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So the last month has been mainly dedicated to revising for finals, desperatly trying to please my scary surgery supervisor, and whingeing about turning 25. I'm not overly precious about ages but ive moved out of the 18-24 box on forms. I liked that box dammit.

In an effort to distract myself periodically from the mind numbing monotony of revision (and to avoid becoming...
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Eurgh. Steaming pile of dog-shite of a day.

I have now been acutely reminded of why some people hate doctors. I spent the afternoon following a senior doctor who, despite having accrued what must be at least 15 years worth of medical training, at untold cost to the NHS (and no doubt himself) could still not manage one of the most basic skills known to...
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So the misanthropy and adrenaline of Trauma and Orthopaedics is over for now, and just like that i'm thrown into not one medical ward- but four.

Thats right- my new hospital has dispensed with the system of having a single specialty "firm" from which we all base our studies, and adopted a new system of circulating between dedicated endocrine, gastology, cardiology, and respiratory medicine...
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Soooo....Should have spent this last week in the emergency department learning valuable clinical lessons, such as:

-trying to look busy
-desperatley looking for someone who knows what theyre doing
-getting in the way of someone who knows what theyre doing
-hiding in cupboards

Luckily for me it's that wonderous time of year again- New Foundation Doc's induction. Every August hundreds of newly...
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Back on form! I managed to remain upright long enought this week to see all of a knee replacement, and even got to put some stitches and nails in people biggrin

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Scoreboard now stands at 2:1 to the theatre room floor frown

The worst bit- on seeing me slumped against a wall in the corner the scrub nurse exclaimed "Oh, now i remember you...". Yup, same one from last week.

The upside- my consultant appeared from the theatre next door and invited me to ditch the following total knee replacement (same surgery as id just flaked...
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alkalinesbff:
Some are shot with my Iphone, others with my Nikon DSLR and put through a slew of editing programs. smile
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By some miracle I've managed to land ass backwards in my final year of study!

Woot! Only 9 months until I get to pretend to be a real grown up, with a real job, and real bills...wait, why am i excited again? :s In all seriousness I am looking forward to leaving my student days behind, im sure the novelty of the working...
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My new career planning strategy:

1) Write the name of every single medical/surgical specialty on the back of a playing card
2) Pin them all on my wall
3) Everytime i encounter one i cant stand, remove its card from the wall
4) Come job application season (autumn next year) throw darts at the remainder....

4.5) Pray no interviewer ever asks me why...
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Anyone know how to fix pictures so they are uploadable on here?

Yes, i am a complete techno dunce- i dont know whats wrong other than i keep getting messages saying the pics are too large!

And im getting a little tired of the 'myspace' poses of my undergrad years- honestly, its the era when i still look like i give a shit...

Any help...
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anniesavage:
Aha!
Ok, well its stopped telling me the size is too large, but its still not uploading them frown Lol. Thanks for the advice- will persevere and see where i get to...
Cheers!
anniesavage:
Woo! It worked!
Tinkergaloot you are a genius, and i take my hat off to you!
I get to looklike me again!
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God damn I suck at blogging.

Id like to pretend this is because i have so much going on in my little life that I just dont have the time to chronicle all my adventures. This would be a blatant lie however.

Thanks to all those who posted encouraging comments on my last update- im glad to say i have successfully stuck at least a...
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willy81:
I'm not the best either!
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Am now on my 5th failed venepuncture in a row frown I'm pretty sure thats not massively bad, but its still starting to give me the fear...

I find myself stressing the point to every patient i approach now that, Yes, i am a student, and if they want to wait for a doctor to take their sample thats totally their right, and im really...
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anniesavage:
Im now up to 0 for 11 frown But thanks for the advice- will try anything and everything at the minute! Lol
sethy:
You'll get it.
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Survived my first week of clinical phase!

And have yet to make too big of a tit outta myself....Well apart from one drastically failed attempt at venepuncture (luckily the registrar was nice, and the patient was pretty much unconcious throughout...), stuttering a half assed answer to a very sweet little old lady about 'why was her heart so big anyway?' (without telling her she...
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methodology:
They do say that the first week is always the hardest (although that could be about prison come to think of it)
anniesavage:
Prison...the NHS....tom-ayto tom-ahto lol