Wednesday, September 17, 2014

work tidbits

I can still count the number of weeks I've been working as a FY1 doctor with my fingers, and it's been such an adventure so far! I'm super grateful to my colleagues and the staff who are mega helpful and understanding.

Here is a photo of Champ the dog doing the sleep hula. 

Things I've learnt so far:

Treating the person and not the chart.

Stereotypes still suck but this doesn't: This is what a scientist looks like. Mighty keen for the podcast!  (via A Cup of Jo)

Remembering to eat and drink is so important. During the first couple of weeks, I forgot to drink any water and my brain- and skin- totally suffered for it! I carry my Kleen Kanteen around and drink when I can!

It was the right decision.

Burnout is real.

Comfy shoes are super important. Even better if they're leopard print! And I wore my beloved pink Bensimon for night shifts!

This app is such a life-saver, especially for all Podmedics fans.

Speaking of apps, King's has a sweet antimicrobial prescribing guide, which I use practically everyday. It's on the Apple store for iPhones, and we're awaiting the Android version!

And speaking of more apps, the Bible app has been so wonderful for my train journey to and from work!

The work is super fun and super hard. I LOVE it!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer favourite things...

Just a few of my favourite summery things!

Window seats

Thirst. One of the most interesting series I've ever heard. 

Instagram- especially notmynonni, everdayafrica, and benjaminhole

Dancing in bubbles
New puppy friends

Cooling off after a long walk
Naps with cuddles

Sunday, May 4, 2014

homesick- The Giggz edition

... short for "giggles."

                                                 They can happen anytime, anywhere...
Especially if you're waiting for Lou Malnati's pizzas

                   Or if your Momma looks at you funny.

found on the camera roll from last summer. Only a few weeks until I get to squish them with hugs!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Live Below the Line finish!

I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you for reading and donating to my Live Below the Line fundraising campaign. It has been super difficult to do this in the lead up to finals, but I am so grateful for the chance to have done it!

Thanks to Melo for my post-#belowtheline breakfast bagel!

Extreme poverty is real. I will be continuing to fight against it, and I hope that you will too!

some random #belowtheline thoughts

1. hunger and sleepiness go hand-in-hand. I've had to take naps every day. Not little siestas either. Monster naps. 

2. Caffeine withdrawal is real-Without coffee, I become a weepy ogre. 

3 . Sometimes, it's the smells that get you- I actually drooled on my shoe when they were serving dinner on the ward. Only once, but if was in the middle of the ward! 

4. Good poops require fibre. 

5 . cardio is important, but difficult when you're hungry. I had to stop to take breaks on my way upstairs. So many breaks. 

6. Peas, peanut butter, and pasta can be yummy. 

7. Camaraderie - I've loved seeing other LBLUK folk in Twitter and Facebook. 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Call me an idealist!

Walking a mile in someone else's shoes is a great way to learn empathy. This week, I've been living below the line to experience the hunger of extreme poverty. 

Well, I've been living in someone else's shoes throughout my studies in the UK as well. I'm an American who got really interested in nationalised health care whilst I was earning my Masters in Bioethics. I wanted to see if the NHS worked, and I thought it would be the best idea to get experience in it for myself.* 

I need to get my shoes ready for work the night before or else this could happen

WELL. The thing was that once I'd arrived in the UK, the NHS was undergoing some major changes known as the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) 2012.That left me walking in my own shoes with med students and doctors in England and Wales in the march against this HSCA. The walk of NHS doctors is one that is fighting against worse health care outcomes for the millions of patients.

Although the BMA, other trade organisations, and the public fought against the HSCA, the government made it into law anyway. And the shoes felt very worn and holey. Doctors have been doing their best to keep patient care excellent, but it has not been easy. 

Part of keeping patient care excellent is to take medico-political action. During a BMA parliamentary seminar last month to review the HSCA, it was clear that the recurring theme of the session was the importance of the integration of services so that patient care was as good as possible. The focus was on the concern to ensure that the patient's experience of their health care was as smooth as possible. This means that doctors believe that collaboration- and not competition- is more likely to allow a greater integration of community and hospital services. You can see the webcast of the event here

Will Sapwell, the joint deputy chair of the Medical Students Committee (and freshly minted Sheffield doc!), has produced this e-petition to be signed to say that it is time to repeal the Health and Social Care Act. I would be so grateful if you would please sign this to show your support for all of the patients we see every day. 

I love this quote so much! 

You might think that I am being too idealistic, but I honestly feel that it's walking with those whom we care about that makes a big difference. I am living below the line because I want to raise awareness and funds for those who experience poverty. I am training to be a doctor in the UK, because I believe in providing great health care regardless of ability to pay. Please support my walk in these shoes! 

*I also secretly hoped that life in the UK would sometimes be like Narnia and that uni would be like Hogwarts. 

Image found via Pinterest

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Student food

As a long-time university student, I've eaten some pretty weird stuff. Sometimes, I'll eat peanut butter, gochujang/Sriracha, and pickles. Sometimes, I eat noodles or ice cream for breakfast and then cereal for dinner. Midnight snacks are sometimes a meal. Leftovers with rice, leftovers on bread, leftovers with quinoa…

Yeah, this could be a normal dinner for a busy student, but I would have made the meatballs and sauce from scratch. And probably made an awesome salad with avocado and endive. And my own dressing. And there would be cake for pudding. 

So you would think that it would be super easy to do this living below the line thing. But you would be wrong. Because the variety and volumes of food the average student- and I'm a chubby, foodie one- is in no way near the way someone who lives below the line lives. I haven't had my multiple cuppas with friendly cookies to accompany them. I know that fibre is mega important, but this week's menu has mainly been carbs- and my body is sad that it cannot make its normal poops (sorry if that's TMI!). It is difficult to concentrate when you're so tired, and it is difficult to have the energy to walk up the eight flights of stairs.

It's extremely difficult being a student living below the line, and I pray that all students- young and old- helped by your donations will be blessed in our fight against extreme poverty. So that they can learn better and pursue their dreams!

We're halfway there! Thank you so much to all donors so far! For new readers, if you have a fiver to spare, I would be grateful!