Week 3 Chiang Mai Update
Photo 1 : Koh Kut
Apologies for the late update. Had a long weekend, and on Monday evening went out for Loy Krathong Day, which is quite the event in Chiang Mai.
Last week started on the cardiology rotation, primarily working with Dr. Narawut, an electro-physiologist. He’s apt to run up many flights of stairs and on the spectrum of dyskinesia during rounds; a hyper-mobile individual. And he loves to teach. He especially enjoys teaching the physical exam, pointing out pulsus paradoxus, a bi-directional femoral artery bruit of aortic stenosis, water-hammer pulse with arm-raise maneuver, and the "dark arts" (as he calls it) of cardiac auscultation.
In addition to rounding, I've spent one day in heart-failure clinic and observing the fellows doing echocardiograms, which aren't done by echo techs here.
Photos: Down – Dr. Narawut; Up– Echocardiograms in the fellow clinic
“Free Time is Happy Time” (quote from hematology fellow)
I did have the good fortune of a long weekend as well and spent it on the sunny, white-sanded, less-touristed island of Koh Kut. It was amazing. Blue skies, empty waterfall swimming holes, crystal clear water, great coral snorkeling grounds, and delicious seafood. An island I would certainly visit again.
Chiang Mai was bustling with lights, candles, and crowds around temples for Loy Krathong on my return. I walked through the town to watch the activities on the full moon night, listened to chanting at Wat Pantao, lit a large ceramic lamp, and then made my way to the Ping River where lanterns were taking flight.