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New Blog

Right, here ends this blog, which has kept me company for so many years and have seen me through so much.

As of today onwards, I willl be using a new Blogger blog.

Thanks for all the support and comments.

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MICU Posting

Whew! I have finally managed to survive the two weeks of attachment at MICU at TTSH.

I mean, I did learn a lot of things there, but the cold gets to me. I am shivering even though I wore another layer under my uniform.

I got to see some really interesting procedures though. I saw how a CVP line is inserted and I even got to assist a few times. I saw insertion of IA line, extubation and even cornea harvest. They are all really interesting because they are the procedures that I don’t get to see in the general ward.

This marks the end of all my attachments. Yippee! 

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Favourite Post Meme

I was blog hopping and I came across this Favorite Post Meme. I haven’t done a meme in a while, so I thought I will do this.

Rules: Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written.

Link One must be about family.
Link Two must be about friends.
Link Three must be about yourself.
Link Four must be about something you love.
Link Five can be anything you choose.

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least two of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better. (Readers: don’t forget to read the archived posts and leave comments.)

Link One: This one is about Mother’s Day.

Link Two: This one is about Eudora’s old blog.

Link Three: This is the day when I didn’t get to eat ice-ream when I really wanted to. 

Link Four: This is the booklist that I have put up for the TBR 2008 reading challenge.

Link Five: This is actually another meme. It’s kind of fun. Scarely accurate. 

The five people I tag to do this meme:

  1. Eudora
  2. Priyangi
  3. Grace
  4. Mariem
  5. Nadiah

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The Nanny Diaries

” The Nanny Diaries” is one delicous book. This book is written with just the right amount of humor that is fresh and funny, and just the right dose of sarcasm to make the book feel young and lively. This is seriuosly a great book not to be missed.

For those of you who are new to reading, let me give you a tip of advice about choosing a book. If a book can make you want to do any of the following three, it’s a great book.

  1. You wish you were a character in the story becasue he/she is so perfect.
  2. You hate a character so much that you wish you could either give her a good  shake to wake her up or strangle her to death so that he/she will not cause anymore misery to the people around him/her. 
  3. You want to be best friends with a character in the book.

If you happen to feel any one of the above, that book you are reading must be a really good book. It means that the author has successfully evoked a certain feeling from you, a feeling so strrong tht you feel you have to act upon it.

I can safely tell you this is a great book, because I am feeling one of the three listed above. It is the second one. I can tell you that I really hate Mr and Mrs. X. They are not fit to be parents. They really disgust me. To them , a child is just an ornament to their “perfect” marriage. The child is a trophy to be shown off to friends, a live doll to dress up when the mood strike them. Mrs. X is not fit to be a mother. She knows nothing about mothering or what a child needs. She can’t do anything on her own. Without a maid, a nanny and a housekeeper, she will be living in a pigsty. She can’t even find a bow tie for her son! All she knows is how to doll herself up and trying to do things that will please Mr. X, althought it backfires most of the time. She’s like a dog that wags its tail when the owner is home, begging for some attention, but the master (Mr. X) doesn’t even give her a glance. I wouldn’t too, if I were Mr. X. She is just a pretty vase who can’t do anything right. She made all the stupid rules for her four-year-old son to follow and she thinks she has the right to monopolize everyone’s time just because she is paying them. She over-utilises people and she thinks lowly of everyone else. I HATE her.

Alright, here is the summary at the back of the book. You read the book and tell me what you think of Mrs. X.:

In between looking after four-year-old Grayer and running a thousand errands for Mrs X, his rich, uptight Manhattanite mother, Nan is tring to have a life. There’s colleage, shopping, her friends, her cate George. And the gorgeous Harvard boy from the sixth floor…

But the X family’s dramas keep intruding – visits from Mr X’s predatory mistress, catastrophic family outings and, as a final straw, the case of the marriage-destroying panties. As divorce looms, Nan realizes how attached she’s become of the X’s underloved son – and how nannying has become more than just a job. 

You know, this book really gives me the urge to try nannying. It sounds fun. You get to meet interesting people, you get pretty well-paid, and you get the expereince of a lifetime. Who knows, maybe I will meet somone hot, just like Nan did. I think I might trying nannying during the two months of vacation before I start work at TTSH. I just hope I don’t get an emplyer like Mrs X.

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This is the movie trailer.

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PRCP Reviewed

Today is the start of the last week of my PRCP attacment in ward 9C. After that I will be going to 6B for my specialised posting.

It has been three years already. So much has changed. I still remembered how it is like in year 1, when we are still called Freshies. I remember being so excited and clumsy during the attachements. All we did then was taking parameters and bed-making.

Then we went on to year 2  and we learnt more. We did more things during attachment such as hypocount, draining urine, doing dressings and so much more. All those fun times we had planning the FOC 2006 camp.

Now we are in the final year, with a few more months to go before we pass out as actual Staff Nurses. I still remembered being scared when Lay Hoon told us during the Orientation that we are supposed to take twelve cases by the end of the PRCP posting and act as the Principle Nurse. I was thinking,” Twelve cases? I don’t think I can even handle six.” Now I have no problem with twelve cases at all. Although I still need more practice in areas such as discharge, transfer, booking of appointments and last office, but I am sure I can funtion as a Staff Nurse.

That is, if I actually manage to pass my PRCP (that will be a miracle). Putting aside the fact that I have made two near-miss of medication errors, I am having a lot of problems signing my logbook in the PDA. The stupid PDA is giving me so much problems. At first I cannot log in the the NPalm Assessment, so I went all the way to school and Kylie fixed it for me. Now, it’s the same problem all over again. I can log in, but I cannot enter into my logbook. Damn it! 

[Add] My Clinical Facilitator/Instructor just told me that she is not failing me because of the two near-miss of medication errors. YES! Now if I can just get my logbook signed, I can (hopefully) pass my PRCP after all.

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Birthday Wishlist

Like what I always do, I will post my birthday wishlist at the beginning of my birthday month so that you guys have time to buy the gifts if you actually want to get me something.

Like I always say, this is just a reference:

  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang (Book)
  • The Baking Bible (Book) – Priyangi, this is a replacment for the baking book you gave to me for Christmas. I lent it to someone, but I can’t remember who I lent it to! It will be the best if you can get that book for me. I can’t find it anywhere! It is called Greatest Ever Baking or something like that. If you can’t find it, then this book is okay. If you intend to get me anything, get me either of these two books. Love you so much!
  • MP3 player

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