Monday, January 25, 2016

Life as a medical student #16 My Love-hate Relationship with O&G

normal delivery

It was a long, long haul for her.

After eight hours in labour, two midwives came in to check on the mother. It was time, they finally decided. She didn't have time to panic. ''Next contraction and you are going to push,'' one of the midwives announced while getting the gloves on and equipments ready. She shut her eyes tight and started to push. Push and wait. Push and wait. Every time she pushed, the baby would come down, but then the contraction would end. The baby would pop right back up again. After a few tries, she looked as if she was going to be torn to pieces. But she was making little progress. The midwives asked her not to scream or yell, as it ''wasted her energy''. She tried her best to follow the instructions to just ''breathe through her nose''. However, she kept letting out sounds and the midwives were getting impatient. Time was ticking. CTG showing that the baby wasn't having a good time - he needed to come out now. Every second matters! Things got real, I saw the two midwives exchanged glances and the next thing I know, the doctor on-call was called in, and he decided in that moment a vacuum delivery would be best.

Immediately there was horror in the mother's eyes when she heard the word ''vacuum''. But there didn't seem to be any other way. The doctor applied the metal cup on the baby's head and tried the first vacuum and it failed. Then the second. She pushed, and pushed and pushed with all of her might. Her face turned beet red with sweat dripping down her face. Then time for episiotomy - I clenched my fist and held my breath.  Please God let this baby be okay. Please. 

Then that was it. The woman made the final push and the baby made his way into this world!

I panicked a little when the baby didn't come out wailing. It took a moment for his lungs to fill with the world and to bellow his frustration at being torn from his cozy home. The midwives quickly brought the baby to the Paediatric Team after clamping and cutting the umbilical cord.

I had never seen a vacuum extracted baby before, and my heart broke when I saw his poor little head, misshapen from the pressure of the suction cup. Although the swelling was temporary, I couldn't stop thinking about the traumatic birth the baby had to go through.

But I am so glad that all is well.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

[BEAUTY] Chemical Peel Aesthetic @ Premier Clinic KL

I have had acne for as long as I can remember. It was so bad that there were days I didn't even want to leave the house because I was too caught up in how awful my skin looked. :( It gets tired, to wear tons of makeup to hide my bad skin. So when Premier Clinic invited me to try their aesthetic treatment, I gladly accepted the offer.

Dr Elaine is a renowned aesthetic physician. She is well-qualified and is highly experienced in various aesthetic procedures. She listened to my problem first and then provided me with options to my skin problem. After some discussion, I decided to try Chemical Peel.

What Chemical (also known as Skin Peel) does is that it removes the top layers of the skin, and is done by applying trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to the skin, which causes it to naturally peel off. This removes any dead skin cells on the surface and reveals a fresh layer of skin, which is generally smoother and healthier than previous layers.

After cleansing my face, Dr Elaine started to apply the acid on my face. The strength of the peel and its effects can be increased by applying several layers or for longer period but because this was my first treatment, Dr Elaine decided that two layers on my skin for two minutes is the best for my skin condition.

There was a burning sensation during the initial application, especially on my nose. But do not worry as this is the solution taking effect on your skin! The kind beauty assistant held a small fan over my face which blow out cool air, reducing the sting.

After the treatment, Dr Elaine also emphasised on the importance of skin hydration and moisturisation until my skin is not sensitive anymore. Sun exposure should be avoided post treatment by applying sunscreen lotion.

All in all, I did not experience any redness or itchiness after the treatment. Over the next few days, there was some slight peeling of the skin at my nose area which was to reveal healthy beautiful skin underneath. For optimal results, a cycle of 2-4 peels are recommended.

I am happy with the treatment :)

Where to find them?
Strategically located in TTDI and Bangsar Baru, you can find them at the addresses below.

TTDI clinic
31, Jalan Wan Kadir 2,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
GPS coordinates: 3.139242, 101.628448
Clinic hours : Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Closed: Sunday / Monday / Public Holiday

Bangsar clinic
40, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
GPS coordinates:  3.131138, 101.670436
Clinic hours : Mon 2 – 7pm. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Closed: Sunday / Public Holiday

For more information, visit:

Instagram: premier_clinic
Call/whatsapp/sms to make an appointment: +6-012-6625552

Friday, January 1, 2016

Telling 2015 With Pictures

Pictures are more than just record of the moments. They are stories. As 2015 came to an end, I welcome you to a trip down memory lane. Let's reminisce the best moments in 2015 and hopefully, rekindle those cherished in 2016.

The guiding light towards peace, harmony and happiness 
Tzu Chi's beautiful lights

Be in love with your life
The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself

Dancing colours
A plain white paper has unlimited possibilities. Colour yours.

In search of someone to watch sunset together with
Appreciate people in my life

Take me back
Those Carefree Days

Exploring the historical Petaling Street

I'd walk a thousand miles for you
Windmill against blue sky at Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung

If you can't stay, take me away
Lost in Wat Pho, Thailand


She believe she could, so she did
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

*View pictures on my Instagram:

Dear 2015:

You were filled with days spent in enormous stress, frustration and worry. You were full of heartbreak, dampened pillowcases and insomnia. But you were also about amazing things that were beyond comprehension. You gave me so many opportunities and helped me grow by the tenfold. You gave me hope, love and a heart full of joy despite it all. You allowed me space to blossom in my own right, and led me closer to the person I am going to be. For that, I am looking forward to create more beautiful stories in 2016. Not only for myself, but for the people I love dearly.

2016, I am coming for you.

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