After an exciting and enlightening experience at the hospital, I now realise the qualities required for such a demanding career. Patience, communication, team-working: all factors that are necessary to posses in order to provide a smoothly running service for yourself and the patients.

I shadowed some inspirational doctors who introduced me to life changing/saving equipment that supplied a better quality of life to an extensive amount of patients.

During my time in spinal injuries unit, many patients were on an enormous ventilation machine. Due to the severity of their injury, it meant they were incapable of independently breathing due to the minimal control over the intercostal muscles that allows effective ventilation in the lungs. This machine kept them alive.

Overall, this experience as amazing. I am further motivated to pursue a career in Medince as I’ve seen first hand the impact on every individual who steps through the door.  Strangely, the high pressure and speed in which the nurses and doctors work at has appealed to my own preferences and has definitely not relieved me of my ambition to become a medical professional.


The Choice Is Yours

Just read a fascinating article on the correlation between sugary drinks and cancer.

A group of specialist researchers in New York has dived into this question to find a way of preventing the initial spark of cancer (colorectal) that occurs within many peoples bodies.

Won’t spoil the final verdict, but it has instantly influenced me to reduce my own sugar intake as I can see some of its effects. Definitely worth the read!

This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay

Started reading this comedic, yet realistic, book by Adam Kay. It demonstrates the day to day routine within a hospital and it’s out-standing cases.

Kay used to be a professional doctor, and up to the page I’m on, is a Senior House Officer – he is shadowing a surgeon.  In one event, a young gentleman was standing on a bus shelter and decided to get down using a nearby lamppost (we can assume he was intoxicated by the time of night). Unfortunately, he misjudged the  texture of the lamppost – and it wasn’t a smooth ride down. It wasn’t just his hands that were badly injured… Ouch!

So far this is an excellent book, interpreting both humour and education of unusual illnesses that were spotted during his time as a doctor.

Learning The Ropes!

I am ecstatic. Ecstatic! Recently, I have confirmed a position at my local hospital for some work experience! Can’t wait to encounter the atmosphere and really gain an insight in day to day life at the ‘miracle center’. I genuinely admire all the staff who save/ impact lives on a daily basis and I’m buzzing to meet and learn from them during the week I am there.

The week will cycle through different wards in order to optimize my experience of different sections and fields within the profession. This is marvelous as I can explore different areas of medicine that I haven’t heard of…