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. 

See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/participant#sthash.HNXVwqzO.dpuf

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!

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/gorgeousminute

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The 5 Second Rule

I dropped my beautiful apple on my walk to hospital this morning.
Never before have I so strongly wanted to pick up a chunk of food off the street to eat it!
You should be proud of me.
But I was THISCLOSE.
Until a big car ran it over and busted up that precious bite.


This is how some people feel every day. Because every bite counts. Thank you so much for your donations, and please let others know about Live Below the Line!
- See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/gorgeousminute

Monday, April 28, 2014

Two things I think about everyday.

I LOVE FOOD. I often wax poetic about pies and kimchee, and I think about food constantly. I'm one of those girls who takes photos of everything she eats and then Instagrams it to give people food envy. I like throwing big parties and trying new recipes for people I love. I regularly exceed the 5 (or 7!) -a-day. I sometimes dream about milkshakes.  



I HATE INEQUALITY. SO MUCH. I encounter and tackle health inequalities every day. I try to lessen them by working hard so that I can help treat patients. I try to influence governments and organisations by speaking out against health inequalities, especially those faced by women and children. I try to raise awareness about health inequalities by doing research and learning.  

For the next 5 days, I am taking part in LIVE BELOW THE LINE.  This is about living in solidarity with the 1.2 BILLION people around the world who have to do this everyday. It's about spend more time thinking about the poor and less time thinking about pies. This is about raising money to support the organisations who work to end extreme poverty.  I hope that you can support me in raising funds for Christian Aid, who fight tirelessly against poverty and inequality. And I hope this raises awareness for all those other people who have to daily live below the line. Please look here. Thanks so much! 

Happy Day 1! - See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/participant#sthash.MUv4ojHM.dpuf

Photo via Pinterest