So Christmas was fun (also how was that 3 months ago?!?), i still feel like i’m suffering from the social hangover that was hanging out with 30 members of my family for 3 days straight and probably explains why I haven’t been back up north since.
Also, you know you are starting to grow up and get deep into your 20’s when…Not 1, not 2 but FIVE friends of mine in my home town got engaged over Christmas… FIVE!! And another is pregnant and 2 have put offers on a house Like, my biggest accomplishment was eating my thighs weight in cheese… Priorities
It’s okay for a few people to have their shit together, but nearly ALL my friends from my school days have their shit together, be it in employment, in a relationship, engaged, buying a house,
having enough clean underwear meaning they don’t have to buy some from Tesco in a packet… But who cares, i like the fact I can still turn up to Tesco in my Scrub bottoms and just claim “I’m a student” if anyone questions my decision.
BUT, There are some real functioning adults in society who actually understand what a tax code is And I am not one of those adults…
But on the bright side, I am LOVING this rotation I have just finished, Cardiology and respiratory medicine.
It has just felt 100x better than Psych and Neuro. The Doctors and all the staff on the wards just seem so much nicer and geared to having students hang around. I think it’s been nice to actually get involved with a team of the same doctors and nurses who recognise you and then treat you as a member of the team… Even if that is just running around on the ward round taking bloods, fetching things, doing obs for the nurses etc.
It’s just a fresh breath of fresh air compared to last term and it feels a lot more how I thought the clinical years would be! And has reinstated my motivation for medicine… even if 12 week terms are very long (well I’ve attended 10 weeks worth… oops)
I think though this term the fact that I’ve had more of a social life and my housemates who were on a peripheral attachment (where you are placed in a hospital outside of London) are back so there is a full house. But also I stage managed a musical which was THE MOST FUN EVER!
I must say anything that gets me drunk enough to walk down old Kent road at 4am singing and dancing to the chorus line is a win win in my book
I’ve also got the joy of having to work night shifts in a minor injury unit as a manager and had the joy of having someone shout “Go F*&k yourself” down the phone to me after letting a patient know that we don’t personally deliver a prescription (for paracetamol and ibuprofen) to her house on a well known public holiday is always a joy
But in an attempt to widen my skill set I’ve had a go at baking, mostly due to my yearly obsession with the great british bake off… Let’s just say if medicine doesn’t work out for me I’m screwed.
And on that note, I leave you with the life lessons I have learnt in these past 3 months:
1. Don’t be afraid to be bold and ask for help and to do things! It will get you noticed (please use common sense and be polite though)
2. Also ask what opportunities are available… You’ll be surprised at what can come your way
3. Put your consultants name in your phone in CAPITAL LETTERS so you don’t subsequently drunkly text him instead of your housemate at 3am
4. Join a non-medics society or something to do outside of medicine!
5. Don’t leave the log book to the last week, make sure you carry it from the 4th week to pick up sign-offs when you can
6. Relax more and enjoy yourself more, anxiety will go away