I still remember the millennium new year eve (31 December 1999) although it was so many years ago already :)
I was on call that day on 31/12/1999 in the Operating Theatre (OT) in Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching. I had the thought of closing the OT except for real emergency or life threatening cases... (just in case ... something might go wrong with the anaesthetic machine etc cos of the so-called millenieum bugs or Y2K bugs. Err.. Frankly speaking, actually I wanted to take a rest cos it's millennium eve !!! ) But ... who knows, there were lots of emergency cases that night, I mean after midnight. All were Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) cases, three emergency Caesarean Section (LSCS) and one ruptured ectopic pregnancy for emergency laparatomy (this lady had lower abdominal pain for a week already, I wonder why on earth she only went to the hospital one week later on the new year eve)????
I even heard "hilarious" story from the labour room that 1 pregnant lady who was in labour refused to be examined by the doctor till midnight (year 2000) as she wants a millennium baby !!!
If I didn't remember wrongly, the first millennium baby in Sarawak General Hospital was born on 12:01 am... Actually the mother had the urge to push one minute earlier on and the baby head was on the way out already but the baby was sort of "prevented" from coming out further as the staff nurse/midwife in the labour ward put their hands on the little baby's head to prevent the little fellow from coming out... I was not there at that moment, as I was inside the Operating Theatre (there's one Caesarean Section in progress...) I still remember giving spinal anaesthesia to a lady for Caesarean Section or LSCS with indication Poor Progress at around 11:30 pm, 31/12/1999.
Actually I was glad that I was on call on that night, cos there's plenty of people celebrating the new millenieum with me. I still remember going to GICU for a bried duration and wished all the staffs there Happy New Year, including one of the unintubated conscious old lady (patient) in GICU as well. Haha. I still remember I shaked her hand as well while wishing her "Selamat Tahun Baru" and she wished me back the same greetings. Well, as usual, most GICU patients are either intubated or sedated. She is the only one fully awake. The hospital was full with people everywhere... If not, i will be lonely inside my room, as my other half was far away in Penang. Yeah, we greet each other happy new year via phone at 12 midnight ;)
How about you? Did you still remember what were you doing or where were you during the Millenieum Eve?