Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Medically Speaking: Of Bloggers and Blogs...



You know...

I've been doing some extra reading lately, and I have come to the conclusion that many (not all lar) bloggers and their blogs have got abbreviations that are very medically-inclined...Seriously!



Here, let me show you (following my blogroll):-




1) Bitta's Den = BD = Bipolar Disorder
2) Aphasia-Dysphasia = AD = Autonomic Dysreflexia
3) David Santos = DS = Down Syndrome
4) Elviza Michele = EM = Erythema Multiforme
5) Let's Go Land = LGL = Lown-Ganong-Levine Syndrome
6) Lady Patsy = LP = Lumbar Puncture
7) MarinaM = MM = Multiple Myeloma
8) Mat Salo = MS = Multiple Sclerosis
9) Mott's Island = MI = Myocardial Infarct
10) Pi's Twist = Pt = Patient
11) Rita Ho = Rh = Rhesus Factor
12) Ruby Ahmad = RA = Rheumatoid Arthritis
13) ScreenShots = SS = Sjogren's Syndrome
14) Doc TokAsid = Doc TA = Takayasu's Arteritis




*Lol*


Come to think of it, if Jacqueline Tegjue-Martin (JTM) had been TMJ, hers would stand for Temporomandibular Joint!



Some of these abbreviations I came across reading, while others, I learnt while volunteering in the hospital...After all, in hospitals, people all speak in abbreviated codes! Gave me quite a headache when I first started...

I don't blame them...If the healthcare fraternity were to speak in full, their whole day would only be wasted...just speaking (or writing)!




Let me give you two examples:-



"Patient has CIDP"

vs

"Patient has Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy"


Or...


"She has MELAS"

vs

"She has Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy, Lactic-Acidosis, and Stroke-like Episodes"




Haha...No work would get done man...Next time your child tells you they want to study medicine, send them for tongue-twister classes first! No kidding...


Have a nice day, folks!




PS: I pray none of you will ever get anything mentioned above...=)



25 comments:

Pi Bani said...

Hah, nasib baik mine is just 'patient'. Instead of being a patient, I'll just be patient... ;)

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne

If my initials were TMJ, it would rightly fit the minor ailments that I suffer from time to time, especially the neck. :D

Pain or dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint is commonly referred to as "TMJ", when in fact, TMJ is really the name of the joint, and Temporomandibular joint disorder (or dysfunction) is abbreviated TMD. This term is used to refer to a group of problems involving the TMJs and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessles, and other tissues associated with them. Some practitioners might include the neck, the back and even the whole body in describing problems with the TMJs.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

hahahahaha!!!!

Lown-ganong- what again? i followed the link and as you may have known by now, reading and trying to understand medical terms can be a real challenge for me. but i believe LGL has something to do with the heart, right?

hey, i've got another one;

Mob's Crib- MC

hehhehehhehehehee.......

Dr Haniza said...

OMG! First time to your blog Daphne. I am a doctor who just graduated and I find this post very funny! You got all the terms right. Ka Ka Ka.

WP said...

Haha, there are just too many medical abbreviations...:P

DalamDakapanIbu (DDI) said...

HI Daphne, When I searched the net, mine will be like Delivered Dose-Intensity, Density-Dependent Inhibition, DNA Damage-Inducible, Dressing Dry and Intact, Drug Delivery Index.... ha..ha..

Zawi said...

Daphne,
Not only the disease are abbreviated, the medication are so too I think. Otherwise doctors will be spending hours getting the spelling correct and will be prescribing PCT for themselves all the time.

Puteri said...

*Off topic*

Wahhh, so VIP you, eh, got to meet Tun M and Tun Siti!

So when are you leaving? Sorry lah so out of date with your goings on!! Poor internet connection at my parents' home lar.

All the best on your preparations!

Akmal said...

