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That Time I Saw Hamilton on West End

In this week’s episode of The Perks of Being The Sister of a BNOC*, I got to see Hamilton in its first week at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London!Hamilton

Without a doubt, it is one of the best things I have ever seen. EVER. It was hilarious, it was heartbreaking, the choreography was slick, the harmonies were on point (I had goosebumps numerous times throughout the show), and even though I’ve listened to the original Broadway soundtrack so many times, the West End cast brought something new to the songs, and I enjoyed them even more.

A massive thank you the front of house staff at the theatre for being so nice and accommodating about me being on crutches – I was given help with getting to my seat, as well as assistance during the interval, when I got to use a private access bathroom. So great!

And ofcourse, massive props to The Keen One a.k.a. Kenny for hooking us up with the tickets in the first place. My sister is the best and I am so blessed to have her 🙂 Hamilton2

In other news, it’s my paediatrics OSCE tomorrow, so I will be posting soon about how it went and how much I enjoyed the last two weeks of placement. #prayforTai

(*BNOC = Big Name On Campus)

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Module 10 Placement: Week 2

Guess who’s now on 50% weight bearing??

I had the first of the wedges removed from my boot yesterday, so I can start to put a bit more weight on my healing leg, yay for progress!

Second week of paeds placement has seen me battling an awful cough and cold, which hasn’t been great, but lozenges and water have kept me going. I’ve mostly spent my time in various clinics, but I’m still enjoying it though, so I haven’t been put off quite yet.

Neuro clinic was particularly interesting because I saw 14 year old twins with Charcot Marie Tooth, so that was pretty cool. Their personalities reminded me a lot of The Keen One a.k.a Kenny and I, so getting to examine them was really fun.

Paediatric Physio was a bit of a bummer because a lot of the patients didn’t turn up for their appointments, but I got to sit in a Talipes Clinic and watch as they put a Ponseti method cast on the patient’s legs, so it wasn’t too bad.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to do a paediatric simulation session with reduced mobility/on one leg, you’re in the right place because it’s actually not too bad! I was hopping all over the place (my balance has gotten quite good over the last few weeks), but doing an ABC assessment was okay. So I’m feeling a bit less stressed about being on crutches for the OSCE.

Prescribing will always be my Everest, but getting there slowly…

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Module 10 Placement: Week 1

I’ll start with the less cheerful stuff, because I might as well get it out of the way.

The lowest point of this week was crying in the doctors office. I was aching all over from hobbling from our clinical skills building to the ward for an impromptu ward round, which I was 20 minutes late to. I absolutely hate being late to things so that made me feel crap, I’d just had an IV drug session that didn’t go too well, and I was just so frustrated by my immobility, because I’d thought that having the cast off would give me more freedom. I’m still on crutches, so yeah, that sucked.

And now, on to the good things.

I LOVE PAEDS.

This is definitely what I want to do because I’m really enjoying it so far, and for the first time ever, I’ve wanted to stay longer in clinics. I just love how varied it is, because paediatrics covers such a wide age range, so I’ve seen different presentations and conditions on the ward and in clinics.

I just love kids so much! Paeds is definitely making me broody, but I’ve always enjoyed working with children. Having a younger brother and young cousins, as well as being a Sunday school teacher in the past, has given me a lot of experience with being around young children, so interacting with and examinining them comes a bit easier to me.

Being on crutches for the placement I’ve been looking forward to most sucks, yes, but I can start doing some toe touch weight bearing now, so less stress on my wrists on the crutches, yay!

I continue to be blown away by the thoughtfulness of people towards me; from York Girl’s car lifts (so blessed that we’re in the same group), to the patience and understanding of consultants when I arrive late, and the clinical skills staff putting out chairs with pillows on them for me in teaching sessions, everyone has been really kind.

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We’ve had quite a lot of teaching on Safeguarding Children and Non-Accidental Injury this week, which has been pretty heavy and harrowing, but ofcourse, very important.

Another low part of this week was getting told off and asked to leave theatre, as the Sister nurse said me being there on crutches was a health and safety hazard, and that it was wrong of me to come. I tried to explain to her that the medical school and surgeon I was following had okayed it, but she wouldn’t budge and kept telling me to leave.

As you can imagine, this made me quite upset, and I got teary again because I don’t take well to being shouted at unfairly. It was particularly frustrating because I’d arrived just before 7am to follow a patient through their journey before and after surgery, so I was missing him being put under anaesthetic.

I was found by the consultants in my teary state, and they got really annoyed at the Sister’s dismissal of me. So they called a meeting with her team and fought my corner, arguing that it was unfair for me to miss out on important teaching when I was in no one’s way in theatre. They took full responsibility for any repercussions that might come about from me being in there, and even provided a stool for me to sit on, so that I could be comfortable as I watched the procedure.

