In honour of the newbies

Today, my little sister moves into her new residence for her first university year. Our parents will be helping with the move, and I know it will be a difficult day for them all. I wish I was there to help. I remember so clearly how hard the goodbyes were when I first came toContinue reading “In honour of the newbies”

Birthdays at Sea

It was my birthday yesterday. I turned 23, which makes me one of the oldest undergraduate students on the ship. Another (perk? downside?) to doing a six-year course. Every day at sea, they announce the day’s birthdays during the afternoon announcements. There were two of us yesterday (or the day before? I don’t know whichContinue reading “Birthdays at Sea”

Ten (mostly good) Things About Hilo

15 and 16 January we docked in Hilo, Hawai’i. After FINALLY clearing customs and finding our way off the ship, Hilo was ours to explore for 48 hours. I don’t know what I expected of Hilo, but it definitely did exceed my expectations! Here are some (mostly good) things about Hilo. 1. The Hele-on bus:Continue reading “Ten (mostly good) Things About Hilo”

Conversations on Board

ME: Hi, I’m M, I’m a fifth-year medical student from South Africa- HIM/HER: So that’s like a Public Health Major? ME: Not quite, I do an MB.ChB. which is a Bachelor’s of Medicine and a Bachelor’s of Surgery- HIM/HER: So you’re pre-med? ME: No… I a medical student. We do Medicine as a six yearContinue reading “Conversations on Board”

A Tired, Anxious, Excited Post

It’s amazing how few places offer free wifi. But San Francisco does, and I’m super glad! One of my (sponsored, not self-paid) tickets is First Class. It’s a first for me (see what I did there) and it’s pretty cool. I’m so full on good food that I don’t have much else to do duringContinue reading “A Tired, Anxious, Excited Post”

All them youngins’ got swollen heads

We referred a young, generally healthy patient for a CT scan a while ago. I can’t remember what we were investigating, but I do remember that she didn’t have any hard signs of cerebral oedema (brain swelling). Lo and behold, the radiologist’s report proclaimed, “signs of cerebral oedema.” Uh-oh.