:: Sickbay September 18, 2008Posted by Minci 先生 in Everyday Life.
Tags: sickbay, STF
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sickbay sick·bay (sĭk’bā’)
- The hospital and dispensary of a ship.
- A place in which the sick or injured are treated.
Half of the Minci family is down with a cold. All of the XY chromosome. Im itching to comment more but oh well.. ha ha. and they whine more than us XX’s. Manja sangat. I hope they’ll recuperate with speed. 😛
The Sickbay Facility during my time in STF was a creepy place. Too much ghost stories were passed on from one generation of seniors to the other. Still, it never kept the much cheekier students to feign sickness just to play truant have a little break.
At one point, the wardens discovered that the students were ‘falling sick’ all the time. Tummy aches. Yelah.. kalau nak tipu demam, body temp is normal. Who could ever tell if the stomach ache or chronic menstrual pain was genuine or otherwise. Encik Adnan (the man in charge of the sickbay and bringing ill students to the clinic) did a little research and soon found out that the little trip to the polyclinic was not to see the doctor, but to menebeng at the nearby food stalls to have roti telur and teh tarik. Muekekeke… Authority wins.
Soon enough, sick students were brought to a different clinic. Far from possible attractions. Although students can still find a way to ‘fly’.
I dont remember ever been staying in the sickbay overnight personally but I recall the time when one of my dormmates (who is also my classmate) had a migraine attack. It was a panicking situation. I had no idea that a migraine can be that serious. Looking back, she might actually have a tinge of cluster headache alongside the migraine. But to think that one person having two neurological conditions is just too mengkasihankan, dont you think. It could be psychogenic.
She screamed in pain. A horror movie-like scream. She clutched her head most of the time and we had to hold her down for fear that she’d pull her hair out. She was almost hysterical. Outsiders who had no clue she was having a migraine/cluster headache attack might have thought she was possessed. She meronta aggressively and anybody who have experienced holding her hand can vouch that it was bone-breaking. The amount of strength coming from such a little person was undescribable. She cried buckets of tears. Once, she loss control over her bladder. We helped clean her up and everyone was in pity for she had to go through so much pain at this young of age. She had no control over her bodily function and was practically at the mercy of us in that room to help her manage it. Just what could a bunch of 14 year olds do at the time.. kan?
We (her classmates) were on her case for the whole night. Well.. more like 2-3 hours after ‘off-lights’. When her pain finally subsided and she naturally dozed off, our exhaustion was obvious too and together we drifted to dreamland, hoping that the next attack could wait for just another day.