Friday, December 29, 2006

Kol Sana Wento Tayyebeen

I'm so sad that I forgot to mention here, that the first 9 days of Zo-Al Hejja are the best days of the year ( other than Ramadan ), but it's never too late.
Today it's Arafat, don't forget to fast.

RABENNA yataqabbal menna w menkom.

p.s: Thx to Sara who brought this up over here.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

My wish for you

The new year is around the corner, but I only have one wish:

I wish that you have a dream.

Yup, that's it. Once you have one, you'll figure a way to reach it

Kol sana wento tayyebeeen

Monday, December 25, 2006

You know you are in Egypt when ( 3 )

1) The salary of a garbage collector is 400 l.e. While a resident doctor receives 200 l.e. ( Both working for the same government )
2) Despite of number 1, lots of high school students wish to become doctors !!!!!
3) Any single person who is older than you, even if it's just a matter of months is considered a wiser and a more experienced person.
4) A guy spends few exhausting years chasing a girl till she surrenders. Then, when it comes to marriage she's not a candidate as he can't trust her.
5) Owning a cellular phone is considered a goal by lots of people, even if they have noone to call.
6) You receive parking aid anywhere in Cairo ;)
7) The safest place to park your car, is right next to your bed :)

Interesting number.

Everyday on my way to work and on the way back home, me and my beloved car suffer from the awful roads and streets we have here in Cairo. So, I decided to count how many road bumps & pits I have to go through everday.
On counting those road obstacles on my way to work, a 10 km journey ( a very short one ), I had to go through 30 lousy pits and bumps. That's on using some of Cairo's most important streets.
Ah, and I only counted those ones you have to say "ouch" if u didn't notice.

From here, I ask the government to help the people buy 4wd cars :)

Feel bad, study and move on.

Today was my first surgery :) Yup, I started operating with my own hands. It was a case of surgical removal of a wisdom tooth and oh my God was it a lousy case selection. It was a veeerry difficult case for me to have it as my first .
First off, during the operation I figured out that my assigned assistant was a lousy person ( sorry for that, but that's the truth ). To clarify, during oral surgeries the assistant has an important role in facilitating the procedures for the surgeon, he/she should act as extra 2 hands for the surgeon.He should anticipate the surgeon's need and listen to what the surgeon has to ask from him. This guy not only he delayed my procedures but also interfered with my work, ya3ny heyya kanet na2sah asasan.
Secondly, the case was soooo difficult that I needed the help of my supervisor ( a blow to my self-confidence ). But, does it end here ?! Of course not, the case presented one of the worst complications you can face during operating, severe bleeding ............ :( ( Just to add to my misery ).
Luckily enough, my supervisor assisted by me ( replacing the lousy assistant ) managed to get that wisdom tooth out after frustrating 90 minutes. After that, I was operating again to finish off the case. Thx God, that was an easy part that I managed to get done in a few minutes.

Later on, I spent the rest of the day at the hospital in a gloomy mood because of that case.

When I was back home, I slept like the dead. After waking up and having my tea, I decided to spill all my frustration and anger on the surgery books. I spent more than 4 hours of reading in text books.
Now that I've learned few things from my reading, I feel somehow better.
I'll just have to get over that day.

I'll end my blog with a statement I heared from one of the famous surgeons, just to comfort myself:
" If a surgeon states that he doesn't face any complications, it's either one of things: 1) He doesn't operate . 2) He is a liar . "

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Aliens' attack

This is a photo of an x-ray taken of a duck. Look at the bottom right corner of the duck, you'll see an alien's face.
Here, you can find the whole story.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What was the right decision ?!!

During the past week, we had some hard time with one of the, supposingly, patients at the hospital. I'm a dentist ( an oral surgeon lately ).
That person is a drug addict, who came to our department ( surgery ) complaining that he is in severe pain because of a fractured jaw. On examining that patient, it turned out that his jaw was farctured around a month ago ( now he's complaining !!! ) and that there's no pain whatsover.
So, he was schedueled for surgery in order to fix his broken jaw. With every schedueled appointement, he never shows up. He appears 2 or 3 days later with the same cause of absence, one of my relatives passed away, every single time. This happened 3 times.
The surgery team decided that such patient, shall not receive the surgery because of the following reasons: 1) His procedure is complicated & requires his full cooperation , which is not present at all. 2) His treatment plan is expensive & mostly will be paid by the government's money i.e: someone else (who cares ) can benifit from it. 3) His procedure is time and effort consuming i.e: many other patients' who actually care can receive the surgeons' attention and help.
Today, that patient showed up again ( a couple of days late for an appointment as usual) and was informed of the decision. He went into a severe state of rage and was on his way to attack one of the surgeons, hadn't it been for the interference of the security men who took him away.

After that incident was over, I never stopped thinking about the situation.
Did that man deserve another chance ( he was given more than one ) ? Or, giving attention to the people who care is way more important ?

p.s: I was in no position to take a decision.


Dr. M, the head of the surgery department, decided to give the guy another chance. I really hope, he makes use out of it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

In tribute to the legendary Jahin

On surfing the web, I found this marvelous blog dedicated to Salah Jahin and his work.

I just love and respect Salah Jahin

Friday, December 15, 2006

Some friends are just great

Yesterday, a friend of mine ( romantic Z ) surprised me and another friend ( helpful G ) with a small party.
The party was in the celebration of G's upcoming engagement & my new position ( Will tell u about it later isA ). The celebration was fun, we laughed our hearts out. We were sitting at an ahwa ( not a cafe ) with a group of hilarious of people, when all of a sudden Z is carrying a big cake and approaching us.
We were stunned and confused, we didn't c this coming. The ahwa had nothing to help us with eating the cake, but Z was ready with everything: plates, forks & most importantly a knife ;)

Bottom line, it's great to have friends such as Z.

Z: We may not always be on the same page, but you are the BEST.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Life changes faster than a flipping coin

Never trust tommorow & live today to the maximum.

(My own life has changed several times in just a couple of days.)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

King Tut was not murdered

Scientists found out that the famous king Tut died out of infection rather than the well known theory about his murder.
Read this for details

Friday, December 08, 2006

Dilemmas of life

Does love gives you your existence ?
or , You must exist before you can love ?

These questions arose on having discussions with some of my friends.
Just felt like sharing them.