Going with the flow

Back in our 3rd semester we had our first OBG rotations and more than two years later, we are back in OBG in our 8th semester. (So yes, the title’s pun is very much intended.) Its different this time. Not only has our knowledge reserve grown, but also we are taking OBG exam at the…

Immortal remains

I am coming back home after attending my cousin’s funeral, a young and healthy boy of 21. It was a sombre occasion like you wouldn’t imagine. My aunt was a wreck and no words came to me that could offer her any comfort. There’s nothing to say, is there? I cried with her and came…

4 years in : What changed? (Part 2)

A little detail about me before I begin this post : I am going to be the first doctor in the whole of my family, immediate and extended family, near and far relatives, paternal and maternal side, everything included. Literally, the first. So obviously what little knowledge I had about this field, during my pre…

Words and Deeds

It’s Friday evening. I step into the dimly lit lobby and I am wafted by the smell of shampoo, conditioner and other hair care products. Three pairs of eyes look at me. “Yes?” asks the seemingly senior looking lady among the three. “I need to wax my legs”, I answer meekly. Wait, before you decide…

Back to the grind

I can finally breathe.Two months of living on a strict timetable, studying all day, counting my 5 hours of sleep by the minute.All motivated by one goal, you would think it is to top the exam or something but really… it’s just to pass. There is no winning in med school is there? Well that…

It’s the outside that matters

A long time ago or to be precise 5 years ago, back when I was in the 12th grade, my English professor asked my class if we would take a pledge with her.It was just another casual day and I don’t know what prompted her to do this, nevertheless curious as we were about what…

Bruised hospital walls.

The once painted walls of the hospital are now enveloped in grimy stains and white flakes. Numerous charcoal scratches from the multitude of stretchers that have grazed them. These black stains you associate with fear and sickness. The stagnant air around you toxic like the ashen fumes of a truck. So you sit holding your…

You’re only human. 

It is three hours before you finally get to see the doctor. You hand him a slip and he mumbles a few things you cannot make sense of.The pain is too much now,you can hardly stand.They wheel you around to the bed and you lay there,still as a log..the piercing pain keeping you awake. Within…

A lot can happen over coffee

 After having finished our medicine and surgery postings, its that time of the year now where we are posted in OBG (Obstetrics and Gynecology) for two months. Yes we get to observe surgeries and deal with hormonal patients now! We’ve seen a myriad of people in the wards, the anxious mother, the excited mother, the…