Life goes on . . .

It is I , the owner of this seemingly abandoned blog ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been two threeย months since my last post and the only explanation that I have to excuse my hiatus is simply . . . Life.๐Ÿ˜…

Medical School Update

Yes , I’m still in medical school๐Ÿ˜….ย To put my first semester into perspective and hopefully to explain why I haven’t been asย activeย in my blogging , here is flow diagram of theย clinical rotations and theory blocks that I did in my first semester.

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The rotations are in red and the theory block are in black.

 

My specific combination of clinical rotations with theย theory blocks was grueling. The work was over-whelming and in some casesย , Anaesthetics , challenging.

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“Explain the T4b breast cancer classification in its entirety.” ย A standard HNB question on ward rounds

I am currently on my first clinical rotation ofย the second semester , Surgery. My first two weeks were spent on head , neck and breast surgery. HNBย surgery was, simply put, ย tiring. I worked late everyday and there was a lot of pressure to study hard as the consultants who supervised us were strict and demanding. Ward rounds felt like OSCEs and I hadย my “deerย in headlights” moments tooย often when asked direct questions .

Now I am on Paediatric Surgery , which has been quite disappointing. There’s not much that we are expected to do as students. I would have really appreciated being part of the team and learning through practical experience but I am moreย relieved for the reprieve after HNB surgery .

Life Update

My mental health : Surprisingly ok. I’ve had a tough couple of months but I feel good. I will admit to reaching a stage during the firstย semester where I felt completely run down and burnt out. Iย was exhausted , to the point where I would collapse after hospital.

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Mental health revelations have come in abundance in my hiatus . Iย have discovered thatย being “seemingly happy”ย  all the time is not a sign of mental health.

 

The burnout wasย due to physical health problems namely the horrible side effects from my deoxygenated state of being .๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Œ

Other Significant ย Life Updates

IMG_20170621_115814_496I’mย growing out my natural hair. A process that has been equal parts laborious and liberating.ย I love my hair in it’s natural form but theย maintenance therefore is often tear inducing.ย ! ๐Ÿ˜›

I am also attempting to lose weight. it’s not easy but I am persevering even though I encounter some setbacks along the way. My main motivation for wanting to lose weight is that my hip , at my tender age of 21 , has started to act up. I suffered dearly during Internal when ward rounds seemed to take forever and a day to complete.

I have also started reading again ! I feel the same familiar rush of excitement that I used to get when I first started reading.ย  Truthfully the only reason I ever stopped reading was because of my social media use. Since making considerable adjustments to my social media use , I have had more time at my disposal.

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I strongly recommend this for anyone looking for a powerful and poignant read โค

Other than that , nothing really. At least nothing that I can update you on right now , maybe later this year. I’ve been such a boringย individual ! All I do is study , sleep , go to hospital and repeat ๐Ÿ˜› Sometimes I do fun things like go out with my friends.ย ย  There is aย semblance of balance in my life , hopefully I can retain that for the remainder of the semester.

I’m adding a few pictures of me just to prove that I am alive and still breathing. Bye ,until I spontaneously blog again!๐Ÿ™‹

Lots of Lily Love โค โค โค

 

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