The Filipino Md Blog Rounds: The Doctor as a Patient

(I decided to post this early so that other participants of the Blog Rounds would have ample time to compose their entry. Since, I know that these are busy people doing great service to humanity and beyond. And, I will be going on a week long trip and I might not be able to get an internet connection. Please email your entry at Deadline for the 4th round of the TBR will be on April 8, 2008. I will be waiting. For further info, you may visit doc remo's site here. )

I was having panic attacks on what my topic would be for the TBR, then I remember the CBC I had last week, and boy, was I afraid of the needle!

As tears were running down my face, my son was laughing that mommy was crying while having CBC, when he doesn't even flinched when he had one last month. And my husband's hand had nail marks on it, it would have been teethmarks ! It was that painful. And the waiting for the result was most agonizing, Im afraid to see the platelet count. Dengue Fever is having a party here in our island. Walang sina-santo, bata ug tiguwang!

Yes! I will admit it now, I'm afraid of needles..... medical needles in particular. There's something on the IV needle that makes may stomach curl and the syringe needle, ugh! i hate the pointed menacing look.

I've had my share of sticking needles to other patients, and it doesn't bother me. I even stick it in the eye and Im steady as a stick. But how come when it's your turn to be prick, hell just breaks loose.

Doctors, are you afraid of the needles?

Doctors can get sick too. We are not exempted from aches, fevers,cold, you can include cancer, tumors, and TB too.

And I thought, this could be a nice topic for the TBR.

Are we afraid to be sick? Are we afraid to treat our family?
Are we afraid to treat our fellow MD's?


Why do we always advice other MD's not treat friends and relatives, it's better if we refer it to somebody? Are we afraid to treat them?

Ok, angkunon na lang nako. I'm afraid to treat them. I'm afraid to make mistakes, you see for every treatment choice for them, you have to think a million times of the various side effects and complications before you actually order it. You have to be cerebral about it. But we're sometimes ruled by our emotions. On the other hand, if the modalities you ordered came out undesirable, you will be blamed to death by those you loved. You will lose friends and referrals. They will not listen to your argument of the difference between complications and side-effects. To them, you simply failed. Ugghh!

On the other hand, whenever my son (katong baby pa siya) had fever, i always panic and over-react. I most often grab the highest generation of antibiotics. Then, after a day, fever subsided and his pedia would often tell me, simple hydration would have done the job. Looking back on this, again, I'm afraid that I would be blamed that I haven't done my best as a doctor-mother.

Or I am the only one feeling this way?

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Joey said...

Great topic, Dr. Tes! Am excited to join :)

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MerryCherry said...

Noted :) So timely because I'll be seeing an ENT next week coz of some buzz in my ears, and it's not a mosquito! Hahaha :)

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A.Cortes said...

i think it's pretty normal for everyone to feel the same way yo do doc. ambot unsaon pag explain og tarong pero as humans it is innate in us to make sure we look out for "our young" and for "our safety"

karon pako naka ila og doctor na mahadlok og needle. murag kahibulngan sad.
for my part, i got used to injections since the day i was diagnosed as hemophilic.

midnight rainbow said...

Oooohh... can't wait to begin my post Doc Tes! I'm in. =)

Bone MD said...

You're on Doc Tess! You'll be running the show (TBR 4th ed) this week!!

I'll update my list of TBR loggers so you (and I) can stalk their blogs for your edition's entries!

This is very nice theme indeed, and a very personal one. Good luck doc Tess. Bug me if you have problems (technical or otherwise) with TBR.

dr_clairebear said...

hi, doc tes!

i have two old posts that will probably fit your theme. lemme know if neither of them does so i can write another one.:)

Second Guessing
The Worst Patients Ever

since these are all old posts, some of the members of the TBR have probably read them already and have already commented.

btw, i tried to email you using the addy you have, but the message bounced back twice.

good luck!

- claire

Anonymous said...

Hi Doc Tes!

New to TBR, and excited to post for your hosting week. Great topic. Lots to write about on my part! =) Will email you soon.

Anonymous said...

Sali ako!

shark said...

My contribution here:

How Does Bubbleman Face Being Sick?

Best regards,

MerryCherry said...

Hi Doc Tess. Surely. That will be my contribution for this TBR. :) Will update you though, if I can make a new entry. :)

Joey said...

This is my contribution: The birth of my son

I hope you'll like it :)

Manggy said...

Interesting topic, Ma'am :) I hope I can contribute something-- I've not been confined since I became a med student :)

gigi said...

hi doc tess, my post is now up at thanks very much.

Dorothy said...

My friend Monica is a very bery busy Derma PGH resident... but she asked me to submit this link for the next blog rounds :O)

Dorothy said...

Bone MD said...

My entry doc

dr tes said...

im busy collating things now! im so excited to finish it. thank you guys for the entries.

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