First Post – Exams are over!

Hi there! I am a second year Biomedical Science student in the UK (sort of like pre-med for americans 😛 )

Now exams are over I can start my goal for this year – to start a blog we will see how long this lasts lol.

I finally got home home from University last night which was a bit of nightmare, I swear each summer gets hotter than the one before?! Apart from being partially roasted on the journey I noticed how unfit I am – you know that feeling after exams since you’ve been snacking on multiple questionable items high in sugar, carbs and caffeine and more caffeine and not working out for MONTHS (the manager at the gym I go to called me to see if I was okay since I did not go AT ALL)

Lets just say I have been pretty bad at working out and eating well recently!

At home it was my dad’s birthday, my dad wanted a simple quiet birthday so I cooked some steak (with a pinterest steak recipe) and roast potatoes with saulteed Broccoli   for everyone it was delicious.

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I couldn’t say no to steak and cake so my healthy diet has gone out of the window! 😛

 

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At least there was some fruit on the cake – My parents are too cute 🙂

Currently I am catching up on Love Island which I am obsessed with! Is it just me? Does anyone else love Love Island?

Its so weird not having an exam to prepare for and constant anatomy or immunology to learn but I have GAMSAT coming up soon so this will not last for long… 😉

 

I hope this was an okay first post!

How do you guys feel after exams?

What do you do to treat yourself  after exams? 🙂

 

 

 

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Coping with Rejection and Burnout

I know I haven’t posted in a while I would love to get into the flow of things and post possibly every day every month but recently I have not been my usual self.

Rejection

I got rejected from my medical school transfer programme. I got an interview for it a week ago which was amazing and I was really happy, I worked really hard to get my grades in the 80% range for the last two years in my Biomedical Science Degree.

I then studied really hard for the interview and I did in total 10 mock interviews with family, friends and uni staff. But, I still didn’t get the offer, I wasn’t in the top 20 out of 100. The university admissions refused to give out feedback.

It sucked.

Now, I have to study for GAMSAT which is an Australian admissions exam for graduate entry medical school another BEAST in itself. Requires 3 months of studying (I only have 1 month). So the odds are not exactly in my favour.

Burnout

Definition:  a :  exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration  b :  a person suffering from burnout

(I really recommend reading Pubmed Health – What is burnout? for the different signs and symptoms)

Recently I made the mistake of trying to force myself to study and it led me to experience the symptoms of burnout where I would just feel unmotivated, not myself, and unhappy. I realised I haven’t had a holiday, I just got rejected from transferring into medical school AND COFFEE IS NOT A FOOD GROUP!

The lack of sleeping, eating, and happiness was really beginning to take a toll on my life.

Coping

In highly stressful situations you may be more prone to suffer from burnout – the cause of mine has been due to the immense pressure I put myself under without relaxing and working incredibly hard in not only my studies but also my job, research projects etc.

SO I thought I would put a few bullet points which I am going to follow to replenish myself

Make self care and happiness a priority 

  1. Catch up on sleep. Don’t set an alarm and just sleep. After that ensure you make a sleep schedule where you strictly follow the time you will go to bed and wake up.
  2. Have an exercise schedule, do yoga, running, cycling just one hour a day to get those endorphins.
  3. Reduce caffeine intake
  4. Drink enough water every day
  5. Eat good food and less carbohydrates, more vegetables and protein
  6. Practise mindfulness / meditation every day
  7. Start studying slowly and replenish myself.
  8. Enjoy a hobby, gardening and cooking.

This may sound really easy but I genuinely think that following a routine like this will be hard for the next few weeks but I will give it my all.

P.s. if you feel your symptoms of burnout are a lot more severe then the minor ones, I would suggest talking to your GP or a councillor to get offical medical help alongside the small lifestyle changes I suggested above so you can get the proper support!

The reason why I am writing this post is because not many people show the difficulties of getting into / completing medical school. It’s really hard on you emotionally and physically. Sometimes you just need to take your own time to process what happened before going into the next stage of your life.

Sorry for the serious post I will write tomorrow with something a lot more exciting and do an update on whether these tips helped me get back on track!

 

GI & Liver Ward

Apologies for the lack of blogging it has been so busy, I have currently been working, moving house and preparing for interview eeek

Excuses out of the way, we get told this week whether we have an interview to transfer into medicine, wish me luck!

I am currently on GI & hepatic ward as a shadowing experience and its been very interesting. I thought I would give a little lay out of my day:

6:30am – wake up and read up on the liver and Crohns disease and scroll through all social media ever since these are the biggest things I will see on the ward

8:30am – Attend the ward handover with the nurses and doctors to see what went on in the evening, luckily a lot of the patients are being discharged because they are in good condition so it wasn’t ‘interesting’ per say but I am glad they have recovered and the transport for them to go home was organised etc.

9:15am – Ward round is normally supposed to start at 9am but its always happens to be late for some reason or another. But we were flicking through the patients records for any changes and updates for the patient to know for that morning. There is another ward round in the afternoon which is another update for the patient. Sadly some patients today were very frustrated with their time in hospital, it was very hot on the ward today which did not help and also its really distressing to be in hospital. Luckily the consultant reassured them and that seemed to really put them at ease about the following procedures and the follow up actions once they are discharged

12:00am – Ward round was slow today so we finished at 12:00, we stayed for a bit just chatting to patients and to see if they need anything or helped them get comfortable.

Today we got sent home early because the clinics are closed otherwise we normally stay in the hepatic clinic / alcohol support clinic til 5pm.

So I got to make some flapjacks from Naomi Smarts new book Eat Smart 

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It has been refreshing to see happy patients who have been giving up alcohol  in the clinic after the doctor has told them they have one year to live. Some patients don’t listen at all which is also interesting to watch.

I feel its so easy to access alcohol at any hour of the day and I do not feel alcohol is not recognised as a drug…

 

This is really well covered in Prof David Nutt’s book ‘Drugs without hot air’

Professor Nutt discusses the concept of legalising drugs and raises the point of alcohol being one of the biggest drugs (as shown in the graph above) to cause harm to not only the user but also to others.

What do you think about alcohol?

Should alcohol be so accessible?

Weekend in Durham Day 1

Yesterday I travelled up to Durham to see my boyfriend Tom who is finishing his masters. Tom and I have been together for 3 years long distance so we see each other once a month during term time (since I’m in London and he’s in durham but spend a lot of summer together which is great 😀

He is the BEST ! 🙂

We went out for breakfast at Bill’s restaurant which we haven’t done in a long time so I was really excited to eat some pancakes and fruit so much for healthy diet 

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I got pancakes with strawberries and bananas whilst Tom got bacon, avocado and poached eggs on toast, they were both delicious!

FullSizeRender.jpg-3.jpegAfter stuffing ourselves with the amazing pancakes, we went shopping a bit. I was looking for some smart casual wear because I am working at a GP (house doctor) for the next month and I also have some placements organised. But I didn’t really find anything apart from some super comfy high waisted black jeans from Topshop and a cute top to wear on my friends birthday this Friday.

We also went to Waterstones bookshop and they had so many medical nonfiction autobiographical books which was really great to see!

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This one really stood out to me! I now regret not buying it !

 

After this we headed back to go to the gym which is in Tom’s apartment and did an insane ab workout by Ashley Conrad  after a 4km run on the treadmill.

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Love getting back into working out! I now need to sort out a meal prep plan – any recommendations on how to?

Hope you all had a great day! 🙂

 

What did you guys get up to today?

Do you struggle finding smart/casual clothing?