Hiya Daph,
Haha, I don't know what else you can come out with :P
It is so happen that sometimes talking in encrypted language is more practical. Just don't go binary alright. It makes people crazy..at least me!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Yeah! It suits you just fine, because you are very, very patient lar...;)

Tengok your berlambak punya clients, also anyone can tell!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jacqui,

Hehe...Yours fits too? Not bad, not bad! The neck which is painful sometimes, is what my doctor-friend always refers to as 'silap-bantal syndrome'...

=) Perfect Malaysian explanation! Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kerp,

Yes, I figured you would just not-bother with what it means, but yes, Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome is a problem with the heart!

I thought it was some Italian person's name the first time I heard it *Lol*! But yeah, 'medical' names can be very, very long...

Daphne Ling said...

Oh PS, Kerp: Haha...I was trying to dig through my brains to see if I could remember anything to do with Mob, but couldn't...Well, MC is it, then...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Dr Haniza,

Thanks for coming by, and am glad to be of service (making you laugh ma)...

Hey, nowadays got Yahoo, Google, and Wikipedia. When I'm not sure of the spelling, I try-and-error there! Hehe...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi WP,

Hehe...I felt the same way when I first volunteered at the hospital...I kept hearing letters of the alphabet instead of actual words! *Lol*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Dalam Dakapan Ibu,

Hey, welcome! And thanks for leaving a note...

I only rattled of abbreviations (for my blogroll) I know off-hand...I looked up yours too, and I got this: Didanosine...

It's an antiretroviral (anti-HIV) drug!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Hehe...Betul tu...But abbreviations can be bad, because they are so used to speaking in abbreviations that when asked to actually spell out the drugs/prescriptions/instructions in full, cannot remember how to spell (or even remember the full term) pulak!

If you always say the word in full, it can actually help with the spelling...

And oh, were you refering to Paracetamol? No need prescribe one, yang tu...It's actually PCM (Paracetamol) and OTC (Over-the-counter)! Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Puteri,

Haha...Memang pun VIP (Very Important Penganggur!) *Lol*

I'm leaving early August...No worries about catching up with my blog lar, so please don't apologise...Hope you get better connection soon though, cos I know how frustration that can be!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Haha! I had one for you too, but wasn't sure if you would be ok with me publishing your full name, so didn't lor...

Anyway, in case you are curious, yours would have been 'Malaysian Medical Association'...Hehe...

As for binary, it drives me crazy too!

mott said...

Oh my....mine doesn't sound very good. It's hereditary. Among other diseases like (alzheimer's and colon cancer).

Ah well... You EFNTD? ("eat full nothing to do" - direct translation from the cantonese version) ;-)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Haha! Yeah, I EFNTD! Hehe...There's a Hokkien version of this too!

But no ler, it didn't take long, cos the terms were floating around in my head everytime I used the abbreviations for the bloggers (Like when saying 'Oh, MS is in town')

Yeah, MI isn't a good thing...But then again, none of those listed are good lar, that's why I put the 'PS' there lar...

Bitta said...

Hi Daphne, hahahaha... as always you always have an amusing post, I can't stay away from your blog lar.

Hmm! ~Bipolar Disorder~ know what, weird that I just wiki'ed it a week ago. And know what I think, I don't think it's a diseases at all.. hehehe, cos it kinda describe me well. I can be psychotic at times ;-) yep and my moods disorder, that too.

Thanks for a good laugh, Daphne.. it makes me feel special to have the same initial as a disease, whatever comes eh.

elviza said...

Daph dear,

I am sure the illness that reflects my initial relates to some mental disease! :-) ROTFLOL

IBU said...

For sekian lama I didn't google, now that u've mentioned it - and voila!! banyak oiii...

CI - abbreviation of:
Catastrophic Indicator
Configuration Identification
Configuration Item
Control Interval

I like the first one the most.

hahahaha.....

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Elviza,

Haha! Far from mental disorder lar...It's actually a skin-condition! Hehe...


Hi Ibu,

Oooh...Looks like DDI wasn't the only one who took cue from here and looked up their initials! I wished I had the time to look everybody on my blogroll up, but for this post, all I did was blah-blah from memory...

Oh, and I like the first one too! ;)