Sunday, 26 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #48

Tulips and sunshine

As I'm typing this, it's definitely beginning to feel a lot more like spring! I hope everyone's had a lovely week. This was my last week working on an orthogeriatric ward - potentially my final ever work on a medical ward as my next jobs are all surgery, psychiatry or A&E. A downside of the week was a broken washing machine - but the upside to this was a good excuse to buy a few more clothes. You know, just in case it took a while to get sorted?! Today I'm home for Mother's Day, treating my mum to a home-cooked dinner (full disclosure - my sister's idea, I'm just lending a hand with the cooking). So for everyone who is doing something for mother's day, I hope it's a good day for you.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Preventing Osteoporosis - What you can be doing now

Milk preventing osteoporosis

I've learned a few things during my time as an orthopaedic junior doctor:

1. I seem to have defied the odds by surviving a childhood of gymnastics and horse riding with no more than just a few bumps and bruises.

2. Walking the dog is apparently a far more dangerous activity than I'd ever fully appreciated.

3. I really, really don't want to break my hip when I'm an old lady.

And it's this last one that has got me thinking. Many of the elderly patients I see have broken their bones after fairly low impact falls, but due to osteoporosis, their bones are much weaker. Hip, wrist and spinal fractures are the most common injuries and can significantly impact on quality of life - leading to reduced mobility, chronic pain and sometimes lengthy hospital stays while they're fixed and healing.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #47

Little things I've loved tulips

Hello again everyone! Hope you're all doing well and have had a great week. This week I've been working, then went home for the weekend to look after my favourite little dog. It's been a busy one for me with a bit of travelling around, more time in theatre at work and a weekend blog event! But my busiest weeks are often the best ones and here are just some of the happy moments over the past seven days:


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Caramelised Pear and Walnut Salad - Recipe

Pear and walnut salad with spinach and quinoa

A warm salad: spinach and quinoa topped with sweet pear, crisp walnut pieces and tangy goats cheese, utterly delicious!


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #46

Vase of spring tulips

I like these weeks - just Tuesday to Thursday at work and a nice long weekend. It's so nice to have a couple of extra days free to do whatever I want, and that's exactly what I've been doing. We ended up having to do a bit of shuffling at work this week, so I spent two of my three days covering the elective sugery ward by myself - and let me tell you, it's a world away from the trauma ward! Here are the little things I've been loving the past seven days:


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

What working as a junior doctor has taught me about managing stress

Stress management at work

It's been over seven months now since I hung my stethoscope around my neck and took those first steps onto the gastroenterology ward, ready to start my new life as a junior doctor. Since then I've survived long days, night shifts, weekends on-call and all manner of tasks faced by doctors every single day. I've learned plenty - from exactly what information I need to hand to call the microbiologists, how to speedily write discharge letters before pharmacy shuts, to which wards will always have a supply of the particular things I want in order to take blood or site a cannula. 

The most important thing I've learned, though? Well, that would be the stress management side of things. 


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week (and last week) #45

Hello! I ended up having a quiet weekend at home last week, without my laptop, so I never got round to publishing my Little Things I've Loved post last Sunday. I've also been on-call this weekend, so very nearly didn't get round to this week's either! But I enjoy looking back over the week and sharing the best bits so I decided to combine the last two into a post this evening. Here are a bumper fourteen days of happy moments:

This Week:

As I said, I've been on call every day this week. As on-call weeks go, it hasn't been too bad at all - the majority of the patients have actually been pretty well (aside from their fractures of course) which has meant we've managed to stay on top of all the work and not feel ten steps behind all the time.  

Assisting in trauma theatre. I agreed to start earlier on Friday to help one of the trauma surgeons with his upper limb list. I'm not hugely interested in surgery, but I do still find it kind of fascinating seeing it all up close! I used to enjoy watching it as a medical student, but now I actually get paid to help with surgery and I still can't get over that haha.

Quiet on-call evenings, leaving time for catching up with friends. Stable patients in the day also turned into stable patients overnight! I had very little to do after 5 pm each evening so I had a bit of time sitting around in the ward office - the perfect opportunity to text a few people and catch up.

First creme egg of the year. I used to love these- I still remember buying multiple six-packs of them in my second year of uni. Nowadays I find them better enjoyed in moderation, but still enjoy that first one after not having had one since last Easter!

Listening to Ed Sheeran's new album. I make an effort to wind down in the evenings and so Friday when I got home I stuck this on and just listened to it. Pretty sure there'll be a couple of new favourites from it.

Last Week:

I've spent this week working on an orthogeriatric ward, looking after elderly people after having their hip fractures repaired. Seemingly it's a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it rotation - I personally really enjoy the time I spend there, but some of my other orthopaedics colleagues would much rather do anything else! I've been finishing work on time each day, the hospital hasn't been too pressured this week and none of the patients has been that unwell so it's been a good one! Here are the happy moments from the past week:

Patients asking me how I am. It just makes the ward round feel less formal, less rushed and more like a pleasant conversation. Plus it's usually a good sign that they're doing well! 

Braving new bits of the gym. It's been nearly two months now since I joined and I'm slowly building up my confidence about exploring new parts, different equipment and varied workouts. 

Saturday breakfast and an almond pastry. I don't normally eat pastries for breakfast, but I walked past the bakery section of M&S after the gym on Saturday morning and decided I really wanted one! It was delicious with the rest of my post-workout breakfast in bed.

Finding a forgotten pair of black skinny jeans in the wardrobe. Even better they're still actually black rather than grey. And then I found three good hairbands in the pockets. 

A midweek haircut. I've been meaning to have my hair trimmed for a while, so I made an appointment for after work on Wednesday. Especially nice was the head massage and back massaging chair while having my hair washed - a lovely way to wind down after the day!

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