Bushra Maheen Rahman

Bushra Maheen Rahman

A doctor from Peshawar who writes, blogs at www.pistaye.wordpress and tweets @MaheenRahman

What I saw in the Emergency Room

I have grown up watching “ER” and later “House MD” because medicine in every form has never failed to captivate me. George Clooney looked like a Greek god in blue scrubs while running for surgeries in ER. So when I, a doctor was told that my next 12-hour shift is going to be in the Accident and Emergency department, I was a little too excited and scared. Patting myself on the back, I reassured myself that it was extremely wise to be trained in major and minor emergencies because we live in an emergency hub. I told myself it was nothing ...

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I’ve graduated! Now the hard part

What is the most glorious and magnificent moment in a student’s life? You know, had I not graduated, I might have come up with a different answer. However, since I have – hands down – it is Graduation Day! The day you finally get to bid farewell to, not only, the annoying crowd you have acquainted yourself with, but also the maddening worries, the sleepless nights, the tantrums that you promptly blamed on PMS, and little things of the like. You can safely bid farewell to worries and statements like: “Oh, good Lord! I failed that pathology test. What will my parents ...

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Do doctors have super-powers?

Medical education seems tedious and never-ending. It has the capacity to kill with utter cruelty but it does have a few perks. As I near graduation I have realized that I have changed. My English grammar and composition have suffered a severe blow. My literary sense has gone down the drain. But my colleagues and I have also acquired a few specialised skills at medical school which we are extremely proud of. 1. Energy: The magic 5 minute power nap In first years of my college, my parents were a little perplexed when they would find me sprawled on the floor over my anatomy book . They would ...

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Are you an SMS junkie?

As I look around, I see everyone firing away at the keys of their mobile phones at supersonic speed. It’s unnerving, and sometimes I feel that we really have been invaded by these miniscule hand-held devices. Sure, it’s great technology and life has definitely become easier, convenient and faster in a lot of ways but they say excess of anything is bad. It is quite correct about incessant text messaging as well which, in my opinion, is not only an addictive nuisance but also causes repetitive strain injury. In the past few years, I have almost become allergic to text messaging ...

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Breast cancer myths: It’s not as rare as you think

My aunt was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. It came as quite a shock because like everyone else, we thought cancer was something that could not possibly affect us or our loved ones. Two of my friends had already lost their mothers to cancer the same year. We were worried and consultations with doctors led to a unanimous decision that she need not go far for her treatment. Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital provides the best treatment for cancer patients. That prompt decision, early diagnosis and treatment helped my aunt get better. She is now cancer-free. Could I have breast cancer? My childhood ...

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A six year old with an STD

I am interning at the Ob/Gyn department nowadays and nothing has been as psychologically taxing as this rotation. Everyday hundreds of poor women come to the out-patient clinic for consultations, each with a unique problem of her own. Yesterday, however, a little girl  with big brown eyes and shabby clothes entered the clinic. She was barely six years old and had a cape tightly wrapped around her shoulders. The lady who came with her was her paternal aunt who told us that the girl was complaining of a rash around her genitals. On examination, it turned out to be  genital herpes – a sexually transmitted ...

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9 reasons why I am not a Twilight fan

1. The length: One fine morning Stephanie Meyer woke up from a nightmare and told herself she could write. The product was the Twilight series. Inundated with horrible grammatical errors and overused adjectives the plot (or lack thereof) has been extended over four books. It  is excruciating. 2.Pedophilia: If it isn’t a seventeen year old falling in love with an old vampire, it is a werewolf falling for an infant. The author needs therapy for her convoluted imagination. 3. The hype: The frenzy around the books is inexplicable. What I fail to understand is how and when the human brain stooped ...

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Life in a hostel: The hate list

The Warden: I wonder if while hiring hostel wardens, the administration specifically looks for bitter, old, and mostly unmarried ladies who will make sure that life is unbearably hard for students at the dreaded boarding school. They inculcate a sense of fear among those destined to be at their mercy. With a paper and pen ready, they are constantly waiting to pounce on their victims just so they can attach another notice on the board of disorderly conduct. The Washrooms: It is an absolute pain walking into a wet washroom. The pain scale shoots to 10 when the washroom is ...

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Returning to a Swat I can’t remember

Bracing myself for the worst, I started my journey to Swat. Before leaving, I had a prepared myself. The image in my mind was of piles of rubble, an area marred by blood baths and destruction with battered souls, lost children, broken widows and childless mothers  I was anxious to go and wary of what I might find there. A bullet-ridden Swat was something my mind refused to register.  I hadn’t visited my family in Swat for three years and then they had to leave their homes to take shelter in the rest of the province. The inhabitants of Swat were refugees in their own country. ...

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8 questions you will be asked if you live in Peshawar

Four years ago, when I moved to Peshawar, I told myself to slow down and enjoy living in the cultural hub of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Perhaps, the only thing I was truly worried about was the cruel weather that inhabitants face from April to October. I have come to love the city and its people with all their merits and demerits. There are, however, questions I am asked that sometimes amuse me, and at other times make me wonder about how naïve some people can be. The following are just a few examples of how exasperating an introduction can be you happen to live ...

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