Long time no see…
Time has literally flown these past few months with finishing off my first clinical placement in psychiatry and neurology
There have been some ups and some downs, but I’m finally nearing the end of the placement and a 16 week term. It’s been a long ass term! But mostly enjoyable none the less.
Psychiatry has been a hard one to start with I won’t lie, mid-term I did feel myself going a little bit crazy and diagnosing myself with pretty much any kind of personality disorder possible, as well as being all of 10 seconds away from pulling up a bed in the psych ward.
“You are a non-believer, a sinner and going to hell”
Quite frankly I don’t think he was that delusional.
But apart from that it’s been a good experience. I’ve fully mastered the art of being the awkward looking medical student attempting to look vaguely busy, as well as being the student who manages to make up an extra cranial nerve due to adding a 13th word into the dirty mnemonic AND accidentally set off the panic alarm in the community psych building causing 6 members of staff to come running… Sorry!
But its the end of the rotation and I still feel as thought I know NOTHING…
Apart from I know a few things about ridiculously rare diseases due to my placement being in a tertiary centre, so I can actually say watching all seasons of House 3 times over has helped me in medical school… thank you Hugh Laurie
Really its just been a long slog, an enjoyable one, I’ve pretty much ruled out neuro and more than definitely ruled out psych as possible future career choices, they just aren’t really for me. But with the placement and the studying comes the fun stuff! And there has been some fun stuff… That mostly revolved around alcohol, the invention of RUMBONGO (Rum+Umbongo) and trying to reinstate some sort of romantic/sex life
hahahaha, which obviously failed rather miserably…
To the point where family members have asked me if I’ve considered using online dating and I secretly have to say no and take tinder off my home page on my phone.
I also decided to take a mini holiday mid term. Mainly for my mental health/sanity, but that long weekend turned into a week of playing with a puppy and wondering why Cornwall only had 8 people on tinder at a 20 mile radius.
But mostly my extracurriculars have revolved around a bottle of wine and being asked to be quiet due to playing cards against humanity in a public place (P.s. Not a good EC to put on a personal statement)
But now I actually need to start exercising, my ridiculously sporty (well she runs and pays sport for fun) was going for a place in the marathon, and I stupidly said:
“Oh if you get a place on the marathon I will run a 5K”
Thinking no chance in hell it will happen… But guess what… She got a place
So now it looks like I actually need to go out and invest in a sports bra/torture device and some trainers as apparently converse aren’t suitable running shoes.
So that’s really my last term, a bit boring really?
It’s really been a term of settling into this new medical student lifestyle
But honestly the top tips for surviving Psych and neuro are:
1. Don’t self diagnose yourself with EVERY psychiatric condition going or MS anytime a muscle twitches… Well try not too…
2. Most of the questions in neuro can be answered with “I don’t know/understand/care”
3. Learn the god dam cranial nerves and not have to mime the Oh,Oh,Oh, to touch and feel… Every single time
4. Be nice to the nurses, they are amazing and your friends
5. Be nice to your consultant and laugh at his slightly disturbing jokes
6. Do not leave a 5000 word SSC to do the week before the deadline
7. There are always other students going through something similar to you… Don’t be afraid to talk to them and admit when you need help
8. Patients are humans too
9. Try and enjoy it as much as you can and take the opportunities available
Until next time… Merry Christmas