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Anna Santos


Why do people always get the wrong first impression sometimes? They always thought doctors don't have a life, don't have a sense of humor, and just modestly serious. They thought we are one dignified humorless human being.

Why can't doctors be lighthearted, flamboyant, flashy, goofy, loud, ostentatious or swanky? For sure, our society dictates and insists what type of personality we should be acting in a role only a few were granted to have, Gods assistant for healing. For sure too, nobody wants their body to be entrusted to a cuckoo doctor. Of course, doctors have no right to be insane, or be foolish in treating their patients. That's why you can't expect them getting ridiculously comical inside the consultation room or that would be unlikely. I can't imagine laughing it out over an ailment, could you?

But on the contrary, they have the right to laugh and become wacky over themselves. To drink and be merry like normal people does. Outside, when we are not in our white coats, we are just ordinary human being. Who knows, you might see us in Bakbak drinking and laughing, or at K1 singing and dancing and you enjoyed how we make a fool over ourselves, then until such time you find out we are a doctor, you change your mind.

Some doctors become engulf with these silent mandate from the society, they turn out to become sobered and stern. Perhaps in witnessing the magnitude of a disease progression, there was no time to laugh. But hey, after all, this is our life. Life is what we make it, so they say. I hope these type of doctors would remember to laugh again.

I remember med school and how wacky we were out there (yo! Augs Bulai!). Medical students are extended adolescents. We don't mind much since time's not on our side. We didn't have time to write blogs or to go to bars all the time, we had a way of just simply take off the boredom inside school or outside during parties. None of us were working students. How was it possible? We went to school early in the morning till early in the evening, then we studied at night or we party at night (sometimes). Hospital duties were 24 hrs too. Well, what was it to worry except keeping the grades to a passing mark, joking it out when all got the reds (happy valentines day on the grade-posting bulletin board). We were scholars of our parents or a wealthy sponsor, and all we have to do was study, or should I say, cram studying.

So, whenever we are out there with our friends, even to this day, we too act like you. We laugh and play, we quarrel and make up, we also worry about our bills too (not grades now). We can be naughty and mischievous, and cunning or whiny at times. Yet most of all, we longed to spend time with our love ones too, just like all of you.

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  1. James Says:

    Very nice! :D Naa na diay ka diri? Ganda din sa Wordpress no?! Thanks for following ha!? I did the same - not for the sake of following but really it's worth the regular read. Take care Anne. Keep it up.


  2. Tom Martin Says:

    I suppose this goes with the territory of being a doctor, teacher or minister. A friend now deceased was a Scince/Chemistry teacher in a high school. He would get upset when out in a restaurant and a student or former student would stare at the table as if teachers did not eat as others did. Once he was drinking a beer at a wedding rehersal dinner and the student and the students parents became very upset and made a remark to the waiter who relayed the remark to Mack. Mack got up went to their table and had someone at our table bring an Instamatic Camera took a picture sitting with one arm around the mother and one holding a beer. He took a large gulp of the beer and gave the picture to the family and told them they now would have something to talk about for years to come. Recently a friend's wife in Davao said that she had a difficult time sometimes around me because she had never met a priest that people could just be themselves around. People do not stop to think the burden they put upon us by expecting too much and it is even worst when some of us try as I did for forty years to live up to their expectations.


  3. Jan Says:

    Interesting insights. It's hard to imagine a doctor breaking a life-changing prognosis to a patient, "bro, I'd hate to say this, but the second batch of lab tests confirm you've got prostate cancer." And laughs out loud as if to make light of your personal situation. Horrible.

    I never thought it this way before. Thanks for bringing this up and making us peek at the lighter, candid snippets of the life you lead.

    But now I see your a blog author as well. There's hope for you folks after all. Take heart. Kidding. :)

    Thanks for visiting. Every time a doctor visits - and it's not house call of sorts - is an occasion to be happy about.


  4. kelly Says:

    Very nice blog and it's pink - like in PINK OF HEALTH! Is your baby born yet? Would love to see him!


  5. etomyam Says:

    interesting....healthy atmosphere here


  6. Dee Says:

    Hello Petit! :) Great insights there!

    You know, I have a similar dilemma too. Oh, I'm not a doctor. I belong to the other profession where people perceive us as serious, tough, mature in age and in looks, a fighter, etc., etc. Whew, a lot of standards to live up too! It's really tiring trying to live up to those ideals and I wonder sometimes if I'm in the right profession. But I've made my choice and that's that. So I understand you perfectly. :D

    Oh, by the way, I'm from Davao too. Haven't been there though for a couple of years. But I miss it a lot.

    It's nice knowing you. Have a great day! :)


  7. Dee Says:

    Hello Petit! :) Great insights there!

    You know, I have a similar dilemma too. Oh, I'm not a doctor. I belong to the other profession where people perceive us as serious, tough, mature in age and in looks, a fighter, etc., etc. Whew, a lot of standards to live up too! It's really tiring trying to live up to those ideals and I wonder sometimes if I'm in the right profession. But I've made my choice and that's that. So I understand you perfectly. :D

    Oh, by the way, I'm from Davao too. Haven't been there though for a couple of years. But I miss it a lot.

    It's nice knowing you. Have a great day! :)


  8. Petit Says:

    to james:
    yeah! naa na ko diri, still nangangapa but thanks for the invyts, more healthy blog groups here.

    to Tom:
    thanks for sharing that experience too father. i visited your site too. read your blogs. its really tough to live up to others expectation. i've learned my lesson well.

    to Jan:
    sorry for the late reply, too busy, but i've become your follower. boy, you can really write! thanks for visiting my site.

    to kelly:
    went into c-section delivery last december. thanks anyway.

    to etoyam:
    thanks!

    to dee:
    now i know, you are a lawyer. so thats waht it meant when you say the other profession. visit davao soon!


  9. jeLai Says:

    Hello! thnx for the comment..thnx din sa pg-appreciate sa short posts q..


  10. Dee Says:

    Hi Petit! :D

    I'm dropping by to tell you that I have an award for you - it's the friendship award. Please take a look and get it in my blog. Thank you.

    Have a wonderful weekend! :D


  11. Roy Says:

    Yes, I do believe that doctors have sense of humor too... and a lot of other things, just like normal people do.

    For the last 10 years of my life, I have a lot of encounters with different type personalities in this field.

    and yes... you can call me kuya ;)


  12. Petit Says:

    @ dee - you know i already thanked you thru twitter. thanks again. utang muna ha. i will take note of the rules. jan tweeted me about it.

    @ Roy - OK kuya! you bet doctors are unpredictable too eh? see you around in the interweb!


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