I MET MARIA PHALIME! *fangirls*

This will be quick because I have my Paediatric cases tomorrow and I am far from ready. Last night I had the fantastic opportunity to attend an event hosted by the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, where CityPress editor Ferial Haffajee intereviewed Maria Phalime. In case your memory fails you, Phalime wrote Postmortem: The Doctor WhoContinue reading “I MET MARIA PHALIME! *fangirls*”

When College Kinda Sucks

Before I left high school, I compiled a book with letters and notes from friends and teachers. I still own this book, and it has served its job in reminiscing and inspiration many times. But one thing that still guts me a little is that so many messages from teachers proclaim, “You are going toContinue reading “When College Kinda Sucks”

Tips for New Student Interns: Part 3 – Be Well

One last weekend before the new class of Student Interns join us, and one last weekend of my tiny little holiday. If you’ve missed it, I’ve written about working with junior/seniors and also about study methods. Today, something I know makes a lot of people roll their eyes: wellness. I was told I would outgrowContinue reading “Tips for New Student Interns: Part 3 – Be Well”

Injury on Duty: What it’s like to take PEP

This post follows on my previous post about Injuries on Duty. There is no shortage of war stories from healthcare workers who have taken Post-Exposure Prophylaxis ARVs (the medication you take to prevent HIV after being exposed to it).Days and days and days of nausea and diarrhoea are just the beginning of it. Before myContinue reading “Injury on Duty: What it’s like to take PEP”

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)”

Mental Health and HIV, ft. “My Life After Now”

Earlier this year I wrote that we needed more YA about teens with HIV. I didn’t know, at the time, that a 2013 YA existed on the very topic: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi. I also didn’t know that not soon after I would be injured on duty, have to take prophylaxis, and months laterContinue reading “Mental Health and HIV, ft. “My Life After Now””

Book Review: Unravel

Edit: I’ve been informed that the psychiatry portrayed in this book actually is a good representation of the way it is practiced in North America… which leaves me a little stumped… But means that some of my criticism below is ungrounded. Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine. One month ago,Continue reading “Book Review: Unravel”

Mitchells Plain Diaries

This is a recipe for a Township on the Cape Flats: 1. Take one medium-sized residential zone. 2. Pre-heat to levels of Rage and Discontent, using a Past like Apartheid. 3. Grease the pan with a good measure of Hope by Changing Living Standards. If this is unavailable, Promising Change is a good substitute. 4. CombineContinue reading “Mitchells Plain Diaries”

Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health

For Mental Health Awareness Month I wanted to make a list of books about mental health. I was done with a rough draft when I realised I didn’t like it: I hadn’t read that many YA about mental health and some pretty voracious readers are sure to post some fantastic lists. What I do wantContinue reading “Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health”