Confessions of a semi-doctor: (2) The curfew, the flu & the bomb!


Okay, that simply was one hell of a crazy long day! I hope you bear with this too long post, but this is the story cut-short!!

First, I had a course starting at 7:00 am (too early I know), that wasn’t the issue; the imposed curfew from last night till 7:00 am around the area where the course was held due to some foolish chaotic acts was the issue! Anyway, I was a little worried about having to break the curfew in order to get to the course on time (and a little thrilled too!) 😛

The second issue popped up when my little sister had missed her school bus. I had to take her to school, and ended up getting late to my course (also missing the curfew)! 😛

Then, there came the flu! I was too busy with sneezing & blowing my nose to focus. I found myself staring blankly at nowhere and the only thing I got from the course, was that the teaching doctor is a “dead ringer” for “Henry Spencer“!

The drama didn’t end after the course had. I dragged myself to the hospital to attend my clinical round (yes, they’ve ended the strike a week earlier). Things were quite boring ’cause I was almost asleep, and I swear I would’ve started dreaming if it wasn’t for that fire alarm!

They were evacuating the building, but our doctor didn’t bother! She insisted on staying and carried on teaching for the next two hours!! I too didn’t bother; my head was burning and was only thinking of one word; “HOME!”. Once the doctor was done, I re-dragged myself out and got a cab! The only thing that occupied my head beside the headache on my way back was how “devoted” our professors are!!

Back home, I was kind of surprised as mom was like: “We’ve heard the news and have been calling you! What’s with that bomb?”  I went like: “Oh, that?? Ha-ha-haaaatchu! No clue! My phone’s switched off and I’m so sick!”
The news aired that some crazy guy had thrown a teargas bomb into a hospital room avenging his ex-wife, which got me wondering how crazy life is going!!

Here’s what the news said, apparently, I was too unconscious to hear neither the ambulances nor the fire trucks! I didn’t even smell any gas, thanks to the flu! 😉

You know you’re a medical student when..


Being a medical student can be either funny, weird or pathetic…

Well, it’s funny when..

  • Everybody knows you must be so smart!
  • Most of people respect you!
  • Everybody calls you a doctor that  sometimes you hate it!
  • There’s a syndrome with your name (medical student syndrome)!
  • You know how to measure blood pressure, how to use a stethoscope and what drugs are used for!!
  • You know it’s called “Alzheimer’s” not “Zahaimar” and “Schizophrenia” not “Shezophrenia” ! 😛
  • Your neighbor catches flu and asks you to prescribe her a drug!
  • You watch medical series and  feel so happy when you understand what they’re talking about and much happier when you know the diagnosis of a disease!
  • You’ve got plenty of time (7 years) to make new friends, they become a part of your family and you become a part of theirs!

It’s weird when..

  • You use medical terms in the middle of your ordinary talk, even without noticing!
  • Your Facebook status and posts are medically related!
  • You type “Vagus” instead of “Vegas” and “Staph” instead  of “Staff” and you may even say “Jugular” instead of “Jaguar”!!
  • Your parents get you a stethoscope, a microscope or any other “scope” for your birthday & you may celebrate it at college with your friends within 15 minutes right before an upcoming lecture!
  • You’d rather spend two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, than go home later and find out that your mother has cooked “livers” for lunch!!
  • You’re not supposed to  panic when you see a dead body dissected into pieces or a blood pool in the street!

And it becomes pathetic when..

  • You forget your name!
  • You’re always supposed to be anywhere but your home… Doing what? Attending either lectures, sections, rounds or courses!!
  • You forget what  a “weekend” means since you’re out 24/7!!
  • You’re always doing something, so your biggest  fun becomes staying at home and doing nothing!
  • You either have migraines, gastritis or sinusitis!
  • You take anti-depressants, anxiolytics & sedatives without (or with) consultation!
  • You get a panic attack at least twice!
  • Sometimes you think you might need psychotherapy!
  • Your summer vacation starts 2 months after other students get bored of theirs!
  • Your younger siblings graduate before you do and even get a job!!
  • You usually miss your family gatherings, birthday parties & weddings and you spend your whole “Eid” vacation studying for an upcoming exam!
  • Peoples’ blood, urine, stools, pus, sputum and vomitus become a part of your curriculum and a part of your job later!! (Yeah, I know it’s disgusting)!!

But you know what, after all, I think I love being a medical student!!  🙂