Wednesday, November 24, 2010

To The People Who Have Inspired Me

I have been receiving wishes for past few days and I must say that I really appreciate it. I'm glad that I've come to another milestone in medicine. Looking back, I'd also very much like to thank those people who have inspired me along the way.

The first is Dr Leong WS, who made me decided that I want to do Internal Medicine (I bet he didn't know this). The history traced back to the time I was doing my medical posting as my first posting of housemanship. I was placed in his ward for total of 3 out of 4 months. He is a tremendous teacher. I learnt a lot (directly and indirectly) from his impressive bedside manner, clinical method and way of thinking. He makes the ward rounds interesting, something that I was looking forward everyday as it's just full of learning experiences. And after I completed my medical posting, I already know that, Internal Medicine is what I'd pursue.

The next is Dr Lee BS, a senior of mine working in medical. If you can remember, I wrote a post congratulating her on her passing her MRCP. She is like a role model to me, and has been giving me advices for exams. I truly admired her that she could complete the exams by age of 28, I set it as a goal, and I'm glad that I achieved it!

Last but not least, the nephrologist that I'm currently working with, Dr Indra. I started my nephrology rotation since July. He has an amazing personality and extensive knowledge in general medicine. I was rather depressed when I didn't get through in my first attempt and he encouraged me to keep going. He used to tell me that doing medicine cannot be half-hearted, it should be a dedication, and I'll quote his words, "I breathe medicine, I think medicine, and I dream medicine."

To these great people, I'd like to say, thank you.

This is Dr Leong, I'm very glad to meet him again in one of my friend's wedding. He's now doing cardiology, and he just forever looks young! Thank you, Dr Leong!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Finally!

Yesterday night, I was sitting in front of computer, with mixed feeling. It was a similar night few months ago, which then I had my confidence crisis.

This time, I have with me S/L GTN (for unstable angina), antidepressant (for acute major depression) and IM Haloperidol (for acute delirium) - to standby for any unwanted serious reaction after knowing the outcome.

And yes, the moment has come. It's out.

I made it! MRCP (UK). My biggest nightmare of the year (seriously).

Just want to say big thanks to everyone who gives me support, and especially those during the time that I was most depressed. Words can't really express how much I actually appreciated.

Once again, thanks!

And I know, it's not the end. It's just a beginning of my another journey!

P/s: Ok, I was joking about the medication part. I was just having a cup of coffee to keep me awake and that's all=p

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Random Jokes

I'm sure some of you do read MMA's monthly journals. I actually quite like the "SP's Korner" - it always gives me good laugh. Just picked 2 randomly:

#1
The skydiving instructor was going trough the question and answer period with his new students when one of them asked the usual question always asked:
"If our chute doesn't open; and the reserve doesn't open, how long we would have till we hit the ground?"

The jump master looked at him and answered:
"The whole rest of your life."


#2
Albert Einstein, Palo Picasso and George W Bush arrived at the Pearly Gates and introduce themselves. St Peter says, "You'll have to prove to me that you are who you say you are."

Eistein takes out a piece of paper and writes e=mc2 and starts writing with formulas. St Peter says, "I believe you, come on in."

Picasso takes out a pencil and paper and starts to draw. St Peter says, "I believe you, come on in."

Goerge W Bush says to St Peter, "Who are those guys?"

St Peter says, "Come on in, George."

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My Birthday Campaign

On 22nd Jan 2011, I'm turning 29.

But this birthday will be a little different.

Let me give a short intro about myself. I'm a practising medical doctor in Malaysia as the full-time profession. In other time, I perform magic as a hobby, as I like seeing people entertained, and laughter is always a good medicine.

While I'm thinking of helping more people, I came across Charity: Water, founded by Scott Harrison, and I'm truly amazed by it, the concept, and the people working behind it.

A billion people in the world are living without clean water - but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 45,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones won't, but still walk hours each day to get dirty water to give to their families.

So this year, I decided giving my birthday up.

Instead of asking for gifts, I'm asking for $29 or more from everyone I know. It's not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater wells for people in developing nations.

My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don't need; it's to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.

Please join me to make this happen. The ability to give is a gift, and you never know how considerable the changes will be to the people with your contribution.

You can make the donation here. (or http://mycharitywater.org/darrenmagic)

I'd like to thank you in advance.

Charity: Water

Dear readers,

Please spare your few minutes to read this.
I might be kinda late to get to know this, and some of you may be already aware of, the Charity: Water. It's a non-profit organization founded by Scott Harrison (Read his story here), aiming to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. How did he come out with this idea? Have a look here,



That's the story - everything started from a birthday party, in such a meaningful way!
It raised $150,000 and brought clean waters to hospitals and schools in Kenya. And the following year - it went even bigger.



Things seem to be working. The September birthday campaign raised $1 million, and helped 50,000 people in Ethiopia.



And this year, they are planning to build wells for Bayaka people, in Central African Republic. Though the September Campaign is over - you can still always provide your help!

There are 3 ways to help:

1. If you're a September baby, give up your gifts and fundraise with them!

2. If you're not, consider donate to them.

3. Share the story, with friends, family, everyone that you know.

The message: Clean water offers improved health, a better quality of life, and hope for a better future.

You definitely can do something to help them.
I'm not a September baby, so I've carried out the way No. 2 and No. 3.

What about you?

Friday, November 05, 2010

A Need for Clean Water?

Imagine you're like her, in a place with no access to clean water.

How would you feel?


Do you think you can do something to help them?

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