I’m not really sure what my place is, these days. And whether it still is with this blog. I will forever be Barefootmeds, but will I continue to tread my footprints here?
It’s a week now since I’ve finished Community Service. I decided to take this week to organise my admin and recover from a long year. A holiday, if you will. Only, this time my holiday is unpaid leave. Oh, I do miss formal employment.
Applying for my first post-comserve job is a bit like the whole “what do I want to do when I grow up” crisis all over again.
Whenever I talk about my love for child health, and my intention to pursue it as a career, I get this kind of response:
“Oh, I could never work with kids. It just breaks my heart to see them suffer!”
I removed my nose jewellery recently, and in many ways that decision was as difficult as getting it in the first place.
But every year, I and my colleagues find ourselves a little annoyed by many of the people who arrive to do their bit. Here are some pointers if you intend to visit a hospital this Mandela Day – or any other day.
I only started listening to audiobooks two years ago. I’m pretty easy-going when it comes to books: while print will always be my first love, I’m not the type to scorn ebooks and audiobooks. Reading is reading, and I love it! That said, there are some reasons I have grown to love audiobooks:
I just recently finished a four-month Family Medicine rotation. Our after-hours duties on Family Medicine are as casualty officers at the Accident and Emergency Departments of two different hospitals. Because A&E has high-intensity decision making, our shifts were not allowed to be longer than twelve hours (compare: 24 hour shifts in any other department).
And then there are some of my colleagues who just really make me want to be a better person – and a better doctor.
Despite the fact that we live in a century of possibility, it is a world where young people are constantly told to be realistic. Make realistic career choices, be stable, don’t rock the boat too much; and for god’s sake don’t go looking for trouble while traveling abroad.