The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Thursday, 26 November 2015

What do we value most?

Recently I read both Katie's and Hannah's blogposts that are related towards being a perfectionist. To be honest, I think that every medical student is a perfectionist to some extent. That's the only way you can motivate yourself to learn all of the course content! 

When I did my GCSEs, I got 7A*s and 4As and I was so disappointed. I was predicted 11A*s so of course in my head I had massively underachieved. I did best in my year at my state comprehensive, got my name in the local paper. In some of my classrooms we didn't have the higher tiered textbooks or past papers, so I pretty much taught myself. But I was still so so incredibly disgusted in myself.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

My Skincare Routine

Hello lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk about skin care. I am MAD about it! This is because I have had my own skin troubles for my whole life. I started getting eczema on my hands as a child and come out in flare ups each Winter. I was really bad at treating it though because I hated the feeling of sticky creams on my hands, so my mum used to moisturise them whilst I was asleep! In addition, I am allergic to most sunscreens (I haven't been able to pinpoint the exact ingredients) and used to have very oily, acne-prone skin. After being on Roaccutane, my skin is combination and slightly dehydrated. I only get spots when I am stressed or don't follow my skin care routine!

Through having these various skin problems I became obsessed with skincare. The NHS is often heavily criticised for their approach to skin conditions, partly because most GPs throw antibiotics at anyone with spots. And we wonder why there's so much antibiotic resistance, hey! I am now obsessive with reading the ingredients in skin care. Below is a list of good and bad ingredients (applicable to my skin) I have realised through my interest in skin:

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Review: Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer

I received this exciting product as a sample through my subscription to Elle UK magazine, and it came with the December issue. Whilst I love Benefit as a brand, I was bewildered as to what the point of an eyelash primer is?! However, I was extremely impressed. 

First of all, Benefit are owned by the parent company Estee Lauder. Any Estee Lauder fan will know they recently launched their own eyelash primer with Kendall Jenner as the face, called 'The Little Black Primer', retailing at £20.00. I can't help but wonder if they are similar in formulation? 


As you can see, they have completely different wands but are made by the same company.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

This may seem like a silly blog title. For many, depression is simply feeling low and being lazy. But today I decided that I wanted to discuss depression in more detail.

I think it's fair to say that in my friendship groups my friends are normally very comfortable confiding to me very personal information. My friends mean a lot to me and I always want to help. However, I have noticed that a lot of them find mental health diseases very bewildering. They always want to know what to say and what not to say to a sufferer of depression. How is depression something different to just having a bad day? 

To add more complexity to the disease of depression, each patient has unique symptoms. A common trend of symptoms will indicate depression, but not every symptom will be present in diagnosis. 


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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

LIFE ISN'T PERFECT

I don't even know where to begin with this post, but I'll have a go.

This blog first of all came about because of two things: I love writing and I wanted to help people. It's only just occurred to me how much it makes me happy when I know I am useful and that I have helped someone. And I have come to realise that you can't really help someone if you are not honest.

Time and time again I have mentioned Hannah from Pull Yourself Together. I mention her often because she has helped me so incredibly much. She has helped me because she is honest. She writes freely yet elegantly about her struggle with depression. Like her, I wholly believe we should shatter the misconceptions surrounding mental health. But I was a hypocrite. I wanted to help people, but I was lying to myself and lying to the people who wanted me to help them. I have often told Hannah in confidence that I admire her bravery to discuss mental health, but that I felt paralysed from doing the same. 


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Good days

Today has been a really good day. I had two very enjoyable lectures, a good appointment and I did really well in my urogenital test. I am thrilled.

However, this week has still been up and down. Yesterday I really didn't want to go to uni; I was having one of those 'meh' days where you don't see the point in trying. But I persisted and actually really enjoyed my work. I then went to the library and really didn't want to revise for my test. Again, I forced myself and just got on with it. And it was so lovely to come home knowing all I had to do was chill out, eat dinner and catch up with my wonderful housemates. 


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Sunday, 1 November 2015

3 months after double jaw surgery

I cannot believe it's been 3 months!

Despite the operation being so long ago, I am still dealing with issues to do with my jaw.

I have pain on a daily basis. Most days it is only a mild discomfort when I yawn or eat, but on other days it can get quite bad. Pain relief doesn't seem to improve the pain. I can tell that my jaw becomes painful when I eat crunchy foods, talk a lot or yawn a lot. 

I cannot brush my teeth yet properly; it hurts to open my mouth wide so I cannot reach the inner surface of the teeth. Hence I am still using the Corsydyl mouthwash. 


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