Implanon in the Bible. Apparently.

ME: I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve had a complete miscarriage. HER: Oh. Okay. ME: Was this a planned pregnancy? HER: No! It was an accident. ME: Are you planning a pregnancy in the near future? HER: Not really. I have one already. I can’t afford another baby. ME: Then I think we should discuss familyContinue reading “Implanon in the Bible. Apparently.”

Medicine: Keep Up!

I love how fast this field moves, and grows. It is refreshing, and it keeps me on my toes, and it demands: if you’re not ready for change, you’re not ready for MEDICINE! Three years ago, during a Family Medicine rotation, a young Zimbabwean girl came to us for removal of a stick-like thing inContinue reading “Medicine: Keep Up!”

A Tale of Two Sisters (and Grief and Mental Health)

Two little sisters had an extended stay in the small rural hospital. They were the stars of the Paeds ward. The little one was absolutely shining and brightened up the whole ward. I spent ward rounds with her in my arms, on my hips, and eventually falling asleep on my back. She was loved. The olderContinue reading “A Tale of Two Sisters (and Grief and Mental Health)”

For Mother’s Day: A Rural Story of a Mother’s Love

I have amazing women in my life – a wonderful mother, grandmother and aunts. I have written about them before, so this Mother’s Day I am sharing a story I have told them, and I know they won’t mind it as a tribute to all mothers. My rural Family Medicine rotation earlier this year wasContinue reading “For Mother’s Day: A Rural Story of a Mother’s Love”

Sometimes you need to say it

When I present patients and reach the “body habitus” part of the presentation, I always become a little awkward. I’m acutely aware of body-image issues and I never want to be the cause of a patient’s emotional distress. It has happened a few times that a registrar admonished me, “You need to say it. YouContinue reading “Sometimes you need to say it”

IV Lines: You’re Doin’ It Wrong

A quick contribution to this month’s Medical Monday. I am in the last week of Family Medicine and trying to finish of the mass of projects we have to present this week. Additionally I have just realised that my first set of exams (the B.Ch-part, a.k.a. Surgery) is in two months. I am not feelingContinue reading “IV Lines: You’re Doin’ It Wrong”

Mobile Update: Weekend Trips

One of the awesome things about rural rotations is the opportunity to explore the surrounds. This weekend we went to quite a few surrounding villages (and today we hiked for the better part of the day and my muscles are cursing me). This is a photo I took on the way. I really hope itContinue reading “Mobile Update: Weekend Trips”

Sort-Of Hiatus

I am leaving today to a rural hospital where I will be completing five weeks of Family Medicine. I expect to learn a lot, but I also anticipate little to no internet access. I have a some posts scheduled, so I’ll still be sort-of around. I will also be able to update the blog viaContinue reading “Sort-Of Hiatus”

Not in my Scope of Practice

This past week I was privileged to spend a day at an incredibly rural hospital in the Old Transkei, South Africa, where I hope to complete a rural Family Medicine rotation early next year. I have heard a lot about this groundbreaking hospital and even wanted to do an elective there, but they are soContinue reading “Not in my Scope of Practice”

Weekly Whine: Headaches

I am starting to get the idea more and more that too many healthcare workers (particularly doctors) know far too little about headaches. Having suffered migraines for more than a decade, I started having this suspicion while still in school, but now that I have a smidgen of knowledge myself, the suspicion grows.