In With the New

-- December 8th, 2014, 5:00 pm

I was really nervous about leaving the comforting walls of psychiatry and venturing off into general surgery, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took a morning off from psych to shadow the doctors I would be taking over for.

My day involved a free coffee from one doctor, another free drink from a consultant, and a fresh panettone that was bought in Milan the night before from another doctor that came back from vacation.

Everyone was pleasant.

I was able to pay attention enough so that I understood the process of things. After all, it’s not the medicine and the theory that scares me – it’s the process of how the team functions and runs on a day to day basis.

I did get overwhelmed with a whole load of information, hopefully most of which I will be able to recall when I need it. But there are two others that will be starting with me as well. So at least we’ll have each other to rely on.

With that, it’s officially goodbye to psych and hello to surgery!

From YYZ to LHR

-- November 24th, 2014, 3:38 pm

A week swept by in a flash and I am finding myself back in London. I had turned off all my heat before I left, so I came back to an igloo! Currently warming up the place and tidying up. Back to work on Friday so I get to enjoy a little bit of time off still.

Coming to an End

-- November 9th, 2014, 9:28 pm

I’ve got less than a month left to go in psych. Seeing as it was on the bottom of my choices of specialties, I have to say I am thoroughly surprised that I like it as much as I did. It’s been bumped up on my list as of now.

I have just under a month to go. Plus I have two weeks of vacation this month as well, so it’s more like two weeks of psych left.

Time has flown since starting in August.

Coming up next for me is surgery. I’ve been assigned breast surgery, but then I was emailed that it’ll be general surgery, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to the other doctors who are on breast surgery now to find out what it actually is. I did email my clinical supervisor for surgery but have not heard back from him yet. I doubt I actually will. So perhaps my best bet will be to ask the other junior docs what’s up.

Short post.

I’ve been trying to get back into finishing up my new layout/design, but I can’t work out the kinks and it’s super frustrating. Sometimes it’s tempting just to download a theme and use it, but I’d really rather try to make something I can call my own. So I guess I’ll spend a bit more time trying to learn how to piece everything together again.

London Life: Wine and Dance

-- October 26th, 2014, 2:19 pm

The thing I realize about living in London is that it’s an ENORMOUS city with a million different things to see, tons of restaurants to eat out at, and hundreds of ways to keep yourself entertained. I was in Soho one weekend drinking and dining with friends; in Wembley on another weekend to watch the NFL game that came to town; in Clapham Junction trying out their nightlife. Let me just say – what an immense city!

This weekend I met up with my husband in Southwark after he was done work. I passed by the Borough Market – I’ve seen it before and, unfortunately, everytime I’ve been by, it’s been so late in the day that everything was closed. Last night, there were a few restaurants and food joints still open, but the farmer’s market-like set-up was closed for the night.

boroughmarket

We also ended up walking down this sketchy alleyway, a shortcut my husband uses to get to the gym from work. During the day, it’s filled with food vendors apparently. The only things open at night were “The Nursery,” a pool hall, and Studio 68. Man, did I feel like I walked into a gang of dancers out of Step Up! If I ever feel like making a fool of myself and trying out some advanced dance class, this is defs where I’ll be going.

studio68

Finally, while wandering around and looking for somewhere to eat, we stumbled upon Laithwaite’s Wines. Ok – so it wasn’t exactly food, but a store full of wine tempted us! We wandered about the lavish shop, which has a whiskey shop further down in the store, and some sort of wine-tasting vending dispensers even further back in the store. If we weren’t dressed like we just got out of the gym, we would have explored some more, but instead, we just bought our own bottle of wine and left.

laithwaites

It’s Electrifying!

-- September 30th, 2014, 8:16 pm

About a week ago, my UK-to-US wall adapter got stuck in the outlet. After some feeble attempts to pull it out, I realized it was stuck for good and I wasn’t getting it out that way anytime soon.

I knew my only option was to unscrew the contraption and take a look at what was behind. My oh my! I didn’t think it was going to be so much work! I unscrewed the front plate and then noticed that the outlet was still attached to three wires going into the wall. So I proceeded to unscrew those – voila! I held a rather dusty outlet in my hand.

Of course, I tried to pull out the adapter once again. It wasn’t budging! And behind the plate, all the lovely plates for circuitry were stuck behind another black plastic covering. So I figured, “I’ll just unscrew the next part and hopefully I can pop the adapter out from the inside.”

So I unscrewed the black plastic…. And then everything fell apart….

outlet

Everything. Fell. Apart. On the bright side, I saw that my adapter was being blocked by a piece of wiring, so I loosened that up and out came my adapter. But my new problem now was that pictured above.

Believe you me, I spent hours staring at this thing and trying to piece everything back together. I tried Google Image search for answers! I tried plain ol’ Google too! Nothing!

I kept brainstorming and came up with the easy way out – just buy a new outlet cover! There’s no way I would ever be able to piece this thing back together (and then screw on the black plastic covering without disrupting everything). Amazon did have fancy ones that included USB ports too (unavailable, however, otherwise I totally would have bought one)! I ended up finding one at Wilko’s for like £3.

I thought it was all going to be over. However, the tricky part now was fitting those wall wires into the right slots on the new outlet and trying not to electrocute myself. And these wires were short and stiff! But after a good half hour or so, I did it! Everything is good again. I’m such a great handy(wo)man :)