I was just speechless and blown away by kindness again, how nice of them, right?

I was super proud of myself for managing to fit into scrubs- my first time wearing trousers in over a month. Can you tell that these are extra extra large bottoms that I’m wearing to fit my boot??

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Overall week 1 of paeds has been quite eventful; can’t wait to see what next week will bring!

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Challenge of the Month: Scary Film At The Cinema

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This is a super late post, but for anyone who might be thinking that this isn’t really a big deal, I am a massive wimp and the scariest film I’ve seen is Scary Movie 3; I couldn’t sleep for days, even though it’s a comedy, apparently…

Yeah, I’m not the biggest fan of scary films.

So how was It?? Not too bad actually! It was more jumpy than scary, and I thought it was quite funny in parts, so I think that helped in making me less scared. I only had to sleep with the lights on for a couple of days so that’s a win… right? Haha, just kidding.

 

(I’m not kidding).

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That Time I Ended Up In A Wheelchair

Why oh why is it that the things we love end up causing us the most pain?

Ahh, netball, the things you do to me.

Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will realise that this is not the first time I’ve been injured while playing netball- last time it was my ankle, and before that it was my knee.

So what have I done now? Ruptured my achilles… ouch.

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It happened during training- I made a turn to go and mark my player, then I heard a sound that I thought was a ball hitting the back of my ankle. It didn’t really hurt, as I remember feeling more annoyed because I thought someone had thrown a ball at me, and it only when I fell forwards while trying to look for the ball in question, that I realised that there was something wrong with my ankle.

I found it difficult to put weight on it and it felt a bit floppy, so I knew that there was something really wrong.

After two days of limping on it and pain with any attempts at weight bearing, I was finally seen in fracture clinic, where a positive Thompson test confirmed a ruptured achilles. I also had a ultrasound that was further proof that yepp, it’s mostly gone. (I cried).

So I’m currently on crutches and will be in cast for 4 weeks. After that, it’s a wedged boot for 6 weeks, and then I start physiotherapy to get me walking. I’ve been told that I won’t be back to full function till around March, so I’ve got a long journey ahead of me. I most likely won’t be playing netball again; well atleast not before the end of the academic year, as I wouldn’t want to risk re-rupture closer to exams.

Okay, enough negatives. Here are some reasons to be cheerful, despite how much this all sucks:

  1. I don’t need to have surgery. HALLELUJAH for that.
  2. My cast should hopefully be coming off the day before we start hospital placement.
  3. My hospital placement is really close to uni and my house, so I don’t have to worry about travelling far with reduced mobility.
  4. I may not be able to walk properly for a while, but this is only temporary.
  5. At least this happened now, and not closer to exams because just IMAGINE how stressful that would be.
  6. The university has provided me with a mobility scooter to get around campus, which has been both hilarious and fun.

And last but not least, I am so so SO blessed to have such good friends, who have really been a blessing. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and concern people have shown me- I’ve cried so much in the last two weeks, but happy tears! From lifts, to food and chocolate, and many ‘Get Well’ messages, life on crutches has not been too bad at all, and for that, I’m very grateful.

(Special mention to Samirah for being my ‘Carer,’ as she has been so perceptive to my needs, and I’ve felt so much less alone with her by my side whilst navigating through campus and getting into lectures. To York Girl as well, who has taken on the majority of the burden of getting me to and from campus; you are a wonderful human being.)

I’ll be posting updates on how my recovery is going, but I’ll leave you with a video of me #cruisin’ in my mobility scooter. The Keen One a.k.a. Kenny finally won me over to Instagram, so you can follow all my adventures here.

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First Month of 4th Year

I LOVE PAEDS.

This is the module I’ve been looking forward to most since foundation year, and so far it hasn’t disappointed. The last couple of weeks of lectures and primary care placement have been great, and I’m really hoping that secondary care doesn’t put me off.

By the end of this year, I’ll definitely know if paediatrics is for me because I’m the module rep for paeds, and I was also allocated paeds for audit as well, so YAY PAEDS.

What else have I been up to in the past month? An update:

Performed at the gala dinner for the UIMC (International Union of Railway Medical Services) Conference in York. Shoutout to York Girl and her family for their hospitality; I had such a great time! The Yorkshire pudding wrap was one of the best things I’ve ever had OMG.

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Nigerian Independence Day Celebrations 2017 were a lot of fun- Starbucks Girl, Bangledeshi Bae, and The Keen One a.k.a Kenny came down for the weekend! Having them here was so great; division of labour made all the cooking much easier, and it was the first time we’ve all been here together since 2015!

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I have so much more to post about because boy oh boy, it’s been quite the term so far. Stay tuned…