So, 4 years into my university degree, 21 years into my life, I have finally experienced my first all-nighter ever. And, if I have anything to do with it, my last all-nighter ever. I had about 9 days to write a 2,500 word essay on a very broad essay title. I submitted it at 7 … Continue reading First all-nighter ever!
So, I'm currently taking an involuntary break from clinical medicine and doing an intercalated BSc this academic year. This is what I describe to any non-medic, as 'a mini-degree within my degree', which makes it sound way more exciting than it actually is. What it does mean is that I get to add three extra … Continue reading To not BSc or to not Bsc?
And I mean summer by calendar definition, since we've probably had about a week in total of good weather. So, four months of summer- my last long summer ever until I grow old and retire or decide to take time out of my medical career. I would say they've flown by in a haze of … Continue reading 4 Months of Summer
Guess who's on holiday?? After a couple of months of silence on this blog during my revision hibernation period, I have completed half of my medical school degree and I'm free for the summer! Revision was torturous. Cramming as much information as possible within a limited time period is not fun at all, and when … Continue reading Revision, Exams and Holiday!
Before I started medical school I volunteered at a nursing home full of elderly people with dementia. It was honestly heart-breaking. I would go in and introduce myself to the same people every Saturday. There was this one lady who would always tell me about the buttons on her cardigan and how she didn't like her … Continue reading Dementia
Neurofibromatosis Definition: an autosomal dominant genetic disorder affecting cells of neural crest origin (e.g. melanocytes, craniofacial cartilage and bone, smooth muscle, peripheral and enteric neurones and glia), resulting in development of multiple neurocutaneous tumours. Type 1 neurofibromatosis (NF1, von Recklinghausen's disease)- characterised by peripheral and spinal neurofibromas, multiple café-au-lait spots, freckling, optic nerve glioma, Lisch … Continue reading Neurofibromatosis
Wernicke's Encephalopathy Definition: Thiamine deficiency with a classical triad of confusion, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia. Aetiology/ risk factors: -Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency -inadequate dietary intake -reduced GI absorption -impaired utilisation = focal areas of brain damage, including periaqueductal punctate haemorrhages -Often seen in chronic alcoholism -Also: eating disorders, malnutrition, prolonged vomiting e.g. with chemo, GI malignancy, … Continue reading Wernicke’s Encephalopathy