Some doctors have a “thing” against integrative management. Me? I love working with Occupational Therapists (which one day my baby sister hopes to be), Physiotherapists (or physio terrorists as they call themselves) and the many other allied health professionals. More about them later. During our current theory rotation we have had quite a number ofContinue reading “Disability, Impairment, Handicap: Learning from the OTs”
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Another Abandoned Baby
Eight o’ clock in the morning and it is time to examine the little children before the nurses come around to feed them. I open the shabby cot of the first little child and start to examine him. Try to examine him. BABY: Waaaaaaaaah! ME: What’s the matter Baby? Just let me finish listening andContinue reading “Another Abandoned Baby”
A Father’s Tears
They took their six-month-old son to the clinic because of a cough. The clinic thought something did not sound quite right and referred them to us. We thought something did not sound quite right and sent the child to X-rays.
The Meeting: Ni & Mi
Today (a public holiday) I went to Stellenbosch, in the Winelands District of the Western Cape. The medical campus is far from the main campus, so I don’t get to go to Stellenbosch very often. But today I met Nazirah.
Discussion with a Medical Oncologist
During a visit to Oncology… On curing cancer: “People will tell you that cancer can’t be cured. But I’ll tell you this: Cancer is about the only disease that can be cured. By and large, most diseases are not cured, they are managed. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Surgery in the Wild
So, here is a little secret about my horrible little third year surgery experience: I never got to assist. I never got to cut. I never got to stitch. I think it was a combination of me having a poor attitude, me being too scared to ask, and the registrar being an arse. BUT myContinue reading “Surgery in the Wild”
Lessons in Unexpected Places
You think you know it all when you hit fourth year. Okay, you know you don’t know some stuff. But HIV, TB, childhood illnesses and pregnancy? You do think you know as much as there is to know.
First Psych Consult
At a recent community volunteer clinic, I had my first proper psych patient. I have dealt before with suicide attempts, but those were unconscious patients in casualty and thus did not present the opportunity for a consultation. This patient came for help herself – something I though was a good sign. Her affect was bluntedContinue reading “First Psych Consult”
We See a Light
As part of Infectious Diseases, we must learn about Syndromic Management. It is not the best approach for a qualified doctor, but it is important to understand – especially in a primary health care setup. During one of these tutorials, the doctor in charge made us close our books and asked us about our approachesContinue reading “We See a Light”
The Anti-Valentine #4
It’s STI/Condom Awareness Week! I find it mildly amusing that it is during Valentine’s Week. Am I trying to be a buzz-kill? Maybe… Nah. In reality, I just want to minimise the number of people I deal with who have STIs. It’s hella embarassing for them, and I’d much rather treat a strep throat.