Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Damn the Doctors

Georges Lemaître has once put it "caring and curing cannot be separated."....but that is not the case here.

See, I had, since my arrival several year ago notice that the healthcare giver and facilities here is far behind from what I can get in  my home country. Not claiming that Malaysia is offering the best medical support whatsoever, but I am proud to say that they do have reputable specialist and well trained experienced doctors and hospitals that offer better equipments compare to here.

I remember when my eldest was 9 month old and we brought her to one paediatrician for common fever and flu due to change of weather. The specialist -- he owns the clinic so he must have personally claimed that -- didn't even put a finger on the my daughter's body instead asked me to hold her and carry on with normal stethoscope checks. And thats about it.

Isn't doctors works with their eyes and hands to feel the patient especially a paediatrician.
Not relying on bloody stethoscope alone.
My eldest  late pediatrician back home, Dr Foo of SJMC Malaysia, who was also a pead for my now sixteen years old nephew was the best I had ever met. He was very very gentle, touches and held babies like one fragile expensive porcelain. That -- you won't ever never get it here in this country and region -- I dare say so.

Now coming back to the story I want sharee.
It was about my recent visit to the 'be-more-sick' medical centre in the vicinity.
Once again, my anger button was being pushed (or perhaps I pushed it off myself, how ever you want to put it..) after the visit to have my 5 year old prescribed for some flu/cough medicine because it has been over a week and my home remedy does not show any indication or improvement.
Im not a doctor person and I believe in healing oneself first for 3 days, if not working then the doc will come into the picture.

I brought along my little one because she also in the verge of being attacked by the virus (contracted by my pre-school due to some dumb parents who allowed their kids to attend school although they're coughing their lungs out and greeny slimy things running out of their nostrils). Shhuusshhhh......

For a start, I never give much hope once I saw the name of doctors on duty. 
One idiot is a doctor from one country famous for producing doctors due to its cheap schooling fees, who had 4 years ago told me that my current 5 years old is malnourished  because her size is smaller than her actual age.
Obviously I was taken aback and quickly interject (before he started to say other nonsense) "What do you mean malnourished?"....then he told me, for nearly 3 years old of age-- my daughter should be bigger in size and weighted more than she was.
For readers information; in this place, before one get to see the doctor, one need to take weight and body temperature, and information collected will be linked to the respective doctors' computer.
Thus when I told him of her actual age (which was wrongly input in the system) and weight, he gave a stupid chuckled. He didn't even look or inspect my daughter  but looking at the PC and I was screaming inside my lung wanting to tell him 'hey asshole -- it's my daughter who is sick...not the freakin computer!!.

Certainly he had been blacklisted from my list of doctors here. So it's the other doctor, whom I had never seen before. He is from of the Arabs countries.

After waiting for a while, of course according to numbering ques, which I don't see any movement or anyone waiting in front of his room, my husband decided to ask the reception counter, and after checking that the door is locked.
There you my heart I said. Another prick.

We were told to wait for a while (maybe the idiot is taking a dump)...but after 10 minutes, we asked again, and after checking again, the young lady at the counter told  us the doctor is actually at the other side (strictly women area).
I was surprised....since when men are allowed at that area....but come to think about it, in this country rules are just what's written on the board. That's about it.

We went to the room, saw him chit chatting with someone. He saw us but ignored and we assumed he is attending a patient although I know it is not a sick person because it doesn't sound like doctor-patient talk.

We let it be, 5 minutes, went in front of the door again, hoping to be call in or maybe he'd notice and stop his blabbering with that guy. It didn't work.

My thirst for an absolute sarcastic verbal expression became more intense....I felt like going to the reception and ask  since when this bloody  medical centre employed a psychiatrist?
But, hey, because they are so stupid, I don't even think they'd know whether the remarks supposed to be sarcasm or a statement or a question. Some or maybe most of them can't differentiate it.

Nevertheless, I intentionally made myself heard by several staff there, and walked off, and immediately the lady at the counter asked  whether we want to see another doctor ( a lady from Pakistan who is also a quack) and I said I'm not going to and it's a waste of time coming to the medical centre.

How can I not have raging hatred with the people in the medical centre here. When I went to have my scanning done during my first trimester late last year, I was asked to drink lots of water, and during the scanning this dumb Filipino nurse kept on asking me to stop breathing and pushing hard my tummy with the scanning equipment searching for the foetus! Ever heard of that way of scanning ? Not me. 
Maybe she was actually a lavatory worker who had her resume done! 

It's's bastardy and it's freakin bad.
If you gonna get sick, it should not be in this country. They'll want to see your bloody purge if you got stomach ache before even checking you!
Imagine hw on bloody earth you wanna collect your purging dump? In a bowl and carry it around the hospital to the lab?
It's a wonder why no one  is  waiting  to see that senile should-be-retired doctor, rather they wait in line for the other idiot who had once GOOGLED a symptom of sickness of one young Malaysian girl (she passed away months ago due to Leukaemia). The parent told of the first time encounter  when she was  brought over to the medical centre for a check up after fainting at the school couple of years ago.

