Sunday, August 17, 2014

Race

I edited this piece from ori rambling 3 days ago)

I was oncall yesterday night and it was such a lively night.

4 MIs in one night, it was an ACS night indeed.

One particular case that I would like to share here is about this 74 year old Malay uncle.

He has very good family support, his two children (not sure if there are many more) was very nice people, courteous and understanding.

It is a well known fact that of the three races, experience past 6 months shows that in general, Malays are the easiest to deal with. 

In general, I repeat.

Easiest in the sense that, the Malays uncles and aunties are more respectful of doctors, and have good faith in us, and of course, treating someone that are not suspecting our integrity, is more enjoyable.

I have to say this, although it sounds Racists (yes it is racist) but in general, Chinese and Indians are more difficult to deal with. Be it the patients themselves or the family of the patients.

The first thing they will say before any consultations, or explanation of their conditions, is that they have to comment on the fault of the hospital, systems, something bad out of the fault of someone, that has happened to them.

"the nurse made me wait for 1 hour before seeing you"

"ambulance took 1 hour to come to my house"

"follow-up in clinic but never give me good medicine, just continue the same same medications"

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I have kept this in my mind for very long time, because I dont want to sound racist, but I think this is not about colour of the skin that made us feel certain ways but rather the way certain race population been living in this country.

The same theory I had always been telling people that not all Chinese are good in Math because they have Sempua brain but rather they way they are brought up.

Not all Jews nor Palestinian are the same just because of who they are, but rather what they are - although this is more difficult and sensitive to be discussed.

Anyway, I wanted to say this;

Sometimes, when some race always felt that we have been second classed and being victimised in all ways; then everything they see is imperfect.

Of course I m not saying that you are wrong to feel that and that it is equal justice for all in this country, but to me; when it comes to healthcare, the skin colour is not a consideration for most doctors at all, at least for me and the people I worked with so far.

I dont think I would have the capability to change this perception (I used to have big thoughts) and make world a better place to live.

I just count to pay day, most days. 

But I hope that we all will understand that things sometimes just happened; and not necessarily because of you being victimised.

I shall end this entry with these two lines that I have read somewhere, (or I came up myself, cant rmb) anyway:

Sometimes we have to accept that our condition worsen as part of the disease process,

And not always it is due to the failure of medical treatment.

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Anyway, the 74 year old uncle who had an MI, came to the Casualty quick enough, and started on treatment. Unfortunately the treatment does not work as well as we wanted, and so I referred him to the referral centre. I checked with the doctor I referred to just now  via Whatsapp and apparent his condition is good and should be okay. Uncle, you have lovely family and I feel happy for you and your family.

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