This is a scheduled post as I am currently camping! 😀
Over the past while I have had questions about the continued existence of this blog and I want to say right off the bat that I do not plan on closing up shop. I will probably change the name of the blog (the url will stay the same) and maybe at some point I’ll move to self-hosting, but all in all the blogging community has become so important for my sanity.
I suspect that I might blog a lot less due to the trials and tribulations of internship, but we’ll just see how it goes (as with everything in the next two years, I think).
Writing has always been important to me. It keeps me sane but it is also about creating something, and I love it. I still hope that maybe one day I’ll actually write a book and publish it. But if not, then I will have kept an account of my life, and my family’s life, and it will be important to my offspring if to nobody else.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about journaling and record-keeping in general. I have missed the act of physically writing in a journal so I recently bought a new journal, which is actually lovely. Not only can I practise having a legible handwriting, but there are also some things I don’t necessarily want to post online. Sometimes things happen in hospital that I don’t feel comfortable posting online, especially when I feel feelings that I’m ashamed of. And some things just should be kept private for patient-confidentiality reasons.
Furthermore, I don’t think my readers want to read every single day how afraid I am of getting another injury on duty… but sometimes I have the need to write it down every. single. day.
Then I have another question: what about keeping a log of all your patients? I am a little bit terrified of being a real doctor – not only the chance of litigation, but also the chance of forgetting important patients, or becoming emotionally hardened. I’ve been toying with the idea of keeping log of my patients. We will have an internship logbook from the HPCSA, but that will be for procedures and not patients.
I am wondering how I would go about keeping log of patients. Should I have a separate notebook? How extensive should I write? Or should I just sit down at the end of each day and write down whatever I remember about my patients, as a way of debriefing?
I’m not entirely sure, and I would love some advice – please share your thoughts!