Ataraxia & Adulthood

I must have jinxed myself when I proclaimed February to be the best month of the year because shortly after that followed one of the most harrowing months that I haveย ever experiencedย ! March was , simply put, hellish. I was on my Internal Medicine rotation and looking back on it , I am not entirely [...]

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Montages & Revelry

My annual Lilycation has been a tremendous success ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿš These past 5 weeks have been my most enjoyable and relaxed weeks of the year. I opted not to apply for a holiday job and that left me with a lot of free time ๐Ÿ˜‹ So much time that I was initially overwhelmed but I soon [...]

The Adventures of TinderLily : Part 3

The Good , the Bad and horribly unsettling , not just ugly, guys you meet on Tinder 😝😅😘

At Times Inexplicably Small

Current Rotation : Paediatrics Salutations !I thought I'd do a Lily Updateย  to catch you up, blog reader, with my awkward existence and what I have been making of it for the past month. As this is primarily a blog of feels , do prepare yourself for lots of those ๐Ÿ˜› โค ๐Ÿ™‚ On Hospital [...]

Sutures and Resuscitations 😎

This past month has been the best month I've spent in medical school yet๐Ÿ™Œ I have become completely enamored with surgery .I loved everything in surgery๐Ÿ˜. I sometimes needed to whisper "Calm down Lily" when the excitement threatened to bubble over ๐Ÿ™ˆย ! I was really lucky to be placed with my clinical partner in a [...]

My First Time . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kindly wrench your head from the gutter in which it is presently residing. If you were reading this in the hopes of unearthing cringe-worthy and embarrassing moments of adolescent discovery then I should let you know that this is not that type of post!ย ๐Ÿ˜œ My First Time: Clinic Edition๐Ÿ’‰ The first time I took a [...]

Melancholia and Epiphanies

Forgive my neglect of this wonderful oasis , I haven't exactly had the easiest past few weeks ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I had a "falling out" with a former high school friend of mine. I actually wouldn't term it a falling out .It was more like a wave of negative passive aggressive energy that I absorbed and took [...]

Welcome to Real Medicine ๐Ÿ˜ท

  ๐Ÿ‘ŒCan successfully rebut the advances of a patient in a crowded community health centreย ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ‘ŒCan take a history and do an examination in a crowded community health centre ๐Ÿ‘ŒCan manage to trip while going UP the stairsย ๐Ÿ˜‚ (I'm still trying to figure out how that happened) ๐Ÿ‘ŒCan draw blood . . . ย from a [...]

Up & Up ๐Ÿš€

Lily lives ! Just thought to let you know ๐Ÿ™‚ 2016 thus far has been incredibly busy. So many things were happening at the same time these past two weeks and it's only now that I can finally breathe !ย  โค Lily Update โค 01 Jan - I painted my room lilac ! ย My obsession [...]

Native Optimism and Expectations ๐ŸŒน

I am still trying to process the fact that in five days I will be sitting in a lecture hall. . . learning and using my brain matter constructivelyย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ This "holiday" was incredibly short , thirty days , but much needed. ย I spent most of it sleeping , watching movies , series , listening to [...]

Second Year: A Glorified Time Management Course

On the internet people use the "drinking from a fire hose" analogy to describe medical school. I thought that I would create my own analogy specific to second year at Tygerberg and how I experienced it . Second year is like being given 100 litres of water to drink every 7 weeks. How you go [...]

Biological Clocks and Tokophobia ๐Ÿ•“

The pregnant female is probably the most undecorated hero that society has. Every woman that has ever been pregnant and given birth , be it viaย the traditional route or through surgical means, deserves numerous medals of honour and bravery. There are a myriad of complications that can occur during pregnancy , labour itself can present [...]

Runner’s Etiquette ๐Ÿƒ

What does one do when they run past the same person for the fifth time on a route? By that time we've already given each other the "Hey,ย I'mย glad you're running too"ย nod , the "you again" wave , the "let's keep going" smileย and the "you're still running" grimace. Is there an elite handshake that I can [...]

Marriage Proposals and Heartbreak

I nearly got engagedย during myย end of block ย weekend. It all happened rather quickly but the short of the situation is that I had to decline. My decision was influenced byย the factย that I hadย not yet met my suitor until that veryย afternoon and he was probably at least three if not fourย times my own age. I was [...]

Swept away by Endo๐Ÿ“š

Do not underestimate the amount of work that lecturers can pack into a three week module ! Two weeks agoย I remember telling a friend of mine that I could not see how difficult this module was going to be , granted that it was to consist ofย only three short weeks. I would like to retract [...]