Thursday, September 10, 2009

The 24hr Precept

this photo was taken at the AUFMC conference room, Shane missing. Hehe

Preceptorship, this is one event every Medtech student looks forward to. This is the 24-hr duty which is done prior to internship. Finally, after 3 and a half years, I have reached the precept. When Sir Ryan announced to us that we were finally embarking on that journey, I had butterflies in my stomach. I did not know what I was feeling. I was happy and sad at the same time! I was happy because finally, this is it, the moment I have been long waiting for, and sad because I have been attached too much to school that I don't want to leave it anymore.

Anyway, I had a very very unique experience during our precept. Everything was so different, and I reminded myself that this is it, this is the real world, there is no more turning back. It was hard adjusting to the environment and the people, but it was FUN! I even had the chance to release results and wander through the empty halls of the hospital in the weee hours of the morning. Yes, that was fun, although I should say, it was a bit creepy! Especially in the 2nd flr of the AUFMC lab(micro section), it was so deserted, but hey, I had the courage to stay there. Thanks to Jim and Eryll. Hahaha.:) Its nice to have boys as friends, because you know they are always a bit braver than yourself. Tick tock tick tock, all of us were waiting for 8am, the time we can go home and sleep! It was hard sleeping at the hard wood of the conference table, what a challenge that was. We were given those fold-a-ble beds but we had to take turns, unfortunately, you first had to compete with Ethel to be given a chance to sleep on those beds. Haha. 24hrs was long! But as time passed by, we were given the chance to go bonding with my precept groupmates. That is one of the joyous moments I will never trade for anything in this world. I will never forget our non-stop eating, our kwentohans, and the many many laughs we shared.

This experience is not only educational, but also it gave us a chance to develop a special bond amongst us groupmates, a memory we will never forget. :)
♥XOXO, jelz

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Caught in the middle

This is one question that is easy to answer, yes ofcourse! But the hard question is WHY?
Why require drug testing? This is to ensure safety of students inside the campus. Also, it sets a standard, that the school is prestigious enough not to accept drug-users. Drugs can cause many adverse effects to the person using it, may it be physically, mentally or socially. It can change one person in many ways. Having a drug user as a student and part of the school isn't a good idea, they can serve as influences to non-users to become potential users, this is in relation to the rampant issue of "peer-pressure." Furthermore, it can be done just as a formality thingy but there's nothing to lose for the part of the school and the incoming students if this is implemented, if you are drug-free why contradict it, right?. :)

If drug testing isn't a requirement in school, it can also be good in some perspectives. It can give a chance for drug users to go to school, knowing that they will now be apprehended on their choice of being users. People are entitiled to freedom, what if it was their choice to be users? Should they be deprived from learning or going to school? This issue may violate their freedom..

Think about it... Its a very good thought to ponder. Yes, using drugs is bad.. But will you deprive a problematic user from wanting to learn? Will you deprive a user of education?...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pens up, lets check your answers.

1-5. When can blood be used as a specimen? Identify 5 tests.

Blood can be used in a wide array of Chemistry studies, as well as Hematological studies.
  • FBG
  • BUN
  • Bilirubin
  • Uric Acid
  • Testing for Insulin levels
6. What is the specimen of choice in testing for Insulin levels?

Blood, serum preferred and heparinized blood can be used.

7 & 8. Give 2 other tests that can be used in testing for Insulin levels.
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG)
  • Casual Plasma Glucose (CPG)
9 & 10. What are the two preferred collection tubes to be used in testing for Insulin and Glucose tests?
  • Red-topped tube
  • Grey-topped tube

Case Study:

A pregnant woman has been complaining of having a problem when urinating. She consulted the doctor and has been suspected to have UTI. She was sent to the laboratory for some tests. Will blood be used as a specimen of choice in her situation? If yes, explain. If no, what is the specimen to be used?

ANSWER: No, blood cannot be used as a specimen of choice in this situation. It is because, she has been suspected to have UTI, and in testing for this urine will be the specimen of choice.