give up. I tried to look high and low for it but still, to no avail. It has to be purchased on a special order. Darn.

It took more than 5 weeks to ship and nearing 2 weeks of searching for a proper transparent bookwrap for it before I even opened the first page to read it. The previous transparent non-adhesive bookwrap I purchased in Melbourne just doesn’t make the cut. Thank God I did manage to find a bookwrap that I am happy with. Now, I am happy to sad, all the books I have , have got the proper care they deserve. Sad to say, I have much work to do at the moment. I am trying hard to suppress the urge to finish the book at one go. Just like CoffeeBean, good stuff need to be savoured slowly….

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I just went to a talk the other day, a talk for students and professionals alike, who are considering surgery as a career in Australia. It basically covered the route to being a surgeon in Australia. The speaker asked a very intriguing question at the start of the talk : “What would you to be doing when you are 40?” That put me in deep thought, really. Honestly, I’d say I am more of a medical person than a surgical one. The few medical fields that came across my mind thus far : Cardiology, Intensivist(ICU) and General Paediatrics. I did think of being a surgeon, for I would love to do things with my hands, however at this point in time, I don’t really have an idea of which surgery to go into. I thought I would love to be a CT surgeon, but from what I gathered, the field is moving away from open surgery towards PCI(Percutaneous Coronary Intervention), which isn’t exactly what I have in mind. But oh well, it’s hard to say at the moment.

Till next update, arrivederci.