Friday, April 11, 2014


I am struggling with my communication skills at the moment. The broad Yorkshire accent mingles throughout my native American tones, and my solitary study habits lead me to long stretches of total silence. Also, I love big words, especially when they are unknown to me. I take difficult words as a puzzle- to be broken up, to be said phonetically, to be contextualized.

But this love becomes a problem when it comes to jargon. Jargon is language which is used by a specific profession/group, but it can be confusing and meaningless to people not in the group. The language becomes exclusive.

Well, the jargon does not help relationships with patients. I always forget that people might have a hard time expressing their symptoms, because I have a catalogue of accurate terms. I always forget how frightening the diseases, investigations, and treatments can sound, because I am generally healthy. And I always forget how scary the clinical environment can be, because it's my usual place.

Basically, I am super guilty of using too-long words and over-complicating things. Right now, I'm trying to hone my words down and stop rambling too much. I am focusing on striking the balance of using simple terms but not sound condescending and on making sure my words are always delivered with compassion rather than just to transmit information.

It is a struggle! Does anyone else have a problem with this? Ever feel like you wanted to punch your doctor because you couldn't understand her? Most outrageous use of jargon in your experience?

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

I've been a Terrible Friend and The Yorkshire Bucket List- the Peaks

Sometimes, the way life goes is that you can't see your friends for longer than you like. That guilty yearning can be so difficult to overcome sometimes- especially with clashing rotas and crazy-busy lives.  But sometimes, you have some space...

So then you hop on a train to discover new places to eat brunch and drink Turkish tea or chai tea lattes. And do warp speed catching up in the most comfortable and easiest way...

And then you start crossing things on the Yorkshire Bucket List and visit the Peaks! (Oh, you'll hear more about the Yorkshire Bucket List)
Jump for joy at being reunited

Blurry but cool. 

Fly, my pretty! 

I didn't know we were going for a walk, but I think of leopard as camo. 

And do more catching up with warm scones with clotted cream & jam. Yes. 
We'll not leave it so long next time, and next time have the other two back! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Late night AMTS

Just before midnight last night, I was clerking in a lovely elderly gentleman who came in with confusion. When we got to the Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS), I asked "What year did World War II end?"

He pointed at my crumpled up poppy and said, "1945. I fought in the War you know, and I lost some good friends. I won't forget that."

Lest we forget.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

He had a dream and we still have that dream. Entirely grateful.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some favourite things.

Love these body systems posters for kids by Rachel Ignotofsky (via Design Taxi)

Treehouse awesomeness. (via Snippet & Ink)

How not to say the wrong thing.

Really excited for this film:  Prince Avalanche 

I have recently discovered Thug Notes. See Sparky Sweet's take on Jane Eyre and laugh riotously.

Serious veggie art.

A different kind of lightbulb moment!

And some more serious stuff- Tackling the roots of rape.

Friday, August 2, 2013


A medically themed Play Me, I'm Yours piano in Uptown after our Mitchell's ice cream acquistion. 

This weekend, I'm going to see my dentists (they're a wonderful Russian couple who have treated our whole family for so long- and sing to us to calm us down) and some friends (+ baby!). We will also be hoping to vanquish some mother truckin' bedbugs. What does your weekend hold? x

I love that the National Senior Games have been in CLE this year- pickleball sounds awesome, but more importantly, I love that people are staying active and competitive!

For all you dog lovers- balloons.

Finished this book which gave me lots of insight into the way I work. Here's the TED talk by the author!

I am very excited for this new album. Stream it this weekend for free!

Why "moist" is the worst word ever (via Bon Appetit)

People of York, go to Newgate Market on Saturday to eat some Depressed Cake Shop treats for a good cause! :)

The Way Way Back. This looks so good!

Love all the #TipsForNewDocs and this interesting post (The Pursuit of Imperfection).

Champ has got a haircut. So now he resembles a cat. Also, they've shaved places that have never seen the light of day before. We think he might be embarrassed by his nakedness, but he is O, So Soft. 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunbeam napping- found on the camera roll.

Getting sleepy...

Can I resist? 

It's so warm and cosy...

I'm just resting my eyes...

 Let me poke you in the eye to remind you that this is my sunbeam space. 
Oh, if you insist. I'll be merciful. Let's get our nap on.