Fill yourself with love ♥
This week has been mentally draining and physically exhausting but simply amazing. I thought the first week of orientation was intense, but this week- the first official week was at a level which was off the charts! My first rotation is on the General Medicine ward and I’ve been at the hospital from 8am to 4/5/6pm everyday, except for Friday where I start with a 7am lecture. I wish I could blog more so I could document my medical student experiences but I have so much work to do! I can’t believe it’s only been a week; it feels like I’ve been at the Alfred for 6 months! It’s ridiculously overwhelming and tiring, but very very very rewarding.
After a long week, here’s my list!
PGMUB: I’ve been assigned to the PGMUB team on the ward and they have been amazingly helpful. In the team there is a consultant, two interns, a registrar, a final year Med student, me and another 3rd year med student. My consultant is also my CBL tutor and she is an encyclopedia of knowledge! She knows my curriculum inside out and every patient loves her. The interns especially have been extremely kind, answering questions, teaching and showing us how to do examinations properly and give us tips on what to read up on after rounds.
Lovely patients: Generally the patients I’ve met so far have been so nice to have a chat with me and let me do obs and physical examinations on them. On Tuesday I did a cardiovascular history and examination on a ninety-five year old lady and she was delightful. When me and the other 3rd year finished she said “I only have one criticism, you were too gentle! You need to be stronger!” Haha~ I hope I reach ninety-five and be as happy and vibrant as she is. A lady I saw today had some respiratory problems and she kept giggling every time us med students wanted to listen to her heart. She had a wonderful laugh- it made me want to laugh too.
Scrubs moment: My group was running late for our first day on the Gen Med ward, so we decided to take the lift. When the lift opened it revealed a bunch of fellow 3rd years. I found it amusing- it was our official first day on the ward, and there was a bunch of us squished up in the lift, feeling slightly nervous. Then someone behind me asks for a pen and someone passes a pen back. Then someone asks for the time and one of us yells back. I found it amusing- you had to be there I guess. Hehe~
Making new friends: I only knew one person who was placed at the Alfred, but for the past 2 weeks have met and befriended wonderful people and I know I’ll be meeting many more this year!
Other lovely things: Australia’s generosity for the victims of the bushfires; my new Moleskine diary; sleep; catch up car rides; free lunches; making love packages; walking alone; kind eyes; guitar players; inspiring someone to colour their hair back to black; heart-shaped things; hello hugs; people offering to help you; people appreciating you; seeing that the final med students are still ‘boys’; a surprise Valentine’s gift from my little sister; diagnosing my first heart murmur; writing in my first patient file & signing it off and Fridays!