Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Because I'm a doctor"

after i came back from holiday, i was put on duty for on-call almost every day. in total i did 6 calls in 9 days. partly to cover some of my colleagues who took emergency leave, and we are really experiencing shortage of medical officer. what to do? clench my teeth, no complaining, and finished all the calls. then my wife was unhappy with it. she was asking why did i sacrifice first and make my life so terrible...

i have no idea how to answer her... back of my mind, i'm thinking why do i want to be a doctor.

long long time ago, when i was a first year student in medical college. all the students were asked why do we choose to be a doctor. everyone was so eager to answer it. then my Professor was laughing to all the answer...

some answered, to save people's life. some how instead of saving, we actually do more harm to patients, like giving the antibiotics that causing allergic reaction. then some one said, to earn more money. ehhh, pardon me. am i wrong in first place? actually the salary for a government-practised doctor is just about RM2000++, even lesser than a secondary school teacher. what ashamed!

me, i got up and answered: "if you ask me to be a sportsman, i can't run or swim. i can't stand long period under the hot sun for being an engineer. i don't have the talent to talk, or argue with people to be a lawyer. i have no interest over the computer. so, i think i can just be a doctor, because i have no other choice."
then, the Professor just smiled at me and nodding his head...

now, i have the answer to my wife...
"because i have no other choice, I'm a doctor. and it is my duty."

1 comment:

Jacey said...

i came across ur blog via joeelaine.. I am impressed by ur answer of the reason to pursue medical field :)