Confessions of a semi-doctor: (17) Counting down!


Alright. I can see the end emerging at the horizon! Final exams’ schedule is declared, the grand finale shall start on November 16, and guess what happens on December 23! I WILL FINALLY GRADUATE! The mere thought lifts me up on cloud 9!

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Confessions of a semi-doctor: (16) Flashbacks!


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Today is first day back to schools! It doesn’t , however, apply on senior med-schoolers simply because we haven’t yet finished the year before. Anyway, while my sister dressed up for her high school and brother went off to college, I kept remembering the little kid who made a scene on her first day at KG!

I was a delicate three-and-a-half-year-old kiddy whose sense of security boiled down to the word; mom! I couldn’t apprehend being left with kids I had never met before, doing activities I wasn’t used to. A storm of screams and cries had launched and nothing, absolutely nothing could tame it, even candies!  I remember when mom eventually gave up, she took me to the school’s playground and sat by my side on a swing until I cooled off. Then she took me home! It took me like a week to adapt!

My first day at college was quite the same, except that I was crying inside. I was a naive 16-year-old teen, completely unaware of what awaits me. Mom couldn’t lull me; she was abroad and totally out of reach. Dad, however, drove me to college and left right away. My aunt who graduated from that very place, nevertheless, was a great company. I will never forget the shock when I entered that lectures’ hall for the very first time! Literally, more than a thousand students sat there, in the same room, innocent-faced and confused, just like I was! 

We grow up so fast, don’t we?!

Confessions of a semi doctor: (15) Meh!


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Do you know that feeling prior to your very last exam ; that  indifference mingled with lust for freedom?? It’s what I’ve been feeling since last March! I have never held any love for studying, but this year, I have no desire as well!

Few days back, I had an Ob/Gyn exam and literally attended without any studying!  Next Monday is a BIG midterm surgery exam, that involves the whole curriculum. Guess what, I haven’t yet read a word! And the thing is, I don’t yearn to and I have no regrets!

It’s just… Meh!

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (6) Signs!


“A good doctor is a good observer.” Our professors keep saying! In fact, the effort a medical student exerts revolves mostly around obtaining that fine skill of watching. It’s all about scanning your patients for clues, and grasping threads that lead you to a close view of whatever illness they have.. Things referred to as “signs” in every medical book..

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It’s confusing as you begin learning, for it ain’t that easy to “decode” those “signs”, analyze them and get a conclusion within few minutes, but eventually your eyes end up detecting random passers-by in the street!

The other day, I saw a slowly walking old man with shivering lips. I found myself subconsciously observing the tremors appearing in his hands, then “Parkinsonism” came on my mind! Today, I saw a man with a staring look and protruding eyes, I automatically shifted my gaze to his neck pulsations to find them pounding strongly, then “Thyrotoxicosis” gleamed in my head!!

I know it’s awkward, but if you found someone staring at you, don’t freak out, it might be a harmless doctor trying to figure out what you have! 😛 😛

Scenes: (4) Capturing magnificence!


It’s been like forever since I last had a perfect mini-vacation. My last 4 days were beyond perfect! 😀
Spending a good time with my family whether indoors or hanging out, enjoying the terrific scenes of Cairo was exactly what I needed to get out of the ordinary routine of college. My sister & I have captured HUNDREDS of photos. I’ve been shuffling through the pics for hours before finally settling on these!

#Al-Masah Hotel & Spa:

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Green areas are endless in there, it’s the right place for kids, for a barbecue and even for meditating-nature-lovers! 🙂

#Wandering with a “Nile Bus”:

I’m sorry they haven’t yet invented cameras to capture the soothing Autumn breeze!!

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El Gezirah Hotel.

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Four Seasons Hotel.

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Widest part of the Nile.

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Nile cruise.

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Another Nile cruise & “Cairo Tower”  behind.

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Cairo Tower.

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Cairo Tower, far view.

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Cairo Tower, fading at the horizon..

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World’s highest flagpole, a recent record in Guinness!

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“Ramses Hilton” hotel.

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“Maspiro” building.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

Random buildings..

Isn’t it magnificent?? 😀

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (1) What a beginning!


It’s fairly unusual to begin your year with a strike! Wait, this means we haven’t technically begun anything! Our doctors have joined a huge strike demanding the leaders of our university to step down and claiming elections of new leaders. Bunches of students and professors marched today to the main campus in protest, and this got me to wonder if those “leaders” have ears!

