Sunday, 9 November 2014

Life lately and little things I've loved



I decided to simply write a more chatty post today and just update you on what I've been up to lately, as well as adding in a few of the things I've loved recently.

Despite this loosely being a 'lifestyle' blog, I feel like I really only give tiny little snippets of what my actual life is like. So I'll try and fill you in a little bit. The past three weeks I've been on placement in a hospital joining the anaesthetists. If you're not so keen on needles, don't worry- I won't be going into all the details of exactly what I've been doing! I'll just say that it's been a really interesting placement, given me loads of confidence in some of the skills I need to learn and I met lots of lovely people- staff and patients.

My days have been pretty busy, anaesthetics is an early start so the days have been long and after three weeks I definitely needed this weekend at home! I meant to try and write a 'day in the life' post, but kept forgetting so perhaps that can be saved for the future. A typical day on this placement though involved getting in to the hospital at 7.45am, changing into the ever-so-flattering blue scrubs and hat, finding the doctor I was with that day and joining them in the operating theatre, assisting with the tasks that anaesthetics involves, before being quizzed on what I knew about the various drugs and equipment being used. By the evening I've been pretty ready to just relax, catch up on TV and make some dinner. 

When I'm on placement away from Bristol, I generally do Monday to Friday at the hospital, and then return to my flat in Bristol on the weekends to see housemates and just enjoy being in my own place, rather than hospital accommodation (which is a bit like uni halls, but without the parties).

This weekend though I've been home in London for mum's birthday. Much like any other weekend at home, this has mostly involved lots of time with Saffy the dog, enjoying not having to cook for myself and a bit of shopping. 

To finish off, I've included a few things I've been loving recently:

1. Being able to watch Strictly Come Dancing on an actual television screen. We finally got the TV set up in our flat a couple of weeks ago and it's so much better on a big screen rather than a laptop!

2. Receiving a free pen as I hurried into hospital on Monday morning. Hospitals are like a black hole for black pens usually- they just disappear! 

3. Live jazz music on a Sunday night. There's a jazz bar up the road from my flat and sometimes on a Sunday evening we get treated to their music- perfect for winding down before bed.

4. Seeing progress in personal statements I've helped with. Every year I end up looking at a few UCAS personal statements for people I know, or my parents know, and I find it so satisfying to see them after only one or two drafts looking so much better.

5. New long boots. I've seen loads of people wearing really lovely long boots this autumn and mine have been looking a bit scruffy, so finding a great pair in Office this weekend was a nice treat!


What have you been up to recently? Have you shared a post about what you've done, or what you've loved? I'm always looking for new blogs to read- so leave me a comment!
Jennifer

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  1. Ohh anesthetics sounds so interesting! It must be tough though, I always hated drug interactions and metabolism when I studied it at uni so that is pretty much it all in practice! It's really interesting to hear what you get up to so thanks for this post! :) xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It has been really interesting- luckily the focus was a lot more on the practical side of putting in cannulas and airways rather than the drugs- just talking about the drug mechanisms send me to sleep!! Thanks for your comment, I think I'll include more posts like this :) xx

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  2. I'm always in awe of people who study medicine, one of my flat mates this year does and I see how much hard work and dedication it takes. I love little catch-up posts like this as it's nice to get to know the person behind one of my favourite blogs :) I often post about what I've got up to at the weekend and where I've been although this weekend has been pretty quiet involving a fair bit of packing/unpacking and revising - such fun!

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww thanks! Medicine definitely is a lot of work, but I think there's an awful lot of other courses and jobs out there that take the same and often don't quite so much recognition. Haha, unpacking and packing, and revising, are some of the things I really hate having to do!! Hope your weekend has been good otherwise though :) x

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  3. I love posts like this as I'm really nosey. Am interested in what you were saying about theatre as I am considering going back to uni next year to do ODP. :)

    Amy at www.amynmore.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha me too! That's interesting, I was talking to a lot of the ODPs and the student ODPs and their course sounds great- they get pretty much straight into it! Also there's loads of ODP jobs going at the moment. It looks like a really good way of getting a fun, hands on job with loads of interesting experiences and a chance to work with brilliant teams of people :)

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  4. That jazz night sounds fab! We have a few in Lincoln and they make such lovely relaxing evenings :) Glad you're enjoying your placements x

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    1. A jazz night is such a great way to relax, so we're really lucky to get the experience for free! x

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  5. I'm so jealous of the jazz bar?! Sounds wonderful! And yes! your a lover of strictly too?!! Love it!
    Your week days seem really tough but it will all be worth it in the end :) keep on pushing on! :)

    LeviJade xx

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    1. I think my week days are a lot better than anyone who has to work though! I get to just see and experience everything which is a really great opportunity in life :) And yes, I am a huge Strictly fan- although I'm really struggling to find a favourite this year as there are too many good couples! xx

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  6. Wow - go you for studying med! I just couldn't do it! I'm still in shock I have two years of uni left (after two already) and it feels like I have been studying for too long. I've got some serious respect for you right now haha!
    I'm in desperate need of some riding boots! Everyone wears them here in Van because it rains pretty much 24/7. They just make an outfit look so much more put together don't they?

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, I do sometimes have days when I wonder why I've picked such a long course, but it also means I don't have to make any big life decisions for a little bit longer than everyone else! I definitely agree about the boots, they're something that I've been wearing for years to finish off an outfit

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  7. I've been having to turn up at 7 for ward rounds these past few weeks so I feel ya! I'm exhausted haha. I have to stop taking pens I like into hospital, people keep trying to steal them LOL.

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    1. Oh gosh ward rounds at 7 do not sound great! Haha, everyone here is so protective about their pens!

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  8. Hey, in my office its the same...all my pens seem to disappear...then I opend my colleages desk...see all my pens were hiding from me in it :)
    ...things i've recently done...found my pens again :D
    I would really appreciated, if we could follow each other on BL and GFC, so that we can keep in touch!
    Just started following you, can't wait for you to follow back :)
    xoxo Colli // my little blog - tobeyoutiful // Bloglovin'

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  9. Getting personal statement finally sent off has been a weight off the shoulders. I asked someone I know for a little bit of advice and if it wasn't for them, I'd be super stressed and probably still working on the first line to this day. It is so nice of you to help out, because seriously, it's so hard to do alone!
    Office had some pretty good sales on recently! Boots are totally perfect for this weather! <3
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 

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    1. I remember writing mine and how hard it was- I had no idea but luckily had a really lovely teacher to give great advice so I always try to pass that on :) x

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  10. This is such a sweet post! I really want a pair of long boots, they're all quite expensive though so waiting for the perfect pair.

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Thanks :) Same, I'm quite particular about boots so finding a pair I really, really liked wasn't as easy as you'd think- hope you find some!

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  11. What a busy week you've had! Makes my job sitting behind a desk look really calm (which it is really!). If you're still looking for new blogs to read I'm over at charliedistracted.com / Bloglovin xx

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    1. I love being busy, but a calm week now and again is much appreciated! Thanks for leaving your link- I'll go have a look :) xx

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  12. Sounds like a busy week, I hate needles and injections so doesn't sound like my cup of tea haha! I've had great week as I finally got to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour and loved it! Also got to go home and see some friends which is always lovely. Glad you had a good week. :)

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. I still haven't been to the Harry Potter Studios even though it's not far from my home- I'll get there eventually I hope! I love going home and catching up with people so that sounds lovely :) x

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