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 have ever experienced ! March was , simply put, hellish. I was on my Internal Medicine rotation and looking back on it , I am not entirely [...]

A year in review :)

In twelve days, the year of 2014 will be no more. We will be ushering a brand new and as yet unwritten year into our midst. Lily's year : a review January - It started off terribly with a tonsilitis infection on the eve of the New Year but things became much rosier after a few [...]

Divine Intervention At Its Absolute Best !

I am officially a second year ! I passed ALL my exams ! Even the dreaded Pathology ! Words cannot express how grateful I am to have made it . One sixth of my journey is now complete ! My results were released yesterday afternoon and prior to that I was a bundle of nerves. [...]

Someone who fascinates me

Day 25 : Someone who fascinates me and why My youngest sister proves to be a continual source of fascination for me. She is the nicest and kindest little human being that I have ever known. Hers is a heart of gold. She is always asking me how my day was and is genuinely interested [...]

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition I have a theory , an excellent theory now that I have pondered upon it, that the true qualities of a medical student are only observable just before they are to write their year-end examinations. This is based on the observations I have made in my dynamic class [...]

OSCE time !

Objective Standard Clinical Examination Time ! My classmates who live on campus have each other to practice on for OSCEs. I have had to be creative and use my younger brothers as my models as a result of my home-dwelling status. Getting my little four year old brother to sit still was a mission but [...]

Highs and Lows

Day 17 : Highs and lows of this past year Low I can only think of one incident during which I felt low and that was at the very beginning of the year after writing my first Chemistry test. It was my first university assessment and I was really nervous. My mind had not yet braced itself [...]

A day in the life of Lily

Day 12: Bullet your entire day I have a slight case of obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to schedules and timetables. Nothing vexes me more than having time wasted. I get annoyed when people waste my time but I also get annoyed when I waste my own time. I've attributed this OCD quality to [...]

Intro to Clinical Medicine : New Block !

The bluest Mondays are those that come directly after an end of block weekend. One can't help but torture themselves with images from their gloriously relaxing weekend where the minimal use of brain cells was socially acceptable. Pharmacology was depressing but I am on the route towards recovery : I am basically getting over it [...]

Pharmacology : A new chapter

Pathology has come to an end and I am set to embark on a brand new adventure : Pharmacology ! Pharmacology is the study of drug action . Med students are not cool enough to learn how to make drugs, so we just learn how to use them. I am really excited to study Pharmacology because my father does [...]

End Of Block Weekend !

I've done it ! I've survived six weeks of Pathology ! We wrote our end of block assessment yesterday ( it was a  nightmare -  #death by chemical pathology) and today was the practical test ( which was a lot better ). I can finally breathe ! I have 48 hours during which I do not have [...]

Cram. Pass. Forget

 I experienced acute cardiogenic shock as I scanned through the paper. My brain cells spontaneously apoptosed at the sight of question number one. A sharp pain moved  peristaltically along the length of my body, eventually settling in my abdomen. I took a deep breath and turned the page , anxious to discover what other pathological horrors lay [...]

Forever Alone Lily

When the news of my acceptance into medical school was relayed to my extensive family network, the reaction was , for the most part, excellent and incredibly supportive. My family , despite being so large, is very close and we keep in  regular contact with each other. We have numerous Whats app and Facebook groups. One [...]

Optimistic Lily

When I was in matric , my plans regarding the weekend were usually those along the lines of Katy Perry's Last Friday Night ( TGIF) because I was , as you can imagine, the resident party girl in my school.   Okay , that was a bit hyperbolic (  the use of gross exaggeration for comic [...]

Lecture Hall 7 Hottie

    I was lost , as i always am, and in search of the debating society meeting that had been arranged. We were supposed to be meeting at four in the afternoon but where, i did not know. So, being my usual self, i thought i'd be clever and roam around the teaching block where [...]