Our team was fortunate to snatch a couple of hours from our off-duty day that we decided to have a walk around the walled city - Intramuros. If I remembered correctly, it was 2013 when I last toured the city... it was very nostalgic to feel the warmth of the city again -- it's air, people, and the whole aura of the place that once nurtured me to become a city warrior (from finding and calling PUVs to ride during rush hours, lining in for rail transits and pushing myself in when theres a need (or a want) to come home early, crossing pedestrian lanes like a boss, mastering the art of cramming as I went thru college alongside learning a lot of things I didn't know I'm capable of doing like swimming... men I was a scaredy cat to swim before! But thanks to a mandatory swimming class as a pre-requisite to become a biologist, I was able to learn it and even passed a duo-marathon as a final exam! lol. Feel the nostalgia??
So, Here are few of the pictures I captured along the trip.
Walking and sight-seeing is very therapeutic.
Definitely enjoyed surgery so much and learned a LOT from both inside and outside rotations around the OPD, ICU, Ward, SICU, ER, ward and OR posts. I never thought I could do so much for a short span of time in the ER with nonstop waves of cases coming in! From burns, lacerations, gunshot wounds, fractures, animal bites, mauling, fall, VA's, to ICH, and a lot more of general surgery cases codes/carts! One of my most memorable procedures would be an explore-lap of intussusception.
Last duty syndrome in every subrotation was also not missed; I guess those were the most memorable moments I had for my rotation. Also met a lot of people from different institutions, was inspired by a lot of surgeons, reunited with old time friends, and even explored the city for good food!
To end my last duty as a surgery clerk, I present to you the ~25x30cm Phyllodes tumor made of gelatinous, solid, and cystic masses encapsulated by a fibrous capsule that I held along an ongoing mastectomy procedure - my finale general surgery assist as a clinical clerk! Until next time, Surgery!
Today, I was able to assist in an AV fistula formation procedure in my surgery rotation together with two of the eminent surgeons of the institute. I never had any experience in the real operating room set-up before since that wasn't part of the curriculum I had in my undergrad years. But, thanks to the surgeons and nurses who were patient with me when I wasn't able to comprehend some things... I was able to cope along the way. That was one of my firsts in the hospital setting and I must say I learned a lot from this experience.
I seldom go to any Filipino restaurants primarily because I'd prefer my mom's best cooking for real home-cooked dishes, but Mangan Restaurant caught my attention for their affordable and scrumptious dishes that prick into the soul in every bite. The picture above was our so-called 'first-love' dish -- Salmon Belly, Sinigang na Miso.
Last Friday, I had to go back and forth from Quezon City to Manila City for some tasks by myself. It was kinda nostalgic for me since I used to go in my college via Manila route. When I entered Medschool, I had an opposite path to travel. So, I guess I'm getting the best of both (worlds) ends!