Saturday, 21 July 2007

You Never Know Who Your Next Friend Might Be!...


Hi Everyone!

I'm back!


Anyway, during my little, short break, I went back to the hospital to pay some old friends a visit...I guess it was a little nostalgic being back there, especially when thinking back to the great (yes, you read that right!) times I had there...




Mrs Das and me...


I saw Mrs Das, my 'boss' at the Medical Social Work Department (she oversees the Volunteer programme), and she threw me a nice, warm hug the minute she saw me popping my oversized head into her room, and blamed me for bringing the rain with me...And guess what? The rain stopped about 5 minutes later, and the sun came out, and I became the sun-bringer!

She's been trying to get me to call her Kala, but I started with Mrs Das, and it's stuck!





Dear Dr Sheila...


Anyway, as I was making my way home, who should I bump into, but dear Dr Sheila?


Dr Sheila was head Pediatrician of 6A, the ward where Chee Keong was staying in (the ward I volunteered in) for more than a year, and a nicer doctor with a softer heart, you'd be hard-pressed to find...


She used to greet me with a 'Good Morning Darling' every morning, and one day, she called me to say that she was leaving to post-specialise in Neurology Pediatrics in KL...



I was happy for her, but I knew that Ipoh Hospital was losing a very good doctor, and indeed a friend...



Dr Sheila is the kind of doctor who would admit Orang Asli (OA) children when they had diarrhea and adamantly refuse to discharge them the minute they recovered...Instead, she would 'keep' them so she could fatten the undernourished child, and mother too!



Under the Malaysian Health Ministry, all OA get free treatment, and anyone who accompanies them to the hospital gets free meals too! Which is super great...


And she always had a sweet word for all the children...All the children are either 'sayang', or 'darling', or 'sweetheart'...And whenever she had to give them an injection or the like, she always apologised with a 'Sorry Sayang'...How sweet is that?


Hey, I was always a darling ;)!

Dr Sheila was also the doctor who kept Chee Keong in her ward for over a year in total...She made sure he got the care he needed, and always made sure his bed was the nearest to the nurses' station...And every morning, she would be talking to him, whether he understood or not...




And today, I saw her walking out of the Pediatric Room, and her face broke into a smile...I threw my arms around her! And then she told me she's back here for good (for now)!

I remember how once, while in her ward, I fell ill (caught something), and even called me up at home to ask how I was doing the next day...




Sister Kalwant, Head Nurse of 6A...


The thing is this: Our goverment hospital staff have always been portrayed as cold, heartless and unprofessional...While I admit there are many bad apples, there are also great apples too! And the staff of Ward 6A (indeed, the whole pediatric unit!) have been nothing but kind and caring with their young patients...



And indeed, you can never tell where, when or how you would meet your friends-to-be...Cos I sure have been making friends in so many places, that I have lost count...

A smile is sometimes all it needs to start a friendship (Heard of the line "Smile and the whole world smiles with you?")...



And a smiling Dr Sheila asks: "Holiday bila?"

Me: "November and December"

Dr Sheila: "I'll see you in November upstairs in the ward then darling"...


Yes, Dr Sheila, you definitely will!

And, Welcome Back!...




10 comments:

J.T. said...

"A smile is sometimes all it needs to start a friendship."
How true, Daphne. When we smile, they will smile back. If we catch them on a wrong day, then it is too bad. We either say "I'm not going to friend you" (hahaha) or try again another day. (It is not easy though because we were put off by the first impression.)

I am glad there are people like the staff of the pediatric unit to prove that not all hospital personnel are cold and heartless.

Jo-D said...

Hi Daphne! Welcome back also to you! Glad you had a good times and thanks for sharing these stories with us because many of us don't get the opportunity to see all this!

winniethepooh said...

Welcome back Daphne and Glad that you're feeling better now :)

Those ladies at the hospitals are God's gift to make the world a better place to live in..Just like you! :)

Cheers

U.Lee said...

Smile and the whole world smiles with you.
I will add, 'no smile is as beautiful as those that pass thru tears'.
Nice sentimental post, Daphne. These doctors and nurses don't grow on trees.
Best regards, UL.

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne ..

So glad to be able to read your posts again .. :) :)

Hope you had your well deserved break!!

Share your love & compassion, Girl!! There are many people who needs you .. :) :)

Have a wonderful day!!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,
I'm glad too that there people like the Staff of 6A and the other Pediatric Units...It's terrifying been in a hospital, and patients don't need uncaring, cold and rude doctors and nurses to deal with too =) But then again, it's not difficult to be nice in a Pediatric Ward...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jo-D,
Glad to be back too =) And thanks for reading these stories. I hope to share my few experiences through this blog, because I think these experiences are truly valuable, and I'm lucky to be able experience them! *Grins*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

Thanks for welcoming me back *Hugs*!

"Those ladies at the hospitals are God's gift to make the world a better place to live in"

How true...

The guys are pretty great too...The Head of the entire Pediatric Unit is Dr Amar (a guy!), and he's amazing!

I might just write about him one day ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Aiya Uncle Lee,

You're still as hilarious!

"These doctors and nurses don't grow on trees."

Indeed they don't...

Oh, and I'm smiling!

*Smile back, quick!*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi The Razzler,

Thanks! You're such a nice visitor to have on any blog =)So full of support and enthusiasm!
Thanks a million for the support ;)And good to have you back here...