The first term of fourth year has finally come to end and I'm looking forward to getting home tomorrow and having a couple of weeks off. Not that I haven't enjoyed this term- the time I've spent in the hospital doing anaesthetics and paediatric medicine has been good fun and I feel like I've actually learned stuff which is always a bonus! (I've also escaped the children's ward without catching anything it would seem, which is even more of a bonus.)
|House Christmas Dinner|
Being on a children's ward at Christmas time has also been a great experience. The play specialists and nurses have decorated it beautifully- including some impressive penguins made from balloons. The patients on the ward have also added to the display of elves we had a go at making at the start of the placement. And I got to spend time at a pre-school nursery singing Christmas songs and listening to 'Santa Needs a Wee' at story time- I'm definitely not ready to go back to adult medicine just yet!
Last weekend I came back to Bristol for an especially festive few days. We cooked a house Christmas lunch on the Saturday (the first one I've actually done at university- good job this is a five year course because I don't know how people fit all these extras into the usual three!!), went ice skating at Clifton on Ice (I managed the entire hour session without falling over so I was pretty pleased with myself for that!) and went to a carol service on Sunday evening with mince pies and mulled wine. Sadly, despite being there on placement, I didn't get a chance to visit the Bath Christmas markets this year- next year perhaps...
I can't believe there's only a week left until Christmas- I still haven't quite finished my Christmas shopping so that's my number one priority for when I get home. Hopefully I'll have the right balance of fun goings-on and free time to write a few more posts over the holidays, and to read what everyone else is getting up to!