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Burnout

Merys Jones / March 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM 358 views

Burnout (or 'carer fatigue') is a subject close to my heart. Of my colleagues who I started with as a foundation doctor, I don't know a single one who, at some point, hasn't felt drained and exhausted to the point of…

Plodding along

Merys Jones / March 14, 2015 at 8:13 PM 352 views

I realised last week that it has been almost a year since I posted here.In honesty, I don't have the heart to say goodbye to the blog completely, but don't have the time to blog as regularly as I like.I'm…

The big stigma

Merys Jones / March 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM 293 views

Anyone who's read my blog knows that during medical school I suffered from depression. Yet at work, all the time I hear people dismissing depression and patients with it. It's at times like this that I like to make people…

Jaded

Merys Jones / March 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM 315 views

The more time I spend working the more time I wonder if I made the right decision all those years ago.I nearly started training to be a paramedic, and while I'm not sure that would be a 'better' career choice…

Insomnia (again)

Merys Jones / January 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM 382 views

This is getting ridiculous now. I have a long Monday ahead of me and I'm wide awake (went to bed at 2230).It happens a lot and it's like my brain can't switch off.If it continues for the next few hours…

PAT dogs

Merys Jones / January 11, 2014 at 5:51 AM 342 views

In hospital they have PAT dogs - pets as therapy.My dog is anything but therapy. He is the reason I am awake now.This is possibly the best example of whyThe first three are 100% accurate, in number 4 the dog…

Changed plans

Merys Jones / January 8, 2014 at 5:35 AM 316 views

The plan for today involved a good night's sleep (in bed at 2230) before a busy day ahead. The plan was altered by a hyperactive terrier who decided he wanted a toilet visit. Sadly he then wanted to play. Sadly…

Neglected

Merys Jones / December 31, 2013 at 10:47 PM 385 views

This blog has been very neglected in the last 2 years since I qualified.I've had some ups and downs (lots of downs) and had to rethink my career a few times.I'm on a training pathway now but whether I will…

Coming of age

Merys Jones / October 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM 330 views

The joy of birthdays. Today I turned 30. I've been working as a doctor for just over 2 years now and am watching the NHS crumble under our feet. Who even knows what the next 2 years hold, but it…

Some sage advice

Merys Jones / September 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM 402 views

I know it's been a while since I've posted here, but the last six weeks since Black Wednesday have made me aware of some sad facts. The following pieces of advice are a result of events that have made me…

That time of the year

Merys Jones / May 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM 312 views

In August a new start for all. FY1s become FY2s (and are classed as SHOs) and FY2s go on to career pathways (or locuming/travelling). There is one thing standing between each of us and those plans: ePortfolio sign off. The…

A political statement

Merys Jones / April 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM 306 views

I'm not a great follower of politics, although I do just remember Margaret Thatcher being in power. Whatever your thoughts on her political views and policies, think on this: she was elected. Several times. She did not take power forcefully,…

All change!

Merys Jones / April 3, 2013 at 6:58 AM 411 views

It's grey Wednesday today. Not as bad as Black Wednesday, but there will still be fun and games! Good luck to everyone changing jobs today!

Social Media

Merys Jones / April 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM 417 views

In March this year the GMC (General Medical Council) released new guidance on social media. As well as all the usual stuff (don't make friends with patients on Facebook, don't give advice over twitter, don't breach confidentiality etc) it gave…

RIP

Merys Jones / April 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM 358 views

1st April 2013 - the beginning of the end for the NHS in the UK. Rest in peace

Time and efficiency

Merys Jones / March 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM 300 views

If a manager decided to do a time and efficiency study on myself and 3 of my colleagues right now he'd be downright mortified. The post-take ward round was meant to start at 0800. At 0825 the registrar called the…

"Here he is folks, the leader of the plaque."

Merys Jones / February 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM 343 views

Unfortunately it turns out that as a doctor I make a truly terrible patient.I've been very lucky and only had a minimal amount of dental work done until now. Except that about 6 months ago I started getting toothache when…

There is a fracture

Merys Jones / February 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM 378 views

This has been doing the rounds for a couple of years now, but I have heart it quoted many many times at work. It still makes me smile.For your enjoyment and perusal: there is a fracture!

You know you have insomnia when

Merys Jones / February 10, 2013 at 3:36 AM 240 views

You've sorted the washing out Emptied and refilled the dishwasher Cleaned the kitchen Watched Casualty on iPlayer Cuddled the dogs Organised DVDs and even contemplated hoovering (except that it would wake the other half up). This is not to do…