Moving on

5 04 2012

Another 4 months has flown by, and I’m onto the last job of my FY1 year.

Started work in August on a ridiculously busy medical job, where I felt I never left the hospital, and certainly never separated from it mentally. But I worked with some great people, noone in the hospital is ever as good a friend to you as “med reg”, especially when they’re your own. Even after I finished on medicine, those links were what saw me through much of job number 2. I learnt loads, had to make decisions, and am definitely a better doctor (if not person!) because of my experiences.

Fast forward to Christmas and started on surgery with a little bit of apprehension. Lets face it, I’m not exactly typical surgery fodder, rarely cope well with *ahem* aggressive personalities, and whilst theatre is often hilarious, I’ve never really been into being the one actually cutting people up. But seems I lucked out. Fab bosses, hilarious registrars, great SHOs, and a wonderful bunch of assorted others. Life got left a bit by the wayside somewhere along the way, and suspect I have quite a bit of making up to do with the boy in the coming months. When the job was good, it was incredible. When it was bad… well…. I’m just glad the people around me provided the compassion, support and/or giggles neccessary to get through.

So now I’m just starting psychiatry. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the subject, even ran a book club for a while with a strong psychiatric focus to the books we chose, and was quite keen for an F1 job involving it. 2 days of induction was gruelling though, so looking forward to getting stuck in for real after a wonderfully work-free weekend!



Keep calm and drink tea!

24 04 2011


Finals start this week, but at least all will be over in a little over a week and a half! (Until resits…)

Cannot wait for lazy days, BBQ days, sand-between-the-toes beach days, pamper days, and learning to snowboard days. And I’m very excited that I seem to have bagged an interesting, relevant audit to do with a new friend, and a great placement with a truly fascinating department for some of my  post-exams private study time!

But until then, at least I’ve got these adorable “keep calm and…” badges to kep me smiling. That and a very full belly from the post-Easter-Sunday-pub-roast chocolate binge!

See you on the other side…



30 12 2010

Recovering slowly from a lovely Christmas time with the family. Lots of silliness, far too much food, and a bundle of geekish pressies to wrestle our way home with!

Currently in that odd lull between Christmas and the new year, which I’m filling with rewatching Wonders of the Solar System for the third time, eating a small mountain of chocolate, and getting excited about Stargazing LIVE. On that note, the Christmas Lectures are on TV now!

Happy nerd-mas one and all.


New trainers

16 11 2010

OK, it’s been a while. It’s the bloggers curse…that horrible “It’s been ages since I updated, promise I’ll do better in future” post. Busy with the start of final year (and with the start of final year, the start of finals exams!), popped along to local Skeptics in the Pub a couple of times, and just catching up with friends after being away over the summer and on far placements during the week,

But my news is very exciting. I have some super-cool, geek friendly david and goliath trainers:

Ahhh, how super-cure are they?! Nerdtastic.


Knackered and busy!

14 01 2010

Those of you who know me will realise that it’s starting to get a little frantic here! With exams a couple of months away, a project in another country to plan, and a placement that’s eating every spare second to travel or being in theatre, I barely have time to breathe!


If today was your last day

15 12 2009

What would you do if the world was going to end in 24 hours.

How would you feel about your time on earth?

What would you want to do?

Christmas (yes… that’s right… no X!)

7 12 2009

Thanks to the lovely Helen (catch up with her at blogging yesterday about Christmas, I thought I’d take the chance to add my own thoughts on the matter.

Growing up, I flitted in and out of the whole Christian thing. We went to Church once a month (nice little CofE type job), I enjoyed the family service (they had puppets!), and even played flute in the Church band. Yet I was never really sure where I stood on the whole God thing. Now, I felt that there was somethingmore to life, but the concrete ‘facts’ of Jesus being the son of God, and that he died for us eetc etc…. well, it just felt a bit too much to have to accept to get ‘on board’ with a  religion.

Unlike many who are disillusions about religion, I definitely see the good in it all. I see the amazing people I’ve met through churches, and been given so much inspiration by them. I was actually coming round to the idea, and was trying to live my life in a way I hoped God might be pleased with.

It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to go to Africa, and last year, for the first time, I actually made it there. I had an amazing time, and found myself living with a local family in Malawi, who happened to be Christian. Not surprising, as everyone is very religious in Malawi. However, I felt uncomfortable being asked to go to their church, and even more uncomfortable watching TV with them.

The context is important. The lady I lived with worked at a medical centre. A non-denomination/non-religious medical centre. Yet every night, they watched a man on the TV claiming that God could use him to cure people of HIV. I still find this hard to swallow. It makes me angry, yet at the same time, I can begin to understand it. Faced with a choice between placing hope in a medical profession who say they can’t cure a disease, and a random bloke who says he can, which would you choose?

So I face Christmas now with a confusion. I love the family, fun, happiness, joy, kindness that comes with Christmas. But I no longer know what to believe about whether I want to celebrate it as the birth of Jesus. I’m not really sure if that adds anything more, at least to me at this point in my life.

I hope to see this winter time as a chance to practice “random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”. I hope I can encourage you to do the same.

Here’s a list of fun stuff to get you started:

  1. Buy a bunch of cheap flowers and hand them to a complete stranger
  2. Donate money to a stranger’s cause online (try
  3. Leave a book on a park bench for someone else to enjoy (register it at
  4. Pay for the person behind you’s coffee
  5. Leave 20p in a phone box
  6. Smile at everyone you meet today
  7. Buy a box of choccy biccys for another department at work
  8. Call your nan, mum, friend you haven’t seen for ages
  9. Say hi to a neighbour and give them your number for when they need it
  10. Donate your change to charity

There are tons more, just waiting to be discovered. I’ll post more ideas. Please tell me your RaoK stories! They’re always fun!