New Me ?

Theย first week of the year is probably the most motivated one can be all year. One begins withย incredible determination to achieve their goals and work tirelessly only to burn out by January the 6th because then they discover that REALISM is an integral component of being an "Optimistic Realist" .ย  My rude , incredibly rude, [...]

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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 [...]

A Year In Review : 2016

The Internet has hailed it one of the worst years in existence and I have some compelling examples from my experience this year to substantiate that claim.  However , the tale of 2016 has not been entirely filled with deep melancholy , unending sadness and pain. Through the forest of despair , ephemeral rays of [...]

Early Clinical Rotations

It was both humbling and horrifying to see the miracle of life on display every 30 minutes of everyday for two weeks๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜จ

Chapter 3 : complete โœ”ย 

Don't stress. Do your best. Forget the rest - A Pinterest motivational quote ๐Ÿ’ช  Salutations to one and all! It is I Lily and I bring forth good news ! . . . I passed THIRD year ! And I am officially halfway through my degree๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ช I passed all my exams and on the 3rd of [...]

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 [...]

Looking for Lily ๐Ÿ”Ž

I offer my most humble apology to any individual who yearned for real answers for their very important and incredibly serious questions but wereย redirected to my blog of feels instead. Where in the world is Lily ?ย  I'm on my Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation ! I'm doing cool things like delivering babies and assisting in [...]

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 [...]

Everything and More !

Surgery is everything I expected it to be and more ๐Ÿ™‚ โค . It's day 2 and I am already head over heels in love #surgeryisbae. My feet are killing me , I have walked at least 20 kilometers between today and yesterday ย but I am still so happy and so excited ! My apologies [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Brainception : Part One

An entire month has gone by and Neurosciences 1 has been completedย ! I managed to fill my EOB weekend with as much "stuff" as possible and it was truly enjoyable. When I say "stuff" I'm referring to my favourite pastimes ; ย sleeping ,eating๐Ÿง and watching series . Neuro exceeded my expectationsย ๐Ÿ˜ and although difficult in [...]

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 [...]

Lily: Creature of Habit ๐Ÿฆ

I have just two examinations left to complete before I'm in the clear and able to enjoy my well earned holiday ! *Cue wild and uncoordinated dancing! The papers have mostly been kind to me. Nothing has made me despair or writhe in agony afterwards . Thankfullyย ๐Ÿ˜œ . I'm just looking forward to completing what's [...]