Archive for October, 2009

First case of swine flu appear in the faculty of medicine of Mu’tah university

Yesterday the first, as I was in Mu’tah-Qaser bus, a third year medical student boarded the bus with us. X is from Amman. When I saw him, I shook hands with him. He was standing beside me because the bus was full of passengers.

Because I know that X lives in Thanieh, I asked him why he is boarding this bus of a different route than where he lives. “I am tired!” He answered like a really sick person. Only then I noticed that he looks like an ill person. “The primary health center in the unviersity didn’t help me! I am going to Prince Ali Hospital”.

“Do you have a history of asthma?” I asked him. “No!” He ansewered. He didn’t have an idea of what is the problem with him.

For more than 15 minutes, X stood beside me. I was sitting at a very narrow space of a bus seat that is designed to accomodate 2 passengers not 3. I was this third person. Though as small space I was sitting on, I offered X to sit instead of me. He silently refused. During the way, I talked with him about exams. He looked down at me because my body was vitrually below his.

Yesterday, X was absent. i didn’t notice that.

Today, a very distressing news spread quickly among our whole batch. “A swine flu case was discovered.” and to my bad luck, X was the one who got it.

At the begining, it didn’t seem an important news to me. I read that it is a treatable disease and is no danger to healthy young adults. Moreover, I happily told the story of my boarding the bus with X minutes before his admission to hospital.

Virtually, I was the last student to have touched and talked with X.

Soon, students started commenting about the possibility of my getting an infection. Yes, I was afraid then. It was a joke no more.

Now, I am afraid that I got the virus from X. Am I still in the incubation period? I have no signs and symptoms. During late afternoon, however, I felt that I had a little high temperature. To me, this is normal. During the last weeks, I wore only thin clothes. When sleeping at night, I slept in shorts and T-Shirts. So, I might only have common cold or in the worst cases, normal influenza. More optimistically, at 5 o’clock this evening, I took a Panadol tablet, it worked very well and now I feel no high temperature nor any kind of dizzeness or headachs.

Since I arrived at home, I am staying in my basement room. I didn’t come into contact with my parents. Both are old and have hypertension. My father is on many drugs at the moment (anti-hypertensive, anti-coagulative, prostate drugs) He is has a lot of risk factors, doesn’t he?

Will I develp swine flu? I am not afraid of not being treated but afraid of how many days I will have to be away from univesity. I will miss a lot of lectures not to mention practical labs. This is what I fear the most!

is there any prophylactic drugs for swine flu? Should i take these drugs without waiting to see the signs and symptoms? Yes, I should have taken drugs since mid-day. Tomorrow, I should buy drugs.

If by saturday I haven’t develped any symptoms, this means that I passed the incubation period of the disease. Please…

Have you ever eaten testicles?

*** Warning: This article is only for strong-hearted people 😉 ***

*** Another Warning: People from Jordan, can read this post without hesitation. They just understand! ***

Today, my Mother cooked us a very delicious Mansaf. Mansaf is a famous traditional dish in Jordan. Karak, my governorate, is famous for cooking this dish.

Today’s Mansaf was different; It didn’t only contain goat meat, but also, it contained a weird clyndrical-like piece of meat. This piece of meat was white-colored. It was lying there as if boasting as being the only one of its kind in our Mansaf.

“Is this a testicle?” I asked silently and slowly. In front of Mansaf, I don’t usually hesitate; There is always something to eat. Even if there is little amount of meat, the rice, BAGDONES, and syrup is delicious enough. Today, I hesitated.

“So this is what Dr. Hareega talked about…” I rememberd a very funny post by Dr. Fares Masanat- Hareega at www.hareega.blogspot.com. Dr. Masanat is a Jordanian physician working in the USA. That post was about him trying to buy “testicles” in the USA. I remeber he called this part of the goat’s body, “Beed”. Which means in Arabic, “Eggs!”….

[Wait! I now can describe the shape of this “weird clyndrical-like piece of meat.”… Yes! It is egg-shaped. This must be the cause why it is called “Beed” or “Eggs” in Arabic… Ah! Do you agree with me? I am not sure. I have just got this explanation in an Epiphany!]

“Yes, it is a testicle…” I heard. I was then sent into deep thinking, “Should I eat it or not?” After sternuous thinking, I said to myself, “If Dr. Hareega said that he loved them… I am sure it wouldn’t be a problem for me to try them!”

Next, encouraged by the opinion of Dr. Hareega, I grabbed this little lonely “egg-shaped” testicle. Then, I did it…

One bite… Second bite… A part of me told me to stop but another part wanted to find out what special taste it had… I continued eating. Finally, I reached a quick answer”:

“Lamb testicles, cooked with Mansaf, are roughly the same taste as the goat’s brain that is cooked with Mansaf!”

A small fraction of the testicle was left in my hand. In order to hide its weird taste, I ate it with a spoon of rice. The taste of the Mansaf rice was strong enough to hide its taste.

Will I eat testicles again? Soemtimes, people do things once in their whole life-time. This describes me today! Firstly and foremost, I tasted testicles because I wanted to know how they taste! Secondly, I wanted to know what special is about them that a Jordanian physician – Dr. Hareega- took the plunge of trying to buy testicles in the USA.

*. NB, I have just finished writing this post at my home where I don’t have an internet connection. This is why I am using the word “remeber” to talk about the post of Dr. Hareega.

# Update 30.08.2010:
See what reactions Dr. Hareega got here:
http://hareega.blogspot.com/2007/10/searching-for-testicle.html