Mar 19, 2010

The longest journey.

Health Centre
(Pusat Kesihatan Fasa 1 Nanga Bangkit, Song)
Health centre building - left.
Lower right - Bangkit River
river and longboat is the only mode of transportation in this area.
It was around quater past two in the afternoon. As it was Sunday, I was about to take a nap. But deep in my mind, I have an instinct that something unforseen might happen.
The sound of the outboard engine come closer and closer. Soon it stop right at the small jetty infront of the clinic. I am expecting some serious case. It is uncommom for patient to seek treatment on Sunday unless it's serious. My guess was right. Someone knocked my door. "Jampat dik nurun, Cikgu ari Ng Chemanong raya amai sakit".
At the clinic , I did the routine for every patient. Starting from registration then history taking, physical examination until finally come to diagnosis. It sound simple but infact this is the most crucial part of my job. To make an accurate final diagnosis is very important as it will help in giving appropriate treatment and management of patient. In this case the diagnosis is acute appendicitis and required urgent operation - appendectomy.
After all the preparation, it was about 5 pm. I know the the longboat trip to nearest hospital(Kapit Hospital) will take 6 hours meaning that we will reach around midnight. This poor patient has to suffer in pain for another 6 hours. The night trip won't be easy. There are so many risk along the way. Cruising the Katibas river then the Batang Rajang. But we have no choice. We have to confront all that and even risk ourself for the safety of the patient.
Another task is to prepare for transportation. Longboat, outboard engine, gallon of petrol, battery and spot light and etcc.. Not to forget the canvas in case it rain.
to be continue.....
p/s. As long as we haven't reach the hospital my mind is not at peace. Every minute count... that why it's the long journey for me.

21 comments:

lvynana said...

wow..what an experience.

Jay said...

lvynana;
byk lagi experience yg mencemaskan.

Ann said...

Awak Dokter Jay?

When I was in Primary school, the timber tycoon Ling beng Siew had big cars we called aeroplane cars.

They were not as big as the one I saw.

C.Alv.B said...

Great experience..great journey.. :)

Misalyn said...

I wonder what happened to your patient. I hope he's already recuperating.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

waiting for the next episode.

When I was teaching in Kanowit one of the greatest fears and worries I had was as knock on the door after midnight. It meant sudden sickness amongst the students.
The longest boat ride was one which brought a student to Sibu hospital. She never recovered from her "coma" from an inexplicable sickness.
Hope to hear from "stories" from you!!

Jay said...

Sarawakiana@2;
I attended to many people not only student after midnight. Some don't make it through until sunrise. The most challenging one will be deliveries call.

Misalyn;
wait for coming episode.

C.Alv.B;
Among one of my trilling experience. Actually there are some more worse and challenging experience.

Ann;
Manang rumah panjai.

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