I seriously think these idiots either bought their MD or just plain low grade asshole being employed to served those who don't care much about health.
Below are seven sign of bad doctors. If you ever recognise more than three in them, please make it to door and never turn back. The ones that have (Y) are those that I and some other people who appreciate and know good medical treatment encountered here.

An indifferent or uncaring attitude (Y)

Doesn't listen, unresponsive (Y)

Lack of knowledge (Y)

Poor recommendations (Y)

Always pushes further tests and procedures (Y)

Not respectful of your time (Y)

Spotty credentials and affiliations (Y)

Need say more?

Facebook - Pot calling kettle black.

Zuckerberg: Google, Microsoft collect data “behind your back”

By Emil Protalinski
November 9, 2011, 12:00pm PST

Summary: In a recent interview, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained how Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft collect data on users “behind their back” while the social network is more transparent.

Last week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg sat down with PBS broadcast journalist Charlie Rose. The interview aired earlier this week and contains many juicy details on a variety of topics.
One of the subject matters discussed was collecting data on users, which Facebook is frequently accused of. Zuckerberg explained how Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are much worse at the practice than his company is:

Mark Zuckerberg: I mean, when you’re saying that we’re the light, it’s because, sure people have a lot of information on Facebook. But that’s information that they’ve put into the service.

Sheryl Sandberg: Exactly.

Mark Zuckerberg: If you look at companies, whether it’s Google or Yahoo or Microsoft, right, that have search engines and ad networks, they also have a huge amount of information about you. It’s just that they’re collecting that about you behind your back, really. And it’s like you’re going — you’re going around the Web, and they have cookies, and they’re collecting this huge amount of information about who you are. But you never know that. And I mean, some of these companies make an effort to give you a product where –

Charlie Rose: But do you find that a bit scary?

Mark Zuckerberg: Well, I just - I think it’s — it’s just less transparent –

Sheryl Sandberg: There’s no light.

Mark Zuckerberg: — than what’s happening on Facebook.

Sheryl Sandberg: It’s the dark.

Mark Zuckerberg: So on Facebook someone wants to –

Sheryl Sandberg: Contact.

Mark Zuckerberg: — target say, okay, I want to — I want to advertise — like I’m a band, and I’m to coming to the Bay Area, I’m going to advertise to people who like a band, and they’re going to — those people only fit if they’ve put in that they like that band.

Charlie Rose: Right.

Mark Zuckerberg: On those other services, you can still do that kind of advertising, but you’re going to find people based on what they’ve browsed around on the Web and the people have little or no control over the information that a company like Google or Yahoo or Microsoft has about you. And, I don’t know, I think that some of those companies have made an effort to give people to give a payage that they can go see all information that the company has about them. But, I mean, very few people are actually going to go do that. So in reality I think that these companies with big ad networks are basically getting away with collecting huge amounts of information, likely way more information than people are sharing on Facebook about themselves. But I think because people can see how much information people are sharing about themselves on Facebook –

Sheryl Sandberg: Yes.

Mark Zuckerberg: it appears scarier. But in reality, you have control over every single thing that you’ve shared on Facebook.

Zuckerberg is walking a fine line here. Criticizing Google is nothing new: the two companies are constantly at each other’s throats. The same cannot be said, however, for Yahoo and Microsoft.

Yahoo is more and more heavily relying on Facebook and has changed from downplaying the social network to leveraging it. Microsoft has a small stake in Facebook, and the two regularly work together. I’m not sure it’s wise to talk down these two, especially when the point is to explain why Facebook is superior.


So, trust no one?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Yummy hubby.

Woman murders husband, then tries to cook his body parts.

Pakistani police on Thursday arrested a woman who had killed her husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned to marry another woman without her permission.The police arrested Zainab Bibi, 32, and her nephew Zaheer, 22, in the Shah Faisal colony of Pakistan's southern megacity Karachi, and recovered the bowl of flesh she planned to cook, saidpolice chief for the area Nadeem Baig.

"They killed Ahmed Abbas, Zainab's husband, and chopped his body into pieces and were about to cook the flesh in a
bowl," he told AFP, adding that the knife with which they killed the man had been recovered.Television networks showed gruesome footage of the human flesh in a bowl ready for the stove.A neighbour had alerted the police and investigations were ongoing, said Baig.

"There could be two factors behind her intention to cook the husband. One is to destroy the evidence and the other could be her immense hatred against him," over his plan to marry another woman, he said.According to family law in the Islamic country, a man has to get permission from his first wife before his second marriage, but the law is rarely observed.--AFP

She must be very very angry.....

