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This is what I did on the day of my last med school exam–I hiked with friends and took a bunch of photos of our beautiful local wonders. Just thought you’d want to know.

 

To celebrate me making it through an entire month of blogging and averaging an entire post  a week, I thought I would introduce myself to all my fellow bloggers (and lurkers!) as a fifth post.

So here are a few fun facts about me, the new kid on the blog… (Sorry! Couldn’t resist.)

5 STATISTICS ONLY A STALKER WOULD WANT TO KNOW

Name: If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you…
Age: 24
Occupation: The short version is that I’m a medical doctor. The medium version is that I’m a newly-qualified junior doctor doing my first year of internship in a semi-rural setting in the beautiful country of South Africa. The tall version is that I’m a creative heart stuck in a nerd’s mind using a professional’s body to fund my living expenses until I no longer need to at which point I can continue the latter for altruistic/fulfillment purposes at will or jump ship entirely. I think you wanted the short version.
Gender: Female
Location: South Africa. Nothing more specific for me, because I don’t want my patients recognising me (or potentially themselves!) in any of my future posts.
Family: Non-nuclear. Spent different portions of my childhood living with different members of what western countries call “extended” family. Sometimes automatically refer to my cousins as my siblings. I have three parents and only one of them was actually involved in my conception, although all three are related. (The plot…she thickens…)

5 THINGS MY MOTHER WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ME

Living: I’m a super considerate roommate, but my personal space is seldom the tidiest. I’m planning to combat that this year by simplifying and decluttering my life. Maybe if I have less stuff, I’ll have less cleaning to do. But I’m also a major procrastinator, so we may never find out!
Laughing: I have a childlike sense of humour and there’s no indication of it ever maturing. So if you tell stories with elaborate sound effects, I’m yours forever.
Loving: I’m a religious person. Methinks it’s wise to get that known fresh out of the gate. Spirituality has a huge impact on my philosophies and how I relate to people. It also hugely impacts how I write. If that’s something that annoys you, this probably isn’t a site you’ll want to keep reading.
Literature: I spend a significant chunk of my time reading. In the month off between graduating and starting work at the hospital where I was placed, I burned through twelve books averaging 600 pages each. (Yes, that’s not a typo. Six hundred. Each) One was in audiobook format because my brother was driving and, as a fellow bibliophile, wanted in on the action too.
Lists: I burn through them as fervently as I burn through books. To-do lists. To-buy lists. To-cook lists. To-wash lists. To-read lists. To-write lists. To-call lists. Too many lists.

5 THINGS AN EMPLOYER MAY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ME

Patients: Any mention of any hospital-related incidents in this blog will be made with the utmost discretion. I hate invasions of privacy and breeches of confidentiality, and would never subject my patients to such. Because of this, I have (listed!) a few steps to ensure that patients can never identify themselves in any of my posts. One of these steps is posting specific stories using composites of different interactions and alternating those with more direct retellings with details of time and place altered for anonymity. For that reason, if you think you know who I’m writing about when I reference patient stories, you’re wrong. You don’t know which events I’ve kept true to script and which details I’ve adjusted. The thing you find familiar is probably the very thing I’ve altered 🙂
Punctuality: I have a time obsession. I don’t like my time to be wasted unless it’s of my choosing. I hate it when people are late or cancel things and don’t communicate. Because of this, I am almost too punctual. I am the first one to the morning meetings, the first one to theatre on a full day, the first one to submit any paperwork or pay any fees. I. Hate. Being. Late. I think not honoring time-commitments and not respecting that other people have things they’d rather be doing than waiting for you is the ultimate no-no. 
Perseverance: I’m not naturally good at tasks requiring motor skills. This may seem like a bad thing to say as a doctor (hello vital organ that I’m aiming a needle at!) but I acknowledge this flaw in the spirit of full disclosure. What I lack in coordination and muscle memory, I make up for in sheer dedication. I struggled with LP’s all through medical school (and spinal anaesthesia subsequently throughout my Anaesthesia rotation in final year!) but I never let embarrassment or fear of failure discourage me. I grabbed every available opportunity to practice, to learn from those with more experience, to push through my innate feeling of ineptitude. Now, I’m very comfortable with the skill. It took me four times as many fails as most of my peers, but I think persevering through really sucking at something to becoming comfortable with it is an important exercise in character building.
Patients:
Seriously. I would never do anything to compromise patient confidentiality. I’m really bleeding-heart about it. I cringed throughout obstetrics when my peers would post pictures with the first babies they ever delivered. Sure, they may have asked the parents’ permission (everyone I confronted hadn’t). And sure, all newborns look like wrinkly potatoes with eyes so it isn’t really like someone would be able to prove it was their kid in the photo. But still. That’s someone’s kid you’re flaunting on your instagram. Unless their mother said she’d love it if you posted up a pic before even she could…Just no.
Potential: I’m probably going to specialise in Emergency Medicine. Or Psychiatry. Or Anaesthetics. I’ll never be a surgeon or an Internist. Just a head’s up. Actually…I think I may not even specialise depending on how my life is looking at the end of my community service. If I find a fulfilling career path as an in-hospital MO or private GP, I might just stay the course and pursue my interests outside of medicine since I’ll likely be (almost) financially independent by then and won’t be chasing money.

1 FACT ABOUT MY PREVIOUS LURKER STATUS

Although I had multiple false starts at blogging throughout high school and University, this is the first time I’ve ever blogged while actually reading other blogs! There’s a lot of great stuff out there, including niche scenes like the FI(RE) community (which is educational if you can ignore the crazies), the Vegan/Raw Foods community (which can be mouthwatering if you can ignore the crazies), the blogging extension of Black Twitter (which can be hilariously entertaining if you can ignore the crazies), the Womanist/Feminist community (which can be eye-opening if you can ignore the crazies), the Mindfulness subculture (which can be enlightening if you can ignore the crazies), the Minimalist community (which can be…minimizing? Just ignore the crazies), the medical blogging community (which can be inspiring if you can ignore…well…hmm…)…
Honestly, as long as I block and ignore the sites where people are extremist and intolerant (and hide serious issues behind their persuit of perfection in their niche) I find the blogging community as a whole to be rich, vibrant and colourful. I’m happy to be officially out of lurking status but I doubt that will change much of my reading habits.

1 FACT ABOUT THIS POST
It has come to an end.

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