After 2 weeks straight of working 18 hours per day, I’m finally “off tag” and no longer need to shadow any doctors! YAAAYYY!
However, the thought of being on call alone, taking care of 3 wards and the responsibilities that come with it is extremely daunting. One of my patients passed away on my 5th day of work (not my fault.) but there was a whole team of specialists and MOs there coincidentally to supervise as I resuscitated. If I’m alone with the nurses at night, I call the shots before the big guns arrive…
I’m not dead, just running around Vietnam, mainland China and Tibet and avoiding internship. I’m mostly traveling alone, but have met wonderful people on my trip and my best friend Dinah was ever so lovely enough to meet me in northern Vietnam.
I started my trip in Saigon, Vietnam. I went down to Can Tho and around the Mekong delta and moved up to Bac Loc, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Dong Hoi and Phoong Nha, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa and Cau Lau. I then crossed into China via Hekou and went to Kunming (I skipped Yuanyang rice terraces because I had a terrible fever of 40 degrees celcius. sad). I moved west to Dali and now I’m in Li jiang.
I’ve jumped off a 15m cliff, rappelled down 25m waterfalls, saw coffee plantations and the whole coffee-making shibang, saw (swam at and got yelled at) the biggest cave in the world, learnt a traditional Cham dance and sang at one of the oldest Cham temples, kayaked with my bestfriend (and again, swam even though was told not to…I’m not good with rules) at one of the most beautiful bays in the world. And tomorrow…I’m going hiking in the world’s deepest gorge.