I know I said I'd write about some patients I saw this week over the weekend, but I think I'm going to take that back. Obviously patient confidentiality is a pretty big thing.
The case I wanted to write about is a pretty rare one these days and I'd be worried that someone reading my blog might recognise it. I'd never mention a patients name, but otherwise I wonder what advice other bloggers have on making cases less recognisable?
I'm guessing if I leave things a couple of weeks, it'll be less likely people will recognise the case?
The one thing that has really struck me in paediatrics is parents reactions to their children's illnesses and how even the medical staff get very upset by a sick child. I think it's the hardest thing to deal with in medicine so far. How can you offer comfort to parents who have just lost a young child? It is heartbreaking to watch.
I've found myself getting frustrated all week with non-medical friends making comments like "Well you just need to get over it, that's part of being a doctor. Nothing should upset you." I've seen that it's OK to be upset as long as you're still professional, and that it's OK to come home at the end of a day to reflect on things.
Even with the emotions that paediatrics uncovers I'm enjoying paediatrics so much that I'm actually looking forward to another week of it. Unfortunately I'm dreading the accommodation. I've been looking into how difficult it would be to commute, but as well as a busy motorway there are a lot of tiny A-roads that apparently grind to a standstill in the morning, so I'd have to leave freakishly early.
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