Hello! How are you all doing? This month seems to be taking a bit longer than usual. So many things happening: politics, flash floods, class suspensions, consecutive skeletal duties, the internship matching, getting sick twice this month...the list goes on.
Due to Typhoon Maring (see my previous post) getting his way around the metro, we junior interns experienced almost a week of 'skeletal duties'. For my readers who're not familiar with medical jargon, being on skeletal duty means that only those on duty status are required to report to the hospital. Pre-duty status (office hours) are exempted from going to the hospital and those on post-duty status are relieved from their areas at 7am sharp. In other words, duty stays. One of my junior intern friends from UST said that being on 'skeletal duty' is one of the worst feelings a junior intern can feel. Haha! Too much hard feelings inside. Nobody wants to be left in the hospital while your other classmates get to go home to the safety of their warm beds at home.
In relation to this, I believe that the weather plus the hours spent in the hospital resulted to my spiking fever and chills last night. I was already feeling bad last duty, with my hacking cough and congested nose. Water therapy and cough meds weren't working at all. I had to wear a face mask to protect myself, my group mates as well as the patients we see in the ER. I had managed to take a couple of hours' interrupted sleep, due to patients seeking consult at the ENT area in the ungodly hours of the night. Besides, we only had hard chairs and an uncomfortable examination bed at the ER so it isn't like we'd be able to sleep soundly, right?
Anyhow, I'm feeling a teeny bit better now after bombarding my system with Paracetamol, antibiotics, cough meds, and water. I hope my energy gets restored by tomorrow since I'll be on duty again. The cycle never ends.
In other news, I have passed my application form for the internship matching program. I only wrote one hospital of choice, our base hospital. I wish I could say that I have really REALLY thought a lot about this (which I did, somewhat) and that I am confident with my choice, but a part of me still wishes that I chose outside hospitals. I have weighed the pros and cons, and the pros outweighed the cons for my choice. While waiting in line at the Dean's office to submit our forms, people would ask their friends where they wanted to be matched. When my friends learned about my choice, they said "Syempre! Dito ka na noh!" (Loosely translated: "Of course! It's understood that you'd want to be matched here!") People simply assumed that, just because my significant other is a resident in our hospital, I would prefer to stay here and nowhere else. That is not the case. Back when I was still deciding on where to be matched, I only thought about the hospitals and what they had to offer, the location, the duty schedules, my possibility in passing the boards. Having someone here in our base hospital is merely an added bonus, not exactly a deciding factor. I have already discussed my internship plans with him before, and he was open to the idea of me interning outside. In the end, I still chose our base hospital, with totally different reasons. And that's that.