Medical Officer in Anaesthesia here; year 2 post-community service.
I haven’t managed to limit my interests. I love illness narratives, reading, pain management, wilderness medicine, and primary healthcare, too.
(I do walk around barefoot a lot.)
I write about books, medical training, the South African healthcare system, and mental health. I’m easily distractible.
Sometimes I get on my high horse about things. Sometimes I’m wrong. I like to think that I am teachable.
I started this blog for self-debriefing in my second year of medical school, and to approach my studies from a different perspective. I found that vignettes helped me to retain knowledge.
As much as I meant to write about medicine, I cannot pretend that my realities are all separate. I am a doctor, but I am also a book dragon (not a worm!), a South African, a feminist, and a runner who often falls off the wagon (etc).
I vacillate between cold cynicism and ardent passion. I care deeply about human rights, reproductive choice, truth, history, equality. But I am also often overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness. (Is this too much? We’ve only just met.)
I’ve blogged less recently these days. But, I do try to keep up.
Note: I always change details about patient vignettes. I use a lot of poetic license. I respect the need for privacy, but I also do believe that social media is invaluable in medical education.
I always welcome guests posts. Contact me if you have a story to tell.