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..

Source: Google images.

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! 😛 😛

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Confessions of a semi-doctor: (3) Forgotten blessings..


It’s true that we don’t appreciate what we’ve got until it’s gone. Yet, seeing someone aching for losing simple things we’re unaware that we’ve always got, definitely helps!

When I first started my clinical rounds, my mind was focused on one thing; learning how to treat the ill. However, those very people have given my mind such a good slap! Yelling at “him”: wait, there’s more to learn! Well, I can say I’ve learnt the kind of lessons that aren’t found in books!

Bumping into the disabled, the deaf and the blind. Talking to people who were too sick to sit straight or walk by themselves. Seeing those who have forgotten their beloved and couldn’t recall who they are… That certainly has got me losing the proper words to express how I felt about it, I only get to say that such experience has and will always remind me to thank God for granting me the gift of being who I am and for teaching me that I truly am blessed.. 😀

P.S. Sorry for not posting for like three weeks or more. I had a mini-block, but thank God, it didn’t last longer! 🙂

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (2) The curfew, the flu & the bomb!


Okay, that simply was one hell of a crazy long day! I hope you bear with this too long post, but this is the story cut-short!!

First, I had a course starting at 7:00 am (too early I know), that wasn’t the issue; the imposed curfew from last night till 7:00 am around the area where the course was held due to some foolish chaotic acts was the issue! Anyway, I was a little worried about having to break the curfew in order to get to the course on time (and a little thrilled too!) 😛

The second issue popped up when my little sister had missed her school bus. I had to take her to school, and ended up getting late to my course (also missing the curfew)! 😛

Then, there came the flu! I was too busy with sneezing & blowing my nose to focus. I found myself staring blankly at nowhere and the only thing I got from the course, was that the teaching doctor is a “dead ringer” for “Henry Spencer“!

The drama didn’t end after the course had. I dragged myself to the hospital to attend my clinical round (yes, they’ve ended the strike a week earlier). Things were quite boring ’cause I was almost asleep, and I swear I would’ve started dreaming if it wasn’t for that fire alarm!

They were evacuating the building, but our doctor didn’t bother! She insisted on staying and carried on teaching for the next two hours!! I too didn’t bother; my head was burning and was only thinking of one word; “HOME!”. Once the doctor was done, I re-dragged myself out and got a cab! The only thing that occupied my head beside the headache on my way back was how “devoted” our professors are!!

Back home, I was kind of surprised as mom was like: “We’ve heard the news and have been calling you! What’s with that bomb?”  I went like: “Oh, that?? Ha-ha-haaaatchu! No clue! My phone’s switched off and I’m so sick!”
The news aired that some crazy guy had thrown a teargas bomb into a hospital room avenging his ex-wife, which got me wondering how crazy life is going!!

Here’s what the news said, apparently, I was too unconscious to hear neither the ambulances nor the fire trucks! I didn’t even smell any gas, thanks to the flu! 😉

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! 🙂

Confessions of a semi-doctor!


A couple of years ago, I thought of writing my diaries and it was such a failure!! I used to write daily, so I ended up with the same routine repeating itself everyday, then I shortly gave up on writing..

This year I’m trying out a new technique; I ain’t gonna write daily. I’ll only pick the “extraordinary” events, which are hopefully going to be plentiful as I’m starting “Year 5″; the longest year in med. school (14 months)!!

So here I am, starting “Confessions of a semi-doctor”.. Hoping to make it this time! 😀

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!!  🙂