Things we shouldn’t regret doing in our twenties:

I've been having a lot of different conversations recently about being almost thirty. Most of them involve reminiscing about silly things we did in our twenties, analyzing how far we have come and wondering if we are getting this thing called life right. I've noticed that so many of my friends are asking themselves this … Continue reading Things we shouldn’t regret doing in our twenties:

Medicine over the Mountain

My year of community service in Oudtshoorn is drawing to a close and it has been quite an experience. Working in the periphery is a whole different ball game with its own challenges and frustrations, but also plenty of growth opportunities. I can honestly say that I would have turned out a totally different doctor … Continue reading Medicine over the Mountain

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.

Unforgettable Patients

Just as in life, you meet people who you will never forget, the same goes for medicine. Most patients’ names and faces all blur together. Someone will greet you in the shop and you have absolutely no idea who they are until they announce loudly that you once banded their hemorrhoids. There are a few, … Continue reading Unforgettable Patients

Change

Things that change when you become a doctor: On the eve of my last day of work before going on leave (yay!) I have been thinking about the way my life has changed in the last 6 months. A lot has changed, mostly for the better, others maybe not... These are just a few highlights: … Continue reading Change