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StumbleUpon #2

These are some other really interesting websites I found using the SU toolbar. Hope these can relieve your boredom:

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The Invasion

Have you watched the movie “The Invasion” yet? If you have not, then you are missing out on a really great show packed with action and suspense. With Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig as the main characters, this is a show not to be missed.

This is the synopsis of the story taken from the movie website:
“The Invasion” is a nightmarish journey into a world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington D.C. psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her colleague Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol’s only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion.

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OT and ED Posting

Operating Threatre (OT) Posting

I got to scrub for a case (Left Hand Wound Exploration KIV Tendon Repair). It is kind of scary being the scrub nurse. You have to anticipate what the surgeon will want, you have to know the preferences of different surgeons and you basically have to know how the operation will be conducted so that everything can be prepared in advance.

Other than the case that I scrubbed for, there was really nothing much to do except stand in the operating room like an idiot and look as the surgery is being conducted.

THE PLACE IS SO FREEZING COLD! I was wearing two layers and I was still shivering like a leave.

The other thing is that it is really troublesome when it comes to mealtime. We are not allowed to wear the scrub gowns out of the OT and it takes almost 15 minutes to change, so many of us bring our own food to eat.

Emergency Department (ED) Posting

ED is much better than OT. At least it is not so cold there (except for the Critical Care Area (CCA)). There are also more things to do there. I had a good time doing ECGs, putting what I learnt in school to actual practice.

I witnessed an incident and it made that doctor a hero of sorts in my eyes. A male patient was in a cubicle in the CCA and a male relative was talking to the patient. A staff nurse pushed the ECG cart into the room and asked the realtive to wait outside as she wants to do an ECG for the patient. The relative became angry and said, “Can’t you wait? Can’t you see that I am talking with him? What’s the hurry?” The staff nurse explained to the relative that the doctor wanted to see the ECG and the relative came out of the cubicle unwillingly. As he was walking, he turned around and called the staff nurse “stupid bitch”. A doctor by the name of Ng Y Y asked the relative, “Sir, what did you call my staff?” The relative replied, “I called her a stupid bitch. Do you have a problem with that? Do you want to go to the police?” The doctor told the relative, “No one scolds my staff this way. If you want to go to the police, we can go to the police.” He walked up to the relative and the two of them walked out of the CCA, as if they are really going to the police. Although I don’t know what happened in the end, but I am full of admiration for this doctor. It is very rare for doctors to stand up for a nurse.

Basically, I had some fun in the OT and ED, but I am so glad that they are over and I will be going to the ward soon. This is my first time in an SGH ward. I wonder how it will be like. I am kind of really excited about it.

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StumbleUpon #1

I stumbled upon this website called StumbleUpon on Wikipedia and I downloaded the toolbar. This website allows you to find random websites based on your interests. It is a really interesting website. Go and have al look: http://www.stumbleupon.com/.

These are the few websites that I stumbled upon which I find rather interesting:

  • Crazy Rabbit – This is so cute. Whoever came up with this is a genius.
  • Jackson Pollock – Cool
  • Cats – They are so cute!
  • Flowers2Mail – This is really good if you are really creative.
  • Musicovery – This is so cool. You get to discover a lot of really nice music. Check it out!
  • Read Print – This website for people who loves books,like me. It has a good collection of ebooks (which means you can read it on the website itself), although the books are more the classical kind.
  • Orisinal – Game for Christmas. I can play this for hours.
  • Girls Are Evil – Haha. I think all the guys agree with this.
  • Encryption – Something about encryption. Still trying to figure out how it is done.
  • Amazing Dots – Cool illusion. I like it!
  • Scribbler – Cool site.

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Picture Perfect

This book was supposed to last me for two weeks, but the moment I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is that good, trust me.

Josi Picoult has the talent for writing stories that really make you think. She touches subjects that we are facing right now or we might face in the future, blending the moral dilema and the story full of colourful characters in such a wonderful way that you will be longing for more long after you have turned the last page.

To the world, they had everything. Cassie Barrett was a renowned anthropologist. Alew Rivers was a respected actor. They met on a film set in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they returned to California, something altered the picture of their perfect marriage.

Torn between fear and compassion, Cassie wrestled with the questions she never dreamt she would face. Why did she stay? And how could she leave?

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Second Glance

I have just finished reading “Second Chance” by Jodi Picoult and I totally loved it.

I have previoulsy read “My Sister’s Keeper” which was also written by her and I like what I read, so I decided to try another of her books, and I chose “Second Glance”. She has proven herself to be a truly talented writer.

A developer has targeted an ancient Native American burial ground for a shopping mall, and now strange happenings have the tiny town of Comotosook, Vermont, talking of supernatural forces at work.

Ross Wakeman is a ghost hunter who’s never seen a ghost – a suicidal drifter who has put himself in mortal danger time and again. He’s driven his car off into a lake. He’s been mugged in New York city and struck by lightning in a calm country field. Yet despite his best efforts, life clings to him and pulls him ever deeper into the empty existence he cannot bear since his fiancee’s death in a car crah eight years ago. Ross now lives only for the moment he might once again encounter the women he loves.

Searching te site for signs of the paranormal, Ross meets Lia, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like him, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. But the discoveries that await Ross are beyond anything he could dream of in this world – or the next.

It is said that ghosts are the spirits of people who have died who cannot let go of someone, who have some unfinished busines or who wants revenge for his/her death. I guess there is certain truth in that, but I am still scared of them.

“Life is all about being in a certain place, at a certain place.” – Jodi Picoult

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My Sister’s Keeper

This is one really good book that I have bought and read. I think I am falling in love with buying books. The knowledge that such an amazing work of art is mine gives me such a wonderful feeling. This can really get addictive.

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and injections to help her sister, Kate, fight leukaemia. Anna was born for this purpose, her parents told her, which is why they love her even more.

But now she can’t help but wonder what her life would be like if it weren’t tied to her sister’s…and so she makes a decision that for most, at any age, would be too difficult to bear, and sues her parents for the rights to her own body.

My current mission is to read all of Jodi Picoult’s books.

“A life isn’t defined by the moment you died, but all the others you spent living.” – Jodi Picoult

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