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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oh, yeah...no it's er...ok. [aka, when did we become blase about saving lives?]

So last night the Almighty saved a life via me.

This woman came with poisoning, almost comatose. So I inserted a Ryle's tube, pumped her stomach, flushed the gastric contents. Then started and iv, flushed her system, gave her injections to make her pee, gave her the antidote and sat by her bedside all night.

When she arrived I rushed into action and didn't cough even once in the 2-3 hours it took to stabilize her [Yes, i have the ornery flu.]

All in a day's work.


By morning she was awake and asking for tea.
When the family thanked me, for "saving" her life, I was er...nonplussed, to say the least. I didn't know what to say, because it didn't seem like a big deal to me by then, when I heard what she had taken, with my actions I knew she would be ok, eventually...physically anyway. [please save your opinions on what you think of people who attempt intentional self harm for my upcoming post later on. Not here.]

[I suppose they , the family, didn't know, or didn't believe us till she actually sat up and started talking. ]

Anyway...my reponse to their thank you lies in the title of this post...
"Er...no no, yes, its ok...er, hmm...I didn't really do anything you know, it's er...you know" and looking skywards, indicating Him, whereupon they nodded, in what I hoped was understanding.

Bizarre aint' I?

26 lost souls found themselves in my mirror....:

laddu said...

till now i had never ever thought abt a doc like this. u made me changed my views..till now i used 2 think dat doc is someone who ll charge u a lot 4 even a small disease like cough and cold..m a regular visitor of ur blog. for d 1st time I came across any doc's views..u guys rock yaar....
i want to marry a doctor....ur husband must be proud of you....

Pg said...

True!We do tend to feel squirmish when sometimes the patient or the family of the patient go overborad with their thanking.It's like we are just an instrument,it's God up there who is doing everything.The same medicine may save a life and at other times take away one due to anaphylaxis to quote.Strange are the ways but I am sure nothing beats the gratitude from someone who is saved via us!

Superb doc!!

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...

euu.... i always hated going to the doctor...but when u describe the work you do from the other side...feels said for Doctor profession...to save life you have to do such horrible work!!!
God.

Tongue-fu Lady said...

hey its so cool to have docs like u around.. i didn't knew earlier u were a doctor who writes!! kudos 2 u :)

CoFfEe AnGeL said...

@Laddu : I do charge for cough and cold...if the patient can afford it. Because free advice really has no value. Patients actually listen better if they've paid for it. I never understood it before but as i've been practising, i see its true...so i do charge...we have to...but i also love, love medicine.

CoFfEe AnGeL said...

@Pg: Thank u doc!

CoFfEe AnGeL said...

@Sid : hey...its not horrible.its ok :) i dont mind. really~!

CoFfEe AnGeL said...

@Tongue fu lady : U didn't?? u dint read my doc and autographs post :( ud've liked it...search and see!

CoFfEe AnGeL said...

@LAddu : I'm not married...but yeah...my bf is v.proud of me :)

ZB said...

thats one power the Docs have. I wish i can save a life too, atleast once in my life. That would be enormous kick. I can understand how you must be feeling now. Keep saving lives. TC:)

Dok Saab said...

Hi Dok!
Yes it feels good when our small sincere effort halt that thing slipping away called life :)
Its been so many times in my professional career. But on equal number of times I have seen Life fading away and all my efforts failing. Initially I was euphoric that I saved a life, but now I realise, we are but instruments in His hands. It's He who saves or takes away, and people praise/worship us as Gods

pra said...

You are modest! but you really doing a good work! keep it up! docs like you will restore the faith of patients in them...

Pesto Sauce said...

Selfless service to humanity always appreciable

Indyeah said...

DIdnt know you were (or are rather)a doc :)

believe me for someone who is at the other end..that is a patient but even more a patient's family docs do become something like god:))

it embarrasses a lot of my friends who are docs:)
but having been on the other side (that of being a patient's loved one) trust me


That IS the primary feeling:))

glad that you love being a doc and gladder still that you think its all in a day's work:)

Aniket said...

Well done Doc, well done.

I can only imagine how you would have felt. I guess, that's one feeling, I would never experience. And I don't envy your position at all. :)

Badz said...

First of all, Well done dear. You seem like one one the "cool" docs I know.

Secondly I'd like to apologise for not visiting you lately. I've not forgotten you. Just been preparing for exams. They start in just over a week. (24th Aug). I'm SORRYY!!!

abhi said...

Ohey Doctor kudos !!! , " doctors you are the second one of guardian angels

Americanising Desi said...

pssssttt i ll tell u a scret, i hate to be touched by a doc :|

Sucharita Sarkar said...

I think your action was very normal for a doctor, but your humility was very admirable and not at all 'bizarre'.

indianhomemaker said...

Hats off to you! Through your posts, and through Malayalidoc's blog, I am learning to see the other side of a doctor's life! Even the doctors we know in our daily life do not express all this...

Lovely post. Keep it up!

bluebird said...

Hi.

My first time here.

I think I know how you feel.

Regards

shiva... said...

nice work...
eager to be in your position, but in final yr mbbs now:(

Zeba said...

I am not a doc. I will never EVER be in a situation like yours, but still I can relate to it.

Bizarre aint' I?

But what you did was totally awesome (in look out for a better word).

U rock. U really do

Little Girl Lost said...

hello doctor... good to be back after so long... how have you been...?

ps, i'll be more regular now. and yes, i posted.

No enigma here. I'm your girl-next-door said...

That was a sweet post :)
I've always wondered how you guys manage to stay immune/neutral to all the pain/suffering around you. Must be hard not to get too involved.

Matangi Mawley said...

bravo doc!

first time arund here..
worth the visit..
good blog u ve here!