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06 November 2006 @ 11:46 pm
Just like a real doctor  

I partook of my first Communications Skills lab today. It's basically a bit of wishy-washy PR, where the Medical Faculty can say 'But look! We taught them Skills of Communication! It's hardly our fault if they suck at them." It turned out to be immensely entertaining. One person played a doctor, another the patient. By the end we had to make up patient scenarios, and one girl decided to have chronic fatigue, hypothyroidism and be pregnant. One of the standard questions you ask a hypothyroidism sufferer is 'have you experienced any weight gain?', only the 'doctor' asked it after he found out that she was pregnant. In other words:

Patient: I'm pregnant. And I think I have hypothyroidism.
Doctor: Oh, I see. So ... have you gained any weight lately?

Okay, maybe you had to be there. But seriously: pregnancy = weight gain = duh = ten of us trying not to laugh our holes off. (Fortunately the role-playing room is connected by video-camera link to the watching room, so they couldn't see us. Unfortunately, the tutor did.)

I thought that was all I had to say, until I got a text message from Muna, one of my Malaysian friends. I volunteered to be the first doctor, just to get it out of the way. I acted like an ass (what else is new?): bumped my leg on the desk and remarked 'Well, that was real professional, huh?' and said 'That's my secretary,' when the tutor came in to adjust the mike volume. Apparently I can't have been as crap as I thought, though, for Muna wrote this:

Rachel, u're juz like a real doc during bh ... wow! you seem very relaxed n natural ... u shud teach me how 2overcome nervousness k ... hehe.

Aside from the natural WTF reaction, I was all whee! I'm a real doctor!

Right, that's it, you can go on with your lives now.

Current Location: In Real Doctor Land
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Turn Back Time (Aqua)
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on November 6th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Ummmm WE'RE GETTING TO BUILD ROBOTS TOMORROW!!! Probably not as exciting as all your 'professional doctor' stuff XD but still finally we're doing something engineering hardcore *bounces away*.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pandas can't talk!scoradh on November 6th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Fine, just BEAT ME with your robots why don't you. [sulks]
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on November 6th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
BUT DUDE! You're like an awesome doctor and stuff and ummm I'm just a fresher playing round with mechanics ¬.¬
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Jin: nonononoscoradh on November 6th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on November 6th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)

And you know I don't even care that I have to be there at 9 (which is just BLAH!) and then stay for lectures until 5 *is ded*. Is it true that medics only have to go in for 8 hours a week? My friend doesn't even manage that!

I have to be in for 27 hours PLUS 20 hours self study - HA! AS IF! THESE PEOPLE ARE ON CRACK I TELL YOU!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Jinscoradh on November 6th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm on nine till four tomorrow. I was on twelve to six yesterday ... nine till twelve Wednesday ... two to four Thursday ... nine to one Friday. How many does that make? Yeah, the meds in my class are terrible slackers too. I guess you can get it all out of books, but it's easier just to be taught I find.

Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on November 6th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
19 *whistles* - that's pretty hardcore too. SLACKERS?!! GOD! These people are drunk all the time. I don't think I've actually seen Michelle sober at all. Sheesh.

But I see you're taking this a tad more sensibly *nods*.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hanamura lock up your childrenscoradh on November 6th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
You seem to have met the alcoholic part of the spectrum. See here for more details.

I was born forty years old. I'm lucky that way.
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on November 6th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
HAHA OMG THAT'S BRILLIANT. Well I don't drink and ummm I don't want to fail so I have no life. I'm trying to cut down on coming home at 4 am and missing all of my morning lectures D:

She thinks by drinking she's living up to the Irish name - it's practically blasphemy not to drink.
starts with kanyotherknight on November 6th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Your hypothyroidism pwns mine. We've been doing presentations in genetics class: "So the patient has hypothyroidism because they're not inbred and therefore not leptin-deficient."

...Please to be my doctor over these prats.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Chibi: Atobescoradh on November 6th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)

Leptin! I remember that, it was the obesity gene or something? I remember we all wanted to be injected with it so our appetites would go down and we'd lose weight. Or something. No one pays very strict attention to biochem, as you might have guessed.

I want to work in the hospital in Grey's Anatomy, oh yeah.
starts with kanyotherknight on November 6th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's an obesity gene but the injections *gasp* only work if you're genetically deficient (the result of intermarriage). In my class you can only become overweight if your parents shared surnames before they tied the knot.

Who the hell would pay attention to bichem if they didn't have to?

I would willingly have IUD mishaps to be a patient at Grey's hospital, yo.
JRevalangui on November 7th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
*snickers* Banging knees!doctors should really make the patients feel less self-conscious, great strategy!

And this is the first time I hear the expression "laugh our holes off", it brings to mind most disturbing images indeed.

All in all...you're amusing :D *hands cookies and goes on with her life reading*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Gakuto: my Yuushi!scoradh on November 7th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
laugh our holes off",

Yeah, it is not exactly the most elegant of phrases. It just came to mind at the time, so I threw it in. :D

I'm glad I'm amusing someone, anyway!
Sereniaserenia on November 7th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, one of my friends actually lost weight during her first pregnancy!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Shishido: Chibiscoradh on November 7th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
... I was trying to think, but I can't figure out why that is! :D My bad.
Sereniaserenia on November 7th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
She's a very big lady, with PCOS and type 2 diabetes, and she ended up with gestational diabetes too. I assume something in her metabolism went haywire. Or perhaps in having to watch her diet for the baby and the diabetes, she stopped eating too much and/or things that were bad for her.

She's been trying to convince me that I have PCOS because she thinks I have trouble losing weight. It drives me nuts. I'm fat because I eat too much, I eat junk, and I hardly exercise at all! I'm a possible candidate for type 2 in the future, and I did at one point test as glucose intolerant, but I lost some weight and apparently it's gone away.
Cait: happy buffy/spikecoralia13 on November 8th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yay, you! Bedside manner! If I ever get pregnant and hypothyroidism in Ireland, I knew exactly who I'm going to (and who I'm not). Congrats!