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Sunday, October 01, 2006


Evening Folks!

Yours truly has finally made it to CMB. It's way hotter than I'd ever imagined it to be (and they say it's the COOL season..liars).

My accomodation is serviceable - CMB 8, can't ask for much more than that. It's directly opposite the hospital. I'm staying with a lovely host family with two cute sons and a daughter around my age. Nice.

Work is interesting..whilst the patients on the ward are interesting (excellent signs, symptoms & stories out here - mitral stenosis, COPD, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, hardcore rheumatoid arthritis, infective endocarditis, kasippu-powered labourers from Kelani Bridge) & polite, the attitude of the staff leaves a lot to be desired. I get the feeling they're nurses due to status/financial reasons rather than for those of altruism.

Most of our patients are from poor backgrounds. Some are really unlucky, i.e. homeless/deserted/both. One of our chaps had reflux & couldn't afford a pillow. I asked the nurses & attendants whether they could get him one (a reasonable one, IMHO)...

...'not our problem'.

The stench from patients wetting themselves & the ward floor with various bodily fluids & body odour signals..(half our fans are broken, meaning the stench is near putrid)..

...'not our problem'..

What exactly do you guys do, safe for swanning around in starched-up peacock hats?

Alas, life in Colombo is treating me well so far. I've been to the bare essentials - Barefoot, Odel, Crescat & MC. I've swum at Otters, having had the cultural experience at Gangarama Temple (stunning!) and the National Museum, before living it up @ Dehiwala Zoo, the Mt Lavinia Hotel (wedding!) and various favourites old and new (Ginza Hosen, yay!). I've especially liked spending time @ the Commons, Vihara MahaDevi Park & Tea Breeze @ Arkipelago.

Next weekend will see yours truly hitting up the cultural triangle (Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polannaruwa), with Kandy & Nuwara Eliya as to-dos in the weeks to come. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a gem-pit visit (Ratnapura) and a day-trip down South. Also going to have some spa time (Amaya/Sanctuary) & some well-earned R&R.

Guess I'll be seeing some of you next week?


At 12:30 PM, Blogger Rhythmic Diaspora said...

And you're missing all the fun of the nights drawing in, the weather getting colder and the shops starting to sell Xmas stuff here in London!

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous savi3 said...

hey glad to hear u made it in one piece :) yep didn't i tell u the clinical signs are amazing.. i felt like a kid in a candy store at surgical outpatients.. every conceivable lump and bump was there begging to be examined !! what i didn't tell u was that i felt nauseous the first day i walked onto the gen med ward :(

sounds like ur having an amazing time.. enjoy the rest of ur stay !!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Mr. Evil said...

You definitely will!

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Niroshan said...

Apparently you're working in a Government hospital and those responses you got do not surprise me. These nurses and attendents at Government Hospitals are the deviliest of the devils!They will definitely get a one way ticket to Hell!

At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Niroshan said...

Anyways, welcome and it looks like you will be having an enviously fantastic time!(especially as far as we folks working abroad and waiting for the next vacation are concerned!)

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Dinu said...

Just came across this blog, and believe it or not, this post makes me homesick. Oh how i love thee, my Lanka. You are beautiful, even covered in purification. Oh, how i miss the smells you describe. Raw, unhygienic, so un-clinical- but, very very real. Nothing, except perhaps social standing, is ever hidden in this place i still call home. Keep up the writing. Regards, Legal Spectacle.

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous N said...

not really surprised by the nurses reactions, arent these the same ones who go on strike at the drop of a hat?


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