I think a piece about the heart is due seeing as Valentine’s Day has just passed us. Isn’t the heart a fascinating organ. I mean thinking about it really, it’s just sat there inside you faithfully pumping blood for you, your entire life. Every other organ takes a break every once in a while, even our brains when we go to sleep, but our hearts are constantly working at it. And then one day when they decide they’ve had enough, that’s it…we’re gone! Continue reading
Life’s too short…our existence is so small. The average human lives for around 79 years. 79 years in comparison to the 14 billion years of the universe’s existence. We are just 0.00000005642 (1 out of 177 million) of everything in existence. Less than that actually, because we’re sharing this time with 7.5 billion other people who are also alive, so actually 0.0000000000000000075227 (1 out 133 quadrillion). Don’t you sometimes feel life is just one big mad rush…with a bit of a grab-what-you-can QUICK approach. Continue reading
A common question that lots of people have asked me in the past is: are you enjoying medical school?
It’s a very good question. It just seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my bedroom at home, packing my bags, looking through the events scheduled for fresher’s week (or, as is the case at my medical school, fortnight) and getting excited over all the exciting new words that were put down on my timetable. I was completely unaware of the challenges that would face me. As far as I was concerned, I was going to go to medical school, have a bit of fun, learn a little bit of medicine and become a doctor.
I can’t help but feel that I was rather naïve before I did start. I don’t think – or at least, I hope not – that I was the only one who entered medical school with that naïve mind set. Now, in my second year of medical school, I have some idea of the challenges that face medical students – many of which, may I add, were completely unprecedented. Familiar challenges did also arise, however, and these were similar to the challenges that I had felt during my A-Levels.
Exactly what are the differences between Sixth Form and Medical School? Continue reading
I’m going to be taking you through what a day in the life of a junior doctor is like right now. Before we begin, my days can vary wildly – you might say there is no such thing as a typical day for a junior doctor. In my current job, I rotate between weeks on the trauma ward, on-call shifts and time on the orthogeriatric hip fracture unit. For the purposes of this post though, I’ll talk you through what a normal day is like for me on the trauma ward. Continue reading
By Chidera Ota
At medical school, it can be tempting to spend your time in the library or at your desk, writing out notes, memorising mnemonics and getting through your pile of ‘must-read’ textbooks. However, it’s important to not take any time you have in hospitals, on the wards, for granted; these can actually be incredibly effective learning environments, if you approach them properly. While these tips are geared towards medical students, they are also useful for premed or school students, looking to make the most out of their work experience! Try some of the tips below, to make sure you get the most out of any clinical attachments… Continue reading
Do you ever look at strangers and ponder on the fact that everyone is so busy living their own little lives? I do this sometimes, sat in the car, watching people as the world whizzes by outside. I might see someone carrying their shopping home. But what’s home to them? Is it a nice cosy house with a lovely family to go back to, or are they going home to a stressed and strained relationship? Or are they homeless? Continue reading
What are my experiences of mental health? You ask.
That differs each day and depends on which face I mask.
Some days I wonder whether I even struggle,
My mind is content and happy like a mental cuddle!
I’ll feel warm, independent and ready to go,
Like a summer breeze inside me, I radiate, I glow.
Other days are darker, deeper and harder to navigate.
My love filled heart empties and it’s difficult to resuscitate.
Depression and low mood becomes the air that I breathe,
Anxiety fills my throat, enough to make me heave.
It’s not an easy task, living life not knowing what each day may bring,
I’ve got to remember the good memories though, the ones that make me sing.
I make self care a priority so when I’m met with dread, a horrible feeling,
I’ll take my head and heart for some rest and internal healing.
My mental health is a key part of me.
Living with mental illness makes me pay a hefty fee.
I do my best though to be open and help others suffering too,
We must make life a better place doing the little things, for me and for you xxx
Abbie Mitchell is young woman living with mental health problems including: Anxiety, Bulimia, Depression and general eating problems. In her personal time she is an activist and speaker raising awareness of: bereavement, grief, mental health, mental illness, stigma and suicide. She’s particularly interested in work that supports young people with mental health challenges.
This is a title I grabbed from a Daily Mail article. Now, on the outset this seems like a major catastrophe and anyone would be concerned that it could indeed be ‘health tourism’ that’s causing all the problems of underfunding and shortage of resources in the NHS. But is it really? And is health tourism as big of a problem as it is sometimes made out to be? Continue reading
This is by no means a political post even thought it could be visioned as one by some looking at its timely fashion and all the disasters we as the human race can be seen finding ourselves in at this moment in time. But, this is just an expression of thought, a plea for peace and a call for unity. Continue reading
The NHS has been under public scrutiny recently more than ever before. Why is this? Is it because people are using the NHS in a wreckless manner? Are these attempts to establish a national private health care service? Or is it because as a nation we are not educated enough on how we should use the NHS? I am extremely grateful for our NHS and sincerely hope that it still standing when I am old and crippling, but at the moment, I feel that the NHS in itself is crippling due to underfunding of resources and a lack of education to the British public on how to correctly use it!