Sunday, April 6, 2008

Composting. And Also, Happy Birthday To Me.

I got a phone call from Skoda. She's brilliant, you know. She's the "another distinction here, please" type, topped the Ophthalmology exam (I scraped through, and I consider that a major miracle) and all. She wanted me (please note the point, me) to tell her the dose of salbutamol used for nebulisation. I felt like a real doctor then, and was very happy. (And also, a confidence trickster, but don't you worry about that.) And then I used my brain (what? I have one, complete with 2 cerebral hemispheres and a medulla oblongata.) and concluded that she was too upset to think.

Community medicine posting, also known as composting, is what I go through these days, where they do their best to put me into a coma. Apart form trying to kill me from shock (“YOU THERE, SLEEPING GIRL, TELL ME, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RANDOMISED CONTROL TRIAL AND A COHORT STUDY?” directly into my left ear while I *ahem* meditate about life in class), they are also doing their best to show me up as an idiot by making me present seminars (or whatever those things are called) on leptospirosis. It’s on Tuesday*, I think. And I have a zillion pages to fill up in my record, and learn statistics. Logistic regression and standard effing deviation. And I joined medicine because I hated maths. Aargh! SPM, I hate you.

The point of this post, peoples, is to tell you that I am very busy these days. When I am not sleeping in class studying statistics and acting as a senior consultant, I am busy staring at my new dress, which is the BEST DRESS ever. Um, did I mention that I am having a birthday? No? Well, uh, I turn the inconvenient age of twenty two next week. I feel like a septuagenarian staring death in the face. Then again, I get gifts, and I’m pretty sure they won’t be dentures, so I guess it’s not such a bad deal after all.

Like all mallus, I have two birthdays, and they rarely fall on the same day. My nakshathram (star) was last week, and I got payasam and a sadya. I also got one of the best birthday presents ever. If The KGB is reading this, it's you I am talking about. It was awesome! So, tell me about Sharon Stone. ;)

I need to go complete that stupid SPM record now. Damn!

*The D-day. Or B-day, which sounds really stupid.

PS: You can send me gifts if you like. Anything to take the sting out of the two twos. :)

36 comments:

black coffee said...

Happpppy Birthday!!! :)
and btw, I have my Community Medicine exam tomorrow!
Rct and cohort study? Thanks a lottt of reminding me that i have to go n study! *rolling eyes*

Annnyways,
i gtg..

and Happy birthday to you!(again!!)

brocasarea said...

happy birthday...and welcome to community medicine sleepers club!!!..[till today was thinking that you are boy!!!!:D..omg]..:)

monsoon-dreams said...

hi,
happy b'day!
after reading ur post i feel so glad that i have passed that stage ,going crazy abt cohort study,case control study,statistics...oh!i am relieved!but y'know, the problem is with the way they teach us.i realised that it is a very interesting subject only after i got an opportunity to work in public health in a very good institute

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. BTW, what is "sadya"? Enjoy your exams along the way :-). Later.

Nariyal Chutney said...

Haappy Birthday dear Pancreas :D. Hope you become more young with each birth day :P

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ToOothlEss WOndeR! said...

HAPPAAAAAAY BUDDAAYY!
missed it by a day, did we? but the good thing this, have a blast even today!!
and 22 is a good age to be.
:0)

Tys on Ice said...

2 birthdays in a year...only we cud hve thought of that...twice the gifts and twice the celebration...

happy birthday

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Hey Kiddo Doc
Hope you had a great day! Belated wishes anyways..
Pinne, Lunar(Malayalam) and Solar(Gregorian) calendar coincide every 19 years. Its called a metonic cycle. So your 19th,38th,57th,76th...etc Lunar and Solar B'days will be the same.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonic_cycle

Madhumita. said...

Happy Birthday child - never mind how belated. And would you please stop making the rest of us feel bad for being alive by cribbing about being 22! I mean I'm at an age where I can't even remember what that felt like.

Hope you had a good one :-)

Adorable Pancreas said...

black coffee,
Thank you! :)
I have one too! Torture, I call it. Epidemiology has the unenviable effect making me fall asleep after two paragraphs.

brocasrea,
Thank you. :)
Aaaah! You didn't know? My brother constantly tells me I write like a 'little girl'. I have to consider the possibility that he was teasing me. Hmm... I should have known.

monsoon-dreams,
Thank you. :)
Yeah, we ust rwlaised that too.We have an exacllent teacher right now. I am not crazy about the subject, but some of my dislike for it has disappeared.

anonymous,
Thank you. :)
Sadya is a mallu feast, served on a plantain leaf, and sadly, strictly vegetarian. But it's still yummilicious!

nariyal chutney,
Thank you! :)
Now that's a good idea. Go to the top of the class!

monitor de lcd,
Yeah, right.

toothless wonder,
Thank you! :)
I got blasted by my mom, will that do? :D 22 feels the same as 21, only I am 22. See? Weird.

tys on ice,
We are kidilams! But it's all beggie on the nakshthram, so it's not as enjoyable as it should be.
Thanks, tys. :)

nikhil narayanan,
I had a nice day, thank you. :)
Yeah, I knew that. It may not match if it's a leap year, though.

madhumita,
Thank you. :)
Heh, it still was a lot of fun.

brocasarea said...

@ adorable.yeah really didnt know..cant make out from ur blog!!:)

Jill said...

Happy birthday (a bit late, I know).

There is a interactive stats tutorial designed for medical students who hate maths. It is called 'Statistics for the Terrified' and you can get a free demo at http://www.conceptstew.co.uk/PAGES/demo.html

Hope the seminar went OK

Siri said...

Ah belated wishes, doctor.

tangled said...

And from me.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanx for this beautiful place of the Inet!!

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