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Egyptian nudity.

Egypt activist posts herself nude, sparks outrage, Egypt Politics.

My thought?
It's not a wise thing to do to create attention.
It's bad because she's a Muslim and surely there are other ways and mean of experessing oneself to be heard.

Probably, she just wanna get the hit count to the blog and now dreading the consequences...

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Life and death...and cycle of life.

Today, I received yet another unfortunate news of my maternal uncle passing.
It was good instinct that I managed to squeezed some time to visit him with the thought of introducing my newborn to him vice versa (although the lil one don't know anything yet) snapping some photos of both of them for remembrance purposes.

Living abroad and far from family is the reason my being a little more sensitive about family relationship. Age also must be the second big reason of we human being feeling such -- compare to our younger years.

In reflecting back circumstances, I realise at this age juncture, such news will come by quite often...besides news of newborns...and later in ten fifteen years to come invitation to friends' daughter or son wedding.
And cycle of life goes on again for the new one.

May Allah be with Cik Ain -- the person whom I learned and still keep certain cooking recipes and whom I had spent my secondary years whenever we balik kampung for Eid watching him bakes cakes and cook.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Life and death and date 11.11.11

It will never come again in our lifetime.
The date 11.11.11.

While there are hundred of thousands of couples tying nuptial to commemorate this date and parents to be chose the date for delivery via C-sec, and considering 'lucky' those to be born naturally on this date, there'd also be those who leave us behind upon the calling of their creator.

As for yours truly the date means nothing but just another day and date.
But today it became a date.
To commemorate a couple of things besides the eid celebration, me and SO decided to do some thanks giving by inviting friends among the small Malaysian community here. It was supposed to be two days earlier but due to other commitment, we chose after Friday prayer to have it at our house.

Among those invited was someone who happened to be the first guest to arrive and later to our shocking disbelivement  was informed that he had passed away while playing hockey less than four hours after attending our  fête.

God surely has it written.
All of what happen in our life today and everyday.
Of my intention wanting to do something such as that, where it is something very uncommon of me (the first I did one was nearly five years ago after arriving here).
And of the coincidental day chosen.
Of the person who had decided to attend although we weren't that close, of him and the family being the first to show and we have individual time to mingle at least, and everything that comes after that.

To his family and especially his beloved wife, please take all this with strong heart and will.
We were born, and we will go -- one day definetely.
It must be very painful being left at this point of time where the children still needs their father love and attention, but the Almighty knows best and will surely arranged the best for those being left on this earth.

To me, this yet another news that made me recite the greatness of Allah (swt).
He made us alive and in any second, minute or hours he can take us back...sometimes with no indication at all.
How He had give me the health and opportunity to wake up every morning and watching my children grow and celebrating life as a family; I honestly hope I will be given His guidance and be allowed to follow the righteous way. Insyallah.

In the name of Allah(God), the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful;Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help
Guide us on the straight path.
The path of those on whom You have bestowed your favor, not of those who have earned Your anger, nor of those who go astray.

May we all be guided. Amin

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Action speaks louder than words.

Marina Mahathir: "Come after me if you dare!"

“I have been defending the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community’s rights for over 20 years now. In fact, I defend the rights of all who have been discriminated against, the poor and everyone else. So if there is any discrimination or violence against anyone, I will continue to defend their rights. That’s it. Do you understand?” she said.

How noble.
Have been defending LGBT (damn, i didn't know they have acronym for this abnormal sexual-preferences lot) for over 20 years already.
And I don't know why the next statement 'In fact, I defend the rights of all who have been discriminated against, the poor and everyone else'  -- why? Afraid that people going to misjudge you? Or maybe you just want to make known that you're such a love and a lady who is filled with so much empathy that you also feel for those poor whatnots.

One question...Why I have never read or heard about you fighting for the poor if that's what you claimed?
Why never read about you joining those pickets related to the needy? Instead I read more of you fighting about  Muslim wanna denounce their religion, and endless accomplice along the so-called liberated Islamic NGO; SIS.
Now, you're big on gay lesbian community.

Lets face the truth and please don't pretend by putting up the facade trying to imply you're such an open minded person. Whatever and however you wanna put it -- Being lesbian, gay and bisexual is still wrong and abnormal.
If you're a true Muslim, you must know and I reckon your most respected daddy must have teach or pay some ustaz to teach you the basic Islamic education all young Muslim children go thru.

Come on you people.
Please accept reality.
Having to love and having sexual relationship with your own gender or better still, being multi plug, where both can do -- IT IS WRONG.

And to those of you who are Muslim, you must know the punishment awaiting for us in the other world.

Wake up and don't be lured to accept this ideology.

And, Marina -- FYI, action speaks louder than words.