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06 September 2009 @ 08:43 pm
exhaustion as an art form  
Helen gently pointed out that not everyone has access to my facebook or my mobile phone, and it thus behoved me to remind y'all that I still inhabit the land of the living. (Well. Just.) Gross vanity is one of my signature traits - that and 'hardcore' and 'controversial'; who knew? - so I'll assume you've all been crying into your pillows at my absence.

Paediatrics is full-on in a terrifically boring way. You know you're tired when you can't even concentrate on an episode of Greek. Surgeons get shit-talked a lot, but I figure it takes a very special kind of asshole to keep prodding at a kid who's howling. Or worse, sobbing quietly. There was this one toddler, fifteen months, didn't have many words, who kept waving at us and whimpering 'bye-bye' - as in, 'fuck off you horrible people'. It was still cute.

I don't think I'm going to fail my exam and OSCE in paeds, but I don't think I'll do great things either. I also doubt I can summon up the energy to be very present on lj this month, but I am looking forward to popoffacork going live! Also the new super-sized foster kid AU (Ryan/Spencer - Helen IS crying into her pillow) that I managed to read one whole chapter of - it is very relevant to my current study interests.

Current Music: love love love // the mountain goats
(Anonymous) on September 6th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)

What year are you in now?
I'm resitting the osce next week, have no idea whether I'll make it to 4th year or not. I was wondering if you know of any good websites for osce stuff, particularly like fundoscopy and otoscopy images? You know how you have to do it on a plastic head and then they show you pictures and go 'what's this?' I never know what it is.

You may well not know of any, probably never having needed such a thing :) (you come across as pretty competent) but I thought I'd ask...

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 6th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I've just started final med. :D:

For OSCEs in general, I used the St George's and Talley and O'Connor videos. While we had to do fundoscopy, we were only shown one image in the exam, hypopyon or something. I used the Illustrated Colour Text for it, and that had plenty of pictures. I don't know any actual sites, but googlefu will probably help.

I don't know if that's much use to you, but good luck anyway!
girl; obsessed: bandom - greta handscomplications_g on September 6th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

The foster kid fic is awesome, hurty but satisfying.

And good luck for the exams!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hot air of balloonsscoradh on September 7th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I so cannot wait to read more than one chapter!

YES. THAT. LUCK. askdfjhdskljfahfasdf
girl; obsessed: other - don't paniccomplications_g on September 9th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Tell me what you think when you finish it?

Sereniaserenia on September 6th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Poor kid! :(
I could never do paediatrics. I have a hard enough time taking Elizabeth's dinner bowl away when she wants to paint with it instead of eat it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 7th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
She went home the next day, so I doubt the experience left any lasting scars. ;D

That's probably why kids hate doctors ... their parents project all the anxiety?
Sereniaserenia on September 7th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Could well be. That, and all the poking and prodding! At the last visit to the doctor, Elizabeth was terrified of the forehead thermometer.
you do often seem cursedivyenglish on September 7th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
oh god that poor kid. D: A good friend of mine is finishing up her residency in pediatrics - she loves it, but I don't think I'd last a day.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Disney: Lion King pink skyscoradh on September 7th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I have to last a month, but I will drown the memories in tequila or something. I had OPD today, it was so sad. D:
mrsquizzical: bandom panic brendon gleefacemrsquizzical on September 7th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
hi you!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: pier jumpingscoradh on September 7th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
the claw-foot Lady: [bu/rr] smile and sell your soul.softlyforgotten on September 7th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)

Just sayin'. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: disco ballscoradh on September 7th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Blindmouseblindmouse on September 7th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hi! The foster kid fic is indeed awesome. I hope you get time to read it :-)

Did you get my letter, btw?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 10th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I am working my way through it daily! YAY JON!

NO. D: Of course I am not at home atm, but mom said there were no letters yet. DAMN AN POST.
Blindmouseblindmouse on September 10th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
... oh. Really? It's been ages. Helen gets letters within a week. Is your post really that bad?

(Yay Jon ♥)