Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The past week and updated to today evening.

Incredibly, a week has passed since I last posted in the blog. A few things did transpire, and I must relate them here. I was off call this week (I mean, I am still off-call, and will remain so till Saturday), and had time off to relax and sleep. But that's not news. The TV channels all were busy with just two news items: the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian flight MH 370 (as of today), it has still not become clear where the flight has disappeared too, and it is over 10 days since it vanished, literally into thin air. Twenty-six countries are co-operating in the largest plane-hunt in the history of civil aviation, and the fate of the passengers and crew (totalling over 230) is unknown. No messages or demands have emerged, and a search of the many seas surrounding Malaysia, and additional swathes of oceans right upto the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal have turned up zilch. 

The other news item that continues to bombard our senses is the forthcoming General Elections that are due to start within a month in India. My favourite news channel is Times Now, and this channel has almost turned off other news (barring the news about the missing Air Malaysia flight and the most critical national or international news) and begun to only broadcast news related to the Elections. It does get a bit boring as the days pass. Add to this the fact that the Indian diaspora all over the world cannot participate in the elections unless they are physically present in India.

Today was a big day as a CBAHI investigator in charge of Patient Safety had come to our hospital to review the functioning of the Patient Safety department (of which I am the in-charge director) and look at the various documents that we have made to put the processes and protocols in place. CBAHI is a monitoring organisation that looks after the implementation of all the programmes in a hospital, including Patient Safety, functioning of the laboratory, the X-ray department, the Pharmacy, the Kitchen, etc. etc.  The investigator was one Dr. Mohamed Ragab, an Egyptian doctor. My co-ordinating nurse (Jennifer Phoebe) and I were with Dr. Ragab for most of the day as we went about going over all the policies of our department. He pointed out some of our deficiencies, and we jotted them down in our notes. After going over the policies and papers, we went on a round of the various departments - including the male ward, the female ward, the laboratory, the kitchen, etc. On the rounds, Dr. Ragab asked questions of the on-duty nurses to discover what the level of knowledge among them was. 

I got through with today's schedule only around 4 p.m. After this, I went home, refreshed myself and prepared to drive to Taif - I had barely reached the back side of my house when my car stopped dead in its tracks and wouldn't proceed even when I had put it in gears. I spoke to my Pakistani mechanic, and also showed the car to a couple of local mechanics. They all were of the opinion that the clutch plate had probably given way or broken, and I would have to leave the car with the mechanic for a whole day tomorrow to get the repairs done. Accordingly, I returned to my home, delivering the car to a Pakistani mechanic Mr. Vazir. The estimated budget of this repair will be nearly SR 1000/=

Oh, the woe of it. I have decided to sell this car as soon as possible and get another one in its place. And that's that.

Nothing else to write about, so I will end here.

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