The lessons that being a patient taught me about being a doctor

In January this year, I found myself staring at a CT scan with a group of people in white coats. This is a pretty normal thing for a doctor to be doing; except I was in Mexico and the CT scan was my own, and I was wearing a hospital gown instead of a white … Continue reading The lessons that being a patient taught me about being a doctor

Perspective

Things I would say to my patients if I changed my perspective. I suppose blood running from your nose is terrifying, especially if it's never happened before. Is that why you come to casualty for a simple nosebleed? It must feel strange to have to take medication when you don’t feel sick. Is that why … Continue reading Perspective

What is your emergency?

As a doctor working in a district hospital, I spend my night shifts (and a fair amount of day shifts) working in casualty. Another name for casualty is Emergency Department - so you would assume that I spend a lot of time handling emergencies right? Wrong. Casualty is just another word for “Glorified 24-hour Clinic” … Continue reading What is your emergency?

Internal Medicine: Like heart attacks and stuff.

Things that Internal Medicine has taught me so far… Before I start I need to vent - If another person asks me what Internal Medicine is, I am going to lose my mind. When you say Orthopedics people are like “Oh a bone doctor!” and when you say Paediatrics they say “Ag, sweet man, little … Continue reading Internal Medicine: Like heart attacks and stuff.

The Roof of Africa

This isn't a really a medicine-related post. It's about my experience climbing Kilimanjaro, something I did when I was on leave. When I was supposed to be putting work aside. But you know how it goes, you can take the doctor out of Medicine but not the other way around. Everyday something reminded me of … Continue reading The Roof of Africa

There’s a first for everything… 

As expected, this year has brought me many firsts. Mostly good, some bad, all interesting. I've picked a few to share with you.  1. First time operating (not assisting): Last week I printed a surgery report with my name next to the words 'Surgeon 1'. Okay, it was a really straight forward skin graft, and … Continue reading There’s a first for everything…