The musings of a final year medical student

Saturday, 12 March 2016


I think we should allow ourselves to take a break sometimes. Right now it's getting closer and closer to Easter, and so far 2016 has been going at a hundred miles and hour. I'm happy with how I am doing mentally, physically and academically, but we still get run down from time to time.

I don't know what I'm ill with, but for the last 3 weeks I have been so sluggish and tired. At the end of my hospital placement I started feeling a bit under the weather and I still haven't got out of it. I'm constantly sneezing, have a runny nose, and feel tired 24/7. I've been exercising regularly and eating much more healthily, but I still feel crap. 

One thing I've learnt from reading Dr Cantopher's book on depression is that when you have those burnt-out phases you have to accept them. Don't keep pushing through it, you need to succumb to what your body is telling you. 

This morning I set my alarm for 7.30am so I could go to the gym, but I slept through it and decided not to get up until I felt ready to, which ended up being 11.45am! 

I am really happy with where I am in life right now and how I am progressing, but that doesn't mean it's not a struggle! I'm getting there and I am very lucky in so many ways, but that doesn't make the day's chores easy. 

I am looking forward to the next two weeks to go as quickly as possible, so I can go home and recuperate/revise like a crazy woman. 

Kate x


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