To cut the story short, teaching at college got suspended for the upcoming two weeks. Unluckily, this doesn’t mean staying at home or having a vacation as I’m already sucked into cycles of endless courses; it’s a very long story! Seems that this year will carry loads of surprises and stories to tell, and that is such a good news! 🙂

You know you’re a medical student when..


Being a medical student can be either funny, weird or pathetic…

Well, it’s funny when..

  • Everybody knows you must be so smart!
  • Most of people respect you!
  • Everybody calls you a doctor that  sometimes you hate it!
  • There’s a syndrome with your name (medical student syndrome)!
  • You know how to measure blood pressure, how to use a stethoscope and what drugs are used for!!
  • You know it’s called “Alzheimer’s” not “Zahaimar” and “Schizophrenia” not “Shezophrenia” ! 😛
  • Your neighbor catches flu and asks you to prescribe her a drug!
  • You watch medical series and  feel so happy when you understand what they’re talking about and much happier when you know the diagnosis of a disease!
  • You’ve got plenty of time (7 years) to make new friends, they become a part of your family and you become a part of theirs!

It’s weird when..

  • You use medical terms in the middle of your ordinary talk, even without noticing!
  • Your Facebook status and posts are medically related!
  • You type “Vagus” instead of “Vegas” and “Staph” instead  of “Staff” and you may even say “Jugular” instead of “Jaguar”!!
  • Your parents get you a stethoscope, a microscope or any other “scope” for your birthday & you may celebrate it at college with your friends within 15 minutes right before an upcoming lecture!
  • You’d rather spend two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, than go home later and find out that your mother has cooked “livers” for lunch!!
  • You’re not supposed to  panic when you see a dead body dissected into pieces or a blood pool in the street!

And it becomes pathetic when..

  • You forget your name!
  • You’re always supposed to be anywhere but your home… Doing what? Attending either lectures, sections, rounds or courses!!
  • You forget what  a “weekend” means since you’re out 24/7!!
  • You’re always doing something, so your biggest  fun becomes staying at home and doing nothing!
  • You either have migraines, gastritis or sinusitis!
  • You take anti-depressants, anxiolytics & sedatives without (or with) consultation!
  • You get a panic attack at least twice!
  • Sometimes you think you might need psychotherapy!
  • Your summer vacation starts 2 months after other students get bored of theirs!
  • Your younger siblings graduate before you do and even get a job!!
  • You usually miss your family gatherings, birthday parties & weddings and you spend your whole “Eid” vacation studying for an upcoming exam!
  • Peoples’ blood, urine, stools, pus, sputum and vomitus become a part of your curriculum and a part of your job later!! (Yeah, I know it’s disgusting)!!

But you know what, after all, I think I love being a medical student!!  🙂

Reality vs. Fiction!


Remembering our childhood dreams may make us laugh … We find it funny, as those dreams were way crazier than our current ones. When I was young, I used to dream of becoming an astronaut, flying to the space, walking on the moon, discovering new planets & even meeting aliens!!

Sometimes I wonder why our dreams change when we grow up… Maybe it’s because we change as well… Maybe it’s our mind that tends to rationalize. Maybe it’s our tendency to change; we get bored of our childish dreams, so we start having new dreams… Perhaps we become aware that childhood dreams are hard to come by, so we start finding easier dreams!

Whatever the reasons, my dreams were suddenly switched to medicine. I found myself dreaming of becoming a doctor instead of that “astronaut” thing!!

I really doubt that watching “ER” had anything to do with this, but I’m pretty sure that being raised in a family of doctors had absolutely something to do with this in one way or another. Maybe it’s genetical!! Or maybe I just wanted to join the club!

So, when I finished the high school, it was time for that dream (being a doctor) to come true. I have to admit that it’s not as easy when it comes to reality. Firstly, it was as if I set the house on fire when I told my parents what I was thinking!! There was a heated debate as they tried to convince me to pick any faculty but the faculty of medicine (they didn’t want me to suffer).

Well, I respected the fact that they had enough experience. I knew I’m not that hard worker and I’d face many obstacles, but that was my dream & I wanted a chance to make it true…

Eventually, I ended up in the school of medicine ON MY OWN RESPONSIBILITY. Of course, I had many difficulties to face at the beginning, but I learned, and still learning, how to cope up with them.

I just want to say that achieving your dreams can be way harder than you expect, yet it doesn’t mean to stop dreaming. You’d make them true if you tried enough. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I started reconsidering that “astronaut” thing again… Indeed, life is just a “Reality vs. Fiction” game, and deciding the winner is up to you! 🙂