During our first year at MCON all the teachers and students used to say that first year is the toughest one, and that things would get easier for every year.
Well, soon finishing my secon year I can only come with the conclusion that it DOESN'T. You just get used to it all...


Fatimas födelsedag
The muslims celebrate Fatimas birthday today. She was the only daughter to the Profeten Muhammed, born 1443 years ago and the day is celebrated as a "womens day"!
I found out about the information while I was checking out some Swedish news. And I found that the day was celebrated in my city back home, Malmö. Muslim women celebrated by giving white roses and cake to people that walked by on the market area. A lot of people were gathered, and the women told that this was a way of showing that muslim women are more than how media is picturing them to be from time to time.
Fatima is said to be one of the most important women in Islam and described to have been a strong woman fighting for everything that was right despite the low value of muslim women.
The women at the market was happy to be getting the opportunity to show that it's not the case any more, despite todays prejudices about how muslim women ought to be and how they are still being treated in society.  
This is how we integrate, people! Open up the market for everyone in society creating an opportunity for people to get to know each other. 
Generally, people don't walk up to a stranger and ask why hen is different compared to the rest of the social group. No, we despise it and pass by. Being affraid of anything that is unknown, obscured to us. 
Instead we have to be seduced, tantalized, leaded on in order to give people a chance to make the unknown known.
And hey, see what might happen if we would apply this into other areas... It might leed to a more humble and peaceful world!
A small step for a man, but a giant leap for mankind!


Birthday celebration!
It was my friend Avinash birthday yesterday, and his first time beeing away from friends and family during his B-day. And everyone knows the little bit of sadness that might be pressent when traditions has to be broken. So, on his wishes and our pleasure, we celebrated his day according to the Indian traditions regarding birthday celebrations! 
A lot of things are being brought out in a opposite matter in India compared to Sweden. Still don't understand the rational behind the celebration of birthdays... But then  again, why does everything need to have an explanation?;) 
According to my classmates from Kerala they start at midnight by putting color on the birthday-friend, as they were celebrating Holi, and then they have Cake, if there is any cake left over since there's this tradition that your friend has to feed you with the cake. And most of the time you end up getting half of the cake in your face;) That is kind of sweet though!
And yesterday I came to know about another tradition where your friends should kick you or give you a punch in the back for "luck" or something which could turn out to a bit of a fight. So yesterday my friend was complaining about some backache after his friends had been hitting him the day before.. Omg...
Another tradition when it comes to birthdays is that the Birthday kid is the one that should give something to his/her friends, compare to the opposite back home. I mean, I don't say no for a free dinner but, something felt a little wrong when I didn't have to pay the bill...
Most of the time, my classmates often offer some kind of treat when their birthday is coming up. And if they don't, there wil be number of people screaming "where's our treat yaar?!"
We ended up having a very nice evening, despite some mobile disturbances... (Goosh, mobiles should be forbidden when you go for dinner with friends...;), but I hope you had a nice birthday Avinash!!


Election time
As most people might know the worlds biggest election is going on in India, and the Karnataka state people are voting today which resulted in a holiday for us students! And since easter is comming up we ended up having four days of holiday in a row. Very suitable concidering that my third sessionals are comming up. So, when most of the students left town, I thought of staying hoping that I would get some studies done..
Since there is a huge election going on there are a lot of oppinion circulation regarding the future of India. I can't say I have much of knowledge about the parties and their potential candidates for the post as future Prime Minister of India.
I believe the majority of the population want to see a CHANGE in their country that is known for, not just the population diversity, yoga culture and delicious street food, but also the country where corruption, poverty and depression of women is taking place with such a public dominance that it has become a collocuial matter and as common as the chai beeing sipped every hour by the local shop keepers.
I've come to understand that it's not that easy for everyone elibiable to vote to actually do so.  Hence, there will be a lot o votes that won't be counted. Still, I wish that the election goes on peacefully, that no cheating will be done (errhmm...) and that a CHANGE will come into this still very beautiful country with such great potential!
Okey, so I said I don't know much about the parties. But a number of friends have tried to convince me about the "BJP" and a certain Narendra Modi. And this sharp advertisement will sure raise a number of votes...;)
May the force be with us...


The devil and the angel
I was posted in a surgery ward two week ago. That means that the cases arriving to the ward will be unlike the other. One client may come with stomach ache, another with a diabetic foot ulcer, a third with simply diffuse signs and sympthoms but with enough reason to admitt them to the hospital.
During that week I was writing a case study which means that I had to select a client, collect all valuable information about the clients - past history, reason for admission, nutritional status, medications that is taken, relate the disease condition with the patients signs & sympthoms and write a care plan. This also means A LOT OF WORK!!
Not just that you have to plan and do things, you have to write everything down, read about the case etc. and of course - one learn a ton by doing it:)
I got a relly interesting case - a Thyroid cancer  case where a 80 year old woman got admitted with an tumor on the Thyroid in the size of a football!! The type of cancer was also rare - Thyroid Medullary Canser, which can only be seen in about 5% of all Thyroid Cancer cases!
In the same block that I was posted there is a girl who took take care of her mother who got admitted for a Mesentary cyst. This girl turned out to be soo wonderful and a saviour during the whole week we were there! She helped translating when I tried to communicate with the patients, showed her sympathy when we, the students, got scold by the sister in charge etc.
Cause this ward apparently had a well known sister in charge. 
Am not kidding if I tell you that I was almost afriad of disconnecting an empty IV-set thinking that I maybe should ask of her permission first before I even touched the patient. She would scold us for either using the trolley, or NOT using the trolley, and yea whatever reason she would come up with to scold us she would use it. These kind of things could make me very passive and ANGRY. Not being affraid of confronting her, because I did, but being affraid that I would do something that would satisfy her instead of the patient. It makes me feel nothing but pityness over these kind of people who has nothing better to do than to boss around and put people down.
Nursing is not like the millitary (even though one might think that is the case) where one has to be "broken down" to be bulit up...
And there, the devil and the angel, on each side of my shoulder. 
One has to be stong to fight the evil. But it can oly be faced with goodness of an angle.